Disney Parks Attraction Reopens, Featuring Characters with a Disability

it's a small world holiday

At least one Disney Parks attraction has received the ultimate upgrade and reimagining, this time featuring two different characters with disabilities.

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One attraction at Disneyland Resort really gets special treatment during the Christmas season, as the entire attraction enjoys a beautiful holiday overlay. Known as “it’s a small world holiday,” it can only be experienced during the Christmas season, and it’s only available to Guests at Disneyland Resort in California.

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Disneyland describes “it’s a small world” as follows:

Voyage along the Seven Seaways canal and behold a cast of almost 300 Audio-Animatronics dolls representing children from every corner of the globe as they sing the classic anthem to world peace—in their native languages. 

Amid vibrant backdrops, you’ll travel through country after country, and by journey’s end, you’ll see that it really is a small world after all.

During your cruise, keep an eye out for Peter Pan and Tinker Bell in England, Cinderella in her native France, Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket in Italy, Aladdin and Jasmine in the Middle East, The Three Caballeros in Mexico, Ariel and Flounder under the sea, Lilo and Stitch in the South Pacific, and Woody, Bullseye and Jessie in the southwestern U.S.A.

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This year, however, Disneyland unveiled two very special additions to the attraction: two dolls inside the attraction that represent children in the world with disabilities.

“Disneyland is unveiling two new dolls in wheelchairs for ‘it’s a small world,'” reads a tweet by @DLPReport. “They will also be featured at Disneyland Paris when the attraction reopens in 2023.”

Both dolls are seated in wheelchairs. One is holding a choral book for the Christmas favorite, “Deck the Halls.”

its a small world doll in wheelchair

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And the other doll representing a child with a disability is seated in a wheelchair, holding a choral book for the song “Jingle Bells.”


Similar dolls will be part of the attraction found at Disneyland Paris when the attraction reopens at the Parisian park next year, but it’s unclear whether the dolls will be found at the attraction at Fantasyland at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.

About Becky Burkett

Becky's from the Lone Star State and has been writing since she was 10 and encountered her first Disney Park when she was 11. It was love at first Main Street Electrical Parade. Joy is blank lined journals, 0.7 mm pens, and all things Walt, Woody and Buzz, PIXAR, Imagineering, Sleeping Beauty (make it blue!), Disney Parks history and EPCOT. At Disney World, you'll find her croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. If you can dream, you really can do it!