Caution! Long essay ahead!
Read at your own risk, you will never get these (those) minutes back if you read this essay!
What’s wrong (right) with Disneyland?
There have been discussions on the Internet about what’s wrong (right) with Disneyland for almost as long as people have been using the Internet. I remember some of the same discussions about these things back in the mid-to-late 1990’s when I participated in Alt.Disney.Disneyland and Rec.Arts.Disney.Parks. The same discussions, the same finger pointing. It’s all the Annual Passholder’s fault (why are there so many Annual Passholders? Why can’t they just stay home?)! It’s all the disabled folks in wheelchairs, using crutches, canes and scooters fault (why can’t they just stay home?) It’s all the people who use those dreadful strollers fault (why can’t they just leave their kids at home and stay home?)! It’s all those “Day Guests” and “Vacationers” fault, they don’t know where they are going and they just get in the way (why can’t they just stay home?)!
If as some folks seem to think – “All those Annual Passholders, they just clog up the park, there are too many of them they get in the way!” Well, if there are more “Annual Passholders” at Disneyland than anybody else, maybe they DO belong there, and we should either try get along with them or go something else.
Some other folks seem to think – All those disabled folks, they just get in the way! I personally do not think that there are more disabled folks at Disneyland than anybody else, but IF there are, or even if there are not, maybe we should either try to get along with them, or go someplace else.
Still others seem to think – All those pesky people with strollers, single wide, double wide, triple wide, even quadruple wide! They just get in the way! I personally do not think there are more folks with strollers than anybody else, but, if there are, or even if there are not, maybe we should try to get along with them, or go someplace else.
The last time I had a problem with a stroller was back when they had those ankle-basher bumpers. Wow, could they bash ankles. But now, the strollers are much safer for the non-stroller users and at most they provide is some entertainment for the rest of us.
I remember one Sunday morning watching a determined mom trying to get her triple-wide through the open gate at a regular turn style, no matter what she tried, it just would not fit. She tried straight on, she tried sideways, she tried upside-down, she tried lifting it over the gate, nothing worked. The only thing she did not try was to disassemble the sroller. A manager told her that they would let her in through the center, double gate (right next to the turn style) but she was going to get that stroller in there in the regular gate, no matter what. Well, long story short, she finally gave up and used the center gate, but not before she provided the of us in line with some much needed entertainment. Well, if there are more folks with strollers than without, maybe we should either try to get along with them, or go someplace else.
Others think that it is those pesky Day-Guests and Vacationers and Foreign Tourists who cause all the problems. After all they have no idea where they are going, and just get in the way. Well, I have had many an entertaining moment watching some tour groups. For instance I still remember one Sunday close to noon, waiting for friends to show up at the Hub. A group of 30 or so tourists at the Hub who each had to have their picture taken with Walt and Mickey and with the group of the other 29 tourists, and with their own camera. Here was the tour guide, with a pile of 30 cameras, taking pictures, one at a time with each camera, and some of the tourists saying, "No, No! Take 2 with my camera!" (after this happened several times, the tour guide finally started holding up the camera and asking “How many?”) If there are more Day-Guests or Vacationers, or Tourists, maybe, just maybe we need to try to get along with them, or go something else.
After all this, I have come to a conclusion. I submit that it is not their fault! It is nobody’s fault! It is not Disney’s fault! In fact, there is no fault! That is just the way it is! It is not going to change, no matter how much we discuss it, no matter how upset we get with each other. No matter how much we think we should be able to change it (or them)! It just isn’t going to change! Yeah, I know many folks long for the days back in the 1960’s, 1970’s, 1980’s, even the 1990’s when there were private parties, when there were light crowds, when there was an “off-season”. Well, those days are gone forever. We have today, and tomorrow (maybe), but not yesterday. We need to make the best of it, we need to enjoy ourselves now, and each day, because that’s the way life is, that is all we have, it comes at you one day at time. You get one of each day presented in order, no more. I think we need to make the most of each day given to us.
It seems to me that maybe, just maybe all of us need to try to get along, the Annual Passholders, the Disabled, the folks with strollers and the Day-Guests, Tourists and Vacationers!
If you read this far, I'm sorry it was so long. But I do hope you enjoyed it. If you didn’t read this far, you won’t read this line anyway and that is OK too!
Just MHO, YMMV