Sage Advice for Seniors at Walt Disney World

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Sage Advice for Seniors at Walt Disney World

rolling I came across this piece of advice for seniors traveling to Walt Disney World and just had to share it. Sage and true advice for all. Don't trust the children.

"The main thing I want to say is that being a senior is not for wussies. At Disney World particularly, it requires courage and pluck. Things that used to be easy take a lot of effort, and sometimes your brain has to wait for your body to catch up. Half the time your grandchildren treat you like a crumbling ruin, and then turn around and trick you into getting on a roller coaster in the dark. What you need to tell seniors is that they have to be alert and not trust anyone. Not their children or even the Disney people, and especially not their grandchildren." Source

rolling What piece of advice would you give senior citizens traveling to WDW?

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My piece of advice to seniors (and believe me I am there) is to go at your own pace. wheelchair

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It is OK to move at a slower pace, but don't just stop in the middle of a walkway or crowd. Move to the side, then stop.

I have seen some collisions and some near-disasters when folks just stop dead. . .to look up, look down, or whatever. Remember the traffic laws from Driver's Ed!

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Wow... That's, um.... Interesting advice.... Lol

I say if you have grand kids like that.... Stay home!

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Ollie wrote:
It is OK to move at a slower pace, but don't just stop in the middle of a walkway or crowd. Move to the side, then stop.

I have seen some collisions and some near-disasters when folks just stop dead. . .to look up, look down, or whatever. Remember the traffic laws from Driver's Ed!

This advice should be for everyone, not just seniors. Like the crowd of teenagers that decided to huddle at the bottom of the moving ramp coming off of TTA!

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laugh Yes, Mase, it is an interesting bit of advice. More to save those who may stop from being trampled than to save those who must take evasive maneuvers!

This bit of wisdom actually was burned into my psyche on a trip to New York. Tourists become overwhelmed with the "concrete canyons" and will stop dead in the middle of sidewalks and look up. Needless to say, native NYers are not always kind, and after several near misses (yes, I was guilty of this very thing at one time) I learned this great survival skill.

At WDW, I can predict little ones making abrupt course corrections because they sort of weave and wander about all the time and I watch out for them . . . but adults ( Yes, mrhub, of ALL ages) are not so easy to predict and I don't always watch out for what they may do next.

And I am not as quick on my feet as I used to be . . . Sudden stops, turns, and other such moves can be dangerous! silly

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Vettelover wrote:
My piece of advice to seniors (and believe me I am there) is to go at your own pace. wheelchair

Agreed! And I think we may add that just because a senior goes at their own pace, doesn't mean the rest of the family with them has to follow the senior's pace as well. While your kids/grandkids may try to insist that you all stay together, sometimes it's ok to tell them to meet back up with you later. I've seen so many grandparents at the park taking breaks while the little kids are going mad with excitement and mom & dad just let them freak out and run in circles. Have the kids take grandkids on a ride while you rest so they don't become insane.

Also, without the screaming kids around, your break will be even more relaxing!

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Get a pair of ears! You'll feel 20 years younger. Or is that just me?

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JeffC wrote:
Get a pair of ears! You'll feel 20 years younger. Or is that just me?

No, it make you feel younger Jeff!

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Good piece of advice. I'll have to try to rember it when I get old.
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