* AdaptationDisplacement:
** Some people complained that Jack Sparrow wasn't in the ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' ride, not realizing that the movie was based on the ride instead of the other way around. To appease them, Disney put Sparrow in the ride, along with Barbossa (replacing Paul Frees' iconic pirate captain), the image of Davey Jones, and snippets of Klaus Badelt's movie score. Reactions from longtime fans of the ride were... mixed.
** Splash Mountain is probably much better known by now than ''Film/SongOfTheSouth'', due to the film being suppressed for UnfortunateImplications.
** People confusing Walt Disney World for Disneyland as Walt Disney's first theme park.
** More people are familiar with Mr. Toad's Wild Ride at this point than the animated version of ''Literature/TheWindInTheWillows'' (from ''Disney/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad'') that the character was taken from.
* [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation Alternate Story Interpretation]]: In ''Pirates of the Caribbean,'' the old man in the bayou is reminiscing about the days of pirates, which is why it goes from the bayou to skeletons to real pirates.
* AmericansHateTingle: Disneyland Paris in its first few years, to the point of being mocked on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
* AudienceAlienatingPremise: Snow White's Scary Adventures, Peter Pan's Flight, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride and Alice in Wonderland originally didn't have the title characters in them - the idea was that you ''were'' the heroes and that everything in the dark ride you saw was through ''his/her'' point of view. However this was changed because a lot of people were asking "Why doesn't the Snow White/Peter Pan/etc. ride have Snow White/Peter Pan/etc. in it?" It was one of the reasons why Disneyland's Fantasyland was overhauled in 1983; not only were the title protagonists added to their respective rides, but the overhaul added another ride called Pinocchio's Daring Journey, which had Pinocchio in it from the start.
** Even then, Snow White appears once in her respective Disneyland ride, and Peter Pan appears twice (three times if you count his shadow on the wall in the Darlings' nursery scene), while Pinocchio appears no less than four times. The 1984 renovation of Alice in Wonderland gave her only one appearance, while the 2014 update adds two more, including one that only shows her from the back.
*** Since then, along the same lines, new dark rides have been created themed to such films as ''Franchise/WinnieThePooh'' or ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', and they, too, have always had their main protagonists (i.e., Pooh or Ariel) visibly present from the start.
** The Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris versions of Snow White's Scary Adventures and Peter Pan's Flight, and Walt Disney World's Peter Pan ride, all had their title characters visibly present since opening day. Disney World's version of Snow White's Scary Adventures originally did not have Snow White, but after a 1994 renovation turned the attraction LighterAndSofter, she showed up five times.
* AwardBaitSong:
** "Destiny" by Louise Warren, for the ''Mission Space'' ride, hits all the right notes for this trope and then some.
** The exit music for the "Wishes" fireworks show at WDW's Magic Kingdom.
* BaseBreaker:
** Stitch is an odd example; as a character and star of one of the more popular DisneyAnimatedCanon efforts, he's generally well liked -- [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff especially in Japan]]. However, the ReplacementScrappy status of his ride and the fact he's become a SixthRanger to the Fab Five have gotten a rather mixed response.
** What should go on the unused Disneyland Peoplemover tracks? [[FlameWar And let's keep it at that]].
** Journey into Imagination, to an extent. The ride has gone through three different versions - the first version seems to be the most popular overall, although you'll find some fans of the third (current) version who claim it's better. The second was considered so awful it set a new record for number of complaints about a new ride and had one of the shortest run times ever before getting revamped.
* BrokenBase:
** ''Many'' decisions that have been made with the parks since around 1994 have been met with division among theme park fans (see the entry for "TheyChangedItNowItSucks" below). The division at times can get particularly vicious, with theme park forums practically being reduced to war zones over controversial changes, no matter how slight. Even on ThisVeryWiki some entries on this page had to be seriously edited due to them coming off as FlameBait.
*** In fact, Miceage.com (where a lot of these fans go for news on the parks) has coined names for the two factions: foamers (i.e., fans who "foam at the mouth" with excitement over the next product announced and love Disney so much that they will tolerate no criticism AT ALL of the product) and gnashers (i.e., fans who "gnash their teeth" at Disney for JumpingTheShark (at least at Walt Disney World) and that Universal has created so much superior product that anything Disney does is automatically ridiculed and that Disney has so declined that it will never recover). There is a whole article on [[http://micechat.com/69324-gnashers-foamers/ that very subject here]].
** The updated Test Track has received praise from some fans for its more futuristic aesthetics compared to its predecessor, while others say it looks too artificial.
** The decision to replace Maelstrom at Epcot with a ride based on ''Disney/{{Frozen}}''. While many fans are happy, others are not.
