Parents: Are you a Disney hater?

Are you a Disney Hater? Do you refuse to take your kids to Disney World, Disney Land or even EuroDisney? Do you hate Disney movies, toys and paraphernalia?

We have several friends with kids that are very anti-Disney, especially the theme parks. You would think their kids were asking their parents to be put on the racks in a torture chamber not ride in honey pots around Pooh’s storybook or fly across the sky with Peter Pan.

The same parents always groan on Facebook when we post photos from our Disney adventures. I have never pressed any of our friends about why they refuse to take their kids to the theme park, but I can make several guesses.

I think maybe they are worried about the commercialism and marketing aimed at their kids. There is no doubt they will be inundated with things their kids will want but we just say no. We bought three stuff animals and two shirts I think on the last trip and that was it.

I guess they also think it’s expensive but all theme parks are expensive — even local ones like Six Flags. One friend reluctantly took their child to Disney and then to Universal. The parent was unbelievably negative about Disney but loved Universal. I think it goes beyond just plain expense; it seems to be a particular aversion to Disney.

I guess it could also be the crowds and the lines but again most theme parks have those, and they can be avoided with a little planning.

I guess I just think the benefits of the Disney outweigh the negatives. The kids have a fantastic time there. They are happy. Everything is aimed at them. It’s all for them. It is magical and they have many wonderful memories of going as I do from childhood.

So all you Disney haters out there, enlighten me. Help me understand what your issues are specifically with the theme parks. How or why are they worse than other theme parks? Why is it a (moral?) struggle to take your children there and indulge in the Disney fantasy for a few days?

Also tell us if you were a Disney hater and went with your kids, how do you feel now? Did it reinforce your hate or could you see the magic?

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HB

July 19th, 2010
1:48 pm

I have to admit, I’m intrigued by people’s attitudes, both positive and negative, toward Disney. I really don’t understand some adults’ obsession with it and the parks and am amazed at how many families go there over and over again. (For many families I know, EVERY big vacation is a trip to Disney, staying on campus. Seriously, if you can afford that, shouldn’t kids get a variety of experiences? Mix it up a little!)

On the other hand, I don’t understand the total haters either. I know some people who don’t particularly like it because they want more thrill rides (I can see that) and others who generally try to do less commercial things (those folks don’t flock to Universal either), but for many it goes deeper than that to a real hatred of all things Disney. Something about that company just gets people all worked up!

anne

July 19th, 2010
1:51 pm

Disney-hater seems a little strong too me. I have nevern been to Disney. Never had the desired. My daughter hasnever been to Disney. It just seems to me that there are better things to spend my money on and more interesting places to go.

I also see Disney – and any other amusement park located in the South – as a public health hazard. All that standing around in lines on hot blacktop. No thank you!

Not a Disney hater, not just our cup of tea. Perhaps you are over-reacting?

JJ

July 19th, 2010
1:55 pm

My ex SIL goes to DisneyWorld at least once a year. She will even drive all the way down there just to spend ONE day at Disney.

I’ve been to Disneyland in CA several times, and to Disney World once, when my daughter was 5. To me, it’s no different than Six Flags….except a much grander scale. It’s too expensive, and the lines are incredibly long. Been there, done that, got several tee shirts!!!

I do look forward to taking my future grandchildren one day.

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

July 19th, 2010
2:04 pm

I’m a TOTAL disney theme park hater! Can’t stand it. And it comes down to one concept..and that’s value. Most know I live in the great state of Colorado….so let me give you a run down. When my son was three, we took a family trip to Maui, stayed in a condo on the beach, grilled burgers and dogs as the sun set on the horizon. I got to hang with my son during all this and the only distraction was the sound of the waves crashing on the beach so loud we had to speak up. We could see whales breaching the ocean every single day. Sand castles, boogie boarding, snorkling, chasing sea turtles all included.

