Disney’s “It’s a Small World” attraction is perhaps one of the most famous. A version of it even dates back to the 1964 New York World’s Fair.
The attraction takes visitors on a boat ride past approximately 300 animatronic children in traditional costumes from around the world, singing the attraction’s title song.
The song and ride are meant to promote peace and unity, but a Disney TikToker recently revealed a rather spooky side to the whimsical ride: When the park closes for the day, the lights and music to “It’s a Small World” cut out, but the animatronics keep moving.
“The dolls are on the move 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” according to the video shared by The Mouselets.
Commentators were quick to chime in, with many calling it “scary”. One shared an experience with the attraction without lights or music, reinforcing just how scary it really is.
“I got stuck on it 25 years ago for hours in a big storm, the boats stopped, the lights went out, but the dolls kept dancing. It was traumatic,” the commenter shared.
The comments revealed another chilling fact: Allegedly, Disney employees have to cut dolls’ hair because they grow. They do it “once or twice a year” according to the reviews, allegedly because of weather conditions.
“Our VIP guide also told us that they had to cut their hair because all the moisture causes the yarn to swell,” another commenter confirmed.
The “It’s a Small World” dolls aren’t the only animatronics in the park that keep going all night. The same TikTok account revealed that the Native American animatronics on the bank of the Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square Riverboat Ride also stay on all the time.
It is unknown why the animatronics never turn off. Thrillist contacted Disney for comment but did not immediately respond.