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Childless Millennials Fight Back After Disney World Controversy

A new op-ed has made the case against millennials going to theme parks without kids.

Flickr/Chris Harrison

Have you ever visited Disney World sans kids? According to a questionable new op-ed in the New York Post, it’s not cool and is part of a growing trend among millennials to, once again, ruin everything. “The piece was prompted by renewed interest in one specific social media rant from nearly a year ago.” Posting in a since-deleted Facebook post, an anonymous mom basically blamed her entire negative experience at Disney World because single adults without children somehow were better at managing the lines than her. Her rant was foul-mouthed and confusing. So why do we care again?

Well, though we agree that parent shaming is not cool, this mom was probably more than a little out of line. And though it’s been nine months, the screenshots of said rant have been making the rounds again, which has strangely lead to a whole new cycle of people freaking out about the rant online, thanks in part, to the new op-ed published on July 26 in the New York Post.

Here’s how scores of single people are clapping-back against the foul-mouthed mama.

Plenty of those millennials took the opportunity to troll the mom.

Adding fuel to this fire, the New York Post’s op-ed took advantage of the outrage with a biased and contrarian take, this one saying that going to Disney World is “weird” based on questionable assumptions — that millennials who visit Disney aren’t taking European vacations, that they haven’t seen Booksmart — even while acknowledging all of the ways that Disney parks are being engineered to appeal to adults who visit without kids. Basically, the Post is floating the idea that Disney is making its parks more attractive to people without kids on purpose, which is somehow suggestive of a larger cultural problem, which is never really explained or explored. Further, the “evidence” the op-ed offers is along the lines of the fact that there are more ways to drink booze at a Disney park than ever before. So, essentially, the Post has a thin case here, and if the result of this “trend” is more booze at Disney parks, then, you know, parents can benefit from that too!

Cue another round of snarky reactions!

Of course, no one really has any idea who the original poster is, or even whether or not she’s a real person/mom. It could, as one Twitter user pointed out, be a very elaborate marketing ploy.