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

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

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.


  • “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!

  • Absolutely gorgeous. Thank you for sharing this.

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

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

  • 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

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

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

    • That would’ve been a blast!

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

  • Very informative! I love that ride.

    • 🙂

  • Very cool!!

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