A world of laughter, a world of tears...Walt Disney World: Which countries make you laugh, which make you roll your eyes, which make you say "what the hell?!"
From Kelly LouiseI'll admit It's a Small World isn't a ride I get too excited about, but hey, it's a classic and I'll hop on if the lines short. I've ridden in Disneyland Paris and the Magic Kingdom. As a proud Aussie I noticed our national display is a little...lackluster. A purple Koala (not a bear!), a yellow dingo (not eating a baby) and a sort of generic-native Aboriginal. It makes me laugh more than rankles me, but does any anyone have a country that especially makes them role their eyes or wish for more? I also think Ireland should have a nice Guiness with their sparkly Leprechauns, because I'm very culturally astute.
Posted May 30, 2012 at 7:50 AM
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From Kelly MuggletonYour post made me laugh so much! Dingo not eating a baby!!! :-))
Posted May 30, 2012 at 9:32 AM
The whole thing kind makes me roll my eyes at one stage or another, even though like you, I will hop on if no lines - it is a classic part of the Kingdom.
I do think Hawaii is really cute though with the surfers and hula dancers.
Edit - I am of course aware that Hawaii is not a country :-))
From Jeff ElliottWatch the video.....you know you want to......and you will be humming the song all day......
Posted May 30, 2012 at 8:47 AM
This has been making the rounds on the Internet lately and they are using it as the reason why no details are surfacing about the new Disneyland in Shanghai.
From Manny RodriguezAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HOLY CRAP i cant finish that thats Disturbing.
Posted June 1, 2012 at 7:25 PM
From Amy SmithTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! hahaha seriously though, if you've read Kingdom Keepers small world was scary enough without the zombie dolls.
Posted June 1, 2012 at 9:42 PM
From Tony DudaIn a bad idea thread some time back, I suggested "It's A Small World starring Chuckie" and I didn't even know it actually existed.
Posted June 2, 2012 at 10:02 AM
From Anthony MurphyChile (or whatever the Penguins are doing there)
Posted June 3, 2012 at 12:06 PM
From Amanda JenkinsI was thinking the same thing Amy! When the dolls starting attacking the kids in Kingdom Keepers was the point where I decided not to ride "it's a small world" again.
Posted June 5, 2012 at 10:05 AM
That video made me want to encourage the family to jump ship and swim for the exit.
From Jason VervliedOn a recent visit to WDW I rode IASW, when first entering the US, there is supposed to be a girl on a swing. The character is missing, but the swing still moves and you can hear laughing coming from where it is suppose to be. It's very spooky and Disney really should fix it.
Posted June 5, 2012 at 11:42 AM
From Anon MouseI happened to visit many countries around the world. Small World is based on the most likely traits and landmarks that you can easily identify. It is short and quick, a stereotype. If you want something more elaborate, I suppose you should get a land in EPCOT. Don't be too disappointed. It is meant for kids, but adults are allowed.
Posted June 5, 2012 at 12:36 PM
From TH CreativeGreatest ... TPI Discussion thread topic ... EVER!
Posted June 5, 2012 at 2:04 PM
From Robert NilesNone of the dolls in the UK section are sunburned, despite the fact they've been in Florida for 40 years.
Posted June 5, 2012 at 2:30 PM
From Brandon MendozaI laughed at the only representative of the Philippines being a singular girl on a platform between the mermaids and the Hawaiian set, wearing a pink dress and holding a folding fan. I think there used to be a Filipino boy dressed in the traditional "barong tagalog" shirt... I think he was transformed into a Hawaiian boy. To those that may not know, typical of some Filipino kids... they try to act and dress Hawaiian despite not having any roots in Hawaii!
Posted June 5, 2012 at 4:27 PM
And all of South America is represented as one and is sung in Spanish despite Portuguese being the native tongue of Brazil.
And Asia only has the song in Japanese.
I'm not complaining about any of these details, but I hope they would eventually update the music to include the international versions too with French, German, Arabic, Cantonese, Korean, Mandarin, and Tagalog.
From Tim Odomit's a small world is simply the scariest ride in the history of mankind. I went on it once, for my nephew, and was so freaked out by the entire experience. Being stuck on that for an hour, listening to that song, is my definition of hell.
Posted June 6, 2012 at 1:34 PM
Seriously, that ride freaks me the heck out.
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