When we used to go when I was a kid,(1960's) my dad hated being hit in the ankles by the strollers. That is why he will not go back ever again. That was his reason he gave me. My mom on the other hand still loves it as much as I do!
Oh you know, how Disneyland is a simulacra that obscures the Disneyfication of America. Which is to say, when you enter Disneyland you are being told that you're leaving the real world for fantasy, but the truth is the real world no longer exists. Things like that.
I don't trust people who don't like Disneyland. There's something wrong with them and they should be avoided at all cost.
However, I've encountered several people who say they don't like it, or look at me funny when I say I do, and that I go often. Many times I have brought these people to the park at my own expense, and nine times out of ten, they love it.
I've found that generally the people who say they do't like it (even after visiting with me) feel threatened by letting go of their fragile sense of "adulthood" and are terrified of people losing respect for them if they are seen letting their hair down at "a place for kids."
On a more controversial note, I've also noticed that the same type of people who are homophobic also claim to "hate" Disneyland. I think it all comes down to being emotionally weak, and having your fragile sense of self that is propped up by feeling superior threatened.
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I've never really gotten a straight answer from a person who hated the place, but just yesterday I was talking to a couple of college students who simply don't care about the place anymore. They said that they enjoyed it when they were little, but their tastes "matured" to favor the more thrill-based offerings of Knott's and so forth. Makes me a little sad, but to each his own...
I'd imagine most people who actually dislike Disneyland do so because of misconceptions or unusually bad experiences. Crowding, commercialization, and the little-kiddish feel of areas like Toontown and Fantasyland could probably be turn-offs for some people. Okay, a lot of people. But all of us accept these as small problems to ignore as best we can. Why can't they?
I think it all comes down to being emotionally weak, and having your fragile sense of self that is propped up by feeling superior threatened.
Interesting. I think it's also interesting that we've been having a lot of discussion about the overcommercialization of Christmas and the points that have been brought up in that regard in many ways for me connect to this topic.
I think that for some, while the "pitch" of Disneyland is that you come and get lost in fantasy and childhood joy, the reality is that you come and find that it's only a veneer and the "real" thrust of Disneyland is to seperate you from your money. At every turn the magic is coopted by the commercial. My father-in-law, and others that hold this opinion often use the word cloying.
1.causing or tending to cause disgust or aversion through excess: a perfume of cloying sweetness. 2.overly ingratiating or sentimental.
So I think for them, it's two-fold, it's TOO MUCH sugar, and it's only there to get you to spend more and more.
I personally don't hold this opinion, I can see why they look at it that way, but I'm more prone to emotionality and fantasy. I love the castle, the characters, the pirates, the little kids that laugh as they can barely contain themselves.
I think for many, the over-the-top sparkle of both Disneyland, and in the larger sense, Christmas, overwhelm the goodwill and good feelings both of these institutions are supposed to be about.
Could be any number of things, traumatic childhood event, thinking you're too cool or its too childish, disgust at what you think its become and how it deviated from the old days could all be reasons why to dislike Disneyland
It all comes downto personal tastes, you know from when I first read their posts I would have thought Steve and Fo'c hate Disneyland but they really dont, they're just dissapointed with what they percieve is that the park is going in the wrong direction, tho thats a topic for another thread. They dont hate it they still enjoy it from what I've come to believe.
Others who believe that may not like it anymore, its just a matter of opinion and experience