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KIDS, We Are Going to Walt Disney World…..Without YouCastle

I was not always a Disney fan.  When I first started dating Lauren (who is my wife now if you haven’t been paying attention), she had the idea of going to Disney World.  I immediately thought she was joking.  The last time I could remember going to Disney World was Grad Night in High School!  But you guys know, you really like the girl you’re dating, and you will do whatever she wants to win her heart.  So, I went…and nearly 10 years later, we are Annual Passholders, and go ALL THE TIME!

Yea, I know what you’re thinking, “why in the world would I choose to go to Disney World, if I can go on a trip without the kids?”  And you’re right.  There is so much out there to do and see.  But living in Florida and having a few kid-less weekends a year, Walt Disney World is a GREAT place to have a weekend getaway with your spouse.  There will be plenty of opportunities to go to Disney with the kids; and honestly, you’ll create some of the greatest memories doing so.  But when feeling like the outnumberedfather, consider my top 5 reasons why you’re next weekend getaway should be to Walt Disney World

Food/Dining

If you are reading this, you probably already know that drinking around the world at Epcot is a must do.  Sure, you may be able to grab a drink or two when your kids are in tow, but you probably wont be able to sit and enjoy a Tequila Flight while visiting the Mexican Pavilion

Tequila Flight
Tequila Flight, Epcot – La Cava de Tequila

And if taking shots of Tequila is not your thing, even when the kids are not around, maybe a nice dinner is.  If you are not familiar with the name Scott Hunnell, then I’d like to briefly introduce you to the James Beard Award Semi-Finalist for “Best Chef-South from 2007-2013; 2015-2016“.  He is the Chef de Cuisine of Victoria and Alberts .  Located in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, this award winning restaurant is an experience that you will certainly want to leave the kiddos at home for.

Several of the Disney Resort restaurant’s also offer Brunch.  California Grill, at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, is a must do, with a wonderful spread and complimentary Mimosas!

If I don’t have your attention yet, Disney also offers its “Highway in the Sky Dine Around“.  That’s right, now you have the opportunity to resort hop on the Monorail, while eating and drinking amazing food– capping the evening off with deserts while watching Happily Ever After from an exclusive, private, location.

I haven’t even touched on the steak houses or dining with an Imaginer opportunities.  One day I will create a “Pete’s Best of Disney Eats” list.

Festivals

Most of us know during the fall, Disney has its International Food and Wine Festival at Epcot.  And if you have not been, you’re truly missing out.  Grabbing a Festival Passport and logging all the different places you go and what you eat is a lot of fun.  But for me, it’s going to the events within the Festival that adds to the experience.  Going to a Seminar or Demo is what makes attending the Food and Wine Festival memorable and unique.  Most of the Demos include an opportunity to taste what the chef is making.

Food&Wine Menu
Menu from 2014 Culinary Demonstration with Chef Norman Van Aken

You also have the opportunity to meet Celebrity chefs!  2018’s list of Celebrity Chefs is here.

If you’ve done the Food and Wine thing, have you checked out some of the other Festivals Disney offers throughout the year?

The way Disney transforms Epcot during the International Flower and Garden Festival is breathtaking.  And it is the only time you can try Lauren’s favorite snack, Frushi!  It’s delicious.

Frushi

The International Arts Festival is quickly becoming one of my favorite events to attend at Disney.  Its usually held during the “cooler” time of the year and offers some unique eats.  If you have an appreciation for the arts and Broadway, this is a festival you should check out.  Yes, I said Broadway. Check out this past year’s offerings here.

The list does not end.  Want to catch a baseball game with the guys, the Braves do Spring Training here.  Want to do something athletic with your spouse, sign up for one of the many Run Disney Races.

I haven’t even touched on the events that go on during Halloween and the Holidays, but since we are leaving the kids at home on this trip, maybe you wait to do those events when they are with you.    Those are can’t miss times of year to visit Disney World and I will tell you why in future posts.

R&R-Resorts and Relaxation

You didn’t think relaxing at Disney World was an option, did you?  I’m here to tell you it is an option.  My favorite hotel is Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort.  Every year, we try and stay at least one weekend.  The second you walk in… wow. Victorian Elegance is the best way to describe this place.  And the smell?! If someone can tell me how they make that place smell sooo good, please tell me.  But if you want elegance and luxury, this is the place for you.  Grab a drink and sit in the lobby during the evening and listen to the orchestra or pianist play, and you’ll understand why this place is hands down my favorite.  If you really want to splurge (and maybe you can since the kids are home), upgrade to Concierge Level.  If you are ever going to do this, this is the resort to do it at.  Don’t get me wrong, none of it is cheap, but if you are going to treat yourself to a weekend without the kids…well, treat yourself!

There are so many nice resorts that are all unique in their own way.  Want to see exotic animals, check out Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, where you can book a room with a Savanna view:

Savannah View
View from our hotel room balcony!

Did you know that several of the Disney Resorts have  “quiet pools”?  At the quiet pools, you will not find many children at all; usually just adults.  And if you really want some quite time in the sun, check the quiet pools out; but, I say live a little and go to your resort’s main pool– that’s where the Bar will be!

Want to work out or get a nice massage, check out the list of Gyms and Spas Disney World has to offer.  Get a couples massage at anyone of the Disney World Spas.  If the Spa is not your thing and you are travelling with the wife, give her a few hours to pamper herself while you hit the gym.  This is not your Red Quinta Express Inn Gym.  Disney goes all out with their offerings and gym equipment.  You’ll be able to get your sweat in without having to worry about what to make for dinner for the kids!

Tours and Experiences

Disney offers so many different tours and experiences.  Most are kid friendly; however, some are not- which is why you need to check out Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom Tour. This 5 hour tour takes you through Magic Kingdom, where you will learn about Walt Disney and get a peak at the underground service tunnels.   Feeling a bit more adventurous, check out the Wilderness Back Trail Adventure.

Being a Kid Again

If I haven’t convinced you that going to Disney World sans children is a great time, well you just aren’t human!  But perhaps my number one reason for taking a trip without the kids…being able to feel like a kid again myself.  Let’s face it, with all the responsibilities we have, bills to pay, mouths to feed; sometimes we forget what it was like to be young.  Walking into Magic Kingdom and strolling down Main Street, with the Cinderella Castle in sight, will take your mind away from the everyday stresses and into a place of imagination.  For one day, try not to adult; go on rides, eat candy, meet a favorite Disney character– sure you can do those things with your children, but when they are around, your focus is on their happiness (which is great).  But try and do this just you and the spouse.  It’s one of those things that you will not truly appreciate until you try it yourself.

“That’s the real trouble in the world, too many people group up”Walt Disney

Have a Kid’s Free Disney Trip you would like to share, please feel free to share your story in the comment section below.

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