Disney adults rejoiced — and simultaneously roasted — on Wednesday (Feb. 16) when the Disney Company announced its next Storyliving project.
Soon, Disney fans will be able to live in the company’s Storyliving residential quarters. According to the Disney Parks blog, “Each community will feature distinctly designed spaces, unique amenities, and Disney’s world-renowned brand of service.”
Disney’s first Storyliving community will be located in Rancho Mirage, Calif., and will cater to people 55 and older.
Social media had mixed reactions to the news.
Some people have joked about sending all adult Disney fans out to communities so they won’t have to meet themwhile others pointed to the dystopian notion behind total immersion in the capitalist fantasy of a megacorporation.
Meanwhile, diehard fans were reveling in the idea of living in a fairy tale and having access to quality Disney nostalgic services right in their backyards.
Others were cautiously excited, but critical:
This isn’t the first time Disney has dabbled in real-world real estate and living communities. Walt Disney’s initial concept for the EPCOT theme park, which stands for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, was actually a utopian, self-sufficient city.
In the 1990s, Disney developed the census-designated town of Celebration in the Orlando-Kissimmee area near the Walt Disney Wold Resort. In the 2010s, the company launched its Golden Oak at Walt Disney World Resort community, which is an upscale residential area located directly on the Disney World property.
So why would anyone want to live in a Disney community? And what is a Disney adult, anyway?
Follow us down the rabbit hole – uh, Mouse hole, below.
What is a Disney Adult?
A Disney adult is basically a super fan of everything Disney, from the company’s theme parks to its movies, characters, TV shows, and merchandise, among others. (Batches other things.)
Since Disney currently owns Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, 20th Century Fox, and Hulu, their entertainment properties are vast, but the majority of Disney adults tend to be fans of all things classic Disney. (Think: animated movies and theme parks.)
YouTuber Kurtis Conner notes the different levels of adult Disney fans as follows:
- watched Disney movies growing up and occasionally watches a Pixar movie
- sees most of the Disney movies, goes to one of its theme parks every few years, and owns Mickey ears but doesn’t wear them often
- go to theme parks as much as possible, have at least one Disney-inspired tattoo, and may even have an Instagram account dedicated to their fandom
- die-hard Disney fan, cosplays in his spare time and has a cat named Simba for sure
- has a Disney wedding and honeymoon, visits the parks for every birthday, and has no children
- completely consumed by Disney, goes to the parks most days, and lives on or near one of the theme park properties
Surprisingly, some people are Disney adults without even realizing it. And while some embrace the term, others bristle at it.
Why do people hate Disney adults?
There are various reasons why some people don’t like Disney Adults.
Sometimes they hate everything about The Walt Disney Company, which has its dark sides and has seen its fair share of controversy over the decades.
Some people think that enjoying Disney or going to Disney theme parks is childish, and therefore something that adults shouldn’t partake in, even if it doesn’t hurt anyone. Others just think Disney fans are grumpy.
While there’s rarely an acceptable reason to make fun of someone for having personal interests, even those deemed supposedly “childish”, some criticisms of the Disney Adult community are valid, especially when it comes to personal interests. is about fans who refuse to criticize the Disney company at any cost. .
While many Disney fans realize there are downfalls in any business, some idolize Disney and refuse to acknowledge the company’s problems, whether it’s Disney media, theme parks, or entertainment. unethical practices, such as underpaying and abusing its employees, i.e. Cast Members.
In 2019, 25,000 former Disneyland employees launched a class action lawsuit alleging they were grossly underpaid as cast members, leading to homelessness and food insecurity.
Others have scrutinized Disney for price gouging and greed. For example, customers now have to pay to use Disney Parks’ new Genie Lightning Lane, which replaced its Fast Pass system, to access shorter lines for many attractions.
Some fans in the Disney community have argued that Walt wouldn’t have wanted guests to shell out the extra money for the feature film, while others believe it’s common practice as the Walt Disney World competitor , Universal Studios Orlando, already has a similar program in place.
Aside from the refusal of some Disney adults to resolve any issues with the company, other people have criticized the extreme level of dedication of some fans, which has resulted in physical fights and chaos on the Disney parade views, the online spots and even merchandise.
When Disney World released its Figment Popcorn Bucket at EPCOT in January, thousands of people lined up to buy the $25 plastic dragon bucket, with wait times reaching nearly five hours.
Why do adults love Disney?
Walt Disney originally created its theme parks and movies to appeal to children and adults alike.
In fact, Disneyland, which opened in 1955, was created because Walt wanted a place he could take his kids where they could all have fun together.
“I think what I want Disneyland to be most of all is a happy place – a place where adults and children can experience some of the wonders of life, adventure together, and feel better about it,” Walt said of the iconic amusement park.
Disney also sells directly to adults, not just children.
The company’s cruise ships, for example, feature adult-only areas, while the former Pleasure Island area of Disney Springs in Orlando (formerly Downtown Disney) was a nightclub district built specifically for 18-year-olds and adults. more.
Of course, adults without children can also enjoy theme parks; Disney continues to add events and offers that cater to adults, which started when Disneyland opened and offered date nights for couples. Today, Disney parks host 4,000 weddings a year worldwide.
Additionally, now that The Walt Disney Company owns companies such as Fox and Hulu, their repertoire of movies and TV shows includes increased PG-13 and R-rated content. (This Pam and Tommy sextape drama series? Yeah, it’s streaming on Hulu.)
“If there’s a secret, I guess it’s that I never make the pictures look too childish, but I always try to make a little satire of the weaknesses of adults,” Walt once said of the satisfaction of both audiences in its projects.
Another reason adults love Disney? Nostalgia, of course! It’s a hell of a drug.
Is it okay to like Disney if you’re an adult?
Sure! While personal opinions may vary, there’s nothing wrong with enjoying Disney as an adult, as long as you’re willing to be critical and acknowledge that Disney is far from perfect.
Since its inception, Disney was never meant to be just for kids. And if you’re wearing overpriced Mickey Mouse ears, getting autographs from Fantasyland princesses, or binge-watching duck tales makes you happy or brings you joy in this hellish landscape we call society, there really is nothing wrong with that.
As Walt himself once said, “You’re dead if you only target kids. Adults are just grown kids anyway.”
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