OL 054: Does the Constant Construction at Walt Disney World Ruin Your Vacation?
Is Constant Construction at Walt Disney World Causing You to Rethink Your Vacation Plans?
Over the past few years, it seems as is the construction at Walt Disney World will never end. The construction walls and scrims at every park and Disney Springs can have a serious impact on your vacation experience. It turns out that attendance is down because the value for your vacation experience is also down.
Construction is a By-Product of Change
The Walt Disney World parks change from time to time, and we don't think that's a bad thing. If we didn't have change, we wouldn't have some of our favorite attractions like Space Mountain, Splash Mountain or Big Thunder Mountain in Magic Kingdom. None of these appeared on opening day in Walt Disney World.
What seems to be different now is the way that Walt Disney World manages its construction plans. It's more of an “in your face” kind of construction.
Part of the reason is that some of the parks are running out of expansion space, so the changes have to remove your old favorites. We're not sad to see Ellen's Universe of Energy go away, but we were sad to see Pandora run over Camp Minnie-Mickey
You take the good with the bad.
What Happens During Construction at Walt Disney World?
Construction at Walt Disney World takes different forms. Sometimes they close off an entire area, such as the Streets of America at Disney's Hollywood Studios, to make way for a new land. That means you lose value for your park ticket for a few years until construction is complete.
Disney doesn't prorate your ticket price when it reduces the attractions available within a park. You pay the same price. Actually, you pay more because Walt Disney World raises prices every year. Unfortunately, you get less value for your money because part of the park becomes off-limits.
Camp Minnie-Mickey closed in 2014. Pandora opened in 2017. Three years of value wiped off the face of the park, and in return we get an attraction that lasts four and a half minutes after a four to five hour wait in line.
The more pervasive kind of construction happens when Disney puts up a vinyl scrim over a building or construction walls along a walkway.
Do they think our vacation photos won't notice the fake scrim or the walls that block our view? Worse, we end up seeing a large construction crane hovering over Cinderella Castle every day during prime summer park season.
When we ask people how they liked their Walt Disney World vacation these days, the common response is “It's OK.”
What a let down.
How Does Construction at Walt Disney World Affect Your Vacation?
For a growing number of people, these major construction projects mean that they won't take their family to Walt Disney World. Why would they? The net result is a less than magical experience for a higher price than they paid in previous years.
Instead, they're waiting for projects like Toy Story Land or Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge to open in a couple of years.
Quite honestly, we've heard from people who are weary of constant construction at Walt Disney World. They're waiting for it to finish so they can enjoy their vacation again.
Disney doesn't seem to care. While Bob Iger's reign may have been good for Walt Disney as a whole, he's been very had on the parks.
Quite a bit of change happens overnight at Walt Disney World. However, it seems that the walls and scrims are nearly constant reminders that the parks just aren't right.
Walking under the train station at Magic Kingdom is your first experience entering the park. If the first thing you see is a vinyl scrim covering the buildings on Main Street, it's an enormous let-down. Then you see it on the way out.
Perhaps we could forgive Walt Disney World if those kinds of construction reminders were only in one place at a time, but that isn't the way it works. Now you're just as likely to see these fake covers in Adventureland or other parts of the park at the same time as you see them on Main Street.
Tell us How You Feel About Constant Construction
We would love to hear your thoughts about the construction at Walt Disney World. Do you accept it as a necessary part of change, or is it a break from past memories that impacts your experience?
Please, let us know your thoughts in the comments.