Monday, 2 May 2016

Things I Hate About Disney

You did indeed read that title correctly! Things about Disney that I hate. Eeek! I was always told as a child never to say hate as it's a strong word, so I should really say 'things I strongly dislike'. ;)
So yeah, surprising as it may be there are actually a few things in the world of Disney that I am not a fan of what-so-ever...it just so happens that the majority of those points are surrounding recent years as opposed to once upon a time.
As always with these opinionated posts, pretty please take it with a pinch of salt and don't get all personally offended or anything. After all, there are probably a few things that I love and you hate too.


In no particular order -

People who read far to into the stories and say how sexist and bad of an example they are for children.
Probably my biggest bug bare. I know 'feminism' and blah, blah, blah but the majority of these stories that you are making a ruckus over are pre-1950s and the world was very different back then. Yes, granted there are a couple from the 90s I've seen getting criticized recently (some rubbish about the symbolism that Ariel had her voice taken away...) but I think it really is just clutching at straws and over analyzing. Sorry but no matter how infuriated you are that there are such thing as Princes, I doubt the movies will be banned and I doubt even more that the little girls, that you're scared will get their mind warped, watch them read as far into them as you.
Movies are entertainment. Stories. Nothing more. I for one will be gutted if a day comes where all new Disney Princesses have to be 'strong independent women' who don't need a man.


Tsum Tsums
'They are so affordable!!' Says the person who had 200+. At £3 a pop I'm pretty sure adding it up makes over £600. For bean bags? They are really popular though and I respect that people like to collect different things but I just don't personally see the appeal. I have spent £6 total on them and even that was with regret, haha, but they were for Baker as the Oxford Street Disney Store had a terrible selection of soft toys last December and he loves his Mickey and Minnie.


The sale of alcohol at parks
I suppose this is an obscure opinion and probably because I am a non-drinker, but I don't see where alcohol fits into the world of  Disney or why you'd need to be drinking in a place where there are so many other better things to be doing with your time and money. To me, Disney is magic, innocence and pureness...not drunk adults stumbling around giggling or having heated discussions over dinner (both of which I have witnessed).


Star Wars
Now, now before you fire off I don't hate Star Wars itself. I have no interest in it, but I can't say I don't like it when I have never watched it. I love Star Tours at DLP, but the reason it is on this list is how much it is taking over the parks when there are 100s of other classics that don't get the slightest look in let alone multiple attractions.
It isn't even originally Disney! They only bought out Lucasfilm in 2012 so surely there are others out there like me who would prefer the stage in Cafe Hyperion to be home to what it used to be rather than teaching kids how to hit people with light up sticks ;)


Fashionistas
I'm almost 99% sure that it is completely unnecessary to dress like you are going to fashion week, when at a Disney Park. Dresses, heels, loads of long necklaces and expensive handbags? Are you planning to just sit around and not do anything at all? You have all the time in the world at home to show off your designer gear, so why not get comfy and dress practically in the park??


Into the Woods
I haven't yet seen every single Disney production, but I am well on my way and hope to have by the end of the year. Thus far I have not found a movie that I have disliked as much as I do Into the Woods. To me it just isn't Disney. It's boring, annoying and repetitive. That's pretty much all I have to say haha.


The Biggest Disney Fan
The competitive/show off group of people who are into Disney is fierce! It may not be as in your face and straight forward as people just coming out with it, but I definitely see a lot of people trying to one-up people. Your love for Disney isn't defined by how many trips to a Disney Park you take or how much merch you own believe it or not. Not everyone has the luxury of spending big chunks of their income on what they wish they could.


Walt Disney World > Disneyland Resort (California)
This is more something I just don't understand rather that 'hate' to be honest but I needed to get it off my chest. It's common knowledge I really have no interest in the other Disney Parks besides Paris but if I did ever take the week long boat trip across the giant pond I am 100% sure I'd rather step foot on the ground that the legend himself walked upon (DLR) rather than somewhere he had no real ties to (WDW). Maybe that's just me and my Mr Disney obsession haha.


Frozen
The movie is good. I loved it at the cinema on release day and got the DVD for Easter after it was released, but that doesn't mean I want to see it on cereal boxes, baby wipes and hear it blasting from the phones of pre-teens in the streets. It's overrated in my opinion. Yes, it's good, but by far not the best and definitely not as deserving as some other classics should be off all this ridiculous branded product.


