Disturbing Online Trend Signals Major Problems at Disney World, Other Disney Parks

A new and disturbing trend online may signal a grim future chock-full of major problems at Disney World, Disneyland, and other Disney Parks around the world.

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Walt Disney World has long been the vacation destination that fills the dreams of young children and children at heart. Since opening in October 1971, the parks at the Walt Disney World Resort have grown in popularity among people of varying ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, and cultures. Disney Parks are so recognizable, in fact, that both Disney World and Disneyland have made their way into the storylines of many sitcoms across multiple television networks. 

At its peak attendance prior to the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, the Walt Disney World Resort was welcoming more than 52 million Guests into Magic Kingdom Park, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach water park, Typhoon Lagoon water park, and more than two dozen Disney Resort hotels.

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Disney Parks offer more than just heart-pounding rides, cutting-edge attractions, and Broadway-style live entertainment, and each park offers a buffet of choices in family vacation fun, solo trip fun, and adults-only fun. Because of this, Disney World, Disneyland, and other Disney Parks around the globe have been among the destinations of choice for years for families and individuals planning their getaways, whether those getaways are for a summer vacation or a quick weekend trip to take in a touch of the Disney magic.

In March 2022, Disney World ranked as the #1 tourist destination on planet Earth. But it’s amazing how much can change in only 12 months. 

A recent study by Family Destination Guide found that the common trend of vacation planners toward Disney World and Disneyland has seen a huge decline. The study took a look at internet searches for U. S. tourist attractions and vacation destinations, and the results of the study could forecast a grim future for domestic Disney Parks and Disney Parks abroad.

The study logged multiple kinds of searches, including those for national parks, beaches, and specific locations like Elvis’ Graceland, the Grand Canyon, and even theme park resort destinations like Universal Studios Orlando.


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At the conclusion of the study, one destination was very obviously missing–the Walt Disney World Resort in Central Florida. Disney World didn’t show up in the top tier of searches, according to the study. In fact, it didn’t show up in the searches at all. And Disneyland Resort only showed up in the top ten searches for the state of California, not for the United States.

By contrast, the study showed that Universal Studios Orlando Resort was a prominent search in four of the largest states in the U. S.: Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, and Texas.

The reasons for the absence of Disney Parks in online searches could be many and might include high park admission prices, food price increases in the parks, the Disney Company’s “woke” agenda, recently failed Disney films, and other reasons that could easily be as different as the fan (or non-fan) who feels them.

About Becky Burkett

Becky's from the Lone Star State and has been writing since she was 10 and encountered her first Disney Park when she was 11. It was love at first Main Street Electrical Parade. Joy is blank lined journals, 0.7 mm pens, and all things Walt, Woody and Buzz, PIXAR, Imagineering, Sleeping Beauty (make it blue!), Disney Parks history and EPCOT. At Disney World, you'll find her croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. If you can dream, you really can do it!