In case you haven’t noticed, there seems to be a rift between two types of people at Disney World: People with children, and people (specifically, young people) without.
Warning: some very, very strong language is used in this post.
The post, full of capitalized sentences and expletives sparked a debate online with many people (with and without children alike) running to the defense of these supposed “immature,” childless Millennials sucking all the fun out of Disney World for parents and kids.
The Facebook poster wrote, "They have NO idea the JOY and HAPPINESS it is to MOTHER WHO BUYS THEIR BABIES TREATS AND TOYS!!!! THEY WILL NEVER EXPERIENCE THE EXHAUSTION THAT IT IS TO CHASE A 3 YEAR OLD AROUND AND GETTING STARES AT ASSUMING IM A BAD MOTHER!!!!”
The Facebook poster describes a situation she had while waiting in line for pretzels behind a young woman wearing shorts. Because the line was longer than the mom was willing to wait for, the Facebook poster told her son that they couldn’t get pretzels, which understandably upset the boy. The Facebook poster then blames the young woman in shorts for the situation.
“THANKS B***H YOU MADE MY SON CRY!!!” the Facebook poster wrote. “DW is for CHILDREN!!!! People without children need to be BANNED!!!! Mothers with children should be allowed to skip ALL THE LINE!!!!”
One Twitter user responded to @JenKatWrites, saying that the Facebook poster was most likely writing through the anger of not being able to enjoy the park as much as she expected to.
The rant also inspired an op-ed from the New York Post, in which writer Johnny Oleksinski said, “Millennials are indeed in an unhealthy relationship with Disney, having granted control of so much of their leisure time and personality to a single, enormous corporate entity meant for children.”
But, in fact, that’s not what Walt Disney set out to do. Nor did he create the company solely for children, as one Twitter user pointed out.
One quote from Disney himself, posted by the Twitter user, reads, “You’re dead if you aim only for kids. Adults are only kids grown up, anyway.”
Disney World and Disneyland also have a ton of activities and features that are particularly geared toward adults like food and cultural festivals, alcohol served in the parks, honeymoon packages, golf courses, water sports and other fun things to do at the parks. The resorts also offer childcare for parents who want to spend quality time together. Frankly, there's a lot more at Disney World than just the Magic Kingdom.
This argument only seems to attack young, childless couples and does not seem to address older couples who also decide to visit the parks without kids. op-ed goes on to say, “Why do the same old, safe, boring thing when you could buy a round-trip Norwegian Airlines flight from New York to Paris right now for $280, get an [Airbnb] and sit along the Seine drinking rosé?”
There are many things to unpack about this statement, but anyone who has been to Europe can attest that traveling there on a budget can still be difficult, though doable, even if you find bare-bones airfare and an Airbnb. Furthermore, just because someone wants to go to Disney World doesn’t also mean they don’t want to go, or can’t go, to Paris as well.
Plenty of other people on Twitter defended the right people without children, presumably of all ages, to enjoy the park.
The fact of the matter is that even without childless park goers, the lines would still be long and everything from park tickets to pretzels would still be expensive (but still very delicious).