“it’s a small world” Holiday has once again returned to the Disneyland Resort where it is bringing holiday magic to those who cruise through the attraction. Since 1997, this popular attraction has been singing a medley that includes It’s a Small World along with Deck the Halls and Jingle Bells. Decked out for the holidays, this attraction isn’t just a magical experience but also a beautiful one inside and out.
The Daps Magic team was invited to the Disneyland Resort to cover the kick off of the Holidays at Disneyland Resort. As part of the day’s coverage, the team went for a ride on “it’s a small world” Holiday. Check out the video from this opening day ride-through here:
As the attraction opens for this holiday season, the Disneyland Resort shared some fun facts about “it’s a small world” Holiday. Check them out here:
Fun facts about ‘it’s a small world’ Holiday
- Guests voyage through 10 scenes inspired by locations around the globe, showcasing unique holiday traditions from Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Signs and banners throughout share warm holiday greetings in such languages and dialects as French Canadian, Dutch, Asante and Hawaiian.
- Many languages of the world can be heard serenading guests, with cheerful tunes in English, French, Italian, Spanish and Scandinavian languages.
- 50,000 lights illuminate the façade of “it’s a small world” Holiday, with an additional 350,000 mini-lights brightening the trees, hedges and animal topiaries surrounding the attraction. Thousands of additional lights adorn the nearby shops and food kiosks.
- Multiple times each night, sparkling projections transforms the brightly lit façade of “it’s a small world” Holiday into an enormous clockwork mechanism. The gears and springs pull back to reveal a world of holiday wonders hidden behind the smiling clock at the front of the attraction.
- The iconic music of “it’s a small world,” written by the legendary Sherman Brothers, is enhanced with the caroling classics “Jingle Bells” and “Deck the Halls.” The South Seas scene features mermaids singing along to “Jingle Shells,” a themed adaption of the beloved “Jingle Bells.”
- Guests can experience five scents while aboard this wintry waterway. In Asia, guests enjoy the fragrance of cherry blossoms. South America adds a classic cinnamon scent, and the South Seas bring tropical flair with the smell of coconut. The essence of fresh pine and peppermint candy fill the air in the European scenes.
- To complement the original art style of “it’s a small world” – created by Disney Legend Mary Blair – the holiday decorations seen throughout the attraction are designed to look like homemade crafts.
- In the European scenes, 150 giant candles decorate the Christmas tree and surrounding areas to create a warm holiday glow. The once common Western European tradition of lighting candles has inspired the custom of stringing lights to Christmas trees, a practice common today for families around the world.
- The interior of the attraction is decorated by two dozen cast members in 18 days, while the exterior is transformed over eight weeks (with some stages taking place overnight, while the attraction is operational during the day).
What do you think of “it’s a small world” Holiday? What is your favorite part? Did you know all of the fun facts? Share your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!