My Unpopular Disney Opinions

My Unpopular Disney Opinions

I was inspired by fellow blogger Hannah and her blog article to post eight of my “unpopular” Disney opinions. These opinions are (typically) universally loved or hated by Disney fans. However, I find myself taking the opposite view. Let’s start with what’s probably the most unpopular one (please don’t hate me):

  1. I’m Not a Fan of Illuminations


For those that don’t know, Illuminations is the nightly firework spectacular that is performed at Epcot. The show combines lasers, screens, and a catchy song, all while promoting the message of world unity. Every person I talk to loves this show, and can’t get enough of it. Me? I personally think it’s a little boring. It’s a completely original show with no Disney music involved, and maybe that’s why I don’t like it. I do agree that the fireworks are spectacular, but Illuminations just doesn’t hold my attention as much as Happily Ever After or Fantasmic! does. I’m sorry!

  1. I Like the Live-Action “Re-telling’s” of Disney Movies

 Most people like to moan over the fact that Disney is “ruining” their classic animated films by turning them into live-action remakes (or “reimagining’s”). However, I like to see my favorite films being told in different ways, and sometimes the live-action versions make me appreciate the stories even more. I wasn’t a big Cinderella fan until I saw the live-action Cinderella (2015). I thought Maleficent was an interesting take on an evil character. And the first Alice in Wonderland Tim Burton re-make was, to me, colorful and interesting (even though it was more of a sequel). As for the Beauty and the Beast live-action, I will always love the animated movie more, but the 2017 version is quickly becoming a favorite of mine.

  1. I Think The Goofy Movie is the Most Underrated Disney Film Ever

 Yes, there are lots of underrated (and overrated) Disney films out there, but The Goofy Movie is, as the director Kevin Lima said at the 2015 D23 Expo, a “gem.” It explores a genuine father-son relationship and at times can make your heart twinge. Besides, I love the music. There are the two Powerline songs, of course, but “After Today,” “On the Open Road,” and “Nobody Else But You” are incredibly well done. After The Goofy Movie, I’d say Meet the Robinson’s is also very underrated.

  1. I’m Not a Big Fan of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

 Boo to You Parade

I like Christmas, but I love Halloween more. If I had to choose which party to spend my money on, I’d pick Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. The Boo-to-You parade with the Headless Horsemen, the show with the Hocus Pocus characters, and HalloWishes are all so unique and are worth the extra ticket to me. As for the Christmas party, everything feels generic, and I feel as though the shows and parades they put on are always later shown as Christmas specials on TV. To each their own, of course, but I’m content with looking at Disney’s Christmas decorations during a regular park day, and catching the holiday parade later.

  1. I Tend to Avoid Character Meals and Meet-and-Greets


It’s not that I don’t like Disney characters. Or that I’ve completely lost my inner child and am now a boring old adult. I’m just shy, and an introvert, and I get awkward around characters. I either clam up, or act over enthusiastic when meeting characters. Working at Disney has taught me how to take better pictures and improve my character interactions, but I still tend to shy away from character meals and meet-and-greets (unless it’s a character I love, like Moana or Ariel). I do have a few awesome character memories, but I’m more than content with waiting until I have a kid, and then I can take them to meet characters (and thus, use the kid as an excuse).

  1. I Like the Frozen Ride in Norway

 Frozen Ever After

Yes, I was sad when Maelstrom closed. It was one of my favorite attractions. And I understand the issues people have with Frozen replacing it- yes, it’s not an accurate representation of Norway’s culture, and yes, it would be better located in Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland. However, it’s a gorgeous ride with fun music, it’s a family ride, and the animatronics always leave me in awe. I totally understand why the waits are always long for this ride, and I always want to go on when I’m at Epcot. I think it’s a nice replacement, and I totally know I’m in the minority here.

Frozen Ever After

  1. I Prefer the Old Paper FastPasses to FastPass+


I think it’s unfair that guests staying onsite have 60 days advance notice to make FastPass reservations. By the time I get around to making my selections (I usually only have a few weeks’ notice as an Annual Passholder), all the popular FastPasses are gone. I wish everyone was equal, and we all had to head to the park early to get the FastPass we wanted- at least that gives everyone a fighting chance. I understand the convenience of doing everything from your phone, but honestly, I didn’t mind going from ride-to-ride collecting return times. I miss the old days, and I dislike having to constantly refresh my app (I know, first world problems).

  1. I Like It’s Tough to be a Bug

 A Bug's Land

Okay, so perhaps I’m biased because I used to work at Animal Kingdom. But It’s a Tough to be a Bug is one of the most universally despised attractions among Disney fans, and, well, I disagree. Yes, it’s loud and dark and scary. But it’s also fun, has Hopper, one of the most advanced Audio-Animatronics in Disney World, has a catchy song, and actually teaches guests a lot about the importance of insects. Call me crazy, but this ride is alright with me!


So…I hope everyone is still willing to stick around my blog after hearing my thoughts! Thanks for sticking around, and check out Hannah’s opinions over at

What are your unpopular Disney opinions? Do you agree or disagree with any of the above?

Hugs and Fishes,


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19 thoughts on “My Unpopular Disney Opinions

  1. I don’t think the live-action remakes are unanimously hated by Disney fans; I’ve seen an almost 50/50 split regarding feelings towards them. And they make incredible money at the box office, so there are a lot of people who love and support them, so your opinion really isn’t an unpopular one. I personally am incredibly against the live-action remakes, in principle, but I don’t think there’s any one majority feeling regarding them that supersedes the other.

