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Disney is now asking guests if select attractions are dated or insensitive

Disney is now asking guests if select attractions are dated or insensitive

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Change is often a dreaded word for Disney fans. Disney is now asking which attractions we think are dated, insensitive, or iconic.

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Credit: Kenny the Pirate

I (Donna) will admit that I cringe whenever an announcement comes of an upcoming refurbishment. Part of me wants Walt Disney World to remain the same. It is truly the “Most Magical Place on Earth.”

That being said, Walt Disney did not believe that he achieved perfection when Disneyland was created. He shared, Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.”

Walt Disney World and Disneyland are so special to each of us. However, over time some areas need a bit of a change. On a recent trip to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, I was allowed to share which park attractions may need a change.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Credit: Disney

During a recent survey, Disney asked me to rate several attractions. The rankings were as follows:

  • Iconic: A classic- the park would not be the same without this attraction
  • Personal Favorite: my perfect day would definitely include this attraction
  • Immersive: able to “live” the story or be absorbed in the environment
  • Boring: interesting and feels like a waste of time
  • Dated: not relevant or in need of refurbishment
  • Insensitive: perceived as disrespectful to some audiences
  • Not familiar with this attraction
Credit: Susan

The survey then allowed me to rank several attractions and shows including Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, Disney Junior Play and Dance!, Walt Disney Presents, Star Tours, For the First Tiem in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration, Vacation Fun, Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, Slinky Dog Dash, Muppet Vision3D, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Toy Story Mania!, Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, Beauty and the Beast- Live on Stage, Millenium Falcon: Smugglers Run, and Alien Swirling Saucers.

Interestingly enough, Voyage of the Little Mermaid was included in this grouping of attractions. You may remember this attraction has remained closed since 2020. Many have wondered if this attraction will reopen. This survey may help Disney decide if this attraction should return.

Photo: Disney

Interestingly, other attractions that remain closed were not included in this listing such as Jedi Training and Fantasmic! (that is set to return in the near future.)

What do you think of this survey? How would you respond to the attractions listed? Do you think this may mean a definite closure for the Voyage of the Little Mermaid? Share your thoughts with us on our Facebook Page.

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Bill Sammons

Tuesday 27th of September 2022

Notice Walt’s quote said it would continue to grow. Grow, being the operative word, does not mean remove or swap. It only means add. I bet Walt rolls over in his grave every time an attraction closes.

Kate Kramer

Monday 26th of September 2022

The overcrowding of the parks has been artificially created by Iger and Chapek themselves. It is clearly evident, to even those without any business understanding, with just very basic research. Let me explain how this is clear within WDW becuase I am most familiar. Currently, Disney owns slightly less than 35,000 on-site guest accommodations. This includeds hotel rooms, DVC rooms, cabins, and campsites. This DOES NOT include all of the non-Disney accommodations that are directly on property, (i.e. Swan and new Swan Reserve, Dolphin, Golden Oak, and Shades of Green to name a few) or the enormous quantity of off site hotels, time shares and Florida residents who also accomodate guests to come and experience WDW parks. Since the Animal Kingdom opened in April 1998, (almost 25 yr ago), about 12,500 of those 35,000 rooms and several of the entire non-Disney on property hotels have all been BUILT. The Poly tower is coming soon and the new Reflections Resort is still up in the air, so I didn't even count them. So, let's just focus on the 12,500 Disney owned rooms, that is over 30% of all Disney accommodations available. Yet Disney has only created a few new rides and several 2-3 ride expanded areas in the existing 4 parks, instead of building a 5th gate which would accommodate all of the guests that they have created rooms for. Yes, there are plenty of other things to do on Disney property, but generally most guests are coming to WDW to experience the theme parks. So where did the Disney company expect all of these additional guests to spend their time? Building all of these hotels is completely shortsighted, but allows CHAPEK to blame "need" for the reservation system, higher prices and not offering AP's as a necessity to keep the crowds down. It's simply BS. The crowding situation was completely artifically created and would have been completely predicted with Disney's own hotel construction alone. To make money, you have to spend money, but Disney seems to have lost sight of long term revenues and chosen to focus on short term gains. This lack of insight has actually displaced them from their unique position at the very top of the theme park industry to a level very close to its competitors. With Univeral Florida so close to opening its 3 Park and several years back opening a themed water park, they are close to having their own 4 gate resort. The longer Disney waits to expand to a 5th theme park, the more customers they are lgoing to loose due to overcrowding, loss of most of the perks to stay on Disney Property, higher costs for less fulfillment in every aspect of the resort, and lack of AP's to those who want to buy one. The longer they wait, the more it will cost, both in building and construction costs and in loan and interest rate costs, and even CM employment costs. Yes, there are still lagging supply issues and building material costs, but they are slowly beginning to reorganize and replenish. But, still, the longer you wait the more it will cost. There are few companies in the world who have such a clear opportunity to excell if a new gate was built in a similar standard and quality that has come to be a standard of the Disney brand. They would make a huge investment in the value of their brand while simultainously keeping their competition at bay, greatly increasing the satisfaction of their most loyal consumers, exponentially expand thier market visibility and market share, as well as potentially increase thier profitability by near 1/5? Honestly, a price hike wouldn't be as detested by your guests if there was more to offer with that ticket price and didn't seem like it was a pure money grab. It's been almost 25 years since WDW has opened a new park, I can't imagine why this wasn't THE best announcement they could possibly make for thier upcoming 100th anniversary of the Disney company; even if it was just the rough plans with a goal of opening in 2030 or something. Once upon a time, Disney wanted to keep people in their "bubble", apparently that ended when they were dumb enough to end the magical express and make people rent cars. Of course that was done as another money grab by adding parking fees to the resorts. But, once again that is shortsighted, an allows guests to more easily access the other resorts, themeparks and attractions off site. At this point, it seems completely ludicrous to continue to build more hotels without a new park, becuase they are only sending their guest off to the other area themeparks, for other things to do Disney needs to get a CLUE....


Monday 26th of September 2022

Get rid of Chapek and find someone who understands what Disney is all about to the people that have supported it all these years. Keep politics and agendas out of it. End the greed. Treat employees better. Chapek has to go


Monday 26th of September 2022

Good grief! Enough with this garbage already Bob Paychek!

Armitage Shanks

Monday 26th of September 2022

Currently on my 6th visit from the UK. We won't be coming again. Totally and unashamedly all about getting your money now. Disney Magic ? Disney Greed !

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