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

(164 Posts)
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

FunnysInLaJardin Sun 30-Dec-12 22:11:51

YANBU, but thankfully my DC would die rather than go to Disneyland and I would hate to take him so it's win win grin

Pantofino Sun 30-Dec-12 22:13:10

The ones I have heard on radio make it sound like it is practically free. Reality - when I looked at pricing - is very, very far from that.

IloveChristmasandsodoesmydog Sun 30-Dec-12 22:13:27

It is exactly designed to make you feel shot and its also a complete and utter lie and falsehood.

Not been there myself but friends tell me it's hours of queues, very short rides, hideously expensive food and souvenirs, a huge amount of fuss and expense and a very long stressful day.

Be thankful that you have seen through it and saved your children from massive disappointment.

grin

PoppyWearer Sun 30-Dec-12 22:14:14

You know you live in an affluent area when you go to the cinema, the Disneyland ad comes on and the whispered ripple goes around the theatre

...."I've been there!".

IloveChristmasandsodoesmydog Sun 30-Dec-12 22:14:34

Shit not shot. The autocorrect is sharper than me.

Shakey1500 Sun 30-Dec-12 22:15:01

It's schmaltzy yes but no worse than the toy adverts in the run up to Christmas?

I'd love to take DS to the "Cars" bit/section (?) though I think I'd get just as much pleasure! Bought him the Cars DVD for Christmas and I think I've watched it more than him blush

Mrsrudolphduvall Sun 30-Dec-12 22:15:21

Mine too funnys
never expressed a desire to go , and it is the last place on earth I would go.

Ad irritates me with simpering kids. I think there should be another ad with children being told they're not goinggrin
Commercialised crap. Magic my arse.

Pantofino my nephew was extremely upset his mum wouldn't take him - he didn't get it as the advert said kids go free so he couldn't see the issue!

I have been with DS and we had a wonderful time. smile
He did not get in free. hmm

DollyTwat Sun 30-Dec-12 22:16:03

My dc actually tell me they go free!

I tell them I can't afford the therapy I'd need afterwards grin

Panzee Sun 30-Dec-12 22:16:40

There was a thread a while back where the mum had done the big reveal and the kids were very meh about it. She was upset that it wasn't like the ads.

Momsnatter Sun 30-Dec-12 22:26:54

Lord no!

Bet the kids are all actors.

AfterEightMintyy Sun 30-Dec-12 22:30:28

Of course it is. Just feel a soupcon of smug pride that you have resisted the hype. You would have to pay ME a considerable sum of money to go to Disneyland. I have told my dc that if they are so keen to go they can go when they are grown up or have children of their own.

PenguinBear Sun 30-Dec-12 22:33:08

They are not actors, all real families my friend is in it smile

ifancyashandy Sun 30-Dec-12 22:35:29

They are not actors. OFCOM and the Advertising Standards Committee does not allow you to say people are 'real' if they are not. Not on the telly and not is adverts.

FestiveElement Sun 30-Dec-12 22:38:19

I don't think it's designed to make you feel shit, it's aimed at making you think you'd feel great if you went.

I know it does make lots of people feel shit though, this isn't the first time I've seen it said on here, but I think people feel shit about anything they would love to give their children but can't. Disney just has a bigger effect because its I expensive and therefore so far out of reach for many.

dancemom Sun 30-Dec-12 22:39:37

I'm taking my dd to DisneyWorld in the summer! I did a treasure hunt for the big reveal in Christmas Morning - it was anything but meh, Disney ad worthy for sure!

So meh to all you haters wink

BertieBotts Sun 30-Dec-12 22:40:07

The adverts are supposed to create this feeling that Disneyland is the ultimate place to go, as a child, ever. That childhood isn't complete without it but that it's a once-in-a-lifetime special event.

I think some people really buy into this. When I told my stepmum I wanted 3 or more children she looked utterly bemused and said "But how will you afford to take them to Disneyland?!"

What was funny was that me, my sister and XP all turned around and said, in unison, "I've never been to Disneyland and I'm fine!" grin

I really could not care less.

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Sun 30-Dec-12 22:40:10

What you need is a messy divorce and a very competitive ex who wants to buy his DC's love. grin He and the other woman are taking my 3 and her DS to Florida in the summer. So my DC get to go and I don't have to go or pay. I'm fucking delighted. I hope the kids enjoy it, luckily they see through his motives, but are savvy enough to say, yes please!

shesariver Sun 30-Dec-12 22:41:04

Not been there myself but friends tell me it's hours of queues, very short rides, hideously expensive food and souvenirs, a huge amount of fuss and expense and a very long stressful day

Yep that pretty much sums up my day there but my boys had a ball!! Thankfully we were already driving in France on holiday and stopped off on the way home so hadnt made any special effort to go, 1 day was enough for me!

shesariver Sun 30-Dec-12 22:42:40

ellenjane sorted grin

Trills Sun 30-Dec-12 22:42:41

That's what adverts are FOR.

All adverts are designed to make you feel bad if you do not buy the thing they are advertising, and/or to make you think that you will feel good if you do buy the thing they are advertising.

Every single one of them.

Shakey1500 Sun 30-Dec-12 22:42:54

Oh Ellen that sounds like a win-win for you! And you get the chance to have a child free holiday yourself <not jealous at all> grin

kilmuir Sun 30-Dec-12 22:42:57

we have been twice, never again

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Sun 30-Dec-12 22:46:34

Child free holiday, hmm, sounds good, but will probably end up decorating the kitchen. I hate anything Disney, not sure why, but the DC will love it, I'm sure.

