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  • 3rdshiftCM
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    Re: It's not such a Small World, after all

    Originally posted by Werner View Post
    Al's article on the re-building of "It's a Small World" got me thinking -- why are they spending millions on this? Why not just continue to size up the passengers and spread out the heavier guests on more boats? Is there really that much of a capacity issue? Furthermore, what's next? Pirates? Now that's a little different I suppose -- there is no "trough" system like "Small", but still, I wonder if it won't need to be re-built as well? Kinda scary to think about how the entire park may need to be "supersized" eventually.

    Like so many have said the ride trough and boats have reached the end of there operational life.

    I'm just glad the park is being proactive about it and doing the work before something falls apart.

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  • Hippie
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    Originally posted by pineapplewhipaddict View Post
    Jeff said it best.

    It's just better if Disney makes the attraction more accommodating to today's audiences.

    I do hope, however, that in 50 years, they won't have to do this over again...hmm.
    No, they shouldn't. I am overweight now, but at one time was REALLY HUGE (close to 300), way more huge than is healthy by any means. There were attractions at Knotts, Magic Mtn, and State Line that I either could not ride, or had to squeeze in so much that I did not feel safe riding. However, NEVER did I have this problem at Disneyland, I could ride anything and everything I wanted. "Today's audiences" is crap. If someone cannot fit on a ride at Disneyland, the problem is not the person, not the ride. I know all about medical problems and genetics and stuff, and I know how tough it is to be overweight and lose weight etc, etc, but there is NO EXCUSE to be too big to fit on a ride at Disneyland.

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  • bloodnswash
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    Originally posted by TrojanSkippa View Post
    Went to Disneyland with Pasadena City College a few years back. Bunch of us Tuba players got on Space Mt. and had to have our rocket quickly pulled off to the side (this was pre-rehab). The reason,5 fat tuba players and Bassbone weighed too much to ride, Bassbone eventually got out of the rocket...we thought it was hysterical...him not so much.
    There's a lady that my husband works with. This lady and her husband are extremely large. In fact, she goes around saying how "fat" they are. Yes, that is the word she uses. A couple years ago her and her husband were on Small World and got their boat stuck. She laughed and laughed. Her and her husband thought it was the funniest thing.

    Considering that the boats are 40+ years old, they sure look like they are in great shape to me. As for the flume...it looks pretty good too. Definitely could use a paint job, though.

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  • Leviathan
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    I am just glad they wil be cleaning it up. being as fat as I am I wont say much about fixing the size thing. Would be nice if my fat did not help to sink a boat! :blush:

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  • sir clinksalot
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    [quote=Alpine;2245920]The boats are 40 years old, and first of a kind before designs incorporated easy maintenance. Those boats you see out there are the same boats in the background of pictures with Walt, having carried literally millions of people each around the world for 14 hours a day year round. Same for the flume and dolls that dance just as much.[quote]

    Exactly. This is the original flume and the original boats from the worlds fair. Wasn't built to last 40+ years.

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  • BoygunaSurf
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    I am proud to be American, but sometimes I really get frustrated with the over all physical health of our fellow citizens. It isn't a matter of prejudice, it is a matter of self respect and responsibility. How much longer is that Nation-wide overweight-percentage they talk about on Fox News going to continue to go up?

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  • Neverlandtink
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    I think it's a great idea to rehab it. The facade definitely needs some cleaning up, and it would be great to see all the dolls in a section instead of the usual MIAs I've encountered. If the boat issue will make for a safer attraction then I'm all for that as well.

    It does make me wonder though, why people are getting bigger these days compared to 40 years ago. Not crazy about that idea.

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  • KISSman
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    I think it's getting re-done because they plan on having IASW around for a long time. The attraction is in desperate need of attention anyhow. Might as well do it all at once.

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  • Alpine
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    The boats are 40 years old, and first of a kind before designs incorporated easy maintenance. Those boats you see out there are the same boats in the background of pictures with Walt, having carried literally millions of people each around the world for 14 hours a day year round. Same for the flume and dolls that dance just as much.

    It's not only because of heavy people, that just happens to be a new (really pretty minor) issue and a good story.

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  • pineapplewhipaddict
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    Jeff said it best.

    It's just better if Disney makes the attraction more accommodating to today's audiences.

    I do hope, however, that in 50 years, they won't have to do this over again...hmm.

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  • Pressler69
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    It isn't just to fix the flume. The entire attraction is getting a refurbishment, from the dolls to the set pieces. It's a good thing.

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  • Koutesu
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    Something they've already been doing is leaving the middle rows empty or having the larger groups take up more rows. They seem to put 2 adults in a row. One time, I saw the boat in front of mine going through with all the weight on one so that it was leaning. Pirates is different since those boats are much larger than small world's.

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  • aashee
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    Originally posted by TrojanSkippa View Post
    Went to Disneyland with Pasadena City College a few years back. Bunch of us Tuba players got on Space Mt. and had to have our rocket quickly pulled off to the side (this was pre-rehab). The reason,5 fat tuba players and Bassbone weighed too much to ride, Bassbone eventually got out of the rocket...we thought it was hysterical...him not so much.

    So the "Hey! There's no weight in space!" plea didn't fly?

    Chad

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  • Junthor
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    When I was on Small world Last week We were leaning during some of the ride as was the boat in front of us....


    I've never felt like that on Pirates....

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  • TrojanSkippa
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    Originally posted by JeffYardDog View Post
    Yeah, that'll be good guest service:

    "Why can't we ride together ?"

    "Your family's too fat"
    Went to Disneyland with Pasadena City College a few years back. Bunch of us Tuba players got on Space Mt. and had to have our rocket quickly pulled off to the side (this was pre-rehab). The reason,5 fat tuba players and Bassbone weighed too much to ride, Bassbone eventually got out of the rocket...we thought it was hysterical...him not so much.

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  • DisneyIPresume
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    From what I have heard the building itself needs to be retrofitted. I have heard that they might even need to tear off the roof and put a new one on.

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  • JeffYardDog
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    Originally posted by Werner View Post
    Al's article on the re-building of "It's a Small World" got me thinking -- why are they spending millions on this? Why not just continue to size up the passengers and spread out the heavier guests on more boats? Is there really that much of a capacity issue? Furthermore, what's next? Pirates? Now that's a little different I suppose -- there is no "trough" system like "Small", but still, I wonder if it won't need to be re-built as well? Kinda scary to think about how the entire park may need to be "supersized" eventually.
    Yeah, that'll be good guest service:

    "Why can't we ride together ?"

    "Your family's too fat"

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  • Werner
    started a topic It's not such a Small World, after all

    It's not such a Small World, after all

    Al's article on the re-building of "It's a Small World" got me thinking -- why are they spending millions on this? Why not just continue to size up the passengers and spread out the heavier guests on more boats? Is there really that much of a capacity issue? Furthermore, what's next? Pirates? Now that's a little different I suppose -- there is no "trough" system like "Small", but still, I wonder if it won't need to be re-built as well? Kinda scary to think about how the entire park may need to be "supersized" eventually.

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