The Original “It’s a Small World”

If you’ve been around these parts for a while, you know I’m a huge fan of Mary Blair’s work, especially with Disney. Last summer, I was over the moon to get to ride “It’s a Small World,” at Disney World but this year’s trip to Disneyland was even more special, because that’s where the original “It’s a Small World” was relocated after its time at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York. Instead of the bright colors that the ride in Orlando has at the entrance, the California version has the white and gold color scheme from the end of the ride out front:

Another difference is that the ride begins (and ends) outdoors:

The interior of the ride has the same bright, beautiful colors, which is Mary Blair’s signature:

You might notice references to Disney movies scattered throughout…we were especially excited to find Stitch surfing!

It doesn’t matter where you ride it, it’s still the “happiest cruise that ever sailed!”

As was the case at Disney World, I really didn’t want to say goodbye!

I wonder if I’ll ever have the chance to ride this attraction at any of the other Disney parks?

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