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Disney through the eyes of teens
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Adrienne Krock, editor
"it's a small world holiday"
There is something at Disneyland for everyone. The person in line for Splash Mountain is not looking for the same thing as the person in line for the King Arthur Carrousel. But if there is one ride that brings us all together, it's the 1964 New York World's Fair favorite, "it's a small world." And during the holiday season, it's a small world is perfectly magical.

My favorite part about small world holiday is the way it's lit up at night. When lit up, the facade of small world is just amazing. The sparkling lights covering the building seem to cease the moment as you stand in wonder and stare. It is absolutely dazzling. It is like something from a young child's Christmas eve dream. The very sight of it will make you feel warm and cozy and happy inside. This will definitely put you in the holiday spirit.

it's a small world holiday
it's a small world holiday

Once you are in a boat and begin your journey around the world, the smile will start to crawl across your face. As you float along, "Jingle Bells" and "it's a small world" are sung in different languages (according to the country you're currently in). When you enter it's a small world, large building blocks reading "Happy Holidays" greet you. A toy train and a bear are there, too.

Going through it's a small world holiday, you have to look at the things around you. Look for the North Pole. I think that's a really cute touch. Glance up at the ceiling once in a while, too. You never know what may be hanging above you!

All through the Holiday ride, snowflakes flash and sparkle. (I love the snowflakes.) As you travel "around the world", you can see how different cultures celebrate this time of year. Pay close attention to the elaborate clothes on the dolls. Seasonal or not, they are beautiful.

As you pass under the hanging candies and past the windmills, the smell of peppermint fills the air. It smells so good... just like you're in a bakery or candy factory! As you arrive in China, rockets crack and explode. The rockets are very nicely detailed, and the lights that chase each other up their fuses give them a very real effect.

Feliz Navidad!
Feliz Navidad!

When you get past the laughing hyenas (they're there all year), African dancers move to the beat of a steel drum. When you travel to Mexico, you'll float under a beautifully lit archway with ringing bells. There are poinsettias everywhere in Mexico, because that is where they are from. They are a colorful and cheery addition to the ride.

The mermaids leave some fishy snacks for Santa
The mermaids leave some fishy snacks for Santa

Upon entering the tropics, bubbles float about and mermaids sing "Jingle Shells". In Hawaii, a surfer brings gifts to the shore on his surfboard, and lights twinkle as happy Islanders sing and dance. Also, look for the reindeer signs as you leave the Pacific Islands. They are also very cute!

The finale to small world holiday
The finale to small world holiday

As you enter the last room, everything is decorated in bright, white lights, and the dolls sing "Deck the Halls" and "It's a Small World". I especially like the large wreath, and the signs hanging from the ceiling.

A good thought for the holiday season
A good thought for the holiday season

When you exit that room, there are huge cards and postcards reading "Happy Holidays," "Peace on Earth" and a variety of other holiday greetings.

I absolutely love this ride and if you're going to Disneyland for the holidays, you can't miss it! If you aren't going to be able to make it to this celebration, then you can check out some great desktops MousePlanet offers on the Christmas at Disneyland page by clicking here. There are also videos on that page you can watch if you want to take a short peek into it's a small world holiday. (Instructions on how to play it back on your computer are on that page.)

Tell me what you think of small world holiday. Do you have an opinion you want to share?

Until next time Feliz Navidad, Mele Kalikimaka and Merry Christmas, everybody!!



Jewel's FastFact: When he was 16, Walt Disney joined the Red Cross so he could do his part for the war effort in World War I. But he told the Red Cross he was 17 so that he could enlist.

small world holiday


My name is Jewel.

I am almost 13 years old, and a typical junior high student. I live with my mom, dad, and little brother. My family and I have annual passes to Disneyland so we go quite often. I love school, and science has always been a favorite subject of mine. I am in band and hope to be involved in music for the rest of my life.

Right now, my career goal is to become a deejay. In my mind, that is the coolest job in the world! My hobbies include: listening to and playing music, reading, writing, messing around on the computer and hanging out at Disneyland. We have seven cats (four of them found us), a black Labrador, and I have a goldfish.

small world holiday photos courtesy of Al Lutz

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