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?