IF YOU HAD WINGS 📁☀️

One Childhood Memory I Would Go Back and Relive, as requested by @BWN_7 awhile ago. Magic Kingdom, 1980s. Honestly, this was the first thing that popped into my head, but then it got complicated.
  1. I have vivid sense memories I have of this ride.
  2. The song is catchy and kind of hypnotic.
  3. It probably contributed to my decision to become an anthropologist on a subconscious level.
  4. In the days when you needed a ticket for each attraction (before my time), If You Had Wings was one of the few rides that didn't require one.
  5. Because was really just a big advertisement for Eastern Airlines.
    All of the places you "visit" during the ride—Mexico, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas—were Eastern destinations.
  6. But I didn't know that.
  7. It was a two-person Omnimover dark ride in operation from 1972 till 1989.
    For you amusement park aficionados.
  8. Thirty-eight 16mm projectors made the otherwise static sets come to life.
    I was entranced.
  9. The fish he caught got bigger and then smaller again.
    One of those vivid memories.
  10. Even if we could relive moments from our childhoods, how would they change based on our knowledge, experience, and perspective as adults?
    As a child, the bright and vibrant and different world I saw through this ride was inspirational. There was never much of a line, so I'd ask to go on a few times in a row.
  11. I loved this ride, but I know that if I was able to experience it as an adult I'd likely find it problematic, racist and exploitative.
    See Jamaica Kincaid's 'A Small Place.' (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Small_Place)
  12. At the end of the ride, Orson Welles intones, "You do have wings. You can do all these things. You can widen your world. Eastern: The Wings of Man."
    Does everyone? Can everyone? To what end? At whose expense?
  13. "Well, something's lost, but something's gained, in living every day."
    Joni Mitchell sang that.
  14. If I could relive this memory, my experience of it would be so very different. More complicated. But that feels right to me.
    Something's lost, but something's gained.