Being a member of this group for many months, I’ve read numerous threads and many opposing opinions on DL, DCA and what it means to numerous people. DCA seems to be almost unanimously hated or disliked while DL holds an almost religious reverence among the majority.
Many of the critics/detractors of DCA blame it for the weak experience it is and the plasticity of the design while wondering why one would even consider spending time there when the entire state of California surrounds the location offering the real thing.
There was also a recent thread about traveling to other tourist destinations and wishing one had gone to DL instead for a better experience while spending the same amount of money. Without argument, a Disney Park is a safe destination and a carefully managed , clean environment which recreates the real world in a safe and antiseptic environment.
As world travel becomes more costly, difficult and uncomfortable for the less adventurous, is a Disney Theme Park now the way to experience The World? I was quite appalled at a friend of mine who took her first vacation ever out of the U.S. and went to France where she spent 3 nights at the Disney Park and 2 nights in Paris. Guess which she liked better. Another is considering a trip to Tokyo to see Disney Seas...has no interest in the Japanese culture or sights.
I’m reading a wonderful book of letters by the great American writer M.F.K Fisher and stumbled upon one letter which she wrote to a good friend about her daughter’s recent trip to S. California with her family in 1978.
“Kennedy and her family found San Diego hot, crowded, too military, but with good moments at Zoo and Sea World or whatever the local Marineworld is called. They almost starved…abysmally bad food, as I’d hinted to her. They went to Disneyland…one huge commercial thing, with a store between every tiny amusement thing, and all the flowers plastic in the Tropical Jungle that Jack and Bill Evans designed and were so proud of, and plastic elephants spraying colored water. It really sounds dreadfull. Kennedy says no child should ever be taken there again.”
What are your thoughts about a Disney Theme Park vacation versus traveling to the real destinations? Thought this could turn into a lively discussion.