Not everyone happy with Small World rehab at Disneyland

Posted Monday, February 9, 2009 9:14 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Disney says it supplemented the human dolls with make-believe figures to keep the aging ride appealing to younger generations and give it a new twist. Yet some angry fans see an unabashed marketing ploy that trashes the pacifist message at the heart of the "Happiest Cruise That Ever Sailed the World" and ruins one of the few rides that remained unchanged since the days of Walt Disney.

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Monday, February 9, 2009 1:44 PM

OK, I can kind of understand putting Jack Sparrow into PotC, but this is just ridiculous. A friend of mine on another site said that it seems the park thinks you'll forget you're in Disney unless Mickey is staring you in the face. All the time.

Monday, February 9, 2009 3:49 PM

Once again, Mickey is not in ISASW. If you're going to bash something you havent even been on yet, at least get the details right.

Monday, February 9, 2009 4:07 PM

Touchdown - I don't think the point was that Mickey, specifically, was in the ride, but that Disney seems to have an annoying habit lately of overdoing it with character placement.

One of the worst was taking Poo(h) and putting him all over Toad Hall.

It seems to be their thinking that if you can't see one of their characters that you'll forget where you are (as if IASW would let you forget with that song).

Monday, February 9, 2009 4:35 PM

^Mr. Toad was a Disney character too, so that's not the best example.

And I still dont understand the stink with that one, was Mr. Toad a good ride? Yes it was. Is Pooh a good ride? Yes it is, in fact its the best dark ride in Fantasyland in my opinion.

Monday, February 9, 2009 6:10 PM

It could be the best if it wasn't covered in Poo(h).

And I realize it's not the best example, just a chance for me to rant about Poo(h).

A better one would be Living Seas and the invasion of Nemo.

Monday, February 9, 2009 7:47 PM

No one means "Mickey" per se when this comes up, but is referring to the characters in general. It doesn't change the point of the argument.

Sunday, February 15, 2009 10:19 AM

When will Disney change the name to "Your Living In A Fantasy World After All"? To help drive home the message that unity is, afterall, a fantasy. Just ask Stitch. BTW, which country is he suppose to be from?


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