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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

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.


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.

YourHandInMyHand Sun 30-Dec-12 22:15:48

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.

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