Reader Dina alerted us to this story about Disney increasing the weight capacity of some of their rides, most notably Pirates of the Caribbean and It’s A Small World. Check out the mean-spirited tone of this article, though:
Disney just reeks of America. You know what else reeks of America? Fat people. Mix the two together and you’ve got one “only in America” smirk-worthy problem. The rides in Disneyland, “It’s A Small World” and “Pirates of the Caribbean,” which take visitors from animatronic scene to animatronic scene via boat, are being reconstructed as the vessels are bottoming out, halting transport…Aware of the problem for some time, Disneyland employees have been keeping seats empty in boats carrying heftier folk. Reconstruction (which involves a deeper river and more buoyant vessels) will take 10 months starting in January, so if you’re planning on showing your chunky kids the magic of ethnic diversity a la Disney, you’re going to have to hold off a while.
Cute. Miceage gives more specific numbers: when the rides were designed, women were assumed to weigh an average of 135 and men 175 pounds. (The Miceage article is a very interesting insider take on the ride mechanics, but it does blame “churro-loving visitors” for slowing the ride down.)
Well, I’m sorry for having the audacity to weigh more than 135 pounds, to enjoy churros, and to love Disneyland. Maybe there should be a “you must be this thin to ride this ride” sign at the front of every queue! Perfect solution!
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