Walt Disney World is for all ages, and it's never too soon or too late to become a lifelong Disney parks fan. However, those who have been lucky enough to experience Walt Disney World at a young age and have then been able to return to the parks several times throughout their youth and adulthood experience Disney in a very unique way that often gives them a perspective that is quite different from other Disney guests. No matter whether you grew up at Walt Disney World yourself, knew someone who did, or are raising Walt Disney World kids yourself, there are some easily noticeable personality traits that almost everyone who has "grown up Disney" shares.
1. Change at Disney Parks is constant
The past five years have brought unprecedented change to Walt Disney World. Massive thematic changes are happening at Epcot and Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios is being reinvented so completely that the park will likely be unrecognizable in 5-10 years. To many, all of these changes are coming as quite a shock, and more than one online forum poster has said that the reshaping of these parks has ruined Walt Disney World forever.
However, to the lifelong Disney fan who has been making regular trips to the resort since their childhood, these changes actually aren't all that surprising. For example, there is a whole generation of kids who grew up knowing Epcot as a park where the future was made present, and attractions like Body Wars and Horizons dared them to dream about where technology could take us in the next decade. However, as that generation grew up, Future World changed around them.
Though fans can debate endlessly about whether or not the changes to Future World over the years have been for the better, kids who grew up around an ever-changing Epcot learned very quickly that change is constant, and are less shocked when Disney announces big moves like bringing Pandora: The World of Avatar to Disney’s Animal Kingdom or the world of Frozen to the World Showcase. Walt Disney World is always reinventing itself, and though kids who grew up at Walt Disney World always have a soft spot for the attractions of days gone by, they know that something new is always just around the corner.
2. Maps? Where we're going, we don't need maps
Though guests are increasingly looking to their smartphones for navigational purposes at Walt Disney World, the iconic guest sitting on a bench on Main Street USA reading a map is still a pretty common sight. However, kids who grew up at Walt Disney World, probably don’t remember what a Walt Disney World map even looks like. They’ve known their way around the Magic Kingdom since before they reached the height restriction for Big Thunder Mountain, and no matter how much the parks change over the years, they know every alley, walkway and shortcut there is around the parks, and can probably direct a tourist to the Carousel of Progress faster and easier than they can give directions to their own house.