Every time I discuss our next Walt Disney World vacation with family, friends, and co-workers (yup, I can’t not talk about the vacations) I get bombarded with reasons that a couple of old coots like us don’t belong there. You can relax though because for every reason they give me for us not belonging there I give them several reasons why Walt Disney World is exactly where we belong. Here are just a few of the myths and how I debunk (real word, I checked) them:
- Walt Disney World Is Just For Kids – This one is actually pretty easy and I start by showing them some of the literally thousands of pictures I take. I ask them to look at the pictures and to show me all the rampaging hordes of kids. The hordes don’t exist. Sure there are lots of kids but there are at least as many if not more adults (and a lot of them are Oldies like us) in every picture.
- You Can’t Get Anything But $6 Burgers and $4 Cokes to eat – This is one I love to explode because most of my friends and all of the family know I spent 25 years in the restaurant business. When I tell them of the variety and quantity of exceptional restaurants available as well as the quality of the food and service they believe me because of my background. This debunking is cemented when I explain that out of the 4 best meals I have ever eaten in my life, all 4 were at Walt Disney World at Victoria and Albert’s in the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.
- There Is No Adult Entertainment At Walt Disney World – Here I just list a few for everyone. Golf, both Championship and Miniature on multiple courses – the Boardwalk area has multiple clubs, bars, Midway Games and roving entertainers – two magnificent spas at the Grand Floridian and Saratoga Springs – Walt Disney World Speedway where the Richard Petty Driving Experience makes its home – Downtown Disney with its shopping, restaurants, clubs, and Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba, etc. etc. etc.
- There Are No Adult Special Events – Sure, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (MVMCP) both have lots of kids in attendance, but they are both a lot of fun for all adults including us Oldies. The two I bring up the most that appeal to the Oldie crowd are the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival and the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. If you have never scheduled a visit to Walt Disney World during at least one of them, do it, they are both wonderful experiences. Both are very adult oriented and Oldie friendly.
Next time you mention to some folks that you are headed for Walt Disney World and they give you that quizzical but yet oh so skeptical look and start hammering you with reasons why we Oldies don’t belong there just counter their mythical reasoning with facts. Once they realize that you are talking from a fact base they will back off and maybe someday you can talk them into going with you. As always, enjoy your visit to Walt Disney World!!
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