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´It´s a Small World´ after all;
iconic ride celebrates 50 years

Los Angeles Times, by Hugo Martin

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Posted By:Fiesta del sol, 8/3/2014 8:16:50 PM

When her phone rang that day in 1963, Alice Davis was working as a seamstress, stitching bras and girdles in the downtown Los Angeles garment district.Walt Disney, the caller said, wanted to see her. When she arrived at Disney´s office, the theme park pioneer made her an offer: Design costumes for a new ride he was planning for the 1964 New York World´s Fair. That ride would be, he promised her, an attraction that would bring joy "to every child from 1 to 100." "I could hardly wait to get there for the first day," recalled Davis, now 85. Fifty

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Oh, I hope they don´t "improve" or update ´It´s a Small World.´ The Enchanted Tiki Room used to be the most charming thing. And then they updated it, and it is now a bunch of smart aleck birds, with no charm or whimsy.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Northcross, 8/3/2014 8:24:31 PM     (No. 9952204)

Aaahhhk! Just from reading the headline, now I have that horrendous tune stuck in my head. Torture of the first order.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Scrubber, 8/3/2014 8:36:47 PM     (No. 9952210)

I need my ear bleach! NOW!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: JoniTx, 8/3/2014 8:38:13 PM     (No. 9952212)

So true #1....must have been on that ride 40 years or so ago....brings it all back!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 8/3/2014 8:52:01 PM     (No. 9952222)

That awful ´´ear worm´´ song annoys the heck out of me as it plays over and over and over and over on a the loud speaker of a local ice cream truck that besieges our neighborhood the minute school lets out in the afternoon.

Those that love it love, those that hate it, do so with a vengeance.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: DaddyO, 8/3/2014 8:56:36 PM     (No. 9952226)

Got stuck on that ride once, with that song playing over and over again. Don´t know how long it lasted, but it felt like 50 years.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: thewarden, 8/3/2014 9:08:36 PM     (No. 9952242)

Yes, I was stuck on it, too, with 2 friends and no other humans in sight (late night corporate event). I thought I was going to die...the clip clop of the puppet heads and that awful, monotonous song from hell--it was a horror film in the making. Took me 15 years to brave it again with my young son. I still hate it. Ugh. If you like it, more power to ´ya. Smile! I prefer Pirates of the Caribbean. Wink.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: dvc, 8/3/2014 9:20:12 PM     (No. 9952259)

LOL!! Holy Cow - that thing is still running?!

We got trapped on that ride around 40 years ago for about 20-30 minutes when the cars broke down. We had to listen to that tune sung by these insane audio-anima-tronics things at high volume in the dark the whole time.

We were all ready for the rubber room by the time they got it fixed, and I can´t imagine ever going on it again. It was horrible.

My bet is that if they wanted the Al Qaeda prisoners to talk, put them in the room with that stuff for about a day. . . . . of course, they may be too badly damaged to give useful intel by then.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: StuartL, 8/3/2014 9:20:41 PM     (No. 9952260)

Ah, yes... Pirates and the torture-tune cruise -- the only two places in Disneyland to sit down with some leisurely relief from the sun. (Space Mountain is a horse of another color altogether.)

Koss could make a fortune from the noise-cancelling headphone concession.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Shells, 8/3/2014 9:49:39 PM     (No. 9952279)

This is so odd.

I had an ear worm song - way worse than this one - bouncing around in my head all morning.

Heard somewhere that the only way to free yourself from the dreaded song was to replace it with something slightly less annoying. So my brain chose Small World. And then I spent much pleasant time this afternoon reflecting on how I´d been so enchanted by that ride as an eight year old.

I still have the Pooh Bear my parents bought me on that trip. That poor guy has been to hell and back with me.

Again, odd. Had know idea this was an anniversary date, but there are NO coincidences. And I just turned 50.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: kayworthy, 8/3/2014 10:12:02 PM     (No. 9952291)

The whole thing is liberal utopia.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: harper, 8/3/2014 10:21:07 PM     (No. 9952295)

Let´s cut back on the complaining lest Disney replace the song with something like Hillary´s favorite cackles or a treasury of Nancy P. Lousy´s collected wit or Obama´s most famous ums and ahs.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: smcchk, 8/3/2014 10:31:18 PM     (No. 9952300)

My little daughter loved this ride. We went on it over and over. She now lives several continents away. I would be back there with her, listening to that song, in an instant, if I could!

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Reply 13 - Posted by: tomanderson61, 8/3/2014 11:40:22 PM     (No. 9952327)

"Small World´s technology is outdated, and some say it perpetuates broad stereotypes, with Arab dolls flying on magic carpets and Mexicans wearing sombreros. "

Uh....Mexicans DO wear sombreros. Millions of them. Does every Mexican? No. Would I be offended of Mexico had a ride that showed an American wearing a cowboy had?

No I wouldn´t.

I am starting to really hate people.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: arkfamily, 8/4/2014 7:20:39 AM     (No. 9952469)

This ride was my dad´s favorite one at Disney. He has died since then and I would do anything to be with him on that ride. His smile was worth it.

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