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

Erin Glover

by , Director, Publicity, Walt Disney Animation Studios

For the past few months, we’ve been boarding the “The Happiest Cruise That Ever Sailed” to give you a closer look at the classic Disneyland park attraction, “it’s a small world,” and the different cultures and countries it features. So far, we have traveled to Latin America and Europe, and this month we will continue the journey with our third destination – the Pacific Islands.

Turquoise waters, pastel shades of coral and pounding surf surround you as you enter the tropical Pacific Islands, which include nations from Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia.

From the tropical islands of New Guinea and Borneo, drummers wearing brightly painted ceremonial masks play in front of South Seas Island lodges painted to resemble smiling faces.

On a sandy beach with swaying palm trees, Polynesian girls wearing lei headpieces, sea shell necklaces and grass skirts perform a fast-paced Tahitian dance while shaking ‘uli’uli to the upbeat tempo.

Across the way, King Kamehameha – the first ruler of the Kingdom of Hawaii – wears his famous headdress while riding in an malia, an outrigger canoe. Shining bright above him is a batik-styled sun.

Be sure to visit next month to find where our travels will take us next!


  • i would love to see Maui, Moana, Hei Hei and Pua added to this section of the attraction!!

  • Nicely done, thanks Erin!

  • Some of the nicest people you will ever be lucky enough to meet are from Tonga, beautiful, respectful people.

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