Hong Kong Disneyland

5 Hidden Things to Know Before Visiting “it’s a small world” at Hong Kong Disneyland

Hong Kong Disneyland:  Take a relaxing boat ride through different cultures at “it’s a small world.” A must-visit attraction!

Planning a visit to Hong Kong Disneyland? One of the must-experience attractions is ‘it’s a small world.’ This 9-minute boat tour immersed me in a journey through various countries and continents.

Hong Kong Disneyland
We are happy and ready to join “the happiest cruise that ever sailed”.

As I and my family glided along, we heard the timeless classic song “it’s a small world,” celebrating universal harmony, sung by over a hundred animated dolls dressed in their traditional costumes. Against the backdrop of famous landmarks from seven continents, you’ll see for yourself that it truly is a small world after all.

Before your trip, let me tell you about the five hidden things you need to know:

Photo Credit: Hong Kong Disneyland website

The Clock Tower

Check out the lively exterior of the “It’s a Small World” attraction. You’ll see spinning flowers, famous landmarks, and an animated clock tower.

Every 15 minutes, the clock tower opens to reveal a parade of 18 toy figures from around the world, including a unique Chinese opera singer exclusive to Hong Kong Disneyland, perhaps a tribute to China of which Hong Kong is part.  After the parade, two jesters appear to announce the current time.

In Lowercase letters and within quotation marks

The title “it’s a small world” is noticeably styled in lowercase letters and enclosed in quotation marks, highlighting the attraction’s playful and whimsical vibe.  Using lowercase letters and quotation marks is a deliberate design choice that captures the cheerful and childlike spirit of the ride.

Hong Kond Disneyland
Cinderella and her Prince Charming charm the world at the ‘it’s a small world’ in HK Disneyland!

Selected Disney Characters spice up the scene

It’s heartwarming to see Disney characters featured in scenes from the continents where their stories began.  Keep an eye out for Cinderella, Aladdin, Jasmine, and other Disney characters and experience the magic of their story settings.

Hong Kong Disneyland
Aladdin and Princess Jasmine traveled the world on their magic carpet.

Pinoy vibe in the Asian section

The Philippines is featured in the Asian section of the attraction, where children dressed in traditional Filipiniana attire sing in Tagalog and Cebuano. The scene includes iconic elements like the “bahay kubo” and the Philippine tarsier. These Filipino versions of the song were specially recorded for Hong Kong Disneyland.

Hong Kong Disneyland
Paalam:  Don’t forget to catch this iconic Filipino farewell phrase at the exit.

“Paalam”, meaning “Goodbye”

Don’t forget to read the sign “Paalam,” which means “goodbye,”along with the other translations just before the exit. It’s a thoughtful Pinoy touch that adds to the experience as you end your visit to the attraction.  This short but warm farewell message reminds you of the joyful journey through different cultures you’ve just experienced.

Take a moment to appreciate this final greeting before stepping back into the bustling world of Hong Kong Disneyland.

Have you noticed any unique details at the attractions in Hong Kong Disneyland? Share your experience in the comments below.

Related Posts:

Hong Kong Disneyland Tips and Tricks: Making the Most of Your Magical Visit

Top 5 Reasons to Stay at Ramada Hong Kong Harbour View

realme GT 6 officially arrives in PH shore, starts at P29,999


Related Posts


  1. Michelle says:

    Disneyland Hong Kong looks like such a magical place! I’ve never been to any Disney theme parks yet, but I would love to finally be able to go one day and experience it all for myself. I’ve heard such great things!

  2. Beth says:

    I LOVE this so much! I always love learning all the ins and outs of old favorites like this. VERY cool.

  3. barbie ritzman says:

    I love Disney. I went as a kid. It has been years since I have gone. It would be nice to visit another country!

  4. Rosey says:

    Thanks for the tips. I think a trip to Hong Kong would be so fabulous. Going to Disney too would be the cream on the cake!

  5. Ntensibe Edgar says:

    Hihi….alright then. I hope not to miss the farewell sign! I look forward to visiting here.

    1. Thanks for reading. When you do visit HK Disneyland, make it a point to check if there is a farewell sign written in your language too.

  6. LisaLisa says:

    Great post! I know I would have a ball visiting Hong Kong It’s A Small World at Disney! It looks so magical, and I bet you and your family had a wonderful time.

    1. Yes, we had a great time. I am looking forward for more travels this year.

  7. This guide to visiting “It’s a Small World” at Hong Kong Disneyland is super informative! The hidden details and tips make it clear why this attraction is high on my bucket list. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Melanie E says:

    These are great things to know. It was interesting to read about the clock tower. I’ll look out for the toy figure parade and also the jesters.

  9. It is an interesting place, I always love visiting Disneyland and exploring the fun places and cool decorated areas. Saving these five things for future trip there, thanks for sharing.

  10. “Exploring ‘It’s a Small World’ at Hong Kong Disneyland and discovering a Filipino section was such a delightful surprise! The inclusion of Filipino culture in this beloved attraction truly showcases the diversity and richness of our heritage. It’s heartwarming to see our traditions and music celebrated on a global stage. Can’t wait to experience this magical blend of cultures on my next visit!”

    1. I was even surprised hearing “it’ a small world” sung in Tagalog… nakakataba ng puso.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *