5 things I don’t like at Disney World – PREP016

Although I like most things at Disney World, there are a few things I don't like very much.

Today, I tell you about those 5 things which include resorts, rides and a restaurant.

I also have a quick tip of the day about something you should look for at Hollywood Studios.

These are notes from this episode. There's much more info included in the audio so be sure to listen to the episode for a better explanation.

The 5 things I don't like at Disney World

  1. The All-Star Resorts (Music, Sports and Movies). If the goal is to stay at the most affordable location on-site, Pop Century is usually a better option since it has its own buses to the parks that don't share with other resorts.
  2. Primeval Whirl at Animal Kingdom. This ride is just not fun to us and with the relatively high height requirement of 48" and the often long lines, it is just not worth it to me.
  3. Animal Kingdom's afternoon Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade. Compared to the parades at Magic Kingdom, this one is just boring, long, repetitive and usually uncomfortably hot.
  4. Stitch's Great Escape at Magic Kingdom. This attraction which involves strapping you down and then burping on you is the most disliked attraction at Disney World (just read the Yelp reviews to see for yourself).
  5. Dinner at Be Our Guest in Magic Kingdom. Although lunch at Be Our Guest is my favorite Quick Service meal, I don't like dinner at Be Our Guest. It is the most difficult reservation to get and with inconsistent service and food plus the lack of character interaction at your table, I just don't think it's worth it.

Quick tip of the day

Look for the Singing in the Rain umbrella near the Lights, Motors, Action show at Hollywood Studios. If you stand on the pad underneath, it will usually make rain start to fall which makes for a fun photo op.

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Paula

The one and only thing, that I don’t like about Disney World, is that one day, eventually, you have to go home .

Angela Romanelli

I have stayed at All Star Movies in 2015 and will be again in December. I wanted to try Pop Century, but that was more expensive. I will be trying the Be Our Guest for lunch. Hopefully, that will work out. I am not that crazy about Stitch’s ride, but I do really enjoy the American Adventure. 130 days to go!!!

Heidi

We’ve stayed at Pop Century twice and All Star Music once. I do agree Pop Century is better and they have their own bus. If you do stay at one of the other All Star resorts, keep in mind that All Star Sports usually houses all of the athletes for whatever is going on at ESPN Wide World of Sports, it has the last bus stop from the parks, and you’re dealing with sometimes unsupervised teenagers on a bus. If you are short on patience, then that might not be the best option for you. Otherwise, the All Star resorts are perfectly adequate since you generally aren’t spending that much time in your room. Request a room close to transportation if you’re staying there or it could be a lonnnng walk to the buses every morning!!

We’ve done Disney enough that we knew not to ever do Stitch; I would also add It’s Tough to Be a Bug to the list, it creeps out little (and big) kids and is not for everyone!

Theresa

I agree with the disappointment with Winniw the Poo, but not for the same reason. I am still morning Me. Toad but soon I should be over that (it has only been about 30 years)! The Tiki Room isn’t so bad because – nope got nothing here! Who isn’t sick of hearing another verse of It’s a Small World after sailing on that ride for eternity? The teacups – go to a carnival for the same attraction, plus it will cost you less. Snow White can be frightening for younger children & (lastly) bring back Alien Encounter!

Crystal

Have had dinner twice at BOG and loved it both times. The steak and fries was terrific. Best fries ever! However, just had counter service there and had a terrible time trying to find a table. At least at night, you don’t have to take your chances.

marie

BOG dinner was great when we went. The food wasn’t awesome but it was OK and the service and atmosphere were very nice. We sat in the rose room, not the big ballroom and I think that helped. The ballroom seemed to have a loud, cafeteria atmosphere. Breakfast at BOG was probably the worst of the week though! Ugh. I got so sick from the food I had to spend most of the day in my hotel room. NOT good! Didn’t do Stitch or the other things you mentioned.

Casey

I totally concur about Stitches Great Escape! Terrible attraction that very much frightened my daughter.

Shannon Weeks

We have never done the Stitch attraction because of all of the horrible things I have read about it! One thing I do not like about Magic Kingdom is the Winnie The Pooh ride. My husband and I, along without two daughter (5 and 9 at the time), used it as one of our FP choices. It was so incredibly lame. Even my daughters were bored. I know that there are some people who love it and that is great, it just wasn’t for us. 🙂

Casey

Oh goodness….that is one of my favorites!

Amy

We have only been once and we are going back this December. I totally agree that Stitch was the worst ride ever. It did hurt the shoulders and was totally disgusting with the burp. The only part I liked was the look on my hubbys face because he hates gross smells.
The only other thing I didn’t like was……We just didn’t have enough time to do everything. That is not Disneys fault tho 😉

Heather

1. Honey, I Shrunk The Kids (Hollywood Studios): Where are my kids? Who is crying? What’s doors this tunnel go? WHY IS IT SO SMALL IN HERE?? And then the inevitable meltdown when you have to drag your littles, kicking and screaming, to somewhere that serves wine while you recovery from your heart attack.

