Why Can’t We Have Nice Things in Disney World, Too?

For as massive and impressive as it is, there are still a lot of things MISSING from Disney World.

Magic Kingdom Park

The four parks that make up one of the world’s most popular vacation destinations may be filled with magic, but when you compare them to other Disney parks around the world, sometimes they fall short. Sure, we’ve got unique things like Animal Kingdom, Pandora — The World of Avatar, the World Showcase, Figment, and Liberty Square…but there are some things that we really miss that you can’t find at The Most Magical Place on Earth!


Let’s start with the animatronics! Don’t get us wrong — Disney World has some really impressive ones. (Hello, Shaman of Song on Na’vi River Journey!) But if you compare some of the new animatronics at Disney’s international parks with some of the ones we have…well, they’re outshining us for sure.

Na’vi River Journey

For instance, there are some incredibly lifelike animatronics in Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast at Tokyo Disney. And that ride has some SERIOUS tech to go along with them!

Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast at Tokyo Disneyland

And recently, Disney shared a look at the new Elsa animatronic coming to Hong Kong Disneyland. It’s a HUGE improvement from the facial projections animatronics on Frozen Ever After in EPCOT.

Maybe one day we’ll get some of these awesome animatronics in Disney World — a fan can only hope!


But what’s even more impressive than the animatronics? The rides at some of the other parks! In fact, there are many times when Disneyland or international park versions of classic rides are regarded as “much better” than their Disney World counterparts.

Pirates of the Caribbean

For example, take Pirates of the Caribbean. Not only do most people prefer the Disneyland version to the Magic Kingdom version, but the Shanghai iteration of the ride is truly epic. It features cutting-edge animatronics with IMAX-sized screens, even going as far as diving guests into Davy Jones’s Locker. Seriously impressive.

Pirates of the Caribbean at Shanghai Disneyland

We could also mention the fact that Disneyland Park gets a ride overlay that we would LOVE to see at Magic Kingdom — Haunted Mansion Holiday. The Nightmare Before Christmas-themed storyline is a fan-favorite and a must-do if you’re visiting during the winter months. But alas, the biggest holiday overlay that we get is at the Jingle Cruise.

Haunted Mansion Holiday

Many people also prefer Disneyland Resort’s version of Space Mountain, “it’s a small world,” and Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission — BREAKOUT! when compared to Tower of Terror.

Character Meets

The international parks get some pretty cool characters (we’re talking about you, Duffy and friends!), but we’ll specifically mention Disneyland Resort to make this point. The two west coast parks are constantly getting rare meet-and-greets that we don’t get in Florida, giving us some serious FOMO.


For instance, California Adventure had meets with Raya and Mirabel long before those characters ever joined the Adventure Friends Cavalcade in Magic Kingdom. And even then, you’re only seeing them from afar.

Raya on Redwood Creek Challenge Trail

We also spotted a meet-and-greet with Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and Ortensia the Cat at the California Adventure Lunar New Year Celebration in early 2023, and when Lightyear was released in summer 2022, Disneyland got a live-action Buzz Lightyear character.

Buzz, is that you?

These rare characters are often used as a method for enticing local guests to return again and again, since there aren’t as many vacationers at DLR as WDW, but we’d still love to see some unique ones here at Disney World!

Merchandise and Snacks

And finally, we have to talk about merchandise and snacks! The foreign Disney parks had Mickey-shaped soap dispensers long before they came to Disney World, and you can find unique treats in some of the Asian parks — things like Mike Wazowski Melon Bread, Potato Churros, Scrump Dumplings, and more!

Mike Wazowski Melon Bread

We long for the day when Disney introduces more outside-the-box snacks to the park…and not just for those EPCOT festivals! We would love to get a little more creative than just different flavors of churros and cupcakes.

Dim Sum from Crystal Lotus at Hong Kong Disneyland

So as you can see, we sometimes get a little jealous of the other Disney parks since they have so many cool offerings. We definitely love Disney World and everything that’s there, but we do tend to get less “special surprises” since so many guests who come to WDW are once-in-a-lifetime vacationers.

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