YMMV: Disney Theme Parks

  • Adaptation Displacement:
    • Some people complained that Jack Sparrow wasn't in the Pirates of the Caribbean 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 Song of the South, due to the film being suppressed for Unfortunate Implications.
    • 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 The Wind in the Willows (from The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad) that the character was taken from.
  • 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.
  • Americans Hate Tingle: Disneyland Paris in its first few years, to the point of being mocked on The Simpsons.
  • Audience-Alienating Premise: 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 Winnie-the-Pooh or The Little Mermaid, 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 Lighter and Softer, she showed up five times.
    • Disney's Animal Kingdom is this to some. Despite being the biggest of the four main Disney World parks, it has the least amount of rides and attractions out of all of them. So the walking-to-experiencing ratio isn't very high Those not fond of experiencing the wonders of nature especially don't find it appealing. With one of the the park's main selling points being based on one of Disney's most obscure and least popular movies, and their big ticket attraction essentially being Disneyland's Matterhorn on steroids, very few people who visit Disney World consider Animal Kingdom as their favorite of the big four.
  • Award Bait Song:
    • "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.
  • Base Breaker:
    • Stitch is an odd example; as a character and star of one of the more popular Disney Animated Canon efforts, he's generally well liked, especially in Japan. However, the Replacement Scrappy status of his ride and the fact he's become a Sixth Ranger to the Fab Five have gotten a rather mixed response.
    • What should go on the unused Disneyland Peoplemover tracks? 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.
  • Broken Base:
    • Many decisions that have been made with the parks have been met with division among theme park fans. 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 This Very Wiki some entries on this page had to be seriously edited due to them coming off as Flame Bait.
      • 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 Jumping the Shark (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 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 Frozen. While many fans are happy, others are not.
  • Creator's Pet: Duffy the Disney Bear. Imagine a character who isn't connected to any of the Disney Animated Canon and/or Pixar films. Hey, Figment, Agent P, and 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 to sell merchandise, Tastes Like Diabetes, and yet has more presence in the parks than Darkhorses like Flynn Rider, Scrooge McDuck, and Brother Chucked characters like Hercules, Quasimodo, 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 popular and ongoing video game series co-created by Disney. This is mostly a result of Duffy being a Cash Cow Franchise in the Tokyo parks with desperate efforts to re-create the success abroad without realizing the cultural differences.
  • Dork Age: Disneyland had one in the mid-1990s through 2003 when it was run by Paul Pressler and later his successor Cynthia Hariss. Pressler focused on shopping and dining at Disneyland at the expense of attractions. He started by cutting off a lot of the upkeep budget, closing down classic yet expensive to maintain attractions (like the Submarines, Skyway and Motorboats), an ugly rusty colored redo of Tomorrowland (although the H. G. Wells and the Jules Verne inspired theme was good, just not the color) and the poor replacement of the Main Street Electrical Parade with Light Magic. This was also the era in which California Adventure opened...
    • The reason it was so bad was because Pressler used to head the Disney Store chain and his background prior to joining Disney was retail, so he only knew how to entertain people through shopping. Unfortunately he became Parks & Resorts Chairman in 1999, and had a role in the planning of Hong Kong Disneyland (which likely influenced its small size). He finally left Disney for Gap in 2002, but his effects on Disneyland were felt till Hariss (who also had primarily a retail background) left in 2003.
  • Drinking Game:
    • 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.
  • Ear Worm: 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..."
    Hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo!! The thing Tiggers love betht is thafety! Tho grab those adorable little tyketh by the hand...."
  • The area music for Tommorowland heard at Walt Disney World and Disneyland. Especially the medley's for "It's A Great Beautiful Tomorrow" and "Strange Things"
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: 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 doornote  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.
    • ElecTRONica 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.
    • Dreamfinder, from Journey into Imagination, is often idolized by the fans as a representation of the ride's original (and arguably most popular) incarnation. That Ron Schneider, the original voice actor and walk-around cast member to the character, is still passionate about his role and continues to write online about it only adds to the mystique. When Schneider was given an opportunity to reprise the role onstage at D23, his appearance sent the entire hall to its feet.
  • Epileptic Trees: 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.
