Disneyland’s “It is a small world” closes AGAIN due to suspicious water


Ah, the smell of Disney water.

Many Disney guests are looking forward to it – the unique and nostalgic scent of Disney’s H20 at attractions such as the Pirates of the Caribbean and a jungle cruise.

But this famous water also holds some dirty secrets, dirt that recently closed the fan-favorite “It’s a small world” attraction at Disneyland.

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There are many places where guests can encounter Disney water outside of Disney’s Blizzard Beach or the Typhoon Lagoon water parks at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Popular attractions like Jungle Cruise and Splash Mountain, as well as transportation like the boat between EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, give guests the chance to smell that nostalgic smell.

At Disneyland Park, guests enjoyed the recent return of the popular It’s a small world cruise from a festive stopover and a recent flood incident.

The Haunted Mansion is experiencing a Nightmare Before Christmas transformation on Halloween that will last into the Christmas season, while “it’s a small world” will have a magical holiday stay as part of the new, highly anticipated after-hours event “Disney Merriest Nites” at Disneyland Park offers.

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The Christmas version of “It’s a small world” was due to debut for guests at the first-ever Disney Merriest Nites on November 11th, and then be available to all guests when the Disneyland vacation season kicks off on Friday, November 12th during normal operating hours.

An unexpected flood changed these plans. The flooding occurred in the early morning hours of November 10, just before the “It’s a small world” holiday in 2021 was due to make its Christmas debut at the Anaheim theme park.

The water ride at Disneyland Park reopened in all of its festive glory on December 6th, but it appears that the water ride is still closed due to dirty water.

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TikTok user Steve Herfkens posted a video this week showing the progressive pollution of the water at “it’s a small world,” which he claims closed the voyage for several hours on December 8th:

After all, it is a wastewater world #disneyland #smallworld

@ steve.herfkens

After all, it’s a wastewater world #disneyland #smallworld #DisneyPlusVoices

♬ It’s a Small World (Disneyland Theme Song) – The Suntrees Sky

Herfkens explains in the video filmed at Anaheim Amusement Park:

“I was in line for Small World and thought, Wow, the water is so clear you can see the bottom! Then, without losing a second, the water became REEEAL YUCKY. And then the trip was closed for a few hours. “

The Disney guest then posts a second video theorizing what the dirty water could be:

@ steve.herfkens

Replying to @ steve.herfkens #disney #smallworld #disneyashes #smallworldbroken #disneyland

♬ Original sound – @ steve.herfkens

He says in the video that he believes the dirty water was a guest’s ashes:

“The water was just super gross and there was a dirty spot around the ride. I kept watching it as I stood in line for ages and then they finally closed it and reopened it a couple of hours later. Everyone thinks it’s ash, but I don’t think that ash looks like that in the water, but there’s no oil on this trip. “

It’s hard to say what the filthy area of ​​water is that concludes “it’s a small world,” but many comments on the video speculate that it could be either human ashes, oil, sludge, or even human excrement .

On certain rides in Disneyland, like the Jungle Cruise, the water is colored with a chemical dye to keep it darker and to darken elements like the boat ride for the Liberty Belle or the animatronic underwater parts of an attraction.

Jungle Cruise ElephantPhoto credit: Disney

Of course, Disney treats its water with some chemicals to keep it clean and kill bacteria. In addition, a mosquito killer is added to the water at Walt Disney World to keep the swamp bugs at bay.

Unfortunately, it seems impossible to keep Disney H20 clean as guests seemingly toss their own additions in the water, forcing cast members to close down attractions like “It’s a small world” at Disneyland.

Note that adding the remains of loved ones to Disney attractions is strictly forbidden, but that doesn’t stop many guests from saying goodbye to those ashes in the theme parks. Rumor has it on Haunted Mansion that the cast just soak up those ashes.

More on “It’s a small world”

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The official description for Disneyland’s “It’s a small world” holiday reads:

Set sail along a wondrous wintry waterway that has been transformed with a whimsical decor. During your trip around the world, admire the cheering regional decorations. Listen as the costumed children’s choir sing the classic song “It’s a small world” (After All) and traditional Christmas carols. The magic begins as you approach the iconic facade, which is adorned with thousands of lights depending on the season.

Have you ever seen questionable water at a Disney attraction?

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