FestiveElement Sun 30-Dec-12 22:51:04

To be fair, taking children to Florida is an amazing holiday for them. My dc went four years ago, they have been to a different country nearly every year of their lives, and Florida is the holiday they remember the most and look back on with the most affection. I'd love to have the money to take them again while they are young teenagers.

dietstartstmoz Sun 30-Dec-12 22:51:15

We have been-the kids loved it but everything was bloody expensive. BUT when we told the kids we were going DS1 said 'i dont want to go'......so much for the disney magic. I dont think the big reveal in our house that day would have made a good advert

somedayma Sun 30-Dec-12 22:51:32

I agree. My auntie's xmas present to her grandkids (my cousin's kids) was a trip to Disney. They apparently didn't give a shit

BertieBotts Sun 30-Dec-12 22:53:18

I like disney films, but can't stand all the mickey mouse, saccharine-cheerful hi-de-hey type stuff. Urgh. And people in giant costumes <shudder>

Cabrinha Sun 30-Dec-12 22:57:10

I'm taking my daughter to Disneyland Paris in January - she's 4 and not at school, so she's going for free. Obviously I'll pay in plastic tat, but I can restrict that spending if I choose!
She's really looking forward to it, from what I've told her, and from seeing the photos of characters in the brochure.
There was no big reveal though... and no pressur or expectation. Neither she nor I have ever seen the advert.
I am trying to keep her away from any adverts for as long as possible. We rarely watch TV, and when we do, it's pre-recorded - so I can skip the adverts.
If you don't want them exposed to this and other adverts, you can avoid adverts so easily, with so much stuff on YouTube or using Sky+ if you have it.

MrsSchadenfreude Sun 30-Dec-12 23:01:50

We have season tickets blush for Disneyland Paris. It cost 99 euros each for a year, and my friend's DD got a free annual pass with us as she is under 7. We have a strategy for Disney that ensures that we never wait more than 30 minutes for a ride. (Obv this does mean there are things we don't go on some days, but it usually works out pretty well.)

I will agree that the food is shit though, and the service is appalling.

Moominsarehippos Sun 30-Dec-12 23:05:23

DS has a issue with people in costume. He always has, whether it's someone dressed as a banana leafleting on the street or someone dressed as Darwin in the museum. He even accosted the Yoyo bear in the street. Not sure why he takes exception to anyone in costume.

He would cause havoc at Disney!

I find the ad families a tad irritating. Didn't they change the voiceover on one of them? She definately used to say "we'h gewing to Disneh... FLORODAAAAAHHH" which hacked me off (ie 'not Paris with the plebs").

bunchamunchycrunchycarrots Sun 30-Dec-12 23:17:21

I agree it's overpriced and stressful - the down side is children do love it. I took my DD to DLP twice, 1st time I was wound up to the point I wanted to kill someone, but had to restrain myself for fear of traumatising my DD who just loved every minute of it. 2nd time, much more sedate, easy going affair, but still not worth the ridiculous price it cost (justified it in my head by splitting the cost with my mum who came with us). Went to Florida in May (someone else paid, I'd never afford it otherwise) and that was a holiday. Fucking amazing it was. DLP? Meh to that now. grin

Pandemoniaa Sun 30-Dec-12 23:20:11

I never wanted to go there and refuse to support the Evil Mouse Empire so my children knew they were going to be deprived. So I can't say I feel at all guilty at their emotional blackmail advertising. But then I always was hard-hearted.

EweBrokeMyManger Sun 30-Dec-12 23:30:00

I think its more designed to remind people who have been how much they would like to go again.

DLP is a bit shit but our Florida holiday this year was amazeballs. The dc were just happy and it was all so easy. Not real but I would accept that unreality for two weeks of that. Needs hyper amounts of planning.

trapclap Sun 30-Dec-12 23:37:03

whenever it comes on I sing..^Ill do anything for love but I wont do THAT!^

my kids know the score! grin

I get the guilt trips from all the stuff they post to me. I ordered toys the last few years online and now they know I'm here. I get their brochures and shiny books that Dd devours. Then we talk to friends and it seems everyone at the school has been this year, my poor Dd nearly 8 and never been, all her friends have been multiple times now. blush I'd love to take her, it's a 6 hour drive to Disneyland, but Dh hates the place with a passion and I'm not going on my own.

trapclap Sun 30-Dec-12 23:40:39

ooo moomin i have the same as your ds...I really come over all funny with people dressed up in big character costumes!

trapclap Sun 30-Dec-12 23:41:30

squinkies shock

I don't know 1 person who has been!

shesariver Sun 30-Dec-12 23:45:57

I coped with 1 day of trailing round a theme park in DLP...dont get how it would be any better just because its Florida really, when all you do for a fortnight is ..trail round numerous theme parks! We are off to California next year and wont include Disney there, thats for sure!

freddiefrog Sun 30-Dec-12 23:45:58

We went last January and the kids loved it. I actually had an amazing time, Disney is so not my cup of tea but I loved it

We did the big reveal - kept it quiet until we got to the Eurostar and got them to read out the destination. DD2 had the perfect tv advert reaction, DD1 just grunted a bit then started whining about a drink.

DoctorAnge Sun 30-Dec-12 23:47:00

sitting giggling at these responses - esp the big divorce Disney Daddy with lots of guilt! grin

DD is so off beat in her tastes I would do the reveal and she would look blank or disappointed. She loves our holidays in Northern Spain or Sth France - Haribo factory though. My neighbour goes to DisneyWorld every year but when she shows offtells me about it it just sounds scary - when she started talking about a Disney cruise to Disney Island as their next plan I actually thought she was on crack.

