If you’re reading this, chances are you’re a Disney fan, like us! And you know that Walt Disney World has become the magical place it is today by continuing to improve throughout the decades. With this in mind, we’ve created a list of 10 things we would love to see Disney offer. Some of these are probably pipe dreams, while others are downright practical and might even be right around the corner!
10. More Imagineer Dining/Speaking Opportunities
We’ve been trying to book a “Dine With an Imagineer” opportunity for years. Every single time we try to book, even if it’s months ahead of our arrival in Walt Disney World, we’re disappointed to find there are no openings left for any spots the week of our vacation. (We’ve concluded you have to be a personal friend of Mickey Mouse to even have a chance!) It would be great to see more availability for these coveted events, or perhaps the addition of extra speaking events for various Imagineers throughout the parks, that many guests could attend at one time during their stay.
9. Bus Wait Times on Your Phone (But wait… it’s happening!)
One of the things we’ve always wished Walt Disney World would offer is a way to know when your transportation is arriving at the parks. Disney already has monitors at resort bus stops to show you your wait time, but wouldn’t it be great to be in a theme park, and be able to see when your bus will be arriving to pick you up? Well, it seems Disney has read our minds – there is a brand new My Experience App being implemented that will tell resort guests when your next bus is coming, anywhere on property! (Now, we just need water taxi arrival times to be added…)
8. Shorter Wait Times
No one likes waiting. And Walt Disney World has implemented lots of strategies for cutting down wait times for attractions. But sometimes (we’re looking at you, Flight of Passage!), guests without FastPasses+ can face wait times that border on ludicrous. We’d love to see either increased ride capacity on the parks’ most popular rides, or perhaps more FastPasses+ offered for these rides, so that no one ever has to spend five hours at WDW again!
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7. More Entrances/Exits
Walt Disney World is great at establishing flow throughout its parks to move guests along quickly and efficiently. But at peak times, especially rope drop and after fireworks, park traffic still routinely gets bogged down. We’d love to see more entrances and exits to the parks to get people where they’re going quickly and safely, especially during these busy times.
6. Toll-free Number for Canadians
Walt Disney World regularly tops the list of destinations most visited by both Americans and Canadians, yet surprisingly, there is no toll-free number to reach WDW if you’re calling from Canada. Sure, you can use Disney’s website for most of your trip planning needs, but sometimes a question or problem arises for which you really need to speak to a live cast member. And trust us, if you’re calling from Canada, those phone bills aren’t fun!
5. Dining Reservation Consistency
We love Walt Disney World, but sometimes the inconsistency of dining reservation wait times can be frustrating. Depending on where you eat, you may show up for your reservation early and be seated immediately, or you may have to wait for 30 or 45 minutes after your reservation time to be led to your table. We’d love to see more consistency at table service locations, so that diners can be seated much more quickly at every restaurant!
4. More Monorail and Boat Access
Monorails and water taxi transportation are our favorite ways to get around Walt Disney World, both for the typically short wait times and the great views. Unfortunately, there are only a few select resorts that offer monorail and boat transportation, and even then, not to all parks. We think it would be pretty amazing if there were more canals offering water taxi access to different locations on property, and more monorail lines to get us where we’re going! After all, it’s the journey that counts, right?
3. Bus Restrooms
We love that Disney’s Magical Express has a restroom on board! Those trips to and from the airport can be rough for young kids, or anyone with a small bladder. We’d love to see similar restrooms on the buses to the parks and resorts. After all, depending on where you’re staying and what park you’re going to, you may be facing a bit of a drive to your destination – and that’s without factoring in wait times for buses, which of course can be late or full when they arrive.
2. Picnic Spaces
Seating is always at a premium at Walt Disney World, especially when it’s meal time! We’d love to see more picnic areas around the parks for families who want to cut down on a potentially expensive day in the parks by bringing their own snacks or simple meals. This is also a great idea for families with dietary restrictions or who just want to be healthy wherever they go on property. We think Shanghai Disneyland is on the right track by including extensive picnic areas for guests! Who doesn’t love a picnic?
1. Stays at Cinderella Suite
Disney fans may be aware that there is hidden suite high in Cinderella Castle, originally built to be used by Walt Disney and his family (unfortunately, he didn’t live long enough to use it). It’s an utterly luxurious spot filled with royal luxury, and you can check out photos online. But one thing you can’t do is stay there. The suite is used once in a blue moon as a prize for lucky contest winners, but there’s no way for a guest to book the suite. We’d love to see this change! (Perhaps regular draws for guests who have booked a stay at a WDW resort to stay in the suite for a couple of nights?) If you’re listening, Disney, we’d love you to work your magic!