More than 50 million people visit Disney World each year. Many of them are Disney fanatics, and some of them are spouses who are making the obligatory pilgrimage to the most magical place on earth to appease their loved ones. And then there are those who have never walked through the gates at any of the four theme parks because they believe things about Disney World that are simply not true. Here are 7 of the lies some people believe about Disney World.
1. It’s Mickey Mouse Land.
I have actually heard Disney World referred to as “Mickey Mouse Land,” but only by those who have yet to visit the parks. And while it’s true that Mickey has a huge presence at Disney World, it’s not accurate to think that the entire resort is nothing more than Mickey. On the contrary, Disney World includes the majority of Disney characters and PIXAR characters. And there’s so much more to the parks than just the characters!
2. It’s just for kids.
Disney World offers everything possible to make the dreams of kids (and kids at heart) come true. But Disney also prides itself in offering adults a myriad of opportunities to experience the magic of Disney too. There are many table service restaurants in the parks and resort hotels that offer adults a chance to get away for a night out—Victoria and Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian is one of many such restaurants. Many of Disney’s resort hotels offer kids’ clubs where the little ones can play and make new friends while Mom and Dad have their own time on vacation.
3. Once is enough.
Utter nonsense. One visit to Disney World is never enough. And that’s enough said.
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4. You should just skip EPCOT.
Why is it that people think of EPCOT as the park you should skip if you only have time for three of the theme parks? EPCOT is one of the most interesting parts of Disney World, in my humble opinion. Where else can you go swimming with Nemo and ride the E.A.C. with Crush? And where else can you visit 11 different countries in one day—and all without leaving Central Florida? That’s right—nowhere else! So no, you should NOT skip EPCOT.
5. Cinderella Castle can be dismantled.
In a place where hurricane season can threaten extensive damage, it makes sense that people would think that structures like Cinderella Castle, Spaceship Earth, the Tree of Life and others could be taken down and dismantled in preparation for a hurricane, but that’s not the case with any of Disney World’s iconic structures. We usually hear this myth about Cinderella Castle. But the castle is no flimsy structure. In fact, its 600 tons of steel framing are ingeniously reinforced with 10-inch walls of concrete, rendering it solid and not able to be broken down in pieces before a storm. The castle was, however, created to withstand winds from a strong Category 2 hurricane, so there’s some security in knowing that.
6. Toy Story characters fall to the ground when you yell “Andy’s coming!”
There has long been a myth about Woody, Jessie and Buzz at Disney World. People often believe that if a Guest yells “Andy’s coming!” that the characters will fall to the ground, like they do in the feature films. While there was a viral photo that went out years ago of Woody and Jessie pretending to be toys on the ground, Disney has banned any of it’s characters from responding to “Andy’s coming!” First, the character Cast Members could be injured in the process. Second, the costumes these characters where are very cumbersome (and expensive!), making it very difficult for them to fall to the ground and get right back up again!
7. You have to know all the Disney movies in order to appreciate Disney World.
So many different Disney films have been made, that only a small percentage of even the most diehard Disney fans have seen every single one and are able to quote them and remember exactly their story lines and details. And that’s okay. You don’t have to know all of Disney’s movies and stories in order to enjoy and appreciate all that Disney World has to offer. Yes, having some knowledge can give you a frame of reference, but there are also people who don’t know their Disney movies, visit Disney World and then develop a love for all things Disney as a result!