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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

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.

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

Chattanooga tourist board should use this one

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

That´s hilarious.

Would be my reaction tbh!

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

I think Disney should have used this family to advertise!

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.

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 14:28:36

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.

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

crashdoll no queue in January.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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>

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

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

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??

KatieScarlett2833 Tue 01-Jan-13 07:09:32

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

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

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.

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 00:05:44

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.

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

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