Is visiting Disney parks without your kids weird? Find out what these two mom’s did with their time in the parks when their attention was no longer placed on watching their kids and they were free to do anything THEY wanted to do.
I recently returned home from a solo travel to Walt Disney World. Yes, this mama got to go to Florida all by herself! Well, actually, I took my sister with me, what I meant to say was that I went without my husband and kids. This was weird to me. Being at Disney without kids? What would people think? This really seems like the type of place that you need to have a kid with you in order to enter. So how would two adult women fair at a kid themed resort and park for the week? I’ll tell you.
After our plane landed in Orlando my sister and I made our way to the Magical Express bus that was waiting to transport us over to the Coronado Springs Resort at Disney. As we approached the desk the man standing behind it looked around us for our kids and when he didn’t see any, he handed my sister and I a Mickey Mouse sticker and called us princess. Ok, a little weird, but I do like stickers. I thought for a moment about wearing my new sticker on my shirt, but then decided to stick it in my purse to give to my kids when I returned home. Score one for the free souvenir! We grabbed all of our luggage and boarded the bus headed to our resort choice, the Coronado Springs.
The Coronado Springs Resort
The Coronado Springs resort is a mid level resort on the ground of the Animal Kingdom, but you really can’t see any animals from the resort except for a of couple alligators now and then in the lake the resort surrounds. This is also a popular resort for conventions and retreats, which is why I was headed there. Around the grounds of this Mexico themed resort were uncrowded pools, walking trails and sunny hammock spots to relax. Plus, it had a couple of lounge areas around the resort and a few really spectacular restaurants inside the lobby. Seriously, the Maya Grill (located in the lobby) had a guacamole with pomegranate seeds on it that was out of this world plus some pretty kickin’ margaritas! I ordered this guacamole TWICE during my four day stay! With the more adult themed layout and upscale dining options, this resort definitely fit the bill for two ladies looking to relax and enjoy the sunshine.
|Traditional Margarita at the Maya Grill in Coronado Springs Resort|
Walt Disney World parks
After checking in to our hotel and getting situated, my sister and I decided to go over and check out the parks. This was my sisters first time visiting the parks that she could remember, so we hopped on one of the resort provided buses and headed over to the Magic Kingdom first. Ok, to be completely honest here, my sister and I were like two kids in a candy store. We giggled through the rides, sampled almost every sweet treat we passed and even took our photo with some of the characters in the park. We were like two kids again. Although, it was better than being a kid at Disney because we were free to do whatever we wanted!
|Meet Mary Poppin’s at the Magic Kingdom park|
The second park we visiting during our trip was the Animal Kingdom. This park is so much more than just animals! In fact, we didn’t even see any animals, we were too busy wandering around the themed streets and being transported into different areas of the world such as Africa and Asia. Throughout the totally amazingly decorated streets were people playing music and dancing. Everything was so brightly colored and happy. I think we both really loved it. Plus, this place rocks for shopping! The outdoor markets had bright colored beads and really different types of souvenirs. A must go place if you want to get something different!
|Having a strawberry Macaroon at Epcot|
This was my first time experiencing Epcot since every other time I went to Walt Disney World with my kids they were less than excited about it – so we always passed it up for the other parks. However, as an mother, I can say that this place is not only totally amazing for adults but also for children! I saw so many really cool things that I think my kids would have loved, such as outdoor play areas – so I am totally bringing them to this park next time we come. Although since my sister and I were here without our kids, we decided to indulge ourselves with different foods from around the world – found at the various outdoor food courts (many of which served themed alcoholic drinks too). Guess what? The Pineapple Promenade serves up a Pineapple Soft Serve with Sammy’s Beach Bar Red Head Macadamia Nut Flavored Rum or with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum! It’s like a Dole Whip, but with alcohol!
|Pineapple Soft Serve with Rum at Epcot|
This last park we visited was Hollywood Studios and except for accidentally getting stuck inside a 45 minute Frozen Sing Along show, we had a really great time in this park.
So you might want to know how we got stuck in a frozen sing along, I’ll give you the short story. We THOUGHT we were going to go in and see a regular Frozen show and were just looking to relax and cool off for a few minutes. What we really entered was a sing along with frozen characters. 45 minutes of about a hundred kids singing “Let it go!” at the top of their lungs. The characters on stage TRIED to make it amusing but honestly, it was a nightmare.
Overall though, we loved this park. For instance, there was a Starbucks right inside to doors that had no line. That right there was enough to make my sister and I swoon. But seriously, this park had plenty of fun shopping options, cool adult rides (such as The Great Movie Ride®) and some really interesting attractions (such as the One Man’s Dream museum).
So while I wasn’t sure at first how two adult women would get along at Walt Disney World without our kids, getting this chance to tour Disney without my kids gave me a chance to actually see it. Like really see it. You know, like actually look around at things and not always at my kids to make sure they haven’t wandered off or been kidnapped. I couldn’t believe all of the things I’ve missed before! It was like a whole new world! 🙂 Also, this trip gave me an opportunity to check out a few reasons why adults might like vacationing at Walt Disney World too.What I found was that Disney is actually a GREAT time. There are tons of places to eat great food, have a few drinks, take in a show and shop!
|Shopping at Hollywood Studios|
Have you ever vacationed to Walt Disney World without your kids? What did you think?