Tell me this doesn't actually exist shock

EllenJaneisstillnotmyname Mon 31-Dec-12 00:00:47

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

bunchamunchycrunchycarrots Mon 31-Dec-12 00:03:44

shesariver, for me it was the brilliant weather DLP was fucking freezing both times we went, the number of theme parks to do with the water parks inbetween, and the lack of rude europeans who continually elbow small kids out of the way in queues, meeting characters, buying food etc. etc. And there was Universal Studios too. Harry Potter & Dr Zuess. And Seaworld. And Discovery Cove. It was brilliant. Totally commercial, and a rip off too, but an enjoyable rip off. It felt like a holiday, whereas DLP felt like an endurance test. grin

shesariver Mon 31-Dec-12 00:05:42

bunchy mmm see your point!

bunchamunchycrunchycarrots Mon 31-Dec-12 00:11:24

Disney cruise to Disney Island as their next plan I actually thought she was on crack.

It's part of their eveeelll plan to take over the world. Starting with the purchase of an island. And some boats.

But yes, it does exist.

EweBrokeMyManger Mon 31-Dec-12 00:15:23

It was the cleanliness I think bunchy. And all the old people Disney employ in Florida who seem to actually enjoy their work and the sheer americanness of it all. And the weather. And the ribs. And the lobster. And their strangely huge washing machines.

And the fact they were well used to dds disability and bent over backwards to accommodate. That made me teary.

I realise I sound like an idiot, but I dont care.

freddiefrog Mon 31-Dec-12 00:19:29

A friend of mine went to DisneyWorld on her honeymoon without kids too, they also go for 3 weeks every year as a holiday, they still have no kids.

I loved DLP, we were naughty and took the kids out of school for 3 days and went in January so it was really quiet - no queues, no pushing and shoving, plenty of characters for the kids to meet, etc. We got a great deal with a Disney Hotel and bought meal vouchers online before we left so it wasn't that eyewateringly expensive.

We just had a fab, happy, family holiday

Startail Mon 31-Dec-12 00:19:56

I wanted to go to Disney, sod whether or not the DDs did.

Actually they had a ball.

And as I sat watching the fireworks over Cinderella's castle I shed a tear for, as a child I could no more have dreamt of going to Disney as flying to the moon.

bunchamunchycrunchycarrots Mon 31-Dec-12 00:20:40

Ewe, I agree about the cleanliness. For the number of people who go in and out of the loos/restaurants every day in each park must be millions they were never dirty, messy or generally anything less than spotless. And as much as the over-friendliness of americans can grate after a while, I found it refreshingly positive as well. In comparison to the unbelieveable rude europeans, there is simply no contest. They did seem to go the extra mile in everything.

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.

Morloth Mon 31-Dec-12 11:54:11

Depends on when you go. We did Disneyland LA in September and all the rides were walk ons. We often stayed on rides for multiple goes as there was no-one waiting.

I rode California Screamin' 5 times in a go, but then had to get off because the margeritas I had been drinking previously were threatening to make a reappearance.

Happy times. grin

Anniegetyourgun Mon 31-Dec-12 11:59:43

We went for a weekend to Disneyland Paris when DS4 was 6. The third member of the party was DS1, who was 18 at the time and just about to go off to Uni so I thought it was important to get in a last-ever holiday with him. He did the daddy thing, carrying DS4 on his shoulders, accompanying him on rides that were a bit too scary for me, and taking him out for an extra wander round in the evening when my feet were shredded. The weather was absolutely foul, and there was that depressed, slightly dirty feel to everything, as other posters have mentioned; but then again I'm British so I'm used to it, and we actually did manage to have a whale of a time.

But cheap it was not.

CaptChaos Mon 31-Dec-12 12:00:55

Loving the moral high ground waving going on.

It's a holiday, maybe not your cup of tea, but that's all it is. People have fun in different ways, and some random person wanting to go to DWF isn't going to impact at all.

DLP is great fun if you go at the right time, most of our friends have gone and loved it, but found the peripheral stuff was extortionately expensive. DWO on the other hand is a different planet, great fun if you can unpurse your lips long enough, plus it's in the sunshine, which makes everything better.

We don't watch TV, so don't see adverts, but I can imagine that they, along with all successful ad campaigns were designed to make the product look like your life would be worthless without it. That's what ad companies are paid to do, regard this as a job well done!

yohohoho Mon 31-Dec-12 12:20:50

spending two weeks queueing for rides is not a holiday.

I agree. That's why we go in January. No queues. And don't go to parks everyday. There is loads to do. That's why people go. Its better weather than Paris and more to do.

I would never recommend anyone goes in the summer. Hurricane season and you can queue just to into shops.

Tryharder Mon 31-Dec-12 12:22:48

I wanted to do the Disneyland surprise thing with the kids but underestimated how well DS1 could read and he saw it on the calender 2 weeks before we departed!

I have been to DLP twice and it was good. Spoilt by the queues and shitty weather.

I want to go to Florida though but prefer Universal Studios and Harry Potter World to Disney.

PoppyWearer Mon 31-Dec-12 12:25:17

FWIW, I am absolutely not a Disney-lover (the opposite) but we took the DCs there back in the summer and we all loved it. The Fast-Passes and early park access meant we beat the queues for everything we wanted to ride.

Would go back in a heartbeat.

But yes, the adverts are manipulative.

trapclap Mon 31-Dec-12 12:25:59

why are people interpreting it as 'taking the moral high ground' if a person doesnt want to go to Disney Land?? confused

Increasingly on MN, it seems the privileged want everyone else to validate their choices on everything

I go camping every year in UK for our holidays. I love it, the kids love it. A lot of people would hate to go camping in the UK. I don't care what anyone else thinks about camping or holidaying in the UK.

