“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. Another reason is that it is a wheelchair friendly attraction.
Wheelchair users use the entrance located next to the attraction’s exit. There will be a gate that let’s you know you are in the right spot and there is sometimes a Cast Member there to point you in the right direction. There is a ramp with a rope at the end where you 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.
This attraction has an accessible boat that allows you to remain in your wheelchair. There are only a few so sometimes you have to wait a little while for the boat to cycle through but its usually not very long. If you can transfer you will board the next available boat and will leave your wheelchair in the loading area.
The wheelchair boat is easy to access. You just roll on and then down between the seats. The Cast Members then place a larger rubber bumper behind your wheels to stabilize the chair. 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.
It is a very smooth ride but sometimes the boats can get backed up towards the end of the ride and bump into one another but it’s not really anything to worry about.
One thing to be aware of is that there is an 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.