First birthday as a Disney retiree Hometown transportation. First birthday as a retiree. It was better than expected. Why? Because i didn’t expect anything. It’s a funny paradox for how joy finds those who aren’t looking, simply because they are already joy-filled. Next Blog By jeff noel Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites. View all of jeff noel's posts.