The topiaries that surround the exterior of Disneyland’s classic and much loved attraction “it’s a small world” have been impressing guests since 1966. But what behind the scenes magic is involved in putting on this show? This video with Topiary Engineer Craig Minasian reveals a… Read More »Small World Topiaries receive TLC
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I’ve been stuck on It’s A Small World (IASW) a couple times before, once for 26 minutes. Let me tell you, it was not a pleasant experience. The music never turned off while other boats were being evacuated around us. Alas, we were stuck in… Read More »Man sues Disneyland after being stuck on it’s a small world for 40 minutes
Please welcome guest author Ryan Walth Friday marked the official start of this years holiday festivities at the Disneyland Resort. I was lucky enough to be able to witness one of Disneyland’s most iconic attractions be lit up during a special lighting ceremony. “It’s a… Read More »Disneyland Holiday Lighting Ceremony
Very nice demonstration of the new projection technology that will be the centerpiece of the “Let the Memories Begin” promotion at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. In Orlando, the projections will be on Cinderella Castle, as seen above. In Anaheim, projections will be on the… Read More »Making Memories Castle Projection Demo Video
The Associated Press has a small story and a 2 minute video (click on the little icon to the left of the story) that reveals many of the new character figures that have been added to Disneyland’s classic “it’s a small world” attraction in an… Read More »Character Invasion of “it’s a small world” revealed
This commercial for Hong Kong Disneyland’s version of “it’s a small world” is Pop-tastic! I mean who hasn’t dreamed of shooting a rock video inside IASW. I hope it helps to bring guests into the park. The video is obviously highly produced, but the presence… Read More »Ad for Hong Kong Disneyland “it’s a small world”
Although the volleys from both sides have decreased, this thing with “it’s a small world” is not over. It’s just the thin shell of a much larger egg. It has nothing to do with the personalities involved, their creative ability, nor their passion for the Disney product. No one is doubting any of that.
No. It has to do with a choice made by someone (or someones) in Disney parks management. A deliberate choice that has many of us worried.
John Nadleberg, who has recently set out with his own blog, summarizes excellently:
Disney is over cartooning their parks, they have been doing it for a while, and although it has been tolerated for one reason or another, it is often not appreciated at all. They are wrecking what were once theme parks with all kinds of entertainments by changing them to ones that have one single type of entertainment.
Movie people originally constructed Disneyland, and in a way, going to a Disney park is very much like going to a multiplex theater to see different types of movies, with each area within the park representing another type of film. This theater has a western, that theater has a horror film, the other theater has a drama or a comedy, and yet another has an animated feature. What they have been doing, and are continuing to do, is turn every single theater in that multiplex into being about animation, and they are doing so with very little artistic integrity. The shows they produce with this mindset are often very poor and poorly received. Shows, such as Soarin’ and Expedition Everest don’t follow this mindset and are their great recent successes.
Disney Imagineer Kim Irvine was just on KCRW’s design and architecture show. She talked about changes coming to “it’s a small world” and the fan uproar surrounding said changes. You’ll probably be able to find an archive or transcript of the show at the KCRW… Read More »Imagineer Kim Irvine talks about “it’s a small world” changes