Its a small world model

Small World front
My latest model of the building is inspired by Disneyland ride “It’s a small world” I made for Arias from California and the charitable organization he is involved with. It’s a Small World is a water-based ride located in the Fantasyland area at each of the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts worldwide. The ride features over 300 audio-animatronic dolls in traditional costumes from cultures around the world, frolicking in a spirit of international unity and singing the attraction’s title song written by The Sherman Brothers “It’s a Small World (After All)” in the wake of the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, which influenced the song’s message of peace and brotherhood.
The first incarnation of It’s a Small World debuted at the 1964 New York World’s Fair UNICEF Pavilion. The boats enter the show building through a tunnel under the Small World clock and emerge from the attraction fifteen minutes later. The show building interior is larger than the facade. Voyagers see animatronic dolls in traditional local costumes singing “It’s a Small World (After All)” together, each in their native language. Boats carry voyagers as they visit the regions of the world.
Front of the building is covered by large, flat facade with stylized cutout turrets, towers and minarets which are vaguely reminiscent of world landmarks (such as the Eiffel Tower and the Leaning Tower of Pisa). The facade was designed by Disney Imagineer Rolly Crump, who was inspired by Mary Blair’s styling. Walt Disney asked Rolly to design a large 30-foot clock, a central feature of the exterior facade, with a smiling face that rocks back and forth to a ticking sound.


A parade of wooden dolls in native culture costumes dance out from doors at the base of the Small World clock to an instrumental toy soldier version of “It’s a Small World (After All)” in preparation for each quarter-hour, reminiscent of a European automaton clock. As the last doll returns into the clock, the parade doors close and the large central pair of doors open to reveal two giant toy blocks – the large block displays stylized numerals of the hour, the small one displays the minutes, while large and small bells toll to count the hours and quarters. The exterior has been subtly repainted over the years, first as all-white with a gold/silver trim, then in various shades of blue, then in pink and white with pastel accents. Portions of the left side of the original facade were removed in 1993 to make room for the entrance to Mickey’s Toontown. As of 2015, the facade is white with a gold trim as it was in 1966, except the original gold and silver paint of the clock, the smiling clock face is now entirely gold leaf.
Small World 3
This entire model was made of laser-cut cardboard layered to create 3d dimensional walls. It took few hours to cut 14 sheets densely packed with approx 400 individual pieces. It burned my CO2 laser tube at some stage. I glued many layers to get the right thickness of projecting elements, had to fill the visible sides with the filler and sand smooth. I quickly realized it was not the most efficient way of building that, using the CNC router would help on this job. I ordered one from Amazon but it was too late for this project.
Small World 2
All parts were painted with acrylics. Wherever I could, I painted each color before attaching it to the walls. That greatly speed the painting process. I didn’t stick to original colors from Disney attraction because the client wanted the more vibrant color scheme to match the setting where it will be displayed.
Small World top
The roof of the pavilion is not visible to visitors of Disneyland so I had to invent it to match the rest of the model. The same with the rear elevation.
Small World back

The size of the finished model is 380 x 225 mm at the base and it is 355mm tall.  For safe shipping, I designed it to be flat pack. Each wall was packed separately and for ease of assembly, the small magnets hold them in place. Putting it together takes less than a minute.



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