Disney's own survey is a list of Walt Disney World's 50-anniversary shortcomings

May 20, 2022 in "Walt Disney World Resort 50th Anniversary Celebration - The World’s Most Magical Celebration"

Walt Disney World's 50th Anniversary October 1 events
Posted: Friday May 20, 2022 12:33pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Critics of the Walt Disney World 50th anniversary may find some comfort in knowing that Disney shares many of your feelings.

In recent guest surveys, Disney has been asking for feedback on Walt Disney World's 50th-anniversary celebration and offers a multitude of reasons as to why the celebration may have fallen below expectations.

In particular, the survey points to the common complaint that the new nighttime shows are not as good as their predecessors and do not celebrate the 50th.

Other notable responses suggest that the celebration was not special enough for the 50th, and that it felt like "just another day in the park."

Lacking nostalgia and not celebrating "classic Disney" was also a suggestion.

Here is the complete listing of the survey's responses.

  • The celebration didn't celebrate "classic Disney" and lacked nostalgia
  • Crowds made it difficult to enjoy the celebration
  • The décor was limited
  • Commemorative entertainment for the celebration was limited (stage shows, parades, etc.)
  • There were long lines to purchase the merchandise
  • The 50th-anniversary merchandise I wanted was unavailable
  • The fireworks shows/nighttime spectaculars were not as good as previous shows
  • There were long lines to purchase the special food and beverage offerings
  • It was difficult to find the special food and beverage offerings
  • It was not as good as other Disney celebrations
  • It seemed like Just another day in the park
  • It was not special enough for a 50th-anniversary celebration
  • The prices for 50th-anniversary merchandise were high
  • The fireworks shows/nighttime spectaculars didn't celebrate the 50th anniversary
  • The special food and beverage offerings were limited
  • The merchandise selection/variety was limited

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World_Showcase_Lover00721 days ago

Plus someone got a prize every 15 minutes!

Brenthodge21 days ago

https://kicentral.com/forums/index.php?/topic/41057-phantom-theater-encore-reviews/. Cedar fair and KI nail another one. Bring back a beloved dark ride that PREVIIUS MANAGEMENT removed as a stage show for the 50th complete with a lobby display of the original ride model and set pieces. Hmmm that seems like something a mouse Should’ve done. Brilliant way to satisfy your fan base of loyalists.

WorldExplorer22 days ago

Nah, they're still very eager to trot his image out over at Epcot whenever they want to pretend they're doing something profound.

LSLS22 days ago

Very true, and honestly SORELY needed at CP, but yeah, guess I should have prefaced with a roller coaster. It does feel like CP is overdue for one, so I get why people thought some sort of record breaker would be on tap here for that reason alone. BUT, that's a small complaint to me with how well they did everything else for that anniversary. I highly doubt they need to put out a survey asking what failed for customers.

drizgirl22 days ago

I don’t know what their reason was, but it’s very obvious they didn’t want him to be part of the celebration. There is no excuse for him being left out of Enchantment.

Magenta Panther22 days ago

I have to wonder if the suits at "Disney" want everyone to forget that Old Dead Guy and his vision and values, and that's why there was little to no nostalgia attached to the 50th celebration...

trainplane322 days ago

Snake River Expedition was the new ride. I know people wanted their 500ft RMC aquatrax but SRE is a solid family ride. And considering they're doubling down on family experiences, people probably won't be happy for a bit. Anyways, I'll drop the Cedar Fair stuff and let the thread go back to how crap the WDW 50th is.

LSLS22 days ago

Cedar Point really did do great. The ONLY complaint I know of is that people really thought there would be a new ride for it. BUT, they had committed to KI for the big bad new ride (which was very needed). But the shows, the workers, everything was just incredible. Excited to get back there.

trainplane323 days ago

"Small" when compared to the monster that is WDW. Actually heading there this weekend too. SSE was going to happen regardless of the 50th so I kinda count it as a 50th thing but it's not truly a thing that happened because of the 50th.

helenabear23 days ago

I personally wouldn't call Cedar Point a small Ohio park! I do think the EWP end is great. I also like SSE's upgrades for the 50th. Better than the fireworks at least.

trainplane323 days ago

Knotts did a great job. Cedar Point did a great job. Kings Island did a great job. It's almost like their management knows nostalgia should be the center of an anniversary. Remember the past but also celebrate where the park is at now. I do love the idea of "small Ohio parks show Disney what an anniversary is meant to be". The commercials even showed them up. For anniversary specific things, Disney got one single thing right and that's the Electrical Water Pageant tag. That's it. It's amazing what good things can happen when management stays out of it (or...uh...forgot it exists) and creatives have full control.

Minnesota disney fan23 days ago

Maybe there wasn't much celebration because they didn't want one. Maybe they want the nostalgia gone and replaced by new IP and new ideas and new ways to gouge the guests? I don't know, but why would they Not celebrate something that has been so important in the past of WDW? Makes you wonder?

Californian Elitist24 days ago

I just came back from my first visit to WDW, specifically MK. If I didn’t follow this type of news and if it weren’t for the 50th medallion on the castle, I don’t think I would have known that the resort was celebrating 50 years of operation. This is the quietest Disney park milestone celebration I’ve ever experienced.

mgf24 days ago

We've given our vacation dollars to Legoland the last two summers. The ability to walk in with essentially zero planning and for the kids to be able to point to what they want to ride and get to ride it have been huge selling points. We stayed on property at LL this time and it struck me that they are leaning into all those little extras that used to make Disney stand out. Every restaurant has custom napkins, toiletries are all branded (and you can take them!), kids get a little surprise in the room every night, characters visit in the lobby, there is a resort newspaper outside your door the day after you check in, etc, etc.