Five Reasons to Book a Disney World Vacation with No Kids
Before our daughter was born, we had spent our first wedding anniversary in Disney World, and since she turned 2, we have been back just about every year. After experiencing the parks through her different phases, there are things we look forward to doing on our own. If you don’t think Disney is for adults with no kids, I present five reasons you should try it, even if just for one day.
Epcot hosts four festivals throughout the year – Arts, Flower and Garden, Food and Wine, and Holiday. We have been to three of these festivals (we haven’t made it to Flower and Garden yet), and we always have a good time. We love to roam around from food booth to food booth, trying different beers and food. All the servings are small, allowing you to try many options with minimal risk if you don’t like them.
In addition to the food, there is entertainment to enjoy and workshops you can attend based on the festival’s theme. Some options require registration and a fee. I think the Festival of the Arts is my favorite. In addition to the great food, there is fun art to look at, and purchase, plus they run Disney on Broadway concerts. If possible, I would recommend visiting on a weekday because the food lines can get pretty long on weekends.
Food and Drink
Yes, I know I just talked about food and drinks at the Festivals, but there are many other opportunities throughout the resort, both in-park and not. Magic Kingdom is the most limited for great food and drink. You can only get alcoholic beverages in a few sit-down restaurants, and the overall food choices are not unique.
The other parks and hotels have lounges that we like to visit to escape the crowds. There is nothing like a bit of pause, a drink, and nosh to fuel you up to take on the rest of your day. Our favorites? Baseline Tap House in Hollywood Studios, Nomad Lounge in Animal Kingdom, and Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar in the Italian Pavillion in Epcot.
Epcot World Showcase is a great place to enjoy food and drink from around the world. There is something for everyone with a combination of food kiosks, quick service, and sit-down restaurants.
If you don’t want to visit the parks, try out one of the many restaurants at Disney Springs. Some very recognizable chefs have opened restaurants in Disney Springs over the years, including Masaharu Morimoto, Jose Andres, Art Smith, and Rick Bayless. In addition to the restaurants, there are many fun stores and bars to check out. If you are an Indiana Jones fan, be sure to stop by Jock Lindey’s Hangar Bar.
Confession, I am not the rider in the family. I get motion sickness, so I don’t go on most thrill rides, but I do enjoy getting on the rides that don’t make me sick. LOL. One great feature of some rides at Disney is the Single Rider Line. You may not get to ride with your partner, but you will get through the line quicker and maybe make a new friend.
Since I do not ride many rides, I spend a lot of time walking around, taking in the theming of the different lands within each park. My favorite park for this is Animal Kingdom. I have spent many hours walking around the Asia section of the park while waiting for my family on Expedition Everest. The details are amazing and can make you forget that you are walking around Central Florida.
Take your time and roam around the parks. Be sure to look up and soak in the details.
Last but certainly not least, allow me to celebrate the Cast Members. Disney customer service is top-notch, and that is all thanks to the fantastic Cast Members you encounter in the hotels and parks. No matter your age, they make you feel like a Prince or Princess. They are always there to provide a smile, help, and conversation. They have tough jobs keeping all the magic going, so please treat them well.
I hope this motivates you to stop by one of the Disney parks next time you are in the Orlando area or at least take a walk around Disney Springs.