Visitors to Disney’s theme parks are fuming after being marooned on a slow boat to nowhere while going on the famous “It’s a Small World” ride.

The attraction, where riders float through a covered area that features over 300 animatronic dolls that sing, “It’s a Small World (After All),” has been an iconic part of various Disney parks.

Disneyland customers took to Twitter this week to document one of the boats getting stuck in the lagoon.

Employees at the Anaheim, Calif.-based park used poles to dislodge one of the boats, so that customers could exit the ride, they wrote.

“Never seen this happen before,” one user posted on Aug. 8, alongside a video showing the incident unfold.

Other customers chimed in: “Haha we were a few boats behind, lucky enough to be stuck still inside in the AC!”

“You were lucky! It was hot waiting for them to fix it!,” added another.

Problems at the attraction have been popping up at other locations recently — forcing riders to endure an endless loop of the hypnotic “It’s a Small World” jingle written by the Sherman brothers in 1963 for the Disneyland location.

Disneyland employees used poles to free customers from the ride.
Disneyland employees used poles to free customers from the ride.
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Last week, Disney World’s version of the ride stopped working, forcing guests to be marooned for over an hour.

A video posted on TikTok by user @hazeysmom22 showed what appeared to be one of the boats sinking at the Florida theme park, captioning with, “This boat said it was not a small world.”

The TikToker called the experience “torture,” as the catchy song played continuously on a loop.

Commenters on the TikTok post expressed their disdain for the ride, with one asking if “they at least turned the song off.”

Visitors ride in a boat at the "It's A Small World" ride at Walt Disney Co.'s Disneyland Resor
Visitors ride in a boat at the “It’s A Small World” ride at Disneyland Resort.
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“They didn’t realize for like 45 mins, everyone was on a boat so we sat there for about an hour stuck with the song on repeat!! TORTURE lol,” the original poster responded.

“So the song will forever be stuck in your head now??  I rode it for 2 minutes and it took two weeks to get it out of my brain,” another person commented.

Disney World has been plagued by a few other mishaps this summer. In July the Magic Kingdom saw a huge fight that involved at least 10 people, and a few weeks later, video footage came out of guests climbing out of a car on Splash Mountain because it started sinking. It was the park’s third sinking incident in two years.

Customers at both of Disney’s American parks, in Florida and in California, have also griped about the soaring prices and the poor quality of food.


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