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    Re: Where to Retire -- Anaheim or Florida?

    I haven't read this thread in it's entirety, and perhaps I will go back and do that at a later time.

    However, if my only two choices for retiring were California, and Florida, I myself would choose California. The weather is nicer and Disneyland is there.

    Reality for me is that I will most likely spend the rest of my life right here in Chicago where I reside, and hopefully get to take a vacation each year to Disneyland in California. I have lost the desire to vacation in Florida. It has become a bit too complicated, and costly, for me personally.

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    Re: Where to Retire -- Anaheim or Florida?

    Quote Originally Posted by laferney Road kid View Post
    So Dolby, Salem here, how are you freezing now, whoops, I meant how are you planning now??? In response to why retire near a theme park, part of the choice is culture planning. Here in Oregon it is expensive to have a season pass and other requirements to ski Mt. Hood, own a boat to fish in the summer time or even find a good day to spend a couple of hours on the Pacific Coast. There is no sports culture in Oregon other than University teams and those are limited to only a few folks. And then once an expenditure is made to do any of the above it is for a limited time.

    While on the other hand, a AP purchase extends the year long visits to a special activity that requires very little equipment and weather options. I work with retiring Oregon Senior Citizens and the number one activity retirement choice is to RV to dry camps all over the desert. Or near a golf course

    My retirement choice is based on walking to the river everyday, working a few hours, volunteer, all of this in the sun. The city choice is based on how easy it is to mass transit to Disneyland.
    Definitely Dobby and his human are freezing now, though old Snoop doesn't notice it's 22 degrees plus wind chill -- he's an outdoor Oregon dog thru and thru. I need no sports culture nor am I going to go boating alone -- I came up here hoping for canoing, camping and so forth but not without a human partner and certainly not with a Chihuahua (though when I had a Real Dog and was ten years younger we would camp on our own.) I would be happy to RV to dry camps all over the desert. Can't work. Do volunteer. Prefer the sun of my homeland (Southern California) to inclement weather. Mass Transit to Disneyland plus Good Air Quality and access to the Internet would probably keep me happy until it's time for Assisted Living.
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    Re: Where to Retire -- Anaheim or Florida?

    Assuming one has a home...and family and friends. All I have is a Chihuahua and a Section 8 Housing Voucher worth $450 a month that's limited to the county. I already live in Cheap Senior/Low Income Housing (it sucks -- it is full of people who leave their infants unattended because they chose to live in non-smoking buildings and go outside to smoke.

    On an income of $1070 a month, one doesn't save much no matter where one lives. I just want to walk from Harbor Blvd. to Main Street or Buena Vista Street and sit in the sun, free from stress and "bad guys," and not hang out around grumpy geezers. (Of course if I could live in a hotel and use the pool, that would be perfect. Unrealistic, but...)
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    Re: Where to Retire -- Anaheim or Florida?

    Quote Originally Posted by Garrett240 View Post
    You posted in the Disneyland forum. I'm not surprised most of the people have answered with California. Just wondering, did you also post in the Disneyworld forum? You might get more answers for Florida or more insight into Florida.
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    Re: Where to Retire -- Anaheim or Florida?

    Quote Originally Posted by StevenW View Post
    A 1 bedroom apartment in Oregon is $400 in Portland. Anaheim costs $1000. A six hundred dollar difference.
    I don't know where you got the number for rent in Oregon but I live way out in the boonies and my rent is $650 a month in a low-income building. I have help from Housing Authority which I lose if I leave the county, but it isn't enough to keep me here without friends, family or productive activities.

    Quote Originally Posted by StevenW View Post
    How much does it cost to vacation in Anaheim? You say it costs $500 via Amtrak. Then lodging and a 3 day pass.
    About a thousand bucks for a five day vaycay -- a month's income. I'd have to put aside a hundred bucks a month to have five days at Disneyland. Should that be going to an AP instead?

    Quote Originally Posted by StevenW View Post
    An AP is not an investment. It is an expenditure. But you should get one if you can get to the park much more frequently. Suggestions to live in Arizona isn't one of them. Nevada is much closer. Living in Las Vegas might work, but the drive/ride is tough for a senior. Live in the California inland or San Diego counties. Still, the commute is hard and you still might need to live in a hotel for a night or two.

    So do you want to live near Anaheim for $1000 a month? Your choice.
    My plan is to give up driving completely. So far, Corona seems like a livable city with Affordable Senior Housing BUT it may not be possible to breathe there (though obviously people can and do.) And I have definitely considered that I would have to plan an overnight depending on transportation.

    I see little old folks getting on 1 1/2 hour bus rides to Indian Casinos; why not Disneyland?
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    Re: Where to Retire -- Anaheim or Florida?

    Quote Originally Posted by Malina View Post
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    ...howecvver. there is absolutely nothing about Florida, from its politics to its attractions, that appeals to me in any way, shape or form. If you prefer FL, groovy. I don't have to agree, and it is not "ridiculous" that I don't.
    What about manatees? California definitely doesn't have manatees.
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    Re: Where to Retire -- Anaheim or Florida?

    It's okay if the opinions on MiceChat are biased Pro Disney. I figure only the people on MiceChat might understand why I really want to have Disneyland in my life.

    Actually, sorta, I am already "retired." I am a widow on a disability income. You are suggesting an adventure, like my grandparents had when they got on the boat to come to America, only I would be driving a U-Haul to Florida to immerse myself in WDW for a year or two to see if I liked the whole experience enough to stay, as opposed to returning to Southern California where I grew up and lived until 2000.

    An adventure? I feel like Bilbo Baggins...
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    Re: Where to Retire -- Anaheim or Florida?

