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Perhaps you saw the recent uproar about a mom who went off on millennials who dare go to Disney World without kids.
The rant, scraped from Facebook and posted on Twitter, talked about having the freedom to wait in line for a pretzel before devolving into an unhinged screed strafing child-free millennials with profanities.
That touched off a debate complete with unfounded anger, baseless accusations and personal attacks until everyone felt offended. The subject eventually vanished into the digital ether as people stopped liking or retweeting. Such is the Circle of Twitter.
Still, the rant raised an illogical but interesting question: Do child-free people have a right to attend a Disney (or any) theme park? Clearly, the answer is yes; yes they do.
In fact, it can actually be more fun to visit Disney(land or World) without little ones.
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Why Disneyland and Disney World better without kids
1. You’re not weighed down.No strollers, no diaper bags, no backpacks with a half-dozen dangling water bottles — one for each family member because heaven forbid different lips touching the same surface. The unburdened nature of your visit puts the amusement back into the park.
2. Chart your own course. Go where you want when you want. It’s not selfishness; it’s freedom. And you won’t spend your day looping the park just because the monorail is your child’s Happiest Place on Earth.
3. More legroom. Your knees ache at the mere thought of squeezing into such kiddie rides as Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Casey Jr. Circus Train and Storybook Land Canal Boats. Not that you can stretch out in Space Mountain, but at least you don’t have to be a contortionist.
4. Synchronized nap times. Depending on the number and ages of your children, their naps may be sprinkled throughout the day, just like their tantrums are. But adults can leave the park whenever we sense our own crankiness coming on and take a much-needed snooze.
5. It’s probably cheaper. Imagine the money you’ll save on tickets, food and souvenirs. And you won’t be kicking yourself a month later when you come across that light-up spinner your kid just had to have — a toy he used for five minutes and then forgot about.
6. You can really relax. When child-free adults sit, it’s not to fish out a bag of Teddy Grahams. (No, not the cinnamon, the chocolate; she asked for the chocolate!) It’s to watch people go by, and maybe play “Guess the Reason for That Kid’s Tantrum.”
7. Sleep in if you want. Everybody says the best advice is to get to the park early. Those people weren’t up until 1 a.m. for one last spin on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
8. Have a drink. You can enjoy a cocktail or two without getting disapproving looks for using the stroller as your cup holder.
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9. Use the single-rider line. This queue can save you valuable time on certain attractions (particularly Radiator Springs Racers in Disney California Adventure). You can use it without worrying about the idea of your kid possibly riding with strangers.
10. It’s not a small world after all. With no need to hypnotize restless children via a slow boat through a doll-choked landscape, take advantage of the best reason to visit Disney without kids. Just be sure to hide your smugness as you walk by parents in line for It’s a Small World.
Bonus reason: Churros whenever, wherever. Eat what you want. You’re not setting an example for children.
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