Jared Stern, who signed on in February to write The Lego Movie 2 for Warner Bros., pitched a take on the ride to Disney and will write the screenplay. Deadline reports that this project will likely take quite a while to come together, but Disney envisions it as a potential franchise.
It's a Small World was designed by Walt Disney himself, and debuted at the 1964 World's Fair on April 22, 1964, which was described as follows in the 1965 Official Guide Book to the New York World's Fair.
"A salute to the children of the world, designed by Walt Disney, presents animated figures frolicking in miniature settings of many lands. Visitors are carried past the scenes in small boats. In an adjoining building Pepsi sponsors exhibits by the U.S. Committee for the United Nations Children's Fund. Above the pavilion rises the 120-foot Tower of the Four Winds, a fanciful creation of colored shapes that dance and twist in the breeze."
The attraction currently runs at six Disney theme parks around the world, consisting of a boat ride through several international cities while viewers are treated to the catchy theme song of the same name, sung by a choir of animatronic children, which promotes global unity.