If the story of Splash Mountain has taught us anything, it’s that nothing is safe when it comes to Disney attractions.
The attractions in question are either too classic or too popular to seen as something to worry about, as in, on the chopping block. But the harsh truth is that every attraction is on the chopping block at all times.
No, we don’t mean that each and every ride in a Disney Park is ready to close at any given moment. But we do mean that changes and even total closures can happen to any ride.
Splash Mountain was revered as one of Disney’s most recognizable and iconic attractions. Yet, when the moment was right, it was totally gutted, rearranged, and changed into Tiana’s Bayou Adventure.
Peter Pan’s Flight has been totally updated at least once, with an entirely new refurbishment to keep the classic dark ride operating as best as it can.
Even Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion have been altered throughout the years, with new scenes and effects being added here and there.
It wouldn’t be too outlandish to believe that “it’s a small world” will also receive some updates and changes in the future.
In short, all Disney attractions and even theme park areas are subject to the inevitable process of change. This process of change isn’t necessarily a bad thing or even a good thing. It’s just the natural order of things. To quote Ratatouille (2007), “Change is nature.”
If anything, we should take this pattern in stride and use it to appreciate our favorite attractions while they’re still around.