Saturday, April 21, 2012

Oh, the humanity!

One of the things we love to do is people-watch. And let me tell you, Disney World is PRIME with interesting people; particularly interesting interactions. There are a lot of stimuli in the World: detailed sights, sounds and smells everywhere you go. Throw in high temperatures, lots of walking, commando touring plans, close living quarters, and high expectations of the best family vacation ever and you've got the perfect recipe for breakdowns (and I'm not even talking about the kids!). Think Clark Griswold.

On our first trip together, we witnessed quite possibly the most astonishing (and memorable) interaction between a family. Families were taking turns getting pictures in front of the Walt and Mickey statue with the castle in the background. This particular family wanted a picture of their kids in front of the statue. The kids, however, were not in the mood. One of them was crying and refusing and the parents lost their cool. The mom grabbed the kid, swatted him on the bottom and yelled at him "Get up there and smile, d@mmit! This is the happiest place on earth!"
Sadly, this is not uncommon behavior. Last year a boy about 6 years old was having a melt down. How did the parent handle it? "Stop crying or I'll take you to Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and dress you up like a princess!". Yes, you read that right, they threatened punishment by cross-dressing. 

Ah, parenting at its finest! 

The moral of the story is that Disney can be great, but if you don't listen to your bodies and your moods, you may wind up reaching new lows. Take breaks, set reasonable expectations and if you miss doing something, well, now you've got a reason to come back.

Lastly, I'll leave you with a more lighthearted conversation we overheard in a queue.
11 year old boy: Mom, I love this place. I want to come back.

Mom: Well, you'll have to get a job and save your money.

Boy: Job?!?! I don't even like to make my own bed!
What's the best thing you've ever overheard in the World?

Can you guess what I said to Bill right before this picture?


  1. I remember we were on the safari in Animal Kingdom and there was a kid crying in the back, wanting to get off, and the mother was like "see that Rhino over there? The fairy godmother got sick of Cinderella's whining too, and that's what happened to her!!" The kid then shut up! LOL!!

  2. Haha! Cara, that is hilarious! I wonder if the rhino sleeps at the castle?