Screaming Kids at Meets
For the love of Mickey, stop forcing your children to do things they don't want to do just so you can stick a photo up on Facebook to brag! I feel so bad for some kids at Disneyland who get used as props and objects for the parents' social media accounts when they are actually terrified of the characters or having a bad time. It should be a magical wonderland for them, extra special through their eyes and they should be laughing and smiling not being pushed into the arms of Goofy as they scream. It ruins the experience for them and it is embarrassing and unpleasant for other guests to have to witness.



Phew! I started with a handful and over the days the list grew haha. Again, please don't take any of these personally as they are simply the things that I dislike about Disney. What are your Disney pet peeves or hates??

46 comments:

  1. Nearly passed out when I read the title!!
    Totally agree with all of these points - other than the Star Wars one as I've recently got into it over the past 5 years and quite enjoy it! But it's not for everyone and that's fine! Frozen was so over commercialized that when I finally saw it, i expected it to be amazing.
    It wasn't!! Tania xx taniamichele.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Haha!!
      I'm not opposed to Star Wars, it's just that it's a whole fandom of it's own and could probably have it's own 'parks' or something. I'm sure MANY original Star Wars fans would prefer to not have to go to Disney to do/see some of the stuff.

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  2. I was expecting this to be way more controversial but I think I agree with every point you've made!
    Xx

    loujay.co.uk

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  3. Love posts like this hehe! I've been watching videos about facts of Disney - found out that Zipadeedoodah is from their most racist film called Song of the South or something and I saw a clip even that was full of racial stereotypes! Personally when I watch anything now I can't help but see it from a feminist perspective, being a feminist and all haha. I do think the Little Mermaid losing her voice is a bit of a reach though - my bug about feminism and Disney is how everyone is like 'OMG FROZEN IS AMAZING SUCH STRONG WOMEN WOW THNX DISNEY' but everyone was silent about Princess and the Frog, which I don't even like that much, but helloo, it's set in the 20s and is about a young black girl who starts her own fucking business! Like why didn't any feminists mention that!? Honestly, so much can be criticised about Disney and sexism (more racism tho is their issue) but its the same for ALL entertainment. Saying that you personally don't have to read feminist reviews of Disney if they wind you up so much :P I also don't think feminists want ALL disney princesses to not need a man, but so far all or most of them have, so whats wrong with it catering for for a wider range of women/young people?

    I'm so glad someone else said this about Tsum Tsums! I said to my partner, where the f are people getting that kind of money AND space from?!

    I didn't even realise alcohol was sold at Disney parks! I've only ever seen it consumed at Disney Epcot in Florida, in the evening for the fireworks. Maybe I am being naive though... :P

    (I also couldn't care less about Star Wars - it's not real Disney haha)

    Some of the Disney parks in Florida are great, but not my fave. Magic Kingdom is always packed full of screaming out of control children and rude people and staff tbf. I hate it! I love Epcot though - amazing range of food and things to try and see :) lovely fireworks and for a walk too! And I THINK Disney Hollywood Studios or something? There's one of them with a fab lil museum dedicated to Walt Disney and its incredible! Some of the parks are worth a try if you're there :)

    My sister used to be deathly afraid of people in character costumes, she still doesn't like them and neither of us like having photos taken with them. That's probably my little pet peeve... I don't get why ppl take photos with people dressed up like characters. They're not real!? You have to queue and PAY?! Whyyyy?!

    Long ass comment - thank you for distracting me from revision lol. xxx

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    1. I'm actually surprised how many people have agreed about tsum tsums as it seems the world are obssessed! lol

      Yeah, the hotels all (I think) sell it and there are lots of places in Disney Village at DLP that sell it. I think there are a lot of bars and clubs at WDW that seem to specilize in cocktails and alcoholic drinks.

      Where do you have to pay to meet characters??? In WDW? You don't have to pay at all at DLP, you just queue up and meet them! It's different for different people, some aren't into character meets and some are.

      xo

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  4. haha - I love this & agree at so much.
    Yep - those Tsum Tsums are crazy... but I'll totally buy all the Beauty & the Beast ones :)
    I think there's room for all us Disney fans... no need for competition
    & I also hate the Star Wars thing. The merging of 2 worlds that didnt need to happen.