Fast forward to the following year, I took my son to Orlando to visit my best friend. The flight was a little bit longer because we had a layover in Dallas/Ft Worth and cost was the same. Fortunately, I have a very good friend who lives there and we crashed at his house. I looked into staying at Disney, and it was 30% more than the beachside condo in Maui….and it was just a hotel room. All for the privilege of staying in the magic kingdom. Exit the first ride of the day, Pirates of the Carribean, directly into the gift shop where the kid found exactly the one prize we told him he could get from Disney and for the rest of the day kept asking to make sure we could go get the prize. Spent most of the day in lines in oppressive humid and hot weather. And my god, the food there….to describe it as edible would be giving it way too much credit.

Make no mistake, Disney is a casino for kids. A grand marketing dynasty designed to dull the senses and make it that much easier to separate parents from their money in the name of their kids. Comparatively speaking, there is no value in it for me and my family. And that’s the rub…there is so little value in it, to me it feels like a giant sham. Do you think those fast passes are for visitors convenience? Guess what you’re not doing when you’re stuck in line? Spending money elsewhere, that’s what.

Apparently my kid isn’t too impressed with it either. After we left, we asked what his favorite part of our Florida trip was and he said going out on my buddies boat on the lake and getting towed in an innertube. We asked what he liked about Disney, and he said the rides were lots of fun but he really didn’t like waiting in line so much and would have rather been swimming in my buddies pool. then we asked him where we should go on our next vacation and he said Hawaii. he wants to go boogie boarding again. Don’t have much of a wait to catch the next wave.

I understand why kids gets suckered into it……for the life of me, I can’t understand why adults do though. I went to Disneyland a lot as a kid and loved it. But I also lived in Europe as a kid too…and even at a young age, I recognized that gazing upon the Matterhorn in Anaheim was a very, very cheap substitute for standing at the foothills of the actual Matterhorn in Switzerland. I’m sure my kid will ask to go back to Disney, but from experience, I know I’m robbing him of really valuable experiences by taking him there when I can use the resources to take him somewhere like Yellowstone. And it doesn’t have to be an outdoorsy thing either. NYC is in the future.

What I’m saying is that Disney is devoid of culture and opportunities to learn something that will stick. TWG…for someone so concerned about summer brain drain, and the value of education and experience….I’m surprised you’re so pro-Disney.

The world is an epic novel, and to take your kids to Disney is like handing them a comic book.

CPT

July 19th, 2010
2:10 pm

I’m a ‘crowd hater’ and it’s hard to visit Disney without encountering massive crowds. Even a light-crowd day is too much for me.

Hate it

July 19th, 2010
2:12 pm

I find nothing amusing about amusement parks. I mean, sure, the 90 secoonds that the roller coaster is actually in motion is kind of a rush, but the rest of the 8 hours in line is horrible.

My son has never expressed a desire to go to Disney World. If he does, I will take him. However, I am certainly not going to bring it up.

What gets me is the Disney Synchophants who act like I am denying my kid some rite of passage.

I’d rather him see more of Appalachia before the gated community developers and Walmart ruins what little is left. I’d rather him visit the Southwest and hike to the bottom of a canyon.

HB

July 19th, 2010
2:15 pm

Follow-up question, Tiger: is it Disney in particular that you hate, or overly commercial, limited value theme parks in general? Would you feel as negative about other theme park resorts (like Universal with it’s two or three parks and now Harry Potter)?

SNY

July 19th, 2010
2:20 pm

We just came back from Disney World yesterday and I have to tell you, we all loved it. My husband and I and our 3 kids, age 7,12,&15. (The 15 is my nephew) This was our 1st family vacation and I loved the experience. We are planning another one already. I didnt really care for the lines but that is what the fast pass is for. It is definately our cup of tea and my 7 yr old cant wait to go back.

For people who hate Disney I say “to each his own”. But as long as my children want to go, we will. Plus we are also planning a trip somewhere where we can be alone as well and just be a family away from home. Im sure that trip will be just as fun.

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

July 19th, 2010
2:26 pm

“You would think their kids were asking their parents to be put on the racks in a torture chamber not ride in honey pots around Pooh’s storybook or fly across the sky with Peter Pan”

I think riding around in honey pots IS the definition of torture!

