Disneyland to add Disney Characters to Its A Small World – confirmed

The LA Times reports that Walt Disney Imagineering has confirmed that there will be changes at Disneyland’s It’s A Small World attraction. It sounds like the main addition will be Disney characters stylized and themed to each ‘land’ of the ride. Alice in Wonderland in the UK section, Aladdin in the Arabia section, etc.

An Imagineer official is quoted as saying the changes will “respect and honor the original creative intent” of Blair’s iconic work while adding “new richness, excitement and relevance.” Those two statements are mutually exclusive since the original intent did not involve Disney characters. It’s supposed to be about world unity not brand. It’s supposed to be about youthful hope and wonder not about selling another plush figure. About providing quality show, not following the results of some survey saying guests want to see more Disney characters. Even if they do, they certainly don’t mean in every blessed attraction.

I ran a quick Twitter Poll and 100% of the respondents agreed that Disneyland is Goofy for wanting to add Disney characters, stylized or not, to the classic children in It’s A Small World. If you agree, I think that since we have official confirmation, now is the time to send a written letter to Disneyland Guest Relations and let them know your displeasure. Be polite but firm in your message that making this change will make you think twice about future plans to attend the park.

Disneyland Guest Communications
1313 Harbor Boulevard
Post Office Box 3232
Anaheim, CA 92803

Written letters are what will make the difference in stopping this tragic destruction of artist Mary Blair and visionary Walt Disney’s original vision.

Previously: Blair family calls for no Disney Characters in It’s A Small World.

6 thoughts on “Disneyland to add Disney Characters to Its A Small World – confirmed”

  1. Don’t write to Guest Relations — write to Guest Communications. They are obligated to respond to each and every letter. But don’t make ANY suggestions. Writing to Guest Relations is a waste of time and energy. They are there for the guests AT the park — Guest Communications is for written correspondence.

    (ed. thanks, will make the change)

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  4. Hello,
    Adding Disney Characters to time honored classic that was the only ride that did not have any characters of Disney will take away from the beauty that everyone has grown up to enjoy. Changing something that is not broken can be a negative from all visitors that are raised from birth to the elderly that take favor in seeing that ride remain the same.
    They should not change anything in ITS A SMALL WORLD

  5. Now, I have yet to actually ride the attraction, but from what I can tell I do have this to say: “Small World” still preaches international friendship and unity. I just like to think that the Disney characters are making small “cameo appearances”, so to speak, in appropriate sections. I just hope the characters are not completely upstaging the children of the world who actually should be the real focal point. Other than that, I am excited about the new additions!

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