/ Thursday, June 13th, 2013

by Richard Bernato

FarkleWhile this trial may not find its way to Court TV, it certainly is of great interest to those of us who love going to Walt Disney World and who may ping pong between those who “go with the flow” and those who “make plans to make plans” in order to best enjoy our vacations there.

You have heard all the testimony, ranging from Mrs. – I – Mean – Dr. Francis Farkle, the Farkles’ two children, an “anti – Farkle (Bernie Bizarro), Fred himself, a certain Mr. Les Tello, and Mickey Mouse. You have heard opening and closing remarks of both lawyers, and below you can find a chart that attempts to capture some of the basic themes and issues that both sides presented.

You can use the chart to filter the “evidence,” using your own values and feelings through the chart’s double – lens to decide Fred Farkle’s Fate!

Fred is Guilty

Fred is NOT Guilty

  • Compared to planning military campaigns.
  • Near maniacal obsession with having everything planned!
  • Means to make the most of the money and time spent to go to Walt Disney World.
  • Embarrassing his children
  • Anticipates all needs of his family
  • Insisting on sticking to strict schedule that ignores others’ needs and wants.
  • He simply seeks to Maximize the Magic.
  • Reducing or eliminating spontaneity
  • It’s his hobby, no different than any others’ passion
  • Turning his son into a little Fred
  • Endorsed by Walt Disney World experts.
  • “Life is too short to plan it”. Bernie Bizzarro
  • “More Guests suffer at the hands of the non-planners than at the those of the Fred Farkles of the World.” Mickey Mouse

Now, it’s YOUR turn!  Please submit your verdict as a part of the WDW Radio jury by Thursday June 20.  The following week, we will announce the results and either a sentence will be imposed or a final statement will be issued by our judge, author Rich Bernato.

Is Fred Farkle guilty of over-planning his family's Disney vacation?

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Rich may be the only blogger who; had an ORIGINAL Davy Crockett coonskin cap (and wishes he still had it); watched Disney’s Wonderful World of Color in black and white; watched the Disneyland opening ceremonies on that same black and white; AND rode the original It’s a Small World in the 1964 World’s Fair in New York. In addition, he is a college professor, and a grandfather of six whom he is thoroughly dis-doctrinating as often as possible.





4 thoughts on “Farkle v. Farkle: RENDER YOUR VERDICT!”

  1. Jeff Manion says:

    Not guilty

  2. Steamboat Eddie says:

    Most definitely NOT GUILTY!

  3. Tony E (BacksideOfWater) says:

    Not Guilty but he needs to find a balance between being an over planner and an under-planner

  4. Nicole says:

    not guilty – however he is a awful planner –