Is it just me or is that Disneyland Ad designed to make you feel like an utter bastard for not taking your children there?

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DoctorAnge Sun 30-Dec-12 22:10:15

This is meant to be lighthearted but no other advert for anything makes me feel this way. Esp if you watch it with your children present; The lifting, swelling, string music and the look of joy and glee on the children's faces and smug contentment of the parents. To top it off it's a "thank-you" to all those wonderful families who let Disneyland share in their celebrations at the time they told their children of this holiday. Surely they are actors?

Although I completely see why you would want to go there and maybe it is a nice family break this advert irritates the hell out of me. It's more that just presenting an attractive product or aspiration, it makes you feel..bad somehow for not doing something amazing for your children, and Disneyland is very, very pricey.

Maybe IABU? - post Chrstmas burn-out grin

we surprised DSD and DSS with a trip to Disneyland Paris. DSS (who was 10 at the time) screamed and cried.

Turns out he doesn't like surprises.

Go to YouTube and look up 'Disney Surprise Fails' - apparently it's rather common...

Growlithe Mon 31-Dec-12 00:29:01

We are going to Disneyworld at Easter, but my kids still look sad when they see a Butlins or Haven ad because we don't go there. You can't win with advertising and children.

BelleEtLaBete Mon 31-Dec-12 00:30:37

I see your honeymoons and raise you a wedding: sister of a friend got married in DLF a few years ago. Seven adults went including Bride and Groom. No kids. Bride and groom hate kids and never want any. I think this is not normal behaviour judgy pants on a bit tight

bunchamunchycrunchycarrots Mon 31-Dec-12 00:31:51

I've just remembered my friend at work did the whole 'surprise' thing in getting her 2 DDs up really early and then telling them they were going to DLP. The youngest just stood in the middle of her bedroom and peed. She was still half asleep and couldn't take it in. I'll bet they wouldn't show that reaction in their ads. grin

littleducks Mon 31-Dec-12 00:42:10

We went last summer (and despite last minute packing of waterproofs as forecast was bad) it was really hot, Ds (4) adored it dd (6) was a bit if a PITA couldn't cope with it all I think.

We got free entry tickets through SKY rewards, thankstoa thread on here actually.

Startail Mon 31-Dec-12 01:06:19

I think Americans really do want you to "Have a Nice Day"

They do come over as smug, but I think they really are proud of their country in a way we are not.

Oh that Disney cruise is supposed to be brilliant, one of neighbor friends (a single Mom) took her three kids on it last spring, they all had a wonderful time, her friend went with her and took her two kids also. The kids were 6,9, and 10 at the time.
I'd go for the cruise but get really sea sick.
I think I'll wait till we move back to UK and go to Euro Disney and make my sister come with me and Dd.
Is there package deals to Euro Disney, hotel, flight and entry tickets all in one price?

SpeedyMarie Mon 31-Dec-12 01:27:08

We went all the way to Florida and didn't take dd to disney blush. To be fair she was only 2 and didn't care, we had just moved into a flat by the time the holiday actually rolled around, so a bit skint.

Mosman Mon 31-Dec-12 01:34:18

I'm just starting to save up for Disney at Christmas next year, or maybe Halloween.
We went when the DC's were 8, 6 and 4 and it was the best holiday with children.
Sure Hubby loved Egypt and Rome and various other high brow places but for ease of making the children happy there is no place like Florida.

bunchamunchycrunchycarrots Mon 31-Dec-12 01:36:48

Speedy, I was about to come on saying how cruel that was, until I saw your DD's age at the time. Tbh, the number of really small kids I saw in florida who were just bloody miserable in the heat, stuck in queues etc. it really isn't worth it at that age. Sensible option IMO.

ComposHat Mon 31-Dec-12 02:36:36

I had acquaintances who went to Disney Florida on their honeymoon! No DC involved

Bonkers. Did a News of the World inspired hate mob assemble outside their house brandishing 'peedo's out' (sic) or demand they were placed on the nonce register.

I can't imagine anywhere I would rather not go. I think I would rather spend my honeymoon Middlesborough. In November.

I never liked the sacharine Disney Cartoons as a nipper either. As an adult the prospect appeals like a rusty pin in the eyeball.

