‘Who Said Love Is Not a Beautiful Thing?’: Dick Van Dyke, 97, Seen in Wheelchair on Disneyland Date with Wife

In a heartwarming scene at Disneyland, the legendary actor and singer Dick Van Dyke, at the remarkable age of 97, shared a delightful day at the theme park with his wife, Arlene Silver, 52.

The couple savored their time together, even catching a captivating performance by The Dapper Dans.

Remarkably, Van Dyke’s passion for life and entertainment remains undiminished, defying the challenges of age and health.

Dick Van Dyke and Arlene Silver at the 43rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors, May 21, 2021, in Washington, DC | Source: Getty Images

Love knows no age, and Hollywood legend Dick Van Dyke, renowned for his iconic roles in “Mary Poppins,” “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” and “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” is living proof of this timeless truth.

At 97 years young, he recently embarked on a heartwarming adventure to Disneyland in Anaheim, California. The enchanting day saw Van Dyke being gently pushed in a wheelchair by a tour guide as he relished the vibrant atmosphere of the theme park with a smile on his face. Alongside him, his devoted spouse of 11 years, Arlene Silver, shared in the joyous adventure.

The couple, who have a remarkable 45-year age gap, radiated happiness and ease during their Disneyland escapade. The couple shared tender moments, conversing as they soaked in the sights and sounds of the park. Their outing became all the more delightful as they watched a captivating performance by the barbershop quartet, The Dapper Dans.

Van Dyke, ever the dapper gentleman, donned a casual yet stylish ensemble featuring a blue sweater, joggers, a baseball cap, and shades to shield his eyes from the California sun. Silver, 52, matched his fashion flair, wearing a black haunted mansion-themed top paired with matching trousers and her own pair of tinted shades.

Dick Van Dyke speaks at the 43rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors, May 21, 2021, in Washington, DC | Source: Getty Images

Their heartwarming outing didn’t go unnoticed on social media. Fans from all corners of the internet couldn’t help but admire the love shared by Van Dyke and Silver.

While some were not sure he was having a great time on his outing, others offered sympathy for his need to use a wheelchair, celebrating his long and successful career. Others, inspired by their love story, couldn’t resist quoting the age-old saying, “Behind every successful man, there is a strong woman.” One fan aptly commented:

“Who said love is not a beautiful thing?”

This charming day out follows Van Dyke’s ordeal earlier this year when he was involved in a car crash in Malibu that left him with minor injuries and a concussion. Thankfully, he has a loving and caring partner in Silver, who has taken measures to ensure his safety, including revoking his driving privileges.

Dick Van Dyke at Disney's "Mary Poppins Returns" premiere at El Capitan Theatre on November 29, 2018, in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

This incident mirrored a previous brush with danger when Van Dyke’s Jaguar caught fire on the 101 freeway in Calabasas a decade ago. Despite the challenges of age and health, Van Dyke continues to amaze audiences with his vitality. His recent stint as the Gnome on “The Masked Singer US” showcased his boundless energy and vocal prowess. He’s even taken up the ukulele!

When asked about the secret to his remarkable vitality, Van Dyke credits good genes, his positive attitude, and his beautiful wife. He remarked, “Having a beautiful young wife half my age to take care of me — that works! My positive attitude, I get that from my wife.” He wisely advises regular exercise, emphasizing its importance in keeping both the body and spirit youthful.

Van Dyke is just one Oscar away from the prestigious EGOT status, having already secured Emmy, Grammy, and Tony awards. His service in the US Army during World War II adds to his illustrious biography.

His marriage to Silver in 2012 brought a new chapter of love and happiness into his life. The couple’s shared passion for singing and dancing keeps them fit and deeply connected. Van Dyke even made a delightful cameo appearance in “Mary Poppins Returns” in 2018, reprising his role as Mr. Dawes Jr.

Van Dyke, a grandfather to seven, continues to inspire generations with his talent, charm, and remarkable love story. Despite the challenges of age, he remains an eternal star, forever wheeling his way into the hearts of his devoted fans.