With Walt Disney World closing in on its 50th anniversary in 2021, many classic Magic Kingdom attractions are set to go through some changes and refurbishments before the big celebration kicks off. The long-rumored addition of Disney film characters to “it’s a small world” will apparently come to fruition just ahead of the golden anniversary festivities, according to internal sources.
I don’t know about you, but it sure sounds a lot better than closing it for some Toy Story show…
The finished product should be very similar to what we saw in “it’s a small world” at Tokyo Disneyland last year, adding about 40 Disney characters to the ride. While the entrance and exit of the two attractions are very different, the on-ride portion of the Tokyo and Orlando boart rides are strikingly similar. The video below should give you a good idea of what to expect for the Magic Kingdom version in the future:
The Tokyo Disneyland refurbishment also brought about beautiful bright lighting, an improved audio system, and a generally refreshed attraction. If you’ve been on the Magic Kingdom version recently, the dimly-lit, aging attraction certainly looks to be in need of that very same treatment. Let’s hope it is in the budget.
If all goes according to plan, “it’s a small world” will close for a few months starting sometime in 2020.
Disney animated movie characters have been added to two of the existing “it’s a small world” attractions around the world, beginning with Disneyland Park in 2009 and Tokyo Disneyland in 2018. Hong Kong Disneyland’s version opened featuring characters in 2008.
Disney has yet to announce the changes for Walt Disney World, but may choose to do so at the upcoming D23 Expo in Anaheim. Only time will tell…