There's so much that we share, that it's time we're aware...that It's A Small World may be closed for the majority of 2008.
Reportedly (on a certain unmentionable Disney fan site's refurb list), the attraction will go down for an extensive refurbishment starting in late January, when It's a Small World Holiday concludes, until sometime in late October. The reopening date is questionable since the time frame is so close to next year's Holiday overlay, so it may be that we will not have any "normal" Small World next year.
No doubt this is going to spark plenty of speculation, because nine months is a very long time. Will the lighting be improved? The show scenes? The dull black ceilings? The dolls? You don't think WDI would dare add Disney characters to the attraction like Hong Kong's??
It should be noted that it wasn't long ago that the Magic Kingdom's IASW received a very lengthy refurbishment. The indoor facade was entirely redone, and I believe many if not all of the show scenes received paint jobs and general TLC.
I don't think this refurb is listed on the "official" calendar (not like it gets updated often), so I'm labeling this thread a rumor.