According to Science Direct, the fear of missing out (FOMO) is defined as, “pervasive apprehension that others might be having rewarding experiences from which one is absent.” Disney FOMO is something that affects countless theme park tourists each day, both in positive and negative connotations.
Sometimes, FOMO drives our decision-making to pick the right entertainment. On other days, we do the wrong thing because we’re afraid that somebody else will do it, causing us to feel left out. Let’s focus on that aspect right now. Here are the biggest Walt Disney World FOMOs that you may regret.
Cinderella’s Royal Table
First of all, let me say that everything I discuss here is something that a lot, maybe even most, Disney fans adore. These things aren’t for everybody, however, and the opportunity cost of choosing them is problematic.
For example, everyone dreams of dining inside Cinderella Castle. It's the most majestic setting imaginable at the Most Magical Place on Earth. Park officials understand this and price the meal there accordingly.
To dine at Cinderella’s Royal Table, you must book 180 days in advance due to its popularity. Then, you’ll pay more than $80 per person for a meal that’s…just okay. You have limited selection during your dining experience, and what’s there certainly isn’t universally appealing, at least not among the entrees.
Yes, the Disney Princess encounters are perfect, and the desserts are divine. So, you won't feel like you've made a colossal mistake or anything when you dine at Cinderella's Royal Table. It's just not something that you'll feel pressured to do ever again. I actually think that Akershus and 1900 Park Fare both offer better character meals, and they cost less. Cinderella’s Royal Table is more of a bucket list dining experience that you may not want to repeat.
It’s a Small World
Just by reading the header, the song got stuck inside your head, didn’t it? For all of the wonders of It’s a Small World, the attraction has a couple of crippling flaws. First, it’s around 12-15 minutes long plus the wait-time spent in line.
At Magic Kingdom, so many rides and shows are worthy of your time that any wasted effort is regrettable. Let’s say that you spend 45 minutes or so at It’s a Small World. Are you sure to have more fun doing that than visiting Pirates of the Caribbean or Haunted Mansion? Both of them are iconic Disney attractions with similar wait-times.
How about Mickey’s PhilHarmagic? It’s in the same area as It’s a Small World and may take less of your time. Alternately, you could head to the back of Fantasyland to ride Under the Sea – Voyage of the Little Mermaid. I view all of these attractions as equal to or significantly better than It’s a Small World. Oh, you don’t get that dreaded earworm that will haunt you for hours afterward, either.
Your FOMO may pull you toward one of the most famous rides at Disney. That doesn’t mean it’s the best thing that you could do, though.