Oldies But Goodies – Should Seniors Use Detailed Touring Plans?

This is yet another one of those questions where the answer depends on the individuals involved. The approach a Senior takes toward park touring depends on a number of things - Disney experience level, health, overall energy level, length of stay and expectations are all things that influence that approach. You will notice that time of year and weather were not included, since a very large portion of us are retired those items are under our control because of our travel time flexibility.Many … [Read more...]

Oldies But Goodies – Do You Plan By Park Or By ADR?

I can honestly say that I have probably explored nearly every conceivable way of planning a Walt Disney World visit from just winging it (ARRGH!!!) to planning every single detail from the first minute to the last. When you start to consider things like how many minutes it takes to walk from this attraction to that attraction, you are probably over planning. Over the years it has become apparent that us older folks plan in primarily two ways - by the park or by the Advance Dining Reservation … [Read more...]

Oldies But Goodies – Counter Service Can Be Just Fine

As Oldies, I think we are somewhat notorious for only dining at table service restaurants on our Walt Disney World Visits. On our last visit we decided we wanted to include some counter service restaurants,  just to check them out. I must say we were quite pleasantly surprised in many instances beginning with breakfast. We were staying at Port Orleans Riverside and had breakfast there nearly every day at the Riverside Mill -  1- plenty of variety, 2- good quality, and 3-very convenient to get an … [Read more...]

Oldies But Goodies – Should Seniors Take Advantage Of Photopass?

To answer the question posed in the title - Absolutely!! Disney's Photopass is something we have only really started to appreciate on our last three visits. I personally take tons of photos when we are at Walt Disney World and there is someone missing in each and every one of them - ME. Since we have started using Photopass there are now lots of pictures with me included, a very nice change.When you travel like we generally do, just the two of us, it is one of the few options you have to … [Read more...]

Oldies But Goodies – World Showcase, More Than A Bunch Of Buildings Part 2

I'll say this once again, the World Showcase is magnificent in its scope and splendor even if you just look at the buildings. I think my fellow Oldies will agree with that. In Part 1 I addressed the large numbers of entertainment opportunities available as you stroll through. There are also a lot of entertainment opportunities that I, like a lot of other folks, call attractions which are ALL Senior friendly. These are as follows:Mexico - The Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros … [Read more...]

Oldies But Goodies – World Showcase, More Than A Bunch Of Buildings Part 1

When we tour the World Showcase at Epcot, fellow Oldies, we are so impressed by the beauty of the surroundings and the majesty of the buildings that we tend to think that's what it is. There is so much more in the World Showcase that when you stop to consider the scope of the place it's mind boggling. Today I'll cover the current entertainment opportunities and next week I'll deal with what is beyond the facades of the various buildings.There is some type of  "street entertainment" or … [Read more...]

Oldies But Goodies – Fatigue Is Our Enemy

One of the most frequent complaints I hear from my fellow Seniors when they travel to Walt Disney World is that they are so tired out by the second or third day they couldn't enjoy the rest of their visit. There are a number of things that can cause this fatigue, among these are:Jet Lag - This could contribute but unless there is a 4 or 5 time zone difference it's probably a minor factor. Inability To Sleep Well - This happens to quite a few folks who don't sleep well in a strange … [Read more...]

Oldies But Goodies – Put A Calculator And Your Needs Together!!

O.K. I admit it, I'm turning into my Father!! As you get older there is a good chance that you may become a bit more frugal. I used to get aggravated with my dad because he was always looking for a bargain but now I do the same thing, especially with our visits to Walt Disney World. Let's face it Walt Disney World vacations are expensive!! There are lots of ways to save on your visits but rather than covering how to finance your trips, let's focus on how to get the best price for you not based … [Read more...]

Oldies But Goodies – Six Important Reasons For Seniors To Stay Onsite

The choice to stay on or off site is an important one and can be particularly important for us, the Oldies. There are tons of reasons for staying on site that become apparent when you compare the experience to staying off. I guess you can compare them if you stay off site first like we did - ONCE, either that or you can take my word for it. Let's address what I feel are the six most important reasons for Seniors to vacation on Disney property.Safety - As we get older, particularly when … [Read more...]

Oldies But Goodies – Moderate Resorts, A Very Viable Option For Us

Oldies seem to like Deluxe Resorts. From experience, it seems they lean towards the Magic Kingdom Resorts, not necessarily for access to the park itself but for the numerous transportation options, dining options, and overall ambiance of their particular favorite. I can't blame us (Oldies), we love them and stay at them regularly also. But, deluxe is not the only category that would appeal to Seniors. In general, the Moderates offer the opportunity for fabulous visits, particularly visits of … [Read more...]