Don’t even get me started on Pooh. Am I the only one who thinks that is just a metaphor of the most dysfunctional family ever? Don’t we all have an Eeeyore in the family. That one annoying, whiny, negative cousin, sibling, aunt or uncle who never finds the good in anything and just complains about the state of their world, but won’t actually do anything to change it? And that freaking owl who is SOOOO much smarter than everyone else, but would never dare to actually teach Pooh and the others how to read because then he’d lose his status as “the smart one”. And rabbit is just the ODC relative who obsesses over his garden and has to wash his hands 100 times a day and lock the front door deadbolt six times repeatedly before he can go to bed. And Pooh….where do I start with Pooh. The well intentioned….utterly STUPID kid of the family who everyone hopes will learn how to fix lawn mowers some day so that the rest of the family won’t have to support him into adulthood.

“I guess I just think the benefits of the Disney outweigh the negatives. The kids have a fantastic time there. They are happy. Everything is aimed at them. It’s all for them. It is magical and they have many wonderful memories of going as I do from childhood.”

Here’s the problem with that argument TWG…..you assume that the benefits are so great, that it warrants taking them repeatedly because those benefits can’t be experienced anywhere else. In actuality, every time you utilize scarce resources to go there every year, you deny them from experiencing a new place with equal (and most likely better) benefits.

DigALittleDeeper

July 19th, 2010
2:28 pm

I have seen everything there is to see in Orlando (Disney, Universal, Sea World, etc…). This year was my last time with my daughter (15 age) before she moves into adult hood. We took the trip in stages (3rd ,6th and 9th grade). No more children vacations for me (Yippey). From this year forward, we’re going to see the Real World.

I hate Disney because it’s hot, lines are too long and over priced.

KT

July 19th, 2010
2:29 pm

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp – dude seriously, relax, its just a theme park. Take some Zanax and chill.

Wes

July 19th, 2010
2:29 pm

Yeah, I can’t understand the hatred for it. Disney World is the most well put together park ever. Six Flags doesn’t compare. Everything there is well thought out, even standing in line. Most newer rides have lines inside, where its air conditioned.

And you don’t have to spend the money, except for the tickets. But I just don’t understand the poster above who complains about all the money they make you spend in the park. Learn to tell your kids NO! We are going this year. If we get a tshirt, it will be from a souvenir shop, not from in the park. Think ahead people.

Kids love it, that’s why we go. Its not going to educate them, nor is it the best value, but its a hell of a lot of fun, and that’s the bottom line. Seeing a kids face light up when they see all the stuff there is well worth the money. I’m going in a month, and I can’t wait.

Terry Malloy

July 19th, 2010
2:33 pm

I would never go to a Disney deal since I don’t want to be surrounded by stinking brats, sow-moms and kitty-whipped dads. Plus, the whole deal was founded by an anti-semitic jerk.

WGD

July 19th, 2010
2:35 pm

Our kids have now out-grown the Disney era but we, perhaps as adults attempting to recapture our youth, make the trip to Disney World at least once a year and sometimes twice. I can agree with other posts that describe the food and “bank for the buck” and can, to some extent, agree. But, the fact is, we just seem to really enjoy ourselves at Disney.
We are flying to LA this weekend and, having never been to Disney Land, are planning a trek there next Monday.

WGD

July 19th, 2010
2:36 pm

oops – “bang for the buck — Sorry!

Dad of Two

July 19th, 2010
2:38 pm

My two girls (6 and 3) love Disney and my wife’s family is from the Tampa/Orlando area so we go quite often.

The haters will always been able to find something to whine about or point fingers at, you won’t convince them otherwise.

