First of all, pretty much everyone knows, I am an enormous Disney fan. Actually, many of my friends and family would probably say I am the "biggest" Disney fan, but those people have not seen what the internet is capable of. In the grand scheme of Disney fans, I am in the middle at most. So, I'm writing this out of love and neverending fandom for Disney and its subsidiaries and ancillaries and incorporated entities.
And not just that, but I love It's A Small World. It was my favorite ride the first time I rode it at age five. I own a jewelry/music box (from the same trip) with the logo on it. The theme of the ride shaped and informed my worldview at the time. My lifelong dream is to be the cast member that waves at the boats as they pass underneath the control booth. So, keep all this crazy in mind.
Because, ladies and gentlemen, It's A Small World is not sacred. (For the purposes of brevity and being an asshole, I will refer to it herein as ISAW).
From the article:
"Parents ... could take the kids on this ride and it wasn't so much about sales, it was about the images, the graphics, the dolls," said Al Lutz, a veteran Disney watcher who runs miceage.com. "It was a respite from the overwhelming commercial message that Disney can be sometimes."
Okay, you know where you should take your kids when you want "a respite from the overwhelming commercial message that Disney can be sometimes"? How about, not Disney? How about the park?