Grown Up Magic – Walt Disney World Resort Vacation Planning Video (14 of 14)

They remember vinyl records and CDs. A time when instant communication meant a phone call, not tapping out letters on a mobile phone.

They grew up with Walt Disney World. But they haven’t outgrown Walt Disney World.

As Boomers have grown up, so has Walt Disney World Resort. From one Magic Kingdom to a nearly 40-square-mile vacationland consisting of theme parks, water parks, resort hotels, Disney Springs nightlife/shopping/entertainment district and other magical attractions and recreational centers.

Now that they’ve paid off the mortgage or maybe the kids’ college tuition, it’s their time. And what better way for Boomers to spend it than to revisit and remember the magic of Walt Disney World Resort?

“Disney has been catering to adult sensibilities for a long time,” observed Jill Safro, editor of Birnbaum’s Walt Disney World Without Kids. “In keeping with the spirit of the World that Walt built, there are no age limits here. Lots of adults are descending on the parks with notions that are vastly different from those of the parental persuasion.”

Guests can relive their fantasy-filled youth and ride Space Mountain like they did 20 years ago. Eat around the world in one day. Drop in on the classic Star Wars trilogy on Star Tours – The Adventures Continue. Or plummet in a free-falling elevator in The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror — just to prove to the kids they are hip as ever.

Here are some Disney best bets with a “grown-up” slant:

Resorts

Imagine times and places long ago and sometimes far away. The fantasy experiences for which the Walt Disney World theme parks are world-famous extend to the resorts. Across Seven Seas Lagoon from Magic Kingdom are ports of call that welcome guests to the South Seas (Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort) and 19th century South Florida (Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa). Some of the other adventures: the old New England seaside (Disney’s Beach Club Resort and Disney’s Yacht Club Resort), the heyday of the mid-Atlantic shore (Disney’s BoardWalk), America’s great western parks (Disney’s Wilderness Lodge), the American Southwest (Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort), the Old South (Disney’s Port Orleans Resort), exotic Africa (Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge) and the fads and crazes of the 20th century (Disney’s Pop Century Resort).

Recreation

If golf’s your game, Walt Disney World Resort has days’ worth of challenges that have helped earn the Vacation Kingdom a distinction as one of the country’s top golf resorts. Veteran designer Joe Lee was architect of the Magnolia, Palm and Lake Buena Vista Golf Courses, while the championship 18-hole Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons Resort Orlando was designed by Tom Fazio. To make reservations, guests may call 407-WDW-GOLF or visit GolfWDW.com.

Tennis, anyone? Walt Disney World Resort answers with nine locations of the finest courts in Central Florida.

Relaxing and Eating

Breakfast can be a civilized great adventure if you know the menu. Some ways to start the day at Walt Disney World Resort: Eggs Benedict served with a petit filet or choron sauce (The Wave…of American Flavors at Disney’s Contemporary Resort); thick French toast stuffed with bananas (Kona Cafe at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort); a traditional American Western feast of scrambled eggs, waffles and sausage (Whispering Canyon Café at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge).

Need a lunch break? If you’re spending the day in Magic Kingdom, at lunchtime hop on the monorail for a quick trip to Grand Floridian Café at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, where you’ll experience a great meal and a nice change of pace.

Dinner is a regal occasion at Victoria & Albert’s, an intimate dining room that seats about 60 in the main dining room at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Elegant touches include Royal Doulton china, Cristofle silver and Riedel crystal. Culinary offerings are created daily with the best available fresh ingredients. The coveted Chef’s Table provides a front-row seat for the slicing and dicing.

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