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    1. Room for us all. Exactly. I'm sure Walt wouldn't care how much money any of us had... ;)
      Star wars is a brand of it's own and a franchise that is popular without needing to be everywhere at Disney...

      xo

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  5. I love this post, and agree with all your posts. I totally don't get the Tsum Tsums craze. That totally passed me by. And alcohol at Disney is, to me, just totally wrong. It's an innocent place! Not for drunkenness. I'm also a non-drinker though, so maybe we don't see it like others do? Haha. x www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

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    1. Ah thank you. It's nice to have gotten it all of my chest and know I'm not crazy...others do think some of the same things!

      xo

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  6. Never be afraid to voice your opinions and discuss your likes/dislikes on anything, it's always therapeutic I find, and don't let anyone drag you over the coals for it either :D I am a big Star Wars fan, but I agree completely about the recent way it's taken over all things Disney. I've never been to the parks, but I have heard other people being irritated by the recent take-over, since it was bought by them, and I completely get it - it can lead to other, more well beloved Disney elements being pushed out and that's sad. Definitely agree with you on over-analysing the films too much as well - especially when many of the original fairytales tend to be much darker too, like The Little Mermaid for example. It can be good to talk about messages and examples but I don't think Disney do too badly overall, but that's my opinion! Really interesting post Danielle, love it! - Tasha

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    1. It was good to get this all out haha, but you know what people are like for taking things personally!
      With Star Wars I just feel it was already an established fandom, so why does it need to take over the parks? I'm sure there are loads of old SW fans who'd love to see all the stuff but don't want to go to Disney for it. It's rubbish for both sides really.

      Thank you :)

      xo

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  7. Considering you're a big Disney fan when I saw this post I was really interested to see what you'd write and it did not disappoint. I agree with so many of your points, the Star Wars thing is so annoying. =^-^=

    Sam | Momentarily Dreaming

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    1. Ah thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

      xo

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  8. Oh my gosh, I LOVE this post! I totally agree with every point, but especially the Tsum Tsum craze. :/ I don't understand it.
    Sarah xx
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    1. Eee, thank you Sarah!! It's nice to know I'm not alone :P

      xo

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  9. I love reading posts like this, it's interesting to actually read the things people actually dislike because lets face it, we love Disney but we're not all going to love everything.
    The Tsum Tsums, I completely agree with you on, I don't see the attractions to these at all, I have one because it was a present but if it wasn't for that I wouldn't have any. Star Wars, yep don't get the hype around that one either and why it seems to be taking over so much.
    Fashionistas, don't get my started on that one, I was watching a vlog recently and in the end had to switch it off, partly due to the fact said person was walking around Disney in £600 shoes, £1000 handbag and gawd knows what other designer clothing, to me that's just stupid. Disney is not a catwalk!
    I completely understand what you mean about WDW and DLR, Disneyland truly is something special, knowing Walt has been there, it's the first park etc but I certainly thing WDW is worth the trip for too, it truly is a special place in it's own right and due to it's sheer size has so much to offer.

    Belle's Moments

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    1. I think I know who you are on about...the same person who isn't even really a Disney fan but got a free trip and loads of goodies? I don't like them anyway but had to watch the vlog as I'd seen people mention it and when they said what they were wearing I turned it off in anger. It's just pure showing off when it's expensive things like that if you ask me.

      Oh I'm not taking anything away from WDW, I know people love it but I just feel that DLR gets forgotten and overlooked. Like it deserves more attention haha.

      xo

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  10. I personally think if you're going to Disneyland, you want to be comfortable and so I'd choose comfort over style any day! However, I do love the idea of Dapper Day in the parks! ^,^

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    1. Yes! Oh yeah, but thats just one day and it's like an event. For a normal trip where you'll be doing rides etc, practicality and comfort are what I'd suggest over being dolled up.

      xo

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  11. I've never been to Disneyland really, so I haven't got a clue what it's like.
    I can totally understand how you get annoyed though.

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  12. I completely agree about Tsum Tsums and Frozen! I enjoyed the film, but WOW the marketing is just beyond over the top. Too much. And I agree, it is certainly not the best Disney film, or even in my top 5.

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    1. Isn't it?! Like it came out in 2013, calm down now. haha

      xo

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  13. Duuude, you know I agree with you :)

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  14. This really made me chuckle. I completely agree, who the hell wears heels to a bleeding theme park? Not on my nelly. Reading this has only affirmed that I want to go back ASAP!
    Bee | QueenBeady.com

