My brother says he won't go on small world

Discussion in 'Theme Parks Attractions and Strategies' started by Kurby, Nov 20, 2012.

  1. Shir Kahn

    Shir Kahn DIS Veteran

    May 27, 2006
    I love this ride, probably even more than my wife does! I would have absolutely no problems doing a full 8 hour shift here if I were a cast member! :goodvibes
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  3. Ninja Mom

    Ninja Mom Atention People of Earth, I come in Peace

    Apr 2, 2012
    One of the (many?) good things you could say about the Small World ride was that it was better than that Narnia attraction.

    (Shudders) Eww.. Narnia.

  4. bookgirl

    bookgirl DIS Veteran

    Oct 22, 2006
    Take him to epcot so he can go on IASW Mexico Edition with Day of the Dead dolls.
  5. MINILvr

    MINILvr Mouseketeer

    Sep 28, 2010
    My 14 yr old still remembers when we rode IASW in DL 9 years ago.
    Now, THAT is a L-O-N-G ride. It gives us a greater appreciation of shorter WDW version.
  6. richard39

    richard39 Mouseketeer

    May 23, 2012
    I love its a small world at wdw
  7. LynneIL

    LynneIL Earning My Ears

    Jul 12, 2012
    Dh and I went to Disney world for our honeymoon in ’98. He’d never been before, so I made sure we got in line for It’s a Small World. I didn’t tell him until we were close to the front that we were only going on the ride to show him how truly disturbing it is!

    We get in the boat and start ….. only to have the boat get stuck in the middle of the ride! We sat there FOREVER while those dolls just kept singing and singing and singing!

    Dh can’t wait to take the kids on it! :lol
  8. babygirlamg

    babygirlamg DIS Veteran

    Jun 14, 2011
    i love the daughter doesnt....when she was 8 we got stuck in the middle of the ride not sure what happened but they didnt stop the music for about 10 mins and then the ride didnt move for another 10 that may be why she doesnt ....we went to disney in March and i asked over and over if she wanted to go on but she refused lol....
  9. MouseEarsForAll

    MouseEarsForAll Oh snap! I get to hold the trophy?!

    Jun 29, 2011
    It's like all of Chucky's brothers and sisters...
  10. Quin

    Quin DIS Veteran

    May 28, 2010
    Love IASW. LOVE it. No trip is complete without it.

    And you know how sometimes you get a song, or a part of a song, stuck in your head - sometimes called an earworm? Well, if you can't get rid of it any other way, just think of the IASW song. NOTHING else can stand up to the awesome power of IASW.
  11. comicguy

    comicguy DIS Veteran

    Mar 27, 2006
    I have to admit that scene in the Kingdom Keepers Book I did creep me out, but I still ride it and I look at it with fresh eyes based on the book. It is fun to see what Ridley Pearson found interesting in our favorite park to make it part of the overll story.
  12. bcrook

    bcrook DIS Veteran

    Jun 26, 2008
  13. bytheblood

    bytheblood Guest

    Feb 21, 2004
  14. eastcarolinafan

    eastcarolinafan When I put on my Mickey ears I can hear Small Worl

    Apr 24, 2009
    You know, if you really want to get on his nerves, post his cell number and he'll be bombarded with IASW texts.

    As for me, I love that ride. I like having that song in my head.
  15. Kurby

    Kurby All the adversity I've had in my life, all my trou

    Mar 4, 2007
    There's a thought but he really would shoot me
  16. GusGus77

    GusGus77 DIS Veteran

    Nov 10, 2012
    We went on IASW during magic hours in October. I believe they were until 1am and we got on at 12:55am as it is my daughter's favorite ride and we hadn't rode it yet. (Please note both her and her brother fell asleep on it.) Anyway, the rise got struck and backed up in the white room. There was no one else on the ride. Tons of empty boats behind and in front of us. We were stuck about 10 minutes I think. I started panicking that they forgot we had gotten and were going to shut down the ride. I was starting to have horrible visions of being stuck in the room listening to it all night or perhaps even worse, them turning everything else off and us getting stuck there in the dark with all those little dolls! (I have a VERY active imagination and can't even watch previews for Child's Play!) luckily it started back up, but I sure started to panic! The next time we were on it (as I said is is dd favorite ride...and she's 4 so the we already rode it excuse wasn't gonna work and this was a 10 day trip) my blood pressure definitely went up when we were in the white room!
  17. bumbershoot

    bumbershoot DIS Veteran

    Mar 5, 2007

    But I'm a purist, and I don't like the holiday version at Disneyland. I've only been on the WDW version twice; first time disliked it, second time it was better. At least they haven't messed with it as far as I know...

