3. The opening of The BOATHOUSE

Earlier this year Disney Springs welcomed The BOATHOUSE restaurant to its ranks with much fanfare. Though excitement was initially high, many potential diners bristled when they saw some of the high prices for menu items. Couple this with the fact that passholder discounts were not immediately available, and The BOATHOUSE was not a part of the Disney Dining Plan, and many simply avoided the restaurant, as it was simply too much for their vacation budget to handle.  

However, even though this new restaurant got off to a poor start, it could be making its way towards recovery. Since its opening, some of the more expensive menu items have been removed, passholder discounts have been offered, and the restaurant has finally joined the Disney Dining Plan. While this dining location definitely had a rough start, it looks like it may be turning things around for the better making this one "bust" that could actually become a success! 

4. The Express Order app

Earlier this year, a new app was released that allowed guests to order items in advance from the Backlot Express restaurant at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, as well as get snacks and souvenirs delivered to their seats during Fantasmic!. 

Though guests can still pre-select food items for a few select dining locations (including Be Our Guest at the Magic Kingdom via My Disney Experience), Express Order was unique as it allowed guests to not only order food in advance, but also take it “to go”, which could have been a unique option, especially at other parks (we're looking at you, Magic Kingdom!). However, in the months since its debut, Express Order has fizzled out, failing to attract much attention from guests. Though we initially predicted that this new app would expand rapidly to other dining locations across Walt Disney World, it looks like we were a bit too optimistic, as this app has definitely been a flop. 

5. Summer 2015 at the Magic Kingdom

Last summer was definitely a blockbuster season for the Magic Kingdom, thanks in no small part to the opening of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and the completion of New Fantasyland. Though we weren’t expecting anything on this scale to happen this year, summer 2015 has been pretty rough for fans of the Magic Kingdom. Not only has the ongoing hub construction been a pain to navigate around, but lengthy closures for Dream Along with Mickey as well as Pirates of the Caribbean have put a damper on this park, especially as these two attractions are often among many guests' "must do" activities. 

Unfortunately, this summer has been tough aesthetically for the Magic Kingdom as well. With walls going up on alternating schedules around both the iconic Partners statue and Cinderella Castle, and scrims lining Main Street USA, a walk into this park hasn't been as awe-inspiring during the summer of 2015 as it has been in the past. 

Though this year has definitely had its highlights, not everything that has happened (so far) has been a rousing success, with many projects either failing to meet expectations or just flopping outright. Have you visited Walt Disney World this year? Were there any components of your visit that underwhelmed?

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In reply to by Mark Burkholder (not verified)

Just curious; what has been your negative experience with the Disney Cruise? It's the parks & resorts that have been a bit of a disappointment for us. WeI've completely enjoyed the Disney Cruises, having done the Panama crossing 4x, as well as Hawaii, & Castaway Cay. Never had a bit of trouble on any cruise

We have reservations for the Boathouse in January, and we can't wait to visit Trader Sam's Grog Grotto. To me this just means we won't have to wait 3 hours for a drink!!

I was there this summer. Despite the disappointment of not being able to walk through the castle, the trip was highly enjoyable. I think it is unfortunate that so much hype gets put on a hotel bar, which should be an afterthought rather than a primary vacation plan. I am certainly not going to waste time hopping bars at hotels I am not staying at. There is too much to do in the parks and at the resort that I have already paid for.

Totally to number 5. We went this summer to be met with construction in 3/3 parks visitited (we didn't go to Disney's Hollywood Studios), as well as Downtown Disney/Disney Springs. I asked a Cast Member at one point, who claimed that there is always construction going on in the Parks, but I don't know. This seemed different. And I think Downtown Disney loses its charm when its openness it previously boasted was removed; instead we seemed left with something that felt cramped and resembled more of a large shopping walkway instead of a cool, open area that felt very free.
Also got really annoyed at how loud the guests were and how they seemed to uh, talk over every ride audio. What's with that?

Yes I think this year there were several things that are not going Disney's way! I sent them an email after our trip but never heard back! Ticket prices are ridiculous along with the construction! Half of Hollywood Studios seemed to be out of commission! WHY did I waste my time planning and making Fast pass reservations for everything to be shut down and not available and then them tell me the few things I could use my Pass for......which we had just ridden!! No Small world....No Jungle Crusie.....No Pirates of the Caribbean. ....couldn't get Fast Pass for Snow White & Seven Dwarf Mine Train! I have been there many many time and this year people were not friendly & the Park was not taken care of! I was very disappointed! I am a Season Passport holder.....and I am reconsidering! Just got back from Disneyland and it is way cleaner than Disney World! :(

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