Do You think Your Travel Will Change As You Get Older?

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Do You think Your Travel Will Change As You Get Older?

We got an email the other day here at WDWFG asking for suggestions on what to do at Walt Disney World as a Senior. I must admit that the email perplexed me a bit because I'm not sure that there's a magic age where what I do at Disney will change. Now - it did change as my kids got older but I'm not so sure it will change again when I get older yet.

I'm curious to know if you think that your Disney experience will continue to change as you age. How do you think it will be different? Will you spend more or less time at the Parks? Will you avoid some areas more than others? Let me know!

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Our vacations will change when we have kids but I think it'll go back to "normal" once they're grown. The only thing I can see changing when we get older is maybe spending more time at the resort rather than just being there to sleep biggrin

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Hmm good question....just from my 20's to my 40's I've noticed my head doesn't tolerate
spinning rides as well.....and I do take more time wandering the gardens and landscapes
rather than running ride to ride, I appreciate Epcot a whole lot more as well as culturally
diverse foods. So I would expect in another 20years my likes and focus will shift again...
but how? I will have to ponder this a bit more....

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I imagine I'll walk a bit slower, and if the time comes that I can't handle all the walking, I'll use one of those scooters. Otherwise nothing will change. I already can't handle most attractions that trigger motion sickness, so getting old(er) won't make any difference for me in that regard.

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Other than the pacing and attraction tolerance changes...can't really see much changing. We've already been making an effort to see more live entertainment and appreciate the landscapes and all of the details. We already take a nap break many afternoons (mostly to get out of the heat). I hope to be more financially solvent as I get older, so maybe I'll spend more time shopping!

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alicemouse wrote:
I hope to be more financially solvent as I get older, so maybe I'll spend more time shopping!

awesome awesome awesome

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i've always said i'd be the old lady still riding on roller coasters. I think this really depends on the person. If they are active then rides shouldn't be a problem. I don't think i'll be able to eat and drink as much and will probably spend more time at the resorts however i hope to keep riding rides.

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We thought we would spend more time at the resorts, but we don't. We are both in our 60's, and still like to do the rides, see the shows, etc. We pace ourselves a little better without kids, and eat better (more sit down meals, less junk food). As long as our knees and feet hold out, we'll be the wheelchair laughing on Dumbo. biggrin

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finngirl wrote:
We thought we would spend more time at the resorts, but we don't. We are both in our 60's, and still like to do the rides, see the shows, etc. We pace ourselves a little better without kids, and eat better (more sit down meals, less junk food). As long as our knees and feet hold out, we'll be the wheelchair laughing on Dumbo. biggrin

AWESOME!!! awesome

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I'm thinking I'll be pretty much the same. I love the Parks..I love being there. The only difference that I can see is that instead of walking...I'll be renting one of those scooters to get around. I sure hope they have cup holders though...you know...for drinking around the world.

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Mrdisman wrote:
I'm thinking I'll be pretty much the same. I love the Parks..I love being there. The only difference that I can see is that instead of walking...I'll be renting one of those scooters to get around. I sure hope they have cup holders though...you know...for drinking around the world.

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I can see me not doing thrill rides as much like Tower and Coaster. Okay maybe not Tower but maybe Everest. I may do things at a slower pace.

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Considering that I'm only 23 right now, well, that's something I never really think about! Knowing me, I'd probably take a lot more breaks than normal. I'd probably spend more time away from the parks and go at a slower pace.

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The Colonel wrote:
Mrdisman wrote:
I'm thinking I'll be pretty much the same. I love the Parks..I love being there. The only difference that I can see is that instead of walking...I'll be renting one of those scooters to get around. I sure hope they have cup holders though...you know...for drinking around the world.

Please don't drink and drive. If you have an accident you may spill your drink. Drink, then drive. Much safer.

Just FYI- the baskets on the front of the ECVs make really good drink holders....They seat at least 3 drinks comfortably!! laugh (please note: the driver of the ECV was not drinking, we drinkers were just utilizing the convenience factor...)

I've noticed as I've gotten older that I really want to appreciate my surroundings, so I do slow down a bit more, take some pictures, really just enjoy being in the moment. Also, I've noticed that as I've gotten older, food has become more important. I no longer wish to live on funnel cakes. I want to eat at California Grill!! After a day of living on funnel cakes....

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Well, i expect to also enjoy bench sitting and people watching a bit more. However, I do like to move it, so I will just shuffle along a la Tim Conway. Older folks will get that. mickey

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Yes! I DO get that disneydoc. laugh laugh

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Not sure how age will affect our Disneying . We have been multiple times since our first trip in 2000 and plan on going in 2015 for our next.
Over the years i have still done all the same rollercoasters as always and hope to keep that up next time (by then i will be the big 40 waiting ).
I do notice more of the smaller details than previous though and think that as you get older you do tend to notice things a bit more.

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finngirl wrote:
We thought we would spend more time at the resorts, but we don't. We are both in our 60's, and still like to do the rides, see the shows, etc. We pace ourselves a little better without kids, and eat better (more sit down meals, less junk food). As long as our knees and feet hold out, we'll be the wheelchair laughing on Dumbo. biggrin

I have to agree that this is our philosophy. We just love Disney, although many of our family outside of our immediate, really don't get it and why we go back so often (2 years). I don't know if you can explain something like that to others; something they experience for themselves. I was playing a cd the other day from FOUR PARKS ONE WORLD. Our youngest and his gf were here and he went crazy trying to explain to her how cool the music is there ALL THE TIME. He rolled off experiences I didn't even realized he remembered or had moved him: FoLK, and ride music (Space Ship Earth - he remembered the Alleluia at the end) or the countries (France starts with Ibert flute solo) (AK- the music from Africa to India to Asia).

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I'm curious to know if you think that your Disney experience will continue to change as you age. How do you think it will be different? Will you spend more or less time at the Parks? Will you avoid some areas more than others? Let me know!


Well Kristen K..am now 65 and what has changed that now I don't find the need to rush through the park..I like to plan, schedule FP's, ADR's but I also like to smell the roses as they say and people watch. I do get to MK for the opening and I will stay until it closes. For the other parks I get up early and come back in the afternoon for some chilling time and back to the park until it closes and I always watch ALL the fireworks.
So going when I was younger with my kids and not to long ago with my granddaughters was wonderful but I do like the slower pace when I can now look at things I never saw before. yay

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