I go to Disney without kids more than with kids. (And often my kids aren’t even with me if we are at Disney these days. I give them money, a phone and a set time and meeting place. It’s wonderful).
I have a different kind of story…about being at Disney without kids overseeing a family WITH kids…
So in July it was just DH and I (we did a super quick turn and burn, had some business in town and took a co-worker of his and his family on a little magical Disney Adventure. Which was a blast), and we were at Yachtsman steakhouse to grab dinner.
There was this family with 3 kids sitting two table over. And we both just felt for them because the kids had obviously hit their limit and were DONE. The dad was almost yelling and the mom was in tears…it was not a good dining experience for them, or really us. (We were tired and just ready to get to our hotel by then!)
We were the only other people there at this point in the evening, and the waiter kept apologizing. We told him it was fine, we were parents and we understood how overwhelming it can be with small children in a setting like WDW.
Our server was floored. He totally expected us to flip out and be upset. I smiled and said that we couldn’t control other people and we could only be responsible for us. And we choose to be here without kids in a place with lots of kids.
The dad of the family actually stopped us on our way out to apologize for the mayhem…and explained they had already ordered when chaos ensued and they didn’t know what to do. We smiled and told them to enjoy their little ones as they grow into teenagers before you know it. The dad was also floored and you could tell seemed a bit mortified by his behavior (the kids just fed off his stress…as kids often do!).
The restaurant manager offered us dessert and fastpasses for the “trouble”, which we requested he actually send to the family with the chaos…as we wouldn’t eat the dessert or have use for the fastpasses.
Not sure if that happened (probably not! But I like to think it did!), but I just know I didn’t want to be THAT adult couple being a jerk because some kids were tired. Now if it has been me with my kids that upset? I would have walked out. But that’s my parenting style and I cannot put how I raise my children on anyone else.
Oh and our family trip last month? We might have been the screaming family a few times. It was the first family vacation we had been on with the kids (out of state…we’ve done plenty of trips here in Cali), and we had moments of, ahem, not so polite behaviors.
I try to remember everyone is going through stuff. I don’t ALWAYS remember to be kind, but I do try. (Isn’t always easy!!)
And if I’m at Disney without kids, I always remind myself it was built for families, specifically “daddy’s day”, according to Walt’s original vision.
But man. Sometimes. I do hate the parade and fireworks cutters though, and I have zero problem addressing it. And I’ve had other guests escorted from the park for bad behavior. Someone put their hands on a friends teenage daughter last month at Disneyland and security found him and escorted him and followed up with me. He was verbally abusive to my friend, me, and our teen daughters and then he put his hands on one of the girls? Yeah, I DONT THINK SO. Creep.
Oh the stories from all the adventures!!! I feel like I see more bad behavior here in Anaheim though. The local crowd is fierce!!