Walt Disney World Without Kids? You Bet!

January 27, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Posted in Disney Travel, Disney Travel Planning, Disney Without Kids, Downtown Disney, Epcot, La Cava del Tequila, Magic Kingdom, Main Street, Walt Disney World Resort | 1 Comment
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A lot of people I talk to are amazed that I have gone to Walt Disney World WITHOUT my kids before. They ask “what do you do with all of that time in a place that is made for kids?”. Well, let me tell you…whatever I want!

Now don’t get me wrong. I absolutely LOVE going to Walt Disney World with my kids. But I have also gone without them on several occasions. I’ve gone solo. I’ve gone with friends. And I’ve gone with my husband. And they have all been fantastic trips. There is so much to do throughout the WDW resort without kids. Here are some of my favorite things:

  • Stay Up Late: Let’s face it. When you go to WDW with kids, you are at the mercy of their sleep schedule. My kids can’t make it to the PM Extra Magic Hours where many times, you’ll find Magic Kingdom open until 3 am. What better time to get to enjoy the parks when it’s not as crowded? And a bonus? Not as many strollers (including the one that I wind up pushing the entire trip).
  • La Cava del Tequila: Yes, kids can go into La Cava, a tequila bar in the Mexico pavilion in Epcot. But to truly enjoy their array of tequilas, margaritas and tapas style appetizers, you need to go without the kids. You won’t be sorry. Trust me.
  • Signature Dining: If your kids are like mine, you definitely don’t want to spend the money for your kids to not eat at some of Disney’s wonderful signature dining locations such as California Grill, Narcoosees, Artist Point, Brown Derby or any of the other wonderful establishments! And who could forget Victoria and Alberts at the Grand Floridian? Leave the kids at home for these places and go enjoy a romantic meal with your loved one.
  • Romantic Strolls: Walt Disney World has miles and miles of beach line. And there are so many wonderful places to take a romantic stroll. How about walking along the beach at the Polynesian Resort while watching the fireworks from Wishes? How about walking along the Boardwalk listening to the sounds and music coming from the many restaurants and other fun locations? Sound good? It is…
  • Boardwalk and West Side Entertainment Districts: Do you enjoy listening to dueling pianos? Then try Jellyrolls on the Boardwalk. Want to go out dancing? Then head over to the Boardwalk to go to Atlantic Dance Hall. Kiddos can’t go with you to these places so make the most of your alone time! The West Side has House of Blues, where you can enjoy taking in some great music!
  • Be a Kid Again: One of the best things about Disney without kids is that I get to be a kid again! I get to go on all the rides I want to, and I can eat where I want. And I can get MY picture with the characters. Yes, I’ll admit it. I love to be able to be a kid when I go to Disney. Sure, I can act like it when I’m with my kids, but there is nothing better than being able to act like a kid without your own kids making fun of you!

There are so many things that make a trip to Walt Disney World without kids special. What are some of your favorite things to do at Walt Disney World without kids?

Contact us at lea@magicalmousecapades.com for more information or go to www.magicalmousecapades.com.

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Dining at Walt Disney World Explained!

April 15, 2010 at 7:51 pm | Posted in Disney Travel, Disney Travel Planning, Downtown Disney, Epcot, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort | 3 Comments
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Dole Whip Float (snack)

What’s the difference between the Disney Dining Plan and the Quick Service Dining Plan? Do I really need to make Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs) 180 days out? Is the Dining Plan even worth it?

All of these are great questions! Disney sees the value in offering varying types of dining plans to fit everyone’s needs. Now, it’s up to you to determine which one works best for you!

Do you plan on just hitting the various quick-service restaurants (similar to fast food) and only one or two table-service meals? Then Disney’s Quick Service Dining Plan is for you. The additional cost (on top of your regular Magic Your Way package) is $31.99 per night per adult or junior (ages 10-17), $9.99 per night for children (ages 3-9). This plan includes 2 quick-service meals per person per day, 2 snacks per person per day and 1 refillable resort mug per person, which is eligible for refills at quick service locations only in your Disney Resort hotel. The quick service meal includes your entrée, dessert (at lunch & dinner) or juice (at breakfast) plus non-alcoholic beverage, OR combo meal plus plus non-alcoholic beverage or juice (at breakfast) OR combo meal plus dessert and non-alcoholic beverage (at lunch and dinner). Children, ages 3-9 must order from the children’s menu, when it is available. Should you decide to visit any table-service restaurants, you would simply pay for the cost of the meal!

Do you wish to experience the delicious table service restaurants that Walt Disney World has to offer while still partaking in the quick

Akershus (table service restaurant)

 service restaurants for a quick meal? Does your little princess dream of dining with Cinderella in her castle? Then the Disney Dining Plan is what you want! Beginning in 2010, the price of the Disney Dining Plan varies depending on when you go. Prices range from $41.99 per person per day to $46.99 per person per day. The plan includes one snack per person per day, one quick service meal per person per day and one table service or buffet per person per day of your trip. For example, a guest with a length of stay of 3-nights/4-days who books Disney’s Magic Your Way Package with the Dining Plan would receive three table service meals, three counter service meals, and three snacks per person, for their stay. These meals and snacks can be used at any time during your stay, in any order. Certain character meals and signature dining experiences count as 2 table dining credits (for example, Cinderella’s Royal Table).

Are you a true dining afficianado? Do you wish to truly enjoy as many table service restaurants as possible? Then make sure you get the Deluxe Dining Plan!  The additional cost (on top of a regular Magic Your Way package) is $71.99 per night per adult or junior (ages 10-17), $20.99 per night for children (ages 3-9). With the Deluxe Dining Plan you can enjoy the following (per person, per package night) from participating Walt Disney World Resort restaurants three table service or quick service meals, two snacks per person per night of your package plus one resort refillable mug per person per package.

These dining plans are only available to Disney resort guests, Annual Passholders staying on the WDW property and Disney Vacation Club members and their guests staying on points on the WDW property. 

Sci-Fi Diner(Table Service)

Now as to ADRs- do you really need to schedule those 180 days out? In short answer, yes. Some restaurants do not necessitate the need to book that far out, but if you are attempting to get into Cinderella’s Royal Table, Chef Mickey’s, California Grill or Le Cellier, you need to book as soon as your booking window opens up. I would always recommend making your ADRs for each dining experience prior to your trip though as many table service establishments do not accept same day walk-ups. You can make your ADRS by calling 407-WDW-DINE or by going to www.disneyworld.com. If you are a Disney Resort guest, you get an extra perk. You have 180 + 10, meaning you can book 180 days out of your resort check-in date (not dining date) for up to 10 days after your check-in.

In my experience, the Disney Dining Plan is 100% worth the money! It allows you to try many different eating establishments without having to watch what you are spending while you are there! It’s up to you to determine if it is right for you, and hopefully this helps!

Please contact www.magicalmousecapades.com with any questions on any of the dining plans available at Walt Disney World!

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