Parents: Who among you has resisted Disney?

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  1. Heinz57Pep

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    Are any of the dads on here raising their kids in a Disney-free environment? No DVDs, no movies, no cable channel, no On Ice shows, no pilgrimages to the theme parks or cruise ships, no nothing? Is it even possible to do so these days? I find it fascinating that the brand continues to be so popular, decade after decade, generation after generation.

    Educate this childless fella, please.
     
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    My kids watched the animated movies, but never watched the TV shows or went to the amusement parks. When planning vacations it was a pretty simple choice for them: 1. Stand in lines in hot weather most of the day to go on a few rides. 2. Do something really cool like zip lining, surfing, and snorkeling in Costa Rica.
     
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    We didn't even try. A good friend of ours, pre-kids, was vehemently against anything Disney. "That rubbish isn't coming into our house" type of thing. 4 kids later it's a totally different story.
     
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    Not me. Planning a trip to Disneyworld as soon as the youngest is potty-trained and a little more manageable.

    We watch all the movies, buy the clothes, read the books, and wear the backpacks.
     
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    I think the outdoor adventurist path for young people is far more satisfying and rewarding. Establishing that helps if you live in a moderate climate. Endless days trapped inside breeds a framework for fantasy. Disney used to be heavily invested in outdoor life. Not anymore.
     
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    Not me.

    Taking my daughter to Disney World for her fifth birthday was awesome. She loved every second of it.

    They dressed her up as a Princess and she got to go around the park like that.. and every Disney Princess around the park was so nice to her that day.


    She's 11 now, but still remembers that trip fondly.

    Now she wants to go to Harry Potter World in Orlando... shes read all the books this last year... we might do that in the fall.
     
  7. Dog Boy

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    My kid wasn't interested in it. We never tried to force it on her either.
     
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    Its pretty easy to do both. Our daughter loved Disney Princess stuff as a kid.. and she loved going camping.... and she loves to play sports, especially soccer.

    Its pretty easy to get kids interested in various activities.. indoor and outdoor, if the parent is also interested!
     
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    This.
    Be as well rounded as possible. Continue to pursue your own interests as well, it'll make you a more interesting parent.
     
  10. Joe Robinson

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    I see a lot of Disney $hit, and I don't see all that much wrong with it. I also have 1 kid, an 11 year old girl who loves to camp, can ski black diamond runs and is becoming a pretty decent little mountain biker.

    So...whats the problem? There is really no stance to be taken here. Denying your kid of viewing the Princess and the Frog, only means that they get no exposure to Dr. John and New Orleans style Jazz.
     
  11. stratovarius

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    I am curious as to what your concern might be. I will definitely resist any suggestion of spending thousands to stand in line for hours and hours, but that's where I draw the line. Sure, they take beautiful classic stories and turn them into drivel, but my son isn't going to notice the difference. I do find that the Pixar productions are pretty good, though.
     
  12. djem

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    Our kids watch a lot of the Disney on TV as well as movies/DVDs.

    Theme Parks - we went to Disney World once back in 2013. I never went as a kid so it was nice to see what it was about. We stayed at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. Nice place, nice pool. Food, in general was crap. Food in the theme park grounds was crap as well with exception of the nicer restaurants like the Brown Derby. I could not believe how many people were gnawing on 2 pound turkey legs.

    The rides, however outdated, were fun and I'm happy that my kids had a lot of fun. It's their memory of this that counts most.

    I'm glad we did the theme park, but I would hesitate doing it again.
     
  13. Heinz57Pep

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    It's more of a curiosity. Kids are not in the cards for me so I'm not making any preparations to deal with it.
     
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    I wish Disney could embrace a more science oriented agenda. Back in the day, The Wonderful World of Disney, that aired on Sunday nights was a very diverse blend of mind stimulating topics that featured a lot of interaction with young people. The animation, which was their crown jewel, was used sparingly.

    Mickey Mouse Club, Adventureland, Tomorrowland. All the Winston Hibler narrated nature shorts. Disney had a captive audience that he created and he felt obligated to instill as much wonder of the natural world in young folks, as he himself had. I think Disney enterprises could do more in that direction and go easier on the crass commercialism that shareholders demand.
     
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    Never say never. I am 62 and have a 4 year old son.
     
  16. milli vanilli

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    It's age-appropriate material, the kids enjoy it, I enjoy doing things that make my kids happy. It's fairly simple LOL
     
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    i have no interest. huge waste of money and i hate waiting in lines and big crowds. i think my wife would really love it when our son is older.

    camping and hiking in national parks would be way cooler.
     
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    We had Disney at our house when my daughter was younger, not quite as much now. We did go to Disney World about 3 years ago too. It was freakin' expensive. But... I have to say... they make sure you have a good time when you're there. Like em or not, they know how to entertain.

    The key is, like everything else in parenting, be involved and pay attention to your kid and what they're doing. They can, and will, have too much of just about anything if you let em. Sometimes you gotta restrict certain things to keep em in check.
     
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    The parents I know who're "keep my kids away from Disney" are either hippy-dippy types or ultra-religious types. It's probably one of the very few things they agree on although their stated reasons for hating Disney's influence are quite different.

    My son never really got into Disney stuff though, unless you count Club Penguin.
     
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    Couldn't have happened for me... I live 75 minutes from hell and have two kids. LOL
     

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