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  • Farewell [Non-Holiday] Small World

    Today is the last day It's a Small World in its non-holiday form will be open until early 2009.

    Starting tomorrow, the attraction will be closed October 22 - November 8 to dress up for the holidays, and once its holiday run is over (actually sometime late January), Small World will embark on a massive 9-month refurbishment to replace the trough and the boats, as well as spruce up the props and dolls (most of which will be removed for cleaning), repaint the exterior facade, give the entrance a brand new sign, and redo the postcard "hello" and "good-bye" rooms.

    Once that grandiose refurbishment reaches completion, assuming all goes according to schedule, it will be just in time for the 2008 holiday season and It's a Small World Holiday. Which brings us to 2009.

    Farewell hello and good-bye rooms. You served your purpose, but there's so much more potential.

    May the rollicking song continue to roll through our heads throughout 2008.


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    Re: Farewell [Non-Holiday] Small World

    Glad that we got to ride it "one last time" two weeks ago before the refurb...

    Thanks!

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    • #3
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      Glad we rode it yesterday. It's one of my little guy's favorites.
      Visit the Hamand Family Blog to see what we've been up to. http://matthamand.blogspot.com

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      • #4
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        Dang it! I'm going there tomorrow and I wanted to ride it to compare before and afters. Oh well, at least i'll get to ride it for the Holiday.

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        • #5
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          The last time I remember a Disneyland without small world was in the '80s. I remember seeing the barricades surrounding it (they didn't use the all too familiar refurb walls). I remember seeing the fireworks. All the spinning stuff on the facade was off as were the lights and the clock wasn't used at all that time.

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          • #6
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            How depressing I can't imagine going to DL without IASW smiling over and the clock ticking. It better be a pretty darn good refurb if it's taking 9 mos to complete.
            Rule #42: The Queen Always Wins.

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            • #7
              Re: Farewell [Non-Holiday] Small World

              Originally posted by iTS a SMaLL WoRLD_ View Post
              How depressing I can't imagine going to DL without IASW smiling over and the clock ticking. It better be a pretty darn good refurb if it's taking 9 mos to complete.
              That's how I felt in the '80s (maybe '85)

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              • #8
                Re: Farewell [Non-Holiday] Small World

                What was changed in the 80s?
                Rule #42: The Queen Always Wins.

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                • #9
                  Re: Farewell [Non-Holiday] Small World

                  Originally posted by iTS a SMaLL WoRLD_ View Post
                  It better be a pretty darn good refurb if it's taking 9 mos to complete.
                  First and foremost, the refurbishment is borne out of necessity - as in, preventing boats from stalling in a show building with no surveillance cameras to even detect that a stall occurred. But WDI is taking advantage of the closure and sprucing up the existing props (most of which, it should be mentioned again, are the 1964 NY World's Fair originals). Most of the improvements will be similar to what was recently done to the Tiki Room - fixing long-broken show elements, and adding enhanced lighting and sound. And that is perfectly appropriate, as Small World is a classic. What it needs is some well-funded TLC, not necessarily new show elements.

                  I think the finished product will be well worth the wait, but expect the bulk of the show to stay how it is - just in really good shape.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Farewell [Non-Holiday] Small World

                    Haha, I'm glad that it is just going to be updating/fixing the ride. Although I haven't minded getting stalled in the ride

                    But, anyways, a small part of me is excited that they're doing the refurb, as it will make an already awesome ride even better. And those poor dolls, after 43 years they deserve some tlc!

                    Thanks for calming my fears of bringing modern technology into a classic, though.
                    Rule #42: The Queen Always Wins.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Farewell [Non-Holiday] Small World

                      9 months isn't bad. I think that's about the same amount of time the Tiki Room was in refurbishment, and Small World is a much bigger job.
                      2007 Photos:
                      http://s530.photobucket.com/albums/dd345/Pisceslibra/Disneyland%20Christmas%202007/?start=all
                      More 2007 Photos:
                      http://www.flickr.com/photos/pisceslibra/sets/72157606706412381/
                      2007 UPDATED Trip Report:
                      http://micechat.com/forums/showthread.php/trip_report_photos_dec_2007-102026.html
                      2006 Photos:
                      http://pisces.smugmug.com/gallery/2307689/11/120769200#120769200_T5KyJ

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                      • #12
                        Re: Farewell [Non-Holiday] Small World

                        Originally posted by iTS a SMaLL WoRLD_ View Post
                        Although I haven't minded getting stalled in the ride
                        Oh how many would mind. )

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                        • #13
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                          Lol. I suppose there are those that have the singing doll fear
                          Rule #42: The Queen Always Wins.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Farewell [Non-Holiday] Small World

                            Originally posted by 2DieFR View Post
                            Most of the improvements will be similar to what was recently done to the Tiki Room - fixing long-broken show elements, and adding enhanced lighting and sound.
                            OH I'm so glad that they are updating the sound system because I couldn't quite hear the words to that song they were singing very well and I really felt like I missed out! I hope they crank up the sound!!

                            hee hee
                            Last edited by peoplemover1; 10-21-2007, 03:28 PM. Reason: spelling
                            I'm addicted and I don't care!!! :yea:

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                            • #15
                              Re: Farewell [Non-Holiday] Small World

                              Originally posted by peoplemover1 View Post
                              OH I'm so glad that they are updating the sound system because I couldn't quite hear the words to that song they were singing very well and I really felt like I missed out! I hope they crank up the sound!!
                              Can I get a saucepan over here? peoplemover1 is just dripping with sarcasm! )

                              By the way, I hear you and Andy don't ever ride Small World. Why would that be?

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