Letter From a Disney Hater

While my poor infant daughter who has a cold attempts to nap despite having a stuffed-up nose, I came across this article in the LA Times.

And this perplexing letter:

What I expected: Magic.

What I found: It is a run-down amusement park. It feels nothing like the Disney resort in Orlando, Fla. I realize this park is older, but it is carny-like, even the newish California Adventure. I was looking forward to visiting Disneyland because of my affinity for Disney World and was sadly disappointed. There wasn’t any magic.

Tanya King, Los Angeles

Tanya! I am confuzled!

If you are from Los Angeles, how is it that you have visited Disney World before Disneyland? Are you a recent transplant?

And “carny-like?” As in old, dirty rides being manned by questionable men with even more questionable dental and/or bodily hygiene?

I wonder if she would think the Parthenon is unkempt and in need of some paint.

8 Comments so far

  1. Dave Share (daveshare) on February 13th, 2010 @ 9:12 am

    Maybe it comes down to what you grew up around. When I was at Disney World, I was none to impressed. Sure they have more….a lot more….but more isn’t always better.
    Let’s take the Magic Kingdom for example. Yes it’s a much larger park than we have here, but why? I don’t know the exact number of attractions compared to here (nor do I really care enough to look it up) but it doesn’t feel as though they have too many more than we have here. But the distance you have to walk to get from point A to point B is ridiculous. I was so tired of walking around that whole damn resort. I’ve said this before, I feel like the spread everything out so much just because they could. Granted they get FAR more visitors per year than we do, and I have seen pictures of those much larger parks jammed full of people (can you imagine?? Ugh.)
    Now I will admit, their castle is much superior to ours. I wish they would have grown our castle a bit when they refurbed it. But then I also understand the charm that is our castle.
    Like I say, I suppose it’s what you grew up with, but I like ours better. Oh and from an entertainment aspect, our face characters (princesses, Alice, etc.) and performers are a bit superior to the east coast. Sorry, but it’s true.

  2. Dave Share (daveshare) on February 13th, 2010 @ 9:14 am

    PS- Sorry for my spelling errors. I just rolled out of bed and forgot to read it before I posted it.

  3. frazgo on February 14th, 2010 @ 9:23 am

    I take offense to the run down carny image. I’m past my Disney burn out, but even when I was in that stage it was because of the unrelenting crowds and stupid line antics. Certainly not because of a lack of features nor maintenance.

  4. DanGarion (dangarion) on February 16th, 2010 @ 3:13 pm

    My only real issue with Disneyland is that the food is pretty much all crap.

  5. Gina (oc_gina) on February 18th, 2010 @ 11:24 pm

    Dan, have you ever eaten at Club 33?

  6. DanGarion (dangarion) on February 19th, 2010 @ 5:47 am

    Unfortunately no, but most of the general public hasn’t either. Besides it doesn’t have to be fine dining to be good food.

  7. Gina (oc_gina) on February 19th, 2010 @ 10:06 am

    I agree with you, it doesn’t have to be fine dining to be good food.

    I was just curious to see if you had eaten at 33 and what you thought about it vs. the “regular” food. I’ve eaten there and was impressed, but I wouldn’t necessarily consider myself a gourmand.

  8. DanGarion (dangarion) on February 19th, 2010 @ 3:30 pm

    I’m not a gourmand either. :)

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