When you’ve been to a place nearly 30 times in the past 12 years, I’d dare say you’ve almost become an expert on it. That’s the way we are with Walt Disney World or WDW as we will affectionately call it in this post. Most people ask us, “Why do you go so much? You don’t even have kids!” Well, that is true, but what my husband and I have found in the past 12 years of WDW trips is that you don’t have to have kids to enjoy the magic of the Mouse! We still enjoy the rides, the parks, the food, and the fun like any other family, but we probably have a slightly different twist on it because it is just the two of us. We actually just got back from WDW, and had a fantastic time staying at the Boardwalk Villas and surrounding area, and really enjoyed just spending some time there and at the World Showcase in Epcot since we were within walking distance. So, I wanted to make a post with my top five tips for those of you who might be traveling sans kids to The Happiest Place on Earth.
Tip #1: Stay in one of the deluxe resorts. Seriously. Yes, they are more expensive than the value or moderate, but they offer so much more for a couple than the others do. They have larger shops with nicer items, better and more dining options, including “fine” dining at some, and they have a more “adult” atmosphere. Our resort of choice is the Grand Floridian (GF) or the Polynesian. They are walking distance from each other so you can also go between the two. The GF also has a very nice spa and some great restaurants that are great for a date night. You are also a resort monorail ride away from the Contemporary, which has the fabulous California Grill.
Tip #2: Book a sit-down meal each night of your stay. By this, I don’t mean that you have to eat at Victoria & Albert’s every night, but pick some of the places where you wouldn’t take kids. Narcoosee’s at the GF is fabulous; Monsieur Paul in the France pavilion at Epcot is wonderful, as well. If you don’t want to go “fancy” like these, then go for one of the other sit-down options in Epcot that has great food but not the $200+ for two meals that you may see at the others. Via Napoli in the Italy Pavilion has fantastic pizza and Nine Dragons in China or Restaurant Marrakesh in Morocco are great places that have fantastic food for a less expensive price.
Tip #3: Take the time just to walk around the parks without rushing to the rides. Just ENJOY being there! There is so much you miss when you’re rushing trying to make the next Fast Pass or get to the next Character Spot. Take the train all the way around the Magic Kingdom; visit some new pavilions at World Showcase; take in some of the shows each country there offers. Sometimes just walking around World Showcase at Epcot and taking in the details, the food at the small stands, and some tasty beverages make for a really romantic day!
Tip #4: Explore Disney Springs and the Boardwalk area. Both of these areas are great for adults (and kids, too, honestly). They offer shopping, food, night life, etc. that make for a good change from the parks. Disney Springs will soon be opening stores such as Pandora, Sephora, and some boutiques for some great shopping that will be a nice change of pace. The Boardwalk has surrey bikes you can rent, several restaurants, and is walking distance to the World Showcase at Epcot and Hollywood Studios via two walking paths.
Tip #5: Enjoy yourselves! That’s the most important tip. Take the time to look at Disney from a couple’s perspective and not a family with kids perspective. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at what you will discover!
So, there are my top five tips for couples at WDW! I could probably give 50 more, but that’d make for a really, really, really long post! So, enjoy yourselves and have fun, and don’t forget that Disney isn’t always just for kids!
Kristy (and Chip, too!)