disney world.... birth right... rite of passage....

disney world...
a massive chuck-e-cheese?

is it the advertising?
is it the other kids at school?

what is it that makes the kids start begging and pleading to go to disney world?

would it be wrong to deny my children a pilgramage to disney world?

I try to explain that we do other things...
wouldn't it be more fun to go to Jamaica again?
it would cost less and there would be all sorts of fun

could we go for a day?
do we need to go for a week?

our family went
but I think my brother and I were too old and our dad was too cheap
we went for a day and had a handful of tickets
there were long lines and weak rides
we were all hyped on amusement parks
while disney world was a theme park
yes.... disney world has grown and changed since I went as a pre-teen child
but... couldn't we get some of the experineces that are fabricated there in the real world?

there are actual swamp boats in the everglades...
with real alligators and real snakes

there are sailboats in the ocean without a connection to a rail

there are trains that go cross country instead of around a park

I fear that we may need to go to Disney World to know that we do not need to go to Disney World...

last year two people I know took their children
once family had the time of their life
the other family thought it was an absurd waste


iconoclasst said...

Of interest, perhaps, is the late Jean Baudrillard's take:

"Disneyland is a perfect model of all the entangled orders of simulation. To begin with it is a play of illusions and phantasms: pirates, the frontier, future world, etc. This imaginary world is supposed to be what makes the operation successful. But, what draws the crowds is undoubtedly much more the social microcosm, the miniaturized and religious revelling in real America, in its delights and drawbacks. You park outside, queue up inside, and are totally abandoned at the exit. In this imaginary world the only phantasmagoria is in the inherent warmth and affection of the crowd, and in that aufficiently excessive number of gadgets used there to specifically maintain the multitudinous affect. The contrast with the absolute solitude of the parking lot - a veritable concentration camp - is total. Or rather: inside, a whole range of gadgets magnetize the crowd into direct flows; outside, solitude is directed onto a single gadget: the automobile. By an extraordinary coincidence (one that undoubtedly belongs to the peculiar enchantment of this universe), this deep-frozen infantile world happens to have been conceived and realized by a man who is himself now cryogenized; Walt Disney, who awaits his resurrection at minus 180 degrees centigrade."

josh said...

heres the thing about disney world, if the kids are the right age - they actually sell magic. its something to see a kid light up. As i went when i was young enough to really want to go - it was a big deal.

so i dunno, its not so grossly over priced, so much as you have to be young enough to really appreciate what it can do for a child. maybe that dosent make a ton of sense, but thats how it happened for me

sydney_b said...

i'd give it a skip if i were u. Besides, kids want amusement park and disney is a theme park, so they complain about no rides and adults then don't have time to read and browse some of the interesting stuff. Heck, disney is interesting just to analyze how they've incorporated all the corporate stuff into a complete positive brand experience. It's a weird place.