Back for another week with another column, and guess what we are talking about this week? You bet it IS a small world after all this week. We also have a stack of new Disney approved photos for your collective pleasure, so get your eyes inside our reading hole!
Although there really isn’t a huge amount to report from the last week – with one glaring exception – a renewed determination to keep this puppy afloat on a weekly basis (or at least until I disappear on my honeymoon in May) sees me sitting down to type this column once again. Why? Because we like you. Actually, the truth is that we may never know.
So we finally know when the children of Hong Kong will be able to pay a floating visit to the children of the world. The announced of the 28th April launch date of the latest version of the classic it’s a small world attraction came with photographic previews, some of which are represented in this article and the rest can be found in our IASW Construction Gallery.
The launch date and photos has done more than just give us a schedule for when we should start lining up at Hong Kong Disneyland. With the US versions of the ride also slated for major overhauls, this may give fans a bit of a hint as to what they have in mind for the future of one of the most famous Disney rides in the history of the park. No doubt, there will be purists who find the idea of touching anything that Walt Disney personally oversaw tantamount to sacrilege, but Disneyland is a living thing, and like all living things, it needs constant change and stimulus to keep it moving. From what we have seen of the Hong Kong Disneyland version of IASW so far, we feel fairly confident that there won’t be many Disney fans going home disappointed. Stitch is there representing Hawaii; the Little Mermaid makes an appearance; Woody and Jessie from Toy Story are about, as well as Marie the Cat of The Aristocats fame. What is most impressive is that all of them, including Cinderella and her Prince, have been loving recreated to keep with the look and feel of it’s a small world. That’s not to say that we don’t find something mildly creepy about a mop-headed Cinderella, but we still appreciate the effort!
The one thing we hope comes out of this is, to be frank, bodies through the gates. The buzz that has been created around this forthcoming attraction, at least in the fan community, isn’t something that you can buy. Any construction site in a Disney theme park, or even the hint of one, is enough to keep us fans speculating for months on end. Let’s face it – all it takes is one bloke with a hammer to wander down Main Street, and we’d be convinced there is a Haunted Mansion coming. That said, we’ve been talking about IASW since the last half of 2006, and now that it is almost here, we are definitely excited. We just hope that this momentum can be maintained and carried through to whatever the next big ride might be. Let the speculation begin on that.
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