* CreatorsPet: Duffy the Disney Bear. Imagine a character who isn't connected to any of the DisneyAnimatedCanon and/or {{Pixar}} films. Hey, [[EnsembleDarkhorse Figment]], PhineasAndFerb, and [[PiratesOfTheCaribbean Captain Jack Sparrow]] are well liked, right? Well, the problem is, this character isn't FROM any of the rides, shows, or live-action movies. He exists solely [[MerchandiseDriven to sell merchandise]], TastesLikeDiabetes, and yet has more presence in the parks than [[EnsembleDarkhorse Darkhorses]] like [[Disney/{{Tangled}} Flynn Rider]], [[WesternAnimation/DuckTales Scrooge McDuck]], and [[BrotherChuck Brother Chucked]] characters like Disney/{{Hercules}}, [[Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame Quasimodo]], Disney/{{Tarzan}} and most of the Disney villains, who usually only appear for Meet and Greets at the Halloween parties. In addition, he's also managed to outlast a character from a [[KingdomHearts popular and ongoing video game series co-created by Disney]]. This is mostly a result of Duffy being a CashCowFranchise in the Tokyo parks with desperate efforts to re-create the success abroad without realizing the cultural differences.
* DorkAge: Disneyland had one in the mid-1990s through 2003 when it was run by Paul Pressler, a man who thought people came to the parks for shopping and dining, cutting off a lot of the upkeep budget, closing down classic yet expensive to maintain rides (like the Submarines, Skyway and Motorboats), an ugly [[RealIsBrown rusty colored]] redo of Tomorrowland and the poor replacement of the Main Street Electrical Parade with Light Magic. This was also the era in which California Adventure opened...
* DrinkingGame:
** Drinking Around the World at Epcot. Really. Based on the experiences of others, you ''don't'' want to go clockwise, starting with Mexico's Tequila Cave...
** Despite what you hear, you ''CAN'' drink in Disney World, just not inside the Magic Kingdom -- unless it's dinnertime and you're at the Be Our Guest Restaurant in New Fantasyland.
* EarWorm: Most attractions with some sort of musical theme are like this, ''especially'' It's a Small World. Sing it with us now: ''"It's a small world after all..."''
** It's even worse at Christmas time! They mix in "Jingle Bells" as well!
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqBkBxJy470 "There's a great big beautiful tomorrow / Shining at the end of everyday..."]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCMzjRVJQu4 "Now is the time / Now is the best time / Now is the best time of your life..."]]
** ''The Enchanted Tiki (Tiki, Tiki, Tiki, Tiki) Room''.
** It might not have a tune, but how about "Please stand clear of the doors. ''Por favor mantenganse alejado de las puertas.''" They actually sell T-shirts that say this along with an image of Mickey and the monorail!
*** Along the same lines: "Remain seated please. ''Permanecer sentados por favor.''"
** The music playing in Innoventions Plaza. Gah!
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GM7oKuoJm8 "Miracles from molecules surround us everywhere! / There are miracles from molecules in the earth, the sea, the air..."]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3aD59tF34k "If you had wings / You could do anything / You could widen your world / If you had wings..."]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRYBk0cy8uE "The Monorail Song"]]
** ''DISNEY'S''...''ELECTRICAL''...''PARADE!!''
*** Or, for us older kids: "The ''MAIN STREET''...''ELECTRICAL''...''PARADE!!!''"
** Two old-school cuts from Epcot: "Veggie, fruit-fruit! / Veggie-veggie, fruit-fruit!" (''Kitchen Kabaret'') and "I-MAAAAAAAAAA-gin-AAAAAAAAA-tion!" (Versions 1 and 3 of the Journey into Imagination dark ride)
** How can the (now-defunct) Animal Kingdom parade not be mentioned? "So sing it out (and bark and growl and screech and roar), and dance along!"
** ''[[Ride/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Yo ho, yo ho! A pirate's life for me!]]''
** On the safety announcement front, special mention goes to The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh for having an in-line safety announcement by the very energetic Tigger (and Piglet in Spanish) on a NON-STOP LOOP. It's a wonder the poor cast members who have to listen to that for a full shift don't develop a complex.
--> Hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo!! The thing Tiggers love betht is thafety! Tho grab those adorable little tyketh by the hand...."
* EnsembleDarkHorse: Figment over at Epcot, the Hitchhiking Ghosts in the Haunted Mansion.
** Peter Pan's Flight is still ''quite'' popular. Guides will tell you that it fills up the quickest next to Space Mountain and Splash Mountain. What the guides ''don't'' tell you is the ''real'' reason it fills up so fast: not necessarily because it's popular, but because the ride isn't designed for such capacity. In November 2014, Disney decided to accommodate the long lines at Disney World's ride, by replacing the bathrooms next door[[note]]rendered redundant after Disney opened some ''Tangled''-themed restrooms in New Fantasyland[[/note]] with an extended queue.