AnnaRack Mon 31-Dec-12 02:41:31

Where are these ads? Been spared a lot of grief cos I've never seen them.
Seriously tho all ads are meant to make you fel like that, you have to wise up to their strategies. Hopes she never has to go

theplodder Mon 31-Dec-12 03:15:34

when me and my sister were kids we asked our parents if we could go and they basically cats bum mouthed at us and said take your own kids when you get some, we're not going, it's a load of american rubbish that'll rot your brain! have never forgotten it! and no - i won't ever take my children either!

ComposHat Mon 31-Dec-12 04:08:27

theplodder have memorised your parents wise words for potential future use.

yohohoho Mon 31-Dec-12 04:45:38

I fly out later this week.

It's the 8th time I have been. Dd is 8 and is 22 months. The last time we went was 9 months ago.

It makes me laugh how superior people think they are for not going.

For some people its a good holiday, not for others. If you go st the right time of the year there are not loads of queue neither is it to hot.

Tbt we don't always do all the parks and we prefer universal. But we like Florida as a place.

Anyway YANBU the adverts are adverts. Designed to make you think you have to go. People who have been will start thinking about their holiday (and hopefully book another) people who haven't been will start feeling all emotional and want to book.

But all adverts are like this. If you want to go, save up and go. If you don't, don't.

Morloth Mon 31-Dec-12 05:41:55

We had a blast when we went to Disneyland LA.

Next one is Disneyworld Florida.

I go for me though, I love rollercoasters.

It is expensive, but as long as you are willing to just immerse yourself in the Disney bubble it is a lot of fun.

All ads are designed to make you/your kids want the product.

MammaTJ Mon 31-Dec-12 06:46:07

Me and DD1 age 17 watched the ad the other day. We are convinced that once the cammeras stopped rolling the parents said 'Ha ha, joke, if you want to go get a job to pay for it'.

Chubfuddler Mon 31-Dec-12 07:20:11

Ah well, if you will let your children watch crappy conmercial TV they will be exposed to manipulative advertising.

EweBrokeMyManger Mon 31-Dec-12 08:58:54

I do sometimes get a little bit narked on MN as this is just such an acceptable thing to criticize as if it is in someway a moral lapse to enjoy going to Disney. As if in some way people who dont are superior. Its just a holiday.

One holiday on its own will not make my dc any more of rabid consumer than someone elses, its all in the explaining like everything else.

I wouldnt come on here and tell someone who had spent a lot of money on a wedding that it was ridiculous, even though ours was really cheap and involved 4 people so why does this provoke such a strong reaction? Is it just holiday snobbery?

I am convinced that everyone who critiques it under tha banner of consumerism and globalisation isnt living in a yurt and living solely off grid on homegrown parsnips.

oldpeculiar Mon 31-Dec-12 10:02:30

Disneyland Paris is awful.If you want to take them , go to Orlando

I got married in Florida. Not at Disney although have been back there loads. Kids loved it though not as much as the last cruise. Would go back to Disney again as an adult, love it .smile

AnitaManeater Mon 31-Dec-12 10:45:15

We have been to DLP twice and it's ok. It was free for us as we paid using Tesco Clubcard vouchers and I went in free as my disabled son's carer. Its no bigger than Alton Towers. I can confirm I am not a better parent after this holiday.

bunchamunchycrunchycarrots Mon 31-Dec-12 11:46:10

I don't think it has anything to do with being a better parent or not. Maybe a more skint one afterwards. But not a better/worse one

MsVestibule Mon 31-Dec-12 11:47:08

My parents took us to DWF about 30 years ago and we LOVED it, so I really, really want to take our DCs there. They're currently 4 and 5 and I've worked out it will take about 5 years to save the £5k needed shock.

We have what I would consider to be a reasonable family income, so how much do the people earn who go every year?! Perhaps I can persuade my DH to give up beer and golf fat chance.

whistlestopcafe Mon 31-Dec-12 11:51:35

I really cannot see the appeal of a holiday to Florida. Disneyland Paris I could handle as it's only for a few days but spending two weeks queueing for rides is not a holiday.

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