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):
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!
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.
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.
I’m Not a Big Fan of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
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.
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).
I Like the Frozen Ride in Norway
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.
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).
I Like It’s Tough to be a Bug
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 http://www.courageandkindness.co.uk.
What are your unpopular Disney opinions? Do you agree or disagree with any of the above?
Hugs and Fishes,