I would rather not go on holiday at all, than go to Disneyland, whether that be Florida or Paris

yohohoho Mon 31-Dec-12 12:38:27

trapclap its not that people don't want to go. Its the 'they went and did have children' and 'i could't think of anything worse' and I thought she was on crack' attitude.

Or the attitude that on here that Disney is the devils work. If you don't want to go don't. But there have been several threads in so U about how shit disney is. Usually by people who have never been.

yohohoho Mon 31-Dec-12 12:40:04

Sorry the first one was 'they went didn't even have children' as though that's illegal.

yohohoho Mon 31-Dec-12 12:43:41

Oh and 'my children would rather die than go, lucky me'

And 'i haven't been myself but.. Yada yada yada'

sarahseashell Mon 31-Dec-12 12:59:11

YANBU - dislike that ad and the guilt-trip-ness of it

dixiechick1975 Mon 31-Dec-12 13:12:44

For anyone thinking of Disney I'd recommend the dibb and disboards forums.

If you just book with a travel agent and turn up you will pay a fortune and spend all your time queuing.

It is a holiday you need to plan for. We went in October to disneyworld Florida and had a fantastic time - we didn't queue more than 5 mins for anything.

Touring plans.com is great for deciding when to go - why plan to go when it is 10/10 busy when the week after is 3/10.

AfterEightMintyy Mon 31-Dec-12 14:45:15

Utterly ridiculous to get defensive and personally affronted if other people say they wouldn't want to go on the same sort of holiday as you. Ridiculous, ridiculous, ridiculous.

Offred Mon 31-Dec-12 14:58:27

Yep, agree with the posts that say that is what advertising is for, they make you feel shit then offer a solution. That's the whole point.

Disneyland doesn't work for us, the kids don't want to go and neither do we, we kind of almost pity people who would enjoy somewhere like Disney. Probably the twins would enjoy it but that's only because they are 3 and haven't learned better yet. We do holidaying in castles, climbing mountains, swimming in rivers etc which is MUCH more exciting and hardly costs anything!

EweBrokeMyManger Mon 31-Dec-12 15:03:49

Offred you just spectaculary proved mintys point wrong. We dont need your pity thanks, we enjoy festivals, mountain climbing, city breaks AND Disney thanks. They all have their place and arent really comparable.

And I dont think swimming in a river is more exciting than Summit Plummit(massive vertical waterslide) for example - maybe more restful, more soulful but more exciting? Nope.

StepAwayFromTheEcclesCakes Mon 31-Dec-12 15:04:47

can't think of anywhere I would like to go less, fortunately both Ds's got to go to the Paris one whilst on a school trip so we didnt have to explain why we would not go. Actually neither of them thought much of it and have had no desire to ever go back... Phew

Itsjustmeanon Mon 31-Dec-12 15:16:00

YANBU

Itsjustmeanon Mon 31-Dec-12 15:21:59

P.S. We went to Disneyland as children. It was fun, but I got fed up of being stuck in a theme park after a few days, and we preferred the water parks to the theme parks. We were 14 (older DB), 11 (me), and 7 (younger DB) at the time.

We enjoyed our holidays to Barbados much more than Disneyland.

FeckOffCup Mon 31-Dec-12 15:31:42

Yes the ads are designed to do that as others have said. I don't think they are allowed to directly target children anymore in ads so they are pulling at the parents' heartstrings instead.

As far as the disney parks themselves go, different strokes for different folks isn't it, I've been with DH to Orlando before we had any children and I've been to DLP with DH and DD, enjoyed both holidays although theme parks aren't everyone's cup of tea I don't know why people have to be so sneery about it. I have tried camping, it wasn't for me but I don't go around telling campers that they should be going on a real holiday and sleeping in a tent is stupid. And as for feeling sorry for families that enjoy going to disney, get a grip. There are lots of things in this world that invoke pity in me, someone's choice of holiday is not one of them.

yohohoho Mon 31-Dec-12 15:40:12

Offred you just spectaculary proved mintys point wrong. We dont need your pity thanks

excellent point.
I don't care where people go. It seems the people who don't go care that others do.

I wouldn't say we go to Florida every year. My kids would rather die than go to a festival and we have a MUCH better time.

whiteandyelloworchid Mon 31-Dec-12 15:45:26

that advert is amaster piece on making parents feel guilty and we have boody well been with dd, yet everytime it makes you feel guilty as if you should go again

they should have bloody well built it in the uk, not paris, or if they had to build it in france they could have at least built it near some sandy beach on the south coast. not somewhere where the weather is like here

threesypeesy Mon 31-Dec-12 15:56:19

i love the advert.... were now pricing it as a treat for dds, though after reading this thread we are re thinking booking for june, maybe change to sept/october

anyone added on the disney cruise?

we go camping every year. And are off to Disneyworld in Feb. I dont pity anyone who dosent like the same things i like, that would imply my choices were in some way superior.

Offred Mon 31-Dec-12 17:44:08

It isn't where people go on holiday it is when people think going to an expensive, crowded, commercialised, capitalist, vacuous resort owned by a stupid corporation is great and enjoyable I feel a bit sorry for them because they miss out on a lot.

Offred Mon 31-Dec-12 17:45:16

I'm pretty glad so many people go to Disney etc tbh, I hope they continue going!

freddiefrog Mon 31-Dec-12 17:49:55

Enjoying Disney and climbing mountains isn't mutually exclusive you know

Offred Mon 31-Dec-12 17:51:54

Nope it isn't, you are correct, it is the values you have to adhere to in order to not be bothered/upset by Disney that makes me feel sorry for them...

bunchamunchycrunchycarrots Mon 31-Dec-12 17:55:21

confused Wtf offred? Did you mean to sound so up your own arse patronising?

