The Disney-verse is upside-down today; Guests air their frustrations via social media

The Disney kingdom of fandom feels a bit on its head, and if you’re feeling it too, you’re in good company.


Fans of all ages from all over are taking to social media to air their frustrations over changes at the House of Mouse (not that it’s an entirely new practice). Why? Well, according to many Disney fans, there’s a proverbial buffet of reasons to be frustrated with the mouse right now–or at least with those who handle his affairs.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing pandemonium have wrought havoc within almost every facet of daily life. Very few things have been left untouched in the initial waves of the pandemic, and now the Delta variant seems to want to play a game of “catch me if you can,” with no end in sight. Annual passes at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World were only some of the casualties.

And while it’s true that both resorts’ pass programs needed some tweaking, the recent obnoxious overhaul has done a number on faithful fans’ wallets. It seems that both Disneyland’s Magic Key program and the new Pixie-Pirate-Sorcerer-Incredi-Pass program at Disney World have alienated some of the fan base, including non-Florida residents, who now have only ONE option out of the four passes offered, and it costs $1,299 plus tax.

Keep in mind that in 2019, a comparable pass–the Platinum Plus–cost $1,219. In 2018, that same pass cost $994.

Oh, and the new passes don’t include PhotoPass; you can tack that on for an additional $99, not to mention that FastPass is dead now, and you’ll have to pay per attraction if you want to get in the “Lightning Lane.”

Frequent flyers to the parks are frustrated with the “doing away” of so many of their favorites. Twitter user @Schmoofy is not happy about the death of the “Epcot After 4” option, saying that Disney World cut off its nose despite its face.

Other fans have decided it’s just not worth it, saying that the only pass they want is the “hard pass.” Some have chosen (or been financially forced to) say “Goodbye, Disney World.” And no matter what, that’s just sad.

Disneyland’s Magic Key annual pass program sounded ok right out of the gate, but continual problems almost make it feel like Disney is trying to punish its most loyal Guests. (Do you get any more loyal than an annual pass holder?)

Problems . . .

. . . and more problems . . .

And don’t forget that now Guests will have to pay extra for “attractions privilege.” You might remember it by its former name: FastPass which worked well and was FREE.

Even some Cast Members are angry, including this now former Cast Member who’s just had it with Disney.

It seems a lot of time and effort were put into cultivating new, flashy names for the passes, the programs, and the (so-called) perks, but the bottom line is that many fans feel that all of these changes will have them spending all their money and all their vacation time on their phones, accessing an app in the hopes of finding an “available time,” leading many to once again, say “No thanks, Disney.”

Why so frustrated, fans?

Take your pick, say many, who feel that if they haven’t already been cheated enough by COVID-19, Disney’s making up for it with its new changes, “perks,” passes, and “enhancements” that seem to have been created without a single Guest in mind.

What say you, fans?

About Becky Burkett

I'm an enthusiastic writer who finds joy in random things like cold weather, snow, "I Love Lucy," "The Andy Griffith Show," journals full of blank paper, countdowns to Christmas, the month of December, "Toy Story," "Sleeping Beauty," my 4 kids, my 4 shih tsus, Disney Parks history, Imagineering and visiting the parks. I think Walt Disney is the standard against which genius should be measured. I love to write about Disney Parks, Disney history, all things Imagineering and PIXAR. I adore the colors, story and art direction of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (Team Make it Blue!), and "Toy Story" is life (minus "Toy Story 4"). I believe Walt Disney was so much more than an entertainment and theme park tycoon; I believe he was a savant with a vision for life and how it could be if happiness and kindness are strived for. I love Biergarten at EPCOT and 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian. You can find me croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room, chillin' on the PeopleMover or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. I'm always looking for Imagineers in the parks, and I'd rather meet Joe Rohde and Tony Baxter than anyone in Hollywood! Hey, if you dream it, you really can do it!