  • Evil Is Cool: The classic villains tend to get almost as much attention as their more heroic counterparts, if not more.
  • Fan Myopia / Opinion Myopia: 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.
  • Fandom Rivalry/Friendly Fandoms: In a rather unusual case, the Disney theme park fandom and Universal Studios theme park fandom manage to be both of these, depending on the situation and depending on the type of fan.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • 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 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 "Murphy's Law").
  • Fanon Discontinuity: 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 Long Runners, it's easy to declare discontinuity!)
    • To 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.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Disney in general is very popular in Japan. Even 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 Dave Barry went to Tokyo Disneyland, he was amazed at this. Why would the Japanese feel nostalgic about The Gay Nineties version of small town America?
  • Glurge: The overt cloying sentimentality of the Disney parks makes you try to forget the fact that they really want your money more than anything.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • 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 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? Universal Orlando Resort.
    • You know how the grandmother at the modern day/future segment of Carousel of Progress is wearing a virtual reality headset? When that was first implemented, it was (and still is) a cool idea, but didn't seem feasible at that time, especially after the failed virtual reality fad of The '90s. Come The New Tens, we now have the Oculus Rift. Now if only Disney could update that old VR simulation with one that has better graphics and get grandma to put on a Rift headset.
  • I Am Not Shazam: 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 First Installment Wins.
  • The Imagineers Think of Everything: Even the most mundane elements of the resorts adhere to strict theming. 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 rectify the situation.
  • Memetic Mutation: They're going to add a loop!
    • DIDNEY WORL
    • The WDWMagic community has The Ladder, whose presence at any construction site is a good sign for the upcoming attraction or, in its initial appearance during Mission Space's construction, being the epic ride itself.
    • Please stand clear of the doors; Por favor mantengase alejado de las puertas.
    • This is more of Disneyland, but... the angry reverb voice of doom. (Read more on the Nightmare Fuel page.)
  • Misaimed Marketing: The Character Greetings are a good idea. Meeting the villains? Well, Evil Is Cool (especially at Halloween) but some villains might be a bit too terrifying.
  • Mis-blamed: It happens; many an Urban Legend 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 Snopes for the urban legend that he made a film telling his employees what to do after his death.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: Please stand clear of the doors. Por favor, manténganse alejado de las puertas.
  • Narm Charm: A lot of the rides/shows, combined with a healthy dose of Nostalgia Filter.
    Walt Disney: 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.
  • Nightmare Fuel: At a kids park? Buddy, you better believe it!!
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: 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.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Dr. Nigel Channing at Epcot's Imagination pavillion, who replaced Dreamfinder — a tough act to follow even for 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 Fanon Discontinuity and a second revamp (making Figment the dragon the lead character and Dr. Channing a Straight Man to him, bringing back the "One Little Spark" theme song, and throwing in a few Easter Egg references to the original). That version is still up and running.
    • Don't get fans started on 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.)
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: 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 Cars, the first The Little Mermaid themed ride in Disney Park history (surprised it took this long!), and the nighttime show World of Color. 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.
  • The Scrappy: You want a Scrappy, look at Hester and Chester's Dino Rama at Animal Kingdom, a spoof of Souvenir Land that's 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 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 Creator's Pet 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 Ensemble Dark Horse, making him more of a Base Breaker. At least he's actually from the Disney Animated Canon.
    • 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 Aladdin and Zazu from The Lion King. Read here.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: 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 Nostalgia Filter 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.
  • Sending Stuff To Save The Show: The Pleasure Island Adventurer's Club and Mr. Toad's Wild Ride in Florida. It didn't work in either case.
  • Special Effects Failure: 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 Finding Nemo themed attraction, with a couple of the seagulls programmed to move their beaks and shout "MINE" every now and then. One time, it malfunctioned. Hilarity Ensues.
    • During one showing of Finding Nemo The Musical, one of the "Bubbles" on the side suddenly shuts off. What shows up next? A Blue Screen of Death.
    • Snow White once was seen wearing Crocs.
    • Once in a great while, the "Queen transforming into and old hag" part of the Snow White ride malfunctions, and the old hag animatronic is ALREADY facing the audience when the riders enter her lair (she's supposed to have her back to them at first).
