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Accessible Attractions | it’s a small world

January 21, 2015

it's a small world

“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.

it's a small world

it's a small world

Ride Vehicle

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.

it's a small world

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's a small world

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.

it's a small world

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.

it's a small world

  • Abigail
    November 3, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    I am wondering if the wheelchair accessible boats can fit two chairs at a time, do you happen to know? Thank you!

    • Melissa
      November 7, 2016 at 6:28 pm

      I’ve always been asked to sit next to the second row of seats. I think there might be room but I don’t know if they would put two wheelchairs onboard. Definitely ask the Cast Members. 🙂

  • Shelley
    August 8, 2013 at 10:29 am

    My mom has her only mini scooter which she will use in Disney World which is actually smaller width wise than a wheel chair. Would she still have to switch to a wheelchair should she want to go on this ride?

    • Melissa
      August 8, 2013 at 2:03 pm

      It depends. If she can’t step down into the boat and needs the one that is wheelchair accessible she’ll have to transfer into a wheelchair. If she’s able to get in and out of the boat okay, that’s the only transferring she’ll have to do.

  • Disney on Wheels
    April 9, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Thank you! Unfortunately the accessible ride vehicles are not big enough for scooters. If you need to use them you will have to transfer to a wheelchair first.

  • Roger Lewis
    April 8, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Your infro was very helpful and I thank U for your consideration.I have 1 question I rent a scooter while at Disney,Will the rides that use a wheelchair be big enough for a scooter?

  • Shelby
    August 7, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    I just think it’s so awesome when they can accommodate a ride vehicle that allows wheelchairs uses to stay in their chairs.

  • :DISTherapy
    August 19, 2011 at 2:57 am

    I love your info on this update. Disney is a panacea for many of my friends, and I’m so glad you are one of them!!!

  • Beth Green
    August 19, 2011 at 1:37 am

    awesome! 🙂

  • Mrs. Mommy MouseEars
    August 18, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    I can’t wait to check out the queue this week! DD is just getting to the age when she sometimes prefers her own chair and THIS is her all time fave ride:). Remind me to tell the story about Mr. MouseEars riding this ride a million times with her on one trip!! LOL! Great post.

  • Amy - The Info Mouse
    August 18, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Awesome! I was wondering how the new queue worked out. Glad to hear it’s better!

  • Mouse fan Diane
    August 18, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    That is great to know Melissa. This is such a great attraction and such a happy ride too, so it’s great everyone can enjoy it 🙂

  • Bird
    August 18, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Great info as usual, Melissa! And great photo, too! 🙂

  • Manda
    August 18, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    I had no idea about the special boat for wheelchairs! That’s so cool Melissa! 😀

  • Heidi
    August 18, 2011 at 11:16 am

    I love how Disney caters to the wheel chair guests. I’m so glad things like that make your trips easier – and, I’m sure, more fun!