There’s quite a bit of history to this famous and classic Disney ride, which I mentioned yesterday. Inside the meandering path, which you float through on boats, there are over 300 audio-animatronic dolls. They are dressed in traditional costumes from around the world.
There are sections broken up into different geographical regions with the appropriate cultures and countries grouped together. Unifying the ride is the reoccurring “It’s a Small World” theme song which is either charming, a curse, or both. The theme song sticks with you, and it’s hard to forget.
During the winter holiday, the design is changed to add Christmas and New Year theming. I don’t know if they add additional color. As you can see, it’s an intense kaleidoscope that can both strike awe and overwhelm, but in a good way.
The ride runs slowly and smoothly on water, taking 15 minutes. It’s old tech. But enjoyable as a throwback, and for the appreciation of the physical and mechanical. Sort of like the Enchanted Tiki Room but on a grander scale.
I took a bunch of quick snapshots, set at 1/30th of a second. Some came out great, but others were slightly blurred from the motion of the animated dolls. Ideally, I should have set a higher shutter speed. But I was balancing the risk of blur versus higher image quality.
This scene from France innocuously celebrated the coming new year of 2020. I was looking forward to it, too, shooting this picture in December 2019. Hard to fathom how the year would turn out in retrospect.
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