2. Robot toilets: if you’re daughter is fearful, too bad because that’s your only option. Half an hour of screaming and threatening later (from both of us, and reported on by all of the other moms leaving the Rapunzel toilet, according to my husband who waited outside) I had to Google how to work around the sensor by putting my hand on the sensor of every toilet in WDW. Good times…

That’s all I’ve got, other than an immense personal dislike of the Country Bears Jamboree.

Michelle

My daughter was also terrified of the automatic toilet flushers. Post its as stated previously work or you can drape some toilet paper over the sensor to prevent a premature flush. Saved us many meltdowns!

David

Next time pack some Post-it notes and put them on the toilet sensors.

Jen

(1) Mission: Space. Before going on the ride, I thought the warning signs about claustrophobia and motion sickness were silly. I thought, “It’s Disney. How crazy can this ride be?” I spent the entire ride wishing I’d heeded the warnings. Never again.
(2) Maelstrom. I might be the only person who wasn’t sad to see this ride close. The line always seemed disproportionately long to the level of thrill experienced by the rider. I attributed that to the lack of rides in World Showcase. And that movie after the ride? No, thank you. I can’t wait to see what “Frozen” fun they concoct for this spot.
(3) American Adventure. As a kid studying U.S. history for the first time, I really enjoyed this attraction. Now, I view it as a Disney-style, white-washed version of American history that feels like a pep rally.
(4) Downtown Disney. Horrible parking and overpriced touristy stuff. Don’t worry, visitors, you will have plenty of opportunities to overpay for food and souvenirs at the parks. [The one positive about Downtown Disney: We went there as soon as we arrived in Orlando, went to guest services and bought our park tickets. We also got maps and the week’s schedules for all the parks. It did help us plan ahead.]
(5) Ellen’s Energy Adventure. Pro: A cool place to sit. Cons: The ride is very dated and there’s no way to get off the 15+ minute ride once it starts.
(6) Foot traffic going under the railroad as you enter Magic Kingdom. People stop for park maps and the area gets congested very easily.

Gary Bailey

That was as perfect a description as I have ever seen. I agree with every single thing written.

Luray

We really like All-Star Movies. Toy Story is our thing & bus service was great. We also really like Primeval Whirl. It was a great warm up for Everest & the line was short. I’ve never visited BOG, but stitch and the parade aren’t worth the time. My least favorite ride was dinosaur. Incredibly jerky & horribly loud. Wish I had that park time back.

Sabrina

Our family also really really disliked Stitchs Great Escape! It was unfortunate too because that was our very first ride ever in Magic Kingdom! We chose it due to short lines but it was so bad. Luckily that wasn’t our first day at Disney World – we had been to other parks – and we had also been to Disneyland a lot.
Another disappointment for our family was Space Mountain. No its not a bad ride by any means but the one at Disneyland – which we experienced first – is SO much better!
We are also not a fan of the bus system. So often have we waited 15+ minutes, have been stuck in traffic IN disney world, or have had a bus not let us on due to being too full. That was even more significant of a problem during our first trip, where it was understandable due to it being Christmas time.
Also, and there are exceptions to this, but we thought the food at Hollywood Studios wasn’t great compare to other parks. Hollywood Brown Derby we loved, but not much else. Luckily there are always snacking options plus its close to the Boardwalk so if nothing else you can head over there for dinner or lunch.

Chandra

I hate hate hate the Stitch ride! I would not miss it if they took it out. I was 5 1/2 months pregnant when I went on it and the whole burping in the face thing about made me get sick. Plus when he is suppose to be jumping around the room it hurt my shoulders and was uncomfortable. I do not recommend it to anyone. As far as Figment I thought it was cute and look forward to riding it again this June!

Bob Connor

Allison, if Stitch’s Great Escape is so bad (and thanks for warning me, I didn’t do it) why do you suppose it is still there? I think either people are going on it just to see how bad it is or Disney just did not get around to replacing it, working on New Fantasyland. Also, for as big as Epcot is, I think it could be a half day park. I liked Figment, but I heard it will close next year. They could close Ellens Energy Adventure and The American Adventure and if not for the empty space no one would notice.

Nicole

We are on our last day at All Star Music resort and for the most part we didn’t have to share busses with the other All Star Resorts. We did for Downtown Disney but that was it. I agree with your other listings. Didn’t do Be Our Guest restaurant though. We enjoyed Crystal Palace and Cape May Cafe for our character meals. My boys are 12and 14 and still enjoyed them.

Robin Oldacre

I am very happy with the All Stars. All Star Music feels like home.

Nick

Be our guest restaurant was the highlight of our trip. Dinner was delicious, and the atmosphere was astounding.

Lorrie Galliher

I dislike the rebirth of Pleasure Island. Bring back the Adventurers Club and the Comedy Warehouse.

Second, and this can happen anywhere (flame suit on) small children should not be in the hot tubs; with or without parental supervision.

