So much for their precious little bundles of joy, huh?
I can't believe how obnoxious some parents are with their kids at theme parks.
The combination of the heat, the lines, the crowding and the expense just overwhelms everyone. The kids get to a point where all they want to do is nap or swim in the hotel pool, but the parents blew their savings on the trips so DAMMIT YOU WILL ENJOY SPLASH MOUNTAIN.
We didn't see anyone hit their kids, but a lot of manhandling and a LOT of insults. One mother just viciously told her kid how stupid he was. A lot of yelling and sniping.
There was good parenting, too, but MAN...don't take your kids to Disneyland expecting to relax. It is NOT relaxing!
thought you were at Disney World
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"Evil people can do some non-evil things, and most of them do. That doesn't mean they aren't evil." -- JeffereyWKramer
We always take a break in the middle of the day for a swim and maybe a nap with our daughter. She's 6 and a trooper (she'll got to midnight a couple days in a row) but everyone needs a break and part of the reason she's so good late in the day is we give her a break in the middle. It's not just the physical exhaustion it's the over stimulation. After a while, kids just need some quiet moments to get themselves together.
Parents just need to realize that being flexible to their kids needs will ensure a good vacation for everyone.
My youngest hasn't been yet, but is going for his second birthday next week. With his sensory issues we made sure to get a hotel with a zero entry pool and other relaxing daytime activities for kids so that he'd actually ENJOY his birthday.
In theory, it will go well. In a week, I might delete this entire commentary...
The worst is Epcot, with so much stuff that only adults would find entertaining. "OK, kids! Who wants to go on the Ford assembly line ride?"
On the other side of spectrum, I went to see Mary Poppins on broadway. Lots of happy little girls with their mothers and fathers.
Yeah, Epcot is definitely geared toward those who find learning fun. I loved Epcot, more than the Magic Kingdom, but then Epcot didn't even exist until I was in high school.
As a kid I was all about Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, the Haunted Mansion, and my Mickey Mouse ears with my name embroidered on the back!
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I also think it's important to plan. Most of the frustrated people I see at the parks get that way because they thought they could just show up and go on a bunch of rides. Know what the crowds are going to be like. Know the extended hours. Know which rides are going to have long lines and learn how to use the fast passes. Make sense of the dining plan and figure out where and when you want to eat ahead of time.
Any time we have friends who are going for the first time, we start flooding them with tips and suggestions. They look at us like we're crazy. I have a friend going in a couple of weeks with his two young children (7 and 4) for the first time. They're staying about a half hour away from the park and decided not to get hopper passes so they could save money. I tried to explain to him that his two young children will tire of pretty much any park but the Magic Kingdom before the end of the day and going back to the hotel isn't really an option for them.