Disney May Soon Require Guests to Pay to Ride This Classic Attraction

When it comes to Disney theme parks, such as Disneyland Park or Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, there are some rides that are simply quintessential to the Disney experience.

Pirates of the Caribbean

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These rides include the classics such as the Pirates of the Caribbean, the Haunted Mansion, Splash Mountain (for now), and “it’s a small world.”

Each of these classic attractions have been replicated in multiple Disney theme parks, even the Disney Parks in other countries. But perhaps, the most recognizable classic Disney attraction that has been replicated is “it’s a small world.”

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It’s no secret that this slow-moving boat ride around the world is divisive: Guests either love or hate this one. It’s either a must-ride or a must-miss.

However, in Disneyland Paris, Guests may have to purchase an extra service in order to experience this classic Disney attraction.

Disneyland Paris D-Light

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Disneyland Paris offers an extra paid service, incredibly similar to Walt Disney World and Disneyland’s Lightning Lane, known as Disney Premier Access. Disney Premier Access gives Guests “fast access” to any ride of their choice, or all eligible attractions for an extra fee. But what does this have to do with “it’s a small world?”

Disneyland Paris’s version of “it’s a small world” closed in November of 2021 for a lengthy refurbishment, and it’s about to open for the first time since. That means it’s been two years since Guests could hitch a ride on the ‘happiest cruise that ever sailed.’

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Once “it’s a small world” reopens in Disneyland Paris, we can expect the lines to be long, considering it’s a well-beloved classic. If you want a chance to ride without wasting the day waiting in line, you may have no choice but to shell out some extra cash for Disney Premier Access.

About Isabella Reimer

Isabella Reimer grew up visiting Walt Disney World and relocated to Central Florida to be even closer to The Most Magical Place on Earth. She earned her Bachelor’s from Florida State University, where she studied Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. Her biggest hobby is bonding with the ikran at Avatar Flight of Passage, and her retirement plan includes becoming the 1,000 Happy Haunt of the Haunted Mansion.