Feature

Getting the flavor of...Disney World for adults

A third of all visitors to Florida’s Walt Disney World are adults with no children in tow.

Disney World for adultsMaybe I like being a grown-up too much, said Lauren Lipton in Condé Nast Traveler. Even after learning that a third of all visitors to Florida’s Walt Disney World are adults with no children in tow, I couldn’t fully give myself over to the “world of illusion” that the entertainment company has created in a 40-square-mile theme park. Not that my recent weeklong stay was unpleasant. A three-hour mini-safari seemed “authentic enough to me,” a tour through grasslands and wetlands occupied by real giraffes and lions. And I’m not immune to the appeals of luxe dining, a world-class roller coaster, or a chance to glimpse the park’s subsurface, employees-only tunnels. But the whole “litter-free, poverty-free” mini-universe feels like “Fantasy America, the America we all wished we lived in.” Are those chirping birds a recording? Is that petunia smell pumped in through hidden ducts? I could ask a passerby, but so many of them are paid actors.

Cycling in MontrealMontreal is “the most bikeable city on the continent,” said Eric Moskowitz in The Boston Globe. Visitors might be drawn to Quebec’s largest city by its food and cultural life, but its commitment to two-wheeled transportation offers an exciting glimpse of what some U.S. cities might soon look like. Following a friend’s testimony that a bike tour with Fitz & Follwell Co. (fitzandfollwell.co) was the best travel experience ever, my girlfriend and I spent a day following a cheerful guide through colorful neighborhoods near verdant Mont Royal, stopping here for cappuccinos, there for a wood-fire bagel, and picnicking on purchases from a large open-air market. We enjoyed ourselves so much that we then rented bikes from one of the 400 curbside stations in the city’s Bixi system and kept exploring. Everywhere we pedaled, we found wide bike lanes and traffic signs directing drivers to cede us the right-of-way. “More remarkably, they obeyed.”

Recommended

Queen Elizabeth turns down Oldie of the Year award
Queen Elizabeth II
young at heart

Queen Elizabeth turns down Oldie of the Year award

The madness of expanding NATO
The NATO symbol.
Picture of David FarisDavid Faris

The madness of expanding NATO

Ex-spy Christopher Steele stands behind the thrust of his Trump-Russia dossier
Christopher Steele
Speed Reads

Ex-spy Christopher Steele stands behind the thrust of his Trump-Russia dossier

Diver discovers ancient sword that likely belonged to a crusader
The newly-discovered ancient sword.
ancient artifacts

Diver discovers ancient sword that likely belonged to a crusader

Most Popular

The American 'Great Resignation' by the numbers
Help wanted sign
Help Wanted

The American 'Great Resignation' by the numbers

Republicans see inflation as Democrats' downfall
Grocery store tomatoes.
inflation nation

Republicans see inflation as Democrats' downfall

Where outing the GOP lawmakers at Jan. 6 proved futile
Jan. 6 riot.
'his street cred went up'

Where outing the GOP lawmakers at Jan. 6 proved futile