Top 5 Controversial Disney Parks Changes

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Cinderella Castle Cake At Christmas Magic Kingdom Disney World

Disney Parks are constantly evolving places, and attractions and other offerings are constantly coming and going. Walt Disney himself said that his parks would never be finished, but that doesn't always mean that changes are appreciated by the public.

Today we are taking you through five of the most controversial Disney Parks changes in history. Some of these people grew to love, while others remain the most hated elements of Disney Parks history.

5. Guardians of the Galaxy Mission: Breakout

Guardians of the Galaxy Mission Breakout Disney California Adventure

Guardians of the Galaxy Mission: Breakout caused quite an uproar when it was first announced. It was to replace a popular attraction, the Disney California Adventure version of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, and the concept art wasn't exactly flattering.

Luckily the actual attraction was amazing and it made up for the early controversy, as a worthy replacement of the Tower of Terror, although the exterior of the ride still faces some criticism.

4. Splash Mountain Retheme

Princess and the Frog Splash Mountain Concept Art

In 2020 Disney announced that Splash Mountain was set to be replaced in Disneyland and Disney World by a Princess and the Frog attraction. The popular ride had been plagued for years with its connection to the controversial Disney film Song of the South, and the controversy finally caught up with the ride.

While no version of the attraction has closed yet, it has already caused a lot of controversies. Response to the announcement has been mixed amoung Disney fans, with some praising the move, while others defend the ride and or Song of the South, or are just disappointed to lose a childhood classic attraction. We don't yet know what the final response to this will be, but the controversy so far is enough to give this a spot on this list.

3. Spaceship Earth Wand

Spaceship Earth Sorcerer Mickey Wand Concept Art Epcot Disney World

Disney to celebrate the beginning of the new millennium decided to add a massive Mickey wand to the iconic Spaceship Earth in Epcot that had a massive 2000 appear over the icon. This wasn't very popular, with making the icon of Epcot look less impressive, yet it ended up surviving the Millennium Celebration, with 2000 being replaced by the word Epcot after the celebration.

Epcot Spaceship Earth Sorcerer Mickey Wand Disney World

Eventually, it was removed, but it obscured the icon of Epcot for almost a decade.

2. Frozen Ever After Replacing Malestrom

Elsa Let It Go Scene Frozen Ever After Epcot Disney World

Frozen Ever After may be one of the most popular rides in Epcot now, but it was far from a popular thing when it was announced. Not only was it far from a perfect fit in its new home in Epcot's Norway Pavilion, but it also was replacing a classic ride, the Malestrom.

Malestrom Mural Epcot Attraction Disney World

Malestrom was only the second ride ever built in the World Showcase and it was a moderately popular attraction. This controversy was quickly forgotten though when the ride opened and brought one of the most popular Disney films in recent memory to the parks in ride form for the first time.

1. Cinderella Castle Cake

By far the most controversial decision in Disney Parks history was the choice to cover Cinderella Castle in massive cake themed decorations for the 25th anniversary of Walt Disney World.

Disney fans who saw it in person pretty much fell into one of two categories, either liking it as a temporary change or hate it entirely. It also didn't help that the backside of the castle was almost entirely unaffected, making for some strange transitions on the castle between the normal colors and the bright pinks of the castle cake.

Cinderella Castle Cake Decorations 25th Anniversary Magic Kingdom Walt Disney World

It was especially hated by first-time visitors who didn't get to see Cinderella Castle in its full glory.

Love it or hate it, all castle overlays since then have been much less elaborate, and its almost certainly because of this.