November 10, 2007 / Posted by: Michael K
The "It's A Small World" ride at Disneyland opened in 1964 when people were a lot smaller. Disneyland in Anaheim, CA will shut down the ride this January for 10-months so they can make the water canals deeper and build stronger boats. Why do they need to do this? Because people are fatter nowadays and causing the boats to completely stop in the middle of the ride. When the boats get stuck, a crew member is forced to ask people to get off boats and lighten the load. Embarassing! This happens especially in the Scandanavian room.
Disney also said they are having the same problem with "Pirates of the Caribbean," but it's not as nearly as bad as Small World.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the average sized man weighed 166lbs in 1960. In 2002 the average man weighed 191lbs.
Disney is looking out for the big people. Times are a changin!
I got stuck on that ride once when I was little and it was a nightmare come true. That song played over and over and over and over again. I couldn't get it out of my head for months. It stills haunts my dreams sometimes. If they really wanted to improve that ride they'd change the damn song.
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