As Disney fans know, “it’s a small world” has been a beloved ride since its debut at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. The catchy song and beautiful display of culture and language make it a fan favorite, but it’s more than just a ride. It uniquely positions Disney to honor the diversity of people around the world, and that’s a responsibility the company takes seriously.
One person who understands the significance of “it’s a small world” is Magic Kingdom Park cast member Jean Collins. She first rode the attraction when it debuted at the World’s Fair and fell in love with its representation of peace through understanding and celebrating the unique differences that make us human. Her affinity for the ride brought her to Magic Kingdom, where she now works as an attraction host, sharing her enthusiasm for the ride with guests.
For Disney, diversity and inclusion are top priorities, and this is reflected in all of their parks and experiences. Walt Disney Imagineering continuously considers updates to better reflect the world around us, and a recent addition is a new doll in a wheelchair that was welcomed to the “it’s a small world” attraction at Magic Kingdom.
Cast members who are part of the ENABLED Business Employee Resource Group, a cast member-led group with a shared passion around accessibility, were among the first to see the new addition. For ENABLED leadership team member Liv, who has a sister who used a wheelchair, the addition was particularly meaningful.
Disney’s commitment to diversity and inclusion ensures that all guests feel welcome and represented, and the “it’s a small world” ride is just one example of how they honor the diversity of people around the world. As fans of Disney, we can all appreciate the company’s dedication to creating experiences that celebrate and unite people from all walks of life.