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Should the Small World ceiling ever be improved?

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  • #21
    I watch what's going on at eye level.
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    This has been a Filmways presentation dahling.

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    • #22
      Yes, something should be done to fix it. It looks like a department store or school classroom ceiling.

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      • #23
        You know it's funny... my memories of the ride itself as a child seemed to blend with n illustrated book I had based on the ride... so I never noticed the ceiling as little one. I was just enthralled in everything. The first time I rode it as an adult I was like "Hmmm, how did I NOT notice this?"
        "Have I gone mad?"
        "I'm afraid so. You're entirely bonkers. But I'll tell you a secret. All the best people are. "

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        • #24
          I'm with the minority and vote leave it as-is. The whole attraction has a certain unslickness to it that makes it as charming as it is. (And agree with a prior post who said that the Little Mermaid attraction couldn't get away with the same simplicity. Those simple times are long gone.)

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          • #25
            LOL..........I guess some , wants a ~Sistine Chapel Ceiling ~~
            Soaring like an EAGLE !

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            • #26
              Unless it's rotting and falling apart, I'm fine with the way it is. I think the fact, that it's not a Dark Ride, is why people notice it. There is not much they could do, other than make it look like the sky, cover it up, or paint it black, like the dark ride style.

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              • #27
                There's a ceiling? I was busy looking at the lovely children from around the world singing.
                But as long as they keep them clean not looking like an old department store, I'm fine with it. The HVAC system may have something to do with keeping it the way it is since it would get humid inside otherwise.

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                • #28
                  Originally posted by DisneyPilot View Post
                  Anyone know one of the backstories of IASW?...First Hand from the Art Director that oversees IASW...the children are stuck inside on a rainy day and to pass the time they engage in arts and crafts activities like paper mache, hence the whole "arts and craft" feel of the attraction rather than it being a finished polished show building and attraction.

                  While I agree parts of the attraction ceiling are starting to look a bit ratty in parts it was never designed to be anything special.
                  This is why I think the ceiling is fine as is. It doesn't distract from the attraction in my opinion.

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                  • #29
                    Originally posted by Pips View Post
                    I'm with the minority and vote leave it as-is. The whole attraction has a certain unslickness to it that makes it as charming as it is. (And agree with a prior post who said that the Little Mermaid attraction couldn't get away with the same simplicity. Those simple times are long gone.)
                    There's an elegance to simplicity and then there's simply poor show on a budget. IASW is the latter, and I'll add with regards to modern audiences because at its debut, audiences most likely didn't care or notice because it was state-of-the-art at the time and audiences were just less sophisticated because they didn't have any expectations, high or low, to something so new and unheard of. So, the ceiling is now a modern-day flaw that's seen as charming by the minority, through the lens of nostalgia, as if it's kitschy. Need I remind everyone, we're talking about ceiling tiles.

                    Sacred cows just get me going and I think the ceiling tiles in IASW are the least of its problems. I'll admit that the Fantasyland dark rides do hold a certain charm because of their uniquely, quaint presentation but I'd still be in support of replacing ugly ceiling tiles with something more imaginative and high-tech and so far the improvements to those rides have been mostly positive, increasing their longevity. Personally, I think IASW has nothing on those rides as I see it as a World's Fair transplant, a carnival ride that could just as easily be relocated again, somewhere else, far away.
                    Last edited by wdimike55; 01-11-2018, 12:52 PM.

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                    • #30
                      Originally posted by wdimike55 View Post

                      There's an elegance to simplicity and then there's simply poor show on a budget. IASW is the latter, and I'll add with regards to modern audiences because at its debut, audiences most likely didn't care or notice because it was state-of-the-art at the time and audiences were just less sophisticated because they didn't have any expectations, high or low, to something so new and unheard of. So, the ceiling is now a modern-day flaw that's seen as charming by the minority, through the lens of nostalgia, as if it's kitschy. Need I remind everyone, we're talking about ceiling tiles.

                      Sacred cows just get me going and I think the ceiling tiles in IASW are the least of its problems. I'll admit that the Fantasyland dark rides do hold a certain charm because of their uniquely, quaint presentation but I'd still be in support of replacing ugly ceiling tiles with something more imaginative and high-tech and so far the improvements to those rides have been mostly positive, increasing their longevity. Personally, I think IASW has nothing on those rides as I see it as a World's Fair transplant, a carnival ride that could just as easily be relocated again, somewhere else, far away.
                      Okay. Your points are well-taken. If they change out the ceiling, it won't be a bad thing. As it is, though, I get a fun Tivoli Gardens vibe from it. There is room in this world for that kind of emotional response. Other kinds are valid, too.

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                      • #31
                        It's a Small World

                        I feel is still a Classic , and you can still see lots of love ,that goes back to Walt Disney and his Imagineers ,
                        such as Mary Blair and her Art work.
                        Children still smile's today enjoying the attraction , as those who enjoy from the past.......
                        I think the ceiling is fine as it is!
                        Soaring like an EAGLE !