    Have you thought about the lower Hwy 99 corridor in California (Fresno to maybe Bakersfield)? Cost of living would be a lot cheaper than Anaheim and I believe there is Amtrak bus service to Anaheim along that corridor. There are quite a few little towns along 99 that seem nice. Not sure you'd be able to make Disneyland a 'day trip' though unless you're good a sleeping on buses.
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    Re: Where to Retire -- Anaheim or Florida?

    Quote Originally Posted by DobbysCloset View Post
    What about manatees? California definitely doesn't have manatees.
    We don't have them in the wild, no. They like warmer water than our cool Pacific. Touche, there. I think Sea World in San Diego MIGHT have one in captivity, but of course everyone's feelings differ on that (I don't know how I feel about Sea World. There's so much conflicting information and opinions). However, I'll see your manatee and raise you a gray whale - the west coast is the only place in America to see them, and they come close to shore. You can literally stand on the piers at Manhattan or Redondo Beach and see them playing up close sometimes.

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    Re: Where to Retire -- Anaheim or Florida?

    And Florida doesn't have otters either. And those animals are way cuter than manatees.

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    Re: Where to Retire -- Anaheim or Florida?

    Quote Originally Posted by DobbysCloset View Post
    I don't know where you got the number for rent in Oregon but I live way out in the boonies and my rent is $650 a month in a low-income building. I have help from Housing Authority which I lose if I leave the county, but it isn't enough to keep me here without friends, family or productive activities.
    Hey, I did a google search for 1 bedroom apartments in Oregon. There is no doubt that apartments in Oregon are much cheaper than Anaheim California. Face it, you can't afford Anaheim, yet you keep talking as if you can move here.

    About a thousand bucks for a five day vaycay -- a month's income. I'd have to put aside a hundred bucks a month to have five days at Disneyland. Should that be going to an AP instead?
    Again, you're paying more to live in California. You're not saving money on an AP if you can't afford to live here. You have to put the horse in front of the cart.

    Setting aside $100 a month for a yearly vacation to Disneyland is much more economical than living near Disneyland and paying for high living expenses especially if you haven't prepared for a retirement in California. Many retirees done the opposite. They sold their homes in California and live in cheaper states. They don't even miss California and Disneyland.

    My plan is to give up driving completely. So far, Corona seems like a livable city with Affordable Senior Housing BUT it may not be possible to breathe there (though obviously people can and do.) And I have definitely considered that I would have to plan an overnight depending on transportation.
    Corona is not a comfortable drive to Disneyland. It is quite the distance. Look it up. Corona is populated by many people who make daily commutes to Los Angeles to go to work. You'll face a lot of traffic out of the city. Please look up public transportation to Disneyland. It won't be pleasant. I can assure you, it won't be safe either.

    I see little old folks getting on 1 1/2 hour bus rides to Indian Casinos; why not Disneyland?
    They are charters and largely financed by the Indian Casinos. You can take advantage of these charters to go to plenty of Indian Casinos in California; however, tours to Disneyland will be full priced. Good luck.

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    Re: Where to Retire -- Anaheim or Florida?

    I must say I'm no surprised that the vast majority seem to think California is the end all be all... I dare say it is most likely because this board is slanted toward DL fans and therefore more likely than not going to have a huge slant of folks from California, a large part of which have probably never lived anywhere else.

    I think the best option for the OP is to look at the cost of living and let that determine which state to live in... don't be swayed by the supposed horrible weather in one vs the other. I've lived South of Miami and expect that for most people that would be the worst part of the state to live in, and I admit it could be humid during the day... but once you live there a while you adapt. You'll never love 80% humidity and 95 degree temps... But you do learn to plan your days around the weather patterns... You know that at about 2:30 every afternoon in the summer you'll have a rain shower so you don't do something silly like plan on going to walk the dog at that time of day... From a financial standpoint I don't think you can escape the fact that you would be much happier in Florida than California. If you have a limited fixed income you could be in a place where the cost of living is low and their is no state income tax, or you could be in a place where the cost of living is high and your income tax on your fixed income is also high... I would say the best option for the OP is to take a very long vacation to Florida where you planned on living, not a week or two but a month or two, rent a condo and live there and see if you can adapt to the different weather. Most likely you would be adapted in a month... Most people that have strong negative views of Florida weather have only been there on a weeks vacation so there is no expectation that they ever adapted to it.

    Even if financial consideration weren't involved I think I would pick Florida, I've never been cold in Florida when it was raining, but have had nearly a week of cold miserable weather in Anaheim in the fall.

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    Re: Where to Retire -- Anaheim or Florida?

    After shoveling snow Saturday night and Sunday afternoon and waking up to temperatures in the single digits, both California and Florida are looking pretty good....
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    Re: Where to Retire -- Anaheim or Florida?

    Oh, and another vote for California besides otters and grey whales. Florida has HUGE BUGS! I mean scary HUGE! And alligators.

    My sister retired there (near-ish to Orlando) and they had to have a screened in backyard because of the bugs and the alligators in the ponds near their house. Then they got hit by 4 hurricanes their first year there. They lasted 10 months, sold up, and moved back to Nebraska, now they split their time between NE and So CA.
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    Re: Where to Retire -- Anaheim or Florida?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mackster View Post
    I must say I'm no surprised that the vast majority seem to think California is the end all be all... I dare say it is most likely because this board is slanted toward DL fans and therefore more likely than not going to have a huge slant of folks from California, a large part of which have probably never lived anywhere else.
    Not the case for me - I've lived in several states, four countries, and both RFD-rural and urban areas, including America's two largest cities (NYC and LA). I moved to CA as an adult. And I've visited and spent time in a lot more countries and states, so I have a pretty reasonable knowledge of different places around the country and world.
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