According to the Canadian Press/Associated Press, Walt Disney World has banned children from one of it's restaurants. Starting this week children under the age of 10 are not allowed at Victoria & Albert's in the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Yup, that's right.
According to a spokesperson for Walt Disney World, Israel Perez, they want the restaurant (Walt Disney World's only restaurant with an AAA five-diamond rating) to be an "adult experience".
Now, I don't know about you, but it seems a little un-DIVA of Disney to ban children from anything connected to a piece of Uncle Walt's wonderful dream. Sure, I can understand a restaurant that starts it's prices at $125 a pop to want a genteel atmosphere, what with the harps and all. But really, do they think there will be the childlike pandemonium of a Chucky Cheese at those prices??
On the other hand, I like the idea of a child free dining experience. I just don't think that anything connected to Disney World is the venue to institute that particular concept. After all, Disneyland is for "kids of all ages", it's the "happiest place on earth". Tinkerbell lives there! Peter Pan plays there - the boy who never grew up!
I grew up on the dream of Disneyland. Walt Disney is one of my heroes. As a young child in Kansas I dreamed that someday I would go to Fantasyland, Tomorrowland and see Tinkerbell fly down from Sleeping Beauty's castle. To this day my favorite song in the world is "When You Wish Upon A Star" by Jiminy Cricket. The child in me is crying.
Mickey, for God's Sake, tell me it ain't so!