it's a small world Book App Review (iOS, $3.99)

  • Category: Book
  • Publisher: Disney
  • Updated: Dec, 15 2011
  • Version: 1.4
  • Size: 129.71 MB

Languages: English

Seller: Disney Publishing Worldwide Applications

Minor bug fixes.

Customer Ratings

Current Version:
12 Ratings
All Versions:
404 Ratings


Experience Walt Disney’s “it’s a small world” ride, song and lyrics in an inspiring new way. This animated app takes readers on a world-class adventure packed with whimsical interactivity, beautiful artwork, and unforgettable music.

Featuring the original Sherman Brothers’ song lyrics, this simple, poetic story encourages kids to meet new people, explore new places, and discover that it’s a small world, after all. You’ll span the globe, traveling over snowy Russian hilltops, across sunny African plains, and through deep ocean waters. Rich, surprising interactivity brings each new destination to life. Plus, a special sing-along feature lets kids to join in the musical celebration!

•Innovative ride-and-explore technology
•Engaging, high-quality animation
•Irresistible tap-and-play interactivity
•Special “it’s a small world” sing-along activity
•Plus, learn to say “Hello!” in sixteen languages!

Customer Reviews

  • Gorgeous!

    by ClayAnderson

    This is a beautifully-rendered app, the most artistic, non-commercial thing Disney has put out in quite some time. Paced like a Disney World ride, each scene is chock-full of details, everything is interactive, and the familiar song is given fantastic new arrangements and fresh poignancy. For those who foolishly complain it's too "slow and boring" for their kids: this is precisely the sort of thing your kids need -- a chance to slow down and notice the details, to appreciate something for its beauty and not how mindlessly entertaining it is.

  • Ver cool app

    by Rick Man

    My 2 year old LOVES this app

  • Excellent

    by WeenerMum

    A wonderful app- and a great price!

  • It's perfect! My 3yr old loves it!

    by kattylovko

    Just having come back from Disney and actually riding the ride, this app is perfect and keeps the memory alive. It can be slow, but you can speed it up by sliding to the next page. The neat thing is that if you touch the different images on the page as it's moving along, it's interactive. The characters will laugh or speak...etc. it's not just a scrolling story. My daughter loves it and wants to do it more than once...all the while she's learning the words. Great app and the animation is flawless!

  • Love it!

    by Mary Blair Fan

    Love it!

  • Appealing Graphics but Poor Navigation

    by RiverFarm

    I haven't shown this to my toddler granddaughter yet, but checking it out myself I found it very difficult to switch back to Home, check out the different locales, and find the actual settings rather than the description of what they offered. It required significant pressure to activate changes, such that I question whether a three-year-old would be successful. I don't know how well the characters said hello or sang the song in other languages, but the small boy saying "Bonjour" didn't pronounce it correctly at all. I also wondered why French wasn't an option for a language choice. On the plus side the graphics are very attractive, but the interactive aspect is quite limited and for the most part all the children do when selected is to giggle, which gets boring.

  • My 2-year old adores this

    by TeD2D

    Very cute. It's basically an animated board book.

  • Well Worth the Money

    by Trajikflp

    I felt it necessary to put my two cents in about this app. It captures the spirit of the ride and very appropriate for those who are Disney fans and fans of the ride itself. It should be noted that it's an app for entertainment purposes. I believe the artwork and the program itself should merit a 5 star. If a rating isn't based on that, but merely whether your child found it amusing for only two minutes, it's the nature of children to be fickle with their interests. The program is beautifully done. Unfortunately, it doesn't replace engaging your children on a one-on-one basis.

  • PERFECT app for young children

    by jshergill

    This app perfectly captures the spirit of the beloved "It's a small world" ride. Vibrant, colorful and filled with interactive content, this app will give you and your child the sense that you can touch almost item in view and get a custom animation. Totally worth the money.

  • Love it

    by Canaan&Lorelei

    This app is truly beautiful! My son loves it. Really adorable. Makes us even more eager for our upcoming Disney trip!!!

  • Cute!

    by RareHeartMom

    This is a wonderfully cute app. My 3yr old loves it and loves flying in the balloon from one scene to the next.

  • My daughter loves it

    by UncleJ2011

    It's a great app for young children to experience the ride who can't make it to disney world!

  • Lots of fun

    by *weezer*rocks*

    Pricey, but my daughter loves it. Very cool layout.

  • Beautiful adaptation

    by Ejmg

    Charming animations and music. My nieces love this and as a fan of the attraction, I do, too. Well done, Disney!

  • It's a Small World

    by Mrsjimorg

    My 4 year old son loves this app. The artwork is really well done, and the sing-along feature with the fireworks is also fun. I think it would be really nice if there was a mode that sings the song and automatically scrolls across the book pages at the same time, if you added that it would be perfect!

  • No Excitement - Slow

    by mekotlarz

    Purchased for my Grand Daughters ages 5 & 3 - They quickly get bored with the slow moving app that offers no challenges.

  • Five-year-old loves this!

    by Storm89898989

    I purchased this app because my daughter and I are big Disney fans. We were not disappointed. She plays it regularly.

  • Cute, but...

    by grewupinthe80s

    ... the graphics are pixelated on the iPad 3, which is pretty disappointing. Please issue an update with a true HD version. I so wanted this to look gorgeous on the new iPad.

  • in LOVE with this app!

    by mollymags28

    Both my 3 1/2 year old son and 19 month daughter LOVE this app! They love how almost every thing on every page is interactive. It's just awesome. Makes me want to go back to the Magic Kingdom so bad!

