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Adults Only Disney World Trip Report - Part I

Disney World isn't just for kids!

A Disney World Vacation can be a fun get away weekend for adults to celebrate that anniversary, birthday, or special event, or even a chance to relax and refresh from a hectic lifestyle.

Last week my wife and I spent a long weekend at Disney World on an Adults Only trip to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary.

This article is part one of three focusing on enjoying an adults only trip to Disney World.

The Arrival
We chose to fly from NC instead of driving this trip, since there were only two of us and time was limited. We flew into MCO (The Orlando International Airport) and took advantage of Disney's Magical Express Service.

Although general opinions about the Magical Express Service are mixed, I have to say that I think that this is a great service. Over the years I have used rental cars, Mears Shuttle, and Towncars to get from the airport to Disney World. I like the convenience of the Magical Express and the fact that they take care of getting my baggage to my resort room.

This is a wonderful free service that Disney provides and I will continue to use it. I also like how they update the video you watch to include some of the newest attractions at the parks.

We arrived at our resort: The Boardwalk Villas around 7:30 pm on a Friday night.

Check in was quick and smooth and in just a couple minutes we were in our room. We were pleasantly surprised that our room had a view of the Boardwalk (see picture) and it just added to the magic of the trip.

For an Adults Only trip I would highly recommend staying at one of the Epcot Resorts (Boardwalk, Yacht Club, Beach Club, Swan or Dolphin). The biggest benefit is that you can walk to both Epcot and Hollywood Studios and you have easy access to Disney's Boardwalk. Not having to wait for a bus at the end of a night at Epcot is priceless.

Taste Of The Food & Wine Festival
Since it was nearing 8:00 pm we walked over to Epcot to check out the 14th Annual Food & Wine Festival to get something to eat.

We spent the hour before the closing fireworks strolling around the World Showcase trying foods that looked interesting and having a couple of drinks.

I will talk about the Food & Wine Festival experience during Part III, but suffice it to say that this is a wonderful way to spend an evening.

Experience Disney's Boardwalk
If you are on an Adults Only trip Disney's Boardwalk should be high on your list of places to visit regardless of where you are staying. You can get there via Disney Transportation by catching a bus to the Boardwalk Resort from any of the Disney Parks or Downtown Disney. You can also walk there from both Epcot or Disney's Hollywood Studios.

After Epcot's fireworks on Friday night, we exited via the International Gateway and walked to Disney's Boardwalk. Our destination this evening was Jellyrolls.

Jellyrolls is a dueling piano bar that features piano players that play your requests and engage in fun banter throughout the evening. Jellyrolls has a $10 per person cover charge and you must be 21 years old or over to enter.
Fun is a word that describes Jellyrolls. It is a time to relax and enjoy the atmosphere and the great entertainers. Each night there are two sets of piano singers that rotate every hour.

This should be considered a must do on at least one night of any Adults Only trip.

Despite our late arrival, we had a great start to our trip with a taste of the Food & Wine Festival and a few hours at Jellyrolls.

Relax You’re On Vacation
When travelling without children, the priorities for the trip change. Food, relaxation, and entertainment move higher up on the list. The need to do all of the park attractions doesn’t exist. Sleeping in is OK, because there is no rush to get to the parks in the morning.

When we woke up on Saturday morning, my wife and I enjoyed coffee in the room and then decided that we were in a mood for Tonga Toast, so our first destination of the morning was going to be Captain Cook’s at the Polynesian Resort to get the tasty breakfast treat that you can only find at Disney World.

After enjoying our Tonga Toast, we took a leisurely boat launch to the Magic Kingdom and spent the rest of the morning wandering through the park, checking out the Halloween decorations and riding our old favorite the TTA (Tomorrowland Transit Authority) that had recently reopened after its lengthy refurbishment.

Back To The Boardwalk
For lunch we decided to try something new (for us). We travelled back to the Boardwalk to check out the ESPN Club. With all of it’s television monitors, it was a great place to check out all of the Saturday afternoon college football games during a leisurely lunch.

We were both impressed with the ESPN Club and wondered why we had never taken the time to eat there before.

Although families do come here, it is also a great Adult place to visit and take in a game and enjoy the food and beverages.

End Of Part I
This is the end of Part I of the trip report, with the focus being on experiencing Disney’s Boardwalk. Part II will talk about other activities for adults to enjoy during their trip without children, and part III will talk about why Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival makes October the perfect time of the year to visit Disney World for an Adults Only trip.

2 comments to "Adults Only Disney World Trip Report - Part I"

  1. Heidi says:

    Great post! I have never been to Jelly Rolls but plan to soon! What did you think about the new TTA?

  2. AJ says:

    Jellyrolls is one of my favorite things to do in Disney World! Also, great view of the Boardwalk!

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