When it comes to Disney World, there are a LOT of opinions out there.
Ask 10 different Disney fans what their favorite ride, snack, and park are and we guarantee that you’ll get a wide variety of different answers. Well, it’s no different here on the DFB team! We’ve got some very weird (and very strong) opinions about Disney World, and today we’re sharing them with you!
We’re Very Divided on Animal Kingdom
Welcome to the jungle, both literally and figuratively. This is where our team gets into a pretty big debate! Is Animal Kingdom a must-do or an every once in a while kind of a park? We’re seriously divided.
Some of our team members are Animal Kingdom super fans. For those people, it’s their favorite park because of the incredible theming and attention to detail. (Those are the people who are correct, *cough cough.* 😉) That particular group of people really love the rides and shows and they think the addition of the animals takes the park to the next level. Kilimanjaro Safaris, Festival of the Lion King, Flight of Passage, and Expedition Everest make their list of things you can’t miss in Disney World.
However, we also have people on the opposite side of the coin…those who believe that it’s okay to skip Animal Kingdom. These team members aren’t nearly as interested in the animals and think that the park needs more activities and offerings. It’s true there’s a definite group of folks — some on our team — that is really only interested in RIDES. Not shows, not parades, and not animals — just the rides. They’re perfectly content rushing in Animal Kingdom, riding Everest and the other true rides then getting outta dodge! (But we love them anyway! 😜)
The Disney Fab 50 Choices Are Strange
Okay, here’s one that most of us agree on…the character choices for the Disney Fab 50 gold statues are very strange and off-the-wall. Like, we have some questions for whoever got to pick these. In case you missed it, Disney World is honoring 50 different characters in sculpture form during the 50th Anniversary celebration, and you can hunt for the statues in all four parks — we made a cheat sheet to help. Ahead of their arrival, Disney revealed a new statue daily, and let us just say that some of the choices are VERY random.
We definitely understand many of the choices, especially those like Mickey and friends or parks characters such as Figment and Orange Bird. However, they have also pulled some characters that we most certainly didn’t expect — we’ve seen everyone from Abu and Bruni to Joe Gardner and Rocket Racoon.
When we think of Disney World celebrating 50 years, our thought go to the classics — princesses, dwarfs, etc. Not a princess in the bunch, y’all. Some make some sense, like Rocket Racoon for the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, but others, like some of the more modern Pixar characters, seem picked at random to diversify the lineup so it’s not all Mickey and co. and princesses. That’s good to diversify, but also throw us some more classics too.
Under the Sea Has Some Creepy Animatronics
If you’ve ever ridden Under the Sea — Journey of the Little Mermaid in Magic Kingdom, then you may have noticed this strange phenomenon…the animatronics are a little unusual. The fish look okay and the Ursula is actually quite impressive, but the humans/mermaids leave much to be desired.
Ariel has a MASSIVE amount of hair compared to her head size and King Triton’s hands are enormous. For many of the people on our team, we spend our time on this ride being distracted by the odd proportions of the characters and the strange way in which they move. The biggest beef for some of our team? Ariel may be young but that girl has some reeeeed lips in the film. Her weirdly flesh-tone lips on the ride throw her whole face off. Someone slap some rouge on that girl’s pout STAT. But hey, we guess it adds to our amusement and the entertainment value!
Galaxy’s Edge Shouldn’t Have Had a Timeline
One topic of passionate conversation here at DFB is Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Many of our team members firmly believe that Disney World’s newest land should’ve been created WITHOUT a strict timeline. As much as we think Galaxy’s Edge is cool (we really do, our team is home to some MAJOR Star Wars fans), we wish it were a little more familiar.
Some of us believe that Disney missed a bit of an opportunity by setting the land within the timeline of the most recent films, which have less nostalgia than their older counterparts. We’re okay with meeting and seeing Kylo and Rey, but just think how cool it would’ve also been to run into Darth Vader, Padme, or Obi-Wan. To essentially disregard the OG films and characters in favor of the new ones is tough to get past for some hardcore original trilogy (you know, the thing that STARTED all this?!) fans.
At the newly opened Avengers Campus in Disney California Adventure, the land doesn’t stick to a specific timeline and guests are able to meet characters from all points in the MCU. So far, it has been a huge success! Just think how cool Galaxy’s Edge could have been if it was just generically, awesomely Star Wars without a limited plotline.
