As I write this, my husband and I are three days away from a glorious trip to Walt Disney World, but as you read it, we are THERE! We’ve been looking forward to this trip for the past few months because we will be celebrating my husband’s 40th birthday on August 22nd.
This is our fifth trip to the World and our fourth time going during the month of August. And yes, before you ask, we are suckers for punishment because it is HOT in Orlando in August! In 2012, we went in October which was also hot, but more bearable.
While we’ve grown accustomed to people saying “Again???” when we tell them we’re going back, those who have been to WDW know that once you’re hooked, you’re hooked!
But why go to Walt Disney World if you don’t have kids?
More importantly, why not!?!
Walt Disney World is a magical place and even sceptics tend to fall in love when they step into the bubble. There is so much to do and so much to see! Curious? Here are a few ideas to help the adult in you soak it all in :
Top tips for adulting in WDW :
- Stay on property – Disney has over twenty amazing resorts ranging from value to deluxe prices. They all have pools, restaurants and a bus system that drives you to every park whenever you want. You get to live in a magical bubble for the length of your stay and your only big decisions are when you will eat and what ride you will do next. Bliss!
- Plan your eats – Research restaurants before you go to make sure you truly experience all of the WDW food options that are available. Most people tend to mostly eat burgers and fries while they’re there, but the food is one of the main reasons that we keep going back. Also, book some later dining reservations, especially at Epcot in one of the world showcase pavilions or at Disney Springs to enjoy a slightly slower pace. In WDW, every night can be a date night!
- A variety of footwear is key – Bring at least three pairs of comfortable walking shoes. Yes, three. You’ll be doing A LOT of walking! The last time we went, we walked 123 kms according to our Fitbits.
- Interact with the staff – the people who work there are all so friendly and you can easily strike up a conversation with anyone because you know that deep down, you all have the same love…for a mouse. The staff will go out of their way to make sure that you are enjoying yourself and they truly make the place that much more magical. And if you’re good, you might even get stickers!
- Sleep in – because you can! And make a late breakfast reservation to truly soak in that vacation vibe. No need to rush to the parks. That way, you’ll be able to take advantage of the late night park closures. There’s nothing quite like being in the Magic Kingdom until midnight!
- Do the character meet and greets – yes, they will let you into the lineups “sans-child”. We’ve had plenty of awesome chats with characters and there’s nothing quite like giving Sully or Baymax a great, big hug!
- Do multiple parks in one day – we always get the park hopper option so that we can do multiple parks a day. Nothing beats a morning at Hollywood Studios followed by a stroll around the world pavilions in Epcot, grabbing supper along the way and catching the killer firework show at the Magic Kingdom in the evening.
- Dress the part – buy yourself the Mickey t-shirt and wear those rose gold Minnie ears! Otherwise, you might just be the odd one out 😉
- Get involved – watch the parades, play along with the characters, sing the songs, do the dance…let your inner child out to play! WDW is a place without judgement and if you can’t carry a tune, no need to worry because someone will always be signing louder (and more off-key) than you close by.
- Sit and watch – one of our favourite things to do in Disney World is to have a seat and watch the crowd, especially the kids who are seeing the castle for the first time. After all, that’s what it’s all about!
So, what are you waiting for? Come join us! We’re here until the 24th!