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Sorry Not Sorry: Unpopular Disney World Opinions

Unpopular Disney opinions

I’ve got an infant son, which means I spend many late nights up scrolling the internet.  One of my favorite pastimes is checking out the Walt Disney World Reddit boards. You never know what you’re going to find there, but you can always count on one thing: like it or not, people are going to give their opinions. Some are more popular than others, which made me wonder if I had any unpopular Disney opinions (spoiler alert: I do). It’s finally time to confess. 

Mission: Space is One of the Best Disney Rides 

Unpopular Disney World opinions

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I love Mission: Space (Orange Team, of course). No trip to EPCOT is complete without at least one daring spaceflight to Mars. The theming and storyline are fantastic: you’re an astronaut selected to go to Mars, but first, you’ve got to do simulator training. This is so well done that if you let your imagination run wild, you can actually believe you’re really doing spaceflight training! Yes, it’s one of the most intense rides at Disney World, but for me, that’s what makes it one of the best! I’ve never met a thrill ride I didn’t love. That take-off where you’re thrown back into your seat and experience 2.5 G forces (I looked it up) is the kind of  thrill I live for and the momentary feeling of weightlessness? Amazing. 

Cinderella’s Royal Table is Overrated

Unpopular Disney opinions

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I said what I said. I get it. Eating in Cinderella Castle is iconic. I’m not saying you shouldn’t go…once…but don’t expect it to be life-changing. The atmosphere is incredible, there’s no doubt about that. It feels Regal in all of the right ways, but the food is fair to middling at best. If I’m paying $79 per person, I’m going to need more than average food. It’s absolutely a one-and-done for me. 

I Don’t Mind Alcohol in the Parks 

Oga's Cantina

Many people get upset about adult beverages being available in the parks, but it doesn’t bother me one bit. I’ve indulged in a few myself. I understand the concern that drunk people aren’t family-friendly, but just like everything else: it’s not the drink but the person drinking it. Odds are that person was going to do something obnoxious whether or not they were inebriated. There’s no sense in punishing those of us capable of drinking responsibly because of it. I don’t understand the criticism that Walt didn’t want it. Attitudes surrounding alcoholic beverages have changed over the years, and Walt very likely would’ve changed his outlook with it. Let’s not forget that the man was a chain smoker during a time when such a practice was socially acceptable. 

I Don’t Think Your Dog Should Be Allowed 

Unpopular Disney opinions

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I’m not talking about your service animal. Of course, those should be allowed, but Fifi needs to stay home. In 2018 select Disney Resort hotels began a pet-friendly policy. At Art of Animation,  Port Orleans Riverside, the Cabins at Fort Wilderness, and Yacht Club, you can bring your dog with you… but why? I don’t go to a dog park and expect child-friendly spaces. Why does Disney need dog-friendly spaces?  Look, I know you think Fido is the most well-behaved dog in the world, but so does every dog owner, and sometimes they’re wrong. I don’t trust your dog. Also, Mousekeepers do an excellent job, but you cannot guarantee that they got every bit of dog hair and dander…what if someone with serious allergy checks into the room next? Your dog belongs at home. 

Turkey Legs are a Delicious Snack

Unpopular Disney opinions

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I’m not even a bit sorry about this one. I love turkey legs! Just like a DOLE Whip, no trip to Disney World is complete without having one! Yes, they are horribly unhealthy, and yes, they take on a mysterious ham flavor, but I love them anyway! I get the hate for Turkey Legs, and I probably can’t refute a single one of your arguments against them, but I’m still going to go back to them again and again. Say what you want about them. They’re delicious! 

There is Nothing Special About Peter Pan’s Flight 

Peter Pan's Flight

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I actually am sorry about this one. I’ve tried to correct this opinion many times, but…I just don’t get the love for this ride. I’ve heard all the arguments in favor of it, and my son absolutely adores it, but I find it to be cheesy. Which is rich coming from someone who absolutely adores “it’s a small world.” It seems outdated (I hear you screaming, “it’s a classic!!!!!” through your screens). I know it’s an original, and it’s beloved for nostalgic reasons. Despite going to the Parks almost yearly since I was 2, that sense of nostalgia just never really clicked with me, I guess. I’ve seen videos of some of the newer versions of the ride with updated technology, and honestly, I would welcome that update at Magic Kingdom. 

 

About Jill Bivins

Jill Bivins has been visiting Disney Parks since she was 2 years old and loves sharing her Disney adventures with the world. She likes to say Disney is in her blood and writing is in her bones — so any time she has the opportunity to combine these loves she is one happy camper! She has a deep abiding love for Epcot and as a die hard Star Wars fan has a serious love for Hollywood Studios as well. When she isn't exploring or writing about Disney Parks, Jill is homeschooling her 8 year old son, playing with her brand new baby son, or pretending to be a farmer on her family homestead (despite being unable to keep even a cactus alive). Find Jill on Instagram @minnieonmain.