Seeing the magic of a Disney park through the eyes of children is something to behold. Seeing their faces when Cinderella Castle unfolds before them or their smiles after their first taste of a Mickey bar on Main Street makes any trip to Disney worth it. But what about the kid-free folks who are there for roller coasters and boozy Dole Whips? Should they be banned because some think the House of Mouse is for the kids only?
In a swear-filled post that has gone viral on Twitter, one mom rants and raves about how young, childless millennials are ruining the parks for the kid crowd. Sweary mom laments how millennials waste their money, make lines for the concessions too long and judge moms with young kids in the park. She calls on those without children to be banned from the park, with some not-so-savory-words:
Though the post is clearly unnecessarily hostile and unhinged (her hatred for childless women is bizarre and unjust and there's clearly other things going on here), it does raise an interesting question: Should children be given priority at lines in Disney Parks?
The parks can be insanely crowded, especially during holidays and school vacations. For popular and new rides, a three-hour wait is not unheard of. There are FastPasses, which gives you a window of time during which you can funnel into a shorter priority line, but you only get three at a time; plus, slots for popular rides fill up fast. Because of year-round events and promotions, there is very little “off-season” at Disney anymore. If you visit a Disney park, waiting is just part of the game.
We all know that kids stink at waiting. Even if parents bring All The Snacks, games to play in line and buy the $25 bubble wand to distract, it’s going to be torture. For tot-focused rides like The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, should there be an express line for the 10-and-under crowd and their caregivers?
It sounds like a great idea to keep the happiest place on Earth happy (if you’ve been to one of the parks when the sun is high and blood sugar is low, there are a lot of screaming kids). The so-called millenials would probably have a better time, too, without screeching toddlers everywhere. Alas, it seems like a solid plan on paper, but there aren’t that many childless folks gumming up the works. Not to mention this proposed express lane would just become a jumble of cranky kids. The millenials are actually paying more than kids, arguably, as well, so why should they have to take a back-seat to a horde of angry children and their menacing strollers?
The irate mom just needs to face facts that Disney is for everyone -- young, old, parents and child-free. Those giant roller coasters won’t ride themselves if all the big people are banned. And anyway, kids don’t really want to drink their way around the world in Epcot.
There are bars in Disney parks. Yes, they’re for weary parents, but they’re also for people NOT pushing strollers, with nowhere else to be.
Next time you go to a Disney park -- whether you’re saddled with rugrats or not -- try to be kind to one another. If you see a little kid, maybe let them go ahead of you in line. Don’t push little ones out of the way at character meet-and-greets. Conversely, if you see someone without kids having a great time, try not to be too jealous --they’ll be super hungover the next day anyway! At the end of the day, just don’t be jerks to each other.