What do you think my fellow Oldies? Should we take an aggressive stance and TACKLE every theme park we visit or should we take another approach? As I have gotten older (alas, an unavoidable consequence of being born) I have developed a different approach toward everything I do – age and experience will outdo youth and enthusiasm every time. So, for me, the TACKLING question is easily answered with a NO. That does not mean you shouldn’t do it so long as it fits your capabilities and doesn’t overstretch your limitations, if it works for you – Do It!!
I think you will find that very experienced Walt Disney World visitors move quite a bit more slowly and with a different type of purpose than a relatively less experienced visitor (I guess you could call them newbies in the kindest possible way). The pace at which folks travel through the parks is not necessarily a function of age but more one of ability and purpose. But, as I have gotten older I have found both my ability and purpose are varying with each passing year causing me to be a little less aggressive in my approach to theme park touring.
Do we miss anything we want to do because of our slower pace? We do not because one of the other benefits that comes with the age and experience mentioned above, a bit more disposable income. Our solution to taking a slower pace is to visit more often and for longer periods of time. Our normal visit interval was every 2 years but after October 2011, it is going to be every 18 months for 10-12 days – problem solved!! That type of visit allows us to squeeze in that extra Epcot day and that extra Hollywood Studios day without taking away from some of our other favorites.
On our March/April 2013 visit we are going to explore renting DVC points to see how that works for us. It will mean deluxe accommodations at a reduced price. There are some pitfalls to avoid but research and networking can take the edge off of those pitfalls. If you want to try something like that, do your reading and talk to your friends. Don’t just jump into it because someone (me) says it might be a good idea. Don’t commit until you are comfortable.
I asked a question about TACKLING theme parks aggressively on your visits, if it fits your abilities and approach to life by all means go for it. You can also try some of the things we do, travel more often for longer visits, so you can take your time and enjoy everything Walt Disney World has to offer. It’s all up to you my friends. As always, enjoy your visit to Walt Disney World!!
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