It’s no secret that the average Walt Disney World vacation is no longer what it used to be. With the rise of technology, a trip to a Disney World theme park can seem more complicated than ever.
It’s all the result of one of Walt Disney’s principal interests: progress.
Walt Disney Was OBSESSED With the Idea of Progress, and We Can See the Remnants To This Day
The Walt Disney Company has adopted this ideology and constantly strives for greatness, always trying to create a more convenient experience for guests visiting Walt Disney World Resort.
While the constant improvements and updates can mean a more streamlined vacation process, it can also be tough to keep up with, making for a more confusing vacation process than in the past.
Everything is online nowadays, and Disney is no different.
Even Disney World Has Gone Fully Online
As it turns out, an entire Disney World vacation can be planned right on your smartphone using the My Disney Experience app. In most cases, guests have no choice but to use the My Disney Experience app to thoroughly plan a trip to Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, or EPCOT.
Unfortunately, not everyone is technologically savvy enough to plan an entire vacation on a smartphone, and we don’t blame them! Things get confusing on the My Disney Experience app, and it only gets more complicated if it’s been a while since you’ve used it.
Say you only visit Walt Disney World Resort once a year. A lot can change in an entire year! And if you’re not 100% up to date on each minute change in Disney’s process, it can be incredibly intimidating.
The Walt Disney Company Faces Criticism For These Changes…
One of the most common criticisms the Walt Disney Company faces is that the intricate nature of planning a vacation has become too complicated.
It’s such a stressful process that many guests no longer feel the childlike excitement they used to feel when planning a trip to a Disney World Park.
Instead, due to many recent advancements, many feel the stress of adulting that accompanies planning a trip, which is the opposite of the intended effect!
One anonymous Disney fan was so disheartened by this change that they took to social media to see if anyone else felt the same way. As it turns out, it’s a prevalent feeling among Disney fans. They wrote:
[I am one of those Disney adults who wants to spend every vacation with the mouse. As a single parent, I was fortunate enough to take my son three times and those were our only true vacations. Now I’m married with three step kids and planning a Disney vacation for six instead of two…With all these changes since last I went (LL, Genie+, whatever else). The more posts I read the more it’s making me a little depressed. The oldest kids will be 17 at the time of our trip so this is possibly the only vacation we will ever all take together as a family. Planning for Disney used to be so fun and now it seems scary and burdensome. I don’t want to be on my phone in the parks…that was the blessing of choosing your fast passes 60 days out! Dining plan only has one snack instead of two now. Magic bands don’t come with your on site stay anymore. All these posts say Christmas at Disney is actually hell and not magical. Help me find my love of the mouse again? Our trip is over a year away and I almost feel like I would rather cancel than lose the magic I used to feel in the parks!]
It’s discouraging to hear that so many long-time Walt Disney World Resort fans feel this way. Hopefully, the Walt Disney Company will take notice and make some changes to the process!
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