40 Seconds of Fun: ‘it’s a small world’ Holiday Time-Lapse Video

Shannon Swanson

by , Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort

Three weeks before Holidays at the Disneyland Resort officially kicked off, we continuously documented the talented elves of Disneyland Resort Entertainment as they decked the walls of “it’s a small world” Holiday.

Here’s some fun facts about what it took to give “it’s a small world” Holiday its festive look:

  • Eleven Technical Services cast members worked five nights a week for eight weeks to do decorate the attraction’s façade, topiaries, trees and more.
  • The attraction’s façade has 50,000 C7 size lights in seven different colors: red, blue, green, amber, fuchsia, purple, and white. This adds up to almost five miles of light strings on the façade.
  • There are an additional 10,000 C7 lights on the “it’s a small world” Toy Shoppe and the three towers along the “it’s a small world” Mall.
  • The same crane that installs the Disneyland park Christmas tree is used to install the Santa hat on the clock.


  • Thanks Shannon. The dates I plan for next year are perfect and I can’t wait to see all the lights, sights and sounds of Christmas time. Like you, I know I will take lots of photps as I always do when I visit. A very Merry Christmas to all from an huge Aussie fan.

  • Christine, I don’t know about next year, but this year “it’s a small world” re-opened with the holiday theme on Friday, November 6th. My husband and I were lucky enough to be there for our first ever visit to Disneyland, and the day the ride re-opened was our last day in the parks. It truly is stunning! I took SO many pictures! Just beautiful. I’m so glad we were able to see it with the holiday overlay. Hope you get to see it next year! Happy Holidays! 🙂

  • Shannon, I loved watching this quick video as it shows Christmas coming to life at”It’s A Small World”. I’m going to be visiting next year, from Australia, and I can’t wait. When do the Christmas celebrations begin and when is “It’s A Small World” transformed for Christmas? I would love to know so I make sure I am there for such a wonderful celebration. Thanks.

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