For many Disney fans, one of the highlights of the Disney Holidays is embarking on the cherished tradition of “it’s a small world” Holiday which takes the classic Fantasyland attraction and packs in a heaping dose of yuletide cheer.

Now in it’s 23rd season, the attraction is getting some new fragrances added into a few key scenes. For years now, the attraction has offered the smell of pine and peppermint in the European portion of the merriest cruise that ever sailed and this year several new scenes will be getting enhance-scents…

  • Asia will enjoy the beautiful fragrance of the cherry blossom
  • South America adds a classic holiday cinnamon scent
  • South Seas bring tropical flair with the smell of coconut to go along with the hundreds of iridescent bubbles floating through the air.

Other highlights fans have come to appreciate with the seasonal holiday overlay is the children of the world spreading holiday cheer with seasonal costumes and singing familiar holiday tunes, along with the catchy “It’s a Small World (After All)” theme you’ll  hear “Jingle Bells” sun in many different languages.

Disney FastPass will available for this attraction this year. Here’s a few fun facts, courtesy of Disney about the attraction:

Fun Facts:

  • When guests use the Play Disney Parks mobile app and ride “it’s a small world” Holiday, they have the opportunity to earn a limited-time digital achievement for the seasonal overlay.
  • 50,000 lights are used to illuminate the façade of “it’s a small world” Holiday with an additional 350,000 mini-lights brightening the trees, hedges and animal topiaries surrounding the attraction in whimsical Fantasyland. The plaza around the attraction adds to the holiday magic as thousands of additional lights decorate the shops and food kiosks to create a holiday fantasy.
  • No holiday season would be complete without the classic decorations featured at “it’s a small world” Holiday including colorful garland, festive poinsettias and international holiday wreaths.
  • After dark, the smiling clock at the front of “it’s a small world,” decked out in a Santa hat, reveals a sparkling projection show. Multiple times each night, the brightly light façade of the attraction is transformed into an enormous clockwork mechanism with advanced 3D-projection technology. The gears and springs pull back to reveal a world of holiday wonders hidden behind the whimsical clock.
  • Guests enjoy a voyage through 10 scenes inspired by locations around the globe, with each one showcasing unique cultural holiday traditions from Europe, Africa and Asia, making this “The Merriest Attraction on ”
  • In the European scenes, 150 giant candles decorate the Christmas tree and surrounding areas to create a warm holiday glow. The once common Western European tradition of lighting candles has inspired the custom of stringing lights to Christmas trees, a practice common today for families around the world.
  • The 14-foot snowman featured in the finale of the attraction is made of glimmering crystal snowflakes that leave guests with a twinkle in their eyes. The snowman, who sparkles with thousands of luminous lights, adds to the holiday magic as he sits atop a 10-foot-wide snowflake and holds a gleaming “icicle” sign that spells out “Happy Holidays” in colors that change as guests drift
  • The iconic music of “it’s a small world,” written by the legendary Sherman Brothers, is enhanced during the holiday season with classic holiday caroling favorites “Jingle Bells” and “Deck the 
  • Many languages of the world can be heard serenading guests, with cheerful tunes in English, French, Italian, Spanish and Scandinavian languages. Festive signs and banners throughout the attraction spread holiday greetings in such dialects as French Canadian, Dutch, Asante and Hawaiian.
  • Holiday “elves” at the Disneyland Resort help to spread the holiday magic by transforming “it’s a small world” Holiday each year. It takes a talented and dedicated team of nearly a dozen cast members 35 days to install the glittering façade, while approximately two dozen cast members spend 18 days decorating the holiday attraction’s dazzling
  • Almost all of the holiday props and scenic elements seen in “it’s a small world” Holiday are stored inside the attraction throughout the year.

See it for Yourself

“it’s a small world” Holiday returns to the Disneyland Resort from November 8, 2019, through January 6, 2020.