Hollywood Studios is Having a Crisis
And speaking of Hollywood Studios, it’s having a bit of a theming crisis right now. There are two lands with Intellectual Property (IP) — Galaxy’s Edge and Toy Story Land — but it’s also still home to the old Hollywood theming.
The park used to be a “behind the scenes” experience into how movies were made and an in-depth look at the culture of Hollywood, but now it’s all a little conflicted with the new lands added. This is especially true when you think about how many of the old Hollywood and movie-making touches were removed to make room for the new offerings. Even the popular Chinese Theater — a symbol of old Hollywood — doesn’t really fit. It USED to house Great Movie Ride (which TOTALLY fit) but then was swapped for Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. That ride has nothing to do with old Hollywood and is essentially just stuck in the classically fancy building and we’re supposed to just go with it. We may need some clarification here.
Universal Orlando Beats Disney World for Best-Themed Land
Okay, here’s a hot take for a bunch of Disney fans — many on our team believe that the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is the best-done theme park land, beating out anything that Disney has created. It’s so immersive and it feels just like you’re walking into one of the movies!
If Galaxy’s Edge had been able to recreate some of the same nostalgia, it would’ve been a tough competitor. Pandora at Animal Kingdom gets close, but it doesn’t quite have the army of fans that Harry Potter movies do. But, with the addition of Avengers Campus at Disneyland Resort, they may be headed in the right direction!
We’re a Little Worried About Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser
Don’t get us wrong, Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser sounds like an awesome and fun experience, but it’s VERY pricey. Also, it’s catering to a very specific group of people who meet the following qualifications: are Star Wars fans, like the idea of role-playing, and can afford the high price tag.
We think it will have high-ish demand in the beginning, but what happens when they run out of guests who fit into those categories? Will they be able to change up the experience or reduce the price? It doesn’t seem like it will be a longstanding thing if updates aren’t made, more like a “one and done” experience. We guess we’ll have to wait and see!
World Showcase Needs Some Love
We’ve got some big EPCOT fans here at DFB, but we also have some people who’d like to see World Showcase get a glow-up. Many of the pavilions are stunning and the concept of the whole land is excellent, but a few of the countries need a little extra love.
Take Italy or Germany for instance — both pavilions only have dining and shopping options and aren’t very big. Imagine how great they could be with the addition of some rides or attractions! And over in Canada, you really only get Le Cellier and a film, not much else. How bout some fast food options? Or a bar or lounge?
Plus there’s the whole issue that there are still plots of land to ADD more pavilions to World Showcase but they’ve sat untouched (aside from the additions to France with Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure and Frozen to the Norway Pavilion) since the 80s. We would love to see some more rides come to the World Showcase and the land to be fully utilized. Disney has plenty of room to add them!
We Don’t Really Mind the IP
This one is another hot topic here, but many people on our team actually don’t mind all the IP coming to Disney World! Some people prefer the older original attractions, but others really like the introduction of more Disney movies and characters to the parks.
It can be fun to see the retheming of old hotel rooms and the updated attractions to make them more familiar to Disney fans. It typically makes guests really excited to see their favorite Disney characters, movies, and shows represented in the parks, so it might make things more special for those who aren’t as steeped in Disney history.
Disneyland Park is Better Than Magic Kingdom
And finally, our last hot take — Disneyland Park is better than Magic Kingdom. This was actually a fairly common opinion on our team!
Disneyland has the nostalgia of the place that was created by Walt himself. He walked those streets. He at in those restaurants. It also tends to have more interesting snacks and food, and many of the rides are “better” versions of their Magic Kingdom counterparts. Sorry but it’s true — they’re often longer, better themed, or more unique. Disney World has plenty unique offerings of its own, but it’s not quite the same caliber. There’s just something truly special about the OG Disney park!
Disney World will always have our hearts, but Disneyland is the old friend we can always rely on. Disney World is a vacation destination, but many of us still heart the HAPPIEST place on earth!
What do you think? Agree or disagree with our hot takes? Our team is a bunch of Disney-loving fans but we have some THOUGHTS when it comes to certain parts of the parks! Stay tuned to DFB for the latest news and updates from the Disney parks, especially all the food details that you need to know! We’ll help you plan a truly magical vacation!
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