Showing posts with label Small World. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Small World. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

It's a Huge Song After All...

I was taking a shower today, which is where I do my best thinking. I was thinking "Hey, I need to write a new blog post. I wonder what it should be about? There is so much, but I need to narrow it down to something! Whatever it is, I hope it's good. And I really hope I don't write about being in the shower while thinking this."

Aw, crap.

So in my embarrassing moment of pondering, I started to sing It's a Small World. And I realized that I feel like that song is just constantly on a loop in the back of my mind. Then I realized that song is probably on a constant loop in most people's minds. Then I realized that there could be a countless number of people singing this song to themselves! With me! While I was in the shower! Why are all these people in my bathroom?!

But seriously, the Small World song, written by Richard and Robert Sherman for the 1964 New York World's Fair attraction of the same name, has got to be the most successful song in the world. Not monetary success, but success by the means of recognition. Try to find a person that doesn't know this song. I dare you! I don't think it can be done. In order to do it, you'll probably end up in some South American native village, and even then I bet someone in the tribe would know it. They don't know what a toaster is, but they can sing the Small World song! 

Yeah! This part rocks!
Now, most people are in denial and claim the song makes their ears bleed, but I quite like it. I even listen to it on purpose! And there are dozens of people out there that would take my side in this. Dozens! But it's a great song! It's simple, easily translatable into other languages, and hot damn if it isn't catchy as hell. I really like the part of the song that coincides with the Africa scene on the ride. It has that sweet jazzy upbeat tempo, those horns, and it just makes me want to snap my fingers and swing my way around the boat! (But the other passengers complain every time I capsize the boat from dancing, so I try to keep it to a minimum.)

And that's how I feel about the song. And just to get it stuck in your head, here it is, ride and all:


Thursday, January 3, 2013

What I want in 2013: Magic Kingdom!

I've thought about this for quite some time now. I've done a lot of thinking actually, and that’s not easy for me considering I've the attention span of a goldfi…Is anybody hungry? Who wants lunch? Crap, let’s get back on topic here.
 What I would like for 2013 at the Magic Kingdom? Now some of you may be saying “why would you change anything at the Magic Kingdom?” I’ll tell you why: have you been to Disneyland lately? Well Disneyland is smaller and yet somehow 102% cooler! Why is that? I’ll tear down the walls on this bow-hitch and let you know exactly why…I love the ocean.
Let’s review the great rides at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, because yes, they do differ from Disneyland a little bit on some, a lot on others. First off, Peter Pan, it’s a fantastic ride, don’t touch it, it’s on par with Disneyland. Next we have Pirates of the Caribbean. Rip that sucker out quicker than Jack Sparrow can escape, and start fresh. The only good thing about that ride is the queue. It’s awesome, and the atmosphere is fantastically delicious. The ride, however, is disappointing. It’s not as long as the Disneyland ride, and they've cut out a bunch of it. Why? They have plenty of room, make it bigger! Put a 90 foot drop on that sucker and have the Kraken attack you! Now we're talking, right? That would be epic. Next is Small World. The Small World ride at Disney World is awful. It’s falling apart, and it’s not as long, or as nice as Disneyland’s version.
I know they've been putting lots of other things into the Magic Kingdom to make it more “Magical”, but even Lance Burton agrees that it’s not magical enough! What I would like to see in 2013 is for Disney to use every inch of the Magic Kingdom and make it amazing instead of mediocre. More original rides would be nice…Stop copying Disneyland all the time and bust out with some new material! The whole Fantasyland upgrades are a great start, but finish the run! Don’t stop 300 feet before the finish line! 2013 can be great, just let the Disneyland team fly over there and show you how it’s done.