Accessible Attractions | it’s a small world

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


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15 responses to “Accessible Attractions | it’s a small world”

  1. Abigail says:

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

    • Melissa says:

      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. 🙂

  2. Shelley says:

    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 says:

      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.

  3. 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.

  4. Roger Lewis says:

    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?

  5. Shelby says:

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

  6. :DISTherapy says:

    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!!!

  7. 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.

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

  9. 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 🙂

  10. Bird says:

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

  11. Manda says:

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

  12. Heidi says:

    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!