We were at Disneyland on Monday and learned that, to our disappointment, the ride "It's A Small World" was closed for refurbishments. It turns out, according to Bethany the Disney spokesperson/trash sweeper outside Toontown and several blogs, the problem with the ride was that it was built for people in 1963. People of 1963 were small in comparison to people today - males averaged about 175 pounds and women about 135 pounds. But people have since spent more time on their butts eating fast food, drinking brown sugar water, and zoning out with bad TV. As a result people of this here small world more closely resemble 200 and something pound porky pigs and the boats at It's A Small World began bottoming out.
When the ride re-opens, it will be an inch deeper and the boats will be more buoyant.
I did notice a lot of very big people at Disneyland. Many of them were in those little motorized carts - as if they became so big that their legs could no long support their own weight for a whole entire day at a theme park. Maybe it's me, but it seems that the problem is not WITH the ride itself, but perhaps with the riders.