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    LA Times weighs in on Small World Changes

    Special thanks to Darkbeer who alluded to this article when commenting on DCA.
    http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/...,6114407.story

    'Small World' invasion

    [COLOR=#333333 ! important]Plans for Disney icons to become part of the simple ride make us ask: Is nothing sacred?[/COLOR]
    April 5, 2008

    It's a world of Beast, it's a world of Belle; it's a world of Eric and Ariel ...

    Or words to that effect, now that Disneyland wants to plant commercial Disney characters among the pert-nosed look-alike dolls of "It’s a Small World.”

    Grown-up children who floated countless times through the gentle if syrupy world of this old E-ticket ride have raised a collective howl. Though we appreciate Disneyland's desire to jazz up its aging attractions, we'd like to add our voice to the chorus -- of protest, that is, not "Small World's" mind-numbing refrain.

    More commercialism, yes. But unlike the family of the ride's original designer, we wouldn't go so far as to call this desecration. We'd use that term if someday Disneyland traded in the sports cars on Autopia to do a marketing tie-in with Chevron -- no, wait, they did that.

    To give Disneyland due credit, the Imagineers surely will design this "Small World" invasion with enough panache to avoid jarring its pint-sized guests. Chances are that the audio-animatronic Alices, Jasmines or whomevers (park spokesmen are coy about revealing the identities of the ride's new celebs) will have their cheeks and bodies rounded to look like the longtime inhabitants. They'll probably be just recognizable enough for children to make a sly game of pointing them out.

    It's a world of Lilo, a world of Stitch; it's a world of Buzz and the mean Sea Witch ...

    "Small World" has been scoffed at for so long for its lack of edginess that it has developed its own cachet of boring. Call it the retro-chic of the amusement park. Its blandness is the very point. "Small World" was one corner of Disneyland where nothing was sly, nothing was marketed or self-referential, exciting or even mildly frightening. (And really, most of Fantasyland is a pretty scary place to the under-7 crowd.) On a searing summer day of mega-lines, when the ice cream cones and preschoolers were experiencing simultaneous meltdowns, the cool dimness and slow-paced, unrelieved cuteness of "Small World" served as a family escape from frantic fun, where the geography lessons were as follows: In Scotland, cows graze on tartan hills; in France, all girls dance the can-can; pretty much everyone south of the border wears a sombrero. Now, more than ever, it's comforting to know there's a place where children can still enjoy global naivete.

    Though perhaps, in a Hannah Montana world, this is too innocent even for the diaper set. Maybe children no longer can be wowed by the simple and unbranded. If that's true, we'll have lost more than a few cherub-cheeked hula dancers, after all.
    Amazing how a rumor manages to land in a nationally recognized news media outlet. While the Save campaign may or may not work it is definitely getting some attention. This thread is not to debate the changes, it is an announcement of the LA Times article.
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    Re: LA Times weighs in on Small World Changes

    This thread is not to debate the changes, it is an announcement of the LA Times article.
    And yet you have to realize how this thread will turn out, skip. Thanks for posting this, though.


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    Re: LA Times weighs in on Small World Changes

    Quote Originally Posted by Datameister View Post
    And yet you have to realize how this thread will turn out, skip. Thanks for posting this, though.
    As I said this is not a thread for contrasting opinions of the proposed changes. There are plenty of other threads for that. This is mainly just an announcement that another media outlet has picked up on the "rumors".
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    Re: LA Times weighs in on Small World Changes

    Oh, I wasn't trying to criticize you at all. I just meant that unfortunately, there's a bit of an online mob scene going on at the moment over these changes.


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    Re: LA Times weighs in on Small World Changes

    For a story with no resonation in the outside world, it sure is getting some unusual attention.

    Quote Originally Posted by Datameister View Post
    Oh, I wasn't trying to criticize you at all. I just meant that unfortunately, there's a bit of an online mob scene going on at the moment over these changes.
    I just wish I didn't look so silly typing with a pitchfork next to me.

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    Re: LA Times weighs in on Small World Changes

    Even my dad, who does NOT follow Disney news but follows everything else told me about this. He told me "why are they talking about Disney in the Editorial section of the LA Times?"

    It was a 1-2 punch in today's newspaper right on top of the other. It was the Small World bit posted here and the slam on DCA right below it.


    Perhaps this is just my own observation, but I think the small world leak / announcement is BIGGER news than even that of Pirates of the Caribbean.


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    Re: LA Times weighs in on Small World Changes

    I am not sure if you can really place a "biggest leak" on anything. All I know is that 90% of what is leaked on these boards never makes it off these boards, even after the exposure Micechat has received. To have something not only leak out, but leak out to multiple media outlets is in itself a testament to the story.
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    Re: LA Times weighs in on Small World Changes

    Interesting...

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    Re: LA Times weighs in on Small World Changes

    Quote Originally Posted by techskip View Post
    I am not sure if you can really place a "biggest leak" on anything. All I know is that 90% of what is leaked on these boards never makes it off these boards, even after the exposure Micechat has received. To have something not only leak out, but leak out to multiple media outlets is in itself a testament to the story.
    and a testament to how important IASW is.

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    Re: LA Times weighs in on Small World Changes

    What is interested is that the LA Times would care what happens at an amusement park!

    I am sure that if a change like this was happening at Magic Mountain, no one at the LA Times would care.
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    Re: LA Times weighs in on Small World Changes

    This was an editorial piece and right below it was another Disneyland based article on the failure of DCA. Interesting that two big editorial articles about things at the Disneyland Resort would appear together on the same day.
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    Re: LA Times weighs in on Small World Changes

    Quote Originally Posted by Lost Boy View Post
    This was an editorial piece and right below it was another Disneyland based article on the failure of DCA. Interesting that two big editorial articles about things at the Disneyland Resort would appear together on the same day.
    I think it is a conspiracy to sell more bottled water!
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