** Alice in Wonderland over in Disneyland. IN part because it's the only ride of its kind ''in'' the theme parks; it's not in Disney World, or the Asian or European parks.
** Elec{{TRON}}ica was supposed to be removed at summer's end AFTER the movie came out but due to popularity its run was extended to summer of 2012.
** Dumbo the Flying Elephant, the little carnival-style hub-and-spoke ride that could, is THE big ticket ride for preschoolers at the Magic Kingdom-style parks. Walt Disney World's New Fantasyland not only added a second Dumbo ride (as well as Fastpass) to handle demand, but built a whole subsection (Storybook Circus) around the two.
** As far as retired attractions go, the ones that maintain the biggest popularity among Disney fans include ''Horizons'' and the original ''Journey into Imagination'' at Epcot, ''Adventure Thru Inner Space'' and ''Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland'' at Disneyland, as well as ''The [=ExtraTERRORestrial=] Alien Encounter'' and ''20,000 Leagues Under the Sea'' at Magic Kingdom. All of these attractions often rank right at the top of "What old attraction would you bring back?"-type polls.
* EpilepticTrees: [[http://www.kennetti.fi/swscary_entrancehall.html This fansite]] for Snow White's Scary Adventures raises the possibility that the ride, or at least its Disneyland and Disneyland Paris incarnations, takes place mostly in Snow White's nightmares.
* EvilIsCool: The classic villains tend to get almost as much attention as their more heroic counterparts, if not ''more''.
* FanMyopia / OpinionMyopia: A look at old editions of tour books like ''The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World'' and its Disneyland counterpart reveal that certain rides that were controversially closed, replaced, or retooled -- 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, the original Journey into Imagination dark ride, etc. -- weren't nearly as well-regarded by the masses as the fans by the time they closed.
* FandomRivalry[=/=]FriendlyFandoms: In a rather unusual case, the Disney theme park fandom and Ride/UniversalStudios theme park fandom manage to be both of these, depending on the situation and depending on the type of fan.
* FanNickname:
** The perpetually inoperative animatronic Yeti in Expedition Everest, complete with flashing strobe lights to give the illusion of movement, has been nicknamed "Disco Yeti".
** The People Mover was nicknamed People Remover due to the [[TooDumbToLive actions of a few guests]].
** When Fantasmic at Disneyland was updated in 2009, the dragon that Maleficent turns into had so many technical problems at first that the fans dubbed the dragon Murphy (as in "MurphysLaw").
* FanonDiscontinuity: There never was a replacement for Disneyland's Main Street Electrical Parade called Light Magic that involved Celtic remixes of Disney songs and stepdancing characters.
** Nor was there a replacement for Journey into Imagination that removed Dreamfinder, reduced Figment to a cameo and insulted the guests' intelligence right at the beginning of the ride. (Since this one lasted barely over two years before the Figment-centric retool kicked in, and the other versions are LongRunners, it's easy to declare discontinuity!)
** To [[NostalgiaFilter hardcore old-school Disneyland fans]], there never was a second theme park honoring California, or an entire nighttime entertainment district, or even a third hotel.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Disney in general is very popular in Japan. Even [[DisneyThemeParks Tokyo Disneyland]], the first park to open overseas, was done in the style of the American park (Combining the good aspects of both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World in the US), compared to the massive changes made to Disneyland Paris a decade later. Disneyland and Walt Disney World in the US ''still'' receive a massive amount of Japanese tourists, who treat the American parks as a sort of "Mecca".
** When DaveBarry went to Tokyo Disneyland, he was amazed at this. Why would the Japanese feel nostalgic about TheGayNineties version of small town America?
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Disney originally designed the theme park (Disneyland) to stand out from other common amusement parks at the time, namely the Boardwalk Amusement parks. Fast Forward 50 years later, California Adventure Park is actually being (re)designed to bring back the feel ''of'' those Boardwalk Amusement parks now that they're pretty much [[DeaderThanDisco extinct]], and more people are familiar with the Disneyland-six-flags style park.
** Disney originally considered building Walt Disney World on a site near the intersection of Interstate 4 and Florida's Turnpike, but ultimately deemed it too small. What eventually ended up being built on this site? [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal Orlando Resort]].
* IAmNotShazam: Because the Magic Kingdom park at Disney World was the only park there for 11 years, many people did refer to that park itself as Disney World even after the other parks started opening. "We went to Disney World and Epcot." Also a case of FirstInstallmentWins.
