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    Re: Feel like I'm the only one who likes Its a Small World

    Howdy Pards,

    No...I'm the only one who loves It's a Small World...all these other people in line think they are lining up for Pirates of the Caribbean...or something... Can't figure how so many folks got that idea...these lines are long! Way too long.

    Anyways...the more people we can get to avoid this attraction, the shorter the lines will be for the rest of us.

    Sayin' that just cause all the charaters are dressed in white at the end that the ride is somehow racist is carryin the thing a wee bit too far though. The whole ride is designed to celebrate the children of the whole world afterall...that don't sound particularly racist to me...

    But, I kinda wish more folks would visit the park with their noses stuck way up in the air...we don't want to go on Splash Mountain...we might get wet. We don't want to go on Pirates...we've seen that before. We don't want to fly over Neverland with Peter Pan...the line's too long. We don't want to go on Space Mountain...it's dark in there. In fact, it would be a good thing for these folks with nasal elevation issues to just stay home. Makes the line for citrus swirl much shorter...and they wouldn't like that stuff anyways...

    Adios for now. Talk to ya on down the trail.

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    Re: Feel like I'm the only one who likes Its a Small World

    The ride is very easy to dislike for a number of reasons. Famously repetitive song. Cheesy animatronics. Lots of holes in the theming(those giant black curtains for backdrops being pretty crude and ugly). Lots of 2D/plywood decorations. The kind of dumbed down multicultural message too simple for even a kindergartener.

    Yeah it sort of does suck when you really look at it. but if any of that is going through your mind on that ride, you're doing it wrong.
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    Re: Feel like I'm the only one who likes Its a Small World

    I too love "it's a small world" [sans characters], song and everything.

    I have read an article from Ethnomusicology Forum regarding the imperialist notions throughout the song and attraction [Disneyland Paris]. The biggest issue was the use of only a Western musical form. The other criticisms, such as reducing cultural differences in their presentation, seems like one could realize quite easily why this was done by just listening to the song or taking a happy cruise.

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    Re: Feel like I'm the only one who likes Its a Small World

    It's funny, but the song doesn't "afflict" me like it does others. I like to think that from a young age, after fairly frequent (twice a year) sojourns to the Park, I was effectively "inoculated" against the earworm! LOL

    I love the soundtrack -- especially for the way (as someone else mentioned) it seamlessly blends various styles and instruments.

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    Re: Feel like I'm the only one who likes Its a Small World

    How could anyone not like this



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    Re: Feel like I'm the only one who likes Its a Small World

    I love it, too. I rode the WDW version three times on my last visit. I consider it one of the most beautiful works of twentieth-century American art out there. And yes, it makes me cry, too!

    When I was a kid, I went back and forth between being creeped out and just not getting it. It was only as an adult that it really started to get to me both esthetically and emotionally.

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    Re: Feel like I'm the only one who likes Its a Small World

    You're not alone... my husband and I love this ride unabashedly. It's usually one of the first rides we do, and ALWAYS the last ride we go on before we leave. It is my husband's favorite ride, and has been since he was a small child (YEARS and YEARS ago, LOL).

    I have to admit, though, neither of us like the addition of the Disney characters to the ride. It's tacky, cheap, and smacks of the evils of synergy. (and the added music is intrusive and doesn't work)

    We went to Walt Disney World last year (first time for my husband since he went the year the Magic Kingdom opened) and rode MK's iasw. He says the only thing he remembered about that entire first trip to MK was that he didn't like their iasw. LOL, he still didn't care for it!
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    Re: Feel like I'm the only one who likes Its a Small World

    I like it's a small world, it's a great ride to sit and relax your legs and cool down and finish your popcorn.

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    Re: Feel like I'm the only one who likes Its a Small World

    I really enjoy it as well. I also listen to the music quite frequently while driving!
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    Re: Feel like I'm the only one who likes Its a Small World

    Love the ride. Also touches the heart.
    Love the holiday version too.
    Now just take out the "Where's Waldo" mentality that was added a few years back.
    It's about children of the world coming together (world peace/love your neighbor), no Disney characters coming together.
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    Re: Feel like I'm the only one who likes Its a Small World

    I first visited 'small world' in 1964 at the New York World's Fair. That's going on 50 years of visits and I'm still not tired of it.
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    Re: Feel like I'm the only one who likes Its a Small World

    it's a small world is cute, but...oh dear, I haven't told the story of my grandfather getting stuck in it for three hours with the song playing the entire time, haven't I?

    It's kind of a sensitive topic in my family nowadays thanks to that

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    Re: Feel like I'm the only one who likes Its a Small World

    I love it- one of my favorites.
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    Re: Feel like I'm the only one who likes Its a Small World

    Quote Originally Posted by mylothelostboy View Post
    it's a small world is cute, but...oh dear, I haven't told the story of my grandfather getting stuck in it for three hours with the song playing the entire time, haven't I?

    It's kind of a sensitive topic in my family nowadays thanks to that
    LOL!

    I really like the ride. I don't think there's anyone in my family that doesn't like it. Well, maybe my BIL doesn't like the song but he still goes on it. I also like the addition of the characters. All the dolls in IASW are so cute and I have my favorites that I've had since I was a little girl- the ones from Holland sitting in the tulips . As for the racist thing, that's a bunch of hooey. Give me a break. The ride is in America where we speak English. If the ride was in another country I would expect it to be in the language of the country it was in. Also, white is the color of purity. Everyone in the ending scene is equal. They all wear their native clothing but in white. I love it. It's very beautiful.

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    Re: Feel like I'm the only one who likes Its a Small World

    I love it. Always have. Always will.
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