The Disney characters have been part of the Hong Kong Disneyland version of the attraction since its April 2008 opening. And I'm in the camp that feels that those additions were done very tastefully and blend in with the Small World style pretty well and don't detract from the ride or its subtle message of world peace at all.
The presence of the Disney characters in IaSW is downplayed pretty much, with them mostly playing supporting roles or just making mere cameo appearances, with the regular nondescript "children of the world" remaining the main stars of the show.
I can't see those Disney character additions coming to WDW's version of the attraction, though, for several reasons--one of them being the fact that their version of the ride already recieved a HUGE facelift/restoration not too long ago.
Last edited by KINGCRAB; 01-21-2009 at 07:02 PM.
"Boy, I'm tired. I think I'll head over to The Hall of Presidents and take a nap."