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New Wheelchair Doll Added to ‘it’s a small world’ at Walt Disney World

Wheelchair Doll Added to it's a small world at wdw

In its commitment to honor diversity amongst its cast members and Guests, Walt Disney World has added a new doll in a wheelchair to the “it’s a small world” attraction at Magic Kingdom.

The Details

“it’s a small world” is more than just a beloved ride…it’s one that honors the diversity of people around the world.

In keeping with that goal, Walt Disney Imagineering installed a new doll in a wheelchair to the attraction on March 1, 2023, to build on “it’s a small world’s” longstanding legacy of diverse representation at Walt Disney World.

In announcing the addition, Disney said, “We remain committed to our ongoing work to champion inclusivity and are excited for what the future brings as we continue to reflect the beauty of our individual experiences. It doesn’t matter who you are. If you are a guest in our park or a cast member, we celebrate you — your background, your culture, your identity — and we welcome you every day.”

Sister park Disneyland added two wheelchair dolls to that park’s “it’s a small world” attraction in November 2022 for the same reason.

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Cast Member Response

Among those who got to see this new addition for the first time were cast members who are part of the ENABLED Business Employee Resource Group, a cast member led group with shared passion around accessibility.

“The parks are very special to my family,” Liv, a member of the ENABLED leadership team explains. “My sister Chloe used a wheelchair, so to see a character in such an iconic attraction that puts the spotlight on accessibility makes my heart feel full.”

Also present was Magic Kingdom Park cast member Jean Collins, who first rode “it’s a small world” when it debuted in 1964 at the New York World’s Fair.

“‘it’s a small world’ is special because so many people are able to see themselves reflected throughout the ride,” Jean says. “Walt would be proud if he could see the attraction today.”

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Have you had the chance to spot the new additions to “it’s a small world” at either park? Let us know in the comments.