Some Disneyland fans have taken to the Internet to express frustration over certain changes they’ve noticed at the California theme park (Pictures: Getty/Reddit)
Some Disneyland guests have taken to the Internet in recent weeks to launch complaints about an apparent lack of ‘Disney magic’ they’ve noticed at the California amusement park.
Park visitors say between major ride changes and rising prices, Disneyland is not what it was before the coronavirus pandemic.
Some guests have even taken to Reddit to complain about foul smells in varying points of the parks.
One person wrote: ‘Been going since I was a kid. And can’t recall ever smelling what I smelled yesterday. The entire park smelled of sewage or garbage. From Disneyland to California Adventure I smelled it the entire 12 hours I was there.’
Over 100 people commented on the issue (Picture: Reddit)
Over 100 people commented in response to the post, many agreeing they’d been to the parks and experienced smelling something similar.
‘The past couple of times I’ve smelt sewage at various points in the park, namely in Fantasyland. I thought I was losing my mind,’ one commentator wrote. Park guests listed several parts of the park where they thought the smell was most noticeable, and one even claimed to have seen actual sewage in the moat at Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.
Another fan chimed in, ‘Since reopening there has been a mysterious sewage smell that comes and goes.’
‘We’d always smell it as we left, almost like a putrid goodbye from Disneyland. Over time I’ve been smelling it randomly elsewhere in the park, the worst being this past weekend where it seemed like it was everywhere.’
Disney fans theorized why the park apparently now smells of sewage (Picture: Reddit)
The commentator then speculated that the foul scent could be an unintended result of Disneyland shutting down during the coronavirus pandemic.
After shuttering due to the pandemic and reopening last year, all Disney parks have undergone some major changes. Meaning for fans, lines may be a little longer, more rides are experiencing breakdowns and others may be shuttered all together due to construction projects.
Construction projects for the park include the closure of the beloved Pirates of the Caribbean ride, which will be closed as the riverfront gets a facelift, according to MiceChat, a Disney news and reviews site.
The restaurant alongside the Pirates of the Caribbean, the Blue Bayou, is also undergoing renovations, much to the ire of many fans, who say the restaurant is too pricey to eat next to ongoing construction.
Some commenters pointed out specific portions of the park they felt were impacted the most (Picture: Reddit)
‘That famous Blue Bayou ambiance? Disneyland show quality? Forget it,’ according to MiceChat. ‘Guests get to enjoy their expensive Blue Bayou meal with the view of a construction wall. Not Disney dining at its finest.’
Also being renovated are the park’s Toon Town and a large portion of Downtown Disneyland.
Disney guests have also been reporting longer lines, mainly caused by a new, paid app, Genie Plus, and that dining reservations are much more difficult to obtain, according to SFGate.
The apparent onslaught of criticism for the parks come as many protest the corporation over its response to Florida’s ‘Parental Rights in Education’ bill, nicknamed the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill.
Guests even reported seeing sewage within the parks (Picture: Reddit)
Protestors have asked the corporation to stop donating to politicians involved in the passage of the bill, including Governor Ron DeSantis.
Many Disney employees have called out the company for not taking a stronger stance against the legislation. On Monday, CEO Bob Chapek said it was a ‘mistake’ to not take a stand against the bill earlier.
Chapek also promised to put together a task force to create more LGBTQ+ content for children.
Despite the promises, about 60 employees took part in a company-wide walk out in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Reuters reported.
On Tuesday Disney wrote on Facebook that the company opposes ‘any legislation that infringes on basic human rights’ and stands ‘in solidarity’ with LGBTQ employees ‘who make their voices heard today and every day.’
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