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Guests Slam “Embarrassing” Disney World, Should Be “Ashamed” of Itself

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Although the Walt Disney World Resort undoubtedly epitomizes everything Disney, another theme park is constantly outdoing the Central Florida Disney Resort. 

For decades now, Walt Disney World has been the ultimate representation of the Disney experience. From the iconic Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom to incredible rides and attractions on offer at any Disney theme park at the resort, it’s unsurprising that it’s built the reputation it has enjoyed for so long.  

However, in recent years, many guests have been expressing more and more frustration with Disney, explaining that while the cost of going to the Disney Park has shot up (in some ways, exponentially), the value that it offers guests no longer matches the price.  

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Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse on Tokyo Disneyland’s Dumbo ride / Credit: Disney

Because of this, many guests have shared their frustration about how the Walt Disney Company has changed its tune and is no longer the company founder Walt Disney intended it to be. Not only are rides and attractions not living up to their hype, but the average Disney vacation has become inaccessible to many Americans. 

While the cost of a Disney vacation is unlikely to go down anytime soon—though Disney is certainly working to provide more discounted dates and offers for select guests—one relatively easier fix is working on developing the quality of the Disney Park experience

Why is this especially important?

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The upcoming renovation to Space Mountain at Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo Disney Resort / Credit: Tokyo Disney Resort

The international Disney Parks—particularly Tokyo Disney Resort—are lauded for the quality of the Disney experience they provide, and seeing as they outdo the domestic Disney Parks, both Walt Disney World and Disneyland, fans have come to the conclusion that Disney World should “be ashamed” about being outdone. 

As devoted Disney fans will know, Tokyo Disney Resort has been working on its Frozen-themed land, and recently, fans got a sneak peek into the upcoming dark ride. Many took to social media to comment about how impressed they were with the visuals. 

One shared, “I think Tokyo Disney Sea’s Frozen attraction is about to become one of the best dark rides, based on an animated movie, the company has ever opened. It looks INSANE!!”

While many fans agreed with the sentiment and also celebrated how amazing the ride looked, others expressed irritation with the Walt Disney Company and Walt Disney Imagineering for not bringing the same level of innovation to Disney World.  

One wrote, For those who doubted, yes WDI can still create great rides and themed environments. Your local Disney park just doesn’t want to pay for it.”

Another fan commented, “no because this is straight up embarrassing for WDW’s version. domestic parks should be ashamed to be so far out done by their international (minus paris) counterparts.”

The fan continued, “have you been to tokyo disneyland? it’s damn hard to defend other disney parks once you’ve experienced how it *could* be done lol”

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Tower of Terror at Tokyo DisneySea / Credit: Tokyo DisneySea

Something that’s interesting to note here is that one of the reasons that Tokyo Disney Resort functions differently than the average Disney Park is because it is not, in fact, owned and operated by Disney. Tokyo Disney Resort is owned primarily by The Oriental Land Company.

The Walt Disney Company gave OLC the necessary licenses to allow them to build the theme park in Japan.

Anna and Elsa’s Frozen Journey opens to Tokyo DisneySea guests on June 6, 2024. 

Have you ever been to Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea at the Tokyo Disney Resort? What did you think of the park in comparison to Florida’s Disney World? Let Disney Dining know in the comments! 

About Priyanka Kumar

Priyanka is a writer, artist, avid reader, and travel enthusiast based in Chicago. In her free time, she is probably walking by the lake, catching up on the latest releases on TV, or spending inordinate amounts of time rewatching Moana, Encanto, and her Disney Channel life-long favorites Zack and Cody wreak havoc on the Tipton.

3 comments

  1. Perhaps Iger and the board could either sell the US parks to the OLC or enter a long term agreement with them so that they can manage and develop them to their full potential. Then Iger and his team can devote their full efforts toward just ruining their movie businesses.

  2. Yes maintenance is a real issue at WDW. Destroying memories is also ruining the experience by taking out “offensive” rides. Prices getting too high relieves me of the burden of fitting a trip into our budget. But. We no longer do anything Disney because of their insistence on changing all things Disney to political correctness THIS has made it absolutely impossible for our family to have anything to do with Walt’s nightmare.

  3. Or we can have a better damn Governor in Florida who won’t keep trying to stop everything WDW trys to do! Everything they want to expand and actually make or build so people can stop whining for better the Governor has his hand on trigger to pull it out. You know how many times WDW was going to add another theme park or expand and add more “lands” and “rides”. They have tried to purchase more land to give us more because they are actually trying to be more extensive like Disney’s International… Real fans know and wouldn’t say for WDW to be embarrassed and blah blah blah.

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