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Travel Tacky-Disney haters

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 3:56
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I get it, Mickey Mouse is not for everyone just as sleeping outdoors and roughing it is not for me. But do I go on about how abysmal camping is? Would I ever talk scathingly on an activity I’ve only done once in my life (and never plan to do again)? The answer is no, of course not. I simply say “it’s not for me” and leave it at that. However, polite behavior is not something that a lot of Disney haters seem to exhibit in an online medium.

What I find most tacky about this sect is that many of them have not been to a Disney park in years, even decades. Some were last there when there were only two parks at Walt Disney Resort (if you are familiar with Disney you would know this is more years ago than I have been alive). So yes, their vitriolic comments are not even current ones. I’m not going to name any names but I know some people who are supreme Disney haters. One person made the comment that Disney’s customer service is “too much” (this coming from someone whose first and only visit there was in the 1980s). Another individual said that she would never in a million years want to go there with her family, even though she has a child now of the age where the Disney name truly starts to become magical because she can finally understand stuff (versus the two year who may cry upon being hugged by Mickey). She said, “A Disney cruise sounds nice, but the theme park? Forget about it.” I especially hate when parents foist their feelings about a topic or place on their children. No, I’m not saying every child should automatically be granted a trip to Disney World, but for you to not ever take your child (this under the assumption that cost is not a concern) because you think it’s ridiculous? A child who is into toys and princesses and make believe is not going to share your opinion.

As a child I grew up going to Disney World fairly regularly, but now even as an adult, I still love visiting the parks or doing something Disney themed (i.e. a cruise). So many people are flabbergasted as to why an adult would ever go to a Disney park without a child. Why? Umm, because you can  enjoy yourself? Because you have no potentially whining child to contend with, because you can decide where you want to eat, what you want to do, because you are the one dictating the plans and not vice versa. For all the Disney haters, would a child enjoy a five course meal that is served at Remy, a deluxe French restaurant on the Disney Dream ship? No. (The point is moot since children are not permitted to dine there but it’s still a restaurant that was created exclusively FOR adults.) Can a child enjoy the more adult rides at the various parks (i.e. Aerosmith’s Rock ‘n Roller Coaster, Expedition Everest)? No, they’re for the non-wee ones.

My biggest critique of Disney is its prices-whether for food, souvenirs, lodgings, or park tickets. However, you’re paying for the name and with that name comes a first class experience and customer service that is truly unparalleled. And in today’s era where good manners, politeness, and common courtesy have gone out the window, perhaps the Disney haters should take a lesson from the Disney name and learn some manners themselves. And from a traveling perspective-learn what it means to be informed.



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