Here we go again. Bob Welch, a columnist with Eugene, Oregon’s Register-Guard, writes:
A friend of mine once experienced the ultimate Disneyland fear: getting
stuck for an hour on the Small World ride. The theme song repeated
itself so many times that the guy was permanently traumatized regarding
This is only the most recent appearance of the most persistent of the urban myths associated with Disneyland. The “stuck on It’s a Small World” story is the “call is coming from inside the house” of Disneyland horror stories, and it refuses to die. Every time a columnist or brick-wall standup comic needs a shorthand for “I went to Disneyland, but I swear to you I have a penis,” this workhorse is put into service.
Frankly, I’m sick of hearing it. If you hate the repetitive song or are squinked out by the singing dolls, fine. And if you’ve been stuck in the backup of boats near the end of the ride for ten minutes or so, hey, welcome to the club. But enough with this “My friend/cousin/tax attorney was stuck on Small World for an hour” crap. I don’t believe it ever happened. Generally speaking, Disney attractions are evacuated in the wake of a shutdown, and cast members mercifully shut off the music while they clear the ride.
I’ll tell you what. If you have a video of a Small World breakdown that is longer than a half-hour in length – continuous footage, no edits – I want to see it. I will eat every last one of these words with rooster sauce on ’em if you produce the film. I’ve searched the living crutons ‘n’ fondue outta YouTube and have yet to find a “stuck” video longer than three minutes in length.
I would wager that many of you have been stuck on It’s a Small World for up to 15 minutes. And I freely admit that those 15 minutes could seem like an hour. But surviving a real-time, one-hour breakdown? I should think that’s a story you wouldn’t waste it on your friend, the newspaper columnist who’s stuck for a lede on his Disneyland story. That’s a story for Guinness.