Disney Parks Versus: it’s a small world
It’s time for another installment of Disney Parks Versus – the only series of posts where it’s Walt Disney World versus Disneyland! Today, we’ll take a look at the classic boat ride featuring the song you’ll never be able to get out of your head, it’s a small world, found at Fantasyland in each respective park.
What can one say about it’s a small world? It’s probably the most iconic attraction Disney’s ever put together; even people who’ve never been to the parks know it’s legend and famous song. So how different could they be? Much to my surprise, there seemed to be significant differences right away that made me give the Disneyland version the win here, as I’ll explain.
First, the exteriors of the buildings… it’s no comparison. The exterior at Disney World is fine, but the Disneyland version is a palace in comparison. And, they get the extra advantage of the California weather to give us the outdoor waiting and boarding area, which just adds to the beauty. Also, the Disneyland version seems a bit longer and has more detail – and there are a bunch of Disney characters wandering around in the background, such as Pinocchio, Ariel, Aladdin and Jasmine and so on. But the final hay maker comes in the visage of Disneyland’s Christmas edition of it’s a small world. Who woulda thunk it? Three songs instead of just one? “Jingle Bells” and “Deck the Halls” get mixed into a medley with the classic tune, and it works beautifully. As a grown man, this is not the sort of thing I would think would move me, the but the Christmas edition of it’s small world at Disneyland is one of the greatest things I’ve ever seen.
You win, Disneyland – and well-played.