It’s no secret that not all Disney fans are happy with the company all the time.
We see it reflected in various comments on our social media and posts from others. Many of the recent changes at Disney World and beyond have left Disney fans feeling pretty unhappy. But what exactly is at the core of this frustration? We’re taking a look at recent changes, and how Disney fans are currently reacting.
Let’s talk about why everyone has been so upset with Disney.
When you saw the name of this post, the first thing that popped into your head might have been Disney Genie+. The paid replacement for the FastPass+ system in Disney World and Disneyland caused quite an intense reaction from Disney fans when it was announced.
Instead of a free offering, skipping the lines now costs anywhere from $15-$35 per day per ticket in Disney World and $20-$30 per day per ticket in Disneyland. For some, this is one of the many examples they bring up when noting that they feel like Disney is coming at a higher and higher premium, with fewer complimentary offerings all around.
Genie+ debuted in both Disney World and Disneyland — we’ve tested the system in Disney World a lot and have worked to provide you with our best tips and tricks so you can decide whether to use the system and (if you choose to use it) how to make the most of it. Check out some of our links below:
- We Answered a BIG Genie+ Question. Here Are 2 Tips We Learned Along the Way!
- The CONFUSING 120-Minute Rule You Cannot Forget When Using Disney Genie+
- Does Staying at a Disney World Hotel REALLY Matter With Genie?
- Is Genie+ worth it in Magic Kingdom?
- Is Genie+ worth it in EPCOT?
- Is Genie+ worth it in Animal Kingdom?
- Is Genie+ worth it in Hollywood Studios?
Since its debut, we’ve seen some fans noting that they’ve been frustrated with Genie+, while others have said they’ve felt like it was worth it, at least for certain rides or certain parks. We’ll have to see how the system holds up over time and if opinions regarding it ultimately change.
Speaking of premium pricing, when the Star Wars Hotel (Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser) pricing was released, that caused a bit of an uproar. It seems this experience may not necessarily be one that the average family can afford.
Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser has example pricing beginning at $749 per person per night. And that was based on a voyage with 4 guests per cabin (3 adults and 1 child). Whew! That price does include select dining, entertainment, and a visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios; but with a mandatory two-night stay, you’re looking at several thousand dollars for a stay with just a few family members or friends. Yikes!
However, in 2023, Disney announced the closure of the Star Wars Hotel. We’ll have to wait and see if something similar replaces it or if it will become an entirely new experience!
Disappearing Complimentary Offerings
While prices rise in some areas, complimentary offerings disappear in others. The free Magical Express transportation from and to the airport was discontinued in early 2022, and free MagicBands are already a thing of the past.
Lots of Disney fans are taking note of what appears to be a slow but steady disappearance of several free offerings. Some have mentioned that they feel that the company is focusing more on the money than the guest experience in the modern age.
Fewer Hotel Perks
Some have shared that they feel there are fewer hotel perks too. Since the park closures in 2020, some hotel perks have gone away or have been significantly changed. They boil down to free transportation (the loss of the Magical Express is one thing we mentioned above) and a few other minor amenities.
Traditional Extra Magic Hours haven’t returned either. Instead, hotel guests can now experience Early Theme Park entry (allowing them to enter any Disney World theme park 30 minutes early on any day). But Extended Evening Hours (allowing guests to take advantage of extra nighttime hours in select parks on certain days) are reserved for deluxe guests only (AKA, the people who can pay more).
This is another case where many Disney fans have noted that they feel there has been a potential change to a model that focuses on those who pay more. Some have noted that they feel like Disney is leaving average families in the dust.
Some folks also aren’t happy about Disney Park Passes. The theme park reservation system may have made sense to them when park capacities were heavily limited for health reasons, but as time goes on more and more Disney fans seem to be indicating that they’re seeing Park Passes as a nuisance.
Not only can Park Passes make it more difficult to be spontaneous on your trip, but understanding Disney Park Passes and making the right ones can take a bit of research and planning!
As of 2024, Park Passes will no longer be required for most ticket types, so it seems like Disney is taking guests’ feelings about the system into account. Also, Annual Passholders can enter the parks after 2PM without a Park Pass (with the exception of Magic Kingdom on weekends).
Changes at Disney can often bring a negative reaction from fans, and this past year in particular we have seen some big updates. There’s no denying that Disney World is constantly changing, but many of these new changes have led to frustration as people realize they will need to plan their trips entirely differently now.
It’s always important to keep in mind that things are subject to change in the future.
We know that changes at Disney can be frustrating, and while new updates are being announced all the time, rest assured that we will be here to cover all the latest, and break down all the new changes to help you best plan your trip. So stay tuned to AllEars for everything new happening in Disney World!
What do you think of these changes? Tell us in the comments!
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