Seriously, I agree with both sides on this one. IASW is one of those rides that is at the heart of Disneyland and it's a shame to see it commericalized. However, it's also the most feared ride there. 15 minutes of that song and those simple animatronics can drive you loopy. I won't complain as long as it gets subtle changes like that over on Pirates.
Recall that, before it was done, that upgrade was going to end life as we know it, as well.
On a side note, I found it amusing that in late December of 2005 the children of the world all celebrated Christmas. I guess it is a small world after all.
Here's my odds on prediction for Disneyland, 2013. After a series of popular "Tinkerbell" movies and books makes hundreds of millions for the House of Mouse, the Peter Pan ride is modified to showcase that little money-maker Tink and all her fairy friends.
And will that necessarily be so bad?
But my all time favorite memory of Its a Small World was when Bart dared Lisa Simpson to drink the water in the ride; hence the priceless Lisa quote, "I am the Lizard Queen". Sorry, just had to throw that in there.
Any changes to IASM would be seen as an improvement to me. At least there will finally be some anticipation to the ride. "Look, Nemo!" instead of "Please, when will it end!"
I like it, and I'm a Disney nut...
At least there will finally be some anticipation to the ride. "Look, Nemo!" instead of "Please, when will it end!"
I almost had a panic attack last time I was on it. They put so many freaking boats in it that they get backed up and you have to wait to get off the ride.
Give the original art work a respectable nod and bring the whole ride into the present with better animated kids and do something about that cheap tin ceiling that reminds the riders they are floating in a giant warehouse. The Disney of 2008 can and should do better than the Disney of decades ago!
BTW ... the Christmas version is actually much better than the traditional ride. The lights outside are great and the songs at least change. It really is kind of cute.
Yeah, yeah, yeah. I'm sure the experience was very, very magical eleventy-hundred and sixteen years ago when your televisions took three minutes and forty seconds to warm up for The Wonderful World of Disney and all.
But now your remaining hair is turning streaky gray. Even the ones sprouting luxuriantly from your nostrils, ears and other areas we (mercifully) won't discuss here.
Is it okay if it's ever so slightly changed to be magical for children who are actually--well, you know--still children right now? Eh? Ya think? It's not as if they're chucking the nauseating theme song. You can still have that. Oh, God can you EVER.
Mamoosh said:Ironically Walt would have most likely approved of these changes. One of his most famous quotes is that he never wanted his parks to be museums; rather he expected older attractions to be updated or phased out for something new.
Well, let's add in the fact that Song of the South isn't exactly what you'd term a bastion of 21st century social thought. The times, they are, a-changin'.
Oh, that's right, I forgot I was supposed to attribute quotes.... ;)
Seriously, though, stuff HAS to be updated. How many kids today know about Howdy Doody? Yet there was a time not THAT long ago when EVERY kid knew....the parks HAVE to stay reasonably current, and not every concept or character is going to remain "hip" a generation or two down the road.
For the record- and as a pretty big fan of Disney- I don't see this being a big deal. I like the changes that were made to Pirates and I see these changes being along the same lines. I also agree that Wlt probably would have endorsed this, as he was usually the first person to promote change, not to mention find ways to cross-promote Disney IPs. I know that I'll be able to ride Small World and still thoroughly enjoy myself.
But really, if this bothers some people that much, why does that bother you?
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