Andrea

July 19th, 2010
2:39 pm

@Tiger: You are killing me with the dysfunctional family analogy. I have not laughed that hard in a long time. While I am not the lead cheerleader on the Disney bandwagon, I can’t say I have honestly seen Disney evoke that much emotion from one individual. Let’s just sing “It’s a Small World” and call it a day. LOL

Disney Indifferent

July 19th, 2010
2:41 pm

If my kids asked, I would take them to Disney ONLY because my wife has been to Disney and would not deny our kids the opportunity. With that having been said, I agree with previosu posts regarding the value and economic bang for the buck. I just haven’t seen the value in it. My kids love Universal Studios, SeaWorld, Busch (Duff) Gardens, Six Flags, etc. but have never asked to go to Disney. Frankly, I’m glad because what it costs for a week at Disney I could spend two weeks somewhere else.

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

July 19th, 2010
2:42 pm

@HB….I think Disney particulary rankles me because most of the amusement parks I have experience with don’t promote the “more, more, more” frame of mind like Disney. Disney is about making it a vacation, not a day at the park. Stay longer, let us make sure that you don’t have to go anywhere or do anything that we don’t have our pockets line with seems to be their business plan. They really remind me of the mob. And more power to them…it’s a great business model. I’m not anti capitalism. I just take offense to overpriced under perfomance.

bbb

July 19th, 2010
2:44 pm

As the great Mel Brooks states, it’s all about “merchandising” Camping, hiking, US parks, and the ocean can provide thrilling adventures for children as much as the amusement ride. I have seen adults and children alike squeal over Mickey. I don’t hate him….but I don’t think his only motive is to provide joy to humanity.

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

July 19th, 2010
2:46 pm

Oh and before I completely condemn Disney for being immoral…some would say it’s immoral to let a sucker keep their money…..so more power to them. I just don’t want to be their sucker again.

DB

July 19th, 2010
2:46 pm

We’ve been to Disney as a family a couple of times — Universal Studios, etc. We try to time it on off-season times, when the crowds are not as thick. I’d be just as happy if I never went again — been there, done that. We had a good time when we went — but there are other things to see and do in the world that I’d rather explore, instead of Disney all the time.

I have a friend who is a Disney addict. She likes that it is “clean” and “safe”. Her family has Disney vacation points (their version of a time-share, and generous ones), and they go down at least twice a year. Whenever my Girl Scouts would want to go on a trip and do something fun — she would always urge us to go to Disney, because we could learn to ’surf’ at Disney, we could go to the water park, we could go to the zoo, etc. We could even go scuba diving in a tank! No need to get out into the mucky, dangerous real world.

I wonder if that’s the attraction for families — Disney is a “known” quantity — safe, clean, family-friendly, etc. Sometimes it seems to be kowtowing to the “entertain me NOW!” generation, where kids aren’t allowed to be bored for more than 5 minutes (DVD in the cars, movies on their cell phones, etc.) Family vacations that aren’t at “destinations” are often more work in the planning. Maybe some families just can’t manage it.

JJ

July 19th, 2010
2:52 pm

No POOH BASHING, I’ll NOT stand for it!!!

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

July 19th, 2010
2:54 pm

@KT….don’t take me too seriously….blogging leaves out much needed inflection to add to context. I’m laughing (not snarling) my way through my rant, and hoping I make others, like Andrea, get a little laugh out of it as well. No anger here…just pure lighthearted cynicism and sarcasm. ;-)

motherjanegoose

July 19th, 2010
2:56 pm

Our family has been to Disneyland several times together.

My son went to Disneyworld, when he was 2 ( with us). My daughter went when she was 16 ( with a school trip). We did some of the other properties about 8 years ago. We have also been to Sea World and Universal Studios…holding annual passes to both. My daughter and son want to see the Harry Potter exhibit ( ? is that the correct term). We may do it this winter. We also hold season passes to Dollywood this year…it is cooler in the mountains and we go for the Holiday season and fall fest. It is country/hokey but we like it. The scenic drive is beautiful.

