We’ve found ourselves with an abundance of time to really ponder all things Disney.
While every Disney fan has their own opinions, we actually think some of these less popular beliefs are, like it or not, probably true!
There are some controversial thoughts being discussed on the interwebs and we want to address a few of them!
1. Pineapple Dole Whip Isn’t For Everyone
While we definitely feel Pineapple Dole Whip lives up to its hype (and everyone should try it at least once!), it’s possible some of us might prefer other cold treats more! (Hey, we told you we were going to get pretty controversial up in here!! Right off the bat, dropping Dole Whip on you! :D)
It’s true, Pineapple Dole Whip is very sweet…but also acidic — maybe even too much so for some people. That’s why we prefer ours swirled with vanilla soft-serve — the richness of the ice cream really helps to balance out some of the fruity tartness!
Some of our DFB team members even prefer the new Coconut Dole Whip served in the Kakamora Float at Aloha Isle — although we’ve had mixed results getting the Coconut Dole Whip by itself. Some Cast Members have done it for us, while others have made us buy the whole float.
Some people just don’t like Dole Whip in general and might prefer soft-serve or a scoop of good ol’ ice cream instead. Whatever you prefer, Disney has a cool treat for you that’s sure to please.
In Fact, Many Guests DON’T Love These Other Iconic Snacks
If you think not enjoying Pineapple Dole Whip is a crime against Disney-kind, brace yourself for these other popular Disney World foods that a lot of people don’t actually like. The Jumbo Turkey Legs at Magic Kingdom are iconic. But while these gargantuan hunks of salty meat are extremely popular with some folks, for others they’re a hard-pass.
Some people think Mickey Pretzels are way too salty or Churros are too hard. Disney aims to please a range of preferences, but they don’t always hit the mark with everyone.
Don’t feel bad if you aren’t totally over the moon when you eat one of Disney’s most iconic foods — just keep snackin’ until you find the perfect treat that makes your heart go BOOM BOOM BOOM!
2. Disney ISN’T Too Expensive
I can see you’re headed for the comments section right now, but hear us out. It’s a very popular opinion that the Disney parks are waaaay too expensive these days, and you don’t hear many people arguing the opposite. Prices keep going up and it’s getting harder and harder for some families to justify spending so much money on a vacation.
Even Disney World’s most-economical resorts are costly for many families on a budget, with value resort rooms going for over $100 per night most times of the year. Park tickets go up annually, as do food costs and souvenir prices.
But keep in mind: Disney doesn’t arbitrarily choose the prices they charge. They choose them based on empirical data — they charge what people will pay. It’s basic Economics 101 — supply and demand.
Over the past several years, Disney has consistently raised prices, yet crowds have still increased. So, if you look at the actual DATA — Disney’s not too expensive. As long as those $70 Spirit Jerseys, $600 Designer Minnie Ears, and $100+ Halloween Party tickets keep selling out, Disney’s priced their goods and services appropriately — at least according to the law of supply and demand.
Now, you could argue that Disney should build a 5th gate instead of just incessantly raising prices. That way they could welcome more visitors and make even more money while keeping things a little more affordable. And perhaps they will. They have been buying up land after all.
But even if a 5th gate does come to pass, it’s unlikely Disney will ever be any cheaper than it is now. Prices have rarely gone down, historically. But if it’s what your family loves to do together, you can try to cut spending on things “back home” to save up for your trip!
And don’t forget to look for deals before you book! There are often room discounts or special offers you can apply to your trip that will save you some money. Also, try to avoid traveling during the busiest times of year (which usually means the holidays, summer, and spring break) — prices on park tickets and rooms in the off-season are generally less expensive!
3. There Aren’t Enough REAL Thrill Rides at the Disney Parks
There’s a reason Disney refers to its parks as theme parks and not amusement parks. Disney’s strength lies in its unique ability to tell a story and capture our imaginations. But the parks still get knocked quite a bit for being too kiddo-friendly.
Nearby parks such as Universal Studios and SeaWorld have much bigger and badder rollercoasters than Space Mountain or even Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. Many of the attractions in these parks are geared towards adults, and they’re also way more intense.
Disney is currently working on two new coasters, TRON Lightcycle Run at Magic Kingdom and Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind in Epcot, so at least there’ll be a few more options for thrillseekers relatively soon!
And we can’t leave out Rise of the Resistance which has also majorly upped Disney World’s ride game!
But at the end of the day, Disney World’s rides are generally geared to be more family-friendly — which was Walt’s original vision for his parks in the first place. He wanted something that families could do together. So while Disney is adding a few more thrill rides, you’ll continue to see the majority of their parks populated with family-friendly attractions.
4. Some Disney Parks Aren’t All-Day Parks
Many guests devote several days of their trip to Magic Kingdom and sometimes Epcot, while Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios often end up with the short end of the stick.
But in recent years, Animal Kingdom has extended its hours to help combat the stigma of only being a “half-day park.” They also added PANDORA: the World of Avatar — which is particularly enjoyable at night with everything lit up, an after-dark version of Kilimanjaro Safaris, and the nighttime spectacular, Rivers of Light. (Please note: Disney World announced the closure of Rivers of Light in July of 2020.)
Animal Kingdom also took part in Disney World’s holiday celebrations for the first time in 2019, adding a bunch of new seasonal treats and entertainment. But it still wasn’t enough to keep all of us around for a full-day.
We’re definitely down for arriving at the park for rope drop to get the full experience (especially if we happen to get one of the first Boarding Groups for Rise of the Resistance!), but the chances of us staying until closing are pretty slim since we likely got up before 7 AM!
So, even though Magic Kingdom and Epcot often account for several days of a guest’s Disney World vacation, leaving less time for Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios…we kinda get it. Kinda. It all really depends on how long your trip is and what other stuff you’re trying to get done.
If you want to make a trip to Disney Springs or one of Disney World’s waterparks, you might have to sacrifice some park time. And since it usually takes longer to do everything you want in Magic Kingdom and Epcot, it makes sense to us that guests are hesitant to cut their days at these parks short.
But keep in mind Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios have really stepped up their games lately and if you haven’t visited the parks for the last couple of years, you might want to reconsider your half-day plans for these parks!
We may not all agree on EVERYTHING about Disney World, but we certainly hope that we can still be friends after talking about four rather touchy subjects today! Group hug, everybody! After all, everyone is entitled to their own unique opinions about Disney — even if they aren’t what people like to hear!
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