Disney’s Iconic Christmas Attraction Finally Opens After Flood Incident

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At Disneyland, one of the coolest things about a few of the attractions is that they receive holiday makeovers in the form of layovers, creating an almost new version of the attraction!

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At Disneyland Park, the Haunted Mansion sees a Nightmare Before Christmas transformation at Halloween that is fitting for Christmas as well, so it remains there for the holidays. Now, “it’s a small world” finally will unveil its holiday transformation today. “it’s a small world” has been closed for refurbishment as “it’s a small world” Holiday was being prepped for its debut, which will be visible to Guests today. This changeover is a big deal for Disneyland Guests, as we do not get to see the same treatment happen at Walt Disney World Resort.

The attraction was also recently flooded, delaying the debut. Read more on that here. 

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Now, not only will Guests be able to enjoy the stunning exterior, which is lit to the nines with lights, but the festive interior, as well. Disneyland describes the attraction as: 

An Exuberant Holiday Experience
Set sail along a wondrous wintry waterway transformed with whimsical décor. Behold jubilant regional adornments all along your world tour of good cheer. Listen as the costumed chorus of children sings the classic “It’s a Small World (After All)” song and traditional holiday tunes. Listen for the South Sea mermaids who sing “Jingle Shells” and leave a plate of fish for Santa.

The enchantment begins as you approach the iconic façade, which is adorned with thousands of shimmering lights for the season.

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At Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World, Guests can also enjoy a holiday makeover on a classic attraction. The Jungle Cruise, which recently revamped its storyline to a much more culturally appropriate one, has now entered the holiday season with the Jingle Cruise storyline.

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Disneyland does not stop at attraction layovers when it comes to the holidays, either! Disney Merriest Nites is a party that has already sold out, and with the rave reviews which we have heard, it is no surprise that the limited six party nights were snagged by Guests. The event includes:

  • Holiday Experiences
    Join the fun at 6 uniquely themed parties with some favorite Disney Characters—including Mickey Mouse, Miguel, Tiana, Elsa, Lilo, Stitch, Buzz Lightyear—plus snow moments on Main Street, U.S.A. and even an appearance from Santa Claus himself!
  • Early Admission to Disneyland Park
    Arrive ahead beginning at 5:00 PM and explore the park before the party, no theme park reservation required.
  • Merry Entertainment
    Get into the festive spirit with a special performance of A Christmas Fantasy Parade.
  • After-Hours Access to Attractions
    Ride some of the park’s classic attractions—including Haunted Mansion Holiday and Matterhorn Bobsleds—throughout the event, usually with shorter wait times. (Access to Mickey’s Toontown, Critter Country and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will not be available during event hours.)
  • Character Appearances
    Be on the lookout! You may see both rare and classic Disney Characters dressed in their holiday best who will stop by to join the festivities.
  • Festive Photo Ops with Themed Backdrops
    Let Disney PhotoPass photographers capture shots—with unlimited downloads of photos taken during the event—against memorable event-themed backdrops.
  • Holiday and Event Merchandise
    You’ll have the opportunity to purchase holiday merchandise, including special Disney Merriest Nites-themed merchandise available during the event.
  • Specialty Holiday Treats and Eats
    Feast on holiday treats with a twist! Enjoy event-inspired menu options like hot chocolate and cookies at select Disneyland Park locations.
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Will you be celebrating the holidays at Disneyland this year? 

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