Fact meets fantasy in Disney 'Small World' remake

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - It's a small world overhaul.

Walt Disney's nearly half-century-old vision of peace-loving dolls of the world is getting a revamp. The dolls at the "It's A Small World" ride will be replaced by more than two dozen of Disney's popular cartoon characters, including Aladdin, Nemo and Ariel.

The ride's trademark earworm will also change. Disney has woven a few bars from some of its hit soundtracks into the classic "Small World" melody.

Disney says it supplemented the human dolls with make-believe figures to keep the aging ride appealing to younger generations and give it a new twist.

Some fans complain the changes are an unabashed marketing ploy that trashes the "Happiest Cruise That Ever Sailed the World."

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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