Acclaimed Disney Author Claims “it’s a small world” Dolls Occasionally Move On Their Own In the Dark

Whether spending a day at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in Florida or Disneyland Park in California, there’s an abundance of classic rides every Disney fan knows and loves.

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The quintessential rides include classics such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and the delightfully spooky Haunted Mansion.

The list also includes a not-so-delightfully spooky boat ride, “it’s a small world.”

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This classic Disney attraction takes Guests on a boat ride around the world, and animatronic children sing the ride’s all-too-familiar anthem in their native languages. The animatronics are designed to look like little dolls with wide eyes and hair made of yarn.

Some Guests find this ride adorable and delightful, while others find it creepy. If you’re one of the latter, then it’s about to get even creepier.

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The acclaimed author of the Kingdom Keepers series, Ridley Pearson, was recently a Guest on the D23 Inside Disney podcast, where he shared some stories, both spooky and non-spooky. However, during his interview, he shared a particularly haunting anecdote about his time riding “it’s a small world” with no music and no lights:


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Ridley Pearson’s story is highlighted in this video by the official Disney Parks TikTok account. In this story, he claims that he saw not one, but two of the dolls move despite the power being off.

Whether it was a trick of the eyes or the dolls actually moved, who’s to say? After all, “it’s a world of laughter, a world of tears, it’s a world of hopes, it’s a world of fears.”

About Isabella Reimer

Isabella Reimer grew up visiting Walt Disney World and relocated to Central Florida to be even closer to The Most Magical Place on Earth. She earned her Bachelor’s from Florida State University, where she studied Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. Her biggest hobby is bonding with the ikran at Avatar Flight of Passage, and her retirement plan includes becoming the 1,000 Happy Haunt of the Haunted Mansion.