The Classic Song
Written and composed by an Academy Award®-winning team of brothers, the Disney's song 'it's a small world' is a timeless classic.
As you sail the Seven Seaways, "it's a small world" is lovingly sung by the children of the world in their native languages—including French, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, English and Arabic. Despite the change in language, the Sherman Brothers came to the conclusion that a single musical theme was the way to bring the song together, thus reinforcing the Disney attraction's larger message of cultural unity and harmony.
The Story Behind the Song
Originally, Walt Disney envisioned the world's children singing the national anthem from each country they represented. But he quickly discovered that everyone singing a different tune resulted in a musical cacophony. Walt approached Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman, who were hard at work on Mary Poppins, to create a singular song that could be sung by all of the children. The result was 'it's a small world'—one of the most well-known songs of all time.