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Is going to Disney as an adult without kids immature or acceptable?

A recent New York Post article caused quite the kerfuffle within the Magic Kingdom. The op-ed claims grown-ups without kids—specifically of the millennial generation—who choose to vacation to Disney parks are disturbingly immature. Disney lovers within that demographic quickly defended themselves, arguing that the parks are the perfect getaway and are actually better without kids. So, is going to Disney as a childless adult weird or perfectly fine? 

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Written by Johnny Oleksinski, the original New York Post article expands off of one beyond-irate tweet. The author—a mother who detests the sight of childless couples at Disney World—recounts an incident where her three year-old spotted a lone girl eating a pretzel shaped like Mickey Mouse. The little boy wanted one for himself, and burst into tears when the woman said "later" due to the length of the line. The lone girl was blamed for the child's distress: the girl had “no idea” what it was like to have a kid on vacation and smugly got to enjoy her pretzel while the woman and her son were forced to partake in some other activity. To add insult to injury, not only was she wearing questionable clothes in an area packed with children, but she had the gall to have no kids of her own. “I…hate childless women with a BURNING PASSION,” states the mother—a valid closing argument to a well-rounded opinion. 

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Oleksinski agrees. The obsession millennials have with Disney is not only unhealthy, but “amounts to self-infantilization and a lifelong immaturity that bleeds into basic decision-making: getting jobs, paying bills, staying alive.” The world becomes siloed into one rose-colored funnel filled with happy endings, where everything and everyone revels in their sugar-coated monotony. Believe it or not, that's not reality, and when reality comes knocking, how will these Disney-addicted forever-children deal? 

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Then there’s the financial aspect. Oleksinski and the tweeting mother both wondered why any adult would want to spend so much cash on something so culturally-deficient when there are no toddlers demanding it? They could travel the world, do something more fulfilling! But no—these immature millennials go and spend their money on something like Disney and its live-action remakes when they should just grow up and see “Book Smart.” Vacation and films were meant to be educational, not evasive. Who in their right mind would choose to see “The Lion King” over “The Farewell”? A child, is who. 

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There are a few—shall we say—gaping holes in Oleksinski’s and this mother’s argument. First and foremost, just because someone's childless doesn’t make them immature or a terrible person. Having kids when you know you're ready for them is a very adult, very mature thing to do. Secondly, going to theme parks without children is a perfectly acceptable, fun pastime that is arguably more fun without kids in tow. No one says it’s weird when a group of twenty-somethings go to Six Flags by themselves. Many groups of adults even trek to “Medieval Times”—an arena designed primarily for kids—specifically looking to get wasted as they watch grown-ass men pretend to be knights. Yet somehow going to Disney is more “immature,” right? 

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Oddly enough, people who like Disney somehow still manage to cope with real life: bills get paid, yearly doctor visits get checked off, they can shower properly by themselves. Ask around, and it’s very unlikely these self-infantilizing adults expect to get dressed by birds every morning (although to be honest, getting a mirror that tells you how gorgeous you are every morning isn’t that unappealing an idea).

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Then there’s the finances argument. Yeah, going to Disney is expensive, but at the end of the day it’s someone else’s money: they earned it, they can very well spend it how they like. Life’s a lot cheaper when there’s no kids to take care of, so why not take advantage of pricier places like Disney without them? Also, who’s to say the childless adults going to Disney aren’t treating themselves to that vacation and going to other, more “cultured” places around the world? It’s a ludicrous generalization to say millennial Disney-goers are solely interested in “fanny pack” trips and nothing else, especially when they were previously labeled as the generation that would much rather spend money on "experiences" than on mortgages.  

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