Offred Mon 31-Dec-12 17:59:30

Meh, why is it patronising/up my own arse?

Offred Mon 31-Dec-12 18:00:51

Dunno why you'd be bothered by what I think about Disney tbh, I'm certainly not bothered by the legion of Disney fans who are terribly sad for me and my children that we will not get to experience the magic.

Growlithe Mon 31-Dec-12 18:05:38

I'm glad of all the families who don't like Disney. The more of them there are, the shorter the queues will be for the rest of us. wink

Offred Mon 31-Dec-12 18:06:16

Yeah, exactly, so everyone's a winner! grin

difficultpickle Mon 31-Dec-12 18:06:34

We (ds and I) went to DLP when ds was 6. We both thought it was shit and neither of us want to go back. I might consider a trip to the one in Florida at some stage as at least the weather will be better and it won't be full of French people who don't believe in queuing.

wongadotmom Mon 31-Dec-12 18:06:38

YABU to allow an Advert to make you feel like shit.
That is the whole point of advertising - to destroy your self esteem and confidence and then sell you their wares to make it all better.
Do not be brainwashed by these evil adverts.

yohohoho Mon 31-Dec-12 18:07:59

Offers I think you protest to much. I go to Florida. I also go hiking, camping etc.

Why do some people think that doing one thing means you can't do the other.

I don't feel sorry for kids that don't go. I choose to go.

I can't find one person on this thread that has said everyone should take their kids and that if you don't they feel sorry for them. Nor can I find people saying 'well going to Florida is what i do so that's what everyone else should do. Because is so MUCH better.

Offred Mon 31-Dec-12 18:12:42

I feel sorry for people who have values that allow them to enjoy or prize somewhere like Disneyland, I am aware plenty of people don't do one thing and not the other.

People in RL have told me they feel sorry for my dc, maybe not on this thread... Makes me a bit "meh, whatever"... They can feel sorry for us if they wish, it is reciprocated. It is certainly the feeling the advert tries to coerce people into expressing!

I disagree with everything that Disney represents as well as thinking the best thing about the holiday being short queues to ride a roller coaster is a bit depressing.

yohohoho Mon 31-Dec-12 18:13:41

I also love all these people who haven't been moaning about the queues.

Go when its quiet and you don't have to queue. Simples.

Growlithe Mon 31-Dec-12 18:15:20

bisjo DH and I got very cross about the queue jumping when we first arrived at DLP, but as we got used to it we almost started admiring it as an art form.

One woman wanted into a queue situated by an ice cream kiosk. We watched her as she waited in the short queue for an ice cream, then turned around with her cornetto and lo, she was in the front of the queue for the ride. Genius. grin

gazzalw Mon 31-Dec-12 18:15:41

We have no desire to go to Disneyland ever but DD is very keen - I can see it's going to be a thorn in our side for years to come grin

yohohoho Mon 31-Dec-12 18:16:02

You may think its depressing but people who like rollercoasters enjoy it.

Why does it bother people so much?

Offred Mon 31-Dec-12 18:19:56

Ha, there are plenty of roller coasters outside Disney!

It doesn't bother me where other people go on holiday, that's not the same as feeling sorry people have those values. Go where you like. I'll still feel sorry that so many people have Disney values. Meh, why does it bother you?

yohohoho Mon 31-Dec-12 18:23:24

it doesn't bother I find it amusing that someone would feel sorry for someone based on their holiday choice. and see their destination choice as a moral choice.

Yes there are rollercoasters outside Disney. As I said we don't always do Disney. We always go to universal even for a day. Bt just because there are rollercoasters outside Disney, but why does that mean people should go to the ones that are in Disney?

I find this whole attitude quite funny.

Offred Mon 31-Dec-12 18:27:46

I haven't said that. I don't care where you go. I simply feel sorry that people have values that take them to Disney, just like you think it is funny to make a moral choice over a holiday.

LynetteScavo Mon 31-Dec-12 18:32:23

For some reason the advert really winds me up - but has the opposite effect and makes me not to go to DL even more.

Yes, I feel guilty because my youngest two DC would love to go, but I really wouldn't.

And those houses are all tidy, with no piles of books or papers lying around.

And the boy in the school uniform who yells "when are we going" annoys me for some reason I really can't fathom.

I am wondering if I could cope with one day of it in Paris...or not. I did it 3 times when I was young, and now would rather sit in a forest by a stream.

I went to LA and didn't go to the one there.....just not my thing.

But then my DM never took me to Alton Towers. I was 13 the first time I went. I thought she was a right stick in the mud (Alton Towers is, her idea of hell grin)

Morloth Mon 31-Dec-12 20:05:41

Disney have their shit together when it comes to rollercoasters, I speak as a connoisseur.

I am an 'And' sort of girl, have done rivers and mountains and art galleries and all the rest of it. Still enjoy a good rollercoaster.

I would however now knaw my own ARM off than go camping, if there is no ensuite then I am not going.grin

I don't 'get' the choice to go camping, some people appear to like it though so hey, whatever floats your boat.

Lol at feeling sorry for my values, is very sad for me.wink

EweBrokeMyManger Mon 31-Dec-12 20:19:41

Alright offred I will bite and give you what you want. Explain why Disney represents such a moral vacuum to me as opposed to any other multinational.

And dont come out with the usual made up stuff about Walt Disney being a racist.

My values are that I will take fun anywhere I can find it. Oh and that I like a holiday destination that caters for dd. why is that such a problem for you?

