Hello, my WOE Friends,
It's finally Friday! Either you're ready for a well-deserved break from the long work week or are ready to have some fun! For those of you working, thank you!
I'm delighted to announce a new WOE Short Story Series; The Freedom Street Council - From the ruins of the tragedy that took place on Freedom Street, rises a Council who now wishes to hold others responsible for their actions.
So if you read Welcome to the Neighborhood, you'll recognize Freedom Street. You'll also know the story ended without much vengeance. Well, my WOE Friends, start reading, and I think you'll be happy! If you haven't read Welcome to the Neighborhood, it's best to start there. Both can be found on the website under WOE Short Stories.
I have also updated WOE Cares with two compelling interviews. One, Larry, was from Wednesday's Blog and the other, Craig, was from a blog in January. You can go to the WOE Cares section to read them both.
I have attached the HR Poster from Thursday - People Believe in Something.
This week's WOE Complex tour is Mayberry Town. This onsite WOE town is for guests 55+ and features townhouses, not hotel rooms. Yes, it is from the WOE Story, chapter 19.
I hope you enjoy it!
After touring the hotel a bit, Carl and I traveled back to the Complex and then took the Zipvator to Mayberry Town. Mayberry Town is for guests 55 and over and is made up of 600 Townhouses, all at ground level. Each Townhouse gets assigned their own golf cart, which is stored and recharged in their Townhouse carport. We took an employee golf cart to tour Mayberry Town and Carl continued to tell me more.
“They use their golf carts to travel within their town to restaurants, shops, pools, shuffleboard, and the park."
"When guests come to the WOE and are staying at Mayberry Town (which is a short distance from the Hotel Guests Hub (HGH), they park in the normal Hotel Guest Parking Garage. They then go through security, then check-in through the HGH and take an elevator to the ground floor. They will then be greeted by a bellhop, who will load their luggage onto an electric cart and take them to their Townhouse. Here, they will be given a hand bringing in their luggage, and the guests will be given instructions on how to operate their own golf cart and a tour of their one bedroom, one bath, kitchen and living room Townhouse,” Carl said.
"When they are due to check-out, a bellhop will pick them up and assist them in getting back to the HGH, and then safely back into their vehicle. They are assisted each step of the way and all at no charge or no tip. Just another perk to staying onsite at the WOE."
Mayberry Town is completely enclosed, with an illuminated sky and total comfort temperature of 76 degrees. There are no stairs or elevators here. Each street is between Townhouse rows and has sidewalks on both sides of the street, with a barrier to protect walkers from golf carts “off-roading.” The roads have arrows indicating which direction the golf carts should be heading. All the streets have streetlights, and the carts also have head and tail lights.
The seniors obviously love the Town and the freedom to travel around. If they’re going to a concert at the Harmony Theater or visiting the Complex, they take a Zipvator, located in ten different stations throughout the Town (The Zipvators in Mayberry Town and The Couples Hotel do not maneuver as they do at Hotel Family). They have special electric carts for guests to use if they are disabled and have wheelchairs. Shuttle service is also available from four separate locations in Mayberry Town if the guests choose not to use their cart or are not able too.
Many guests will reserve their Townhouses together for special functions, get-togethers, or with civic clubs. You can also purchase the meal plan and have meals delivered to your Townhouse through the Townhouse Butler. Food will be delivered to your door, as there is no Portal Box. There are three different restaurants to use your meal plan around the Town, or you can purchase meals separately. One of the restaurants offers an all-day and evening buffet. There is a grocery store in the shopping village if you choose not to get the meal plan or wish to buy some extra snacks. Of course, you can bring your food in, as each Townhouse is equipped with a full kitchen.
The Town does have their own concierge, who is available 24-hours a day for any assistance, including ticket information, show reservations and any medical issues that may arise. Mayberry Town is situated between the HGH and The Dark Room, so they have medical personnel that can be dispatched from the first aid station in the Complex between Castle Mare and Galactic War. The medical facility is also a short distance away (between Hotel Family and Mayberry Town), and they are open 24/7.
Because the Harmony Theater offers many concerts throughout the day, many Resident Entertainers perform regularly and are loved by many seniors. Artist like: Barry Manilow, Neil Diamond, Barbara Streisand, and many others perform up to four days a week, for a month at a time, then take several weeks off. Many guests staying in Mayberry Town also enjoy Show Town, the movies, Fun Town USA, The Continents and watching the entertainment on the World Stage.
As Carl and I were heading back to the Complex from Mayberry Town, he told me that many guests enjoy the independence here and the “neighborly feel.”
“You’ll see guests coming out of their Townhouses in the early morning or evening for walks and stop and talk with others sitting on their porch. Within a day or two, they make friends and are soon yelling, ‘Hi neighbor’ across the street,” Carl said.
Thanks for reading! Enjoy your weekend. Until next time,