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    1. I'm glad to hear it! You'd be surprised how many people I've seen, especially when I stayed in the Disneyland Hotel full of posh people :P

      xo

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  15. Hey Danielle! When I read the title of this post I was slightly worried about what I'd find but I am relieved to discover I agree with you on these points!! I just love Disney for the escapism it brings and for the message each films sends out, which I find is different in every film! I'm more for the underrated Disney films now Like Hercules, Hunchback of NotreDam, Pocahontas, Lady and The Tramp (THE BEST!) The Fox + The Hound etc.....I love those ones!!! =D Oh and The Jungle Book! That one's my very favourite!!!!! Hehehe!
    I've not noticed the Star Wars Disney thing but then again I don't really follow it so...!? It is a bit weird though, I mean they're so far apart from each other....!
    I just love watching Disney Vlogs from my fave youtubers I don't tend to get caught up in all that 'look how amazing it is that i'm here in Disney for free walking around in all this free designer clothes etc etc...' go away ain't nobody got time for that! haha!
    Loved this Post Danielle, thanks for being truthfully honest about it all! =) I hope to read a '10 things I love about Disney' post in the near future! ahaha!
    Sarah
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    1. Haha I'm glad you were relieved!
      I'm a big fan of the live action films too which there are wayyy more of than the animations which I feel also get forgotten.

      Oh there are far too many things I love and many posts that are similar in my archives ;)

      Thanks for stopping by!

      xo

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  16. I'm definitely with you on the reading into things too much! There's a fan theory of a cross over between Disney and dreamworks and it's jut got me like "seriously?!" As for the tsum tsums I have an eeyore one and my sister a piglet one as they were our favourites when we were younger! :)

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    1. Oh my gosh haha! Some of the theory's are hilarious!! It's nice to have special ones or collect the ones from your fave movies but the ones that have hundreds are mad!

      xo

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  17. This is too real! I also hate tsum tsums (they look like maggots?) and I'm so over how fierce people are when it comes to Disney - it's not about who is the biggest fan, chill! I loved this post ❤️

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    1. Lol! Maggots! I never though of it like that. Aren't they??! Thanks so much :)

      xo

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  18. I completely agree with you on a lot of these points! I love Disney but there's no need to make you're a bigger fan than someone else. Also with your point of reading in to things too much, it annoys me when people come up with these stupid theories of "if a Disney Princess looked like this..." Well they don't and i really don't care! Haha 😊

    http://justbellefashionblog.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Ah thank you so much :) I'm glad you can see my point.

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  19. Disney parks must be different in England! At Disneyland (in Anaheim, CA) the only place you can get alcohol is inside Club 33...with the $10,000 membership fee, so there's not many ppl drinking in the park lol.

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    1. There are no Disney Parks in England... Alcohol is sold in the hotels at DLP and those clubs and bars or whatever in the US (there are MANY articles online about the best places to drink at WDW, where to get cocktails etc etc) ...which still class as being at Disney to me. It may not be where the rides are and such but it's still Disney property.

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  20. Danielle! I'm a 100% with you when it comes to Into the Woods! I didn't like it at all! It was definitely annoying to me and indeed -just like you said- so repetitive!
    jeez!
    great post lovely,
    Jade xoxo

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    1. Oh I'm glad to hear someone else found the same!
      Thank you :)

      xo

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  21. I could not agree with you more when it comes to Into The Woods. I have never not wanted to see anything more than I don't ever want to see this movie again! I agree with most of these points but I have been to WDW and it was the most magical experience ever :) Love this post :) x

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    1. haha I've found a few others who feel the same about Into the Woods because of this post.

      xo

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  22. See I am the opposite I love WDW and have no desire to visit DLP! I really want to visit Disneyland and Disney Japan too.

    Tsum, Tsum are a great marketing ploy but they are far too expensive but hey what do I know I collect Funko Pops and they are a tenner each.

    I am not a huge drinker and I never drink when we are in Florida but when we are at WDW it is usually during the Food and Wine festival, the amount of drunk Americans is shocking, it is a family park and they all act like idiots.

    As for Fashionistas, no, if it involves a ton of walking then being dressed to the nines is ridiculous however part of me has been getting inspire by vintage clothing and I am loving the look of the dapper days at Disney plus there seems to be a whole Disneybound movement too, it looks cool!

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    1. I'm not referring to DLP, I'm saying I don't understand why people prefer WDW over DLR. If I was going all the way to America I'd much prefer to visit the original, first park. That's all I'm saying...

      The Dapper days are a completely different thing as it's just one day and people visiting for that day are intending on doing appropriate things. Going in high heels and dresses when you're just on a normal holiday defeats the object as it renders you incapable of doing certain things. These are just my opinions after all.

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  23. I hate into the woods too. Not only is it dull and repetitive, I found the female singers really shrill! Both of my children hated it too x

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    1. Always makes my day to be agreed with on this!! haha

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