Hi Everyone! This thread will be a huge spoiler
because it will show you where to expect the new changes in It's A Small World with Pictures. I am happy to say that this thread contains no rants nor any dead horse beating. So enjoy! Before we begin, I would like to remind everyone that the set pieces for all of these scenes except Aladdin's and Cinderella have already been installed.
NOTE: None of this is confirmed by Disney. Inferring from Hong Kong DL and from my knowledge of where there have been sets that are moved, this is the most accurate description at this point.
This is also a review from my 7 rides I took when the attraction reopened. I would like to say a few words. The ride may look nice, but in reality it is a mess. Walt Disney used to say that if a character was missing, the show would go to pieces. In It's A Small World, the attraction has been reopened with Characters missing all over the place . The facade is having major electrical issues, never have I seen such a problem like this. The problem is, there are no permanent solutions. You will see where later as I show you all the changes.
Let's Get Started! Part 1- The Facade
No changes really. That's obvious. However, I want to point out how horrible the lighting is this year. Sometimes everything in the garden areas are out. Sometimes 1/2 the facade is out. Here are some photos, I wasn't able to snap photos of the most severe problems. But here are a few minimal ones. http://i42.tinypic.com/2eq4aye.jpg
The most common side effect, part of the clock tower isn't working. http://i41.tinypic.com/2rrma1z.jpg
Half Out. http://i40.tinypic.com/2vngw11.jpg
Really minimal problem here. Parts of the back facade aren't lit. Nothing I would cry over.
Believe it or not there were times where this entire side
would go out. http://i40.tinypic.com/1zeuuqt.jpg
On this pic you can see all of the plantlife has gone out. Except a few topiaries. One you can see in the picture. Part 2- The Scandinavia room
First room with children and we see our first child MIA. http://i44.tinypic.com/t9eihw.jpg
I do not believe however that this will be a character, as we continue I will list a few MIA characters that should just still be in the paintshop (hopefully) FIRST CHARACTER ALERT! http://i40.tinypic.com/n4xq8o.jpg
Don't worry, I am certain the kids will still be skating. But you see those set pieces on what looks to be a second rink? Well that set has been there for over 40 years. It will see its day for a plastic looking Bambi. Check the HKDL Site for photos of that. My Review: I will get over the characters as long as they are in the Mary Blair style. IMO this one looks like plastic and not like a "Mary Blair" character. Hopefully it will be improved from HKDL. The good news is it is more off in the back and will not be "as" obstructive to the show. However, we will be driven straight at it. There will be more instances of this later. http://i40.tinypic.com/mlpflv.jpg
Another photo for you. Now as you pass over the tunnel into the next room. You will see some "Mary Blair" style trees. I think that this will be the possible home of Pochahontas. I can't guarantee this, she could be placed in the new America scene. But there is a chance you might see her here. Part 3- Europe
No There won't be any changes here. As you continue through london however, there will be. Character Alert http://i39.tinypic.com/w6t5pd.jpg
Here you can see rose bushes. There a "Mary Blair" Alice will stand. http://i43.tinypic.com/25holj5.jpg
Don't worry. This girl is only here during the Holidays I think. You can see a rose bush behind her. My Review: I don't mind this as much. I never paid attention to that side anyway and I love Alice. It is out of our way and won't be an attention grabber. I can be happy to say that this will be like a real Mary Blair doll. On the other side will be France with one less notable character http://i42.tinypic.com/i52ck3.jpg
Welcome to France!
Expect to see a semi-plastic looking Marie from Aristocats sitting on the canopy above the dancers. My Review: The face tunes me off, but not as much as the Bambi earlier. It is tiny and won't be obstructive. I bet that nobody will even notice that its a Disney character.
Good News. Don't expect any character's additions in the Netherlands, Ireland, Scotland, Spain, or in Germany (Alps). Character Alert
I don't have any photos because this being a major set none has been assembled. Expect a possible huge Cinderella unit either on the relatively blank area by Spain or placed in between some of the other sets where there isn't much going on. There are many candidates for space. I'm betting on the blank area by Spain. My Review: Cinderella actually looks in the Mary Blair Style. But does she have to have a huge Castle and her own movie music playing behind her? I am praying that that doesn't happen. Character Alert
Welcome to Italy, the home of Pinnochio. http://i39.tinypic.com/2rcv2i1.jpg
Off to the side a new little puppet house is already built. It is covered with a curtain hiding the figure likely already inside. Expect to hear another musical deviation with When you Wish Upon a Star. My Review: Don't mind it much. But you can tell that the puppet is new. It just doesn't match well. More to Come! Stay Tuned!