* [[TheProducerThinksOfEverything The Imagineers Think of Everything]]: Even the most mundane elements of the resorts adhere to strict themeing. Really, where else on the planet are you going to find miniature golf courses with such elaborate backstories? The one time they really dropped the ball on this, we ended up with California Adventure, and now they're paying the 2 billion dollar price to [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap rectify the situation]].
* MemeticMutation: They're going to add a loop!
** [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/didney-worl DIDNEY WORL]]
** The [=WDWMagic=] community has The Ladder, whose presence at any construction site is a good sign for the upcoming attraction or, in it's initial appearance during Mission Space's construction, being the epic ride itself.
** Remain seated please; [[GratuitousSpanish permanecer sentados por favor]].
*** and it's cousin, Please stand clear of the doors; Por favor mantengase alejado de las puertas.
** This is more of Disneyland, but... [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom the angry reverb voice of doom]]. (Read more on the [[NightmareFuel/DisneyThemeParks Nightmare Fuel page]].)
* MisaimedMarketing: The Character Greetings are a good idea. Meeting the villains? Well, EvilIsCool (especially at Halloween) but some villains might be a bit ''too'' terrifying.
** Running a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4HH9YC9jKE commercial]] for New Fantasyland featuring [[Series/OnceUponATime Regina Mills]]. On paper it's a brilliant idea considering Disney's love of cross-promotion, but in practice it just screams out UnfortunateImplications given the presence of Belle and the Beast [[spoiler:who in the OUAT universe is actually Rumplestiltskin]].
** At Epcot, there was an exhibition on Japanese mythology influencing {{Anime}}. It included displays on such popular, [[{{Shonen}} relatively]] kid-friendly series as ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', ''Manga/DragonBall'', ''[[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]]'', and... ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion?!'' Doubles as CowboyBebopAtHisComputer and EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory. They've even sold Eva merchandise in the Mitsukoshi Department Store nearby. A Toys/RobotSpirits toy of ZA BEASTO been sold there, as has a lot of Franchise/{{Gundam}}, Manga/{{Bleach}}, BlackButler, and SuzumiyaHaruhi merchandise in addition to the more actually-known-to-kids Franchise/{{Pokemon}}, Sanrio, Creator/{{Nintendo}}, SonicTheHedgehog and {{Transformers}} merch.
* MisBlamed: It happens; many an UrbanLegend around the park stated stuff that Walt did that he didn't have ''as'' much involvement in. Really minor and/or innocent examples. One common one was that Walt ran and owned the company named after him. Yes, he was the creative driving force, but no he wasn't the person running the company; that was actually Roy. You can read more on [[http://www.snopes.com/disney/wdco/dejaview.asp Snopes]] for the urban legend that he made a film telling his employees what to do after his death.
* MostWonderfulSound: [[MemeticMutation Please stand clear of the doors.]] [[GratuitousSpanish Por favor, mantÚnganse alejado de las puertas.]]
* NarmCharm: A lot of the rides/shows, combined with a healthy dose of NostalgiaFilter.
-->'''Creator/WaltDisney''': All right. I'm corny. But I think there's just about a-hundred-and-forty-million people in this country that are just as corny as I am.
** "It's a Small World." Little kids actually tend to like it. And not ''just'' them, either.
** The Jungle Cruise became this when the animatronics did not age well, and they re-tooled the script to generally mock them.
* NightmareFuel: At a kids park? [[NightmareFuel/DisneyThemeParks Buddy, you better believe it!!]]
* OvershadowedByAwesome: The miniature golf courses and the [=DisneyQuest=] arcade in Orlando are amongst the best there are at what they do... except for most people, what they do is, at most, a side-trip compared to what the main four parks do. This is also true to a certain extent for the two water parks, especially when it's cold.
* ReplacementScrappy: Dr. Nigel Channing at Epcot's Imagination pavillion, who replaced Dreamfinder -- a tough act to follow even for [[Creator/MontyPython Eric Idle]]. He actually predated the revamp of the Journey Into Imagination ride (via ''Honey, I Shrunk the Audience'') and was being used to knit together the pavillion's multiple attractions thematically. Alas, beyond the Dreamfinder fans objecting to the change, the penny-pinching Disney parks were suffering at the time crippled the ride's chances of comparing to the original, resulting in FanonDiscontinuity and a second revamp (making Figment the dragon the lead character and Dr. Channing a StraightMan to him, bringing back the "One Little Spark" theme song, and throwing in a few EasterEgg references to the original). That version lasted a decade.
** Don't get fans started on ''[[LiloAndStitch Stitch's Great Escape!]]'', which replaced the ''[=ExtraTERRORestrial=] Alien Encounter''. And unlike the Imagination ride, Disney hasn't done anything to significantly improve it despite an alarming number of complaints from diehard fans and ordinary parkgoers alike!
