It's a Small World Holiday is an annual version of the attraction It's a Small World. Since 1997, Disneyland has featured "It's a small world Holiday" during the end-of-the-year Christmas and holiday season. It didn't come back for several more years until 2005. That was the one year FastPass was used for this attraction. The attraction is closed in late-October to receive temporary holiday decorations inside and outside, and reopens in early-November before the start of the busy holiday tourist season. The attraction is the same boat voyage through many regions of the world, though the main theme song is not played fully. Instead, the children sing "Jingle Bells" and a bridge of "Deck the Halls" in addition to the main theme.

The holiday overlay has since been implemented at Tokyo Disneyland with similar decorations, if not more, than the Disneyland version.

Disneyland Paris's version used to add subtle decorations around the attraction and changed the music in the North American area to "Deck the Halls". For the 2009 winter season, Disneyland Paris has added "it's a small world celebration", a variation of "it's a small world - happy holiday" highlighting winter season frolic shared by people worldwide. It includes new costumes, lighting, sounds, decorations and uses a different version of the music.

Hong Kong Disneyland's "it's a small world - happy holiday" changes the music seasonally and subtly adds a few Christmas decorations.

Attraction Ride-Through

As you approach the facade you hear a familiar tune, along with "Jingle Bells". Every 15 minutes a holiday projection show is projected on the "small world" facade. You board your boat and enter the "Hello Room", which now has a "Happy Holidays" sign. The Antarctica Room which is now the North Pole. You travel through the ride and discover Chinese New Year, Jungle Jangles, and Feliz Navidad. You enter the North American room to see yourself in a country Christmas. Finally you enter the "Finale Room" and you hear "Deck the Halls". Everything is decorated with white garland and lights hang from the roof. You exit through the Goodbye room, where the Postcards have been replaced with Christmas cards. You exit the building and catch the twinkling lights once more as you disembark.

Exterior

The exterior is adorned with thousands of twinkling lights. The clock has a Santa hat and some white garland and wreaths hang along the doors to the clock numerals. The bushes also have lights in them. There is also a projection show that happens every 15 minutes.

Changes

  • When it re-opened in 2005, FASTPASS machines were added. They have since been removed.
  • When the North America room was the Rainforest Room, there were giant black curtains that hid the scene and it was used as a transition room.
  • The Hawaii room used to feature all of Santa's reindeer. Over the years it has been shortened.
  • In 2011 a new snowman was added to the finale.

Trivia

  • In the Japan room of the Disneyland overlay, fireworks from the Main Street Electrical Parade's To Honor America unit can be seen. Considering how the original Anaheim parade (Version A) was scrapped for parts in 1997, these fireworks (built in 1979) were recycled to be used in the Small World Holiday theming. They, along with Casey Junior's drum are the only things saved from demolition.

References


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Main Street, U.S.A.
Disneyland RailroadThe Disney GalleryDapper DansMain Street Vehicles
Adventureland
Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki RoomIndiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden EyeTarzan's TreehouseJungle Cruise (Reopening in July 16, 2021)
Frontierland
Big Thunder Mountain RailroadMark Twain RiverboatGolden Horseshoe SaloonPirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island (Reopening in 2021)
Fantasyland
Sleeping Beauty CastleAlice in WonderlandCasey Jr. Circus TrainDumbo the Flying ElephantIt's a Small WorldKing Arthur CarrouselMad Tea PartyMr. Toad's Wild RidePeter Pan's FlightPinocchio's Daring JourneySnow White's Enchanted WishPixie HollowSword in the StoneRoyal HallMatterhorn Bobsleds (Reopening in July 2, 2021) • Storybook Land Canal Boats (Reopening in 2021)

Seasonal: It's a Small World Holiday

Tomorrowland
Astro OrbitorAutopiaSpace MountainStar Tours: The Adventures ContinueDisneyland Monorail SystemPush the Talking Trash CanBuzz Lightyear Astro Blasters (Reopening in June 26, 2021)

Seasonal: Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy

New Orleans Square
The Haunted MansionPirates of the Caribbean

Seasonal: Haunted Mansion Holiday

Critter Country
Splash MountainNew Adventures with Princess Tiana (Coming Soon) • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Mickey's Toontown
Gadget's Go CoasterRoger Rabbit's Car Toon SpinMickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway(Opening in 2023)
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge
Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's RunStar Wars: Rise of the Resistance
Current Entertainment
Magic Happens (Reopening in 2022) • Fantasmic! (Reopening in 2022)

