When it comes to classic Magic Kingdom attractions, there are several that come to mind, including the Haunted Mansion, Space Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, and the Jungle Cruise, just to name a few. Many of the most beloved attractions in this Disney Park can be found in Fantasyland, with the likes of Peter Pan’s Flight, Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, and “it’s a small world.”
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“it’s a small world” has undergone several updates at Disney Parks over the years, all while keeping true to the 1964 New York World’s Fair original attraction. At Disneyland, the attraction now features Disney characters that have been added to select scenes, along with a couple of dolls seated in wheelchairs.
When the Disneyland version of “it’s a small world” reopened, Disney shared that the new push toward inclusivity by showing some of the dolls in wheelchairs would eventually come to Disney World, and as of March 2, 2023, this exciting update has been made.
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The Disney Parks Blog recently shared a first look at the newest doll to debut in the attraction who is shown using a wheelchair. The new addition is part of Disney’s movement to feature more inclusivity in the theme parks. In discussing the new doll, Disney shared:
Walt Disney Imagineering continuously considers updates to our parks and experiences to better reflect the world around us. Just last night, a new doll in a wheelchair was welcomed to the Magic Kingdom attraction, building on “it’s a small world’s” longstanding legacy of diverse representation.
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While Disney has been making more inclusive updates to several attractions and experiences throughout the Magic Kingdom and beyond, “it’s a small world” is the perfect location to further showcase diversity. The ride, which has displayed cultures coming together from around the world for nearly 60 years, continues its original storytelling originally created for UNICEF at the World’s Fair for Guests visiting the Magic Kingdom from around the world.
At Disneyland, the ride has continued to receive updates, adding more dolls in wheelchairs and new Disney characters around the attraction. While Walt Disney World has not announced any plans to add Disney characters, it is possible that we will see more wheelchairs and other inclusive updates in the future.