I AM IN CROWDS ALL THE TIME AT THE AIRPORT AND I DO NOT LIKE TO STAND IN LINE WITH CRANKY PEOPLE….MYSELF INCLUDED. I also do not want to pay to sweat in line.
Thus, I do not do Six Flags. I have not been to Disneyworld in years and if you offered me ( right now) a 3 day all expenses package, I would pass. I do like Disneyworld, even though it is not as grand. The weather is MUCH more pleasant, in the spring and fall. I would go there again in a heartbeat. We have gone in mid November where you ride, get off, ride, get off….as much as you want to.

@ tiger…your post could be longer than mine today….:0

Here is my opinion for you:
You and I have both have seen a lot of things ( me mostly in the US) but there are some people who are not brave enough to try new things. A LOT of folks, in the south, do the same summer vacation each year and never branch out. While I love the beach….there are lots of other things to see. There are even other beaches! My husband and I were really intrigued with the Oregon coast last month and the weather was incredible …we want to go again!

My daughter and I were just talking, today, about the time we rode the stagecoach in Arizona and she rode a camel with yellow gooey teeth….hilarious!

Our family has lots of memories from lots of places….Disneyworld…not so much!

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

July 19th, 2010
3:01 pm

@JJ….WAKE UP!!!!! Pooh wasn’t created by A.A. Milne out of inspiration……it was out of REVENGE!!! ;-)

Fred (with a capitol "F")

July 19th, 2010
3:05 pm

It is funny how different people perceive the value proposition differently. We’ve been to Disney a couple of times for a few days each time. We also have visited other parks. Disney really does the park thing the best IMO. I’ve been to Hawaii twice, this last time with both kids and found it to be the second most expensive place to vacation with Bermuda being the most expensive. We have done a variety of vacations including New York, the beach, the mountains, etc and each had something to offer. I think the kids take their clue from the parents. If you go determined that you will hate the lines and hate the cost and hate the food, everyone will hate the experience. If you go with the attitude that it something new to be experienced, then you get something better out of it I think. We haven’t always had a great time or experience with the various places we’ve been but we have almost always gotten something to remember and talk about out of all of them even if it was a laugh about how bad some place was! For us, Branson just didn’t cut it but I know people that go every year. Disney was fun but a little goes a long way for our family. Not that we wouldn’t go back, it just is not a place to go frequently.

Scott

July 19th, 2010
3:06 pm

While you definitely pay a premium for “The Disney Experience” when going to their parks, I believe it is worth it as long as you make it once every 3-4 years or so. The thing Disney does better than any other park is provide the ambiance to go along with the rides/experiences. I’m a 38 y/o male and Disney is still my favorite park experience…even moreso now that I have children. To see their excitement adds all the more to the value.

I can understand the argument against Disney that they are the corporate giant that over commercializes everything and gets rich while doing so. I agree! But at the same time, I agree that the experience is worth my money and provides great fun and memories for myself and children.

motherjanegoose

July 19th, 2010
3:06 pm

oops…I do like DisneyLAND….sorry…too many Disneys!

penguinmom

July 19th, 2010
3:09 pm

6 flags is not comparable to Disney. 6 Flags is dirty with massively expensive food that is absolutely inedible. I also would expect 6 flags to have more petty crime. I pretty much refuse to go to 6 flags. The only time my kids have gone (with my husband) has been with free tickets from a reading program they have.

I think Disney World is wonderful but we’ve only gotten to take our kids once. We’re hoping to go sometime in the next year. Last time we went in February which meant the heat and the crowds weren’t bad at all.

Last time we went to Disney, I found the food to be a little pricey but not bad. It’s about Applebee’s prices and the food is at least as good if not better than most fast food places. We did one of the character dinners and it was all very good food.

Disney is also very safe. We left my bag (with money in it) in the Disney stroller outside every ride and it was never even touched. There level of crime is Extremely low.

As far as expense, we paid $70/night for the Disney hotel which included free bus rides to and from the parks. The room had a fridge so we brought breakfast and lunch things to lower our food costs. If you are from Georgia, they often have deals on accommodations and/or tickets.

I do have one friend who is a complete Disney freak. I think that’s a little weird. They have season passes because they go so often even though they live here in Atlanta. They’ve also done the cruises a couple of times. I’d rather go to different places on vacation. Disney is just one of the places we’ve got on our list. We’re thinking of going to Washington DC this spring and like to go to the beach also.

