Is the American Dream unobtainable in a Disney World?

Cinderella Capitalism.
Is the American Dream unobtainable in a Disney World?Confused? Let's call it Cinderella capitalism. What I'm trying to ask is the idea, the concept, of what most would define as the American life, is it unobtainable for the average person? Take for instance Disney World; which as I sit here, I'm planning a vacation to this year for my children. I cringe at the thought of it and have bribed them and offered everything from Yellowstone to Europe as replacement. Why? Well first off, it's about the same cost, (no seriously) and secondly, I can't stand the thought of my American children trapped by the addiction of irresistible capitalism while I'm guilted out of thousands of dollars on a vacation that's culturally shallow and non-educational. What do I get for the money? A fulfillment of my contract as an American parent who is obligated to take their children to Disney while they're young. If I don't, surely my children will be filled with regret and hold it against me in their adult-hood. 

That's how it works, that's our expectations as we're living the American dream. A dream that I think is probably out of reach for most American families. Consider the tickets just to get in, they're are almost $350 for four people for a single day, and that doesn't include parking, hotels, airfare or rental car. By my cheapest estimates this put our little Disney thrill at $1200-$1500, (that's packed lunches and bottled tap water) and there are no coupons, no discounts, no off-season reduced tickets. Disney is such a well oiled  machine that they use finger-print recognition ticketing software to prevent fraud or manipulation of their system. Parking alone is $14, and If one of your children wants a Mickey-ear funnel cake, be prepared to mortgage your home.

Considering that 44 million Americans live in poverty, almost 2 in 10 families make less than $20,000 a year, and 6 in 10 of us will experience at least one year below the poverty line in our lives, I have to ask, what the Hell? $1500 to see Disney when you're making $20,000 a year, this vacation isn't going to happen. So I deduce that there is a large share of Americans who haven't been to Disney, and whose kids who will never go. What kind of fairy-tale is that?

You say "Life's tough Liv, those people will deal with it, they can still live the American Dream,  buy their child a Barbie Doll, have a good life and celebrate being American". What color Kool-Aid have you been smoking? Barbie is a over-priced $40 piece of plastic that costs $1 to manufacture. Unlike dolls prior to America's love affair with the material girl, dolls were used to teach girls (and boys) about parenting and caregiving. What does a Barbie instill in our children today? Well, Barbie has two story house with a two car garage, a pink-corvette, a metro-sexual boyfriend that never talks. Barbie shops whenever she likes, and rarely or never works. Dream on American daughters because Barbie is a false fantasy that  many are unlikely to ever obtain. If that's the ideal American life, packaged and sold to taunt those who never will obtain it, then it's a cruel, cruel, joke on America.

 When was the last time you ate a real apple pie (not the frozen or McDonald's sort either)?  I haven't ate real fruit pie in ten years. Only 8 in 100 American children get a their daily recommend amount of fruit.  "American as apple pie?" Next time you feel like you want to exercise your God given right to use that phrase, I demand you think about some poor child dying of pneumonia while some fat hairy rich CEO McDonald's executive dances to the latest  ex-Disney princess Miley Cyrus song rubbing double cheeseburgers into his nipples. Now that's American, that's the image that's going to get me through 14 hours of Hell in humid Florida, spinning on Tea Cups, listening to "It's a small world after all". However, I will confess that my favorite line from the song is:
A world of tears
It's a world of hopes
And a world of fears
Oh yes Cinderella, it's a ball you won't be attending. No, the most magically expensive place on Earth is reserved for only those who can afford the glass slipper. The truth is, there is no fairy grand-mother, and there will never be any triumphant reward for being American. Just a minimum-wage job, lots of debt, and if you ever do dig yourself out of poverty, some stupid unwritten rule that you too have lie to your children about the world they live in. Shove that in your Disney vault.

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