People are not happy with Disney right now.
We see it in our social media and comments, 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 the recent changes, and how Disney fans are currently reacting.
Let’s talk about why everyone is so upset with Disney right now.
When you saw the name of this post, the first thing that popped into your head might have been Disney Genie+. The new 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 line will soon require $15 per day per ticket in Disney World and $20 per day per ticket in Disneyland. For many, this is one of the many examples of Disney coming at a higher and higher premium, with fewer complimentary offerings all around.
Genie+ has yet to roll out so we’ll have to see how it holds up in practice, but for now, there are certainly folks that are unhappy.
Speaking of premium pricing, the Star Wars Hotel pricing was recently released and caused a bit of an uproar. It seems this experience will not necessarily be one that the average family can afford.
Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser has example pricing beginning at $749 per person per night. Whew! That price does include 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 any more than one person. Yikes!
Disappearing Complimentary Offerings
And while prices rise in some areas, complimentary offerings disappear in others. The free Magical Express transportation from and to the airport will be discontinued in 2022 and free MagicBands are already a thing of the past.
Lots of Disney fans are taking note of the slow but steady disappearance of free offerings. Some have spoken out that the company is focusing more on the money than the guest experience in the modern age.
Fewer Hotel Perks
There are fewer hotel perks too! Since the park closures in 2020, hotel perks have been a little lackluster. They boil down to free transportation and a few other minor amenities. Traditional Extra Magic Hours won’t be returning either. Instead, hotel guests will get Early Theme Park entry but Extra Evening hours are for deluxe guests only (AKA, the people who can pay more).
This is another case where many Disney fans have noted the change to a model that focuses on those who pay more. For some, this feels like Disney is leaving average families in the dust.
Premium Prices for the Holidays
The holidays are getting more expensive too. This year, in lieu of the usual holiday parties, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, Disney has introduced two new holiday After Hour Events — and they are expensive.
For some of the higher-demand nights, you’re looking at around $200 for just a three-hour event. We’ve heard from plenty of readers who usually make Disney a part of their holiday traditions and can’t do so this year due to the pricing.
Folks also aren’t happy about Disney Park Passes. The theme park reservation system made sense when capacities were heavily limited for health reasons, but as time goes on more and more Disney fans are seeing them as a nuisance.
Not only is it more difficult to be spontaneous on your trip, understanding Disney Park Passes and making the right ones takes a lot of research and planning!
Changes at Disney can often bring a negative reaction from fans, and this past year in particular we have seen one after another hit. 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 important to note that several of these changes have yet to take affect, including Disney Genie, which will be launching later this fall, and Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser which will not be opening until spring 2022.
We know that changes at Disney can be frustrating, and while we wait to see how each of the changes affects Disney World as a whole, 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!