Of course, my boys are really looking forward to LegoLand opening in Florida fall 2001!

davisdad97

July 19th, 2010
3:10 pm

Disney Lover here! I have five children ranging from 6-24. The great thing about Disney is there is something for everyone. We all enjoy going there and will be making our 10th trip down there this year.

As for hot and long waits. If the hot is what bothers you, go at a time where the weather is cooler. We go in September every year and it is much more pleasent. We are fortunate to have a Fall break that allows us to go that time a year. As for long lines, if this is a big problem for you, go a different time of year. Believe it or not, Disney does have an off season. September-mid November. January-April. If you cant go during that time, you the fast pass system. This will limit your time considerably. We have a set plan on what to fast pass and what to stand in line for. It may take a little while to figure this out but once you do you considerably limit the amount of time that you are standing in line.

As for expenses. Disney can be as expensive or as inexpensive as you want it to be. Sure you can stay on property, eat at all of the expensive restraunts and buy the souveniers in the park and you will spend a fortune. There is a way to do it and spend less. Disney tickets are not expensive if you buy multi-days. If you are only going one or two days yes it can be pricey. Staying off property is also a consideration. We bought a time share and this has reduced our cost significantly. But for those of you not going every year, Disney does offer value resorts. These are not low end hotel rooms. There is nothing short of first class that Disney offers and these rooms are, most of the time, cost less than a room off disney property. As for food. Disney allows coolers. You can bring water, soda, fruit, sandwiches or anything else you can fit in a small cooler (except of alcohol). And lastly souveniers. There is a Disney outlet store at a local outlet mall. They have a ton of of items at reasonable prices. Alot of this is discontinued items but you will also find items that are also in the park.

I know that there will be some that still do not like the Disney experience. As for my family (all seven of us), we look forward to it every year!

one of "those" disney fans

July 19th, 2010
3:23 pm

Many people do not realize that WDW in Fla is the size of Manhattan. Just as families would NEVER plan a trip of everything Manhattan has to offer in 3 days, families should not plan a trip to “do everything Disney” in 3 days. Yet – this is exactly what families do, and they come back from their vacation hot, tired, and plain worn out – all blaming “disney.” I have been there probably 100s of times – my son who is 8 has probably been there about 20 times (I’m guessing.) We started taking them at 3 months. All I can say, is that Disney is like a more wholesome New Orleans – what I mean by that is that I heard there is a saying about New Orleans that “if you can’t get it in New Orleans, you can’t get it.” You will get at Disney whatever it is that you are looking for. If you are seeking out a candy filled schmaltz fest, you will get it. If you are seeking an educational experience, you will get that. If you want to do it five star and not see a single kid – believe it or not, you can do it. If you want to have a romantic honeymoon, or a blowout with the extended family – it’s all possible. Golfer? Early morning Surfing lessons? Spa experience? Horseback riding? Fishing? Hot air balloon ride? Snorkeling with Sharks? Scuba Diving? Doing a ladybug release in the rose garden? Race car driving? Private safari to have up-close encounters with wild animals? It’s all there. We have kids age 6 and 8, and go several times a year and do different things each time, and REALLY enjoy the things we happen to be doing. We try to never do the same thing twice in a year – it’s easy to do. We’ve stayed there a week before and never set foot in the Magic Kingdom. Why do we go back again and again? Because it’s EASY. We have kids and it’s EASY – kids are not only welcome they are EXPECTED at even “fine dining” places. The kids are entertained, they enjoy it – the adults enjoy it – all in all we have a real VACATION. When the kids are older, we’ll plan trips to Yellowstone, DC, NYC – but at age 6 and 8, it makes for an easier educational experience to go to what my friends call The Land of the Giant Mouse. And at the end of the day your 6 year old can ride down a slide shaped like a serpant’s tongue. What is more fun than that. For you Disney haters – know that you can stick your head in the sand and deny it, but the fact is they do have incredible experiences there – we try to “wow” the kids at least once every trip, and we do try to make it a learning experience at every turn, and they know it. For those who think Disney is all about commercialism, high fructose corn syrup, burgers and fries and and waiting in lines in steamy black asphalt while singing “it’s a small world” – really you are missing something really cool. Next time you go, take the time to research unique and different things – have everyone in your family choose ONE “must do.” Then do it. It’s not all about the kids. Make Disney part adult vacation as well as kids vacation. You’ll enjoy it, and your kids just might walk away with a better appreciation of “fun.”

