Bringing Grandma - 81 years old - I want to make it SPECIAL

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Bringing Grandma - 81 years old - I want to make it SPECIAL

We are bringing my 81 year old grandma to Disney the first week of September.
Looking for an over the top experience for her. She is the greatest woman alive and I cherish all the moments
I have left with her. She can't move around very fast but refuses to use a wheelchair. She is open to the idea (a bit) while we are there. She uses a walker and is very slow. She wants to go to the holyland experience so we may not go to a disney park but I want her to experience Disney. Any tips?
Dinner shows, great restaurants or some super awesome experience that is grandma worthy?

I'm open to anything in Orlando.

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welcome to the forums! Unfortunately, I don't have any experience with these types of things, but I'm sure that there are plenty of people on the board who will be happy to help!

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if you have the money to sped i would suggest getting one of those motorized chairs, we did it one year for my great aunt and it made life easy. She got to get around on her own and did not have to rely on anybody to push her around so she still felt independent, and did not get tired so easy. We were able to get a lot more done

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I second going the ECV route and next would be a regular push type wheelchair. As far as experiences, two that pop up on top of my head are HoopDeDoo review at Ft. Wilderness campground and second is the polynesian review at the polynesian resort. Neither one require park admission and are handicapped accessible or easy enough to get into with her walker.
OH! and welcome to WDWFG good to have you aboard.

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sorry i forgot welcome welcome welcome and i second hoop dee do and the luau. Also if you don't go to the parks make sure you check out the fireworks at mk from the poly beach. I really think she would enjoy epcot, but it is expensive to buy just a one day ticket

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Take her resort hopping. I can tell you from years experience of doing it and being old that it will be great. Forget the parks. The couple of dinner shows mentioned are great but other than that I would just eat at random. Older people don.t usaually like to be pushed on a schedual.
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If you're going to do a park, I think she would love Epcot, but the Magic Kingdom is fantastic at any age and may even make her feel like a kid again. I've not done any of the dinner shows myself, but I know a lot of folks on the forum are big fans. I'll let the others chime in on those! I will tell you that when my Grams was 80, she went to Magic Kingdom and road Space Mountain. She talked about that memory for a long time after! Go Grams!

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If your going to do any park, I would say the Magic Kingdom. Has she ever been to any of the parks? MK is the classic. The shows mentioned would be the best. We do the Luau a lot and really like it.

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Kris1971 wrote:
I will tell you that when my Grams was 80, she went to Magic Kingdom and road Space Mountain. She talked about that memory for a long time after! Go Grams!

awesome Grams!

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Welcome! A dinner show and resort hoping will be good if you aren't doing any of the parks.

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Downtown Disney is great to get some Disney magic and maybe some shopping and eating too. We love the Earl of Sandwich, for casual lunch, but there's lots of other nicer places to eat. There's also a movie theater, and for a great show, Cirque Du Soleil is fabulous! The boat ride is nice from Westside to Marketplace and will save you a walk to see all of Dtd. You could also take the boat ride to the Port Orleans resort and Riverside and eat or poke around there. Any of the resorts will give you the magical Disney feel.

Another favorite of ours is Boardwalk, especially at night. The little side shows are great, we love the atmosphere, and you can check out any or all the resorts - Boardwalk, Swan and Dolphin, and Yacht and Beach Club. Plus you can do the boat ride from resort to resort and just stay on for the EPCOT and HS stops.

We are local and have annual passes, but we go all the time with friends or relatives who don't want to do the parks. There is TONS to do without going into any of the parks.

The Hoop de doo review and Luau are great ideas too.

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