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Flood Delays the Reopening of “It’s a Small World” at Disneyland

Disneyland is filled with iconic rides, and one of the favorites of many is “it’s a small world”. Even though there are other versions across the globe, there is something special about the original that was part of the 1964 New York World’s Fair. The ride is even more magical during the holidays because it receives a special overlay. Sadly, that overlay has caused problems this year.

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According to the Orange County Register, some flooding occurred while trying to refill the flume. This affected part of the ride’s machinery. The Park was closed at the time. The Disneyland website has the ride listed as “no times available”. There is no word on when the ride will reopen.

While most Guests understand that things can and do go wrong from time to time, it is easy to understand why they will be disappointed. Tonight (November 11) is the first night of Disney Merriest Nites. This special ticketed event is taking place just six times, and they all sold out quickly. Those attending were hoping that the holiday version of “it’s a small world” would be part of their evening.

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Even without the iconic ride, there will be plenty to do at Disney Merriest Nites. There will be six themed zones, making it feel like it is six different parties in one. The zones are Victorian-Themed Party on Main Street, U.S.A., Feliz Navidad Party in Frontierland, New Orleans Holiday in New Orleans Square, Frozen-Themed Party in Fantasyland, Tropical Party in Adventureland, and Tomorrowland Party in Tomorrowland. A Christmas Fantasy Parade will take place, there will be “snow”, and plenty of character sightings. All PhotoPass downloads are included with the price of the ticket, and there will be unique picture opportunities. There will be holiday treats for sale. As disappointing as it will be to not be able to ride “it’s a small world”, it will still be a magical event.

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About Paula K

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.