If you’re a Disney World fan and you’ve ever been asked why you keep going back to Disney World rather than exploring other places, you might have found it difficult to give an answer. This article is for you.
If you’re not a Disney World fan or you’re new to the world of Disney, you might wonder what about Disney draws people back time and again. What’s so great about Disney that people aren’t interested in trying out different vacation destinations? This article is for you, too.
Walt Disney World is so much more than just rides. It’s a theme park that is a totally immersive and transporting experience.
Let’s take a look at the top six reasons why people return to Disney time and again. While this is certainly not an exhaustive list, it’s my attempt to help you answer and understand the question that is posed frequently.
6. It’s safe
Though I couldn’t find any actual numbers, Walt Disney World is probably one of the safest theme parks at least in the country if not the world.
First, Disney has a team of engineers with various specializations who check every inch of rides, attractions, parade floats, etc. every single night. What’s more, when a ride goes down for whatever reason during park hours, they are on site for fix problems immediately. The attractions are also meticulously cleaned at least every night but will also be cleaned up throughout the day as necessary.
The second reason Disney is so safe has to do with people more than attractions. I’ve never felt in danger walking anywhere in the parks or outside the parks. I’ve walked the parks and resorts when there were almost complete void of other tourists. I’ve seen a complete stranger helping a lost child reunite with their parents. I’ve seen Cast Members help people having problems, big and small. Yes, bad things can and do happen even in the most magical place on earth, but it just isn’t something I’m concerned about. It’s a very family-friendly atmosphere, and people seem to generally look out for other guests.
5. It’s special-condition friendly
Disney World is excellent at accommodating every single one of their guests.
Guests with physical disables get assisted in every way possible when boarding rides or visiting attractions. Every bit of property is accessible and meets and even exceeds ADA regulations. While I have not experienced this accommodation personally, I’ve witnessed it many times. The best part is that Disney World Cast Members do this so discretely that most other guests don’t even notice it’s happening. Cast Members know how to serve every guest without calling attention to those who are not as able bodied.
With food allergies and special diets being quite prevalent these days, it’s comforting to know that Disney hires highly qualified chefs for both table-service restaurants and quick-service dining locations. Every dining location on Disney World property is prepared to accommodate special requests for any dish. Whether you follow a gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, paleo or any other diet, you will find meals appropriate for you. If you have allergies to wheat, peanuts, dairy, or anything else, you will also be accommodated. Don’t be afraid to speak up at a restaurant. If something you want or need isn’t on the menu, just ask and the Cast Member will do what they can to help you get it.
4. It’s immersive
Disney World is often referred to as the “Disney Bubble.” Especially for guests staying on site, it’s possible and even probable that you will completely block out the rest of the world while on vacation.
Disney resort hotels do a great job with immersing you in the theming of the resort. Disney’s Polynesian Resort makes you feel like you’re in the South Pacific while Disney’s Port Orleans puts you right in the middle of the deep south of New Orleans. The four theme parks and two water parks also have excellent theming in each of the lands. If you want to feel like you’re in the Italian Countryside, I highly recommend Via Napoli in World Showcase’s Italy. If you want to go back in time to turn of the century America, check out the American Adventure in Epcot‘s World Showcase or Liberty Square in Magic Kingdom. Main Street USA will put you in the middle of Smalltown USA and back to your childhood regardless of where you grew up. The sights, sounds, smells, and architecture are strategically placed and built to immerse you in the theming of the area.
Disney World may also be the only place that you feel comfortable wearing silly shirts and where mouse ears are a required part of your daily attire. I’m never afraid to show my Disney side; it’s part of the experience.
3. It’s active
I never judge anyone for their vacation preferences. That being said, I’m not the kind of person that wants to go sit on a beach for a week. I need to be doing something, experiencing new things, and exploring new areas. Sure, I like relaxing by the pool for a couple hours, but I don’t want that to be my whole vacation. I feel energized when I’m walking around, visiting attractions, riding rides, and watching parades and fireworks. Those people who love going to Disney over and over again are probably a lot like me in this way.
2. It’s familiar
Disney World is constantly changing, and this is exactly how its visionary wanted it. Walt Disney said, “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is Imagination left in the world.” I can only assume that this is even more true in Disney World since it’s much larger and there’s still potential for massive growth even four and a half decades after welcoming its first visitors. I love this about Disney. I could visit weekly (and I do), and I’d see something new every time.
That being said, I love that Disney is overall very familiar. I can count on receiving excellent customer service at every stop. I know I’ll be visiting my favorite attractions, seeing Tinkerbell fly through the sky before Happily Ever After, and experiencing an emotional response every time I ride Soarin‘.
The paths are familiar. The buildings are familiar. The Mickey ice cream is familiar. Every experience is different.
It’s a good balance of familiar and new.
1. It’s good for all ages
Perhaps the number one reason that people keep returning to Disney World year after year is because it’s appropriate for all ages. There is something for everyone.
Young children love meeting and greeting and even dining with their favorite characters. New Fantasyland was built specifically with families of young children in mind, and there are shows and parades daily designed specifically for kids.
Adults enjoy just about any area of the park, but if I’m having an adults-only vacation, Epcot’s World Showcase is a great place to spend a day or more. With eleven countries serving up food and beverages from different cultures, I never go hungry. There are also unique souvenirs in each of the shops. I love exploring what the shops have to sell, and I’ve been known to make a few purchases as well. It’s fun finding something new to enjoy whether it’s a small trinket, a new snack, or a fun decoration.
People who have visited Disney World several times often enjoy taking backstage tours. This is a whole new world for those who go since it’s usually off limits to the casual Disney guest.
There are also resort hotels for every style, every budget, and every age. If you want to focus on swimming and enjoying water features, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort and Disney’s Beach Club Resort are the place to be since they share the use of Stormalong Bay. If your family isn’t ready for something that big, The Big Blue Pool at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is a zero-entry pool perfect for little kids. If you want a nice place to sleep with some basic amenities, the value resorts, specifically Disney’s Pop Century, is a personal favorite. Everything Pop Food Court never disappoints, and the larger than life decade-specific icons are fun photo ops. Regardless of which hotel you choose, all ages are welcome and find enjoyment.