Speaking of Disneyland, the famed Small World ride will be closed for a while while it’s upgraded. One of the reasons? The boats that take riders on a wonderful voyage through colorful stereotypes of the world are running aground due to payloads of bigger, fatter Americans.
Heavier-than-anticipated loads have been causing the boats to come to a standstill in two different spots, allowing for an extra-long gander at the Canadian Mounties and the Scandinavian geese, said Al Lutz, whose website MiceAge first reported the refurbishment plans.
“If these boats get stuck . . . they have to send someone back in there to lighten the load on the boat,” said Lutz, who has been on the ride when a guest or two was asked to disembark.
“They’ve even built a platform next to that [Mounties] curve because they’ve had so many problems.”
Disneyland plans to add an inch of depth to the water channel and design more-buoyant boats, Lutz said.
According to the article, Disney is also enlarging the costumes of the Cast Members who run the rides due to rising American girth, We’ll give a hell yeah to that. Back in the 90s when we worked at Disney, we were at Disneyland all the time, and the Cast Members tended to be typical youngsters — the biggest appearance problem was acne. When we went back this past summer, we noted many, many larger pirates, mission control specialists and whatever it is that the people who run “Mr. Toad’s Wild RIde” are supposed to be.
But why should that be any surprise, when the US government heartily discourages farmers who grow healthy fruits and vegetables?
The Farm Bill, a massive piece of federal legislation making its way through Congress, governs what children are fed in schools and what food assistance programs can distribute to recipients. The bill provides billions of dollars in subsidies, much of which goes to huge agribusinesses producing feed crops, such as corn and soy, which are then fed to animals. By funding these crops, the government supports the production of meat and dairy products—the same products that contribute to our growing rates of obesity and chronic disease. Fruit and vegetable farmers, on the other hand, receive less than 1 percent of government subsidies.