You love your kids, and love sharing Walt Disney World (Disney) with them. Their first set of Mickey ears. Their first Mickey balloon. Their first picture with their favorite character. But if you love Disney and you can manage it, there is an entirely different magic in traveling with only your spouse or another adult (or adults)!
My husband and I have only been to Disney once without our kid, and that was before we were married and before our son was born. We only had a day-and-a-half, and even though it was my husband’s first time there and special for that reason, we both felt rushed. I had it planned so that we hit all of the important “highlights” that I wanted to share with him, but I still dream of a day when we can return for a longer trip, just the two of us. Being the planner that I am, I already have a list of things I want us to do!
I’ve also been lucky to travel with my mom for a “girls’ trip” several times, which is a whole different version of fun! No matter what adult you travel with, you’ll have a blast.
Here is my top 10 list of things you might want to check out if you’re planning an adults-only trip:
1. Illuminations Sparkling Dessert Party. This is offered on select nights and requires a reservation and prepayment. Alcohol is served!
2. The Backstage Magic Tour or the Keys to the Kingdom Tour. Both tours are for Guests 16 years and up. The Backstage Magic Tour is a 7-hour tour that visits all 4 theme parks. The Keys to the Kingdom Tour is a 5-hour walking tour of the Magic Kingdom. For more information go to www.disneyworld.com or call (407) 939-8687.
3. A massage or other spa treatment. Book your spa experience at Senses – A Disney Spa at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort or at Senses Spa at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort. Choose a massage for two or, if traveling with friends, you can each pick the spa service that you want and go at the same time.
4. Victoria & Albert’s Chef’s Table Dinner. This is at the top of my wish list. Guests are able to have a private dinner in the kitchen of Victoria & Albert’s and spend time with the chef. Even if you’re not interested in the Chef’s Table Dinner, definitely make a regular dinner reservation at Victoria & Albert’s. You won’t regret it.
5. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride. They are offered at two amazing resorts. At Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground you’ll ride through the pine and cypress trees. At Port Orleans – Riverside you’ll ride along the banks of the Sassagoula River. During December, holiday “sleigh” rides are available at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. Reservations for all carriage rides are recommended and can be made 180 days in advance by calling (407) 939-7529.
7. Interested in nightlife? Head over to Jellyrolls at Disney’s Boardwalk. It opens at 7:00 pm and gets pretty crowded, so plan to be there early. Enjoy the dueling pianos, and if you’re a night owl, you’ll be happy to know they’re open until 2:00 am!
8. The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. I am sad to say that I have never attended. Yet. If you’re a foodie or into beverages from other countries, this is the place for you. It is held each fall.
9. Golf. There are four beautiful golf courses on property, so make a tee time and enjoy yourselves! Currently, Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course is closed for enhancements. For more information or to reserve your tee time, call (407) 939-4653.
10. Enjoy a character breakfast. Yes, I know I’m talking about an adults-only trip. But part of the magic of Disney is the ability to be a kid again. So go on – get some great photos with your favorite characters and enjoy a meal in the process. You’ll smile the rest of the day.
What are your favorite adults-only activities at Walt Disney World Resort?