Senior Visit to WDW/Epcot

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Senior Visit to WDW/Epcot

I'm wondering if asking for a companion to attend WDW has been a good experience. Working in Fla until March 2013 and never visited WDW and all my family/friends tell me I must. I would like to know before I decide to find someone to enjoy Epcot and WDW with. Signed by 60+ Active Senior

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Hello LLarrabee! Welcome to our forums! welcome

I agree that you must go spend some time at Walt Disney World, it's a wonderfully magical place that will give you all sorts of wonderful experiences.

I have several times met up with friends from the internet in Disney and hung out with them when our vacations have matched up. I've even shared hotel rooms with them twice and never had a problem. However, these have been people that I felt I had come to know well online through different Disney based internet communities. I didn't consider them strangers, and I didn't go looking for them as traveling companions to begin with. There is of course, always a chance that a situation like that could go badly. I would never suggest you travel with someone you didn't feel you already knew.

That being said, Walt Disney World is a great place to travel solo! You shouldn't feel for a second that you couldn't go there by yourself. The cast members are friendly and talkative, it's also easy to strike up a conversation with different guests, there are several restaurants where you can eat at a counter and chat to more cast members and bartenders. It's really easy and fun to do Walt Disney World on your own!

I'm sure that the members on this message board would be more than happy to help with any sort of questions that you have. Are you working in the Orlando area? How many days do you think you would like to spend at Disney? Do you hope to go to all of the parks? Do you have any special interests that could help us suggest great spots for you to try?

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Heck I would seriously consider going by myself if I were in your situation and this is coming from a 69+ (and holding) year old senior.
Maybe we could get subvet to chime in he is even older that I am. eek biggrin awesome and he is also a seasoned WDW veteran.

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Thank you for your responses. I usually go solo but the thought of WDW is daunting. Epcot looks like a primary destination and WDW secondary. Thanks for reassuring me that I can have just as much fun alone and I'm not a shy person. I am south of Miami in Homestead. When work schedule allows, I would probably do a 2-1/2 day jaunt. BTW - home is in Wisconsin - Go Packers.

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LLarrabee wrote:
Thank you for your responses. I usually go solo but the thought of WDW is daunting. Epcot looks like a primary destination and WDW secondary. Thanks for reassuring me that I can have just as much fun alone and I'm not a shy person. I am south of Miami in Homestead. When work schedule allows, I would probably do a 2-1/2 day jaunt. BTW - home is in Wisconsin - Go Packers.

Epcot is an awesome part of Walt Disney World, and my favorite park to do solo because there's so much shopping and snacking around the world. Even when Food & Wine Festival isn't going on it's a fabulous place, and my husbands very favorite park. I must admit, the older I get the more time I spend there on my trips.

Don't feel daunted by doing WDW on your own, with a little research and planning you'll be just fine! 2 1/2 Days at Epcot and the Magic Kingdom (that's the name of the park with the castle) is a great way to wet your whistle and get a nice basic jaunt done. Be sure you don't go expecting to see everything though because there is just too much to do! Disney will always be there if you miss some things and want to go back. Smile

I'd grab a guide book at your local book store and see what you're most interested in when it comes to attractions at those two parks. Pick a small list of places to start with and go from there. What sort of things peak your interest?

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Kristen...I will definitely get a guidebook at a bookstore. I always try to plan ahead so I don't get caught up in everything like a kid in a candy store, lol. I love to travel and am interested in other countries. Thus, EPCOT looks like a good place to start. I like to take my time. I'm one of those people who has to read everything. I have a friend back home that we have discovered are great travelling together. We have started talking about a trip to Nova Scotia via Quebec on a cruise.