If you read my blog you will know that I am a huge Disney fan. I’ve been visiting the Disney parks since I was kid. I’ve been to Disneyland Paris, Disneyland and Disney World and have had a great time. I’ve been as a kid a few times and I’ve been as an adult many more times and in this post I’m going to tell you why Disney is better for adults, than kids.
I know a lot of readers will probably start reading this and panic. ‘What does she mean, it’s better for kids, it’s Disney, Disney is for kids!’ There I correct you. Disney is designed for everyone, kids and adults. But visiting any Disney park as an adult, is more enjoyable than it is as a kid. I’m also going to add older kids like teens to this post because they are most likely to enjoy it better than really young kids too.
- Who’s Vacation Is It?
I’m going to get quite unpopular for putting this in, but I’m going to say it anyway because it has got to be said. For families traveling with extremely young children, it has to be asked – who’s vacation is it? Very often I see families taking babies and very young kids to the Disney parks. Pretty much all of the time the baby is fast asleep and has no idea what is going on around them. The same with small kids, they are way too young to understand anything going on around them. I first went to Disney when I was around 4 and I don’t remember much about it. Very often when queuing up for character meet and greets you see families literally forcing the kid to have their photo taken with the character and you can tell the kid doesn’t want to be in the photo. Those parents just don’t get it, your kid doesn’t want their photo taken, leave them alone. Plus many small kids and babies often get terrified by a character coming up to them. Which leaves me to ask, who’s vacation is it? Do you genuinely want your kids to enjoy Disney or are you just using the family vacation thing as an excuse for you to go to Disney.
Don’t get me wrong Disney is great for kids, I just think there is a certain age you should start taking them, not when they are just a few months old or even three years old. Waiting is going to be better for them. I would recommend parents wait until their kid is at least six before they start take to them.
2. Memories are so much better when you are old enough to remember…
This sort of links in with my previous point. Come twenty years time is that baby who went to Disney going to be able to look back at their first visit to Disney with fond memories or just have no recollection of it at all. I started going to Disneyland Paris when I was around four and I only really remember the third or fourth trip there when I was seven. I definitely remember my first visit to Walt Disney World when I was ten.
3. The Rides Are Better When You Are Big Enough
Disney has a great choice of rides, especially thrill rides. In Disney World, Space Mountain, Mission Space, Tower Of Terror and Rock N Roller Coaster are some of my favorites. I love them now, but there was no way I would ride them as a little kid. Mainly because of the height requirements, but also because my six year old self would be too scared to ride Tower Of Terror. And there was no way I would go down Summit Plummet at that age either. When I’ve gone to Disney I see it happen very often. Some kid keeps on at their parents to let them go on Space Mountain, then they get all excited just to get turned away at the entrance because they are not tall enough. Sure there are loads of other rides small kids can go on, but why not go when you are big enough to enjoy them all.
As an adult I enjoy the character meet and greets a lot better too, especially with the face characters like the princesses. The interaction is so much better at my age and even with the fur characters too.
I definitely enjoy Disney better as an adult. Many people seem to think it is just for kids, but us adults love it too and you will see loads of people there without kids. Nobody is too old at Disney.