Disneyland Upsizes Rides - END OF THE WORLD
Whew boy, this is a fun one to follow.
Per this Disneyland fan site (who knew?), Disneyland is revamping its It's a Small World ride - a water ride - for renovations. The boats and flume were designed in 1964 and 1965. It was designed with the assumptions that male riders would be 175 pounds, and females 135. That was a long time ago and thus, the new ride will apparently support everyday, normal folks now.
But, follow this. That side - MiceAge - has one nasty fat comment at the tail end of the otherwise not-that-fat-negative piece:
But the extra depth of the new flume and the added buoyancy of the new boats should allow for several hundred extra pounds of churro-loving park visitors to pile into the new boats before they bottom out and bring the ride to a stop.
"Churro-loving park visitors?" Gah.
So. This piece then got picked up by a weight loss site which I won't link here. They claim to be a news site (and frankly, they're about as much a news site as we are here). Since they're for weight loss, they piled on the anti-fat attitudes. And since they're a news source (cough!), they're in Google News.
Which meant that the writers of Consumerist found the piece and added even more fat bashing! Woo. The comments there are 99% crap outside of one peggynature (go!)
Overall the truth of the matter is that this is good news. Disneyland is actually taking a step - albeit a baby step - towards making their rides equally accessible and accommodating. And yet, that very action is so threatening to so many anonymous commenters on the internet that they're willing to go so far as to... post... comments about it. But man, why are they so incredibly angry?