Disney Adds Dolls In Wheelchairs To ‘It’s A Small World’
Disney’s iconic “It’s a Small World” ride is getting an update to be more inclusive of people with disabilities.
Two dolls in wheelchairs have been added to the ride at Disneyland Resort in California.
The new animatronic dolls were introduced as the park begins its holiday season. Disney officials said the additions are the latest “updates and enhancements” made over the years to “reflect more accurate representation of diversity around the world” in theme park attractions.
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“It’s a Small World” takes visitors on a boat ride past some 300 dolls representing various cultures from around the world. The dolls in wheelchairs were incorporated in the Disneyland ride in the Latin American section and in the finale scene, Disney said.
The wheelchairs were designed and hand crafted with contributions from Disney imagineers, resort enhancement, animation and wardrobe as well as the ENABLED Business Employee Resource Group, which advocates for cast members and guests with disabilities, the company said.
Disney officials indicated that similar changes to “It’s a Small World” are expected at Walt Disney World in Florida and Disneyland Paris next year.
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