I need to begin this off by saying I’m very fortunate. I’m an annual passholder at each Disneyland and Walt Disney World and I dwell full time in Australia; nevertheless, I exploit my annual passes greater than some individuals I do know who dwell within the USA.
My household and I not too long ago spent two and a half months at Disney World, book-ended by per week at Disneyland on both aspect — in addition to a Disney cruise and a keep at Aulani.
I used to argue with my spouse about Disneyland vs Disney World. I used to be a proponent for Land, and her World. I used to say, “Disneyland is Walt’s park,” and, “it’s way more charming and I don’t want a level to plan my journey to Disneyland.” Disneyland, for me, was a homecoming. Disney World then again, was a disturbing trip filled with rope drop mornings and late nights. It didn’t really feel as stress-free as Disneyland.
However after our massive Three-month Disney journey that sentiment has very a lot modified.
Disneyland didn’t have the sense of surprise and appeal it had once I was youthful. I observed that the forged members at Disneyland didn’t have the identical stage of enthusiasm and happiness of their jobs as they did at Disney World. The crowds appeared extra entitled and impolite and the enjoyment was gone from Disneyland.
I’m unsure if it has to do with the massive variety of annual passholders at Disneyland, however the pleasure positively felt prefer it has slipped away. The crowds felt much less like they the place on the Happiest Place on Earth, however somewhat that we had been all disrupting their time at their blissful place and “how dare we?” Strains appeared extra arduous and the sense of “possession” the annual passholders gave off makes these of us visiting from far off locations really feel “lower than”.
The annual passholders at Walt Disney World didn’t deal with me like that. They had been all blissful to share their love for Disney with one another. They smiled and loved their park go to. They didn’t have a way of possession, however somewhat a way of sharing when it got here to the parks.
To actually perceive how a lot I see annual passholders ruining Disneyland, it’s important to perceive the occasions that led as much as my choice.
We arrived at Disneyland’s predominant gate with our annual passes in hand. We entered — abandoning the world of right this moment and coming into the world of yesterday, tomorrow and fantasy. We had a plan, figuring out that Major Avenue was beneath heavy building, we headed in direction of Fantasyland the place we had lunch booked as a part of the Fantasmic! eating package deal on the Blue Bayou, and the expertise was horrible. The server mainly didn’t speak to us. She took our order and we didn’t see her once more till she introduced out our meals. As soon as we had been achieved consuming, she simply threw the tickets for the present down subsequent to the invoice and handed me a plastic bag filled with cushions (that are meant for the ground when watching the present). I then requested her about holding on to the cushions for us so we didn’t should lug them round all day and onto points of interest, however she informed me no and walked away.
The enjoyment of being a forged member was nowhere to be seen.
We then made our method across the park. A few of Fantasyland was closed and Major Avenue was beneath building, so the park felt crowded though it wasn’t, however the individuals nonetheless pushed us out of the best way, so we went into the outlets to get away from them. Little did we all know that the forged members within the outlets would look extra unimpressed to see me, and it nearly appeared like they had been doing me a favor by answering my query a couple of TaleSpin t-shirt.
We spent the remainder of the day strolling across the park, occurring rides and killing time till Fantasmic!. We started speaking about all of the issues that made our wonderful few months at Walt Disney World so nice, from the enthusiastic forged members to the happiness on company’ faces — from our love of MagicBands and the My Disney Expertise app to the enjoyment that exuded from each individual and Character we may see. The entire expertise was past pleasurable. It was Disney!
Now distinction that to the dearth of care from the forged members, the indignant faces of entitled passholders and the less-than-enthusiastic vibe from Mickey and Minnie as that they had a brief 5-minute parade surrounded by the Major Avenue Band (to make up for there being no parade or fireworks on the time we had been there). This wasn’t the Disneyland I bear in mind from my childhood. Nor the Disneyland I bear in mind from my years of dwelling in LA as faculty scholar. It felt like an imitation. It felt off. It didn’t really feel Disney.
We lastly headed over to Fantasmic!, and after asking a number of forged members the place to go, we lastly discovered a spot within the reserved space to put out our cushions and see the wonderful new model of the present — and it truly is wonderful!
Whereas I waited for the present to begin I requested one forged member about why Disneyland felt so completely different to me now. Was it that I’d grown up? Did I’ve Disney fatigue in any case this time?
She responded so truthfully, but additionally so un-Disney-like. She stated, “The passholders have sucked the enjoyment out of Disneyland.” Now, no forged member at Walt Disney World would most likely ever say this, nor ought to any forged member ever say one thing like this to a visitor. However the honesty and look on her face stated all of it. She believed it.
And now, I believe I do too.
The unique title of this was going to be Disneyland vs Disney World, however I don’t suppose there’s a competitors in that anymore. I believe they’re each nice parks with very completely different vibes and I believe Disney World now has the sting. It may not have the historical past, Walt might have by no means walked there, however his legacy feels prefer it lives on in Florida and has been forgotten in California. Which is an actual disgrace for this child from Australia who all the time used to say Disneyland is the park for me.
So the query stays: Have annual passholders ruined Disneyland? I’m unsure we are able to say it’s totally their fault, however I believe we are able to’t ignore that forged member’s phrases of brutal honesty.