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Head Inside Creative Costuming To See How ‘it’s a small world’ Doll Costumes Are Created for Disney Parks

posted on April 5th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

Did you ever wonder how those charming little outfits are created for the dolls in our “it’s a small world” attraction? Here at Walt Disney World Resort, costumes are produced in our Creative Costuming department at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Would you believe that the costumes that appear in the attraction today are careful recreations of the designs worn nearly 50 years ago in the original attraction?

Check out the video below for more behind-the-scenes facts.

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Katie on April 5th, 2014 at 10:13 am

Very cool!!


Deborah on April 5th, 2014 at 10:26 am

Very informative! I love that ride.


Jennifer Fickley-Baker on April 7th, 2014 at 10:47 am



Patrick on April 5th, 2014 at 5:25 pm

Love IASW! I remember it as a kid in the “70’s”!!


David from UT on April 6th, 2014 at 9:54 am

Alice Davis, the designer for the original costumes, is amazing. Can you imagine just doing the research for all of the countries? Love it!


Jennifer Fickley-Baker on April 7th, 2014 at 10:47 am

That would’ve been a blast!


June on April 6th, 2014 at 10:01 am

Beautiful work and attention to detail. And, it is that attention to detail that makes It’s a Small World so enjoyable and memorable.


Kat on April 7th, 2014 at 11:49 am

I know they are selling the dolls atm but Id love to be able to buy just the dresses / outfits like you do for Duffy


Kuleen from TX on April 7th, 2014 at 4:13 pm

Now I know what job I want at Disney! That looks like so much fun.


Jaime on April 7th, 2014 at 4:29 pm

Boy would I love to be a fly on the wall in there!


L. from CA on April 7th, 2014 at 4:59 pm

Absolutely gorgeous. Thank you for sharing this.


Lindsey on May 2nd, 2014 at 11:09 pm

“It’s Walt’s gift to the world.” Such a beautiful thing she said about such a beautiful attraction. I am so thrilled that they work so hard to keep it looking exactly as it was designed. It’s like riding a boat through a piece of art!