On April 4th, 2008, Marty Sklar put out a letter titled "A Magic Kingdom for all the World's Children.
"Now the rumors are swirling that we are 'ruining Walt’s creation.' I’ve heard that we are planning to remove the rainforest, add Mickey and Minnie Mouse, create an “Up with America” tribute, to effectively “marginalize” the Mary Blair style and Walt’s classic (all not true)."
He goes onto say...
"To make “It’s A Small World” even more relevant to our guests, Tony Baxter...and I arrived at the same place eight years ago. To accomplish our objective, we decided to seamlessly integrate Disney characters into appropriate thematic scenes in the attraction, and do it completely in the distinctive “Mary Blair style.”
(You can read the whole letter HERE.)
So he does confirm, while they may not be adding Mickey and Minnie, that they are, in fact, adding Disney characters. But what about the Rainforest turning into an America scene? He says that the removal of the Rainforest was "not true" and further says that it wouldn't be replaced by an America scene.
Fast forward to today...Al Lutz tells us all about the small world changes in his article. He includes not only characters but a replaced Rainforest/Papua New Guinea scene...replaced by and America scene.
IMO, we were partly lied to but also decieved. He really works his words in this letter and I find that disgusting.
What do you all think? Were we lied to? Or did he just really mangle his words and tell the truth? Your thoughts??