Love it or Leave it? Disneyland's Updated Small World Ride

Updated Small World Character
Updated Small World Character

This winter, Disneyland updated the classic "Small World" Ride. In addition to structural improvements, some newer Disney characters were added to the ride. According to Disney 29 Disney and Disney•Pixar characters are now represented in the attraction

With the opening on Feb 6 came lots of controversy, with some people feeling that the classic ride should have been restored without changes, and others (including Disney) defending the company's right to update the ride as they see fit.

What do you think? Tell me in comments.

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  1. Carolina on February 11, 2009 at 7:36 a.m.

    Seeing the video of it, I admit it seems kind of funny to me, an old-timer, to see the new Disney characters. But I've got no problem with it. The only thing I would have a problem with is if I were to get stuck inside that ride.
    What I find more disturbing is that most kids (and adults) who go on that ride, can barely find any of those countries on a map, or understand the culture of any of those "kids" represented.

  2. Jon on February 11, 2009 at 9:08 a.m.

    Now if they would only give some noise canceling headphones to adults, I might consider taking a ride.

    It must've taken me 10 years to get that song...It's a small, small, small, small world out of my brain!!

  3. Jennifer Brown on February 11, 2009 at 9:53 a.m.

    I love it! I really, really love it! Why the heck not, it's their ride, they're their characters, and it's just another way to bring magic to the kids (and adults) who ride it (and love it).

  4. Kids Activities on February 12, 2009 at 11:45 a.m.

    We have never been to Disneyland so I don't really have an opinion about this particular attractions park, however, I have been to Disneyworld in Orlando twice with my daughter (she is 3 years old) and I have to tell you that she loved every minute of if and could care less if the rides were classic or not. I would actually suggest to all parents that are considering taking their kids to Disneyland or Disneyworld to do it when the kids are young and they still believe in princesses and pirates. And for all parents that are waiting for their children to be older so they can "remember" the visit to the Disney Parks, I would challenge them to think back to when they were kids and believed in Santa...did they enjoy Santa's gifts more when they believed in Santa than they did once they found out Santa's "secret"?

  5. Lauren fromNorthwest Cheapsleeps on February 16, 2009 at 8:25 a.m.

    I feel silly, but this makes me very sad.

  6. PhotoDad on February 22, 2009 at 8:19 a.m.

    Disney does a very good job at almost everything they do, and there's always some one that yearns for the old days.
    I remember when I was a kid, Small world was one of my fondest memories, but why does everything have to remain the way I remember it?

    It's their ride, let them do it how they want. Maybe they could make a 'Small World Classic' for us old folks.

    Here's an article about our family trip to Disney World:

    with lot's of good tips and ride ratings by our son (6 yrs old at the time).


  7. Amanda on April 24, 2009 at 11:25 p.m.

    ok well i have a lot to say....

    Disney messed that ride up when they made the "improved" changes. they didnt improve S***! They just made it worst. Okay do you remember the hippo? Yea you would ride past it and say "oh mom/dad/grandma/aunt look at the hippo" now its oh 'look at simba and pumba. Its like the hippo disappeared!!! then they added a new land just to put in woody and jessie! That pissed me off too.

    It seems like all disneyland is these days is a promotion for everything, its not Walt Disneys heart anymore. Plus they made a sequal to like all the classic Disney movies, its like hello!?!? just stick to the original ones PLZ!! not everything has to be NEW AND IMPROVED!