Seasonal: A Christmas Fantasy ParadeDisney's Celebrate AmericaHalloween ScreamsBelieve... In Holiday MagicFantasy in the Sky: New Year's Eve SpecialVillains Dance Party

Former Attractions and Entertainment
The Walt Disney StorySnow White and Her AdventuresAladdin's OasisSwiss Family TreehouseBig Thunder RanchMike Fink Keel BoatsNature's WonderlandMickey Mouse Club TheaterAutopiaSkywayAriel's GrottoDisney Afternoon Avenue20,000 Leagues Under the SeaRocket Rods Circle-Vision 360° (America the BeautifulWonders of ChinaAmerican Journeys) • Rocket to the MoonThe World Beneath UsHouse of the FutureSubmarine VoyageFlying SaucersAdventure Thru Inner SpaceCarousel of ProgressAmerica SingsInnoventionsSuper Hero HQStar ToursRocket JetsBeauty and the Beast Live on StageThe Magic, the Memories and YouPeopleMoverStarcadeMagic JourneysCaptain EOHoney, I Shrunk the AudienceStar Wars: Path of the JediThe Disney GalleryDisneyland Dream SuiteCountry Bear JamboreeToon ParkMain Street Electrical ParadeLight MagicPaint the NightAmerica on ParadeFlights of Fantasy ParadeAladdin's Royal CaravanThe Lion King CelebrationHercules Victory ParadeMulan ParadeMotor Boat CruiseMickey and the Magical MapViewliner Train of TomorrowSnow White's Scary AdventuresGreat Moments with Mr. LincolnMain Street CinemaDavy Crockett's Explorer CanoesStar Wars Launch BayFinding Nemo Submarine VoyageSailing Ship ColumbiaSleeping Beauty Castle WalkthroughChip 'n' Dale's TreehouseDonald's BoatGoofy's PlayhouseMickey's House and Meet MickeyMinnie's House

Seasonal: Rockin' Space MountainHyperspace MountainCountry Bear Vacation HoedownCountry Bear Christmas SpecialWalt Disney's Parade of DreamsPixar Play ParadeMickey's Soundsational ParadeFrightfully Fun ParadeThe Hunchback of Notre Dame Topsy Turvy CavalcadeParade of the StarsMickey's Costume Party CavalcadeBelieve... There's Magic in the StarsFantasy in the SkyImagine... A Fantasy in the SkyMagical: Disney's New Nighttime Spectacular of Magical CelebrationsRemember... Dreams Come TrueTogether Forever: A Pixar Nighttime SpectacularJingle CruiseDisneyland ForeverMickey's Mix Magic

Resorts
Disneyland Hotel


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World Bazaar
Omnibus
Fantasyland
Cinderella CastleSnow White's AdventuresSnow White GrottoPinocchio's Daring JourneyDumbo the Flying ElephantCinderella's Fairy Tale HallCastle CarrouselAlice's Tea PartyPeter Pan's FlightPooh's Hunny HuntIt's a Small WorldMickey's PhilharMagicThe Haunted MansionFantasyland Forest Theatre (Mickey's Magical Music World) • Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast

Seasonal: Haunted Mansion Holiday NightmareIt's a Small World Holiday

Adventureland
Swiss Family TreehouseWestern River RailroadJungle CruisePirates of the CaribbeanThe Enchanted Tiki Room: Stitch Presents Aloha e Komo Mai!
Tomorrowland
Monsters, Inc. Ride & Go SeekSpace MountainBuzz Lightyear Astro BlastersStitch EncounterStar Tours: The Adventures ContinueThe Happy Ride with Baymax
Toontown
Mickey's House and Meet MickeyMinnie's HouseMinnie's Style StudioGoofy’s Paint 'n' Play HouseDonald's BoatChip 'n' Dale's TreehouseRoger Rabbit's Car Toon SpinGadget's Go CoasterToon Park
Westernland
Big Thunder Mountain RailroadMark Twain RiverboatCountry Bear TheaterTom Sawyer IslandWesternland Shooting Gallery
Critter Country
Splash MountainBeaver Brothers Explorer Canoes
Current Entertainment
Disney Light the Night • Dreaming Up!Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade: DreamLightsNightfall Glow

Seasonal: Spooky "Boo!" Parade • Disney Gifts of ChristmasUsatama on the Run!

