5 Times Disney World Did NOT Understand the Assignment

We love all things Disney World, but sometimes they make mistakes.

Cinderella Castle

Disney usually understands the assignment, and when they do they deliver some incredible Disney magic.

But when they don’t understand the assignment, things can get weird. Let’s discuss!

Stitch Crashes Disney

The Stitch Crashes Disney collection is such a cute idea, but the execution hasn’t always worked, like with the super creepy red-eyed Stitch released with the Stitch Crashes The Lion King collection.

The Lion King Stitch Plush has “crashed” into Disney World

Why the red eyes, Disney?! Or what about the spaghetti and meatballs Stitch that was part of the Stitch Crashes Lady and the Tramp release. It’s a cute idea in theory, but in reality…we’re not so sure.

Stitch Crashes Lady and the Tramp

There’s been several cute Stitch Crashes Disney collections, but maybe Disney could have taken Stitch Crashes Disney releases a teeny bit less literally and considered some alternate designs.

Check out the newest Stitch Crashes Disney collection online now!

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opened in Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disneyland in 2019, and it’s set in the Black Spire Outpost village on the planet Batuu, with Star Wars-themed restaurants, shops, characters, and more. However, Disney made a very specific choice with this space that limits it quite a bit.

Time Period

Galaxy’s Edge takes place in a specific time period, that of the time between the Star Wars films The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker. Therefore you can only catch the newer characters who exist in those films in Galaxy’s Edge, such as Rey and Kylo Ren, along with the Resistance and the First Order.

Rey

Unlike Disney’s Avengers Campus in Disney California Adventure, where you can catch pretty much all the Marvel characters, you won’t find characters like Han Solo or Darth Vader or Boba Fett walking around Galaxy’s Edge. And while Galaxy’s Edge is a beautifully done space, it’s a little disappointing that the time period is so limited. We want to see more Star Wars characters!

Food

The food in Galaxy’s Edge has been…interesting, and we haven’t enjoyed every dish we’ve tried.  You can grab a quick meal at Docking Bay 7 or Ronto Roasters, or you can make a reservation for Oga’s Cantina, which doesn’t have that much food and you might have to stand inside.  You can also get plant-based milk such as Blue Milk or Green Milk, inspired by the original Star Wars trilogy, and Milk Stand.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Fried Endorian Tip Tip at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo ©Disney Parks

There’s just not a whole lot of food options in Galaxy’s Edge, and while we love dishes like the Ronto Wrap, picky eaters might have trouble finding something they like. We get what Disney was trying to do with the Galaxy’s Edge immersive land, but we have to wonder what else they could have done for more space food options.

Blue and Green Milk (alcoholic versions)

And don’t even get us started on the controversial Outpost Popcorn Mix from Kat Saka’s Kettle. With a mix of sweet and spicy flavors, you either love this popcorn or hate it, and it’s really one of the only snack spots in Galaxy’s Edge.

Kat Saka’s

Now that EPCOT has Space 220, we kind of wish Galaxy’s Edge had a Star Wars-themed restaurant with similar vibes.

Eat this, not that in Galaxy’s Edge!

Random Theming

Some Disney World theme parks are really cohesive and clear, while others (ahem…Disney’s Hollywood Studios…) are kind of a hodgepodge of IPs.

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway

The Great Movie Ride was located inside the replica of the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Disney’s Hollywood Studios from 1989 to 2017, and it was a major part of the theming of Hollywood Studios as a representation of Los Angeles, Hollywood, and a film studio backlot. It has since been replaced with Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, a trackless ride that takes guests through an adventure alongside Mickey and friends.

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway

The ride makeover has baffled a lot of people who wonder how Runaway Railway fits with Hollywood Studios theming or how it fits in the Chinese Theatre, and especially disappointed the Great Movie Ride fans. Does Disney’s Hollywood Studios even still have a Hollywood theme?

Was Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway worth the demise of the Great Movie ride?

Pandora

We love Pandora in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, but it’s kind of a strange choice for Disney World. Why did they want to theme an entire land based on James Cameron’s 2009 film, Avatar? The effect is beautiful but still — why?

Pandora — The World of Avatar

Inside Pandora, the Na’vi River Journey ride is pretty but doesn’t really deliver. It’s super short at 4 1/2 minutes, the line is often long, and there’s not really a cohesive narrative for the ride.

