Take a look at the “it’s a small world” Holiday transformation at Disneyland

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Disneyland Christmas Village decoration

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Every year, it’s a small world transforms into a winter wonderland with a holiday overlay celebrating the cultures of the world. And during the holiday season at Disneyland Resort, “it’s a small world” Holiday illuminates Fantasyland every night in a lighting and projection show set to classic holiday tunes.

“it’s a small world” is a classic Fantasyland attraction that so many families can’t miss whenever they visit Disneyland Resort. When the holiday season begins, the happiest cruise that ever sailed becomes even merrier. The attraction undergoes a massive transformation every year in order to become the holiday attraction that all of us know and love. And even though the holiday version of the ride is breathtakingly beautiful, Disneyland cast members have to work tirelessly every year to make the transformation happen.

Watch Disneyland Imagineers transform “it’s a small world” into a holiday winter wonderland in this video:

Disney cast members create festive scenes throughout the interior of “it’s a small world” to depict the many holidays celebrated by different cultures of the world. The entire ride culminates in a beautiful winter wonderland scene in which the children of the world come together to celebrate the holiday season and invite guests to sing along with them. We know the classic “it’s a small world” tune is hard to resist singing along to, but the holiday soundtrack is even better. There’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than by riding “it’s a small world” Holiday.

Take a look at a full ride-through of “it’s a small world” Holiday: 

While the interior of the ride is incomparable, the exterior is an attraction in and of itself. A must-see holiday attraction for Disneyland guests, “it’s a small world” Holiday and the surrounding plaza in Fantasyland illuminate the nighttime atmosphere every evening with over 400,000 twinkling lights. Throughout the “it’s a small world” plaza, the classic “it’s a small world” theme song plays along with a holiday music medley. And every evening at 5:15 p.m., “it’s a small world” Holiday lights up the night when the entire exterior façade comes to life.

Every 30 minutes throughout the evening, a holiday projection and music show takes place on the exterior of the attraction. The show occurs every evening at Disneyland, and you won’t want to miss it. We love snagging a seat for the evening showing of A Christmas Fantasy parade near the “it’s a small world” Holiday plaza so that we can view the parade and the projection show from the same area.

While “it’s a small world” Holiday is a popular attraction year after year, you don’t have to worry about missing it on your trip to Disneyland Resort. Now, you and your family can utilize the Disneyland Resort FastPass system for “it’s a small world,” so you can enjoy the attraction over and over again. We suggest riding the attraction without a FastPass in the morning when the wait time is a bit shorter than usual, then booking a FastPass for the evening after all the lights turn on. The “it’s a small world” Holiday projection show and ride overlay are two of our favorite attractions that Disneyland Resort has to offer, and you can only experience them during the holiday season.

We love celebrating the holidays at Disneyland Resort, and “it’s a small world” Holiday is just one of the many reasons to visit during this season. But don’t hesitate to book your trip! You can enjoy “it’s a small world” Holiday and all of the other seasonal fun at Disneyland Resort through January 6, 2019.

What is your favorite holiday attraction at Disneyland Resort?

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