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Disney Makes Major Inclusive Change to Iconic Attraction

it's a small world
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A lot of things have changed over the years, and everyone tries to work to adapt to these changes. People are not the only ones adapting; companies also adapt to modern sensitivities, including Disney. Most recently, Disney has closed Splash Mountain at Walt Disney World Resort’s Magic Kingdom and is changing it into Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. The catalyst behind this move was the fact that the original attraction was based on the controversial film, Song of the South, which is now considered a film that whitewashed racism.

Br'er Rabbit, Splash Mountain

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Now, it appears that Disney has made another big change to a classic attraction in order to combat racial insensitivity. Popular TikTok channel The Mouselets recently visited the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort and rode “it’s a small world”. While on the ride, they say that Disney had made a change to its dolls representing Asian countries.

Originally, the dolls had lines for eyes. Now, the dolls have round eyes, more like all the other dolls in the attraction.

@themouselets

A great change by Disney for making this update! #disneyworld #disneynews #disneyparks #disneysecrets #disneytiktok #smallworld #disneyinclusion #disneydiversity

♬ It’s A Small World – Little Apple Band

After the video was posted, there was a big debate about whether the change was needed. Some people commented that these classic rides don’t need to change, and that it is simply Disney trying to appease a group of people that are bothered by everything. Others argued that the ride was full of racial stereotypes, and it was just accepted. Others applauded the changes Disney made, saying that racial stereotypes are unacceptable in this day and age and that it was about time Disney made the much-needed change.

it's a small world

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This is not the first big change made to “it’s a small world” in recent months at both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. Disney Imagineers also added new dolls to the attraction that were in wheelchairs, to bring even more inclusivity to the ride. Fans were ecstatic when they rode the attraction and saw such positive changes being brought about.

Disney has not announced any further changes it plans to make to the ride.

About Krysten Swensen

A born and bred New England girl living the Disney life in Southern California. I love to read, to watch The Golden Girls, and love everything to do with Disney and Universal. I also love to share daily doses of Disney on my Disney Instagram @BrazzleDazzleDisney!

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