    1. I feel like a lot of Disney fans denounce these films, but still go see them anyway. You’re right, they’re probably not unanimously hated, but I know a lot of people publicly express their displeasure- and then go and spend their money to watch them anyway (looking at my Twitter feed right now and seeing others hate on the Aladdin casting). I think fans resist at first when a new live-action is announced, but then, like most new Disney experiences, they change their minds. It’s an interesting topic for sure!

      1. Since I’m against them, in principle, I don’t support them financially at all. I don’t see them in theaters or buy the DVDs, etc. The only reason I watch them is for my Live-Action Disney blog wherein I intend to watch and review every single theatrical live-action Disney film made. If not for that blog, I wouldn’t watch the remakes.

        1. I think that’s such a great project for your blog, I can’t wait to read more reviews! I’ll have to look more into this as a subject and gage other reactions to the Disney live-action films. I’d love to know the reasons as to why people are either so for them, or so against them.

          1. The URL for that blog is if you’re interested in checking it out.

            My biggest problem with these remakes, other than the fact that they seem to be only cash grabs, is that they seem to put down the medium of animation. It’s as if people need a movie to be in “live-action” to be considered a proper film whereas animation is often seen as something “kiddie” or “not good enough”. And this is a methodology that I’ve been fighting against most of my life (I am an animation addict after all, lol) trying to convince people that the medium that a movie is in doesn’t make a movie bad or good and that animation is not inferior to live action. And I’ve heard many people praising these remakes for finally being “proper films” as they are live action and not animated (even though technically many are heavily animated like BATB and the upcoming TLK). Even statements that Bill Condon made about his new BATB film seemed to put down animation and the 1991 film into a corner. So it’s reasons like that that I’m against.

            I have no problem with remakes, in general, I should say, as long as they’re the same medium. I had no problem with them remaking Pete’s Dragon. The original was live-action, the remake was live-action. (I thought both movies were bad, but that’s besides the point). They kept the medium the same and from a principle point of view, I had no problem with it.

            Sorry for rambling, lol!

          2. Don’t be sorry, I like hearing your opinion! I do agree with you, animation shouldn’t be put down in favor of live-action. It’s ok, in my opinion, to like both, but the originals are classics! I like to see the films interpreted as live-action, but I don’t think they should be putting down animation (or seen as more “proper” films). For me, it’s kind of like, cool, now I have two ways to watch Cinderella or BATB depending on my mood. But yeah, the animated versions will still reign supreme in my mind.

            Thanks so much for sharing! (I didn’t enjoy either Petes Dragon as well, but I see your point there).

  2. You and I have the same taste in movies! Meet the Robinsons and The Goofy Movie are both in my list of favorite movies, even though I grew up during the Disney Renaissance. You are actually in a large group people that love those movies as well.

    Thanks for sharing. Its not always easy to express your opinions in a community of die hard fans.

    1. Thanks for reading! I’m happy to know I’m not alone in loving goofy movie and meet the robinsons! I’m sure more fans love them as well, they’re just not as widely represented or popular as some of the other films. And thanks- I was nervous to post this! It makes me so happy to know you read and enjoyed 💕

  3. I’m not really fussed by character meals or meet and greets anymore either. If I spontaneously meet a character that’s on its own then I’ll interact with them but I prefer to let the kids and slightly younger guests spend time with them instead.

    1. Same here! I almost feel guilty in a way if I see younger guests in line to meet a character behind me; I don’t want to steal their time. And for meals, I feel like the characters pay more attention (which I don’t blame them) to the tables with kids and younger guests anyway. I know it’s not always the case, but that’s just how I feel. Thanks for reading and commenting, I love hearing others opinions!

    1. Yay! I just rewatched it and it’s even better as an adult- all the feels! Plus the music is so amazing 💕 Thanks for reading!!

  4. Great post! My daughter watched the 1st 5 mins of the firework show at MK yawned and asked if we could go home! So she agrees with you on that I think! A big part of the character meet magic is in taking your children. I loved it’s tough to be a bug Animal Kingdom is my fav park I thought it was really interesting! My little one cried though and we had to leave unfortunately, I’m hoping she can appreciate it more when she’s older so we can do it again 🙂

    1. Thanks for reading! I’m glad you (and your daughter) can agree on most! When I worked at Animal Kingdom I saw so many kids leave It’s Tough to be a Bug in tears, so I know how scary it can be. Hopefully she’ll grow to like it! I can’t wait till I can experience Disney characters with kids- it’s kinda awkward when it’s just me and my husband alone (not always, but most of the time).

      Thanks so much for the comment! 💕

    1. So glad you agree! I liked the first Alice, but didn’t like Through the Looking Glass. However, the others, like Cinderella- I could watch every day! Thanks for reading!

  5. I think the live-action movies are great! I love both Cinderella and BatB. MNSSHP is also definitely better than MVMCP. But, I must say it was fun to work the Christmas parties, because I got to hear live music from a DJ all night. I love collecting the paper fastpasses, it’s one of my favorite things to do in DLR.

    1. I’m so glad you agree about the live action! I love both of those! I think if I worked the Christmas parties, I’d like them a lot better- you do get attached at Disney to the things you work at/with, even if others don’t like them (like me at DAK with the Wilderness Explorers). I love the paper fastpasses I got at Disneyland in July, I can’t wait to scrapbook them. Thanks for reading and commenting!!

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