DigWeedSow Mon 31-Dec-12 20:39:14

This year we've camped, climbed mountains, canoed, cycled with DS.
We've also been to Disney World in Florida.

I'm also interested to hear what these values are?

LynetteScavo Mon 31-Dec-12 20:50:38

Oh, well that is alright then...if you have camped climbed and canoed, you must be a wholesome family and there fore Disney will be like a sugary desert after a wholesome meal.

I bet it's the people who's only holiday is to Disney (probably due to funds) that certain posters disprove of.

People who go skiing at Feb half term, Disney at Easter and Sailing in the med in may, and hiking in the Alps in the summer will be forgiven.

<<Reminds self to take DC's camping before putting self through the hell experience which is Disney>>

DigWeedSow Mon 31-Dec-12 21:05:40

Ahhh, so the wholesomeness cancels out the Disneyness grin

ByTheWay1 Mon 31-Dec-12 21:10:15

We have been to DL Paris and Florida - and had an absolute whale of a time at both - so much so that we repeated the experience at both after a couple of years!

I don't get what is wrong with my values - the Disney corporation also a huge charitable foundation - giving millions in aid annually to earthquake victims around the world? They are an ethical sourcing foundation - employing people at above the minimum wage in whichever countries make their products.. and they are trying to get away from the white simpering princess "ideal".... Mulan/Esmerelda/Pocohontas/Tiana being some of the latest..

I spent my college years camping - I hated it, who really likes getting up and dressed and crossing a wet field full of cowpats to get to a cold, dark, bug-infested toilet in the middle of the night - but it was all I could afford, now I have some spare dosh each year we will go where the heck we want.... and that will include the odd trip to Disney....

bunchamunchycrunchycarrots Mon 31-Dec-12 21:15:20

<worried> I took DD to Blackpool in the summer. OMG. Blackpool Pleasure Beach and Disneyworld. I'm dooooooooomed. shock

Morloth Mon 31-Dec-12 21:32:00

Ah I see Lynette it is those poor people again.

I mean really who the fuck do they think they are? Saving up to go do something silly and fun, immoral bastards.

Luckily I can afford both wholesome family fun and sugary junk holidays so my values are intact. Phew.

shesariver Mon 31-Dec-12 21:58:46

offred I may not rate my time at DLP as the best holiday ever but I think you are going way too far in some of your comments, especially your pity at others enjoying Disney!

shesariver Mon 31-Dec-12 22:08:46

And what are "Disney values" for goodness sake?

LynetteScavo Mon 31-Dec-12 22:21:13

This is how I look at it; If I happen to find myself near a Disney park with people who want to go, I will happily go along with them.

But I won't make it my final destination, to return home not having seen the local wildlife.

Why don't they advertise Disney Tokyo, becuase that would be one cool holiday...Culture and Disney...they whole family would be happy.

OMG - I want to save up for that holiday..it actually sounds quite fun.

Although I've never actually wanted to go to Japan.

They should build Disney in India. That would be fab!

ByTheWay1 Mon 31-Dec-12 22:30:16

ermmm Disney Florida is PART of a Florida holiday - we went airboat riding in the everglades, swimming in the Blue Springs National park, on a Wildlife "cruise" round the Kennedy space station area - visited Kennedy space station.... yes we spent 3 days at Disney theme parks and 2 at Universal, but we also visited the Disney Wilderness preserve south of Orlando and did a lot of walking.. and ooing and ahhhing at the Herons and egrets (and water rodents!)

ByTheWay1 Mon 31-Dec-12 22:30:54

Kennedy space centre

EweBrokeMyManger Mon 31-Dec-12 22:41:42

Japan is my dream holiday. Just waiting for the dc to be older. And the lottery win obvs.

Morloth Mon 31-Dec-12 22:44:18

When we do Disneyworld we are going to park in one of those massive McMansions for a month.

I would like to see the Everglades (and go on one of those hovery boat things - I am sure they have a name, I just can't be arsed). We will be meeting up with friends from 4 different countries and sharing the house with them. We might spend a week down in the Keys.

Who knows. But the main reason I want to go to Florida is Disney, I really enjoy theme parks and Disney does them best IMO.

There is a that giant aquarium up in Georgia as well that looks interesting.

My list never gets any shorter. So many places to see, so many things to do.

Morloth Mon 31-Dec-12 22:47:11

Japan is pretty fab. We saw the teeniest tiniest little bird which at first we thought was a bug, but now I think it was a bug that looked like a bird. Most likely a Hummingbird Moth in the gardens near Mount Fuji.

I do love an adventure.

LynetteScavo Mon 31-Dec-12 23:17:59

ByTheWay1, So many people I know don't do that, though. They do 2 weeks in Disney.

One friend who recently returned seemed quite excited about the pack with socks/eye mask Virgin give you on the Virgin flight. I was hmm. I have quite a few of those packs (DM gets us about 4 a year) - If that was the highlight of your Orlando Disney trip, then I won't bother.

Morloth Mon 31-Dec-12 23:37:10

Oh come on. I fly all the time, often first and business and I still love the little baggies of things they give you.

Enjoy the little things, I really like little pots of jams and stuff as well.

Is a bit of fun.

You can enjoy flash things and silly little things.