** Back in the 1970s, ''The Walt Disney Story'' became a Replacement Scrappy when it opened in the building that previously occupied ''Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln''. As a result, Disney decided to replace ''Walt Disney Story'' with a shorter tribute (that bore the same name), followed by the ''Mr. Lincoln'' video and speech. (Currently, the attraction begins with mementos and videos from the history of Disneyland, instead of a Walt Disney tribute.)
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: They spent four years doing this with California Adventure. New additions included a re-themed entrance, a trolley system, a new land based off of Pixar's ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'', the first ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' themed ride in Disney Park history (surprised it took this long!), and the nighttime show ''Ride/WorldOfColor''. It ultimately succeeded in getting more business for the park, and brought forth some of the Disneyland Resort's most awe-spiring attractions and shops.
* TheScrappy: You want a Scrappy, look at Hester and Chester's Dino Rama at Animal Kingdom, a spoof of SouvenirLand that's [[PoesLaw a little too good]]; casual parkgoers see the overly tacky, "thrown-together" look of the land and rides and honestly think that it ''was'' thrown together on an old parking lot (there was never a parking lot there, and the cracked pavement, faded lines, and silly doodads on the rides are actually painstakingly put there on purpose to give the ''impression'' of a cheap carnival just like the other lands in Animal Kingdom give the impression of towns in other countries). More hardcore fans just think the atmosphere they were trying to go for is a bad fit for the park, and the Poe's Law thing doesn't help.
** As far as more traditional Scrappies: Duffy the Disney Bear. A huge hit when he was introduced in Tokyo Disneyland, he was brought to America in 2011 to many delighted cries of, "Who the hell is that?" and "Why is he ''everywhere''?" It appears as though [[AmericansHateTingle America does not get the appeal of this new character]], Mickey Mouse's little plushy friend brought to life. It doesn't help the fact that, especially in Epcot, he is also a particularly ubiquitous CreatorsPet at that.
** For an older generation, Stitch. He started out overtaking the niche left open when Roger Rabbit became a victim of offstage studio politics in the mid-1990s. Now he's practically part of the Fab Five! Then again, one of the main reasons the little blue guy got to that point is because he's one HELL of an EnsembleDarkHorse, making him more of a BaseBreaker. At least he's actually from the DisneyAnimatedCanon.
** And then there was the revised Enchanted Tiki Room in Florida, which in 1998 found itself "under new management", in the forms of Iago from ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' and Zazu from ''Disney/TheLionKing''. Read [[http://www.yesterland.com/newmanagement.html here]].
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: Some of the attractions, especially the original ones in the California park, seem like boring stuff compared to other theme parks that came after and catered more on the thrill side, rather than immersive side. The park thrives a lot on the NostalgiaFilter as it isn't uncommon to see parents taking their kids to the parks and talking about how ''they'' went there when they were ''their'' age.
** Several rides have a lot more staying power than you would assume: It's no secret that people ''LOVE'' Space Mountain or Splash Mountain. But you know what ride is ''still'' one of the most popular, even amongst adults? Peter Pan's Flight. Along with Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, and the Matterhorn Bobsleds, that ride fills up ''fast''.
* SendingStuffToSaveTheShow: The Pleasure Island Adventurer's Club and Mr. Toad's Wild Ride in Florida. [[DownerEnding It didn't work in either case.]]
* SpecialEffectsFailure: Sometimes during shows and rides, special effects don't work as planned. Sometimes if a special effect in a ride doesn't work, the cast members don't bother to fix it until closing time, so a lot of people can see something wrong.
** The Jungle Cruise gets this a ''lot'', perhaps the most out of the original attractions. Originally it was meant to pretend to be a jungle cruise, but nowadays everyone just mocks the special effects. Storybook Land does have some of the same plants that were there ''in the 1950s''. (They only grow a quarter of an inch every couple years!) but the idea was to see the plants. Plus it's not like the display of the small sets in said ride really do anything other than look cool. (Which they are!)
** One particular mention. In Epcot; they replaced "The Living Seas" with a ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' themed attraction, with a couple of the seagulls programmed to move their beaks and shout "MINE" every now and then. One time, it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19dnt9f9vFY malfunctioned]]. HilarityEnsues.
** During one showing of ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo TheMusical'', one of the "Bubbles" on the side suddenly shuts off. What shows up next? A [[http://i.imgur.com/u7x230A.jpg Blue Screen of Death]].
** Snow White once was seen wearing Crocs.
* TakeThatScrappy: A quick one is thrown to [[Franchise/StarWars Jar Jar]] [[TheScrappy and Gungans]] in the queue to ''Star Tours''.
