If you were lucky enough to go on yearly family vacations to Disney World (or any Disney Park) with your family, there may have been a point in time when you wondered how many more years it would go on for.
Disney World is my family’s vacation destination — even I remember being an angsty teenager asking my parents if we would ever visit anywhere else, and that I was “tired” of Disney (oh, if only 14-year-old me would know what my future had in store…).
But, if you thought it was only regular folks who were obsessed with bringing their kids to Disney, you would be mistaken.
Neil Patrick Harris is a well-known Disney fan, hosting the Candlelight Processional at EPCOT during the holiday season, and even has a margarita named after him in La Cava Del Tequila in the Mexico pavilion. He and his husband David Burtka take their 10-year-old twins, Harper Grace and Gideon Scott, to Disney World each year, and plan to do it until the two “can’t stand” Harris any longer.
In an interview with People, Harris noted:
“Our kids have grown up appreciating and valuing not only the amusement rides, but the architecture and the Imagineering that goes on, both in front and behind the scenes. So I still look back on how that has been an important part of their lives and I can’t wait to continue it until they can’t stand me anymore.”
If at age 10 Harper Grace and Gideon Scott are already appreciating all of the talent and genius work that goes into creating all of the Disney Parks, it sounds like the two are already just as big of a Disney World fan as their father! It seems that Harris is not counting on his kids ever getting sick of Disney World or Disneyland, but rather, anticipates those teen years when hanging with your parents isn’t as “cool” anymore.
Harris also noted that another big reason he likes to bring his younger kids to Disney World is that it keeps them interested and occupied and isn’t a screen. Nowadays, laptops and iPads have been a successful distraction for many kids, but the downfall is that instead of growing up and using the outdoors to keep stimulated, many kids (just like many adults) end up glued to a screen. When at Disney World, there is so much to see and do, that kids can enjoy themselves and play around without any games in front of them!
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