Disney shares more details on the addition of dolls in wheelchairs at 'it's a small world'

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Posted: Friday November 18, 2022 1:12pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

In a new post on the official Disney Parks Blog, Disney Cast Members involved in the update of "it's a small world" talk about the addition of wheelchairs to further recognize diversity and inclusion in the iconic celebration of children across the globe.


"This addition builds on 'it's a small world's longstanding legacy of diverse representation," said Kim Irvine, executive creative director, Walt Disney Imagineering. "We designed this wheelchair very much in the Mary Blair style and worked with the various [partners] to create the filigree and floral motifs … to make sure [the design] fit in with the attraction," said Kim.

The doll represents a Latin American child in a wheelchair, and is featured in both the Latin America region and finale of "it's a small world." The costume design stemmed from the late Alice Davis, who made her legendary mark on the attraction through her authentic designs that represent the diverse regions.

"It's always amazing to see a project develop from concept design to the final installation," said Walt Disney Imagineering Producer Michele Hobbs, who was an ongoing part of the process. "The emotion and sheer dedication by everyone involved was inspiring. It is so meaningful for Walt Disney Imagineering and our Disneyland Resort cast members. We know our guests will find it equally incredible."

Disney anticipates adding dolls in wheelchairs to the "it's a small world" attractions at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris in 2023.

Head to the Disney parks Blog to read more from the Cast Members.

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The Mom15 days ago

This discussion has turned into an argument with posters hurling insults back and forth. Time to say goodbye.

JusticeDisney16 days ago

Stop being racist.

nickys16 days ago

But @RSoxNo1 ’s point about it being a spectrum is still a very valid one.

Chi8417 days ago

My take is he believes all attempts at representation of people with disabilities are insincere and ineffective. But it seems his objections are more toward what he sees as the motives or intentions of the people making these changes.

BuddyThomas17 days ago

I thought they answered “yes I am” to this question: “Or do you think it's more important to stop what you perceive is a trend toward too much representation?”

BuddyThomas17 days ago

Seriously?? Please educate us then. Who is entitled to representation and who is not? You basically just said that people with disabilities are not entitled to representation which is absolutely freaking unbelievable. Who else doesn’t get representation if you’re the mayor of Mousetown?

Angel Ariel17 days ago

Oh I’m not! Thank you for the thought though 😊

Chi8417 days ago

I wouldn’t take it personally. My guess is that he considers all efforts at representation disingenuous or “fake.” I don’t think it would matter if he believed what others posted about their own experiences and feelings.

plutofan1517 days ago

Getting too far off topic for this post. Money spent is obviously a factor but there are many other reasons to miss projections.

Angel Ariel17 days ago

I was as well, but trying to give the benefit of the doubt.

thomas99817 days ago

Well think about it for a minute. If they hadn't spent 30 billion on content do you think they would have had such a large loss?

plutofan1517 days ago

No. Not correct. Numerous factors can cause a company to not meet projected earnings not solely because they spent too much money.

Chi8417 days ago

I interpreted as all of the above. Not being honest or sincere, not being the norm and that what matters most is stopping the trend toward more representation.

peter1143517 days ago

You yourself said they were losing money. That means they would be spending more than they were making. That didn’t happen. The missed expectations were not numbers they gave the street. Companies give guidance that analysts use along with many other factors to determine expectations. Disney didn’t tell analysts they would make more than they did. There are many reasons Chapek was fired. Things were building. Poor performance is certainly one of them… the company loosing money is not.