It’s Not Such A Small World Anymore


Disneyland is closing “It’s A Small World” in January for 10 months to deepen the flume and to replace the old fiberglass boats with new, more buoyant boats. Why? Because people have gotten so much larger in the last 40 years that the boats get stuck on the bottom. Usually around the Canadian Mounties and Scandinavian geese. Disney says it has nothing to do with the weight of the people on the ride, just time for a “face lift.”

I actually heard about this on Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! but you can read more about it in the Los Angeles Times and at

I haven’t been to Disneyland in about 15 years and I must confess, I L O A T H E that ride. When I used to go with my sister and her kids in the late 80’s, I loved all the rides and seeing Tigger, etc. But when they wanted to go on IASW, I stayed far away and waited. That song. A friend works at Disney and if I called and he had to put me on hold, (They play Disney music on hold) I would hang up instantly if that song came on. The horror.

So maybe while the ride is closed, I could go back again.

7 thoughts on “It’s Not Such A Small World Anymore”

  1. i loathe that ride as well, make me want to pull my hair out and stab myslef in the eardrums with a fork…seriously, it needs to go away for good or speed up those boats so it’s like a 5 minute ride…even then it’s probably 4 minutes too long.

  2. It’s so strange–when I was there on Saturday, I distinctively noticed that the population seemed to have…slimmed. Last time I visited (about two years ago) and many times previously, I’d always been astounded by the inescapable obesity, but this time it just wasn’t as evident. I don’t know if it’s simply a matter of time of year and therefore different population sampling (i.e. more locals, less tourists) or what, but I definitely noticed a difference.

  3. It’s a Small World is the only ride I like at Disneyland (Other than Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, but everyone likes Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride).

    It has to be the most psychedelic and frightening thing at the park. I mean, the end of the ride is a weird future where everyone’s wearing all white and we’re all the same. And that music, that music is the soundtrack to Hell’s elevator. What more could you want?

  4. 449-7525 – That used to be my friend’s phone number. If you press the buttons just right, it sounds like THAT SONG. Yep. 449-7525

  5. Officially, the flumes are being deepened because of larger fiberglass boats — or something. I personally think the rumors about fat riders are true, though.

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