09.28.06 Counting the Disnoids
One statistic from the book still surprises me: half of the people who attend Disneyworld, Disneyland and the other Disney parks are adults without children. Half!
How do I know this? The notoriously uncooperative Disney publicity juggernaut declined to discuss park attendance with me, and independent trade data on park attendance is hard to come by. So I turned to a reliable, if unusual, source: a Fodor’s guidebook to Disneyworld written specifically for adults and apparently assembled with the cooperation of Disney.
Still, it’s hard to wrap one’s mind around the idea that half the people milling around the shadow of Cinderella’s castle are adults with nary a kid in tow. Even if you factor in those teeming masses of teenagers who qualify as “adults” (defined as any guest over 18).
A travel reporter for USA Today recently told me that Disney officials privately dispute the statistic quoted in the book, putting the percentage closer to a quarter. But they still haven’t released any concrete numbers, so as far as I’m concerned it’s still an open question.
I was at Disneyland over the weekend, and I made it a point to sit and watch the crowd go — ‘s no doubt that adults outnumber kids by far. There was no way to tell how many of these adults had come with kids, but it was clear from their wide-eyed expressions and the way they charged through the crowds that the vast majority of these grown-ups were happily giving themselves over to the Disney magic.
Pictured are snapshots of two pairs of adult Disney fans who I particularly enjoyed, spanning the cultural spectrum from cutting-edge urban hipsters to frumpy M — apart culturally, but joined in the common love of the land of Uncle Walt.
Posted at 12:25 pm in 1 Comments
It may not be a surprise for you to know that Jason and I honeymooned at Disney World. No kids. We commented several times on the trip that the only way would bring our (someday) kiddos there would be when they are in middle and high school. There were too many crowded bus rides with screaming kids in strollers, with their parents looking like they’d rather have been back in their cubes at work.
In Orlando they actually have a fairly new resort that caters to rejuveniles. It’s called Disney’s Pop Century Resort. Their website says “This Hotel is a nostalgic journey through decades gone by.” Jason and I will definitely be staying there next time.
By the way, not all Midwesterners are frump-style. :)
Posted by Kim of "Kim & Jason" on 10/20 at 09:28 AM