Brian

July 19th, 2010
3:33 pm

You are doing your kids a great disservice if you don’t take them to Disney. Most on here complain about the prices and the crowds, will complain about that anywhere. The trick with Disney and yes my family has been every year for the past five, is to go in the off season. The best time to go is the first several weeks of october or december. Most families will be in school and the lines are non-existent. In october you can visit Mickey’s spooktacular, and in December there is no place like Disney for Christmas. Your kids will love it, just do like we do and stay in one of the value resorts and eat very little at the parks and you can get in and out for a week under 1400 with meals for a family of four. No one does it better for children than Disney.

Bob LeBlah

July 19th, 2010
3:35 pm

Disney is not that expensive if you know what you’re doing. We spent $38 per person per day on tickets. You’d spend that at six flags and not get nearly the enjoyment. Yes staying in the park is expensive, so don’t. Stay in hotels just a mile or 2 off the property.. you save bundles…

JJ

July 19th, 2010
3:37 pm

PenguineMom – LegoLand is already open. A friend of mine took his sons back in May.

LWA

July 19th, 2010
3:38 pm

I love Disney. We only take the kids when they are old enough to walk for long distances without the need of a stroller. My rules when we visit a park: you must walk and carry your own stuff. I don’t carry anything.

In ‘07 we went the Sunday after the last day of school and the crowds were very, very light and the weather was nice. I have visited in August and it is to hot. It is good clean fun and for me I felt like a kid again. There is always something new to see and do there. I have gone 4 times since ‘94 and I plan to go again when the now 4 year old is about 8.

It is as expensive or as cheap as you want to make it. We stayed off property at a Residence Inn. Breakfast was included. Light lunch at the park and dinner at a national chain (Fridays, Applebee’s, etc). The kids saved up Christmas and birthday money for 1 year to get the souvenir’s that they wanted (and had to carry).

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

July 19th, 2010
3:40 pm

@one of those disney fans…..I’ll admit I didn’t have a bad time at DisneyWorld. I just can’t get through the smoke and mirrors of it all. I’m sure you can do all those things that you mentioned. We went we stopped off at the faux Hotel Del on property just to check it out. Much to my surprise, the Hotel Del in Coronado is much, much nicer…..SHOCKING.

And that, my fellow bloggers, is why I hate Disney theme parks. I believe they sell you a cheap substitute of the real things they imitate and promote them as “as good as the real thing”. Well they’re not as good as the real thing. Having an italian meal in EPCOT by an italian foreign exchange student is not as good as, or the same as, having an italian meal in Italy…..or even an italian meal in lower Manhattan run by a 3rd generation italian family. But Disney will go to any length to tell you it is.

Walking through a castle that looks a whole lot like Neuschwanstein in Bavaria in Orlando is NOT remotely similar to going there. But they’ll sell it as an impressive “replica”.

I’m not offended by those who subscribe to Disney fanaticism, I’m sure that my rants have given the impression that I am, so I apologize. But in the spirit of what TWG requested…why do Disney haters hate Disney, I present my, and mine only, reasons today.

JJ

July 19th, 2010
3:49 pm

Brian, I prefer to go to new places. Not the same one over and over and over. There is just too much of this world to see to go to the same places over and over and over. I’ve done Disney. Off to a new adventure.

My daughter NEVER asked to go back to DisneyWorld. She much prefers to see new places too.

