Every kid dreams of going to Disneyland, and some are fortunate enough to actually go at least once in their life. People of every age attend the parks, and let’s face it, it’s hard not to smile at the happiest place on earth.
Lately, though, I was reading an article on Facebook about the controversy of childless millennials going to Disney Parks. The argument was simple and biased, stating that the parks were designed for children, not adults seeking Neverland.
Being a childless millennial who has been to Disneyland, let me argue a point in return. Yes, the parks were designed for a specific target market, but also observe how the parks have evolved to cater to all ages. Places like Epcot or Downtown Disney give parents a place to relax with or without kids offering things like alcohol and shopping that may suit their interests.
Another thing to realize is not every kid had the opportunity to go to a Disney Park when they were younger. Some of us had to wait until we were in our twenties to be able to go. And at that point, going isn’t trying to find Neverland, or avoiding problem in the adult world. It’s finding nostalgia, and a small piece of innocence that brings a smile to any tired soul.
So before judging a generation for fulfilling a childhood fantasy, maybe realize you’ve had those fantasies yourself. Maybe it was buying that classic car you always wanted as a teenager. Or maybe it was finally getting that one pet you’ve always wanted.
We all search for nostalgia, and all in different places. And it’s all okay and healthy. I think Walt Disney intended for his universe to have someplace where anyone could be happy and feel safe.