New queue area design changes continue at 'it's a small world' in the Magic Kingdom

Aug 25, 2021 in "it's a small world"

it's a small world new queue area colors - August 25 2021
Posted: Wednesday August 25, 2021 10:40am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Work is continuing on the new color scheme in the queue area of the Magic Kingdom's 'it's a small world.'

The ride reopened from a brief refurbishment earlier this month with a new look, and it seems that was not the finished version.

More colors have been added, along with more of the accent pieces being switched from white to one of the new colors.

The ride continues to operate as normal, with the work on the new color scheme taking place out of hours.

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_calebOct 17, 2021

I didn't think about it, but I guess my comment WAS about MK's IASW in general more than about the recent paint job, which I agree looks better than it did.

Animaniac93-98Oct 17, 2021

Shoehorning the clocktower into WDW's load area was never that great an idea, and it will always look "off" to a certain degree, but I don't mind the new paint job.

_calebOct 17, 2021

To me, it looks like a backyard imagineering version of It's A Small World.

Animaniac93-98Oct 17, 2021

I had a similar experience with HM. Posted time was 35. Wait was maybe 10. The most extreme example was Jungle Cruise. Posted wait 55 min, actual wait, again maybe 10 min, but this was shortly before park close and I think they were just stacking the queue.

DisoneOct 17, 2021

Agreed. I was there a few days ago for the first time and it really popped. I did find it odd the wait times at 45 minutes and it was actually 10.

Animaniac93-98Oct 17, 2021

It certainly looks better with most of the facade painted now (pic taken about 2 weeks ago).

DisneyGentlemanV2.0Aug 27, 2021

There are so many places the art of Mary Blair has been destroyed - like Tomorrowland at Disneyland. It's like using Picassos as wet-wipes.

TTA94Aug 27, 2021

Wish they would bring back the motion lighting around the archway entrance going into the attraction.


That’s dumb, it’s always been white, perhaps they keep it white and make the scene go from white to color like Spectromagic . If it’s about what I think it is they obviously don’t go on their own rides nor have they seen the audio animatronics nor do they know much about them.

Haymarket2008Aug 26, 2021


DisneyGentlemanV2.0Aug 26, 2021

Based on the annoyingly repetitive misery for all eternity, I'd say they are far from heaven... :happy:

Animaniac93-98Aug 26, 2021

That and that's how it was designed by Mary Blair and changing it just cause defeats the point of having her as the lead designer and colour stylist.

disneyC97Aug 26, 2021

The current queue/loading design is from 2005. I don’t think the fountains would fit where they originally were as the 2005 design takes up space across the water where the fountains were. The 1971 design was on the walls only. (There’s a pic somewhere in this thread).

James AlucobondAug 26, 2021