-->'''C-3PO''': [after an ad for Naboo] I found those Gungans somewhat annoying.
-->[R2-D2 beeps]
-->'''C-3PO''': Not just Jar Jar, all of them.
** The same queue also mixes a TakeThatScrappy with a ContinuityNod: the ride's previous (and [[TheScrappy generally unpopular]]) host, REX, can be seen in a crate labelled "DEFECTIVE" and bound for the factory that created him.
* TastesLikeDiabetes: Portions of fireworks shows and parades. [[NarmCharm And we wouldn't have it any other way]].
** Many feel the same way about ''It's A Small World''. Disney itself has acknowledged this, throwing in a joke about in ''Disney/TheLionKing''.
-->'''Scar''': Don't be so glum, Zazu. Sing something with a little more ''bounce'' to it.
-->'''Zazu''': ♪It's a small world after all♪
-->'''Scar''': No! Anything but that!
* TearJerker:
** Just imagine being someone who's visiting Walt Disney World in a once-in-a-lifetime experience, leaving the Magic Kingdom, your favourite place on Earth, on the Ferry, seeing the castle all lit up and beautiful, and knowing that it's the last time you're going to see it.
** ''Anytime'' an attraction gets permanently closed down, as this isn't like some old movie or TV show that you can watch anytime you want, when an attraction gets removed, it's gone. '''Forever'''. You can only experience it again via videotape, and that's not even close to the experience of visiting it in person. The worst part is that there has been some truly beloved attractions that have been lost over the years. For instance, just ''try'' to look at the pictures of ''Horizons'' getting torn down and not get emotional.
** Many of the tragic incidents that have occurred in the parks over the years. Perhaps the most devastating one is the death of Deborah Stone, who was an 18-year old Disneyland employee that was crushed to death on the former ''America Sings'' attraction in a horrible accident. What makes it even more tragic was that it was said that she was a wonderful and caring human being that had great ambitions for the future, only for it all to be cut short.
* [[NetworkDecay Theme Park Decay]]:
** The No-Longer-MGM-But-''Hollywood'' Studios park has geared most of its more recent attractions ("Playhouse Disney Live" (now "Disney Junior Live"), a giant pin-trading kiosk placed awkwardly in front of the park's original iconic Chinese Theater replica, the inevitable Creator/DisneyChannel live musical show towards pre-teens and ''very'' young children. This seems very odd to some visitors, given the movie-making theme of the park at large. Another notable theme violation is ''Rock 'n' Roller Coaster'', as its modern LA theme completely contradicts the 30's/40's theming of the Sunset Boulevard area. Meanwhile, the rides and shows that actually fit the theme are (while still good, and fan-favorites) getting on in years. Furthermore, remember when it was an actual working studio?
** EPCOT Center-or, *ahem*, "Epcot" has also been suffering this in the eyes of many Disney fans. The Future World area no longer seems to be about the future or really inspiring people - For instance, ''Innoventions'', which replaced the futuristic ''[=CommuniCore=]'' is all about modern-day technology and the Finding Nemo overlay of ''The Living Seas'' strips the pavilion of its futurism and leaves behind nothing but references to the movie all over the place. Then there's also the dated ''Ellen's Energy Adventure'' that's still around, and ''The Wonders of Life'' has sat dormant without a replacement for almost a decade. The common consensus is that the removal of ''Horizons'' also damaged the theme of the area, as it was seen as the pavilion that tied everything together and left you intrigued about the future. As of now, fans feel that there's no consistency to the Future World's theme and that it has no idea what it wants to be anymore. World Showcase doesn't have it as bad, but the addition of The Three Caballeros into the Mexico pavilion was a mixed bag with fans, feeling that it dumbs down the cultural elements a smidge. Currently '''very''' controversial among theme park fans is the fact that ''Maelstrom'', the ride at the Norway pavilion, is being replaced with a ride based off of ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', an American-made movie based off of a Danish fairy tale that only has loose Norwegian connections in its art direction and costume design. ''Maelstrom'', on the other hand, was a ride that was firmly rooted in Norwegian culture, touching upon all the different aspects of it. Additionally, as alluded to earlier, even the park's name change comes off as this. "EPCOT Center" described what the park was meant to be - a permanent World's Fair, but many feel that "Epcot" comes off as, to put it bluntly - a gibberish word.
** Also, both California Adventure and, oddly, Disney World's version of Tomorrowland seem to have a ''lot'' of tenuously linked rides and shows based upon Creator/{{Pixar}} movies. Granted, that's where there's room for them, but it's still odd.
