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Saturday, May 9, 2009

Other Rides I Love: It's A Small World (I'm anticipating all your comments already!)


The world as I know it seems to be equally divided among people who love this ride or can't stand it. Certainly, even Cast Members are aware of the ride's supposed potential to drive people bonkers, because I've heard several of them (including a memorable bus driver) threaten to lock people up in this ride and make them listen to the song for 10 hours straight...

[On the other hand, I think if you make anyone listen to any song for 10 hours straight you'd get pretty ugly results including, possibly, some sort of a psychotic breakdown.]

Right. I'm back now.

I happen to be firmly in the camp of those who love this ride, and the song, corny as they both might be. Perhaps it is the innocence I feel is so sadly lacking in the world today. I definitely love the vibrant colors (especially following the mega-refurbishment in 2005) and imaginative design of the dolls. I also love playing the "Name the Represented Country" with my son as we wind through the different parts of the ride.

Small World, "the happiest cruise that ever sailed," was originally built for the NY World's Fair in 1964. It was meant to promote familiarity with different world cultures, and I believe the proceeds from the World's Fair ride went to the UN's Children's Fund. It is a sweet ride, populated with dolls of children in their respective national costumes, and is one of only a few rides left in Disney World that is purely a Walt Disney ride (his vision, untouched). The Disney World ride is a duplicate of the World's Fair ride. The original ride went from the World's Fair to Disneyland, where it was recently destroyed by the shameless addition of Disney characters among the dolls. I can only hope (though I'm not optimistic) that the Disney World ride won't be similarly desecrated. To me, branding It's A Small World is another indication that Disney is a little too mercenary these days.

But I'll keep enjoying the unadulterated version in Disney World for as long as it's there.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

August Hours are Up!!!

Seemingly little things can mean so much when you live from one Disney World vacation to the next...Since we're going in August, I've been anxiously awaiting the release of the August park hours so that I can plan our days in the general sense. It's important for me to know which parks are open late on which days, so I can have an idea of where to make dining reservations. And to keep me busy while waiting for August 17th...

So the August hours are finally released in all their glory, and I have 10 days before I can make dining reservations, which means I have 10 days to plot...The problem, of course (since I'm a Disneyholic), is that I run the risk of concentrating more on the plotting than on my work...After all, what's more fun -- planning a Disney World vacation or working? I know what my answer is, so I have to keep reminding myself that in order to go on this Disney World vacation I have to make money...

We're going with my son's friend T. and his grandma, who shares not only my Disney passion but also my birthday. We have so much in common, in fact, it almost makes me believe in astrology. Almost. And she's such an amazing woman, I want to do something special for her on this trip. I'm thinking tickets to the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue are in order, and / or La Nouba tickets!

Is it August yet????

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When not planning my next Walt Disney World vacation, I write about medicine and science for various publications. I'm a bookworm and have recently fallen in love with knitting. I am owned by 2 dogs, 1 cat, and a 12 year old son who loves Disney as much as I do.