10 things to do on an adults only Disney World vacation!

What? People go to Disney World without kids? That’s right. I’ve done it many times and it’s a totally different experience than going with and for your kids. I actually recommend it if you’re interested in going post having children. It allows you to get the roller coaster experience “out of your system” or a way to get a romantic experience (YES, you can!) with a little fun!

1. Stay club level. The deluxe resorts all have club level service which provides you with a concierge floor and added

The best view in the house - Magic Kingdom from your balcony (view from Contemporary resort but similar views available at Grand Floridian and Polynesian)

The best view in the house – Magic Kingdom from your balcony (view from Contemporary resort but similar views available at Grand Floridian and Polynesian)

benefits which makes you feel like you are the best of the best in Disney World. We’ve spoiled ourselves with many experiences. Interested in seeing what the best Club level locations are and what it entails?:

2. Go on a monorail pub crawl. There are two great ones in Disney World. First, the monorail tour. Start at Magic Kingdom and take the boat to Wilderness Lodge, then make stops at each of the Disney monorail resorts: Contemporary, Polynesian, and Grand Floridian. I like to go later and stay to watch the fireworks from the Grand Floridian Beach!

3. Try signature restaurants. Disney offers 12 signature restaurants plus Victoria & Albert’s, the finest of all dining locations on Disney property. This is a great romantic setting and to try some amazing food! These meals often take longer than the standard table service, and offer many courses, wine pairings, and some amazing entree and dessert choices. One of the great things about signature restaurants, is many are located at resort hotels, so you don’t need park admission or park hoppers to visit them! Which leads me to my next point…

3a. Take advantage of the Deluxe Dining Plan. This plan is not for the faint of heart, or the tiny stomach. Disney’s deluxe dining plan provides you with 3 credits per person, per night stayed and can be used as a table service or quick service credit. An upgrade to the Disney dining plan, this plan provides an appetizer, entree, dessert, and non-alcoholic beverage for lunch and dinner meals (no appetizer or dessert for breakfast). It’s a great way to try multiple signature restaurants around Disney. While deluxe dining is expensive, it’s a great add on to an adults trip (or upgrade your dining when staying during a free dining promotion for more savings!) If you’re interested in any sort of character dining, you can enjoy that on this plan, too!

4. Enjoy drinks around the world in Epcot. Similar to #3, stop at each country in Epcot and have a drink of the land. This works out best if you share a drink or if you break it up into 2 days, as there is A LOT to try. I haven’t found many people that can each have a drink and make it all the way around and continue their Disney day without being quite obnoxious by the end of the night 🙂 This experience is enhanced during one of Epcot’s annual festivals – both Flower & Garden in the spring or Food & Wine in the fall!

5. Take a carriage ride. A romantic carriage ride is offered at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside (for an additional feel of course).  Port Orleans can be reached by boat from Downtown Disney (a great end to a romantic night after dinner) or by bus from any theme park.

6. Enjoy a spa day. Saratoga Springs & Grand Floridian both have spas available for guest use. Call to reserve your germany-epcotservice before your arrival and pamper yourself!

7. Enjoy evening magic hours. My  husband and I like to enjoy evening magic hours when we travel. It’s an easy way to see more in less time, especially when there are 2 full hours of fun. Families with kids start to dwindle as the hour gets later. We get up early, head to the parks, take a nice long break in the middle of the date, eat a late dinner and enjoy all the extra time Disney has to offer us! Be aware that most of the “adult” attractions will still have some lines during these late hours, but the later they go, the shorter your waits will be as it gets into the wee hours in the morning!

8. Check out the evening offerings at BoardWalk. Disney’s BoardWalk has some fun things for adults including meals, street performers, and a piano bar (JellyRolls). This area is open later than most in Disney!

9. Spend a whole day in the park. While I don’t normally suggest staying in the park for a full 10-12 hours, doing it without kids is manageable, especially for a short trip. To let your feet take a break, park hop and the bus or monorail ride will be a little break. .With dining in there, you’ll be able to rest inside the park as well. This option makes things a bit easier with park hoppers as the transportation gives you a nice rest (as well as a break from the Florida weather!0

10. Pretend you are a kid again. Meet characters, go on water rides, do some character dining, and enjoy Disney like a kid! Just because you’re a grown up, you have no real responsibility. Enjoy yourself!!!

