We are some of the biggest Disney fans out there, but we can’t help but think there are some things that Disney fans are thinking but no one will fess up and say. We thought we’d get some of these thoughts out in the open now. Take a deep, calming breath and say it with us: SOLIDARITY!
On Disney Food…
Why don’t they sell Runts or Tart n Tinys or M&M’S in those little acrylic boxes anymore? Those things were rad.
Disney used to sell little clear boxes or tubes of different candies (usually with Disney characters printed on top!) that we are certain tasted better than the ones at home. 😉
After we chowed down all the candy in the first 10 minutes of the car ride or flight home, we would use the box to store our trinkets and remember our Disney vacay. Ahh how we miss you little boxes.
This always felt like a more unique way to sell pre-packaged candy than the more blah bags sold in most gift shops now. (Thanks Carl S. for the pics!!)
IMPORTANT UPDATE! It seems like we’re not the only ones who missed this snack! Disney has sort-of brought these beauties back as part of the 50th Anniversary with these adorable plastic containers filled with rock candy!
YES. YES. YES.
You can imagine how thrilled we were when we saw these in the parks. Now, we just need them to be permanently brought back beyond the 50th Anniversary-specific designs!
Stop calling them verrines. Nobody knows what that means.
A few years ago, if you tried to grab a dessert at most fast-food type spots in Hollywood Studios you might have noticed a…unique trend. Verrines.
What IS a verrine, exactly? It’s a layered dessert in a cup. It’s an individual parfait. A trifle. It might have a whipped cream, mousse, or pudding base with a variety of hunks of other stuff (like those ubiquitous crispy pearls or popping pearls) to give it some texture. For a while, it was not hard to stumble past a verrine in Hollywood Studios if you wanted to try one. They seemed to be EVERYWHERE!
The trend seems to have died down a bit, but you can still find some verrines in the parks here and there.
There’s nothing inherently WRONG with verrines (we actually enjoy most of them!), and we’re sure they’re fast and cheap to produce and keep well. So we get it. But seriously, did anyone know what it was when they first saw it on the menu? We know that “parfait” doesn’t necessarily mean an individual serving (“verrine” does), but we bet a lot more people will know what the sam hill you’re talking about if you call them parfaits instead of verrines. No need to be grandiloquent with your theme park dessert names. They just need to taste good and be worth the money.
Will the verrine trend strike again in Hollywood Studios in the future? Only time will tell.
Why did they get rid of Sweet Spells in Hollywood Studios??
Speaking of sweet treats, uhhh, what does a Disney fan have to do to get a caramel apple in Hollywood Studios?
Sweet Spells used to be our go-to spot for all our favorite candy, fudge, and specialty apples. But alas, it’s gone — but not forgotten. Why ya gotta do us like that Disney? Give us SOMEWHERE in Hollywood Studios to get freshly made candy and treats!
Pre-packaged treats are typically available now at Beverly Sunset Boutique, but it’s not the same. Plus, you may find that this store is temporarily closed during your visit due to supply issues, making it even harder to get the treats you’re after.
Even when you can find a caramel apple in the parks, you may find they’re a bit…difficult…to eat right now. Click here to see more!
We get “space food,” but why is there so much not-yummy food in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge?
Okay, hear us out. We love a good Ronto Wrap, buuuut with some of the things we’ve seen in the past, like the interesting breakfast options that once existed at the Milk Stand, things are getting iffy. First, they morph chicken into a rectangular log and then we ate green yogurt that tasted like the already questionable green milk?
Much of the food leaves us a bit wanting (lookin’ at you, Happabore Sampler!) but we gotta give props for really going for it.
We will admit, soooome of the new snacks that have arrived in Galaxy’s Edge more recently have been delicious, but again they’ve generally been in Ronto Wrap-inspired form. The plant-based Zuchii Wrap at lunch and the Triple Suns Breakfast Wrap are both WINS in our book.
We also really enjoyed the Andoan Fruit with Muja Sauce and the Kyryll Pork Rinds! But all of these are found over at Ronto Roasters. We’d love more delicious snacks spread throughout the remaining dining spots in the land.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland recently got some seriously tasty treats as part of the Life Day celebrations over there. Why can’t we get some of that love over in Disney World?! We can only hope to see more unique but yummy treats appear in Galaxy’s Edge in the future.
The cinnamon rolls at Gaston’s Tavern are not as good as they were at Main Street Bakery.
We are still chasing the joy of diving into a Main Street Bakery Cinnamon Roll back in the day.
They have since supposedly moved to Gaston’s Tavern in Fantasyland. Both versions are big as your face and covered in warm cream cheese frosting, but we just remember the Main Street versions tasting even BETTER. Maybe it’s just that we don’t get to stare at the front of the castle while we eat it, but Gaston’s rolls seem to hit different, you know?
Now, don’t get us wrong. We love a good cinnamon roll from Gaston’s Tavern, especially when ordered with EXTRA FROSTING. But we still miss the Main Street Bakery’s version.
