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Today I’m filling in for my friend Faith on the Magical Blogorail Teal Line! Thanks everyone for having me! Today’s topic of discussion is our Disney Pet Peeves!
When it comes to Disney, there really isn’t a lot that I don’t enjoy about Walt Disney World! If there were, we wouldn’t be going to Disney World every year, and sometimes more than once a year!
However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some things that I wish were done differently, and those are the things that I’m going to focus on with regards to my pet peeves.
My friend Kristin — the DisneyDiva who also writes for Chip & Company, penned an article last month about her take on the top 5 most annoying “People” at the Disney Parks, and while I have seen all of these in my years at the park, these are not the pet peeves that I have to express.
Most of my pet peeves center on decisions that have been made by Disney management. Here is my list of Pet Peeves:
- Avatar at Animal Kingdom
- Monorail closings before the end of extra magic hours
Avatar at Animal Kingdom
The first thing I’m talking about is the so-called “Avatar Land” at the Animal Kingdom. While I suspect that Disney feels like the Animal Kingdom is a half day park, in my opinion — and trust me, this is opinion only — going the way of Avatar to me makes no sense. I haven’t even seen the Avatar movies.
Like most things related to Disney, Disney reports something on the initial announcement, people complain, and Disney tweaks the original idea and the end result is somewhere in the middle between what Disney announced, and what the public screamed about.
Disney does a great job of providing a great product to the Guests that frequent their parks, and I have no doubt that they will do so in this instance also. So while I don’t understand the decision behind Avatar Land, I have no doubt that it will be something that likely will interest me when it opens up!
Monorail closings before the end of Extra Magic Hours
The other pet peeve that I want to talk with you about is the Monorail closings before the end of extra magic hours.
While I totally understand, and actually appreciate the need to perform maintenance on the Monorail system, I’m not a fan of this at all. I actually think that what should be investigated instead — and I’m not naive enough to think it hasn’t — is replacing the monorail cars with new equipment. The monorail system is aging, especially the cars. If I remember correctly, the last new monorails were installed in 1988 or something near there — that’s a long time ago. Rather than trying to beat a dead horse, perhaps that horse should be retired and replaced with a newer car?
I’m not an engineer, so I have no doubt that there are some things that may be preventing this from being done — although cost should not be one of those things. I think the new CEO when they are announced should take this on as one of their projects to get done for the benefit of all.
My family and I love going to Walt Disney World. If Disney wasn’t as great as it is, we wouldn’t go, and we wouldn’t have bought our Disney Vacation Club, and we wouldn’t be bringing our friends and family as often as we do, and so on, and so on. So these two pet peeves are certainly not deal-breakers by any stretch of the imagination. More like confusions…
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Like you, I think Avatar will be done well by Disney, but I was really taken back by the idea when I first read about it. Though I am actually looking forward to seeing it completed!
Thanks for the comment, Kelly! I think that the announcement of the Avatar and what it means vs what the fans want to see will end up being somewhere in the middle. Thanks again, I appreciate your comment!
Hi Mike! Welcome to the Teal Loop!
I think there'll be LOTS of guests who agree with your second peeve… especially the ones who pay big bucks to stay at a resort on the Monorail Line!
Capturing Magical Memories
Welcome to Teal! You are welcome back at any time. And I agree with both of these. I have yet to see Avatar so I will be with that crowd that just does not get it. And for the monorail – we should start a campaign. We went to Mickey's Chrsitmas Party and they only had the resort monorail running after 8 pm. Painful was an understatement!
The World of Deej
I agree…the lack of monorail on evening extra magic hours just boggles my mind…
I agree with you totally. As I said I am not at all saying I love it but that it may just surprise all of us. Thanks for your reply! I truly enjoy your site. :0)
I have to say that I am reading a very lengthy bio on Walt Disney and after reading most of it I can see connections as to why the Imagineers chose the things they do. Things like Avatar are all things that are somehow tied into a dream that Walt had. We need to remember and keep in mind that Imagineers are always looking out for the best for Disney Parks. While I may not love the Avatar theme, I think we need to wait and give the Disney Imagineers a chance to create ideas and blueprints before we decide we don't like it. I know I am of the minority on this issue but sometimes I wonder if Disney fans have a problem with the idea…or if they have a problem with change???? Now I am off of my soapbox. :0)