We love our visits to Disney World — being able to reconnect with favorite attractions, discover a new place to grab a meal, or even find something hiding in plain sight that we have never seen before on previous trips. However, with our visits, there are some things that we have seen that we wish Disney would change. These changes would only lead to us loving the parks more and making amazing memories on future visits. Here is our list of the six things that we wish Disney would change!
Sit-Down Dining at Animal Kingdom
Currently guests wanting to sit down for their meal Animal Kingdom have limited options available to them: Tusker House, Yak and Yeti, Rainforest Café, or Tiffins. While we enjoy the offerings at each of these restaurants, a park as expansive and unique as Animal Kingdom deserves at least one more sit-down dining location in the park.
When we visit Animal Kingdom, we often find ourselves grabbing food from a quick-service location — sometimes this is based on convenience, but more often it is because we cannot get into one of the table service restaurants or cannot agree on where to eat. We’d love to see what Imagineers can dream up for Dino-Land!
Less Special Events
Disney is a business and no one is faulting them for having a good business model and constantly looking at ways to meet guests needs in unique ways. But, in the last few years, Disney has gone overboard with these special events. Specifically, we are talking about separate hard-ticket events that allow guests access to parks either before or after normal park hours. Don’t get us wrong — we love them — to this day, in my opinion, there is nothing better than seeing the toy soldiers march down Main Street during the Once Upon a Christmastime Parade. But, these events do come at a cost to guests who cannot afford the high ticket prices to separately enjoy these events.
First, it means cutting down on park hours for guests not coming to the party. Second, it also creates higher crowds in the last two or three hours before the event as Disney will allow ticket holders for the hard-ticket event to begin entering early. Guests are then forced to either push through crowds at the end of the day or choose to abandon the park playing host to one of these nighttime events for the day since it won’t truly be a full day at the park. Currently, guests can choose between After Hours events at Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom.
Also at the Magic Kingdom, guests can experience Villains After Hours which offers special entertainment, plus the offerings of the After Hours event. And during the summer months, guests can experience H2O Glow Nights at Typhoon Lagoon. This is all in addition to the seasonal events in the fall and winter for the holidays. It just feels like we are on special event overload and Disney should take a small step back and look at ways to plus the experience for every guest who walks through the gates and not those choosing to spend an additional $100+ to visit the parks during these times.