Disney’s “It’s A Small World”

Many visitors avoid experiencing It’s A Small World while visiting one of the Disney Parks. There is an assumption that this is an outdated attraction, which features a song that will drone on in your brain for the rest of your visit. I was among those park visitors; I had avoided this attraction thinking it was not worth my time. I had been on It’s A Small World in Disneyland back when I was 12. And, I rode the Walt Disney World version at the age of 14. I thought that was enough. What more could I, an older visitor without children in tow, get out of revisiting this classic attraction?

However, after arriving at Magic Kingdom for an extra magic hour during my solo trip this past June, I found myself standing in front of It’s A Small World, with no line. The Mature Mouse™ decided to ride the attraction, fully aware that I might end up humming the song for the rest of my day at Magic Kingdom.

pepsi01It’s A Small World made its debuted as an exhibit to salute UNICEF during the famous 1964 New York World’s Fair. Walt Disney and his Imagineers designed and constructed this attraction for the Pepsi Cola Company. The ride is dedicated to the welfare of children all over the world. The theme for It’s A Small World became a boat ride through various cultural celebrations of children from around the world. It’s A Small World is considered by Disney historians to be the quintessential Disney experience.pepsi104

The Mature Mouse™ thoroughly enjoyed his experience on It’s A Small World. The song did not drill a hole in my brain all day. However, the attraction certainly added another layer of joy to my Magic Kingdom day. I strongly recommend that everyone take this voyage through the many villages of happy children when visiting of the Disney Parks. It will make you smile, and hum, throughout the day.

Please enjoy these short clips from my trip through It’s A Small World.

IMG_2098-0Please use this link to visit The Mature Mouse™ store for logo merchandise. Many of the items would make great gifts for the Disney fan in your life.

And, make sure you consult Jennie Nowers about your next Disney vacation. Tell her that The Mature Mouse™ sent you and receive a special gift from Jennie with your next booking.

The Mature Mouse™ Anniversary Giveaway

The Mature Mouse™ marks its first anniversary on November 30th. I began this blog with one purpose, to provide a voice for older, more mature Disney fans.  I would like you to enjoy the Disney Magic I experience in at Walt Disney World, and hopefully, someday, Disneyland.

Your response to this blog, dear readers, has been overwhelming; The Mature Mouse™ now has over 560 followers. To express my appreciation, The Mature Mouse™ is offering an anniversary giveaway.

The prize is this authentic Mickey Mouse sweatshirt, purchased this past June during my solo trip at Walt Disney World . It has not previously been worn. The original store tag is still attached.

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Instructions to enter The Mature Mouse™ Anniversary Giveaway:

  1. Answer the 5 simple questions listed below. Each question contains a link to one of my blogs where you will find the correct answer.
  2. Email me your answers, along with your name and mailing address, to tmm1giveaway@gmail.com by December 5. To make this fair, please only send one entry per email address.

Giveaway Questions:

Rules, yes, giveaways always require rules:

  • Family and friends of The Mature Mouse™ (David Brassard) are illegible to enter.
  • Entrants for this giveaway must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Entrants must reside in the continental United States. My apologies, there are so many rules and regulations to include readers from other countries.
  • 1 (one) entry per email address, please.
  • Entries must contain a mailing address within the continental United States. The Mature Mouse™ must be able to send you your gift.
  • Emails will be accepted until midnight on December 5.
  • All emails containing the correct answers and a proper mailing address will be included in a random drawing to receive an authentic Mickey Mouse sweatshirt.
  • The drawing will be held as soon as possible, and the recipient of the authentic Mickey Mouse sweatshirt will receive an email notification.
  • The authentic Mickey Mouse sweatshirt will be mailed via by standard ground delivery no later then December 31, 2015.

IMG_2098-0Please use this link to visit The Mature Mouse™ store for logo merchandise. Many of the items would make great gifts for the Disney fan in your life.

And, make sure you consult Jennie Nowers about your next Disney vacation. Tell her that The Mature Mouse™ sent you and receive a special gift from Jennie with your next booking.

Happy Anniversary Crush

Crush & DoryThe Mature MouseTM enjoyed a visit with Crush last June. This is an excellent interactive experience. I enjoyed it, even though I had to sit in the back with the adults. Here is a short video from my visit.
https://youtu.be/WUdsqU12uCI

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November 16, 2004 – The Turtle Talk with Crush Attraction Opens in Epcot’s The Living Seas Area

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“Gather ‘round a window to the ocean for a real-time Q-and-A session with your favorite totally tubular turtle. Righteous!

On November 16, 2004, the Turtle Talk with Crush attraction opened in The Living Seas area of Epcot. Based on the hit Pixar film Finding Nemo, the attraction features the character Crush, the 150-year-old turtle from the EAC. Through digital projection and voice-activated animation, Crush is able to hold a conversation with members of the audience. The attraction proved popular enough to be brought to Disney’s California Adventure in 2005, and Tokyo DisneySea in 2009.

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Muppet*Vision 3D In Disney’s Hollywood Studios

IMG_7188The Mature MouseTM has been a fan of The Muppets since their original television show, which aired from 1976 to 1981. The show’s humor appealed to kids and adults, alike. I never missed an episode and was such a dedicated fan that I often thought of them as real “people.” There was one evening I caught myself trying to read the “lips” of the characters because I had the sound turned off to take a phone call.

Jim Henson, Frank Oz, and the other puppeteers breathed life into each of the unique creatures in the Muppet realm. Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear are some of my favorite Muppets. Whacka, Whacka! And, of course, there is the Swedish Chef. Being Swedish, I knew this character was a satirical stereotype, but was not the least bit offended. I saw the Swedish Chef as homage to all things Scandinavian.

Muppet*Vision 3D was created by Jim Henson and added to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in 1991. This was among the last projects Henson worked on before his death. The Disney Corporation officially welcomed The Muppets in 2004. There were plans to add attractions, restaurants, and shops themed around these creatures. However, nothing ever came of those plans.IMG_7191

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Muppet*Vision 3D features the same characters as the original television show and the feature movies, as well as the same chaos and disaster. The Mature MouseTM makes it a point to enjoy this attraction during my visits to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. I strongly recommend taking a moment to explore the cue. The Imagineers put a lot of time and effort into the theming of this area. Always look under the mat for the key.

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Whether or not Muppet*Vision 3D, or even the Muppet characters, will have a place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios after the extensive refurbishment is unknown at the time of the writing of this post. I am sure the popularity, or lack thereof, of The Muppets, a new show on ABC, which is owned by Disney, will have an impact on the future of the Muppets at Walt Disney World.

Please use the link to visit The Mature Mouse™ store for logo merchandise. Many of the items would make great additions to your vacation gear and attire.IMG_1655

And, make sure you consult Jennie Nowers about your next Disney vacation. Tell her that The Mature Mouse™ sent you and receive a special gift from Jennie with your next booking.