My family and I went to Disney World on Monday and Wednesday experiencing the Magic Kingdom and the Animal Kingdom. I loved the times but I have to share some lessons for all of us as my experience gave me insight on the good, the bad and the ugly.
- The shows were amazing from the Lion King show at Animal Kingdom to the parade at Magic Kingdom. They were all well done.
- If you have small children you NEED to go get your picture made with Mickey and Minnie or the Princesses. The look on my children’s faces is something that will be etched in my mind for a while.
- Pack your lunch. We saved an average of $15 per person by simply packing a lunch and eating it at the car. Yes it was a hastle to go back and forth but it was well worth it.
- Fast pass. Seems a little unfair for those people waiting in line but it makes sense for people who don’t like to wait in line.
- This time of year. It was fairly busy but was nothing compared to how busy it was in the summer. The most we waitied for a ride was 35 minutes. Nice.
- Disney does an excellent job catering to the needs of young families.
- Expensive. It was a nice time for me and my family but the price for it was a bit unnecessary. The dichotomy between the rich and the poor is becoming more prevalent in our economy and it was evident by the people who were there. I saw many expensive SUV’s, BMWs, and then there was this Chevrolet Venture. Seriously…the amount of materialism here may be unacceptable.
- Attitudes. It’s hard to keep your cool at theme parks. I have seen it across the board and I am certainly guilty of it as well. The amount of people, the lines, and hunger often make you upset. I saw many people yelling at their kids and their kids yelling at their parents.
- Rudeness. If I had a dollar for every time someone cut me off in line I could probably have paid for the expensive trip. Seriously. People cut us off to ride the tram, the monorail and even some of the rides. People would walk in the middle of the crowd and just stop right in front of us to look at their map. Come on people.
- I hate to sound like a broken record (not sure teenagers understand this analogy) but modesty continues to be an issue and with warmer temperatures come shorter clothes. Not sure this will ever be solved but there is hope among parents.
- The amount of money spent across the board. I was blessed to have family to help me out but it is getting to the point where nobody is going to be able to afford the trip. Gas prices, Florida Turnpike Tolls, food and everything else make for a nasty price tag.
These were my reflections. Not normative but simply my thoughts. I loved the experience overall and would recommend to parents who could afford it. Maybe Disney could start a program for families who can’t afford it? Not sure how they would regulate it but maybe they could provide some help.