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Conde Nast magazine author bashes Disney World and Disney fans

Hello All,

I subscribe to Conde Nast magazine, it's usually pretty fun and enjoyable and when I saw that they had a reporter going to see "why would 20 million adults travel to Disney without kids" I thought hey this is going to be great! awesome My favorite travel mag going to my favorite American destination, this can't get any better. biggrin
Boy oh boy was I wrong. The author started off by whining and regretting her assignment. She goes on to explain that she is initially going without her husband, he will be grumpy that he has to meet her there and they really don't think Disney has anything to offer adults. During the course of her trip she does several behind the scenes tours, the AK tour and eats in some fun restaurants and what does she do....she complains throughout the entire article. She can't dispel belief even a little bit because she is so adult. I've never wanted to throw away one of my magazines before but this woman was horrible.
She ticked me off so badly I wrote a reply on their web page and I wasn't the first to give her the business. I guess I can take it when we have to explain to people we see everyday, why we're going again but to see this woman tear down OUR place made me see red.
Dee

http://www.cntraveler.com/travel-tips/family-travel/2013/06/how-to-visit-disney-world-without-kids-lauren-lipton

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I'm sorry, I couldn't even finish reading that story, she's just an ass that hated Disney before she even left home. The saddest thing about it is, there are a lot of people that do the same thing, we have seen them before, complaining that they never should have came to Disney. My reply is "Don't go then, please, if leaves more room for those of us that DO love it!".

Sorry end of rant, I'll take a time out if needed.

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Yeah, I read this. That's fine. One less person that we have to account for when trying to figure crowd levels.

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I read it too. I feel sorry for her and her husband the grumpy cynic. I relish going to a place that I can forget about the troubles of the world for awhile and enjoy being a child again. And why does everything have to become political. Please.

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I actually feel sorry for author. If she has the same narrow minded, mean spirited, I'm so much more adult than other "adults" attitude in her daily life her life must be pretty darn miserable. I can understand not liking something & I can understand not "getting it" but to be that hateful about something millions of people around the love is just makes her pathetic. I'm a 41 year old woman who spent 15 of the last 19 years employed by the same person in a male dominated industry. I have a mortgage, two cats, friends & family that not only love me but like & respect me & am able to get along with pretty anyone. I wonder if the author can say the same? I am proud to say that I LOVE Disney & visit as much as I can & if that somehow makes me not as adult as the author than so be it.

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Wow. Words fail me. Sad

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Well I doubt those "friends" of hers that go to Disney all the time are friends anymore.

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mrhub wrote:
I'm sorry, I couldn't even finish reading that story, she's just an ass that hated Disney before she even left home. The saddest thing about it is, there are a lot of people that do the same thing, we have seen them before, complaining that they never should have came to Disney. My reply is "Don't go then, please, if leaves more room for those of us that DO love it!".

Sorry end of rant, I'll take a time out if needed.


mrhub wrote:
I'm sorry, I couldn't even finish reading that story, she's just an ass that hated Disney before she even left home. The saddest thing about it is, there are a lot of people that do the same thing, we have seen them before, complaining that they never should have came to Disney. My reply is "Don't go then, please, if leaves more room for those of us that DO love it!".

Sorry end of rant, I'll take a time out if needed.


i am right there with you no need for timeouts

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cheers to all of you...we know what's what mickey

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I'd love to post what I think of her, but I don't think that sort of language is appropriate on this website.

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Not everyone GETS it. The majority of people my wife and I told about our "disneymoon" plans looked at us like we were kinda crazy. Thats fine by me.

We have the time of our lives when we go, and that is ALL that matters!

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I read the whole article and you know by the end she was beginning to like Disney. She hated to admit it but she did say they were having a blast on those segways laugh I am willing to bet she will be back sooner or later. It is a place you want to be when "the real world" gets to be too much.

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mrhub wrote:
Well I doubt those "friends" of hers that go to Disney all the time are friends anymore.

I totally agree! She was so patronizing about everything! "I was raised in California and loved Disneyland, the West Coast outpost, when I was of Disneyland-going age. Then I grew up. My taste matured, as one's taste is supposed to." Um....excuse me?

"In fact, one's reaction to all of these little fakeries depends on how open one's Disney chakra is. As a child, I had no problem accepting Disney's make-believe world. Now I think all of this pretense borders on the bizarre. As the vacation wears on, I will become increasingly distracted trying to separate the genuine from the counterfeit. Marie will chide me again and again to "relax, have a good time, don't overthink it." But already, 15 minutes in, I'm a little unhinged: While I wait in the Yacht Club's gardens for Marie to arrive from the airport, I puzzle over whether the petunia scent could be simulated, whether the chirping birds I hear are a recording, and even whether the egrets wandering around the lawns are animatronic. If you don't know what's real and what isn't, how can your reaction be honest? Is happiness real if it is a response to an idealized facsimile of a pleasurable thing?"

