Interweb Abuzz Over “it’s a small world” Revisions

31 Mar

Interested in finding out what you can do to let Disney know you oppose (or support) the rumored revisions to Disneyland’s “it’s a small world” attraction? Or, want to know what the heck I’m talking about? An online campaign site has been set up at SaveTheSmallWorld.com. (Hat tip: The Disney Blog.)

Over the weekend, the LA Times ran a short piece about the controversy. The part that amused me most? This set of parody lyrics:

It’s a world of franchise,
it’s a world of fun
Piles of plush mean profit
for everyone
Wonder, Magic of Dream,
in our marketing scheme,
it’s a mall world after all.

It’s almost as if the author of those lyrics was surprised to discover that Disney is in fact a corporation, operating in a capitalist economy. Who knew? (That being said . . . I’m not crazy about being dumped into gift shops after riding so many Walt Disney World attractions, and much prefer Disneyland’s smaller number of grabs at my wallet.)

I think I’m more of a spiritual kin with a certain wonderfully cranky blogger, Your Souvenir Guide. I disagree with some of his opinions (I don’t like the addition of the branded characters), but there’s plenty of clear, critical thought in his post, “It’s a sacrosanct world after all.”

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