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    Farewell [Non-Holiday] Small World

    Today is the last day It's a Small World in its non-holiday form will be open until early 2009.

    Starting tomorrow, the attraction will be closed October 22 - November 8 to dress up for the holidays, and once its holiday run is over (actually sometime late January), Small World will embark on a massive 9-month refurbishment to replace the trough and the boats, as well as spruce up the props and dolls (most of which will be removed for cleaning), repaint the exterior facade, give the entrance a brand new sign, and redo the postcard "hello" and "good-bye" rooms.

    Once that grandiose refurbishment reaches completion, assuming all goes according to schedule, it will be just in time for the 2008 holiday season and It's a Small World Holiday. Which brings us to 2009.

    Farewell hello and good-bye rooms. You served your purpose, but there's so much more potential.

    May the rollicking song continue to roll through our heads throughout 2008.


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    Re: Farewell [Non-Holiday] Small World

    Glad that we got to ride it "one last time" two weeks ago before the refurb...

    Thanks!

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    Re: Farewell [Non-Holiday] Small World

    Glad we rode it yesterday. It's one of my little guy's favorites.
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    Re: Farewell [Non-Holiday] Small World

    Dang it! I'm going there tomorrow and I wanted to ride it to compare before and afters. Oh well, at least i'll get to ride it for the Holiday.

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    Re: Farewell [Non-Holiday] Small World

    The last time I remember a Disneyland without small world was in the '80s. I remember seeing the barricades surrounding it (they didn't use the all too familiar refurb walls). I remember seeing the fireworks. All the spinning stuff on the facade was off as were the lights and the clock wasn't used at all that time.

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    Re: Farewell [Non-Holiday] Small World

    How depressing I can't imagine going to DL without IASW smiling over and the clock ticking. It better be a pretty darn good refurb if it's taking 9 mos to complete.
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    Re: Farewell [Non-Holiday] Small World

    Quote Originally Posted by iTS a SMaLL WoRLD_ View Post
    How depressing I can't imagine going to DL without IASW smiling over and the clock ticking. It better be a pretty darn good refurb if it's taking 9 mos to complete.
    That's how I felt in the '80s (maybe '85)

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    Re: Farewell [Non-Holiday] Small World

    What was changed in the 80s?
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    Re: Farewell [Non-Holiday] Small World

    Quote Originally Posted by iTS a SMaLL WoRLD_ View Post
    It better be a pretty darn good refurb if it's taking 9 mos to complete.
    First and foremost, the refurbishment is borne out of necessity - as in, preventing boats from stalling in a show building with no surveillance cameras to even detect that a stall occurred. But WDI is taking advantage of the closure and sprucing up the existing props (most of which, it should be mentioned again, are the 1964 NY World's Fair originals). Most of the improvements will be similar to what was recently done to the Tiki Room - fixing long-broken show elements, and adding enhanced lighting and sound. And that is perfectly appropriate, as Small World is a classic. What it needs is some well-funded TLC, not necessarily new show elements.

    I think the finished product will be well worth the wait, but expect the bulk of the show to stay how it is - just in really good shape.


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    Re: Farewell [Non-Holiday] Small World

    Haha, I'm glad that it is just going to be updating/fixing the ride. Although I haven't minded getting stalled in the ride

    But, anyways, a small part of me is excited that they're doing the refurb, as it will make an already awesome ride even better. And those poor dolls, after 43 years they deserve some tlc!

    Thanks for calming my fears of bringing modern technology into a classic, though.
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    Re: Farewell [Non-Holiday] Small World

    9 months isn't bad. I think that's about the same amount of time the Tiki Room was in refurbishment, and Small World is a much bigger job.

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    Re: Farewell [Non-Holiday] Small World

    Quote Originally Posted by iTS a SMaLL WoRLD_ View Post
    Although I haven't minded getting stalled in the ride
    Oh how many would mind.


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    Re: Farewell [Non-Holiday] Small World

    Lol. I suppose there are those that have the singing doll fear
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    Re: Farewell [Non-Holiday] Small World

    Quote Originally Posted by 2DieFR View Post
    Most of the improvements will be similar to what was recently done to the Tiki Room - fixing long-broken show elements, and adding enhanced lighting and sound.
    OH I'm so glad that they are updating the sound system because I couldn't quite hear the words to that song they were singing very well and I really felt like I missed out! I hope they crank up the sound!!

    hee hee
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    Re: Farewell [Non-Holiday] Small World

    Quote Originally Posted by peoplemover1 View Post
    OH I'm so glad that they are updating the sound system because I couldn't quite hear the words to that song they were singing very well and I really felt like I missed out! I hope they crank up the sound!!
    Can I get a saucepan over here? peoplemover1 is just dripping with sarcasm!

    By the way, I hear you and Andy don't ever ride Small World. Why would that be?


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