The addition creates more inclusivity in the long-standing attraction

Disneyland added two new dolls in wheelchairs to its iconic “it’s a small world” attraction, showing a more inclusive experience in this ride that has been in operation since 1966. Introduced at the Holidays at Disneyland premiere night, the two new dolls are part of the “it’s a small world” holiday-themed overlay and will become a permanent part of the attraction after the holiday season ends. One doll is displayed in the scene representing South America, and the second doll can be spotted in the finale scene.

Disneyland Resort

It is integral for all Disneyland visitors to be able to see themselves in rides like “it’s a small world” and this move by Disney is an important step in that direction. This update can currently only be seen at Disneyland but is expected to come to Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and Disneyland Paris in 2023. Erin Quintanilla, manager of Disneyland’s accessibility team, told The Huffington Post that the new dolls “authentically represent those of us who live life on wheels.”

Another new addition at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure this holiday season is the introduction of MagicBand+, which has been available at the Florida parks for a few years. MagicBands+ are multi-functional bracelets that let you store tons of information, like your entry pass and Lightning Lane reservations, and make your Disneyland experience that much easier. Available for purchase at $35 and up, any MagicBand+ purchased for use at Disneyland will work at Disney World as well.

Top holiday billing always goes to “Haunted Mansion Holiday” where Jack Skellington has transformed the New Orleans house into his own world, and the “Believe… in Holiday Magic” fireworks show, complete with a “snowfall” and vibrant projections.

Fans of Black Panther will love the addition of Wakanda Forever at Avengers Campus in Disney California Adventure park through Jan. 8, 2023. Guests will be able to celebrate the arrival of two new warriors, feast on fare inspired by African cuisine, discover props from the film, and more. “The limited-time experiences at Avengers Campus celebrating ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ immerse guests in the spirit, culture, and power of Wakanda,” according to Michael Serna, Executive Creative Director for Disney Live Entertainment. In the film, the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, and these must-see experiences invite Disneyland Resort guests to join their own chapter of that journey.”

Read more about what you can expect at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure this holiday season.

Your daily dose of joy and connection
Get the Tinybeans app