A Grain of Salt

Some people are surprised by the Wait Times

I’ve seen a lot of anti-Disney articles online over the past few years. Lately there seem to be more, now that Toy Story Land has opened. Take these articles with a grain of salt. While it’s true that a Walt Disney World vacation isn’t for everyone, some people will write poor reviews just because they hope that it will get them more attention and more page views.

One complaint that I read a couple of years ago has stuck with me. The writer had never been to Central Florida before, and she proceeded to put down everything from the weather to the city of Orlando. She also mentioned how well her children usually behave, but she couldn’t get them to listen to her while they were at Walt Disney World. I am not sure why she thought that it was Disney’s fault and not hers that her kids misbehaved. Not one point that she made held water, especially since she obviously didn’t do much research while planning her trip.

Since Toy Story Land opened there have been two complaints that I have heard over and over again. One of them has to do with the fact that it’s hot in Florida, and that there’s little shade in the new land. I addressed that issue in detail here. The other complaint is that the Wait Times have been long. I can’t believe that anyone ever expected the waits to be short! Pandora – The World of Avatar has been open for over a year, and Flight of Passage still often has waits that are over two hours. The same is true with Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, which has been around a lot longer. People have two choices when it comes to waiting. They can either wait, or they can do something else. No one is forcing anyone to get in line.

One more word about Wait Times. It’s frustrating when the sign says that it will be one time, but the wait ends up being much longer. I’ve had that happen to me, I get it. Much more often, though, the wait was actually shorter than the posted time. I don’t see the people who write anti-Disney blogs complaining about a shorter than expected wait.

I love Walt Disney World, I wouldn’t live here if I didn’t. I also realize that Disney isn’t without flaws. There are things that I don’t especially enjoy in the parks. I just skip those things. For me, the magic outweighs the flaws. I hope that it does the same for you.