Friday, February 20, 2009

It's a Small World gets a (unneeded) facelift

When it comes to Disneyland's It's a Small World attraction, there are no inbetweens . . . you either love it or you hate it. I am not the latter. Sure the song is repetitive, but everything about the attraction is so "feel good." Plus you can never go wrong with anything Mary Blair has input in -- she designed the ride and has done concept art for many Disney films and shorts such as "Alice in Wonderland," "Peter Pan," and "Cinderella" to name a few.

Next Saturday, Feb. 28, Disneyland will be celebrating the re-opening of It's a Small World, which has been renovated to include characters and music from other Disney films like "Aladdin," "Mulan," and "The Little Mermaid." I am sooo not okay with the latest additions. The ride was fine the way it was, but I digress. 

Artist Dave Avanzino and Small World costume designer Alice Davis will be at the Disneyena shop on Main Street USA inside of Disneyland from 10 a.m. - 12 noon for a special signing of the new product releases that coincide with the re-opening.

Here's a peek at some of the items . . .

It's a Small World
Mixed media paper structure by Dave Avanzino, edition of 10 ($800)

It's a Small World
India costume based on sketches by Alice Davis ($4,800)

It's a Small World
painting by Jimmy Pickering, edition of 50 ($475) or deluxe print ($35)

And of course there's also pins. 

Small World Pins
[All photos courtesy of Disney]

Each one is an edition of 1000 and features how the latest additions will be featured in the ride. 

They're cute, but it's just not the same!!! ::sigh::

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