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I spent years travelling to Walt Disney World with 2 children – a boy and a girl who were 4 years apart in age- and had very different likes, dislikes, interests and temperaments. I spent years travelling to Walt Disney World trying to make 2 children (and my husband) happy and rarely, if ever, got to experience the things that I love about Walt Disney World. My very first trip without children I went completely alone – my husband and then teenagers gave me a long weekend trip as a Mother’s Day gift. I was thrilled and amazed at the many things I had missed throughout the years.
I often go completely alone now or with my husband or one of my adult children. I can spend hours exploring the resorts, walking in and out of the shops along Main Street in the Magic Kingdom or sampling different foods and cocktails around the World Showcase in Epcot. I can literally sit on a bench for a few hours and just watch everything going on around me. I can ride the Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean and It’s A Small World over and over again. It is much easier to arrive at rope drop when not trying to get little ones fed and out of your resort! I have found that you can navigate your way through the parks in half the time it took to do it with children!
I will admit that I do, on a rare occasion, miss having children with me. To rid myself of those feelings, I usually carry one or two small gifts with me that I will share with children throughout the park who behave exceptionally well while waiting in line or seem to be on the verge of melt-down with a frazzled set of parents.
Travelling to Walt Disney World with no children opens an entire long list of possibilities for signature dining (most require 2 of your table service credits if using the Disney Dining Plan) and add-on tours. A list of add-on tours that require participants to be 18 or older is included here for you to look at. Full descriptions of each tour can be found at – disneyworld.disney.go.com/events-tours – each requires a reservation and pre-payment.
· Backstage Magic (Epcot-$229 per person) ~ Backstage Safari (Animal Kingdom-$72 per person) ~ Characters in Flight (Downtown Disney-$18 per person) ~ Keys to the Kingdom (Magic Kingdom-$74 per person) ~ Keep Moving Forward: See the World, Share the Dream (Epcot-$99 per person) ~ The Undiscovered Future World (Epcot-$55 per person)
Another great add-on to include is the Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert Party at the Magic Kingdom. Advanced reservations are required. The cost is approx. $30 per person (excluding tax & tip). It starts approx. 1 hour before the evening’s fireworks and you are guaranteed a great view while sampling some of the best desserts from around WDW.
Ladies may want to consider a half day at Senses, the Spa at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort. There is a wide variety of single treatments or packages available and prior reservations are required. While you relax at the spa, your mate can play a round of golf at one of the beautiful WDW golf courses.
A quiet dinner at one of the Signature Restaurants on property or a private in-room dinner is also a great way to relax after a day roaming around the parks. In-room Dining is only available at the Deluxe resorts and if you are using the dining plan, two table service credits will be required for each meal ordered (gratuities are included).
The possibilities for adults travelling to WDW without children are limitless. If you can imagine it – you will most likely be able to do it!