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After extensive damage from a flood, a global effort by Disney Parks here and abroad brings back iconic attraction, beginning December 5

There’s good news today for everyone who loves the “it’s a small world” attraction at Disneyland.

Though damage from a flood at the attraction threatened to keep the iconic attraction away from Guests this holiday season, Disney has just announced that the experience will reopen to Guests next week at the Disneyland Resort in California–and without missing a beat. The ride will reopen as the “it’s a small world holiday” attraction, dressed in its holiday best.

An industrial-sized dehumidifier is lowered by crane onto the It’s a Small World load/unload station to help remove moisture from a flooded maintenance room. (Disney)

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Crews have worked day and night to save the “it’s a small world” ride at Disneyland from further damage. The flood happened early in the morning on November 10, just before the iconic attraction was to make its holly jolly debut for the 2021 Christmas season. A maintenance room underground was filled with water while the “river” along which the ride vehicles move was being refilled.

Let’s just say it was a huge mess.

“I don’t think you could have planned this to happen at a worse time,” said Jason Tomlin, the ride systems manager at the Anaheim park.

The flood damaged the “central command” part of the attraction–the “brain” of the “it’s a small world ride.” The damage took place when the maintenance room under the load and unload station filled up with water. Electrical equipment and ride controls that operate the water pumps and conveyor belts of the ride were overtaken by water.

Fireworks are seen over “It’s a Small World” at Disneyland in this undated photo.

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Repairing the damage should have taken months, but it had to be completed in only a few weeks if the ride was still going to be open to Guests during the very busy holiday season.

The It?s a small world attraction at Disneyland park decorated for the holidays

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First, water had to be pumped out of the maintenance room. This was helped along by a huge dehumidifier the size of one of the cars found in the Autopia attraction at Disneyland. Then technicians had to determine what would need to be replaced and what could be salvaged.

Then crew members began working tirelessly to find the parts they needed to make the repairs. The team reached out to other Disney Parks with the “it’s a small world” attraction to see if they had parts available and whether they could have them delivered overnight, if possible.

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After it was all said and done, a global effort–one that stretched from Japan to China to Florida to France–was what finally brought together everything that was needed to make sure the Disneyland California attraction could be back to its old festive self as “it’s a small world holiday,” just in time for the merrymakers who visit during the holidays and think of the attraction as a staple of their visit.

The attraction is set to open next week, according to Disney. On Disneyland’s website, available times for the attraction look to begin on Sunday, December 5.


About Becky Burkett

I'm an enthusiastic writer who finds joy in random things like cold weather, snow, "I Love Lucy," "The Andy Griffith Show," journals full of blank paper, countdowns to Christmas, the month of December, "Toy Story," "Sleeping Beauty," my 4 kids, my 4 shih tsus, Disney Parks history, Imagineering and visiting the parks. I think Walt Disney is the standard against which genius should be measured. I love to write about Disney Parks, Disney history, all things Imagineering and PIXAR. I adore the colors, story and art direction of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (Team Make it Blue!), and "Toy Story" is life (minus "Toy Story 4"). I believe Walt Disney was so much more than an entertainment and theme park tycoon; I believe he was a savant with a vision for life and how it could be if happiness and kindness are strived for. I love Biergarten at EPCOT and 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian. You can find me croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room, chillin' on the PeopleMover or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. I'm always looking for Imagineers in the parks, and I'd rather meet Joe Rohde and Tony Baxter than anyone in Hollywood! Hey, if you dream it, you really can do it!