Disney World debuts wheelchair-using doll in ‘it’s a small world’

Disney Imagineers worked with disabled cast members to make sure Disneyland's dolls authentically reflected the way children would independently use wheelchairs.

It truly is a little earth, but it just received a small even larger for incapacity representation at Walt Disney Earth. 

A new wheelchair-making use of doll debuted this week at “it’s a compact earth” at Magic Kingdom in Florida, months after two others joined “it’s a little world” at Disneyland in California.

“When you go on this trip, it is meant to depict the youngsters of the world. There’s a full subset of little ones that could under no circumstances see themselves because (the dolls) are standing there, they’re dancing, they are shifting,” said Melissa Temple, who started Disabled DISventures to share tips with fellow vacationers with disabilities. “Now they have a single in a wheelchair and they can see by themselves and be like, ‘Hey yeah, that is me.’ “