A Fan and a Cynic Debate Disney Vacations
Thinking of bringing the family to Disney World, but aren’t sure you want to spend the vacation time and/or money? We recently went with the entire extended family and there was a bit of a disagreement in the family as to whether we should go. We went and had a great time, but was it because we were in Disney World that we had a great time? Or was it because we were with the family that made it a great time?
The following debate hopefully will help you decide whether or not to take the family to Disney World. If you want to read more about what Disney offers, then these posts are sure to offer so great insights.
Guaranteed Family Time
The parks at Disney World are huge, which means a lot of time walking together. You will share time together with the kids and share Disney experiences. You will have a lot of time to create memories and bond as a family. Sharing a travel experience means an experience you will have together forever, a bond.
True, if you think waiting in lines endlessly bonds you as a family. Seriously, couldn’t we have used all that money for time in the mountains, or abroad, or together on a beach?
Bring Out Your Inner kid
Adults get the chance to be little kids again. It’s Disney World, you can let your imagination run free. Why should the kids have all of the fun? Go hug a character and get an autograph. Have a conversation with Mickey! Go on all of the rides.
Pretend you are watching Peter Pan again, like you did when you were a kid as you fly through the ride. Sing It’s a Small World over and over again until your kids tell you to be quiet. It is fun to be a kid again, letting all of your worries and responsibilities slip away.
I’d like my children’s inner kid to be developed with their own sense of wonder, not programmed by a corporate conglomerate. That happens through exploring nature and the cultures of others. Not waiting in line to see an underpaid teenager dressed as a rodent.
Disney strategically places photographers all over the parks. This way you can get family pictures with different Disney iconic backgrounds, like Cinderella’s Castle at Magic Kingdom, The Tree of Life at Animal kingdom and much more.
The photographers will take a pictures using your phone as well. So if you don’t want to pay the extra cost of buying the professional pictures, you will have the same ones on your phone, just not as great quality.
It’s just another corporate ploy to make you buy even more stuff. What’s wrong with asking someone to snap a photo of the family?
Get Your Steps In
The four Disney parks are very large and will require a lot of walking to get to the different attractions and lands within the parks. We averaged 10-12 miles a day of walking. If you have a park hopper (a ticket that allows you to visit any combination of parks per day), you will be able to add more steps. Visit Magic Kingdom in the morning then head over to Epcot for dinner at one of the worlds. While there you can walk around all of the worlds to add to your mileage.
So if you are worried about the not so healthy lunch you just had, don’t worry you will be walking it off.
- Magic Kingdom- 105 acres
- Epcot- 300 acres
- Hollywood Studios- 135 acres
- Animal Kingdom- 403 acres
Walking on endless concrete to get from one line to another: how enticing! Let me tell you that every minute I was trail running in the Wasatch range last June, I was dreaming of weaving in between the crowds, sweltering in the Orlando humid heat.
Parades and Fireworks
Each park has a different and unique parades and some have shows at night combined with fireworks. The fireworks are long with lot’s of great explosions. Kids and adults alike will enjoy watching the skies light up before the day ends.
Okay, I’ll give you that a good fireworks show is a very fine, life-affirming thing. But it still means you had to spend the day at Disney to get it.
Watching the Kids Have a Great Time
As a parent, watching your kids face light up with excitement is a great feeling. You will definitely get to experience this at Disney World. No matter the age, kids go crazy running from ride to ride, character to character.
You can see what a good time they are having from their body language and expressions. This alone should be a great reason to take them to a magical destination like Disney World.
Of course, I want my kids to have fun and feel wonderment. But that comes from challenging themselves with new experiences, learning about the unknown, and expanding their horizons. Disney packages a homogenized and sanitized imagination package for your purchase. The issue becomes most pressing because there’s a limited amount of money and time with our kids before they’re grown, and I can think of many better uses for those.
Great Variety of Places to Eat
Disney has not limited their dining experience to just burgers, chicken fingers and fries. You can find an array of meals all ov
er the parks. If you want to eat food from different countries, plan your nights in Epcot’s World Showcase, where you can dine on German, Chinese, French, Mexican, Norwegian, Japanese, Italian, American and many other types depending on when you are there.
Head over to Animal Kingdom where you will find a variety of international foods for you and your young ones to try out. If you go during the Food and Wine Festival, you will have a chance to experience many different, small-bite flavors from around the world.
For the same money, you could eat in those countries. Or patronize restaurants showcasing the great cuisines of the world in your own neighborhood. A corporate leviathan hiring workers from other countries to sling dumbed-down versions of their cuisine does not register as a travel experience for me as a Five Family Adventurer.
Experience Something New
We got to visit the new Frozen ride, the new Avatar ride, the new Toy Story land and much more. We even had a chance to trick-or-treat during the Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween Party. Although not a new concept, it was new to us and the kids. Disney is always implementing something new and exciting for you and your family. Keeps visiting exciting.
See above. Why pretend you’re soaring across cities and mountain tops when you could actually be doing it? Disney teaches our children to set their sights very low. Travel is designed to make the world an adventure. Not for it to stop in Orlando.
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