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                        • #32
                          Originally posted by pwillunlv View Post
                          YES! It is such a distraction--it looks like a cheap dropped ceiling from a generic office.
                          I totally agree.

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                          • #33
                            Originally posted by Eagleman View Post
                            It's a Small World

                            I feel is still a Classic , and you can still see lots of love ,that goes back to Walt Disney and his Imagineers ,
                            such as Mary Blair and her Art work.
                            Children still smile's today enjoying the attraction , as those who enjoy from the past.......
                            I think the ceiling is fine as it is!
                            I've come to really love and appreciate Mary Blair's work. Her and Eyvind Earle (who did the backgrounds for Sleeping Beauty) are probably my two favorite Disney artists of all time.

                            Maybe they could repaint the ceiling to feature a giant, mural-like homage to Mary Blair's artwork on the ride. They already have the "one moon and golden sun" hanging either in the air or on the walls, but they could definitely work something out.

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                            • #34
                              Originally posted by WaltDisney'sAlec View Post

                              I've come to really love and appreciate Mary Blair's work. Her and Eyvind Earle (who did the backgrounds for Sleeping Beauty) are probably my two favorite Disney artists of all time.

                              Maybe they could repaint the ceiling to feature a giant, mural-like homage to Mary Blair's artwork on the ride. They already have the "one moon and golden sun" hanging either in the air or on the walls, but they could definitely work something out.
                              I in agreement with you.......and appreciate Mary Blair's work !
                              and ceiling is not the mean concept of the show
                              Soaring like an EAGLE !

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                              • #35
                                Originally posted by Spongeocto4 View Post
                                U. . . There is not much they could do, other than make it look like the sky. . .
                                Funny, I was at a restaurant, Viva Madrid, in Claremont, CA, this evening, and I looked up and saw their attractive sky ceiling and thought, "That's exactly what they should do on Small World."

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                                • #36
                                  Originally posted by jcruise86 View Post
                                  Funny, I was at a restaurant, Viva Madrid, in Claremont, CA, this evening, and I looked up and saw their attractive sky ceiling and thought, "That's exactly what they should do on Small World."
                                  Well you get the "Sky Ceiling", when you go outside ,It's a Small World
                                  LoL

                                  Soaring like an EAGLE !

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                                  • #37
                                    [QUOTE=WaltDisney'sAlec;n8544856]I seem to remember a Disney Parks Blog post showing the crews working on "it's a small world" holiday. The ceiling tiles were easily removable and thus made the rigging/harnesses easily workable, especially when hoisting up the decorations.

                                    These are the two closest videos I could find, but they could provide the explanation for why we haven't seen any substantive change to the ceiling.

                                    Video 1

                                    Video 2

                                    Thanks for the videos!

                                    as a life long crafter/sewing, jewelry making........ gardener and home"maker" book cases, slip covers... if I can, I will make it myself....

                                    I walk around Disneyland seeing not only the intended visual but admiring the brilliance and creativity of how the effects are achieved... and some appreciation of the work involved...
                                    and knowing, at that, everything I am perceiving falls short of the skill and talent involved...

                                    I often thinking, how fun it would be to see how this/that.. was done....
                                    I know, people say... you are not supposed to be looking at that or thinking about that.... for me, human brilliance, is part of the magic and, creativity is magic.....

                                    thanks!




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                                    • #38
                                      I'm revising my opinion here.
                                      I thought of this thread when I was on IASW yesterday. They still have the holiday stuff up, and, yes, it looks so beautiful "all dolled up" that the ceiling is jarring. It's amazing how lovely that attraction looks with all the holiday embellishments. I was on it in December, but maybe I was too tired then to pay much attention. Or "holidayed out." Anyhow, it shows the potential of IASW.

                                      Maybe our OP, jcruise86, was prompted to post after he saw the ride looking so great, but the ceiling looking so lame.
                                      Big fan here of holiday IASW. I do think IASW could use a better ceiling.

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                                      • #39
                                        SMALL WORLD'S CEILING BUGS ME EVERY TIME I RIDE IT. It's one of the few things I really knit-pick at DLR. Glad I found this therapy thread. I feel much better knowing that misery loves company.

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                                        • #40
                                          Originally posted by BW1 View Post
                                          SMALL WORLD'S CEILING BUGS ME EVERY TIME I RIDE IT. It's one of the few things I really knit-pick at DLR. Glad I found this therapy thread. I feel much better knowing that misery loves company.
                                          LOL.......
                                          I for a new CEILING after wear and tear ,many years.....But the ceiling should not be forecast point ,of the show.......

                                          As misery to the guest.........IMO Disney does not care !
                                          Soaring like an EAGLE !

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