Today we went to Disneyland and were able to ride It's a Small World with all of the new additions. I have heard that many die-hard Disney lovers are not at all pleased with the inclusion of Disney characters into the lands within Small World. I must admit that when I first got wind of the changes that I was not particularly pleased with Disney's decision. The ride clearly needed cleaned up and a few modifications, but to change such an icon of the Disney theme parks just seemed wrong. I was able to view a few photos from friends before going today and what I saw changed my mind. The real test was to see it in person. I was pleasantly surprised to see that they had incorporated the characters in such a way that they blended in nicely and I thought really added a touch of the rest of Disney without it being offensive or blatent. I really like the changes. A friend, and fellow Disney lover was with us, and she was not at all pleased with the changes and did not like the new version.
I thought I would include pictures so you could make up your own mind.
In the Great Britain part you find Peter Pan and Tink (she can barely be seen near the top of the moon in this picture) flying around in circles above London.
Alice and the White Rabbit are also in Great Britain.
Cinderella is the in Europe portion with my two favorite mice, Gus Gus and Jaq.
This is just a picture of the Netherlands for DH - the "homeland."
Abu is in the Middle East, holding up a diamond.
Flying above him on a carpet are Jasmine and Aladdin.
A quick trip to the continent of Africa where we spot Simba and Puumba...
...as well as some of the laughing hyenas.
In the Far East you will see Mulan and Mushu.
Under the Sea it is easy to find Ariel and Flounder...
...as well as Nemo and Dora.
Then up to the surface of the Hawaiian Islands you'll see Lilo and Stitch...
...as well as these cute hula dancers.
On to South America....
...where you will find the Three Caballeros: Jose Carioca, Donald Duck and Panchito.
And then we end with a quick trip through the USA where we spotted Woody and Jessie, but not Pocahontas.
So there you go, a quick trip around the world to see the newest additions to Small World. I'd love to hear what you think, so please leave a comment if you have a minute.