Former Attractions and Entertainment
The Disney GallerySkywayMickey Mouse RevueCinderella Castle Mystery TourWalt Disney's Enchanted Tiki RoomThe Enchanted Tiki Room: Get the Fever! • Lilo's Luau & Fun • Minnie Oh! Minnie!Magic JourneysMeet the WorldMircoAdventuresStarcadeCircle-Vision 360° (The Timekeeper) • Donald's Wacky Kingdom • Feel the MagicOnce Upon a MouseStar ToursCaptain EOGrand Recruit RacewayHercules the HeroIt's Magical!Star JetsOne Man's Dream II: The Magic Lives On! • Goofy's Bounce House • Jolly Trolley • Super Duper Jumpin' TimeOnce Upon a TimeDisney's FantillusionFantasy in the SkyCinderellabration: Lights of Romance

Seasonal: Disney's Halloween Parade "Scream & Shout"Disney's Halloween Parade "Re-Villains!" and "Banzai! Villains!" (Formerly "Let's Go, Villains!") • Halloween Pop'n LIVECelebrate! Tokyo DisneylandMickey's Gift of Dreams

Resorts
Tokyo Disneyland HotelDisney Ambassador Hotel


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Main Street, U.S.A.
Disneyland RailroadLiberty ArcadeDiscovery ArcadeMain Street Vehicles
Frontierland
Legends of the Wild WestBig Thunder Mountain RailroadPhantom ManorRiver Rogue Keel BoatsRustler Roundup Shooting GalleryThunder Mesa Riverboat LandingThe Lion King: Rhythms of the Pride Lands
Adventureland
Le Passage Enchanté d'AladdinAdventure IsleLa Cabane des RobinsonIndiana Jones et le Temple du PérilPirates of the Caribbean
Fantasyland
Le Château de la Belle au Bois DormantLe Carrousel de LancelotBlanche-Neige et les Sept NainsLes Voyages de PinocchioPeter Pan's FlightAlice's Curious LabyrinthDumbo the Flying ElephantIt's a Small WorldMad Hatter Tea PartyLe Pays de Contes de FéesCasey Jr. - Le Petit Train du CirqueSword in the StonePavillon des Princesses
Discoveryland
AutopiaOrbitronLes Mystères du NautilusBuzz Lightyear Laser BlastStar Tours : L'Aventure ContinueStar Wars Hyperspace MountainMickey et son Orchestre PhilharMagique
Current Entertainment
Disney Stars on Parade

Seasonal: A Merry StitchmasIt's Good To Be Bad With The Disney VillainsDisney Christmas ParadeMickey et le Big Band de NoëlMickey's Halloween Celebration

Former Attractions and Entertainment
Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage • The Enchanted Fireworks • The Hunchback of Notre Dame CarnivalCaptain EOCircle-Vision 360°Davy Crockett's Explorer CanoesDapper DansDisney's FantillusionDisney's ImagiNations ParadeThe Lion King FestivalDisney's Once Upon a Dream ParadeDisney Dreams!Disney Magic on ParadeDisney Toon CircusFantasy in the SkyHoney, I Shrunk the AudienceMain Street Electrical ParadeMickey presents: "Happy Anniversary Disneyland Paris"Mulan, La LégendeMulan ParadeHercules HappeningSpace Mountain: Mission 2Tarzan: The EncounterThe TimekeeperThe Wonderful World of Disney ParadeWinnie the Pooh and Friends, too!Woody's Roundup VillageStar Wars: Path of the JediDisney Illuminations

Seasonal: Chantons La Reine des NeigesDisney's Maleficious Halloween PartyDisney's Showtime SpectacularDr. Facilier's Carnival-LoweenFollowing the Leader with Peter PanGoofy's Skeletoons Street PartyFrozen Summer Fun!The Forest of Enchantment: A Disney Musical AdventureLe Voeu de Noël de la Princesse AuroreMickey's Magical CelebrationMickey's Winter WonderlandMickey and his Magic Halloween NightMickey's Halloween CelebrationLa Parade d'AladdinWishes

