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?