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The Cultures of ‘it’s a small world’ at Disneyland Park: Europe

Erin Glover

by , Director, Publicity, Walt Disney Animation Studios

Last month, we set sail on a trip around the world to give our readers a closer look at the different cultures and countries featured in the classic Disneyland park attraction, “it’s a small world”. Last time we were in Latin America, and this month we continue “The Happiest Cruise That Ever Sailed” with our second destination – Europe.

The Cultures of ‘it's a small world’ at Disneyland Park: Europe

As your boat enters Europe, you pass under Tower Bridge. This bridge is an iconic landmark located in London, England. Keeping guard at the bridge are Yeomen Warders, or Beefeaters, dressed in their ceremonial scarlet and gold uniforms.

The Cultures of ‘it's a small world’ at Disneyland Park: Europe

Rising above you as your boat sails by is the Eiffel Tower located in Paris, France. Nineteenth-century can-can dancers invite you to join in on the celebration as ballerinas put on a show beneath the iconic tower.

The Cultures of ‘it's a small world’ at Disneyland Park: Europe

Enjoy the sounds of Flamenco music as your boat next passes into Spain and Portugal. A guitarist plays a fast-paced tempo as a young dancer, in a Sevillana dress full of ruffles and color, claps her hands and dances to the rhythm.

The Cultures of ‘it's a small world’ at Disneyland Park: Europe

Your boat continues the tour of Europe in Italy. Titling to one side is one of Italy’s iconic landmarks, the Leaning Tower of Pisa. A gondolier navigates his swinging gondola through the Venice canals as a chorus of Italian opera singers belt out the attraction’s famous tune.

The Cultures of ‘it's a small world’ at Disneyland Park: Europe

Welcoming you the Low Countries are Dutch children sitting on top of blooming tulips, tapping their wooden clogs. Right behind them, a Belgian goose girl leads a flock of geese.

The Cultures of ‘it's a small world’ at Disneyland Park: Europe

With the Alps soaring up into the sky, bell ringers inside chalet-inspired wooden clocks bid you farewell and safe travels.

Where will our cruise take us next time? Check back to find out!

Comments

  • Thank you Erin for these great posts! It’s a Small World is full of so much amazing detail that can be easy to miss, so I love that you are able to share these fun facts and details with us!

  • Don’t forget about the Mary Blair figure on the Eiffel Tower! Her vision made this ride a beautiful, timeless masterpiece.

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