it’s a small world has always been one of my favorite attractions at Walt Disney World. I love the classic feeling, the message, and yes, even the song. It is also a wheelchair friendly attraction with a separate entrance and no transfer is required.
Location: Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom Park
Height Requirement: Guests can be any height
Accessibility: May remain in your wheelchair. ECV users must transfer to a wheelchair.
Who Should Ride: Kids and kids at heart.
it’s a small world has a separate entrance for wheelchair users. It is located next to the attraction’s exit. The gate has a sign to let you know you are in the right spot and most of the time a Cast Member is there to point you in the right direction. The ramp is a little steep but there are spots where it is level to help. You will come to a rope at the end where you will wait for a Cast Member. They will ask for the number of people in your party and whether or not you would like to transfer.
After you let them know, you head down another smaller ramp. You wait in front of the gate for your boat to arrive. Keep in mind this is also the exit for other wheelchair and ECV users. There is a small pull off next to the gate so you can get out of the way a little easier.
it’s a small world has an accessible boat that allows you to remain in your wheelchair. Keep in mind that you might have to wait for the wheelchair boat to cycle through. The wait for the ADA boat is usually only a few minutes.
Transferring is an option if you can navigate the step into and out of the boat. If you can transfer you will board the next available boat and will leave your wheelchair in the loading area.
The wheelchair boat is pretty easy to access. You just roll on and then down between the seats. There is a small decline so just be careful. The Cast Members then place a larger rubber bumper behind your wheels to stabilize the chair. Make sure you also lock your brakes. If you have a backpack on your wheelchair that isn’t being used for medical equipment they will also ask you to remove it for the ride.
There are six single seats on the boat for your friends and family. If you have more than people in your party they will have to ride in a separate boat. I like the way it is set up because you get to sit next to everyone and enjoy the attraction with them.
The ride itself is very smooth. But we aware sometimes the boats can get backed up towards the end of the ride. They tend to bump into one another when this happens. It’s not anything to worry about but keep your brakes on until you get back to the unloading area. One more thing to be aware of is the incline when you are trying to back out of the boat once the ride is over. I have pretty good upper body strength but I still like to have a little help to guide me as I am backing up.