*** California Adventure was actually criticized for "not being Disney enough"...not to mention if you think about it; it might be a nice place to put Pixar-and-recent-themed attractions given that space is limited in that specific park. (Disney did not actually have a lot of money and was almost broke when they bought the land. This is why a lot of attractions are sponsored by companies such as Dole, Creator/{{Mattel}}, Brawny, and why the park is practically ''surrounded'' by third-party hotels that have little to no association with Disney; compared to other parks where they were able to build their own resorts.)
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: Disney park fans (especially Disney World fans) have this attitude a lot, though it can be justified. Take Journey Into Imagination's disastrous revamps at Epcot (and the ride's creators [[WriterRevolt seem to agree with them]]!)
** Part of the criticism behind some of the changes has to do with the thinly-veiled ProductPlacement they've brought to the rides.
*** Doing away with classic attractions to accomodate more recent movies and tv shows.
** [[LiloAndStitch Stitch's Great Escape]] gets a lot of flack [[ReplacementScrappy for not being]] the [=ExtraTERRORestrial=] Alien Encounter.
** And not to mention the "new management" version of the Enchanted Tiki Room, which ran from 1998 to 2011. [[TakeThatScrappy Thankfully, it's gone.]]
** Davy Jones and Jack Sparrow's inclusion in the PiratesOfTheCaribbean ride.
** Adding Disney/Pixar characters to Disneyland's "it's a small world".
** The Fantasy Faire at Disneyland has received some derision due to its replacing the Carnation Plaza Gardens, though others think a ''Disney/{{Tangled}}''-inspired village sounds like a promising use of an under-utilized piece of land. Don't panic, though, Disney has recently made good on its promise to retain the nighttime entertainment and activities, like Saturday night swing dancing.
** The "One Park" advertising campaign abandons the idea of making individual advertising and merchandise for Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Instead, commercials feature clips from around the world, and merchandise says "Disney Parks" instead of the name of which park you bought the merch in. The public seems to interpret this as Disney stripping their parks of their individual qualities in the name of brand homogenization. One illustration comes in the apparent fact that products bearing the logo of either Disneyland or Disney World outsell those with the "Disney Parks" logo.
** One might say this is the downside of "[[MeetTheRobinsons Keep Moving Forward]]".
*** While on the subject of Walt Disney's words of wisdom, some members of Disney's fanbase have thought that, given all the bad things that have happened over the years, a classic line of Walt's, "Disneyland will never be completed as long as there is imagination left in the world," has taken on [[UnfortunateImplications a negative tone]]: these purists have accused the company of so abusing these words, focusing only on the "never be completed" part thereof and dismissing the "imagination" part, that these words are now used to justify a lot of shenanigans they don't like and try to muzzle any criticism of same.
**** However, there are other fans that do support and defend these changes, which tends to lead to fandom wars amongst the Disney community.
** Particularly prevalent in Epcot. Among other things (including the Journey Into Imagination situation mentioned above), the revamp of both Spaceship Earth and The Living Seas has received a great deal of criticism, as did shutting down the entire Wonders of Life pavilion, World of Motion and Horizons. Even the park's name change from EPCOT Center to what it is now has been a common target of criticism, with fans believing it gives evidence that the current management doesn't understand the meaning and message behind the park.
** The initial implementation of the Fast-Pass system got this criticism. Then, when it seemed like everyone had gotten onboard with the idea, Disney changed it up again and completely overhauled it, leading to even more complaining.
** The conversion of Pleasure Island from a set of themed, adult-only nightclubs into an extension of Downtown Disney (with said clubs all getting overhauled into stores) was a controversial decision, to say the least.
* UncannyValley: The Audio-Animatronics on rides like Pirates of the Caribbean sometimes fall into this.
* UnfortunateImplications: Certain scenes, particularly those depicting women and minorities, in ''The American Adventure''. Probably inevitable when you decide for some damn reason to bring up everything from slavery to women's rights in a ''theme park stage show''.
** Pay close attention to the background during the pre-show of ''The Sum of all Thrills''. Can you spot the [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Mudkip and Bulbasaur?]] [[spoiler: For those of you who don't get it, [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} the Pokemon anime]] is broadcast in America by Creator/CartoonNetwork, a subsidiary of one of Disney's competitors, WarnerBros. Not to mention that Disney formely owned the dubbing rights to Pokemon's [[Franchise/{{Digimon}} main competition]] during the late '90's-Early 2000's.]]
*** [[spoiler: Not quite; Mudkip may be a intentional reference to the meme, as well as Mickey Mouse in a Game and Watch title (Eggs). On the other hand, Innoventions had a exhibit on Sega Consoles in the ConsoleWars.]]
** Knowing the background of Splash Mountain can invoke some of this, considering Brer Rabbit's "lesson" is to stay where you're "born and bred in". Not ringing any bells? Before the Civil War, blacks were... strongly discouraged from moving about. [[DontExplainTheJoke With violence.]]