A free gift for your Disney vacation! The amazing and exciting Minnie Box! (subject to minimum vacation package)

A free gift for your Disney vacation! The amazing and exciting Minnie Box! (subject to minimum vacation package)

Ready to get started planning your 2016 Disney World vacation? Please contact me at any time for a free quote. The benefits to using an authorized Disney vacation planner include saving time before and during your vacation with itinerary planning which can help save you hours of standing in line each day. Plus you won’t have to watch for available discounts, research resorts, wake up early for dining reservations, or stay up late for FastPasses. The best part about using a travel planner instead of planning yourself? It’s totally FREE! Plus I’ll take away some of the stress and confusion of planning a Disney vacation (especially if it’s your first one!) I’ll walk through through all of the steps to the process with a few little insider tips along the way! If you already have your vacation planned and are interested in transferring your vacation, ask me how!

Disney World for Big Kids (adults only trip)!

It’s that time again! As summer starts to come to a close and all of the stores start talking about back to school. I like to talk about Disney World for BIG KIDS/Adults only trips! Fall is the BEST time to get in those big kid trips! With kids going back to school around Labor Day and parents not often willing to take kids out of school, you can enjoy some incredibly low crowds. In previous years both September and October were the best months but now October has become a popular travel times with many “fall breaks” falling sometime in October!

Whenever you choose to go to Disney World, adults trips can be incredibly fun and full of unique opportunities that are more geared toward adults. Contrary to popular belief, Disney doesn’t throw characters in your face! You have so many opportunities that you wouldn’t have with kids traveling with you!

With lower cost per person, you can splurge and spend a little more on things like deluxe accommodations or my favorite club level service (it’s by far the best experience we’ve had in Disney and continue to return again and again. Club level brings the experience to the top of the luxurious experience Disney has to offer. In addition to deluxe accommodations, you are given access to special level of the resort of your choice (often one of the top floors), and provides you with more one on one attention and includes help making your dining reservations and making other resorts during your stay. What my family finds most helpful is the on site assistance. Yes, I know a lot, but there are some things that I like suggestions on – like what’s the fastest way to get to Polynesian from Wilderness Lodge and if it’s possible to adjust the time of an existing dining reservation within 24 hours without incurring the $10 per person cancelation fee (it is!) Additionally, you’ll receive food on site which is included in the cost of your room. For us, it’s worth it. Enough food for breakfast to fill our bellies before heading to the parks (and a heck of a time saver), all of the high end coffee I can drink, soft drinks, milk, tea, water, and more. Dinner time brings hot and cold appetizers as well as beer and wine and late evening brings after dinner cordials and dessert. It’s a truly great way to end a night.

If deluxe accommodations or club level isn’t for you, maybe the deluxe dining plan is! It’s something that might be hard when traveling with kids whether it’s because it’s too much time for kids to sit down or you can’t fill your credits or you have picky eaters who don’t like the menu of signature dining. Deluxe dining is best served by using 2 credit dining experiences coupled with a single credit breakfast or early lunch (or sharing a breakfast and a lunch and doing a 2 credit dinner). Lots of options with deluxe dining and you can use later hours for dinner (with less kids to worry about once you hit the 9 pm hour).

Whether it’s deluxe dining, standard dining, or no dining – some of the best ways to enjoy dining is Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival. A culinary adventure in a single theme park. Let your taste buds enjoy all sorts of flavors. With lots of unique options available and lots of walking around World Showcase, it’s more geared toward those big kids. Unique opportunities for little kids as well, but definitely more of an adult style experience.

Lets go into the parks…can you say thrill rides? Adults can enjoy everything Disney has to offer from the “family coaster” Seven Dwarfs Mine Train all the way up to the biggest thrills of Rock n Roller Coaster and Mission: SPACE. No limitations on height requirements – just guts! Trust me, I don’t have them!!

The biggest thing for me…TIME! You can enjoy extended park hours and spending the most amount of time in each park. No need to take long nap breaks (unless you’d like one!) That means more times for rides, dining, and fun.

On adults trips there’s also unique opportunities that are even age specific. Tours like Keys to the Kingdom are age 16+ and there is a single dining experience: Victoria & Albert’s which only allows adults. These unique opportunities allow you to truly have a big kid feel and takes you away from the kid-centric Disney World experience.

While Disney is making Downtown Disney to Disney Springs – a more family friendly experience, there are still lounges, dinner, and nightlife available for adults. Around 7 pm, things start to get busy in the area, so plan accordingly for both traffic (while construction continues in the area), and guests leave the parks for dinner reservations and additional shopping.

Don’t try and stay away from all of the characters! We often say a quick hello to Mickey during our stay (it all started with a Mouse, you know!) It doesn’t need to get as intense as a character meal, but a quick meet and greet can be a fun memory! My favorite is a quick stop at Mickey at Town Square Theater in Magic Kingdom. Mickey can actually talk and say hello to you.

