Hello fellow micechatters. This is my first post. I am very happy to be a part of this group, as I am among my own kind, as a huge Walt Disney fan.
On that note, I have noticed while reading many of the posts on this site, that many of you absolutely loathe Itís a Small World. I find this hard to believe. How could someone who calls themself a Disney fan hate this classic attraction? I understand that the main reason for this negativity is the title song itself. But to me, this song is wonderful, and I could never get sick of it. Perhaps if todayís World leaders would ride this attraction and have this song stuck in their heads, the world would be far better off, no? Bravo Shermans! But aside from this, the song is an important part of my childhood. It is one of the first songís I can remember hearing. It represents an important message of hope, peace, love and childhood imagination, all the wonderful things that I love so much about the Disney Company. To hate this song is to be no more than a cynical intellectual, and to hate its positive message. Disney most certainly does not welcome cynics to its party. You cannot truly be a Disney fan if you hate this song; after all, it represents the philosophy of not only the entire Disney organization but of Walt Disney himself.
Aside from the songís catchy melody line, and beautiful lyrics, the original 1964 score is a phenomenon. (Bring back the original score to Disneyland!!!!!!!!) It is a brilliant and cleaver musical interlude spanning hundreds of nations and international musical styles. Perhaps you intellectuals can appreciate how difficult it must have been to not only compose this music in its many international forms, but to engineer the sound within the attraction, making all the music blend together so flawlessly from hundreds of multiple tracks, all playing simultaneously from speakers spaced meticulously throughout the building. But what makes this music even more amazing, is how it never looses its sense of childhood fun and pure whimsy. It is sophisticated in its lack of sophistication, which is what I think describes Disneyland in general. ďSophisticated in its lack of Sophistication.Ē Think about that. Get off your high horses you cynics! Relive your childhood, and allow yourself to be touched by the magic of this music!
Another thing I love so much about this ride is its overall design. I am a huge fan of Mary Blair. (Give her a Window!!!!!) The scenic design of Small World is a testament to the genius of Mary Blair and Claude Coats, and as many times as I have ridden this ride, many hundreds I am sure, I always find something new to put a smile on my face. I love its ďSophistication in its lack of Sophistication.Ē It is campy, it is colorful, it is fantastic, it is Disney. Married with its amazing costumes (Designed by Marc Davisís wife trivia fans) and its endearing and adorable cast of simple yet very cleverly animated animatronic figures, the visual splendor of this attraction is among the finest Disney has ever produced. And I dare anyone who considers themself a true Disney fan to argue otherwise.
So have I convinced anyone to take a different look at this ride? I would like to hear from all you Negative Nellies. And if there are any fellow Small World Advocates out there, I would like to hear from you as well. Perhaps we can bring more over to our side. After all, thereís so much that we share thatís its time weíre aware, Itís a Small World After All.