I wasn’t sure I was going to give this article any more attention, but, like most things Disney related, when I disagree, I can’t let them go.
Elsa is not happy with me at times.
Sorry, girl, but sometimes you need to get it off your chest.
This article showed up?yesterday and hit the Disney and Universal Facebook groups hard. I shared it myself on my blog page, and the comments started flooding in.
In this piece, the author feels that theme park attendance should be limited to children and adults of appropriate ages. ?And she has all the right ages broken down for us.
Bless your heart.?
I know you guys have all the thoughts and all the rants to share. ?But before we get there, let’s take one step back.
First of all, I’m not going to tear down the writer. ?I don’t know her personally, and I’m not going to make judgements on her character. I hate it when people do it to me, so I’m not going to pay that action forward.
What? ?You don’t all think I’m delightful? ?Who knew??
But I am going to judge just a wee little bit on the thought process behind publishing such an article. ?Because… it shouldn’t have been published.
On a?university official website.
Especially by someone who has aspirations of becoming an international journalist.
For a variety of reasons.
FOREVER is a very long time. ?Especially when you consider that you’ll be looking for a J-O-B in 5 years. Ahem.
A few points here: ?The Volante is the University of South Dakota?s independent student-run newspaper since 1887.?
That’s important to note. ?A freshman in college wrote this. She’s 19-years-old? ?Probably edited (maybe?) by another student at the university. ?In other words: these are children?still in the process of learning.
And I sincerely hope they learn from this experience.
One?trip to each park does not make you an expert or qualified to share directives in this manner. ?While I respect that we all are entitled to an opinion, the writer goes too far when breaking down age ranges on what’s appropriate. ?And don’t get me started on how she believes people should spend their money.
Their OWN money, y’all.
With age and experience and many?theme park trips come?wisdom on this subject. ?She might want to defer to folks who have the expertise in this area.
I consider myself well versed in taking a gaggle of children of various ages to theme parks, water parks, zoos, grocery stores, doctor’s offices, etc… it’s called being a parent.
Like most parents, we are pro-children (who knew?) and love traveling with both the kids and older people. ?Part of the joy is enjoying the magic and wonder through different generations.
Oh, don’t get me wrong. ?You’ll find us counting down to nap time and wishing we had planned just a little less activity at times. ?We silently toast other parents across the room at restaurants when that first alcoholic beverage appears. ?It can be hard, but we still want it to be a family experience.
This is something I suspect the writer will learn over time. ?Especially if she chooses to become a mother or is blessed with becoming an aunt.
Is there a perfect age to take your children or your parents?
Sure. ?It’s whatever works for your family.
That’s THE perfect age.
If Walt intended to limit by age, I’m sure he wouldn’t have left us with these words.
All are welcome.
What do you think about this article? ?Do you believe the writer was intending to be provocative or is this her sincere feeling on the matter?
(ps I will not publish any comments of hateful name calling nature. ?I’m just not going there- and since this is MY happy place, I get to make that call. ?Edit yourselves as needed, please. Also, Tatum, if you read this? Grammarly is awesome. Just sayin’.)
Patty Holliday is a Marvel loving, Disney obsessed wife, and mother of four. She’s a travel agent specializing in Disney & Universal vacations- and loves a candid confession. Find her in Virginia (or anywhere frequent flyer miles or her trusty minivan takes her.)