A free gift for your Disney vacation! The amazing and exciting Minnie Box! (subject to minimum vacation package)

A free gift for your Disney vacation! The amazing and exciting Minnie Box! (subject to minimum vacation package)

Ready to get started planning your 2016 Disney World vacation? Please contact me at any time for a free quote. The benefits to using an authorized Disney vacation planner include saving time before and during your vacation with itinerary planning which can help save you hours of standing in line each day. Plus you won’t have to watch for available discounts, research resorts, wake up early for dining reservations, or stay up late for FastPasses. The best part about using a travel planner instead of planning yourself? It’s totally FREE! Plus I’ll take away some of the stress and confusion of planning a Disney vacation (especially if it’s your first one!)It’s also a worry free vacation opportunity. I’ll walk through through all of the steps to the process with a few little insider tips along the way! If you already have your vacation planned and are interested in transferring your vacation, ask me how!

 

Disney World WITHOUT kids: 10 things to do on an adults only trip

 

What? People go to Disney World without kids? That’s right. I’ve done it many times and it’s a totally different experience than going with and for your kids. Here are some of my favorite things to do while on an adults trip in Disney:

1. Stay club level. The deluxe resorts all have club level service which provides you with a concierge floor. For more information on club level, see my earlier post.

2. Go on a monorail pub crawl. There are two great ones in Disney World. First, the monorail tour. Start at Magic Kingdom and take the boat to Wilderness Lodge, then make stops at each of the Disney monorail resorts: Contemporary, Polynesian, and Grand Floridian. I like to go later and stay to watch the fireworks from the Grand Floridian Beach!

3. Try signature restaurants. Disney offers 12 signature restaurants plus Victoria & Albert’s, the finest of all dining locations on Disney property. This is a great romantic setting and to try some amazing food! These meals often take longer than the standard table service, and offer many courses, wine pairings, and some amazing entree and dessert choices. One of the great things about signature restaurants, is many are located at resort hotels, so you don’t need park admission or park hoppers to visit them! Which leads me to my next point…

3. Take advantage of the Deluxe Dining Plan. This plan is not for the faint of heart, or the tiny stomach. Disney’s deluxe dining plan provides you with 3 credits per person, per night stayed and can be used as a table service or quick service credit. An upgrade to the Disney dining plan, this plan provides an appetizer, entree, dessert, and non-alcoholic beverage for lunch and dinner meals (no appetizer or dessert for breakfast). It’s a great way to try multiple signature restaurants around Disney. While deluxe dining is expensive, it’s a great add on to an adults trip (or upgrade your dining when staying during a free dining promotion for more savings!)

4. Enjoy drinks around the world in Epcot. Similar to #3, stop at each country in Epcot and have a drink of the land. This works out best if you share a drink or if you break it up into 2 days, as there is A LOT to try. I haven’t found many people that can each have a drink and make it all the way around and continue their Disney day.

5. Take a carriage ride. A romantic carriage ride is offered at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside (for an additional feel of course).  Port Orleans can be reached by boat from Downtown Disney (a great end to a romantic night after dinner) or by bus from any theme park.

6. Enjoy a spa day. Saratoga Springs & Grand Floridian both have spas available for guest use. Call to reserve your service before your arrival and pamper yourself!

7. Enjoy evening magic hours. My  husband and I like to enjoy evening magic hours when we travel. It’s an easy way to see more in less time, especially when there are 2 full hours of fun. Families with kids start to dwindle as the hour gets later. We get up early, head to the parks, take a nice long break in the middle of the date, eat a late dinner and enjoy all the extra time Disney has to offer us!

8. Check out the evening offerings at BoardWalk. Disney’s BoardWalk has some fun things for adults including meals, street performers, and a piano bar (JellyRolls). This area is open later than most in Disney!

9. Spend a whole day in the park. While I don’t normally suggest staying in the park for a full 10-12 hours, doing it without kids is manageable, especially for a short trip. To let your feet take a break, park hop and the bus or monorail ride will be a little break. .With dining in there, you’ll be able to rest inside the park as well.

10. Pretend you are a kid again. Meet characters, go on water rides, do some character dining, and enjoy Disney like a kid! Just because you’re a grown up, you have no real responsibility. Enjoy yourself!!!


Ready to get started planning your 2015 Disney World vacation? Please contact me at any time for a free quote. The benefits to using an authorized Disney vacation planner include saving time before and during your vacation with itinerary planning which can help save you hours of standing in line each day. Plus you won’t have to watch for available discounts, research resorts, wake up early for dining reservations, or stay up late for FastPasses. The best part about using a travel planner instead of planning yourself? It’s totally FREE! Plus I’ll take away some of the stress and confusion of planning a Disney vacation (especially if it’s your first one!) I’ll walk through through all of the steps to the process with a few little insider tips along the way! If you already have your vacation planned and are interested in transferring your vacation, ask me how!