Seriously....what a crab.

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So I went and read this with an open mind, trying to pay attention to the authors words and not the overall angsty feeling. She does seem to mention that she spent a considerable amount of time with her friend laughing, smiling, and starting to be swept away by the magic when she was there with her friend. Ultimately though, she really seems like a miserable human being who can't let go of her over experienced urbanity. It makes me sad. If you're going to Fantasyland you need to let yourself get swept up in the Fantasy.

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Wonder if she looks like Cruella Devil???

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TroyW wrote:
Wonder if she looks like Cruella Devil???

rolling rolling good one!

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She's a real piece of work! My only guess is she's just a miserable person and wants to drag everyone down with her. There's a reason it's called, "The Happiest Place On Earth". If you don't like it, it's real simple----DON'T GO! As Thumper's mother said, "If you can't say anything nice then don't say anything at all".

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I will say a lot of people don't do Disney. We got blank stares when we told people we were going to WDW and on the Disney Cruise. Seriously, some people were like...why? sarcastic

I have found that most people who went growing up as a child tend to still go and vacation there. That is why I love it so much. I did convert my hubby though who had only been once before we met. Now, he loves it too. My parents have some friends who took their twins who were 6...they came back and said they didn't really "get it" and they won't be going back. Either people don't know how to have fun or they are just plain stupid. I can't figure it out.

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http://www.laurenlipton.com/biography/

I just read her bio. She seems to have married wealth and now enjoys living amongst & writing about high society life in NYC. Perhaps her pessimistic approach stemmed from the fact that she couldn't locate her "disabled tour host" in time to ensure the same front of the line privileges her peers have been enjoying all these years.... biggrin biggrin biggrin

I was sad to learn she is originally from where I currently live. North County, San Diego isn't really a place people with her outlook do well in. Disneyland/CA Adventure annual pass-holders are EVERYWHERE here! Maybe she felt out of place haha.

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I feel sad for her! Doesn't she know Santa is watching??

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LoL... women like that don't believe in Santa, they only believe in Tiffanys.

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They get great pleasure in telling you that there is no Santa, Easter Bunny. You catch my drift.

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She's probably one of those 1% of the 1%.

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nikamel wrote:
I read the whole article and you know by the end she was beginning to like Disney. She hated to admit it but she did say they were having a blast on those segways laugh I am willing to bet she will be back sooner or later. It is a place you want to be when "the real world" gets to be too much.

I agree. I think if she'd stayed w/her friend Marie, the Disney addict, she'd have really enjoyed herself. I think her husband was the wet blanket. She and I would not be friends....

BUT what a waste of the "Family of the Day" on a bunch of un-Magical non-believers.

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http://travel.yahoo.com/ideas/visiting-disney-world-without-kids-214631082.html?page=1

This just popped up on yahoo news(at least for me it just popped up). Loving some of the comments

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I was shocked when I saw that pop up on Yahoo News!

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We too have gotten the "why are you going to Disney again?" questions when we've shared our travel plans with family and friends. It drives me a little crazy to have to explain so I stopped saying anything more than, "because we love it". No more needs to be said. The hubs and I travel a lot (Ireland is our favorite destination), but Disney offers something no other place does: magic. I didn't discover my love of Disney (theme parks, resorts, history, the man himself) until I was 27 years old! Loving Disney doesn't make me any less "adult". In fact, as a homeowner, wife, Sr. Marketing Communication Specialist, triathlete, graduate student and trying-to-be mom, I feel very adult indeed.

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I love when people say "I would never go to Disneyworld on a honeymoon" and then I explain that we are. They always say something like "oh...well, if you like that sort of thing...." or we get the "oh, your honeymoon is so child-like, how awesome!!" Whatever. I think we will have a blast, PLUS we are going on a relaxing cruise before.

In all honesty, I have ONLY been to WDW as an adult. In fact, I think it would have been ruined if I had gone as a child, as I know my Dad always stressed out when we were in crowds, because he was afraid he would lose us.

She sounds cynical, paranoid even! Really? You think the men in suits on their laptops are more likely to be Cast Members pretending to be business men at a convention than to ACTUALLY be business men at a convention?? You REALLY think that bird on the front lawn at a resort is a robot? In an attraction, maybe, but picking at the ground on a lawn? That is what birds do. She was trying to find something wrong. She was so concerned with being "manipulated," that she failed to enjoy the reality and beauty around her... very strange.

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Okay...just read this article now and I can't get over how pretentious the author is...please do us all a favor and never visit again...it's better for those of us that want to let our inner child soar and thrive off the magic of it all.

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I knew you all would understand...let the Magic continue for us believers. muchlove

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