You have to love when reporters just make shit up. Disney is temporarily closing its Its A Small World ride because:
The boats get stuck because “layers and layers” of fiberglass have built up where maintenance teams have patched and re-patched problem areas, said Disneyland Resort spokesman Bob Tucker.
“The only thing that’s true is that we are going down in January and it’s for 10 months and it’s to replace the flumes,” Tucker said.
In fact, the magical kingdom has been clear that remodeling the ride doesn’t have anything to do with fat people. And yet that’s what the entire story is about — it’s titled “It’s a larger world after all,” and the sub-head reads:
Disneyland insists it’s not because of fat tourists, but the park’s rehab of its ‘Small World’ attraction includes deepening the waterway and making its boats more buoyant.
The reporter prefaces Disney’s statement on the reason for the remodel with the sentence, “Perhaps in an effort to protect visitors’ egos, the park insists that fat tourists aren’t to blame.”
Or perhaps in an effort to explain that the ride was built a few decades ago, and after a few decades and millions of people, it needs to be re-modeled.
The article concludes like this:
But Disneyland is well aware of America’s expanding waistlines.
In recent years, the park has redesigned many of its costumes and started stocking them in larger sizes to accommodate ever-expanding waistlines. Adult men and women are about 25 pounds heavier than they were in 1960, and 65% are considered overweight, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. The average weight for men jumped from 166 pounds in 1960 to 191 pounds in 2002; women average 164 pounds instead of 140.
Of course, this is a world of fantasy and the perfect place to forget about that diet for a few hours. So when somebody gets booted from the boat, Lutz said, Disneyland ride operators make sure the guests don’t leave disappointed: They hand them a food ticket.
I understand it’s fun to completely make up news, but isn’t that Fox’s job?
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