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alinnell
10-30-2007, 05:11 PM
Did you hear that Disneyland's ride, It's a Small World, is going to be closed for a year? It has to revamp the ride because when it was originally built in 1963, it was made for men weighing an average of 175 and women averaging 135. In today's time, those weights are no longer common. Here's a link to the report:

http://calorielab.com/news/2007/10/29/small-world-ride-revamped-for-bigger-passengers/


FlabulessPhyllis
10-30-2007, 05:45 PM
omg! I never thought of that being a problem! wow! That would be so embarassing being asked to leave a ride because of your size!

mandalinn82
10-30-2007, 05:53 PM
Wow. That is incredible and kind of sad.

Same with airplanes - the total weight they use to calculate fuel consumption has been increased.


melekalikimaka
10-30-2007, 06:09 PM
That IS sad :(. Still, the ride is 44 years old, it really needed at least a little bit of cosmetic work as well along with safety and structural improvements anyway. I'm glad I got to see it twice within the past 2 years in all it's original glory. Cheesetastic!

midwife
10-30-2007, 08:06 PM
Very interesting. Thanks for posting this link.

nelie
10-30-2007, 09:09 PM
That is sad. I've been on that ride at well over 175 lbs (well over).

The one I thought was tricky was the mattahorn ride. DH and I rode it together (I being 275 lbs, him 130 lbs) and we barely fit together. If he wasn't so skinny, it would've never worked.

lointhecity
10-30-2007, 09:19 PM
aww I read the title and remembered the song!!

This is my fav. version of the song! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5QHfoX_H4c

This chick is a really amazing singer.

EZMONEY
10-30-2007, 10:24 PM
If I remember right...and I usually don't...I thought they were going to close that ride down because no one wanted to ride it. Maybe it's because they didn't fit?

EZMONEY
10-30-2007, 10:26 PM
opps...Loved the link LOINTHECITY

melekalikimaka
10-30-2007, 10:43 PM
yes, quite an amazing singer BUT sounds like the typical Disney/broadway musical fare......not that that's a bad thing, it's just, well... not my first choice in music appreciation. ;)

phantastica
10-30-2007, 10:48 PM
WOW! That's an amazing version of the song.

On the ride .... it would totally suck to bottom out!

bargoo
10-30-2007, 10:54 PM
I don't dare listen to the song . I won't be able to get it out of my head for weeks.

lointhecity
10-31-2007, 12:12 PM
well, yeah, it's been known to happen, its a catchy tune. But a beautiful one. :)

MiaRocks
03-22-2009, 07:22 PM
I love Disney!

EZMONEY
03-22-2009, 08:35 PM
I think it re-opened

stacylambert
03-23-2009, 02:58 AM
We're Disney passport members, and yes it has re-opened. It was closed at the time we joined in August, but reopened during their holiday celebration.

I had no idea that was why though. I just assumed they were doing repairs/refurbishment.

mrsaugie
03-23-2009, 09:21 AM
i believe it look at how the averages in weight have changed even in the last 10 years let alone 40 years.

FrouFrou
03-23-2009, 10:45 AM
That is one ride that need to be shut down forever, lol!

stellarwbz
03-23-2009, 12:26 PM
I don't really like the Americana scene they added in. I liked how it was before. I too have a season pass, I've been on it about 4 times since the changes. The second time we went on it one of the doll's head fell off! They had to shut down the ride to fix it. Lol.

lauralyn
03-24-2009, 06:28 AM
their passengers slowly going mad from listening to the ride’s theme song.


This line in the article made me laugh, I can see it happening.

mayness
03-24-2009, 07:41 AM
To be fair, according to the last paragraph in the article, Disney denied that it had anything to do with weight. This is just something a reporter cooked up to bring some drama to their web site. :)

Jen415
03-24-2009, 08:43 AM
I don't dare listen to the song . I won't be able to get it out of my head for weeks.

They call that an "earworm"! LOL