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We know Disney’s ‘Small World’ ride dolls get yearly haircuts, but this tidbit about the dolls creeps us out even more

In a place as popular and as long-standing as the Walt Disney World Resort, there will always be different urban legends and myths circulating about the Resort itself, the theme parks, the attractions, and even sometimes about what takes place after Guests leave the parks at night.

Some of those myths and legends can get pretty creepy, but we’re most creeped out by the stories we hear that just might be the truth, not just the product of someone’s attempts at master storytelling.

The “it’s a small world” attraction at Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World is one of the oldest attractions in the theme park, having gone into operation when the park itself opened more than 50 years ago on October 1, 1971. A 50-year-old attraction–especially one in which more than 300 animatronic dolls are the focal point–is bound to be the subject of many myths, urban legends, and even some “big fish” stories.

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Last fall, we brought you the story of the “it’s a small world” dolls’ grooming practices. It sounded made-up, and it sounded super creepy, but it’s true: each of the more than 300 adorable, vibrantly dressed dolls inside the attraction actually has to have their hair cut.

I know; it sounds crazy. They’re dolls.

The need for haircuts arises from a combination of two factors–their hair is made from yarn, and they “live” in Central Florida. According to The Orlando Informer, the average daily humidity in Orlando is 74% and rarely ever falls below 50%. All that moisture in the air causes the yarn to stretch, actually lengthening the dolls’ hair enough that it must be trimmed routinely to keep the dolls looking their best.

Not a joke and kinda horrifying: Dolls in 'It's a Small World' attraction  have to have routine haircuts because their hair keeps growing - Disney  Dining

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Now we’ve learned something about Magic Kingdom‘s “it’s a small world” attraction that definitely gives us the heebie-jeebies. (Maybe even more so than their need for haircuts!)

According to this video from The Mouselets, the adorable little dolls inside the attraction are never allowed any downtime. We’ve heard rumors over the years that the music from the attraction never stops playing: that the iconic Sherman Brothers’ “It’s a Small World After All” plays on a loop 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


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♬ It’s a Small World – Christmas Party Music

The creator of this video, however, says that the music actually does stop at the end of the night. She says the lights inside the attraction are also turned out. However, she says that the little dolls representing countries from all over the globe never stop dancing. The can-can girls keep can-canning, the hot air balloon pilots keep floating, and the whole chorus keeps singing (minus the music and the words). Imagine all the clicking and clacking you’d hear!

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Can you imagine walking into the building that houses the “it’s a small world” attraction while it’s completely dark and completely quiet, except for the tiny sounds of the mechanisms inside the dolls, allowing them to move and dance, even with no music?

The prospect sounds a bit unsettling at best! We’re just thankful we don’t have to walk the attraction at night. We love the ride, but that kind of thing might just be the stuff of nightmares!

Have you heard something creepy about an attraction at Magic Kingdom or another theme park at Disney World? We’d love to hear what it is!

About Becky Burkett

I'm an enthusiastic writer who finds joy in random things like cold weather, snow, "I Love Lucy," "The Andy Griffith Show," journals full of blank paper, countdowns to Christmas, the month of December, "Toy Story," "Sleeping Beauty," my 4 kids, my 4 shih tsus, Disney Parks history, Imagineering and visiting the parks. I think Walt Disney is the standard against which genius should be measured. I love to write about Disney Parks, Disney history, all things Imagineering and PIXAR. I adore the colors, story and art direction of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (Team Make it Blue!), and "Toy Story" is life (minus "Toy Story 4"). I believe Walt Disney was so much more than an entertainment and theme park tycoon; I believe he was a savant with a vision for life and how it could be if happiness and kindness are strived for. I love Biergarten at EPCOT and 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian. You can find me croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room, chillin' on the PeopleMover or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. I'm always looking for Imagineers in the parks, and I'd rather meet Joe Rohde and Tony Baxter than anyone in Hollywood! Hey, if you dream it, you really can do it!