So following on from my recent blog post covering THE HIGHS of our summer trip to Walt Disney World, today I am writing about the lows. This bums me out somewhat as it’s never nice to write about the negatives but in the interest of balance…it’s not all complete perfection. Most are minor niggles and certainly did not detract from the amazingness of the place or the awesomeness of the holiday.
Again I realise that this post won’t be of much interest if you’re not interested in going to Walt Disney World so feel free to skip on by and ignore! As before, these are just my own personal thoughts, others will not agree and my trip was in no way sponsored or funded!
WALT DISNEY WORLD – THE LOWS
Disney Villains Event – We were so excited to get tickets to this special one-off event at Hollywood Studios in August. It just so happened to be our last night in Florida so we stumped up the extra dollars for this ticketed event (approximately £170!) and looked forward to it with relish. Unfortunately it was a complete disaster. The parks were totally overcrowded, queues to meet characters were in excess of 2-3 hours, it was a good 30-40min wait for a drink and the special merchandise stand with limited edition items also had a 2-3 hour queue, even though the majority of stock had sold out by then. It was really disappointing but I am glad to say Disney knew this and refunded our money without question.
Be Our Guest lunch – We loved the new hottest restaurant at the Magic Kingdom for dinner, but for lunch it was a bit of a car crash. We had an ADR but they made us wait ages, we got in ordered our food and had a row with a very rude CM who wasn’t very clear at explaining things. The menu was extremely limited and I have a child who won’t eat food smothered in sauce. I KNOW that Disney are more than accommodating and asked if the turkey or whatever it was could come without gravy. After a lot of huffing and puffing and saying it couldn’t out came the chef who said it was no problem at all. Tsk. We then got something different to what we ordered once we’d fought to find a table but had lost the will to live let alone try and change it.
Wasps – Wasps weren’t generally a problem unless there was an outside drinks station nearby. This was a big problem at the pool at Kidani Village at Animal Kingdom Lodge, so much that we only went there once despite it having the better pool. Deal with the wasp issue Disney!
Beverage stations – Talking of beverage stations…what a hassle. The whole registering of the cups before allowing you to fill up your cup was tedious as sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn’t. The buttons fell off the machines when you were finally filling up your cup and everyone was pushing and shoving.
Parades – I know the parades should be a high and they used to be but now? Not so much. They are so busy and crowded, obviously because it’s the main time to see lots of the characters together but to get a half-decent spot you have to have your bum on the kerb for a good 2 hours beforehand. Woe betide you if you have any body part sticking out of the rope or masking tape! Also there are no parades at Hollywood Studios or Animal Kingdom anymore which doesn’t help the crush at Magic Kingdom. The other parks parades were sorely missed this time.
Seven Dwarves Mine Train – I got up at 5am to book a FP for this. 5AM! and was it worth it? No! I don’t understand the hype around this ride at all. I’m pretty glad I never waited the 180min queuing times I witnessed. The ride was over in about a minute and was so slow. If you get a FP, great do it. If not – don’t waste precious park time queuing!
Towel animals – Okay this is a petty gripe but it’s still going down as a low. Two weeks in a deluxe resort with children and we got ONE towel animal. ONE! I know they’re not a given but when I first started going to Walt Disney World they were a regular occurrence. My children were really disappointed coming back to the room every day.
Mobility scooters – I don’t want to talk too badly about people who use mobility scooters as some people genuinely need them and of course they should be able to BUT there is a whole section of society (and generally you’ll find them hanging around a Disney theme park) that, let’s just say, could probably get around just as well without them but insist on using them. This is never quite so annoying as when you have waited 30 mins for resort transportation and they whizz up, first on the bus, taking 10 family members on which more often than not can mean you have to wait for the next bus. It irks me. Actually maybe it’s the family members that irk me. They should have to wait in line like everyone else. Ooh I am so British.
Construction – Everywhere! Disney isn’t about standing still. It will never be finished and you have to accept some disruption but I’ve never been faced with so much construction. The Polynesian, Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Magic Kingdom not to mention the disaster zone that is Downtown Disney at the moment. It seems like there is Disney hoarding everywhere and it was a bit of a shame. On the upside, this means that by the time we go back in a few years there will be lots of new things to look at!
Splash Mountain – I’m sticking this in as a low because some div decided to do something unmentionable (I have no idea what, because it was unmentionable) on our ride which meant we didn’t get our Memory Maker pictures after having queued for an hour to go on. The CMs didn’t know why but were insistent to start with that the photos would appear eventually and she was really quite rude about it – even when I was showing her that somebody else’s photos had appeared in my Memory Maker instead. Generally CMs are the happiest people on earth, we’re at Disney after all, but somehow I did manage to find the two most grumpiest OAP cast members ever during my trip. Fortunately a Memory Maker CM appeared, after about 10 mins, and confirmed what had happened and walked us right back to the front of the ride for another ago.
So you seem, niggles but no real deal breakers – apart from the Disney Villains debacle, I wasn’t going to let that one slide!
Regardless Walt Disney World is still one of my favourite places to holiday and I can’t wait until we can afford to go back one day!
If you’ve been to Walt Disney World, I’d love to hear your thoughts on my LOWS or what you would include in your own!