Oldies But Goodies – What Should We Expect From A Walt Disney World Vacation?

I hate to start by saying It Depends but when we, as Seniors, travel to Walt Disney World we have the flexibility and the luxury to make that vacation exactly what we want it to be so long as we are traveling by ourselves or with like minded seniors. We are not locked into being anywhere at any special time and the only commitment we have is to doing exactly what we want to do. If you are traveling as part of a mixed generation group the rules are different, after all, family peace and … [Read more...]

Oldies But Goodies – Take A Chance, Try Some New Restaurants

It's not our fault!! We, as Oldies, sometimes get a little set in our ways and when it comes to food and restaurant choices we can tend (not everyone) to always go to the same restaurants and order the same thing. At least for me it came from the way we ate when I was a child. I'm not complaining, the food was very nutritious and my Mom was a great cook - BUT - Wednesday was always Prince Spaghetti day, Friday was always Fish, Saturday was always Franks and Beans, etc. etc. etc!!! See where I'm … [Read more...]

Oldies But Goodies – Renew Your Childhood On The Carousel

O.K. Oldies, it's time to recall something we all enjoyed as kids and something we can enjoy again as bigger kids. I'm talking about the Prince Charming Regal Carousel which I think should still be called Cinderella's Golden Carousel but they didn't ask my opinion or give me a vote. Actually it's Carousels in general or Hobby Horses or whatever your particular regional term was for these attractions. Although they don't take your breath away with thrills they do provide a pleasant diversion … [Read more...]

Oldies But Goodies – Don’t Pass Up Epcot’s United States Pavilion

The United States Pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase is one of the most under appreciated attractions there. Because most of Walt Disney World's visitors are Americans, most of their World Showcase time is spent in the pavilions that are a bit more exotic. Because of the way we Oldies are; nostalgic, patriotic, unapologetic for our country it makes an ideal place for us to spend some time. There are several attractions within the majestic pavilion area:Before you even enter you will be … [Read more...]

Oldies But Goodies – Dining Events For Seniors

There are quite a few "special" dining experiences at Walt Disney World many of which are especially suitable for us - the Oldies!! We have experienced quite a few of them and I thought, this week, I would highlight some of our favorites focusing on those that we seniors would be most likely to enjoy. I'll do them in reverse order of preference finishing up with our personal favorite. All of these "special" experiences require reservations and all but one can be reserved online.5. Spirit of … [Read more...]

Oldies But Goodies – The Ride Designed With Us In Mind!!

Sure, there aren't any loops, no 60 mph takeoffs, and no 13 story drops but The Great Movie Ride is still one of my favorites. A lot of Oldies feel the same way for lots of reasons. A lot of the films represented in the attraction were released in the thirties, forties, and early fifties making Oldies the only group of people who saw them in an actual theater the first time around. My fellow Oldies may not relish loops and drops but they love to reminisce about their younger days and this … [Read more...]

Do Seniors Really Use Online Social Media?

This isn't really a Disney article but the inspiration for it came from an article about Lee Cockerell, retired Executive Vice President of Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts. He is 66 years old and an avid user of Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter. He is not alone in that respect, as the article states social network usage by those of us 65 years and older went from 13% in April 2009 to 26% in May of 2010.  That is the time frame during which I started using both Facebook and Twitter.These … [Read more...]

Oldies But Goodies…Date Night For Oldies

If you visit Walt Disney World as an Oldies couple, then every night is date night. More often than not though, we as Oldies, travel with an extended family group. One thing you can almost bet on is that your children will ask you to watch their children (your grandchildren of course) while they take a break and have a date night. Let them go and have fun because you understand how tired you were all the time taking care of them when they were kids and things have not changed over time. But - in … [Read more...]

Oldies But Goodies…More Than Buses Part 2

Boats! Boats! Boats! In Part 1 I covered almost every alternative form of Walt Disney World transportation except my favorite and a favorite of a lot of my fellow Oldies - BOATS!!! You might be surprised by just how much boat transportation there is at Walt Disney World. Three of the theme parks are serviced by some sort of boat transportation as well as a lot of the resorts. Rather than explain each one I'll just outline them here by venue.The Magic Kingdom area has a large number of boats … [Read more...]

Oldies But Goodies…More Than Buses Part 1

There are a lot of folks who think that the only way to get from point A to point B at Walt Disney World is by using the bus system. There are many other ways to get around and this week and next I'll try and address those alternatives. First of all, the Disney bus system is incredibly efficient and handles the majority of the needs of visitors beautifully. Even for us, the Oldies, the bus service provides a break from the heat (if not always from the crowds) and a worry free way to get from … [Read more...]