There are numerous misconceptions when it comes to a Disney Parks vacation, most of which come from people who have never set foot in a Disney Park. As Disney nerd, I often find myself defending the Parks and setting the record straight. Some of the typical misconceptions the inexperienced like to cite are:
- You just stand in line for hours!
- All they really have is burgers, chicken nuggets, and fries and it’s really expensive!
- Planning is not necessary.
- It is less expensive to stay off site.
- It’s too expensive! (I realize this is relative and conditional.)
- We only need 4 days….or worse….we only need one day.
- We only need to go once.
- You can save a lot of money buying discounted tickets.
It is extremely difficult for me to list all of those misconceptions without explaining how far off base each is but that is not the point of this post. Perhaps I shall tackle those in a future post or devote a post to each one. I would argue, the misconception I am going to address today is, by far, the most outrageous of them all!
That place is for kids!
This is the go-to misconception for those who have never experienced a Disney Park for themselves. You may be surprised at how often I am able to raise a few eyebrows and get a “really?” from people after I briefly rattle off a few reasons why they are WRONG! Without going into further detail, here are some of my go-to counters to the notion that the Disney Parks are for kids:
- Some of the best food you will ever eat…anywhere!
- Food & Wine Festival
- Flower and Garden Festival
- RunDisney events
- They have alcohol…did ya miss the Food & Wine Festival thing?
- Numerous bars and lounges…yes this is a separate reason from alcohol.
- World Showcase
- Drinking around World Showcase
- Richard Petty Driving Experience
- Fishing excursions
- Water recreation
- If you have any appreciation for architecture, art, innovative technology, culinary arts, story telling, theater, music, wildlife, customer service, business, or attention to details the Disney Parks are a great study!
I could probably go on but I want to get to my real point. Want to know why the thought of the Disney Parks being just for kids is so outrageous?
Adults were the true inspiration for the Disney Parks.
I find it ironic when adults scoff at the idea of me being so enamored over the Disney Parks or the idea of visiting the parks themselves when the first Disney Park was created so that adults could also have fun. I often joke that Walt got into the theme park business for selfish reasons because he wanted to have a little fun too! I like to retell the story Walt recounted as he discussed his inspiration for Disneyland in an attempt to help adults view the Disney Parks with a different perspective.
“Well, it [Disneyland] came about when my daughters were very young and I … Saturday … was always Daddy’s day with the two daughters. So we’d start out and try to go someplace, you know, different things, and I’d take them to the merry-go-round and I took them different places and as I’d sit while they rode the merry-go-round and did all these things … sit on a bench, you know, eating peanuts…. I felt that there should be something built … some kind of amusement enterprise built … where the parents and the children could have fun together. So that’s how Disneyland started. Well, it took many years … it was a … oh, a period of maybe 15 years developing. I started with many ideas, threw them away, started all over again. And eventually, it evolved into what you see today at Disneyland. But it all started from a daddy with two daughters wondering where he could take them where he could have a little fun with them too.”
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