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  • [Pictures] It's a Small World Holiday - Soft openings have begun


    It's open again, hurray!




    Cast members for the attraction stood out front telling people that it was still closed. However unlike almost every other soft opening day for previous attractions(Buzz Lightyear, Pirates of the Caribbean makeover, etc.), they actually chose a policy of honesty stating that they hoped to have it up and running by the end of the day. This was a remarkable departure from previous soft openings where they insisted that the ride would not officially open for another couple of days and therefore would NOT be open that day and to go do something else. Granted there were less people in the park but there definitely seemed to be less crowding around and less bickering to the CMs from people who'd heard it was going to be open and demanding to know when it would open. Let's hope this approach remains in the future.


    Meanwhile you could watch mindlessly at the boats floating by along the flume. The new boats definitely seem a little weird with the grabbing holes on top of the benches, the odd color schemes, and the rubber quality to them.




    And boy did that water look cool and inviting.


    AbominableSnowman showed up and let me play with one of his zoom lenses


    Cast Members worked on the loading platform while a small crowd waited patiently around the Small World Gallery, until the switch was flicked and the area music suddenly turned on.




    The first musically accompanied clock ceremony took place and shortly after guests were walked through the line.


    A line stretched back just a bit, not much considering the queue was empty and there were no switchbacks. And even though it was announced that both sides were open, it took people a little while to realize it.


    And now..onto the ride!

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    Great pictures Almandot! I must say though that I liked the seats the way they were before, seems like the material on the new ones might start showing wear and tear sooner.

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      They told us that TSMM would open later in the day when I was there for soft opening and it did, so they've at least been doing that since then.
      The Mickey audience is not made up of people; it has no racial, national, political, religious or social differences or affiliations; the Mickey audience is made up of parts of people, of that deathless, precious, ageless, absolutely primitive remnant of something in every world-wracked human being which makes us play with children’s toys and laugh without self-consciousness at silly things, and sing in bathtubs, and dream and believe that our babies are uniquely beautiful. You know…the Mickey in us.
      -Walt Disney

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      • #4
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        I've heard that the water on Small World is called 'Essence of Global Harmony' by the CM's.
        Growing older is manditory
        Growing up is however, optional

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        • #5
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          Great photos too btw. The grounds look beautiful!
          The Mickey audience is not made up of people; it has no racial, national, political, religious or social differences or affiliations; the Mickey audience is made up of parts of people, of that deathless, precious, ageless, absolutely primitive remnant of something in every world-wracked human being which makes us play with children’s toys and laugh without self-consciousness at silly things, and sing in bathtubs, and dream and believe that our babies are uniquely beautiful. You know…the Mickey in us.
          -Walt Disney

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          • #6
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            Yes and now onto the ride! .... ??? Where IS IT!!!!

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            • #7
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              do we have pictures of ON the ride???

              hmm hmm hmm???

              EXCITED!!!

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              • #8
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                As expected, the ride is largely unchanged


                Santa still looks over his list.. and he still has a lovely Jewish star on his rooftop.






                Save 2008 campaign anyone?


                I love the bagpipe music loop


                Quack quack *spin* hey! Quack quack *spin* hey!




                I hardly ever saw all these dancers there at once in the last couple years.








                Glad to see this kid's still choking his chicken


                And now for a sneak peak at DCA's new e-ticket attraction from The Little Mermaid.


                And say, what's that we see in the background...




                Isn't it nice how Polynesia and South America can live in such harmony?


                Grand Finale!






                This must be in Fantasyland. (Sad :P)





                Hurray! The ride's back. First person to make a crack about the ride and song being evil gets a thwap to the face =D You know you love it and it's not as bad as the cliche makes it out to be =) All of my pictures from the ride this morning are here.
                Last edited by almandot; 11-19-2008, 04:17 PM.

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                • #9
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                  Yay, it's finally OPEN1!! Can't wait to go on it after nearly a year!!!

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                  • #10
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                    We hope to take the kids this evening... hopefully it will still be open...
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                    • #11
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                      It looks really good.
                      The Mickey audience is not made up of people; it has no racial, national, political, religious or social differences or affiliations; the Mickey audience is made up of parts of people, of that deathless, precious, ageless, absolutely primitive remnant of something in every world-wracked human being which makes us play with children’s toys and laugh without self-consciousness at silly things, and sing in bathtubs, and dream and believe that our babies are uniquely beautiful. You know…the Mickey in us.
                      -Walt Disney

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                      • #12
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                        Thanks for the pics. I want to ride it.

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                        • #13
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                          It took a year just to change the boat path.

                          (dumbfounded)

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                          • #14
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                            It does look good, even the rainforest!

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                            • #15
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                              *is going to be dragged on small world Sunday*

                              Yeah I'll be the first to say it, I'm not a fan of small world. Though I will admit that I haven't been on it in quite a few years. I just remember hating it. A lot.

                              Cammie Dog: 3/27/05-6/28/09 God took you way too soon Protect your dog from heat stroke. It attacks and kills quickly.

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