** Epcot's ''Habit Heroes'' attraction initially drew controversy for "fat-shaming" (put simply, guests literally fought obesity). It got a bit worse when the online gallery of villains - each representing a bad habit, like "Sweet Tooth" for eating too many sugary foods and "Drama Queen" for gossiping - included ''insecurity.'' The Huffington Post [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/24/disney-habit-heroes-anti-obesity-disney-world-epcot_n_1299664.html said it best]]: "Who knew that lack of self-esteem was a bad habit?" In response, Disney closed the ride and retooled it for about a year to be a bit gentler, to a much warmer reception.
* UnnecessaryMakeover:
** To some, when the sun on California Adventure's ferris wheel was painted over with a Mickey Mouse head, and the Mickey Mouse head on the roller coaster was painted over with a sun. Defenders counteract by pointing out that the current emblems have more old-fashioned charm than the old ones.
** Creator/{{Mattel}}'s sponsorship of It's a Small World saw the facade of the Disneyland version recolored in pastel shades. This makeover apparently seemed so unnecessary, that a few years after Mattel's deal ended, the building changed back to its original white and gold design.
** [[BrokenBase For some]], the ''{{Tron}}''-like theme of Test Track 2.0
* ValuesDissonance:
** The original ''Carousel of Progress'' attraction, in which an American family rhapsodizes about the ability of electric appliances to ease the woman's burden of housework. Since much of the attraction's script was written in the 1960's, it never occurs to any of them that her burden could have been eased a long time ago if her husband and children had pitched in more.
** Universe of Energy:
*** In the original version of the ride, there was a ''long'' video at the end talking about how great Exxon was and how awesome their lovely oil rigs and tankers were. Three guesses as to [[FunnyAneurysmMoment why that was removed]] (just one guess if you live in Alaska).
*** The "I Love Fossil Fuels!" ScriptWank in ''Ellen's Energy Adventure''.
** The emphasis on literally fighting obesity in the original "Habit Heroes" game at Innoventions drew a lot of fire from this.
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome:
** Many rides including the Pepper's ghost effect on ''Tower Of Terror'', the light effects inside Space Mountain and Bigfoot on ''Everest'', but ''The Haunted Mansion'' takes the cake.
** The Paris version of Big Thunder Mountain is more heavily themed than the others. For example: the roller coaster's trains are actually painted to look rusted and unused, compared to the other versions of the ride which feature clean trains. The ride also features heavy theming on all three lift hills: bats and a flooding cave in the first lift hill, a rundown mining camp on the second lift, an an earthquake inside a tunnel being dynamited for the third lift.
** Mickey's [=PhilharMagic=] 3D, due to the Imagineers working directly with the team at Walt Disney Animation Studios. Legendary animators like Glen Keane and Nik Ranieri returned to animate their characters ([[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Ariel]] and [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Lumiere]], respectively) in 3D. It's beautiful.
** The Disney Parks in general go to truly extraordinary effort to maintain the parks' illusions, with painstaking attention to detail. It shows.
** Hong Kong Disneyland's ''Mystic Manor'' had jaws dropping for its beautiful effects.
* WereStillRelevantDammit:
** The entire ''Disney Dance Crew'' show. They even turned "A Pirates Life For Me" into a rap and changed one of the lyrics to "Drink up me Gangstas Yo-Ho!"
** Disney World had "The Enchanted Tiki Room: Under New Management", in which [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Iago]] and [[Disney/TheLionKing Zazu]] host a TotallyRadical '90s-targeted ReTool of The Enchanted Tiki Room. It lasted until 2011, when one of the Iago figures became damaged in a fire, leading the Imagineers to make the show ''much'' closer to the original Tiki Room.
** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FirsiiPBaU The Enchanted Tiki Room song]] with ''[[DanceSensation the Macarena]]'' of all things. Not in the attraction itself, thankfully.
** Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, the Magic Kingdom's annual event, turns the Diamond Horseshoe into a character dance party playing various family friendly "party music", only to suddenly switch to "Tik Tok" by Music/{{Kesha}} that's poorly censored either by cutting out the "bottle of Jack" part of the lyrics or the DJ desperately shouting into his microphone to cover "plenty of beer."
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: Mostly averted, but Magic Kingdom's former ''The [=ExtraTERRORestrial=] Alien Encounter'' attraction was advertised as being for the older crowd due to it being much more darker and violent than the typical Disney fare. Unfortunately, many parents taking their children into the attraction didn't listen to the warnings...
* VindicatedByHistory: Disneyland Paris had abysmal attendance in its first few years of operation, but has become one of the top tourist attractions in Europe.
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