Found Under Tradition
Resistance to Change--Even at Disney Land
Why do some people always resist change, even when that change brings a great improvement? It's because they are worshipping a memory in their past, which is more important than helping people now and in the future by bringing the needed changes. Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for honoring their traditions while violating God's Word (Matt. 15:3-9). Today we have modern-day Pharisees who continue to fight against everything God wants to do!
Officials at Disney Land noticed that people were losing interest in their 40-year-old ride and attendance was falling. (See story below) They decided to update the ride and bring exciting new ideas to attract new generations. That decision was a no-brainer, but some people protested the change simply because it would be different from their childhood memory.
We fight the same battle in the church. Tradtion is the most important thing in some people's minds, so they'll fight against any idea of reaching new generations with the gospel. We don't change the message of God's Word salvation, but we need to find innovative methods to present it to new generations.
Disney's Iconic 'Small World' Ride Makeover Finds Nemo
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. Yet some angry fans see an unabashed marketing ploy that ruins one of the few rides that remained unchanged since the days of Walt Disney. Others are miffed that Disney would inject fantasy worlds into a ride dedicated to cross-cultural understanding.
Disney says it hopes adding what it calls "new magic" to the 43-year-old attraction will attract even more riders and create new traditions for young families who don't identify with "Small World" as strongly as previous generations.
Reshuffling the attraction does appeal to many fans, some of whom grew up riding it each year with their parents. Dawn Barbour from
Whenever Disney changes a popular ride, they say, the company receives criticism from die-hard fans who are resistant to anything that will alter the
"It's what Walt always wanted," said Kim Irvine, director of concept design for Walt Disney Imagineering. "He always said the park would always be changing as long as there was imagination in the world."Yet after initial reports of the proposed changes leaked last year, the son of the ride's original designer, children's illustrator Mary Blair, wrote an open letter to Disney executives blasting the changes as "a gross desecration of the ride's original theme."