I’ve arrived in Orlando, checked in at the hotel, and met my friendly, youthful social media handlers from the AARP. They were kind and wily enough to score us passes to the Meet and Greet event at Universal Studios tonight. I won’t be there long but I feel compelled to check it out.
I was in college when Disney World opened up in Orlando. My family lived in Florida, so technically I was a Floridian at the time. Thus, I was among the first gazillions to visit the park, when Orlando was still a sleepy place in the middle of pretty much nothing.
After graduation I worked in south Florida then went to law school in north Florida. This afforded me many opportunities to revisit Disney. After we married and started having babies, Universal Studios opened. We were among the first to visit there as well. Having youngsters will do that.
How ironic that the AARP is now drawing boomers to this area, after our kids are grown and gone. It brings back a lot of wonderful memories. Maybe the AARP knows this. I think they must, which is one reason they arranged this “meet and greet” at the park today.
So we are going over to see what is old (probably not much) and what is new to us (probably most everything).
Of course, there is the issue of sticker shock. Maybe the AARP should issue warnings to those who haven’t visited the parks since their kids were young. I think I’ll ask folks I meet about that.