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New Surprises in Store for ‘it’s a small world’ Holiday at Disneyland Park

Shawn Slater

by , Senior Communications Manager, Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment

Holidays at Disneyland Resort just got merrier… and they’re about to get a little brighter, too!

Evenings beginning November 12, the smiling clock at the front of “it’s a small world” Holiday will mark every quarter hour in a surprising new way. Using advanced 3D projection technology, the façade of the entire attraction will be transformed into an enormous, clockwork mechanism.

Gingerbread House Projection at 'it's a small world' Holiday Toy Factory Projection at 'it's a small world' Holiday

The gears and springs pull back to reveal a world of holiday wonders hidden behind the clock, from an incredible toy factory to a scrumptious gingerbread house that builds itself!

Show Director John Addis gave us a sneak peek:

Discover the fun inside “it’s a small world” Holiday, this holiday season at Disneyland park.


  • Wow! Looks wonderful! Great job Disney!

  • Hi I am planning a trip to Disneyland for the holiday season during January second through the third I was wondering if all of the Christmas stuff will be up at both parks, hotels, and Downtown Disney. I was also wondering if The Christmas fantasy parade with Santa clause in the parade, the Christmas carolers, Christmas Jamboree,the Christmas 3D projection show at Its a Small World, and the Jingle Cruise will still be up as well. What is the times that the parks are usually open then. Thank you so much i really appreciate it.

  • Gingerbread house! So cute! Wish I could decorate a mini version of Small World! Can’t wait to ride it!

  • I remember seeing the Christmas characters in It’s a small world, singing holiday songs rather than the classic with all the characters in holiday costumes. Why is it that the same does not occur at Disney World?

  • Will the Christmas parade at Disneyland begin November 12th? If not, on what date does it begin?

    • Ricardo – Yes. November 12 is the first official performance of this year’s “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, although preview performances may be seen in the days leading up to that.

  • I loooove the projection show on IASW. Cannot wait for this years show and the inside transformation is one of my favorite things in the park.

  • Thanks for plussing the Small World show. The first one was great but last years was disappointing. Cant wait to see it for myself!!!

  • Is this like the projection show that has been there in the past? Or has this been significantly Plussed??

  • *v* I wondered why last year the animations were taken off and now I know why. Can’t wait for this year’s christmas! Question though, will it still have the sudden light turn on like it always does? I love that part because it makes every say “ahhh” or cheer because not only is it a sudden unexpected happening it also signals ‘this is when you clap.’

  • I’m glad this is coming back, and even getting improvements! I actually miss The Magic The Memories and You (despite a clunky name, it was a great use of the It’s a small world” facade.)
    Jessica, you will love DL at Christmas. This year will be our third Christmas visit.

  • That’s odd, because the website showed “It’s A Small World” was closed for re-furbishments on the first week of December…. I hope it’s open, it looks AMAZING!!!!

  • Am counting down the days until we are there! I cannot wait to see all the Christmas stuff at Disneyland for the very first time.

  • Wow! Can’t wait. These look spectacular. I especially can’t wait to see the Mary Blair tribute. Bring on the holidays at Disneyland. :)

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