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A debate has started online about whether adults should go to Disneyland. Some people think Disneyland is only for families with children and that it’s strange for childless adults to go. Some parents are also angry because they think adults are ruining Disneyland for their children.

The debate started on social media when a mother posted on Facebook complaining about adults at Disneyland. She said they ruined the trip for her children because they made the queues longer and the park too crowded. She said they should not be going to Disneyland because they don’t have children. She said Disneyland is exclusively for children and not for adults. Now, people have been debating if this is right.

Many young adults go to Disneyland because they went as children. They enjoy Disneyland because they grew up with Disney movies, TV and theme parks. Some people don’t understand this, especially if they didn’t go to Disneyland as a child. Some people think Disneyland should only be for children. The debate has been getting a lot of attention online. However, Walt Disney said that Disneyland is for people of all ages, even adults.

Difficult words

Childless (adj): To not have a child.

Queue (n): A line of people.

Crowded (adj): Many people in one place.

Exclusively (adv): Only, no others.

Especially (adv): Mostly, more than other things.

Activities

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American English:

Match the Synonym!

 1. Childless A. Line
 2. Queue B. Only
 3. Crowded C. No children.
 4. Exclusively D. Mostly
 5. Especially E. Many people.

True or False?

1.  Some people think Disneyland is not a place for children. T / F

2. Some parents think adults are ruining Disneyland for children. T / F

3. A mother posted on Twitter complaining. T / F

4. The woman said adults made the park too crowded. T / F

5. Walt Disney said Disneyland is only for children. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. children / Some people / is / Disneyland / think / families with / for / only

2. debate / media / on / social / The / started

3. her children / for / they / ruined / said / She / the trip

4. this / Now, / right / if / have / people / been debating / is

5. young / Disneyland / adults / Many / to / go

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

British English: Coming Soon!

American English:

Attention Complaining Ruining
Debate Queues Theme

A (1)_____________ has started online about whether adults should go to Disneyland. Some people think Disneyland is only for families with children and that it’s strange for childless adults to go. Some parents are also angry because they think adults are (2)_____________ Disneyland for their children.

The debate started on social media when a mother posted on Facebook (3)_______________ about adults at Disneyland. She said they ruined the trip for her children because they made the (4)__________ longer and the park too crowded. She said they should not be going to Disneyland because they don’t have children. She said Disneyland is exclusively for children and not for adults. Now, people have been debating if this is right.

Many young adults go to Disneyland because they went as children. They enjoy Disneyland because they grew up with Disney movies, TV and (5)__________ parks. Some people don’t understand this, especially if they didn’t go to Disneyland as a child. Some people think Disneyland should only be for children. The debate has been getting a lot of (6)_____________ online. However, Walt Disney said that Disneyland is for people of all ages, even adults.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. What do you think of this story?
4. What do you think about the person who wrote the post?
5. Do young people in your country want to have children?
6. Do you agree or disagree with the person’s post?
7. Is it ok to tell people what they can and cannot enjoy?
8. Where do you like to go on vacation?
9. Is Disneyland a waste of money for adults?
10. What is the youngest a child should go to Disneyland?
11. Have you ever been to Disneyland?
12. Do you enjoy Disney movies?
13. Are there any other theme parks that you like?
14. What is something else that can be enjoyed by both children and adults?
15. Where did you like to go to as a kid?
16. As a kid, what was your favourite movie, tv-show or book?
17. Do you still like any of the same things that you enjoyed as a kid?
18. Is there anything that you would like to show your children in the future?
19. Should parents limit the amount of tv, movies and games that children consume?
20. Is there anything that you would like to ask this woman?