A dispute ensued recently about whether or not Disney World should be an amusement park just for children. The debate arose after a tweet from @JenKatWrites, which displayed a screenshot of an obscene Facebook post from a mother who feels that the park should prohibit customers who don’t have children.
The mother expressed that childless adults at the park created needlessly long queues which frustrated her and her child.
“DW is a FAMILY amusement park!!!! yet these IMMATURER millennials THROW AWAY THEIR MONEY ON USELESS CRAP!!!!!” the mother 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 social media community has responded to her post, with the majority saying that the park should be available to everyone regardless of their age.
@tomlasusa wrote, “As a parent who took his kids to Disney World a few years back, I would LOVE to go back and enjoy the rides and attractions without them at some point”.
Walt Disney’s vision
Walt Disney was a pioneer who felt that imagination and the creativity were attributes that people of all ages should embrace. In the original manifesto for Disneyland, it explicitly appreciated guests of all age groups.
“To all who come to this happy place: welcome. Disneyland is your land,” Walt Disney stated at the launch of the park around 65 years ago. “Here age relives fond memories of the past, and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams, and the hard facts that have created America, with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.”