/ Thursday, April 4th, 2013

by Richard Bernato

FarklePHILPOT: Francine, you did say you were 15 going on 16?


PHILPOT: To your knowledge, is 16–or for that matter 15–a legal age of adulthood in any state in the union?

FRANCINE: I have no idea.

PHILPOT: For the record, Francine, it is not. In fact you are a minor, who is subject to the supervision of her parents.

FRANCINE: So that means I am not entitled to my opinions?

PHILPOT: Oh you can think what you think but, what you think doesn’t necessarily translate to anything legal.


PHILOMENA: Your Honor, surely counsel does not expect to argue with this young lady about matters of legality.

JUDGE JULIA: Yes, you are right, Ms. Francis. Mr. Philpot, get to the point.

PHILPOT: I was pointing out that a teenaged young lady may typically object to most anything that her dad or her mom for that matter may expect as her parent. Ms. Farkle, let’s get to that point. I am sure that you NEVER object to what either your mom or your dad may have expected of you that had nothing whatsoever to do with things Disney World?

FRANCINE: Well no, of course not. I mean I know they’re my parents and all, but I object to plenty of things they want me to do or not to do.

PHILPOT: So your anecdotes about what your dad has (air quotes) imposed on you might be part of your normal tendency to assert yourself?

FRANCINE: Well I don’t know. I mean, think about what I told you about…. the heat, being yanked off lines, military schedules….

PHILPOT: Francine, do you have any idea what trip to Walt Disney World might cost?

FRANCINE: Well no, I bring some of my own spending money but my parents pay for the vacation.

PHILPOT: Would you agree that even if the vacation plans were on a strict and limited budget, the price for four people can add up pretty quickly.

FRANCINE: I guess so.

PHILPOT: Of course. Now your dad’s planning, excessive you say, are they meant to get the most enjoyment out of the money he spends?

FRANCINE: I guess you will have ask him!

PHILPOT: In due time, Francine. Thank you. I have no more questions your Honor.

JUDGE JULIA:  Ms. Francis, next witness.

Does your family ever disagree about how to spend their time in Disney?  What do you do to avoid such conflicts?



4 thoughts on “Farkle v. Farkle: The Teen’s Perspective on the Disney Vacation”

  1. Nick says:

    My family has been going to Disney since it opened and I’ve been going for 28 years now. We argue about everything and sometimes go days without speaking to each other but as soon as we step foot in Disney we turn into the most civilized and thoughtful family practically insisting that we do what each person suggests. It is amazing to me how much Disney World can change your entire outlook on life for the time you are there, if only every place could be Disney World! 😉

  2. Lizzie says:

    My brother and I used to argue all the time about what to do at Disney, and as brother and sister in general, we argue a lot. So there were once a few trips where our mom got so irritated with us that she honestly threatened not to take us to Disney anymore…that didn’t go over well. I distinctly remember when one fall we were outside playing baseball and we had this huge discussion about how we’d actually not fight once…and since then it’s been only minor things. Turns out, we love a lot of the same stuff, and we have our own little catchphrases and jingles for stuff like Buzz Lightyear’s SRS, Space Mountain and Turkey Legs.

    The next challenge…our parents. But we generally get along. A few times each trip we all kind of go our separate ways so that everyone can do what they want to do.

  3. Frank X says:

    I agree with Nick. Our family has been going for the past six years. Every time the kids complain “why do we have to go to Disney again?” and every time as soon as we check in to our resort, it’s “when are we going to the parks?”. They all think the “world” of WDW, and what’s great is they all like different things about it. One tip I have is if you stay at a Disney Resort, schedule at least one day where you just “hang out” at that resort. And be sure to schedule time at Downtown Disney. I think we enjoy those moments just as much as going to the parks!

  4. Frank X says:

    If you have teens and tweens like I do, I have a few recommendations. Don’t make a “military schedule”. Allow lee-way for each day, but try to have a hard start and stop time when visiting each park to avoid confusion. Use that smartphone your teens and you have. Text each other. Try to group your family by event. My older boy loves thrill rides. My younger boy, not so much. Switch off. Don’t let mom stay with the same child the whole time. And find common ground. Fireworks, like illuminations, is definitely common ground. So is eating. Each year we eat lunch at the Sci Fi Cafe at Hollywood Studios as a family. We have a blast. And if you are a parent, try to find something YOU want to do here and there, so you don’t hold it against your kids that they were the only ones that enjoyed themselves. And get a family photo or two while you are there. And finally get fast passes to at least one ride you all like. And if you son happens to talk to a girl, don’t freak out. Bottom line: Give your tween or teen some space and don’t forget you are there to have fun too.