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May 10, 2014

Hi Mom, thanks for never taking me to Disney World

Thank you for never getting that bigger house or those nicer cars.
Thank you for never taking us to Disney World. Thank you for never buying me the latest video game system. Thank you for a humble life – a life of hand-me-down clothes and beat up Astro passenger vans and six kids crammed into three bedrooms – because you and Dad had different priorities . Thank you, because you had six kids, and you stayed home to raise us – to be there for us, to teach us, to mold us, to love us, to discipline us — and that meant less Happy Meals and fancy toys, but more life, more joy, more love. -- The Matt Walsh Blog

Posted by gerardvanderleun at May 10, 2014 2:54 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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that woman I married insisted that we take her child to Six Flags over Texas. We stood in line for 45 minutes in 95 degree hot sun to ride fake imitation antique cars. I have REAL antique cars at home and I dont have to stand in line in the hot sun to ride in one. I promised, Never Again!
I worked with a guy who was fanatic about overtime pay on the job and he was good at milking every possible minute of overtime. Then once a year he would take the family to Disney World and blow a huge amount of money. Seems to me that going home and being with his family at 5 p.m. every day would be more important than going to the plastic fake Disney crap

Posted by: bgarrett at May 10, 2014 3:58 PM

A friend and I went to Disney World in 1971 and the cost was $6.00 each. We stood in no lines and had a good time.

I went again in 1991 with my wife and son and the cost was $45.00 each. Most of our time was spent standing in lines and we were glad to get back home.

Posted by: ghostsniper at May 10, 2014 8:14 PM

Our son called my wife this morning for Mother's Day and I asked him what he paid for tickets to the Magic Kingdom last year for him, his wife and their daughter. He said the ticket price was $99.00 a head.

In 42 years, 1971-2013, Disney World ticket prices have expanded 16.5 times their original cost.

Posted by: ghostsniper at May 11, 2014 7:03 AM

Sounds like my situation, only 5 kids but had the Astro van. Did the Disney thing with the first few kids but told the later kids they could do it on their own when grown. For those who feel they must make the "pilgrimage" (peer pressure is strong) here is a hint; Be there when the gates open, move quickly to the farthest point in the park and work your way back to the front. Most people get dragged in with the shops and first attractions and the lines begin to swell. Better bet is to take the kids to see real animals, museums, amateur sporting events, beaches, parks and stay away from attractions that have an admission fee.

Posted by: tripletap at May 11, 2014 7:13 AM

When we were stuck in LA in the early '70s, we took ours (yeah, there were six of them) to Disneyland. Like getting married, everybody should try Disney[insert locale] once. That should cure you

Posted by: BillH at May 11, 2014 7:17 AM

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