While we all share one common love for the Disney Parks and Resorts, there are a lot of opinions out there from fans that are a lot more contentious.
From what ride should be replaced in the parks to whether you should go left or right around World Showcase, there’s a lot to debate when you gather a group of Disney fans.
In the hopes that you can avoid some awkward discussions around the dinner table, we’re taking a look at the biggest arguments among Disney fans!
Did Disney Really Improve These Rides?
Since first opening Magic Kingdom 50 years ago, a whole lot has changed in Disney World. Many rides don’t look anything like they did on the first day that guests entered the parks, and there are some attractions that fans debate to this day.
For example, in 2014, Disney closed the beloved EPCOT attraction Maelstrom (which was located in the Norway Pavilion) to make way for a new ride — Frozen Ever After. The announcement about the replacement was met with immediate outcry from fans who felt that Disney was closing a “classic World Showcase attraction” for an “out of place” IP-based attraction. And fans are still split on whether Frozen Ever After really was worth the demise of the Maelstrom.
Another attraction that gets a lot of attention for its recent overhaul is Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The Chinese Theater was home to The Great Movie Ride since the park’s opening day, however, Mickey and his friends took over the building in 2017. Many fans have been left upset with this change, criticizing Disney for shifting the focus of the park away from its original Hollywood theming.
More controversial changes are still coming for Disney World attractions. Most recently, Disney updated the storyline of Jungle Cruise at Magic Kingdom (adding new characters and scenes) and announced that Splash Mountain will eventually be re-themed to Princess and the Frog. And while some Disney-goers are fans of the change, others have the opposite opinion.
Is “it’s a small world” a Good Ride?
Aside from arguments about whether Disney actually has improved rides over time with their changes, some fans simply debate whether existing attractions are “good.” And if you’ve ever wanted to get a strong opinion out of your Disney-loving relative, ask them about “it’s a small world.”
This is an attraction that people either love or hate — there’s very little in between. Fans of the ride will likely reference its deep roots in Disney history (as it was one of the attractions that Walt worked on himself) while those who prefer to skip the attraction tend to complain about that song that seems to get stuck in your head no matter how hard you try to get it out.
Are Disney World’s New Fireworks Shows Worth the Demise of the Old?
Recent arguments among Disney fans have been focused around the two new fireworks shows that debuted for Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary. For the celebration, Magic Kingdom’s former fireworks show Happily Ever After was replaced with Disney Enchantment and, at EPCOT, Harmonious finally debuted as the replacement for the former show, Illuminations: Reflections of Earth.
Both nighttime fireworks shows are completely different from the previous shows, introducing new technologies, music, and more. But while some people applaud Disney for its innovation, others wish that the original shows had stuck around.
Turkey Legs: Iconic Snack or the Worst Things Ever Made in Disney World?
Something else that Disney fans have their opinions on? FOOD! There’s no debate that Disney World is home to some delicious snacks, but the one that we all can’t seem to agree on is the Turkey Leg. They’re either a snack that people absolutely refuse to go without when they’re visiting the parks or a snack that people avoid like the plague.
Its admirers love it for being generously portioned, packed with sodium, and portable. While its haters knock it for its astonishing size, epic calorie count, and who knows what else is inside.
Best (and Worst) Disney Company CEO
Disney fans can be pretty passionate about who is in charge of the company, and you’ll find a whole host of answers if you’re asking a group who is the best and worst Disney Company CEO of all time.
The CEO has the power to make a lot of changes both in the parks and beyond so it should come as no surprise that fans have opinions about the CEO based on what changes they implement during their tenure.
Do Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and Pandora — The World of Avatar Belong in Disney World?
We already covered some of the controversial changes that Disney has made to rides over the years, but something that may be even more polarizing is the introduction of completely new LANDS at two Disney World parks — Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Over at Animal Kingdom, Pandora — The World of Avatar opened in 2017 bringing the 2009 hit film Avatar to life. And though many fans seem to love it for bringing Flight of Passage to the park, it certainly can seem like a pretty random addition to the park considering that it was not a Disney movie (and is only considered one now due to Disney’s acquisition of Fox).
At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the addition of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge marked a big turning point for the park. Toy Story Land had already made its debut, but this new land completely transformed the park into something unrecognizable from its origins. All the OG Hollywood Studios fans (or MGM Studios fans) miss the days when entering the park felt like walking into the Golden Age of Hollywood.
Is Disney’s Animal Kingdom a Half Day Park?
Some people insist that there simply isn’t enough to do at Disney’s Animal Kingdom to make it a full-day park while others insist that those people simply aren’t taking advantage of everything that the park has to offer. After all, the park has several rides, nature walking trails, shows, activities, and more to check out!
For the record, we’ve spent the whole day at the park before and had a blast but can also understand why some fans might prefer to split their day with another park.
Should You Stay at a Disney World Resort Hotel or Stay Off-Site
One of the first decisions that you make when you’re planning a Disney World trip is where you’ll stay, and you’re looking at two options — on-site or off-site. Depending who you talk to, you’ll either be making the right choice or the wrong choice. But there are great cases for both sides!
Staying at a Disney World hotel immerses you in Disney from start to finish, while staying off-site is often more economical, and many hotels offer the same or comparable perks to what you can find when staying at a Disney hotel.
Is Disney World Just For People With Kids?
Walt Disney decided to build Disneyland because he wanted to create a clean place for families to visit together and create memories, and it has certainly lived up to that throughout the years! But it’s not just families who enjoy visiting the parks, though it’s debated whether those without kids really should be heading into Disney.
It’s important to note that visiting Disney World with kids is an entirely different experience compared to visiting without kids. And there’s no right or wrong answer here because they’re both enjoyable!
Which is Better: Disney World v. Disneyland
Lastly, perhaps the longest argument among Disney fans is which is the superior park (or resort) — Disney World or Disneyland? This debate dates all the way back to 1971 when Magic Kingdom first opened in Florida and people have strong opinions on which resort they prefer.
But Disney World is VERY different from Disneyland though, so comparing the two can be difficult. We love them both for what they are.
Another hot topic to avoid with Disney fans? Disney World versus Universal Orlando Resort! People are split on which has the better parks, and the AllEars Team is taking on the topic in the video below!
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Where do you fall on all of these Disney debates? Let us know in the comments!
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