  • Take That, Scrappy!: A quick one is thrown to Jar Jar 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.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Portions of fireworks shows and parades. 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 The Lion King.
    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!
  • Tear Jerker:
    • 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.
    • And before leaving the ferry, once you leave the entrance to the Magic Kingdom You can sometimes see Mickey Mouse himself waving goodbye to guests and wishing them a safe trip home on top of the Main Street Train Station if you're lucky. This really drives home for people who's leaving Walt Disney World and won't be back for a very long time.
    • 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.
  • Network Decay:
    • The No-Longer-MGM-But-Hollywood Studios park has geared most of its attractions, such as Disney Junior Live, towards very young visitors. This seems very odd to some, 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 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 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, 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.)
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: 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 seem to agree with them!)
    • Part of the criticism behind some of the changes has to do with the thinly-veiled Product Placement they've brought to the rides.
      • Doing away with classic attractions to accomodate more recent movies and tv shows.
    • Stitch's Great Escape gets a lot of flack 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. Thankfully, it's gone.
    • Davy Jones and Jack Sparrow's inclusion in the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.
    • Adding Disney/Pixar characters to Disneyland's "it's a small world".
    • The Fantasy Faire at Disneyland has received some derision due to it replacing the Carnation Plaza Gardens, though others think a 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 "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 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 FastPass 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.
    • The addition of Mickey's arm waving a wand over Spaceship Earth at Epcot, which was initially put up for the Millennium Celebration for the year 2000 (with the number appearing over it, later replaced with the word "Epcot" in 2001). It was thankfully removed in 2007.
    • Like the above, the Sorcerer's Hat in Disney's Hollywood Studios (then Disney-MGM Studios), put up for the celebration of what would have been Walt Disney's 100th birthday in 2001. It even dethroned the Earful Tower (the water tower with Mickey ears on top) as the main landmark for the park, and was a glorified Disney pin trading station blocking the view of the classic recreation of the Chinese Theatre (which houses The Great Movie Ride). It was up for nearly twice as long as Mickey's wand over Spaceship Earth before it was finally removed in January 2015.
    • A rare aversion. Very few complained when WDW's Snow White's Scary Adventures was overhauled to be Lighter and Softer, as the original version was quite terrifying.
  • Uncanny Valley: The Audio-Animatronics on rides like Pirates of the Caribbean sometimes fall into this.
  • Unfortunate Implications: 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 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.
  • Unnecessary Makeover:
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • For some, the TRON-like theme of Test Track 2.0
  • Values Dissonance:
    • 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 why that was removed (just one guess if you live in Alaska).
      • The "I Love Fossil Fuels!" Script Wank 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.
  • Vindicated by History: Disneyland Paris had abysmal attendance in its first few years of operation, but has become one of the top tourist attractions in Europe.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome:
    • 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 (Ariel and 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.
    • Speaking of Hong Kong Disneyland, their first ever nighttime parade, dubbed Paint the Night, was the first time they used LED lights for all the floats!
    • Paint the Night did make its way stateside (with new Tangled and Frozen floats) as part of Disneyland's 2015 "Diamond Celebration" for the park's 60th anniversary. It's one of three new visually stunning nighttime shows commemorating the occasion, with the other two being a special version of World of Color, subtitled "Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney" and focusing on Walt Disney's vision for Disneyland, and the firework and projection show "Disneyland Forever", whose projections actually stretch all over the park, including the castle, the Matterhorn and It's a Small World. Just take a look.
    • 20000 Leagues and Submarine Voyage were this until their closure. Their replacement, the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, has kept up the tradition.
    • The dark rides in Disneyland's Fantasyland had some nifty projection effects added during The New Tens. Particular standouts include Queen Grimhilde's throne room transforming into a decrepit laboratory, the Cheshire Cat vanishing, and Tinker Bell creating pixie dust showers.
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit:
    • 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 Iago and Zazu host a Totally Radical '90s-targeted Re Tool 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 The Enchanted Tiki Room song with 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 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."
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: 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. It was then redone to feature Stitch as the alien and renamed Stitch's Great Escape. Unfortunately this didn't actually make it much less scary, and even parents who paid attention to the warnings often saw Stitch and figured it couldn't be all that bad.