Although the Disney company doesn’t admit that plus-sized tourists are causing “It’s a Small World” boats to bottom out, longtime Disney watcher Al Lutz notes that “heavier than anticipated” loads have caused boats to come to a standstill on more than one occasion. The problem has become common enough that Disneyland has built a platform next to one tricky area where boats commonly get stuck.
Disney denies that weight issues are the cause of stuck boats. Instead, the company suggests that “layers and layers” of fiberglass have built up where maintenance teams have patched and re-patched problem areas.
Nevertheless, “It’s a Small World” will be getting an inch more of water, and some lighter boats. The ride will be closed for ten months beginning in January 2008.
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