David Koenig, the Aliso Viejo author of Mouse Tales: A Behind-the-Ears Look at Disneyland, Mouse Under Glass: Secrets of Disney Animation & Theme Parks and More Mouse Tales: A Closer Peek Backstage at Disneyland has an interesting MousePlanet post that features an unnamed source saying the just-completed, five-week refurbishment of vehicles that carry guests on Peter Pan's Flight at the Magic Kingdom was done for one reason:
To fit those guests' fatter asses.
"Depending who you talk to, it is because guests have gotten bigger, or the wish to increase the number that can be loaded into a boat to increase guest capacity," shared the source. "But a lot of ride operators are saying this is a result from Small World--a trend to accommodate ever-bigger guests. WDI (Imagineering) has been keeping quiet."
To be fair, the post goes on to make a better argument for the cars being widened to allow more family members to ride together, allowing for fewer backups in the line of one of the park's most popular rides.
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Farther down, Koenig has other items of interest on: Disney's lack of remorse over state ballot initiatives going down in flames; the quiet return of hourly and salaried cast members who'd been laid off; and changes to food carts at the park that a source ties to the sticky fingers of today's employees, who apparently are not screened as thoroughly as past cast members.