Are The Disney Theme Parks For Everyone?
You’ve probably been reading about it in the news. One woman’s viral tweet about millennials ruining her child’s experience at Walt Disney World. Reading the headlines you’d think that something must have happened where millenials cut in line or stood in front of her child while watching a parade. None of those were the case. It was the simple fact that they were there at the parks enjoying themselves that set her off. With the post going viral we thought we’d add our two cents to the ever-growing question: Are the Disney Theme Parks for everyone? We’ve also written some advice to help you make your Disney vacation better with tips on how to avoid getting angry and frustrated throughout the day.
The post that everyone is talking about was retweeted and started going viral. The rant is filled with a lot of hate for millenials and some adult words. The woman’s main complaint was this,
“DW is a FAMILY amusement park! Yet these IMMATURE millennials THROW AWAY THEIR MONEY ON USELESS CRAP!!!! They have NO idea the JOY and HAPPINESS it is to MOTHERS WHO BUYS [sic] THEIR BABIES TREATS AND TOYS!!!!”
She went on to complain about a girl who she thought was dressed inappropriately and how her son started crying because he didn’t get to have a Mickey Pretzel but this millennial girl did. She then insisted that visitors without children be banned from the parks entirely and that, “mothers with children should be allowed to skip ALL THE LINE!!!!”
You can read the full tweet here just be aware that there is adult language.
As you can imagine there were quite a few reactions to this from both sides. Some people agreed with the woman, many did not and then there were a lot of making-fun-of comments.
There were comments about why someone would take a 3 year old to the parks when they most likely wouldn’t remember the trip at all. Others suggest the woman, “be a better mother” and teach her child that they don’t always get everything they want. Whatever your opinion is on the matter (which you should share below), here’s ours:
Reading this story, we’re completely unphased and strongly believe that the Disney Theme Parks are for everyone no matter your age. There doesn’t need to be tell-tell signs that adults without kids are welcome. On opening day Walt Disney said, “Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past…” Guests young and old should live out memories they’ve made before and make new ones. And of course make it yours by having lots and lots of fun.
This tweet was probably a “heat of the moment” rant and there were several parts that didn’t make sense (like banning all childless guests but allowing mothers with children to skip the lines). Everyone has their own opinions on what the parks should and shouldn’t be; and that’s just the point here. You should make your trip what you want while keeping realities in mind, the biggest one being you have no control over who comes to the parks. Only Disney does and for the last 64 years they’ve been saying all are welcome.
So yes, keep going to the parks whether you’re with your children, by yourself, enjoying your honeymoon or celebrating your 50th wedding anniversary. Don’t let anyone’s personal view keep you from having fun. Be respectful and courteous and follow all the park rules for your safety and the safety of others.
So buy that Mickey pretzel, enjoy a dole whip, wear your favorite Mickey or Minnie Ears and get your picture taken with the Fab Five. It’s your time at the parks, make the most of it!
Making a better trip
With all the time we’ve spent at Disneyland and Walt Disney World we can honestly say that the parks can bring out the best in people and the worst in people.
You’ve probably read or seen the fight that happened in Toontown not that long ago at Disneyland Park between family members. It’s really sad to see something like that happen, especially around kids. There’s no excuse for it. Small things like where to go next or where to eat can turn into arguments pretty easy after a long day at the parks. People are hot, they’re tired, their feet hurt because they’ve been standing all day, they’re hungry and all they want to do is sit down and take a rest. Combine all of this and we’ve seen some pretty crazy things go down.
So how can you prevent arguments from spilling over? Our best advice is to plan ahead at the beginning of the day what you want to do. Everyone is excited to go to the parks, energized and had their morning coffee. Now plan your day including what attractions you want to do, places you want to eat and shows you want to see. Allow everyone to put in their opinion. If you need to split into two groups to accommodate smaller children and bigger children, do it. Get your agreed-upon plan put together and then follow it. If someone doesn’t like something figure it out then and not later.
We would also recommend taking breaks throughout the day for rest and rejuvenation. Some people can go go go and some people can’t. Taking a 10-15 minute break can make all the difference to someone and their attitude. It’s worth stopping for 15 minutes than to hear someone complain for hours. We all have different needs. It’s really easy to feel rushed to get things done. Just make sure there is a balance between having fun and running yourself and others to the point of exhaustion.
For families with children, remember that a lot of the time kids get worn out faster than adults. Letting smaller kids take naps or taking more frequent breaks is a good idea.
For families with children, remember that a lot of the time adults get worn out faster than kids. Letting adults take naps or taking more frequent breaks is a good idea. 😂 (Some kids just have endless energy!)
As we mentioned above, be courteous and respectful to other park guests and especially Cast Members. Follow their directions and the rules of the parks.
You’re time at Disney is going to be exciting and magical! We’ve been travelling to the parks for many many years, sometimes with our children and sometimes not. We thoroughly enjoy our time both ways as each provides a different and unique experience. Not every trip is going to be perfect which is definitely something to keep in mind. Some things are out of our control. However, we are in control of our attitudes and that’s what makes the biggest difference.
As to images © Tours Departing Daily
Dean has been writing and blogging for over 10 years. He specializes in Disney theme park news including updates, openings, special events and general advice for travelers. He doesn’t shy away from the good, the bad and the ugly. His previous work includes being a Cast Member at Disneyland and working as a travel agent.