It's a small world after all.

By Andrea Romano
April 06, 2020
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Now more than ever, it’s a small, small, small, small world.

Dealing with anxiety as coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to be a major issue in the U.S. is totally normal. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed, sad, and unmotivated when you’re stuck inside all day, every day.

But one man in Portland, Oregon isn’t letting the ongoing pandemic get him (or his grandkids) down.

According to Oregon Live, grandpa George Warneke decided to give his six grandchildren a special gift — a DIY, virtual “trip” on Disneyland’s ‘It’s A Small World’ ride. Like many families across the country, Warneke has not been able to see his relatives since the outbreak of COVID-19.

“Like everyone in the whole world right now, we are trying to cope with staying at home,” Warneke said to Oregon Live.

Warneke’s six grandchildren are all aged between two and six years old and their favorite Disney ride happens to be the relentlessly cheerful, colorful, ear-wormy ‘It’s A Small World’ ride, Oregon Live reported.

Although Disneyland has released an official virtual trip through the ride on YouTube, Warneke decided to make his ride extra special by setting up a replica in his own home using dolls, twinkling lights, paper walls and tunnels, toy cars, and lots of makeshift “landscapes.” He used Disneyland’s official video as inspiration for his replica, Oregon Live reported.

“I’m kind of a project-oriented guy, and I was trying to figure out something I could do to make my kids and grandkids smile,” Warneke told Oregon Live. “It kind of consumed me. It took me an entire week to build it, working off and on each day and evening.”

To make it a more interactive experience, Warneke had his granddaughter, Susie, play the song “It’s A Small World After All” from her iPad while watching Warneke drive his toy car (which served as a “boat” from the ride) through his homemade masterpiece.

Warneke posted a recording of the video on Facebook. Be prepared to hum this tune all day long.