It's a small world Holiday (Disneyland Resort)

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Throughout the Holiday Season, the classic attraction it's a small world goes under a dazzling transformation decked inside and out with Christmas lights and decorations.


Special Tips

Location: Fantasyland.
Ride Type: Boat ride
Height Req.: None
Fastpass: No.
Single Rider: No.
Child Swap: No.
Avg. Wait*: 45-60 minutes
Ride Length: 14 minutes
Ride Capacity: About 16 people per boat, 3 to 4 adults per row
Operating Hours: Park opening to park closing. May close for fireworks.
*Wait times my vary widely on a number of factors including crowd levels, showtimes, and hour of the day.
  • Visit "it's a small world" during a parade for a shorter wait.
  • Every 15 minutes, watch the ticking centerpiece clock as it displays the current Disneyland time followed by a parade of dolls that march around the clock tower.
  • At one point, when you reach the queue bridges that go over the waterway to the loading dock, the queue forks into two separate queues. Unless one of the pathways is chained off, head for the shorter side even if you don’t see anybody nearby. Often times, people hesitate and simply stay behind the person in front of them making for a shorter queue on the other side. You might end up passing more than a full boat-load of people in line! Just be sure to keep your entire party together!

Fun Facts

  • It's a small world Holiday premeired in 1997.
  • This was the first attraction in Disneyland to receive a holiday overlay.
  • Besides hearing the ride's signature theme song "it's a small world", "Jingle Bells" and "Deck the Halls" play on a loop.
  • Since the overlay became very popular, it's a small world holiday has been implemented in Tokyo Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland. Disneyland Paris also features a holiday version, albeit more subtle.
  • A crew of 20 Technical Services Cast Members works 17 days straight, 10–12 hours a day, to transform the interior for this overlay.
  • The facade is dressed in 50,000 C-7 lights in 6 colors, plus an additional 2,000 clear flashers—which equals 350,000 watts of light!
  • An additional 150,000 mini lights are placed in the trees, hedges and topiaries.
  • In all, 60,000 cable ties, 3,000 connectors, 25,000 ft. of extension cables and 18,000 ft. of electrical tape are used.

Safety and Accessibility

  • Safety Considerations: None.
  • Wheelchair Accessible: Yes. A special wheelchair-accessible boat may be available, simply ask a Cast Member at the location for assistance. Otherwise, guests must transfer from ECV to an available wheelchair to enter the attraction and then transfer from wheelchair to the ride vehicle.
  • Hearing Disability Services: No.
  • Visual Disability Services: No.
  • Service Animals: Allowed.


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Attraction Details

In 1997, it's a small world holiday opened. The ride's theme is changed slightly to show how people all over the world celebrate the Holidays.

While the inside of the attraction is decked with lights, garland, and plenty of other decorations, it is the outside of the attraction that makes people stop and stare in awe. Thousands of lights outline the facade and subtle holiday music, such as music from the Nutcracker draw people in. At night, a colorful light show entertains guests.

This is also a prime spot to see the Holiday Fireworks show Believe... In Holiday Magic. It snows here, too!

This attraction also helped inspire other holiday overays, like Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy.

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