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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

Rebekah ("Becky") lives in Dallas, Texas, with her family. She's a professional writer, journalist and children's author. She loves to write about all things Walt, Imagineering, Disney Parks news and events, parks history and architecture, Pixar and Disney animation. Between trips to Mickey's stomping grounds in Central Florida, Becky spends time with her four kids and her four shih-tsus and writes inspirational pieces, devotionals and children's books. Hey, if you dream it, you really can do it!