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Old 10-31-2007, 09:25 PM
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Not Such A Small World Anymore



In the original Anaheim Disneyland it may be a Small World after all, but that world’s inhabitants are getting bigger and heavier almost by the day, so much so that some of the rides may have to be re-engineered. This has already been scheduled for the Small World ride, which will be closed for almost a year beginning in January for retooling.

The problem, quite simply, is that the flume that the boats ride in, and the boats themselves, were designed and built in 1963 on the assumption that the male adult riders would average 175 pounds and the women about 135, which they pretty much did at the time. Alas, those figures are as outdated today as the Rocket to the Moon ride.

The Small World ride now must accommodate adults who frequently weigh north of 200 pounds, which it often cannot do. Increasingly, overweighted boats get to certain points in the ride and bottom out, becoming stuck in the flume.

When the ride finally reopens, the flume will be an inch or so deeper and the boats more buoyant, thus allowing for several hundred more pounds of capacity. Other rides may also have to be shut down and reconfigured before all is made right; the Pinocchio, Alice In Wonderland and Pirates of The Caribbean rides in particular are prone to being stalled or annoyingly slowed down by overloaded cars.



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Old 11-01-2007, 03:20 PM
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Old 11-01-2007, 03:27 PM
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Old 11-01-2007, 03:47 PM
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Face it: we're a nation of fat azzes, getting fatter.

I was at Busch Gardens Williamsburg a few years ago, and a teenage girl had to step out of the ride because the waist bar would not lock due to her size. She was mortified. I felt sorry for her. Hope she used that as a catalyst to do some exercise.
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Old 11-01-2007, 03:49 PM
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I do agree.. the nation is a bunch of fat azzes.. and I'm happy I am not ^_^.... I try to help those around me that are overweight but they take it to offense...
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It's not easy being a lean, mean machine...I just lost the weight I gained from last winter. Now we shall see if it stays off this year!
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^^^Congratulations to you!
Danger: Holiday temptations ahead!
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Old 11-01-2007, 04:31 PM
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^^^Congratulations to you!
Danger: Holiday temptations ahead!
I know, I know....this will be the test.
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Old 11-01-2007, 04:33 PM
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Well, you got though Halloween okay. One down, two more to go!
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Old 11-01-2007, 05:19 PM
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I know, I know....this will be the test.
I read a tip a while ago, and posted it here in another thread:

Don't eat standing up.

Now I find it impossible to let the stuffed mushroom tray pass by without nibbling. Or the crab fingers. Or the wrapped scallops!

But moderation is the key.

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