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A debate has started online about whether adults should go to Disneyland. The debate was prompted by a post on Facebook by a mother who had recently taken her son to Disney World in Florida. In the post, she rants about young adults who were at the theme park without any children. She complained that Disney theme parks are for children and families, not for childless adults. She called the adults, who she referred to as Millennials, immature and said they waste their money on “useless” things. She said that adults without children should be banned from Disney parks and that mothers with children should be allowed to skip all the lines.

The post, which went viral after being shared on Twitter, has prompted a fierce debate over who should go to Disney theme parks. Many people immediately came out in defence of adults who go to Disney without children. Some pointed to the adult-only options which Disney theme parks offer. Some Disney theme parks have themed alcoholic beverages, honeymoon vacation packages, upscale restaurants and golf courses. Others suggested that the mother is jealous and upset that childless adults were having more fun than she was after she complained about the difficulty of taking a 3-year-old to Disney and of being exhausted because of it.

Supporters of the woman’s post defended it, agreeing that adults should not be going to Disney parks without children. Some agreed with the woman’s assessment that these adults are immature and some said it was “weird” for childless couples to be going to Disney on vacation. It also sparked a wider debate about the popularity of Disney movies and media amongst young adults, many of whom have grown up with them. Some people said that young adults are too obsessed with Disney stories and characters.

Objectors to the claims that Disney is not for adults pointed to Walt Disney himself. Upon the opening of the original Disneyland in 1955, Walt Disney revealed a dedication plaque which began: “Disneyland – To all who come to this happy place: Welcome – Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past and here you may savor the challenge and promise of the future.” People also quoted Walt Disney directly when he said: “Disneyland is often called a magic kingdom because it combines fantasy and history, adventure and learning, together with every variety of recreation and fun designed to appeal to everyone”. It’s clear that Walt Disney intended Disneyland to be for everyone, not only children.

The opinion of Walt Disney hasn’t stifled the debate and it continues to rage on.

Difficult words

Rant (v): To speak in length about a subject which angers you.

Millennials (n): People born between 1981-1996.

Viral (adj): For something to circulate rapidly and widely across the internet.

Upscale (adj): Being more expensive or luxurious.

Assessment (n): Evaluating or judging something.

Plaque (n): A sign commemorating a special location.

Savor (v): To fully enjoy or appreciate something.

Recreation (n): An activity done for enjoyment.

Stifle (v): To be restrained or stopped in some way.

Activities

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American English: 

Match the Synonym!

1. Rant A. Spreading online
2. Millennials B. Sign
3. Viral C. Evaluation
4. Upscale D. Fun
5. Assessment E. Enjoy
6. Plaque F. New Generation
7. Savor G. Restrain
8. Recreation H. Expensive
9. Stifle I. Angry speech

True or False?

1.  The mother had been to Disney World in Florida. T / F

2. The mother said that Disney theme parks are not for childless adults. T / F

3. She called the young adults “Generation Z”. T / F

4. Disney theme parks do not offer activities for adults. T / F

5. Some people think the mother is jealous of people without children having more fun. T / F

6. Some people think it is “weird” for adults to go to Disney theme parks. T / F

7. Disney movies are not popular with young adults. T / F

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

9. The original Disneyland opened in 1955. T / F

10. Disneyland is often called a magic kingdom. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. about / go / debate / Disneyland / adults / online / A / should / started / has / to / whether

2. Disney / are / that / and / families / parks / for / She / complained / children / theme

3. alcoholic / parks / theme / have / themed / Some / beverages / Disney

4. immature / assessment / Some / are / woman’s / the / that / these / adults / agreed / with

5. intended / everyone / for / Walt Disney / Disneyland / be / to

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:

Complained Viral Debate
Original Childless Obsessed
Intended Immature Disneyland

A debate has started online about whether adults should go to _________. The debate was prompted by a post on Facebook by a mother who had recently taken her son to Disney World in Florida. In the post, she rants about young adults who were at the theme park without any children. She complained that Disney theme parks are for children and families, not for _______ adults. She called the adults, who she referred to as Millennials, immature and said they waste their money on “useless” things. She said that adults without children should be banned from Disney parks and that mothers with children should be allowed to skip all the lines.

The post, which went _______ after being shared on Twitter, has prompted a fierce debate over who should go to Disney theme parks. Many people immediately came out in defence of adults who go to Disney without children. Some pointed to the adult-only options which Disney theme parks offer. Some Disney theme parks have themed alcoholic beverages, honeymoon vacation packages, upscale restaurants and golf courses. Others suggested that the mother is jealous and upset that childless adults were having more fun than she was after she _________ about the difficulty of taking a 3-year-old to Disney and of being exhausted because of it.

Supporters of the woman’s post defended it, agreeing that adults should not be going to Disney parks without children. Some agreed with the woman’s assessment that these adults are _________ and some said it was “weird” for childless couples to be going to Disney on vacation. It also sparked a wider debate about the popularity of Disney movies and media amongst young adults, many of whom have grown up with them. Some people said that young adults are too ________ with Disney stories and characters.

Objectors to the claims that Disney is not for adults pointed to Walt Disney himself. Upon the opening of the ________ Disneyland in 1955, Walt Disney revealed a dedication plaque which began: ” Disneyland – To all who come to this happy place: Welcome – Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past and here you may savor the challenge and promise of the future.” People also quoted Walt Disney directly when he said: “Disneyland is often called a magic kingdom because it combines fantasy and history, adventure and learning, together with every variety of recreation and fun designed to appeal to everyone”. It’s clear that Walt Disney ________ Disneyland to be for everyone, not only children.

The opinion of Walt Disney hasn’t stifled the _______ and it continues to rage on.

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?