A Disney World discussion typically focuses on all things wonderful and magical. People talk about their trip plans, favorite attractions, characters and many other happy memories about a Disney World vacation.
However, one fan’s wish to make the park only accessible for families with young children has sparked a less-than-magical debate online.
An old social media post resurfaced recently in which a mother shared her outrage at the sight of childless adults (specifically millennials) at Disney World. The original screen-grabbed post (warning: the post has very strong language) claimed adults without children at the parks takes away from an enjoyable experience for children.
Apparently, the original poster’s young son was upset over long lines at the park. The angry post also suggested mothers with children should be able to skip all the lines.
“They [childless couples] have no idea the JOY and HAPPINESS to MOTHERS WHO BUYS THEIR BABIES TREATS AND TOYS,” the post exclaimed. “DW is for CHILDREN!!!! People without CHILDREN need to be BANNED!!!!”
This mother’s irate vent sent social media into a frenzied debate about the appropriateness of childless adults visiting Disney World.
For those posting reactions on social media, the idea of banning people from Disney World because they don’t have children inspired a range of emotions from amusement to outrage.
For those who were offended, like Twitter user Mark B., it wasn’t just the banishment recommendation that was upsetting — it was the overall tone, language and behavior of the mother who posted.
Who ever this woman is should be banned from the park. Because my daughter is grown that means I can never go there again. I think not. The one who made that child cry is the mother. The attitude and cursing of that mother sets a real good role model example for that child. Not
— Mark B (@mbhistmajor) July 26, 2019
While many people think the angry mom’s frustration might sound extreme, her view of adults visiting Disney World without children is shared by others.
In a July 26 op-ed for the New York Post, writer Johnny Oleksinski addressed the issue and validated the writer of the post’s main point.
“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,” Oleksinski wrote.
His argument cites how Disney’s latest films target millennials with live-action remakes of classic films like “The Lion King” and “Aladdin,” and this is part of a greater nostalgia-soaked suspension in childhood that prevents millennials from growing up. Oleksinski suggested millennials forget about Disney and find age-appropriate places to travel, like “Europe, South America or Canada.”
What do you think about adults going to Disney World without children? Is it “weird,” or would you do it, if you had the chance?