11.08.2007

Research

The lanterns above the Tea Cup ride at Disneyland last night

As part of my work boondoggle, I mean trip...they bused us over to Disneyland yesterday afternoon. I'd be feeling like the worst mother in the world right about now, except that the sheer volume of meltdowns I witnessed among the under five set as I walked around the park confirmed that, contrary to my previous perception, four is not the ideal age for a child to go to go to Disney...

Instead, I assuaged my guilt by reasoning that this was a reconnaissance trip, where I could scout the place out in preparation for the day when/if I take the girls on a Disney pilgrimage.

The iconic aspects of the park -- the sort of old school retro feel of the Matterhorn, Space Mountain and the tea cups -- were the absolute highlights. But the mind-blowing amount of opportunities to spend money on cheap, sub-par tchotchkes at every turn detracted from the experience to say the least.

But those tea cups sure were cool…

2 comments:

Jane said...

We celebrated our 5-year wedding anniversary in DisneyWorld without the boys(they were really little then). It was the best thing we ever did, because we used that time to watch every parent and assess what was working and what was not. Hopefully, our trip this weekend will go rather smoothly, but we go knowing that we ALL will have one meltdown each.

Julie said...

I went as a kid -- about 7 I think -- and then again as an adult and had a much better time when I was older. While little kids are into the characters and some of the rides, I just don't think they're old enough to handle the stress or to appreciate the whole spectacle.