There I was, sitting in my luxurious home in Central Florida in mid-April 2015 when stories like this started coming across my Twitter newsfeed. I was blown away. Disney hadn’t announced that Captain EO was closing for good at Walt Disney World, just that it was going to host a temporary attraction previewing the new “Tomorrowland” film.
Several of my friends and even fellow bloggers were already mourning the loss of Captain EO at Epcot long before the trigger was pulled. Here’s a quote from a friend of mine when she was there for the “last showing”: “Many have the feeling Disney is lying once again and they’re going to pull a submarine voyage on us. There were several fans showing up for the ‘final viewing’ including the entire staff. If it were coming back the staff wouldn’t be doing special almost ceremonial spiels and holding vintage Eo plushies and having sentimental photo shoots. By the looks of it I say that tonight was goodbye.”
As it turns out, Captain EO is scheduled to reopen at Epcot on July 19th, 2015 after the Pixar Inside Out movie preview finishes its run on July 5th. The point remains: many Disney fans no longer trust the company. Another more recent example happened with Extra Magic Hours.
Even though schedules hadn’t been finalized, an advance copy of the Walt Disney World operating hours was sent to travel agents for January 2016 which did not include EMH on June 16th. On June 17th, Disney officials said EMH will still be around and that schedule which was released to travel agents (not the general public) had not been finalized. The top reply on Chip and Co.’s Facebook feed was the following:
Just so you don’t panic while reading this, all is well with EMH at Walt Disney World.
Maybe I am just missing the boat, but why is it so fashionable to dump on Mickey? Sure they close attractions you love, raise the prices and make a lot of money. Last I checked, so does every other theme park on the planet. Most recently, I’ve been amused at people’s reactions to Disney selling edible “poop” in the form of a snack at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Yet again, I am floored at the reactions all over Facebook: “Nice to see wdw serving their guests what they think they are!”…. “Disney Parks become less Walt’s vision every day, so sad.”….. “Disney has finally become tacky and distasteful”….. “That is just not right. WE would just shake his head.”
As fans of Walt Disney World, why are there so many people who are hyper-critical and eager to jump on the bandwagon of hating Disney? I’m not saying they are perfect. No more than any other theme park company. They have definitely made mistakes. Why are fans so happy to squawk about how horrible Disney is when it’s often unnecessary and even unfounded? I don’t have answers, just thinking out loud. Your thoughts?
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