Shaman

Pandora just feels a little random in Disney World, and especially in Animal Kingdom which is largely made up of continents like Africa and Asia. Though Avatar Flight of Passage continues to be a Disney World ride with one of the consistently highest wait times!

Here are 7 signs you’ve ridden Avatar Flight of Passage too many times!

DinoLand USA

Another odd choice is DinoLand USA in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, which is themed as a carnival and a fossil museum land. So Animal Kingdom is organized into continents like Asia and Africa, but why a dinosaur carnival land?

Dinoland USA

The fictional “story” behind DinoLand is that it began as a spot where dinosaur bones were found, and later scientists opened the Dino Institute. Locals named Chester and Hester decided to open their own dinosaur souvenir shop and amusement park. In reality, Animal Kingdom was subjected to a number of budget cuts that affected the final look of the park, which leaves us with a dinosaur carnival.

Read the history of DinoLand U.S.A. here!

50th Anniversary Statues

We’ve seen the golden 50th anniversary statues relate to the themes around Magic Kingdom, but they seem like pure randomness at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. There are Pixar characters like Joe Gardner from Soul…

Joe Gardner

…and Edna Mode from The Incredibles.

Edna Mode

There’s also Flounder and Sebastian from The Little Mermaid?

Flounder and Sebastian

And why are BB-8 and R2-D2 from Star Wars here and not C-3PO, who is literally gold?

R2-D2 and BB-8

There are 50th anniversary statues in EPCOT and Disney’s Animal Kingdom as well, and they make a lot more sense.

Does Animal Kingdom have the best 50th anniversary statues?

After Hours Parties

Disney World has hosted a few “after hours” parties, which are separate ticketed events that take place after a park has closed. However, they haven’t always gotten them right.

Villains After Hours

Villains After Hours took place in Magic Kingdom in 2019 and 2020, and cost $145 to $155. But Disney did not get the memo on Disney villains and what exactly people wanted from their favorite Disney baddies, resulting in so much potential wasted.

Ursula at Villains After Hours

Tickets granted guests only three extra hours after closing, and entertainment consisted of a villains caravan and a show in front of the castle. But where were the villains meet and greets? And why so few perks, other than complimentary soda and popcorn? We did have fun, but in retrospect Disney could have done a LOT more with this villainous event.

Read about our 2020 Villains After Hours experience here!

BOO Bash

The 2021 Disney After Hours BOO Bash replaced Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, and compared to Disneyland Resort’s equivalent, the Oogie Boogie Bash, Disney World missed the mark. Tickets ranged from $129 to $199, and for more money the BOO Bash included way less than Mickey’s Not-So-Scary AND Oogie Boogie Bash.

Maleficent was a highlight of the evening!

BOO Bash consisted of character cavalcades, exclusive treats, and Disney characters dressed in their Halloween costumes, but there was no parade, no castle show, and no fireworks, for less time than Mickey’s Not-So-Scary, and more money.

Read more about Disney After Hours BOO Bash here!

So that’s 5 times Disney World did not understand the assignment, but you might be able to think of more examples! Keep reading All Ears for more Disney World news!

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5 Replies to “5 Times Disney World Did NOT Understand the Assignment”

  1. Removing the Great Movie Ride is a HUGE disappointment. We truly loved all the classic movies,the preview and the ending montage. This made Hollywood Studios special. There;s barely anything related to old Hollywood left.

  2. We attended the Boo Bash and was very disappointed. Maybe we just didn’t look hard enough but never saw a character.
    Being long time annual pass holders we were surprised the AP discount was offered only in August/September. We are done with Boo Bash. Hoping the Christmas party is an improvement.

  3. I have to say this. I probably am the only one who feels this way, but I don’t like Star Wars. It’s not Disney! It seems dingy. I’ve never been a fan.

    Also, I wish Stitch didn’t exist. He’s a brat.

    Ok, go ahead and hate me, but I had to get it out.

  4. I have to disagree about Pandora. The whole premise of the movie was about nature and conservation. That is the whole theme of Animal Kingdom. And it fits in Walt’s dream to do the impossible. I mean floating mountains…… You have to be impressed.

  5. In most cases they understood the assignment, but the assignment doesn’t include the guest experience as a top concern as it used to be.