This comes from the vast archives of Uncle Kyle’s Strange but True:
Disneyland’s venerable Small World ride has been shut down for a retrofit. Boats have been bottoming out – and taking on water ‘cross the gunwales – because we are bottoming out. People are getting fatter, and the ride designed in 1960 – when the average adult weighed 25 pounds less – can’t handle the loads.
I guess it’s not such a small world anymore, after all.
For the record, Disney says it’s not the people, but the ever-thickening fiberglass which results from repairs. What would you expect them to say? “Ya bunch of fatties are groundin’ our boats!”
Welcome to Tomorrowland, Kids!