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Boing Boing:

Finally, the prospectus makes a big deal out of the idea of a miniature walk-through land, “Lilliputian Land,” where “mechanical people nine inches high sing and dance and talk to you.” This is clearly inspired by Walt’s experiences touring Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens, and is the lineal ancestor of the Small World boats (created for Unicef’s pavilion at the 1964 NYC World’s Fair) and the Storybookland Boats. More to the point, it shows off how much Disneyland was really an elaborate plan by Walt to let extend the miniature train-set he’d build in his garden as therapy after his mental breakdown. The classic photo of Walt Disney hanging out of a train locomotive, grinning with pure, unfaked joy contain, for me, the real story of Disneyland: a man who struggled with depression and his relationship to the company he founded, restless with corporate culture and anxious to lose himself in play in a world of fantasy.

Amazing stuff.

Alright, not really funny (or new), but come on — it’s a must-share anytime something reads like an Onion article, but isn’t. SFGate on a man who got stuck in “It’s A Small” world in 2009:

Jose Martinez, a resident of San Pedro (Los Angeles County) who is in early 50s, was stuck in the “Goodbye Room” when the ride broke down the day after Thanksgiving in 2009, said David Geffen, a Santa Ana attorney.

Disneyland employees evacuated other riders but had no way to help Martinez, who is paralyzed and uses a wheelchair, Geffen said.

Martinez suffers from panic attacks and high blood pressure, both of which became an issue as he sat in the boat, the “Small World” song playing over and over and over, Geffen said.

“He was half in the cave of the ride and half out,” Geffen said. “The music was blaring. They couldn’t get it to go off.”

The world is not small enough, apparently. (And Martinez won $8,000 in damages from Disneyland.)