The Psychology Of It’s A Small World’s Creepiness

It’s a Small World is one of those classic attractions you have to ride on any trip to the Magic Kingdom.

However, for many guests, they come off it remarking that it was pretty creepy.

With so many dolls and scenes from around the world, it’s certainly a ride that overloads the senses at times.

Keep reading to discover what makes this ride so creepy and whether you should skip it on your next trip for this reason.

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Is Disney’s It’s a Small World Scary?

It’s a Small World is anything but scary, but it certainly heads into the creepy zone at times.

This water-based ride is suitable for guests of all ages, but that doesn’t mean you will want to take little ones on it.

For many young children, it’s a complete sensory overload.

Between the catchy theme tune and the bright lights and dolls everywhere, it can certainly be a little too much at times. The ride itself is a slow-moving boat ride which is ideal for escaping the hustle and bustle of the park.

Just make sure you know what you are getting yourself into before heading into the ride, as it’s not the shortest of attractions in the Magic Kingdom.

It’s a Small World can be found in many of the Disney parks around the world, all of which have slight variations to them.

It’s a small world has 289 dolls, which are audio-animatronics and feel quite alive as you pass them.

They are dressed in traditional costumes from various countries around the world, singing the repetitive theme tune over and over again.

It’s no surprise that many guests find them so creepy, especially if you ever find yourself on a broken-down boat in the ride.

In recent years, some of the parks have updated the attraction to include Disney characters.

They still have the same 1960s style that was originally designed by Mary Blair, but this does help to lessen the scare factor for younger children.

  • For us, it’s the singing in unity and repetition of the ride soundtrack that makes these dolls so creepy.

The ride plays the theme tune in five different languages, which can sometimes feel intimidating for those who don’t understand it.

Of course, it’s a great way to pick up some basic Spanish or Italian and impress your friends after the ride.

Have a listen to the iconic “It’s a small world” song.

The Origins of It’s a Small World

While some people would describe It’s a Small World as a timeless attraction, at this point in time, it’s quite dated when compared to other modern rides in the parks.

This is one of the reasons that many guests criticize the ride and the dolls that we see throughout it.

The ride was first created for the 1964 World’s Fair, which took place in New York. It was so popular that it was added to Disneyland and then has expanded to the other parks since this time.

At the World’s Fair, it sold a whopping 10 million tickets, so it’s been a hit with visitors since that time.

The ride itself lasts about 10 minutes, so it’s a decent length of time to relax.

You’ll slowly glide through various themes on your boat tour, including Europe, Asia, and Africa. From there, you head to Central and South America and the South Pacific Islands before heading into the finale scene.

You certainly can’t escape the dolls during this time, who are a constant feature throughout this ride. The ride continuously moves, so you’ll find that you are immersed in the theme from start to finish.

For most people, it’s a really fun ride. But when you start to look at the dolls too closely and see the detail that’s gone into their faces, that’s when you start to feel like you are being watched.

Disney is known for its incredible attention to detail when creating audio animatronics.

Sometimes though we think they go a little too far, as it can feel like the dolls are watching you as you turn every corner. When you’ve escaped one doll, you’ll soon make eye contact with another, and the nightmare continues.

Try to enjoy the ride as a whole though, as it’s one you can’t miss on any park visit.

It’s a classic ride that is great for an afternoon break and never gets too busy in the peak season.

A fair few people are loaded onto each boat as well, so you’ll feel safe in the company of other unsuspecting visitors.

Don’t Ride It’s A Small World Alone

If you enjoy weird and wonderful theme park experiences, you might want to try getting on an It’s a Small World boat alone.

In the middle of the day, you’ll find this ride attracts a fair crowd, but in the early mornings or last thing at night, you might get the pleasure of riding alone.

Of course, this is only going to make this ride more spooky. If you are anything like us, the thought of getting stuck on this ride is an absolute nightmare for some people!

It’s a Small World is a classic Fantasyland attraction you won’t want to miss on your next trip to the Magic Kingdom.

As you can see, it can be a little bit of a creepy ride for some guests, but it’s still worth taking a ride on if you’ve never been on the attraction before.

Just don’t look too closely at the dolls, as you can soon feel like you are being watched on your way around the ride.

Here’s a creepy video of some broken It’s a small world dolls!

This attraction is now part of the Genie+ pass, so it’s a good way to cool off and enjoy some time away from the crowds in the hot weather.

With so much history to the ride, it’s somewhere we love to return to over and over again to notice new details about the hundreds of dolls the ride is so well known for.

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