Disney is a major company with a lot of different sectors — from the theme parks to the movies.
Of course, such a big company is bound to make a lot of decisions. Some Disney decisions have been really popular and others have had a lot of backlash from fans. So, what are some of those more unpopular decisions?
Here are the most unpopular Disney decisions of all time!
Getting Rid of The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights
First up, folks were not happy when Disney got rid of The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This beloved Christmastime installation featured a ton of Christmas lights that danced to holiday tunes in the Streets of America.
The tradition was halted ahead of the construction of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge but guests still reminisce on the time they could watch the twinkling lights.
Getting Rid of the Magical Express
A more recent decision was the call to get rid of the Magical Express. The Magical Express is a still-running offering where Disney World guests can get free transportation to and from Orlando International Airport.
Earlier this year, it was announced that the service will be discontinued at the start of 2022, and many guests have voiced their disappointment at this hotel perk disappearing.
Almost Not Bringing Back ‘Ohana Noodles
We’ve got another dicey one (well, maybe the whole list is dicey, but you get it). When it was first announced that ‘Ohana was reopening at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, the menu did not include the iconic ‘Ohana noodles.
These delightful noodles luckily did return when the restaurant reopened, but it was a bold decision not to announce the return of the noodles with the reopening announcement.
Getting Rid of Happily Ever After and Wishes
Magic Kingdom fireworks shows have some seriously die-hard fans. When Wishes was discontinued to be replaced with Happily Ever After, there were a lot of unhappy Disney lovers!
Now, a few years later, Happily Ever After is ending and (sure enough) folks aren’t loving that decision either!
Closing Great Movie Ride
There have been a lot of beloved rides to close but one that garnered a lot of backlash recently was the closure of the Great Movie Ride in Disney’s Hollwyood Studios.
This fan-favorite attraction was replaced by Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway and though the new ride is well-received, many still miss the original.
Changing Journey Into Imagination
We hear you, you miss the Dreamfinder! And we do too. Without a doubt, it was a pretty unpopular decision to get rid of the beloved Dreamfinder character as he was seen in the original version of Journey Into Imagination.
The current Figment-based attraction might be better than the very bad second iteration, but for many, nothing compares to the original.
The Original Disney California Adventure Theme
When Disney opted to theme the California-based Disney California Adventure park around the state of California, people were notably confused. Why would you theme a park after the state that it’s located in?
Luckily, California Adventure has seen a ton of changes over the years and now it is much-loved, just like the rest of the Disney theme parks!
Closing Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride in Disney World
Though you can still ride Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride in Disneyland, many Disney World goers have not forgiven the decision to close the classic attraction in Disney World.
Now, you can ride The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh in the same space, but that doesn’t make this decision any less unpopular.
The Harmonious Barges
EPCOT is soon to have a new fireworks show with Harmonious and it comes with a few permanent barges in the middle of World Showcase Lagoon. The problem, these barges seriously obstruct the view!
Maybe it will all work out when the show debuts, but for now, folks are not happy with the barge situation.
Getting Rid of Fastpass in Favor of Disney Genie+
Disney recently announced that Fastpass will not return to Disney World or Disneyland and instead a new paid Disney Genie+ offering will be implemented.
Fastpass was a complicated system where guests could book free Fastpasses in advance of their trip. This system was criticized for making planning difficult, but it was free.
Now, the only way to skip the line is with the paid Genie+. The new option has guests paying a flat $15 per day, per ticket to skip the line at over 40 attractions in Disney World or $20 per day, per ticket to skip the line at over 15 attractions in Disneyland. Some popular attractions will be available for individual purchase separately.
Moving to a paid model has been a very unpopular decision! Fastpasses were accessible to all guests and Disney Genie now comes at a premium. We’ll have to see how the new system pans out when it launches soon, but for now, many Disney fans are unhappy.
What are your least favorite Disney decisions of all time? Let us know in the comments!