On December 14, 2006, Hong Kong Disneyland some expansion plans, to be ready in 2007 and 2008. Among them were the Animation Academy of Main Street, Mickey’s WaterWorks Parade, and its a small world.
When announced attraction was going to have some differences, compared to the other attractions around the world. For Hong Kong Disneyland's ride, guests will also be treated to a few unique treats not seen in any other version, including:
- Over 30 Disney characters integrated into the attraction, including Aladdin, Mulan and Peter Pan
- An expanded Asia section which will include famous regional landmarks such as the Great Wall, the Temple of Heaven and the Hong Kong skyline
- A Middle Eastern scene
- A new North American scene not even found in North America
- A grand finale with optical effects not found on any other Disney ride
For HKDL, Imagineers picked a canal type layout, instead of a flooded layout, like in Florida. The canal layout would let the guests get closer to the scenes, and allow guests to feel they are floating through the world, and that it is all connected. The canal gives it a "floating through a storybook" feel.
At the D23 Expo, they had a panel discussing the history and evolution of the attraction, “Its a small world” (Pictures from Magic Eye Blog)
Pocahontas and Meeko on top of cliff in new North American section.
Mowgli and Baloo added in the Asian section.
Onto the pins…
Many of the pins were released by WDI for the opening of the attraction in April 2008. They are all logo pins.
This one features the classic logo with the children of the world in the boat.
The rest of the pins feature different of the newly added Disney Characters to the logos.
Now onto the pins released in Hong Kong Disneyland for the opening of the attraction.