Social Norms: Real World vs. Disney World

My Twitter followers know something about me that fans of my blog may not know: I’m a huge fan of Disney World. Someday I’ll go into a dissertation justifying why it’s perfectly acceptable for a 30 year old woman without kids to love Disney World for those not in the know, but just suffice to say it’s fun, I’m not ashamed of it, and you should totally go — without kids — some time.

Anyway, I’ve noticed that there are a few things that are perfectly acceptable within the borders of the Walt Disney World Resort that would at least get a raised eyebrow up to a call to the police/EMTs/nearest psychiatrist if you did it in the real world.

Observe:

1.Eating dinner with a mouse, bear, rat, and alien.

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1a. Eating breakfast, including sausage and bacon, in front of a pig.

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2. Grown men proudly wearing a cartoon mouse on their clothing.

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2a. Or entire families wearing matching tie-dyed shirts.

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3. Putting ears on anything that doesn’t, or even does, move.

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3a. In a similar vein, grown adults walking around, without shame, wearing mouse ears.

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4. Wearing a cloth necklace with hundreds of dollars of cheap trinkets attached to it that have no value in any other place or time.

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4a. Or on your hat.

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5. Having a pair of overgrown chipmunks fight over your love and attention.

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6. Having a medieval castle at the end of a street from turn-of-the-century middle America.

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7. Talking to actors playing characters without being able AT ALL to acknowledge that they’re playing characters.

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8. Telling a duck wearing a wild west outfit that he’s #1.

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9. Bitching that a huge Yeti is apparently more interested in disco dancing than swiping at you to kill you.

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10. Walking around in a glorified trashbag when it rains.

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11. Being totally comfortable with a monster and his female lover.

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12. OMG EXCITED THAT A CANDLE IS WAVING AT ME.

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13. These guys are ROCK STARS.

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At the same time, there are things that are perfectly acceptable in the real world that feels a little weird when it’s done at Walt Disney World:

1. Ogling scantily clad women. Dude — she’s a cartoon character. It’s weird. Stop. Same goes for the women practically throwing their panties at Jack Sparrow. Have some shame.

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2. Getting intimate with your spouse. After spending 12+ hours talking to a bunch of cartoon characters, it feels a little… inappropriate. (I just convinced every male who reads my blog and has never been to WDW not to go, didn’t I).

There’s not a picture of this. Perv.

 

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