Who's siblings have been, who's going next, how many times, when's the best time of year, etc.
The past week a little boy from the Peanut's class--who we'll refer to as "Jack" because that's his first name--has been absent. He's been at Disney World. He's three years old and it's his first trip to the Enchanted Multinational Corporation. His 6 year old sister made the Disney hat trick this time.
He came back to school today and we found out two things: He talked a lot about going back to school, and he seemed overwhelmed.
Color me surprised.
It just seems, mmm, not savvy, to take a kid that young to Disney World and expect him to have a really good time.
Also, to me it smacks a little of indoctrination. Get'em started young so when they're eleven they can rat me out to the Disney Secret Police when they catch me laughing at Bugs Bunny.
In the interest of full disclosure I have two admissions: 1.) I myself did go to Disney Land when I was seven. We were living in santa Monica. The guy my mother was dating at the time, a Hebrew school teacher brimming with mustache and lustrous Jew-Fro, took us for the day. I can't say exactly what I was thinking during the day, but it wasn't exclusively "wheeeee! I'm at Disney!"
There was also a good helping of, "Hey. You trying to bang my mommy there, Rabbi?" Or words to that effect.
2.) I am dreading the day when it will be our turn to do the Diz. I hope to hold it off as long as I can. The only Disney related movie we've partially watched here is Finding Nemo. And that's only because the Peanut loves fish and Finding Nemo kicks ass.
Otherwise the whole Princess motif really bugs me and The Peanut already thinks of herself in those terms, to some degree.
I think the best way for the kids to do Disney is to wait until they're in college. Then they get their two best friends (three best if the third one is the one who has a car), a big bag of weed, gather up their Xmas/ leftover loan money, and drive.
I know we're most likely going to have to do the Diz eventually. And the Peanut does love her rides. And I can't say that I don't sing a heartfelt version of "Part Of Your World" from The Little Mermaid.
I'd just like to hold off long enough that, when the trip is over, and we're home safe and sound, and we've checked for listening devices, I can turn to the kids and say, "Ok, just so we're clear, any princess worth her salt can fight her own battles, Bugs Bunny is so much funnier it's not even a contest, Donald duck is a douche' bag, and here's the thing about gigantic media companies."
Then again, maybe I'm just being an asshole. Which is always a possibility.