Last January, I was lucky enough to be able to catch just the smallest remnant of the 2017 Holiday Season when I wandered Disneyland and discovered “it’s a small world” in all of its festive fineries.
Honestly, it was a significant surprise.
I didn’t expect any holiday lights up during my trip, and — as I was there to canvas the park for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge info and updates — it was a serious “Holy cow!” moment for this blogger when I turned a corner and got smacked in the face with some good cheer.
Now, I am one of those people who genuinely love the Disney parks in their “normal” state; overlays are fun for me, but only on a first glance
So, I was happy to see Disney Parks Blog take a real close look at the attraction wearing its holiday best, via Michael Ramirez’s “Look Closer: ‘it’s a small world’ Holiday at Disneyland Park“:
Where better to celebrate the Holidays at the Disneyland Resort than on the happiest cruise that ever sailed? The façade at “it’s a small world” gets a festive makeover this time of year, featuring thousands of brilliant lights and a Santa hat atop the clock face. Filled to the brim with colorful characters and festive décor, “it’s a small world” Holiday offers seasons greetings from more than 300 children around the world. Sailing along these wondrous waterways, it’s easy to miss some of the smaller details. So, let’s hop in, sing along and look closer at some of the special elements of this beloved attraction.
Here, in a ride designed for the 1964 World’s Fair, listening to the Sherman Brothers’ most famous tune, we see an embodiment of the fair’s theme, “Peace Through Understanding.”
This time of year especially, “it’s a small world” Holiday reminds us to appreciate our differences and unite in the bonds of song, friendship and happiness. Thanks for coming along with us on the happiest cruise that ever sailed, we wish you a very merry holiday season!
We agree with that sentiment. Wholeheartedly. And our own Andrew Justvig had similar thoughts regarding “The Magic Kingdom” in a recent post.
However, be sure to read the entire article (and check out the pictures).
While you are at it, watch Oh My Disney’s time-lapse of the ride’s makeover for the 2018 Holiday Season.
And Inside the Magic has a pretty decent (but slightly dated) ride-through:
But what do you think of the “it’s a small world” holiday overlay? Does it mean as much to you as it does to me?
Tell us in the comments below…