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Is Disneyland’s “It’s a Small World” Reopening Soon?

One of the most iconic attractions at Disneyland Park is “it’s a small world”. Sure, there are other versions, but the Disneyland ride is the original. Knowing that it held a special place in Walt Disney’s heart makes it hold a special place in ours.

Each year, the Disneyland version of “it’s a small world” receives a holiday makeover. Thousands of lights are added outside, and there are seasonal surprises inside during the slow moving boat ride. It is must-do if visiting Disneyland during the Christmas season.

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This year, things didn’t go as planned. The 2021 holiday makeover was supposed to debut for the first evening of Disney Merriest Nights on November 11. Unfortunately, there was a flood inside the ride as it was refilled with water, and there was substantial damage.

Related: Flood Delays the Reopening of “it’s a small world” at Disneyland

There were rumors that “it’s a small world” would remain closed for months. “It’s a small world” Holiday Lighting has been taking place at 5:00 each evening, but the ride had “no times available” listed since the flood.

It looks like things are about to change. The page for “it’s a small world” Holiday has no times available on December 5, but on December 6 it’s listed as being open from 8:00 a.m. until midnight.

According to the Orange County Register, Disneyland started testing boats again on December 2. It makes sense that Disney would want to test things for a few days before officially reopening the ride.

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The Orange County Register also states that 20 different departments worked together to fix “it’s a small world”. A repair of this caliber would normally take months. A call went out to the other Disney Parks across the globe, and the necessary parts were sent overnight.

“It’s a small world” is a classic all year long, but it’s even more magical during the holidays. We are thrilled that Guests will most likely be able to experience the entire holiday attraction soon. We think that Mickey and Minnie are happy about it as well.

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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.