Anna

I TOTALLY agree with you about Adventurer’s Club. Every time I walk past it with those stupid plants in front of it as if they hide it, I die inside a little bit. 🙁

Art

I have heard mixed reviews about the Be Our Guest restaurant. But I just want to see inside – so I did make dinner reservations – 180 days in advance. I will post a review upon return on allears.net (can I say that?) – 2/28/14. I intend to use the My Disney Experience app (I believe that is available) to order my food before arriving – we’ll see how that goes.

Sandy Abbate

I am glad that Disney covers something for everyone. I have a few things that are one and done and hope not to do again. The five you mentioned are all things I like.

Sheila Nowell

Our family’s list of most disliked:
1) No Pepsi anywhere. (I don’t mind that, but my son sure does!)
2) Tiki Room. Wow. Just wow.
3) Its a Small World. Annoying.
4) Journey Into The Imagination With Figment. Again…wow.
5) Stitch. Totally agree with you on that one!

(By the way, we have stayed at Pop and really enjoyed it! 🙂 )

Julia

I bet a lot of people say the same thing about Pepsi. The thing is Coca Cola offers free coke to Disney as long as Pepsi is not sold.
i think the popcorn is offered as well but i’m not sure

Lucy

Small World and Tiki Room are classics…you have to do them at least once.

Lorrie Galliher

Feel the same way about not having Dr. Pepper. Being from Texas it’s a must.

Amy

I just came across this site today that lists gluten-free options at Disney. Hope it helps!

http://www.lauraschmittne.com/2013/06/gluten-free-and-dairy-free-walt-disney.html

Andy Farmer

Hey Shannon. Great website. We went to WDW Summer ’13 and had an awesome time, but our main issue was a lack of gluten-free foods. With the number of restaurants, we figured there would be more options available. Mostly, we had to eat salads or pick apart a sandwich — the one exception was Cosmic Rays in Magic Kingdom with an excellent 1/2 baked chicken. Shannon — do you know of a WDW restaurant with a gluten-free menu? Have you heard of any plans to introduce more healthy options into dining? Thanks!

Marcy Kay

Hi, Shannon! As always, I enjoyed your post. Still, I have to disagree on two of these dislikes. For our family, the Primeval Whirl was one of my 8 year olds favorites. We walked right on the ride 2 times in a row with no wait at all. (this was in morning hours though). It’s a little jerky, but also thrilling and a good option if a child wants a bit faster coaster-like ride, but not brave enough for Expedition Everest yet. Regarding Be Our Guest restaurant, we walked up and requested a reservation and was awarded a time of 4:05 PM for the same day. We had no wait and the food and service was good. They also offered time with the Beast upon exiting the restaurant. Although he did walk through as we were eating at 5 PM. On your other dislikes, I totally agree. My other Disney dislike-although I, LOVE Disney, would have to be the Jungle Cruise at the Magic Kingdom. The wait was long and the ride was lacking.

Maria B

Wow! You must not have gone during a busy time. Or you were REALLY lucky. Maybe someone had canceled their res right before you tried.

What?! The Be Our Guest restaurant dinner was our favorite sit down meal of our whole trip! The food was the best we ate the whole week (including our lunch at BOGr as well). My kids loved visiting with the Beast. And my husband and I loved not having to stop eating to “talk” to a character or take a picture. The whole dinner experience was fantastic.

I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy your experience(s)!

Kelsey

I have to say, after our first dinner experience at BOG, I would have been apalled that someone didn’t like it, too. But we went back on New Year’s Eve. Shannon’s right – the service and food is VERY inconsistent. In June, we had a great server, the pork was perfectly cooked, and everything was delicious. In December, not so much. Our server was too busy with other tables. We felt like the forgotten step-child. And our pork was barely “medium,” and the rest of the food was decent at best.

My in-laws love the lunch, but have already said they won’t be going back for dinner after our experience in December. Since we had such a great experience in June on our honeymoon, DH and I just might try it again.

Tricia

Not a fan of the H2O shampoo & conditioner. Not sudsy enough and the scent is nothing memorable.

Cynthia

When you are leaving the stretching room in Haunted Mansion, and everyone has to merge into one line ! There are too many people trying to converge …talk about feeling like cattle !!!

Journey into Narnia was awful! Our family was expecting so much more from Disney. Apparently, others were too as the attraction no longer exists.

Mary

I agree.

Jennifer

I have to admit, my just turned 9 year old boy LOVED LOVED the Stitch ride at Magic Kingdom. Space Mountain was his favorite ride in any of the parks, but he was a big fan of Stitch and ended up leaving Disney with a Stitch t-shirt and Stitch stuffed animal as his souvenir choices.

Tiffany Ramsdell

I have to say that everything I have read on this is so true. I totally agree, still LOVE Disney though. Now I know and have experienced things for myself I feel more comfortable about my next trip.

Christine

How about Its Tough to be a Bug? My kids were terrified of it and wouldn’t see a 3D film for years afterwards.

Marcy Kay

Yes, older kids including my husband and I, LOVE “It’s Tough to Be a Bug.”

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