Maybe it’s just those rose-colored glasses of our nostalgic past. Let us know what YOU think in the comments!
Why can’t Disney World have more soup in bread bowls?!
Disneyland has been filling up bread bowls with whatever they can find (and we’ll give them credit here — they DO have their own sourdough bread bakery IN Disney California Adventure Park that you can tour!), so how about we bring some of that bakery innovation over to the East Coast?!
You’ve done it before and you can do it again! Thankfully, it seems Disney has gotten a BIT of a hint about this and introduced some bread bowls back into Disney World. We’ve recently gotten cheese fondue in a bread bowl at the Bavaria Holiday Kitchen during EPCOT’s International Festival of the Holidays (this is a dish that we’ve seen at the festival before too).
We’ve also grabbed some soups and cheeeese in bread bowls at Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie in EPCOT’s France pavilion, and had Brie in a bread bowl at the France booth during the Festival of the Arts.
Disney also introduced a Haunted Mansion-themed bread bowl as part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations over at Columbia Harbor House.
Still, we’d like more permanent, year-round, easily accessible bread bowl options, please and thank you.
Blue Curacao doesn’t need to be a cocktail staple.
There. We said it. Somehow this stuff ends up in everything. The SnowTini, the Kakamora Float, the Arendelle Aqua drinks — the list goes on. We love the color blue as much as the next person, but not all of our drinks need to bear the striking hue!
We don’t mind it in some things, but we see this syrup popping up constantly in Disney drinks. The problem is it typically makes otherwise good drinks or snacks overly sweet. Maybe show a little restraint with dousing everything with the blue stuff? There have been Disney drinks that are blue that DON’T have curacao…made with more innovative and natural recipes. So…just a thought.
We want McDonald’s back in the parks!
We know we’re gonna get hate mail on this one! And again, maybe it’s just us looking back fondly on the Disney World of our youths. You know we love some Disney fries, but even with all the different toppings and options available — we can’t fight this feeling anymore.
McDonald’s used to have a respectable presence in the parks from 1997-2008! You could get McD’s fries at a location in each of the theme parks (you could even get Happy Meals at Restaurantosaurus!). Those crispy fries seem to hit the spot most days, but we’re pretty sure they had a little EXTRA magic sprinkled on them in the parks — we STILL crave them!
On Disney Characters…
Fancy Nancy is SUPER scary.
You have to see this one to understand. Feast your eyes on: FANCY NANCY.
She’s a Disney Junior character that haunts our dreams. We know from experience kids do LOVE meeting or seeing her, but for us adults she can be a little off-putting. We even ate breakfast with her and she was a delight, but there’s still something about her that keeps us up at night.
Belle deserved a better color trend.
Not a speck of yellow or red roses in sight. So we aren’t sure if Disney was loving the alliteration of Belle and Bronze or if they were looking to perfectly match her hair. If that was the case: YA NAILED IT!
To celebrate Beauty and the Beast‘s 30th anniversary, Disney released a number of awesome items themed to Belle and the movie overall. THANK GOODNESS.
But still, we think Belle deserved better with her color trend.
New Goofy looks like a hobo.
Don’t believe us? Case in point:
Hear us out, Goofy is straight-up lovable and adorable. The OG GOOFY. This guy:
But the version of him from the new style of Mickey shorts?
We want to meet ridiculously rare characters like the Baby Oysters from Alice in Wonderland or the Dancing Mushrooms from Fantasia!
Alice, we love you, but you better believe we would be the first to line up to see some more “rare” characters.
Doesn’t anyone else want their picture taken with a Baby Oyster? Or Cogsworth? We love meeting the current characters, but there are so many more unique and rare ones we NEED the chance to meet!
On Disney Technology…
For how much our vacation depends on My Disney Experience, the app still has lots of issues… .
We still wake up in the middle of the night with cold sweats thinking about the time we found a Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance Individual Attraction Selection (pay-per-ride) that was at that perfect return time…only to see the time change seconds later or experience other complications on the My Disney Experience app.
With the introduction of Disney Genie+ and Individual Attraction Selection (pay-per-ride), coupled with all of the OTHER reasons why you need to use My Disney Experience right now (to get a virtual queue spot, make mobile orders, make dining reservations, check walk-up waitlist availability, use mobile merchandise checkout, use mobile dine check-in, check-in for your hotel stay, etc.) it can be really frustrating when things with the app go wrong.
The app and website are GREAT for so many things, but they can also experience a number of problems. We’ve been well into the “enter your credit card info” stage of scoring a great dining reservation many times only to get one of the dreaded screens saying something went wrong! We back up to the reservation page and — GONE! We know the app works hard, and we APPRECIATE having it, believe us. But…sigh…it’s a struggle sometimes.
The Wi-Fi in the parks can be…rough.