HB

July 19th, 2010
3:51 pm

I get what you’re saying, Tiger. Universal seems to have tried to imitate the theme park resort model, with onsite hotels and multiple parks, but you’re right that they haven’t managed to create an entire self-contained world that comes close to matching it.

For those of you who enjoy Disney but hate lines and heat, I highly recommend EuroDisney (Disneyland Paris). Back in the mid-90s, I was on a summer abroad program in Paris and we all swore we would NOT visit any of the horrible commercial American places that had invaded France. But then we realized that we were leaving Paris on July 12, missing both our Independence Day in the U.S. and Bastille Day in Paris. The thought of missing all the fireworks and celebration depressed us, so after classes ended the morning of the 4th, we headed off to Disneyland for a wonderfully campy American Day (and stopped at McD’s on our way to the train). It was awesome! 70 degrees and super-short lines — way better than Florida!

Ken

July 19th, 2010
3:58 pm

For my 4 year old twin daughters Disney was a magical experience (they are OBSESSED with princesses). For instance, when one of my daughter’s saw the Beauty and the Beast play and Belle came out in her yellow dress, her eyes got as wide as saucers and her jaw dropped. TO a 4 year old these characters seem real. For my wife and I, to see their reactions, well, it is a memory we will always treasure and it is really hard to put a price on that. You just can’t get get that experience anywhere else, so yes, I will gladly put up with all the annoyances. And let me add that the Disney Castle all lit up at night is, in my opinion, one of the 10 most beautiful sights on earth.

BlondeHoney

July 19th, 2010
3:59 pm

I come from Florida, first visited WDW a few mointh afrer they opened in Feb ‘72 with my grandparents, took my 2 boys a few times and my Dad, sister AND my cousin all worked for Disney at one time or another…and I agree 1000% with Tiger. It’s a phony world; my kids are indifferent to Disney at best, couldn’t tell you anything they did there but they remember EVERY moment of thier childhood trips to Cancun, Washington DC (twice), Puerto Rico, Spain, and Hawaii. All those trips cost what Disney costs and were so much better and more meanignful..for all of us.

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

July 19th, 2010
4:02 pm

@Ken….

“And let me add that the Disney Castle all lit up at night is, in my opinion, one of the 10 most beautiful sights on earth.”

No offense…but I would be fascinated to hear your other 9! :-o

T

July 19th, 2010
4:06 pm

First of all, the word “Pooh-bashing” being mentioned in an article titled Momania is hilarious.

I’ve been to Disney twice, once as a child and once as an adult. If you’re into the theme park thing, there’s about nothing more fun for young kids. I have to say though, growing up in Cleveland, I spent nearly every summer going to Cedar Point and I always liked that better than Disney. As a roller coaster nut, I’ve been to lots of different parks. If you like theme parks, Cedar Point is the place to go. No question. It never gets hotter than mid 80s and they even have a beach for the moms to relax on and read, etc.

Jeff

July 19th, 2010
4:07 pm

Tiger, you make some great points. But my munchkin is 7 and I’m going to take her ONCE so she won’t cry about not going if she’s 30 and in therapy. You’re right, though, that there are soooo many other things to see in this country for cheaper. Grand Canyon, festivals everywhere, farms, smokey mountains, lakes.

Roswell Jeff

July 19th, 2010
4:08 pm

Who would got to a theme park for fine dining?

Roswell Jeff

July 19th, 2010
4:09 pm

Value to entertainment is all relative.

Roswell Jeff

July 19th, 2010
4:11 pm

I had a co-worker that hated anything Disney soley based upon the fact that they have a “Gay Day” at the park.

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

July 19th, 2010
4:17 pm

@Jeff…i don’t blame you a bit. My son was 5. i wasn’t a buzzkill either, we had a decent time, and were ready to ride out the day until closing time. We got there when it opened and at about 4:30 he looked up at me and his mother and said “you think we could go back home and swim now?” I’ve never been so proud. Best of luck to you!

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

July 19th, 2010
4:21 pm

@Blondehoney….it just dawned on me……WDW is the Matrix! ;-)