Where Disney Parks Went Wrong in 2015 is a follow up to What Disney Parks Got Right in 2015. None of use are perfect; and neither is Disney. As stated in the previous post, we are huge Disney fans who love Walt Disney World and Disneyland, but we want to give honest appraisals. Read on to find out where we think Disney erred this year. Then, check back for our Unsolicited Advice for Disney Parks Future.
Where Disney Parks Went Wrong in 2015
- Disneyland had all hits, no misses in 2015 with It’s Diamond Celebration, except for the following item:
- Increased ticket prices: Unless you’re a Disney stockholder, increases in ticket prices are never a positive for the consumer. Single day park passes to Disneyland and Magic Kingdom are now over $100. That is a lot of money.
- WDW Attraction Closures: The most glaring area where Disney Parks went wrong in 2015 is the closure of so many attractions. ( The biggest of these is the closing of the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights! ) This is amplified by the closure of more in 2014, and the failure to replace them. There are new attractions planned, but for current Disney patrons, the experience is diminished. With record crowds, having less to do and less places to disperse the crowds makes for longer waits and decreased value of the experience. Why does Disney close sections and not have replacement attractions for years? Why not just expand? There is certainly plenty of room in WDW.
Click link to see the final few minutes of the lights!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Disney’s Hollywood Studios has shrunk considerably over the past 2 years. While none of the closed attractions were big E-ticket favorites, they were none-the-less activities to fill the day. In 2015, the Magic of Disney Animation (with Mushu), Animation Academy, the adjacent gift shop and games, and the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights all came to an end. Animation Academy was one of our families favorites. We would participate in this Disney animation class every trip to WDW and have our character sketches as souvenirs. Mushu had some great one liners and always brought a laugh. The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights was a yearly Christmas tradition for our family and many others. Streets of America is empty much of the year, but why could the Dancing Lights not just be moved. Added to the 2014 closures of American Film Institute Showcase, Studio Backlight Tours, and The American Idol experience, Hollywood Studios is no longer a full day park.
Epcot has suffered for years with the addition of no new significant attractions, nor the addition of a new World Showcase country in over 25 years. Now with the closure of Innoventions West and Vision House in Innoventions East, along with the 2014 closure of Maelstrom, the overall experience is again diminished. The Innoventions pavilions are at the heart of the basis for Epcot, the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. We were particular fans of The Great Piggy Bank Adventure, Where’s the Fire?, and Vision House. In 2014, World Showcase Players in the UK pavilion and Off Kilter in the Canada Pavilion were both replaced. The World Showcase Players were a personal favorite, and I personally have not forgiven them. In 2015, these entertainers replacements, Paul McKenna Band and Canada Lumberjacks, were also canceled! **click on the link to the World Showcase Players and watch the video at the bottom to see what a great show was canceled.
- WDW Overall Customer Service: Disney parks have always prided themselves on customer service. All of the Disney parks still display some of the best customer service anywhere. To me and many others with whom I have spoken, the level of friendliness, cheerfulness, and helpfulness has diminished at WDW in the last few years. Maybe familiarity breeds contempt and with multiple visits I am just noticing more and becoming more grouchy. Or, maybe after visiting Disneyland twice and experiencing superior service, pride, and attitude of cast members there, WDW has been hurt by comparison. I don’t know. I love Walt Disney World, and I want it to continue to be the best family vacation destination in the world.
Do you agree or disagree with my list of Where Disney Parks Went Wrong in 2015? Did I leave something out? Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section. I would love to hear from you and will respond. Also, check out the prior related post What Disney Parks Got Right in 2015. Check back for my Unsolicited Advice for Disney Parks Future.
Happy New Year!