UPDATED: Disney introduces dolls in wheelchairs inside It’s a Small World

Starting this holiday season at Disneyland Park, the It’s a Small World attraction will feature new dolls in wheelchairs throughout the ride, with the ride in Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris expected to follow in 2023.

It's a small world female doll in a wheelchair

By Anthony Langdon

It's a small world male doll in a wheelchair

“At Disney Parks, the diversity of our cast members and guests and their perspectives about the world inspire us to keep our parks, experiences, and products in a constant state of becoming — becoming more vibrant, more inclusive, more delightful, and more relevant,” Disney said in a press release. 

The dolls in wheelchairs can be spotted in the Latin America and finale scenes of the Disneyland ride. The wheelchairs were designed and hand-crafted through a collaboration between Disney Imagineers, the Resort Enhancement, Animation, and Wardrobe departments, and the Enabled Business Employee Resource Group, which advocates on behalf of cast members and guests with disabilities.

This addition is one of several updates and enhancements to Disney park attractions in recent years in an effort to host more accurate representations of diversity around the world, including changes to Jungle Cruise at Disneyland Park and Magic Kingdom, as well as the complete upcoming retheming of Splash Mountain in both parks to “The Princess and the Frog.”

Updated 3/1/23: A new doll in a wheelchair has been added to “it’s a small world” in Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.

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  1. Does Disneyland have a way for persons in wheelchairs to transfer to the boats so the can go on the ride to see the new edition of characters in wheelchairs. I know Pirates of the Caribbean doesn’t.
    Wish they would redesign the boats for additional distance between seat and back of seat in front of you and more steps inside boat rather than only to step on the seat and maybe a rail to hold on to. We . Just wishing cause I’d like to go on those rides.