Caution Lengthy - Adult (Couples or Singles) vs. Family Treatment?
The PI closing has brought this issue up but the closing is only part of a bigger issue for us.
If you are an adult (a couple or single) currently without children in your life - Do you feel families are being singled out as being more important than you as an adult guest?
I pose this question due to the past couple of trips we have experienced at WDW. My husband and I still love everything about Disney itself but we have noticed some recent changes during these trips. I am feeling that Disney is losing its magic lately and it makes me very sad. Some observations: I know that a Year of a Million Dreams is completely random, but we have rarely seen on our trips singles or couples winning anything themselves. (Please note I said rarely - not never). Characters don’t greet my husband or myself as an adult who likes to have fun at Disney with open arms as much as they do with ‘families’, unless I have paid for a character meal. Example: I wanted to see Mulan in DHS and the CM said they were not taking any more guests but as soon as I left they accepted a family with 2 girls. I asked (very nicely) for a supervisor and was told to go to guest relations. When looking for a certain item in a retail spot I asked for help and was told everything was out already, but while in the same area another ‘family’ asked for the same item and the CM went in back to look and found one for them. Transportation - when we asked to ride the front of the monorail we were told it was full, but when a family walked up later they were taken up front.
We go to Disney to escape reality for a while and have some fun. We could go anywhere we want, and we have, but it is WDW that we have chosen to go to. I have brought an incident or two to the CM’s attention in guest services and was told that Disney caters to families and no matter how I feel they will always come first. My husband and I are a family, why doesn’t this count? We are more than helpful to anyone in the parks and talk to a lot of other guests while we are there. So please know I am not against anyone with a family. I am just curious as to why there has been such a difference in treatment. When we have my nieces with us our expectations are the same as they are when they are not with us. In fact, this past trip I really tried to let go of expectations and was more disappointed in the trip than ever. If this would have been my first trip with my husband I would actually never have bought into DVC given the disappointments of the trip. And I would not have gone back 2-3 times a year like we have, in fact, I don’t know that I would go back at all. I have been talking seriously with my husband about canceling our next trip in October.
Those are just the tip of the iceberg on some of the incidents we have encountered. Is anyone else noticing things like this? I am honestly hoping not and am trying to stay positive, and hoping that the trips have just been not so great, which is why I would love to hear what others have been experiencing.
Thanks so much!
No Children = Less Magical Moments?
Makes me sad to think so but I have felt the same thing myself. My last trip was with my adult son (my one and only) and his then girlfriend. We stayed at the Wilderness Lodge where we observed the gingerbread house class for kids and they looked like they were having so much fun that I wished a)they had a similar class for adults, b)I had grandchildren, or c)that my son was still a little boy. Later that week, we ate at Whispering Canyon for my son's birthday and it felt almost like we were intruders at a private party because we did not have any children in our group. My son has suggested that I might have to look into whether or not it is possible to adopt grandchildren so I can take them to DW.
Originally Posted by Winnie
Because we don't have any children to travel with anymore, I also never felt comfortable trying any of the hard ticket events like Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. I think it would make me too sad.
Old Enough for All the Good Stuff
Very well said and thanks for the reminders of all those things Disney that are for just us older kids. :mickeykid
Originally Posted by Flanagan