Life is a lot more fun when you can derive a bit of joy from a teeny pot of jam. grin

Chubfuddler Mon 31-Dec-12 23:39:20

I was just thinking I must be such a prole, I love the vurgin Atlantic goody bag

LynetteScavo Mon 31-Dec-12 23:43:30

Funny you should say that, because when I stayed at the Pink Hotel at Disneyland Paris I loaded up with the free little jams and carried them around in my handbag all day. Bloody heavy they were. grin (Yes, I put the bubble bath in my suitcase too)

At one point a Disney lady offered to hold my bag (I have no idea how you get one of those Disney ladies who guide you round and you to the front of the queue - it was through work) offered to hold my bag. It was so unbelievably heavy she gave her colleague a really odd look. I think they went away a speculated about what I was carrying. If only they had known I'd swiped loads of their mini jams! grin

ihavenonameonhere Mon 31-Dec-12 23:43:45

I love the goody bags too.

Oh and I love Orlando, I love it so much I got a job there for 12 months when I was younger and had an amazing time. I love Disney but also the whole of Orlando, love the weather, the shops, the food.

I am lucky now that some of my family own a house there now so get that part free

Morloth Tue 01-Jan-13 00:05:44

Disney service is quite something.

I remember walking through Downtown Disney in LA with DH and DS1 and a staff member stopped us to give DS1 a toy and some stickers, 'just because' both DH and I waited for the hand to come out, but nope, 'just because'.

Then there is the gawgus Brian who worked the bar at the Grand Californian pool. A finer young man I have yet to meet, that boy worked his butt off to get my 'rita just the way I liked it (really really sour and with LOTS of tequila [no cuervo shit]). Of course he was doing it for the tip, I don't care why he was doing it, he was and of course I left him a hell of a tip for his efforts. wink

Might have to reconsider the McMansion plan actually, staying at a Disney Hotel is really very nice.

LynetteScavo Tue 01-Jan-13 00:17:08

Nah you can live in a McMansion and drive around in a 4X4 in this country (just like my neighbours over the road do - the McMansion wasn't there when we moved in, they built it) There are only certain places you can stay in a Disney hotel.

I know someone who blew everything she inherited from her grandmother on a week at Disney.

Morloth Tue 01-Jan-13 00:28:51

hehe, I do live in a McMansion and drive a 4WD. grin

You a quite right about only being able to stay in a Disney Hotel sometimes though.

They have some rather fab McMansions in some of the gated communities nearby Disneyworld though, 8 bedrooms, similar number of bathrooms etc. Perfect for our big group and so very very cheap.

BarredfromhavingStella Tue 01-Jan-13 00:43:07

Sorry but the sight of my (then) 2 year old DD with Mickey Mouse absofuckingloutley was magical & practically reduced me to tears & trust me when I say I'm most definitely not pink & fluffy!!!

I shall be saving my pennies for DLP 25th anniversary grin

McMansion is the way to go. My favourite park is Seaworld though. Florida is ace. The Space Centre, the shopping, Universal, the sunshine, etc..... Excellent family holiday especially if you hire a car and get out and about smile

diddl Tue 01-Jan-13 07:38:29

I have never wanted to go & that advert reinforces that.

Such schmaltzy badly acted crap.

Does it convince anyone to go??

yohohoho Tue 01-Jan-13 11:21:59

We fly with virgin tomorrow. Can't wait to get my little goodie bag.

yohohoho Tue 01-Jan-13 11:28:11

ByTheWay1, So many people I know don't do that, though. They do 2 weeks in Disney.

I don't know anyone who has done that. Even people who stay in the disneys hotels.

We don't we rent a villa usually around davenport.

The free stuff isn't the highlight, its part if it. The free drinks on the plane is a highlight. Bit not the highlight.

Thursday morning I will be in universal islands of adventure. Whoo hop.

<hangs head in shame at my own loose morals>
confused

LynetteScavo Tue 01-Jan-13 13:02:09

diddl - that's not acting - they are real people filming themselves and their children's reaction.

Although DH is with you on the bad acting.

Sevenmilebeach Tue 01-Jan-13 13:26:39

I wasn't going to post but couldn't resist grin - have name changed as this will out me and would prefer my other posts were not traceable to me as I was asking advise about a family member.

I had no idea I was do morally bankrupt and that my values were so corrupt - the things you learn eh?

We have been to Walt Disney World in Florida 7 times and have been on 4 Disney Cruises - basically at least one of our holidays for the past 10 years (since DD was 2) has been a Disney holiday. We don't only holiday at Disney as we are fortunate enough to holiday 2 or 3 time a year do we don't just do Disney.

For us as a family it's the best choice for us - we love Florida, we love the service, cleanliness and variety that is on offer. We always stay in Disney hotels ( a villa holiday doesn't appeal to me as I do enough cooking and making beds at home) but we use the hotel as our hub and over the years have visited the Florida Keys, Clearwater, Maimi etc. The Disney parks and resorts are amazing, the attention to detail, customer service and entertainment options are second to none.

We did our first Disney Cruise in 2008 and have our 5th booked for later this year. We have cruised to the Carribean, Russia, Alaska and the Med with Disney - amazing experiences and the beauty of the Disney Cruise line is that it is adult and child friendly with a good family atmosphere - not like the party ships ( celebrity etc - no smoky casinos, no drunken yobs)

Anyway the point of my post really was - if you can afford it and do your research it can be a fantastic holiday. People talk about queuing - if you have to queue you arent doing it right!! A little bit of planning can eradicate the queues - I've never waited more than 15 minutes for anything.

I can't see how anyone's holiday choices would cause others to feel sorry for them. Yes Disney is a large commercial organisation who are out to make a profit but so what? They happen to offer a good service.

Sevenmilebeach Tue 01-Jan-13 13:28:43

Oops should have said - we've just returned from Disneyland Paris ( our first visit) and it was not at all what I was expecting - the service was very, very poor compared to the US parks and the Cruise line. If that had been my first experience of Disney I would probably never have returned.

trapclap Tue 01-Jan-13 13:38:40

I don't understand how kids would have such an excited reaction confused How do they even know what Disneyland is??? Or what is there? Not even sure I know myself actually, now I think about it....isn't it just like a big theme park/ fairground?

