DISNEY MOMENTS CH- CH- CH- CHANGES
With apologies to psychiatrist Elisabeth Kubler-ross, and tongue firmly planted in cheek, I realized that I go through Kubler-ross’ five stages of grief every time Disney announces another major change at Walt Disney World.
My most recent journey through the stages began over a year ago, when Disney announced that Maelstrom would be replaced by a Frozen- themed ride.
Now, to understand the full magnitude of this, you need to also understand that my family has been going to Walt Disney World almost every year since our kids were young. And, every time we went, we added more and more traditions.
One of these traditions was to ride Maelstrom in Epcot’s Norway Pavilion on the first night we arrived. It grew to become an important part of each visit. So when we first heard it was closing, I immediately denied it was happening, “No, that can’t be right! I must have heard it wrong.”
Then I got a tad bit angry, since we were losing something that meant something to us, but just a tad—since I can’t stay angry at Disney.
After that, I tried bargaining. “Ok, well, it hasn’t closed yet, and I haven’t heard anything recently about the closing, so maybe they called it off. Maybe Disney knew that I was out there, wordlessly sending my thoughts and concerns, and decided to honor my wishes.”
Then came the depression. And if you’ve never seen a 50-year-old man with depression about a ride going away, then I’d suggest you continue not seeing it. Not pretty. But, now, finally, with it being a year since the announcement, I’ve come to accept it, however grudgingly.
Of course, I’ve gone through this same cycle to varying degrees with many of the changes they’ve made at WDW through the years. Going back to our first visit in 1998, when Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride was replaced, to 2004 when Food Rocks closed, to the most recent changes when they removed the Backlot Tour and ended the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights and Star Wars Weekends at Hollywood Studios, to get ready for Toy Story Land and Star Wars Land, to future changes like Disneyquest’s closing.
Yes, each change brings its own journey. But, as they say, it’s better to have ridden, then to never have ridden at all.