    When my stepmom was first getting to know us, I was something like 7, and someone gave me the vinyl album with the music of iasw on it. I would listen to it over and over and over again, in a row. For as long as people could stand it. She told me later, at some point in my 30s, that I was lucky I survived those days, LOL. What can I say? I love that song!
  18. Robo

    Robo 1971 Castle in the Hub: Your lights are on!

    Nov 18, 2001
    Within the last 10 years, they actually put the tracks from that original soundtrack INTO the MK version of the attraction.

    I have amazing family memories of seeing IASW in Disneyland right after it was brought back from the '64 NYC World's Fair.

    We all LOVED it!

    Back then it had MANY different recordings of the song with unique full orchestral arrangements behind each version. There were full-sized Hi-Fi "theater speakers" throughout the ride (Altec "Voice of the Theater" if anyone knows about such things) and it sounded so GOOD in there.

    I have no idea how many (and what kind) of tape playback systems ($$$) they had to operate simultaneously to get that many recordings to play in (mostly) sync. There were no compact discs or digital players... only reel-to-reel (and later, "cartridge") studio tape players. It was a staggering technical feat to get all those individual "tracks" to play at the same time.
    (I remember each "room" was in sync, with the music being slightly "off-sync" as you passed into the next gigantic room).

    We bought the LP record back then (not even released in STEREO, just Mono) of the music and I memorized each version (I was in grade school then).

    Since that time there have been many "modernizations" of the attraction.
    When IASW came to WDW, it already had been "pared-down" from the Disneyland original. And even the original California version was "down-graded" over the years.
    Gone where the massive (and superior-sounding) theater speakers, replaced with much smaller speakers of lesser quality.
    The music tracks where re-recorded with "smaller", simpler arrangements using fewer singers, and in fewer languages.
    The dolls still wiggled and spun but it was... NOT THE SAME!

    Well, in 2005-6 the WDW version of IASW underwent an UPGRADE.
    Many (most) of the dolls were replaced (or at least repainted).
    The sets and interior walls were coated in a new deeper, richer color scheme.
    The load-area was improved by the addition of an elaborate new animatronic "clock" mounted in a surround-setting that has a similar feel to the (much larger) Disneyland IASW exterior.

    But, during the new construction period, I heard a RUMOR of something that raised my hopes (although tempered with the "real-world" skepticism that said, "Why bother to spend time and $$ on such things?")

    Still, when I got to ride IASW after it reopened in WDW...

    My own ears confirmed it... YES, the ORIGINAL 1963-64 SOUNDTRACK (that I had loved and "lived") had been RESURRECTED, and digitally RESTORED!

    There are MANY added individual speakers in each doll-vignette, each with its OWN version of the song (again, with the elaborate individual track from 1963-4)
    What a joy it was to hear the old familiar tracks that my family (brother, two sisters, Mom and Dad) had loved so much in the '60's!

    The current "finale" room is a new recording (as the old one had an actual "ending" that just didn't fit with the modern-day ability to "seamlessly" loop the tracks). But even the new finale track is carefully crafted in the same style as the original version... well-done!

    To me, IASW is BACK!

    So, again, if you don't know or care about these kind of things, don't bother to ride IASW. Its going to seem like that "same-old, once-is-enough" kind of ride.

    But to an "old-time Disney veteran" its a trip back in time to when Disney was still the name of a MAN... who loved his park... and nothing was too good to lavish on the guests who came to visit.

    A special THANKS to those Imagineers who painstakingly and "lovingly" restored each of those amazing old audio tapes. And made them (again) a part of the Happiest Place on Earth for us "kids" to enjoy.
  19. bcrook

    bcrook DIS Veteran

    Jun 26, 2008

    Great post! Thanks.
  20. CTDisneyfan816

    CTDisneyfan816 DIS Veteran

    Aug 1, 2010
    I thought of that ride in another context. At work we have a bi-weekly conference call where the organizer goes bonkers anytime someone doesn't put the phone on mute and there is background noise. I thought how fun it would be to dial in while on that ride!

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