FeckOffCup Tue 01-Jan-13 13:46:00

I didn't find a problem with people being rude or queue jumping in DLP, but we went at a quiet time so there weren't many queues anyway. I do agree the hotel service isn't as good as it could have been, we had to ask at reception and then phone housekeeping twice to get our travel cot that we had requested on booking and there weren't any tea/coffee making facilities in the room so the hotel wasn't as good as the ones in the USA but it wasn't terrible, it was clean and the room was nice and big.

crashdoll Tue 01-Jan-13 14:11:40

I don't know how on earth anyone could have not queued for more than 15 mins for anything. For some very popular rides, I waited about 15/20 mins with my disabled priority card. Fortunately, most of the waiting areas had benches. One area did not and we had to give that ride a miss.

Sevenmilebeach Tue 01-Jan-13 14:22:20

Crashdoll was that at Disneyland Paris or WDW? There really is no need to wait in queues at WDW but it does take a wee bit of planning I.e. pick a quiet time of year, stay in a Disney hotel and make use of extra magic hours and soft opening times, also there are some good touring plans that predict well the busy park days and make optimum use of fast passes. I don't do queues well and avoid where possible - we book character meals instead of waiting for autographs etc ( luckily DD is too old for that now smile). Not sure how it works at DLP as we didn't do many rides when we were there but I was surprised to see the wait times were very long compared to what we were used to at WDW.

Hulababy Tue 01-Jan-13 14:22:22

Find DLP much busier, longer queues and more issues with queue jumping than in Florida - maybe over in the US there are just so many more parks to go to, not everyone trying to go to just the two parks.

But some days are busier than others and the queues reflect this.

I have just, 5 minutes ago, bought the park tickets for our Florida trip at February half term. Have only ever been in the July/August heat before. Will then use the websites to plan our trip in terms of which parks on which day - using stats they colour code days as to which is busiest and when. We are only there for a week this time - so have 6 full days, 6 days of park tickets and 6 parks to go to - so need to plan a little bit.

We like it. I personally don't enjoy a laying on a beach/by a pool holiday. DD doesn't really like beaches. Also, as an only child, we need to be doing stuff to keep her entertained too = now in Florida this is a doddle as she loves the rides and shows. We do lots of other types of holidays too, but she does love the parks.

Dh was very sceptical before our first trip. He had to really be persuaded into it and we only really went as we went with family, had it been just us we'd have not got him there. But once there he was very surprised and had a great time, and now doesn't mind returning.

Likewise there is no way ever my PILs would have ever entertained a trip to Disney beforehand. However we went to France last summer with them and we persuaded them to do 3 nights at DLP at the start. They were more sceptical than DH had even been. They had never even been to a theme park in the UK before, let alone DLP. But you now what? They really enjoyed it. They went on some rides, they loved the shows and the parades and above all loved watching DD enjoy herself too. And DD in return loved watching their first expressions of Disney.

So - if you have never been - well, you never know do you?
But if you also have been and don't like it - fair enough. Everyone is different and like different things. But it doesn;t mean those who do like it are wrong either. Each to there own and all that.

yohohoho Tue 01-Jan-13 14:26:26

crashdoll no queue in January.

Hulababy Tue 01-Jan-13 14:28:36

Couldn't care less if some people thing it is wrong of me and my family to enjoy a trip to Disney and Universal. We enjoy it. I'm not forcing anyone else to go.

Some people like laying by a pool at an all inclusive holiday fun - I don't particularly so don't go.

Some people like whole holidays on a beach - I don't.

Some people thing a camping holiday is fab - it would not be idea of any form of holiday what so ever, so I don't go on camping holidays.

Each to their own. You are not wonderfully moral and upstanding just because you like a different type of holiday. You are just different to me. So what?

Me - well we love our holidays so try to go on a few each year, generally a mix of everything for everyone. But more about getting out and about and doing stuff than laying around catching sun rays.

Sevenmilebeach Tue 01-Jan-13 14:30:32

Hula baby - am jealous, we're not back until October sad
Was hoping to talk DH into going at Easter but my cousin has just announced she's getting married in Cyprus so there goes the holiday budget ( just as well I love her lots!)

Hulababy Tue 01-Jan-13 14:32:59

DH gets a touch of SAD or whatever it is in the winter, especially grey wet ones like this. So some winter sunshine - and tbh not that much different to what we paid for a week in the Canaries last February.

DD can't wait to go back to Wizarding World - she has lots of pocket money saved up from past few months, ready to add to her Harry Potter collection.

KittyFane1 Tue 01-Jan-13 14:40:16

I think Disney should have used this family to advertise!

diddl Tue 01-Jan-13 14:48:13

That´s hilarious.

Would be my reaction tbh!

KittyFane1 Tue 01-Jan-13 14:53:31

Chattanooga tourist board should use this one

MrsJREwing Tue 01-Jan-13 15:47:47

We went when the dc were preschool to DLP and had a lovely time.

We went to DWF when the dc were in Secondary school it was much better and fantastic setup for me as a reduced mobility lone parent.

I found the staying on site and extra hours meant no queing, we went to Magic Kingdom on Xmas day last year and were done by 9.30am. The dc went on loads of rides, pirates of caribean, cars, pictures in pixie hollow with Tinkerbelle never too old all sorts by being first in line at opening time for staying guests, the bus from our hotel picked us up half an hour before opening time and we were in the pool by 10.30am in the Hotel.

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