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Accessible Attractions | it’s a small world

October 24, 2017

it's a small world Magic Kingdom

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.


The Basics

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.
FastPass+: Available
Who Should Ride: Kids and kids at heart.


"it's a small world" Magic Kingdom

Queue

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.

it's a small world

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

Ride Vehicle

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.

it's a small world

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.

it's a small world

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.

it's a small world

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.

it's a small world

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.

t's a small world Magic Kingdom

Overall

Since it’s so easy to experience, I think that everyone should experience it’s a small world. Wait times usually aren’t too bad in the mornings so you can save your FastPass for another attraction.
t's a small world Magic Kingdom

We would love to hear about your experience. What tips do you have? You can find more of our accessible attraction reviews here.

Accessible Disney Attractions - it's a small world at Magic Kingdom Park

  • Reply
    Cassidy
    October 24, 2017 at 10:16 am

    I just discovered your blog and I am LOVING it. This is so super helpful. My son is in a wheelchair and has no upper body strength, so he needs to stay in his chair as much as possible (I’m hesitant to have him transfer to rides without upper body support). But reading your blog has me hopeful as to how many rides there are that he will be able to do and stay in his chair! Thank you so much for taking the time to put this together!

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      Melissa
      October 25, 2017 at 8:36 am

      Thank you!! Let me know if you have any questions. 🙂

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    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!

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      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. 🙂

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    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?

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      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.

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    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.

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    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?

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    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.

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    :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!!!

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    Beth Green
    August 19, 2011 at 1:37 am

    awesome! 🙂

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    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.

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    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!

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    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 🙂

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    Bird
    August 18, 2011 at 4:30 pm

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

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    Manda
    August 18, 2011 at 3:07 pm

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

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    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!

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