Disney World guests miss keeping their phones in the parks

A Walt Disney World Resort vacation requires a lot of planning. Customers must make Park Pass reservations for EPCOT, Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. To shorten wait times, Guests should use the Disney Genie app to purchase Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lane service on the day of their visit to Disney Park, replacing the former free FastPass+ service.

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Almost all table service dining reservations at Disney Parks, Resorts and Disney Springs require a reservation, which can be made 60 days prior to your vacation. Unique experiences like Savi’s Workshop and Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique require similar reservations, which book up almost instantly. Even if you’re eating at a quick-service restaurant, you’ll need to plan ahead to snag a coveted table and place a mobile order to avoid the long line.

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While this advance planning can make for a magical vacation, it’s also incredibly stressful. Customers overwhelmingly report dissatisfaction with Genie+ and the park reservation system.

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This week, Walt Disney World Resort fans gathered on Reddit to discuss a change they’d like to make at Walt Disney World Resort. One of the most popular requested changes started with u/arm4261021, who wrote:

I miss being able to be spontaneous at Disney World. Now almost every aspect of a trip needs to be planned. Ground floor, ground dining room, ground LL. It’s too much.

Many other Disney park fans agreed. u/Bubbly_Donut said he misses being able to put his phone away at Disney parks. “Now he has to be available 24/7 to check things out,” they wrote. “It doesn’t feel like a vacation away from reality in that sense.”

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u/MagicBez reported that, in experience, it’s nearly impossible to vacation at Walt Disney World Resort without access to a smartphone and the My Disney Experience app:

I managed to drop and break my phone a few days after a trip last year and that made things really difficult.

I ended up with a small printed list of our restaurant reservations and always asked for paper menus at restaurants.

…oh so my answer would be menus in restaurants even with a working phone, I hate ordering via mobile.

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“Still wondering if it would be possible for Disney to have 1-2 nights a week where there are no restaurant reservations and just rides,” u/americanpeony wrote.

Although u/arm4261021 agrees with this answer, they felt that this probably wouldn’t happen:

I also think they need all these bookings to artificially increase demand. they want you to feel like you’re missing out if you don’t make reservations to do all of these things.

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Do you like to plan your Disney vacation in advance or do you prefer to be more spontaneous?

Herman C. Harkins