Guests Abandon Disney and Head to Universal

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The Walt Disney Company has come under fire for many reasons lately (ranging from increasing prices to ride closures to political stances), and apparently, some Disney fans have had enough. In a recent conversation on the website called Reddit, Disney fans banded together to discuss the challenging circumstances that have motivated them to book Universal Orlando Resort vacations instead of Walt Disney World Resort vacations.

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Cinderella’s Castle in the Magic Kingdom. Disney has faced several controversies lately that have led to Guest dissatisfaction. Credit: Disney/Clip Art (Disney Fanatic)

“I was going to go to Walt Disney World last September, but due to costs and the “conveniences” of staying on property being changed I opted to go to Universal instead,” one former Disney fan wrote in the Reddit conversation. “Ended up getting the Military Freedom Pass and stayed at Cabana Bay. Paid way less to for the week at Universal then I would have at WDW. I could see it being viewed more favorable,” the fan wrote when considering whether or not Universal Orlando Resort would ever replace Walt Disney World Resort, “but there will still be the Disney faithful that will still go to Disney like nothing has changed.”

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Another former Disney fan stated that they “refused to visit Disney in its current state,” and yet another Disney Guest spoke up to compare the cost of both vacations. “Just spent 4 days at Universal and stayed at Royal Pacific,” the Disney Guest and Universal Orlando Resort Guest wrote. “Spent 5 days at Disney and stayed at Yacht Club. Had ExpressPass Unlimited and Genie+. Disney cost 50% more for a lesser experience. I know where I’ll be focusing my time and money on the next trip.”


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Judging by this conversation (and Disney Guests’ growing discontent), Walt Disney World Resort is rapidly being removed from some people’s “vacation destination shortlist” in favor of Universal.

Do you agree with the theory that Universal Orlando Resort (which has a lot in common with Disney and has always been a direct competitor of Disney World’s) will end up triumphing over Disney’s Floridian theme park — even though neither Universal Orlando Resort nor Walt Disney World Resort made it on the list of America’s best theme parks this year?

About Sharon

Sharon is a writer and animal lover from New England. Sharon's two main focuses in her work are Disney's correlations with pop culture and the significance of Disney princesses (which was the basis for her college thesis). When she's not writing about Disney, Sharon spends her time singing, dancing, and cavorting with woodland creatures!

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