(We Have Fun Too)
Age Is Too Old For Disney World?
The first time
I went to Disney World in June of 2008, I was fifty... (50)...
the Big Five-O!... And my mind was pretty much made up that
I was NOT going to see much that was going to impress me...
I mean Disney World
was for kids - right?
Even when the athletes
won a major event, it was always "We're going to Disneyland"
- NOT Disney World!
Disney World had
Magic Kingdom and Tinker Bell, etc.
It just sounded
like somewhere you took your young children, you know, young
enough to enjoy all "that stuff" and just old enough
not to think it was too corny!
Well, I needed
a 'attitude adjustment' and Mickey and the gang gave me just
That first visit
to Disney World impressed me just enough that I wanted to
see more, so in just a few months, I was back again.
Let me explain...
time I ever went to Disney World, was in June 2008.
I went with Cindy,
and we took my daughter Luvenia, and my granddaughter
Fernan, who was only eleven years old at the time. Now
THAT was the
perfect age for Disney World I thought.
We did a lot of
the 'kiddie' things, and that didn't move me. Cindy
had been several times with her daughters thru the years and
she enjoyed doing the younger folks activities. (She also
really enjoys taking new people and watching them have fun.)
All that 'kiddie'
stuff doesn't impress me... You see, i'm an "old soul".
I like the more grownup side of things when I go on vacation.
I'm not into running around like a little kid to get on all
the rides, and standing in line for an hour to get on a 2-minute
ride. (Actually that's what makes the Fast Pass such an ingenious
I enjoy dining,
golfing, relaxing, etc., you know - the grownup stuff! :-)
Don't get me wrong,
I like going on a few rides and doing some of the 'kid-like'
fun stuff (believe me, I have a LOT of kid in me), but when
I pay for a vacation, I don't enjoy running around like a
chicken with my head cut off, just to get on a bunch of kid
stuff... Did that when I was a kid...
World Appealed to My Grownup Side
We did a lot of
the stuff my granddaughter liked, and that was great! That
was the main reason I took her, but we also did some things
that Grandpa liked too :-), like dining at Le
Cellier Steakhouse, Whispering
Canyon Cafe, 50s
Prime Time Cafe, Tusker
House Restaurant, Olivia's Cafe.)
Some of the restaurants
were really fun, and the food was decent, and then some of
the restaurants we ate at were really nice...
Now that was the
Disney World I wanted to see more of!...
And that's why
I went back that December. So I could experience the Disney
World from the 'Just Adults/Grownups' side.
Out Disney World...
Here Comes The "Grownup" ;-)
June, we stayed at Pop Century Resort... Pop Century is
DEFINITELY for families with small children, but if you're
going as a couple, then the more higher priced resorts
is what I would suggest. The amenities are better. You
get treated well in all the Disney resorts, but there's
just more available to you at the moderate and higher
and I stayed at Saratoga
Springs Resort & Spa. A HUGE difference from Disney's
Pop Century Resort. It was more of the 'Grownup' type of atmosphere
that I was looking for. Cindy
had never stayed there before either, and it was a pleasant
surprise for her. (We've since stayed there several more times.)
We did some things
differently. We relaxed more. We ate off the Deluxe
Dining Plan. (In June, I bought the regular Disney
Dining Plan.) Boy, what a difference that made. Cindy
and I had to use up our snacks on the last day because we
had so many left over. A far cry from June, where we pretty
much went thru each day's worth daily.
did hit a few rides - Tower of Terror (my favorite), and
Rocking Roller Coaster (Cindy's
favorite), Soarin (a favorite for both of us), and a few
others, but to me, this was more like a vacation I thought
it should be... More 'grownup' like.
We met our friends,
who are DVC
(Disney Vacation Club) members and come around late November,
early December for several years. It was great having lunch
and dinner with them.
Speaking of dinner
:-), the restaurants we dined at in December were fantastic
Turf Club Bar & Grill (Saratoga
Springs Resort & Spa resident restaurant), The
Hollywood Brown Derby (located in Hollywood Studios),
Artist Point (in the Wilderness Lodge Resort) and the Yachtsman
Steakhouse (located in the Yacht & Beach Club Resorts),
just to name a few.
also had a tour of the DVC
(Disney Vacation Club) setup and by February of 2009,
we became DVC
members, buying into BLT (Bay Lake Towers) as our 'Home
It was actually
that first stay at Saratoga
Springs that was a big factor in us decision on becoming
(Disney Vacation Club) members.
Boy, I really got
caught up in 'the magic', didn't I? :-)
I was truly Disney-fied!
Since then, we've
golfed at Disney, will be going on a Disney Cruise in November
of 2010 and plan on going back at least once every year.
All from a 50 year
old who thought he was too old for Disney World!
There is a lot
at Disney World for folks of all ages, so if you've never
been, then GO!...
Did I mention that
we took my mom in July of 2010, who was 76 at the time, and
she absolutely loved it - even as hot as it was!
NEVER Too Old To Go To Disney World!
Julius Covington, Sr.