  • My daughter loves it!!

    by Colorado1122

    My 1 1/2 yr old absolutely loves it! Great graphics and interactive screens with the story. Would definitely recommend it!!

  • It's a small world

    by Swag unicorn

    We were looking forward to something else. Actually we were very bored. We expected more. BORING.

  • Very disappointing.

    by ChloeFe

    I was really excited to find this app, but that excitement faded quickly as I began checking out the game. Navigation is slow and awkward and the children portrayed are caricatures of their respective cultures. This app could have been such a wonderful way to introduce my daughter and students to other cultures, but it falls way short of what I have come to expect from Disney!

  • Fairly Lame

    by Bee.O.Bee

    Could be so much more. I'd expect more from Disney.

  • Too much money, rip off

    by Wberri

    Very expensive for so little.

  • Not worth the money

    by Dmblive1

    Our 3 year old loves this ride and sings the song practically everyday. We thought this app would be perfect but it was very disappointing. It would be nice if it was more interactive. We paid way too much for the two minutes our son has ever spent on the app. Wish we never had purchased it.

  • Korean spelling is wrong.

    by Kone's

    This app is not free. Please fix the wrong Korean spelling.

  • Not worth it!!

    by attlepe

    Don't waste your money.. Although graphics are nice. It sure isn't worth $3.99. Repetitive and didn't keep my toddler occupied.

  • Slow moving app fails to keep attention

    by Bella's mom 330

    Very slow moving good for about 5 minutes of entertainment for a 4 year old. Would be good for a 1 year old maybe but goes very slow. This app should only be 0.99 really not worth 4 dollars. Disappointing out of Disney app.

  • Beautiful

    by berlioz8

    App is a little expensive for what it is, but, the artwork is amazing. My 4 year old did not want to stop playing with it. It's her favorite ride at Disneyland and World. If your child likes It's a Small World, then this is the app for you!

  • Love it!!!!

    by Kari78

    My 2 yr, 11 yr old and I love it! It works Everytime never crashes and I gets us that Disney fix between visits. It's beautifully done and the activities are great!


    by Gabi$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    So babyish!!!! Want my $$$ BACK NOW

  • Major nostalgia!

    by It's a Wonderful Small World

    This app is fabulous. Just what you would expect from Disney! The graphics are truly unique and very artistic. I hope people can realize what a CLASS ACT this is, and appreciate it. LOVE IT!!!

  • Made me homesick for Disney =)

    by Disney Pugs

    Love this app!!! The jazz music at the beginning is wonderful! Never crashes, and I felt LIKE I WAS ON THE RIDE! The graphics are truly amazing. As usual, Disney raises the bar! SIMPLY SPECTACULAR!

  • Bug isn't fixed

    by Vlo313

    This app keeps shutting down on me. If that's what this version said is fixed, it's not.

  • Crashes

    by Kjo70

    Crashes way too much!!! Want my $$$ back !!!! Never works!!! This woud be fab if it stopped crashing in a world of tears!!!! Me and my 2 year old is so frustrated with this app!!!!

  • Hate it

    by Meowiezz

    I hate this app it is nothing like the ride I would suggest that people go to Disney if they really want to see the ride this app is a peice of garbage don't buy!

  • Boring!

    by Joes mommy

    Slow and boring! My son is 2.5 and gets bored with in seconds. I wish it went faster because it is cute old school disney. Not worth the $4!

  • Beautiful App

    by Italianbeagle

    The illustrations, iconic music and interactivity have my little ones loving this app! Well done!

  • Please fix

    by Kelbob27

    My son loves this game butt it's so big can you guys please cut back the amount of memory it takes up

  • It's A Small World

    by Pssc21

    Very disappointed? I am unable to even open it! I read that the crash had been resolved for I Pad1, not true!

  • nice graphics, overrated for the nostalgic type

    by nostalgictype

    It has some cute graphics, but really, this is overrated. I am nostalgic about Its a Small World and that is the only way I spent $3.99 for it. Otherwise I think there are far better apps for better prices out there.

  • Lame

    by NarNar32

    Beautiful graphics but nothing to do. My 3.5 yr old lost interest within minutes. And she's a Disney freak!

  • Not yet fixed for ipad 1

    by Chipwich05

    Save your money if you have ipad 1. Version 1.1 still crashes my ipad on the second page.

  • No

    by Jnoel5

    Wast of money do not get it

  • Charming and beautiful

    by wakfulover11

    Artwork is fantastic, beautiful animations. Worth every cent!

  • This app is amazing!

    by Jenny from the Point

    The characters are so adorable and the animation effects are great. Have had no problems with crashes. My 4yr old loves it. I've always thought of the small world song as a poem, thats how this app treats it, it doesnt just sing the song over and over like the ride. Great job disney!

  • Crash and burned!

    by Dan The Man Chisholm

    Crashes every time we try to go beyond the first page. Feels like we got burned for $3.99. Hope they come up with an update to fix it. So disappointed. :-(

  • Still crashing as of 1/23/12

    by Tap once

    Waste of money. I want my $ back!

  • Just gorgeous!

    by SamHollister

    Such a beautiful interactive storybook. Subtle & clever. It captures the spirit & charm of the Mary Blair original art & inspiration for the Disneyland ride. Why do people complain it is not exactly like the ride? It's an APP! For an electronic device! It will never be as good as the actual ride!! After reading enough negative reviews I was concerned but chanced it anyway. I am SO glad. It was worth it! I do think it is ridiculous that you have to pay twice to have it on your iPhone & iPad, hence the 4 stars. If they would fix that, I would easily give this 5 stars. Stop ripping people off Disney!!

  • Magical

    by BriFlowers

    Beautifully done. A must have app!

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