Disney World Is Not For You?
Strange title for a blog dedicated to Disney huh? Those of you who either follow this blog or Walt Disney World by Grumpymickey on FB you are wondering if Grumpy has lost his mind. Well thanks for worrying about me but the truth is the mind is just as good as it ever was, which may not be saying much.
So what prompts this subject for an article? Recently there have been so many articles and posts bashing either Walt Disney World or Disneyland. Grumpy will admit that neither park, or any of the other Disney parks worldwide, are perfect. But for most of us they are a dream come true.
So why are so many people so negative when it comes to Disney? Maybe the answer is that Disney World is not for you.
Getting it all to yourself!
Are you expecting that you and your family are going to be the only ones at Walt Disney World? Well you are not!
The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World has hosted over 16 million guests annually for the last several years. Some years that number has climbed to 18 million people. That means the average park attendance is over 43,000 people per day.
If you are not willing to “share” the park with 43,000 other people Disney is not for you.
No waiting in line!
Never want to wait in any lines? Disney is not for you then. With that many people at the Magic Kingdom you are going to have to wait in line. Get over it and yourself. Disney did not build you a personal paradise. Walt’s original vision was a place where families can come and have fun together. Judging from the attendance figures and the profit margins that vision has come true.
Did you catch where Grumpy said Walt’s vision was for families to have fun together. That means kids. Don’t want to be around kids? Don’t visit a Disney park. Surprisingly the places are practically over run by the little guys! In fact people have paid a small fortune, sometimes, to bring children to place that was created with them in mind!
Cheap is good. Free is better!
Expecting a cheap vacation? Better try a staycation at your home. It’s not cheap to stay at Disney. It’s not cheap to get into the parks and the food is not free. If you happen to know a theme park where everything is free, please go there and leave us Disney lovers alone. It’s crowded enough without you.
Disney is a magical place or it would not draw the numbers it does. It is not a perfect place. We have all been packed in like sardines, been exposed to children throwing a tantrum and hit with sticker shock at the price of some of the food and souvenirs.
But there are ways to alleviate some of the problems. Don’t like crowds or lines? Schedule your trip for slower times of the year and take full advantage of Disney’s Fastpass+ system. Disney runs special discounts during these slower times too. Sometimes they actually do give away food during really slow times (when Free Dining is offered). There is, however, no way to get rid of the kids at Disney World. And who wants to? Some of them are a pain but most of them are just so fun to watch as their faces light up at the first sight of Mickey or the thrill of riding the Barnstormer.