Speaking of the My Disney Experience app, ever noticed when using it in the parks you might find yourself frustratedly switching off wi-fi on your phone and relying on your precious data plan instead? Happens to us ALL THE TIME.
Disney World provides complimentary wi-fi, which is GLORIOUS; but it can definitely get jammed up. It can be slow and unreliable, and sometimes it just doesn’t work at all. Again, there’s likely nowhere else in the world where people are using their phones and wi-fi this much…and that location offers FREE WI-FI. It’s awesome that Disney is doing this. But we know that Disney is a true innovator…so we’re hoping they can find a way to get that wi-fi workin’ a little bit better.
Bring back Aladdin’s Royal Caravan parade from the 90s.
This thing was epic. The camels, the massive Genie, the MUSIC.
The parade at Hollywood Studios and Disneyland may seem random now, but we grew to love it. Plus, we REALLY miss having a parade at Hollywood Studios to look forward to.
Small motorcades are currently being offered in Hollywood Studios, but they’re not quite the same as this elaborate exciting parade!
Or hey, how about bringing back Spectromagic or another nighttime parade?! Make our eyes BURN with lights!!
Speaking of parades, we REALLY miss having a nighttime parade in Magic Kingdom.
We had to say goodbye to the Main Street Electrical Parade AND Spectromagic in Magic Kingdom over the last few decades, and there’s still a lightbulb shaped hole in our hearts since they’ve been gone. What would it take to get Magic Kingdom one itty bitty night time parade again? Please? Pretty please?!
The Main Street Electrical Parade has returned to Disneyland, so maybe that’s not in the cards for Disney World right now. But we’ll take, oh I don’t know, the amazing and wonderful Paint the Night parade? GIVE US SOMETHING!
Do people really love Avatar that much?
Not to fear, Avatar fans! We are super thankful for the Valley of Mo’ara and all of the amazing things it brought to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Now we have Flight of Passage, Night Blossoms, and some really unique eats.
But when we first heard about Disney building the land, we thought to ourselves “Huh, I didn’t realize people loved Avatar that much… .” Yes it crushed in the box office (aaaaaaall the way back in 2009), but who would have guessed that meant a whole extra land in Disney World?!
You keep putting things from movies in the parks, but when are you going to make an original ride again, Disney?
You threw us a bone with Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway…
…but Disney parks are seeing more and more attractions (like Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, TRON Lightcycle Run, and Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure) repurposed from films. The Disney Parks wouldn’t be what they are without unique rides like The Haunted Mansion and or Pirates of the Caribbean! We would love to see more of that original Disney magic!
shopDisney needs to figure out how to better implement limited releases.
Yo shopDisney, you know your site is gonna be overloaded with traffic when you drop limited release items. So can we please improve things so we can throw our money at you for said items and go on our merry way?
Limited-edition items can often sell out in MINUTES (if not sooner), or you might find yourself stuck in a waiting room for a while, just staring at the screen until you’re able to shop. The Stitch Crashes Disney collections would often sell out SUPER quickly as well.
It shouldn’t be this hard to take our money!
Nobody needs to buy 10 of anything when released on shopDisney or in store. Knock that off!
Speaking of limited releases…please save some for the rest of us. We desperately want a set of Minnie Mouse ears too and we don’t want to buy them from someone off eBay for 10 times the price.
People have almost lost limbs trying to pick up items in Disney gift shops when limited releases are dropped (or they’ve waited in loooong lines only to find out many items are already sold out). We know it may just be us, but we don’t think any guest or Cast Member’s life is worth shoving, harassing, or snatching.
But Disney has done a better job of this recently by setting stricter limits on purchases. In August of 2021, we saw that many Disney items were restricted so that guests could only purchase 2 of each.
This continues to be in effect for many items in the parks, but there are still some items online that do not appear to have a purchase limit.
Only time will tell how long these types of limits will stick around.
Click here to see more about the stricter rule that was placed on merchandise purchases in Disney World.
We see that merch you’re cranking out in Tokyo. Let’s up the game stateside!
We know that Disney isn’t the true “owner” of Tokyo Disney Resort buuuuut can your people talk to their people about hookin’ us up with some of that MERCH!
They have the cutest headbands, keychains, purses, and Duffy galore! We’ve seen Oyster plushes from Alice in Wonderland, adorable Fantasia plushes galore, those CUTE hamburger Mickey ear plush purses, and so many other fun goodies. And don’t even get us started on the popcorn buckets. The stuff coming out of those parks is NEXT LEVEL merch. Hook. Us. Up.
Click here to get a glimpse of a popcorn bucket from Tokyo Disneyland that we NEED to come to the states A.S.A.P.
Thank you for embarking on this journey with us — and for being a safe space as we clear our heads. (Now, try to be nice, upstanding human beings in the comments. We’re havin’ a little fun here; y’all don’t need to take it that seriously.) Phew, we’re feelin’ better already! (But really, we still want a nighttime parade and Mickey hamburger purses, Disney!😉)
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