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jan 09 2008

Should there be places without children?

At the start of the year, Disney World banned children under 10 from its Victoria & Albert's restaurant in the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

Some of Disney's grown up guests would occasionally like to have "an adult-oriented atmosphere," according to the Orlando Sentinel.

In response to the decision, the blog Parent Dish said, "Even magical kingdoms need places without kids."

Airlines have also shown some exasperation with rowdy children:

Last February, flight attendants on an AirTran plane kicked off a three-year old girl (and her parents) when "she was climbing under the seat and was hitting the parents and wouldn't get in her seat" during boarding, according to an Associated Press story. The airline reimbursed the family for the price of the tickets. AirTran received more than 9,000 e-mails about the incident, and those emails were about 95 percent supportive of the airline's actions, according to MSNBC.

UPDATE:

Check out our ideas for child-free getaways in our story "Leave Every Child Behind."

What are your thoughts? Would you welcome establishments—such as coffee shops, restaurants, cruise ships, and select airport lounges—that were "child free"? Or does "child-free" equal "parent hating" in your eyes?

And if you have any amusing or horrifying stories about your encounters with other children on the road, feel free to share!

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Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.

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