REVEALED: The Real Reason Disney Parks Have Lost Their Magic

Credit: Brian McGown, Unsplash

Recently, a fed-up guest commiserated online about the real reasons that the Disney Parks have lost their magic.

It’s been an unfortunately common complaint recently that the Disney Park experience is no longer what it once was. Fans from all walks of life and all over the world have noted multiple times that there is much about the parks today that don’t hold a candle to the way things used to be.

Be it the prices of a Disney vacation and the value of the experience guests are getting for the cost, or even the portion sizes of food and beverages at the Disney Parks, some guests have been on the fence about visiting Walt Disney World or Disneyland lately.

cinderella castle, magic kingdom

Cinderella Castle, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort / Credit: Brian McGowan, Unsplash

Recently, a guest took to Reddit to share a peculiar wish, though one that seems to be more common off-late: “I want to want to go back to Disney.”

The guest explained,

I want to go to Disney World again (with kids), but after the last trip with how crowded it was, people running at rope drop, dangerous crowds during MK fireworks, and long ride times (even with Genie+ and ILL), and popular rides being down for almost entire days, not to mention how much it costs (coming from out of state too), I just can’t bring myself to book another trip back.

The guest also added, “How do you get the excitement back? I’ve tried going the route of planning another trip but it just brings feelings of anxiety.” 

The Tree of Life at Disney's Animal Kingdom

The Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park / Credit: Disney Parks

Many would know that these feelings and sentiments are common and have been brought up on more than one count. However, some guests took the time to point out that OP made some astute observations.

One commented, “You actually hit upon why it was better years ago: people used to just show up, roam about and have fun. Disney has created all this mess, partly hyping things that create FOMO, partly all things being planned (thus setting up expectations), Genie + is making everyone rope drop.”

They also added that the age of attractions has become a big issue at the parks. They continued, “The heavy-demand rides are all things built in the past few years. If you roll back to 2008, Studios and Animal Kingdom, even their oldest attractions were still relatively new.”

Due to this, guests still wanted to try all the rides. However, now attractions have become so old that many guests are all hankering to go on the newer rides.

disney's hollywood studios

Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park, Walt Disney World Resort / Credit: Disney

Between how crowded the parks have become during the peak seasons (and often even otherwise), more families are getting frustrated with how the Disney Parks have turned out and are taking to online forums to share their experiences.

It’s certainly upsetting for many to see their Disney experience deteriorate in a way they never expected.

Have you ever experienced this while enjoying a Disney Park vacation? 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.

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