11/30/16 Filed in: Travel
Recently I got to spend 6 days at Disney World with just my wife and another couple. We had a blast. I get that puzzled look from some of my friends and if they had thought bubbles above their head I am sure this is what they would say: ‘Why Disney?’ , ‘Go to Vegas!’, ‘Go to a an island resort!’; ‘Go ANYWHERE else’. But they all are wrong - let me tell you why…
Disney is perfectly geared for adult fun. While our trip was focused on the Epcot Food & Wine festival, we still took time to hit all 4 parks. We got to do and see things that either are not possible to do with kids, or most certainly they wouldn’t find enjoyable. We got to eat great food, taste some great drinks, experience some interesting bars, and Taste our way around the world!
First - the food. Disney has some great restaurants on property, in the parks, at Disney Springs and at the hotels. We had incredible meals at the Boathouse in Disney Springs, Le Cellier steakhouse at the Canada Pavilion, Jiko at Animal Kingdom Lodge, and the best was California Grill at the top of the Contemporary Resort. All of these meals can be enjoyed with your family, but are particularly enjoyable with adults. The food is great, the theming is incredible, and the service is first class. Meals at these restaurants aren’t cheap, but worth the price of admission. There is nothing quite like the view from the top of the Contemporary as thenightly fireworks go off behind Cinderella's Castle.
Second - the drinks! There are really interesting places to enjoy adult beverages at Disney. Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar in Disney Springs is incredibly themed with details for Indiana Jones fans and those who remember the Adventurers Club (Kungaloosh baby!!) I enjoyed a nice rum based drink called the ‘Cool-Headed Monkey - that was served in a cool monkey head. The Top of the World lounge at Bay Lake offers unique views, beverages and ‘exclusive’ access to Vacation Club members. But my favorite stop was the Tambu Lounge at the Polynesian. The Lapu-Lapu drink in the cored pineapple is great, and the pork nachos are even better. Don’t miss if you have a chance.
Third - the parks! There are plenty of rides that are thrilling enough for most adults, and so many other rides and shows to occupy your time. From the Tower of Terror, to Space Mountain, to the Mine Train and so much more. The attractions are the reason to come to Disney, and they don’t disappoint even the oldest of kids. If you can ‘let it go’ for a few days and enjoy not ‘being a parent’, you might even enjoy meeting Princesses, Pirates and Pluto! It was so much fun to be a big kid without having to be a parent for a few days.
Finally - the events. We were in Disney primarily for the Food & Wine festival. Our friend decided to run the Wine & Dine Half Marathon. While I only run if being chased by a bear, I did get to experience the festivities and the pageantry of a race weekend in Disney. And they do it right. If you are a runner I highly recommend doing at least one RunDisney! event in your life. As far as the Food & Wine Festival goes, it is a first class event. You get to sample food and drinks from over 20 different countries all within a 1.5 mile loop around the World Showcase Lagoon in Epcot. If you like food and adult beverages, this is one festival that you should experience once in your life.
My wife and I have had several Disney related trips without our kids. From our senior trip after high school, to our honeymoon, to a cruise on the Dream for our 20th anniversary, I even spent a 10 hour day with an employee hitting all four parks from open to close. - and like I said at the beginning our friends look at us like we are crazy. But, trust me, try it once and I think you will like it. Probably much more than you would like to admit!