Resorts
Disneyland HotelDisney's Hotel New York — The Art of MarvelDisney's Sequoia LodgeDisney's Newport Bay ClubDisney's Hotel CheyenneDisney's Hotel Santa FeDisney's Davy Crockett Ranch


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Main Street, U.S.A.
Animation AcademyArt of AnimationHong Kong Disneyland Railroad • Hong Kong Disneyland Band • Main Street Vehicles • Ragtime Piano • The Annex • Building a Dream: The Magic Behind a Disney Castle
Adventureland
Festival of the Lion King • Jungle Drumming • Jungle River CruiseKaribuni MarketplaceLiki TikisMoana: A Homecoming CelebrationTarzan's Treehouse
Fantasyland
Castle of Magical DreamsThe Royal Reception HallCinderella CarrouselDumbo the Flying ElephantFairy Tale ForestFantasy GardensHong Kong Disneyland RailroadIt's a Small WorldMad Hatter Tea CupsThe Many Adventures of Winnie the PoohMickey's PhilharMagicMickey and the Wondrous BookPixie HollowPush the Talking Trash CanSnow White GrottoSword in the Stone
Tomorrowland
Hyperspace MountainOrbitron
Toy Story Land
Barrel of Fun • Cubot • RC RacerSlinky Dog Spin • Toy Soldier Boot Camp • Toy Soldier Parachute Drop
Grizzly Gulch
Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine CarsGeyser Gulch • Welcome Wagon Show
Mystic Point
Mystic ManorGarden of WondersFreight Depot
Arendelle: World of Frozen (Opening in 2022)
Frozen Ever After (Opening in 2012) • Wandering Oaken's Sliding Sleighs (Opening in 2022)
Stark Expo (Opening in 2023)
Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle!Avengers Quinjet (Opening in 2023) • Iron Man ExperienceIron Man Tech Showcase
Current Entertainment
Flights of Fantasy ParadeMickey's Rainy Day ExpressPaint the Night ParadePlaza GroundsThe PavilionCherish the Memories (Opening in 2021) • Follow Your Dreams (Opening in June 30, 2021)

Seasonal: A Magical Frozen SnowfallJourney to the Halloween TownMickey's Halloween Time Street PartyMickey and Friends Christmastime BallPixar Water Play Street Party!Star Wars: Tomorrowland TakeoverTree Lighting Ceremony

Other Attractions
Inspiration Lake Recreation Centre
Former Attractions and Entertainment
AutopiaBuzz Lightyear Astro BlastersDapper DansDisney in the StarsDisney on Parade • High School Musical: LIVE! • Jungle Puppet Carnival • Jedi Training: Trials of the TempleLucky the DinosaurMuppet Mobile LabSleeping Beauty CastleSpace MountainStitch EncounterStar Wars: Command Post • The Disneyland Story presenting How Mickey Mouse Came to Hong Kong • The Golden MickeysWe Love Mickey!UFO Zone

Seasonal: A Celebration of Coco • Adventureland Oasis Party • Alien InvasionCaptain Jack Sparrow's Pirate Boot CampDemon JungleDisney Friends Springtime ProcessionalDisney Music Program“Frozen” Festival Show“Frozen” VillageGlow in the Park Halloween ParadeGraves AcademyHorrors of the AmazonInferno Dance PartyMickey's Halloween Time Street PartyIt's a Small World HolidayJack Skellington’s Villainous GatheringJungle River Cruise: Curse of the Emerald TrinityLet's Get WickedLightning McQueen Live!Main Street Haunted HotelMarvel's Mission: Dimensions of DangerMickey's HouseMickey's WaterWorksNightmare in the SkyPirate TakeoverPirates of the Caribbean Ghost TrailRoyal Christmas BallSanta Mickey's Toy-riffic Street PartySpace Mountain: Ghost GalaxyStitch's Summer Dance BashStitch and Friends Summer SurpriseThe Nightmare ExperimentThe Revenge of the Headless Horseman • Tinker Bell Castle Illumination • Tomorrowland Party ZoneTurtle Talk with CrushVillains Night Out!

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