Blogger Street Team member Mikki Clagett shares with us her thoughts on visiting Disney World as an empty nester. Her website The Not So Perfect Housewife highlights her adventures in cooking and Disney, and as a Florida resident, she visits the magic frequently with her husband!
What Can Empty Nesters Do at Disney World? A LOT!
When people find out that my husband and I have Annual Passes at Disney World and that we are empty nesters, the first question they ask is “Well, what do you do there without kids?”
We do A LOT! And love every minute of it.
Yes, Disney World is a magical place for families, but it can also be a GREAT place to spend time as a couple/empty nesters. You’ll have time to relax, maybe people watch, or even act like a kid yourself and not have to worry about ‘embarrassing’ anyone. There are lots and lots of ideas and fun things that we have found to do, but today I’d love to share with you some of the things the hubster and I enjoy doing at Disney World just the two of us.
Snack Around the World – EPCOT
Eating at Epcot can get quite expensive, but we have found that ‘snacking’ around the World Showcase can not only be cost effective, but you can also try some different items you may not have tried before.
We usually start off in Mexico at the La Cantina de San Angel. An order of Guacamole con Totopos is a perfect portion to get us started. Split a soda or a Dos Equis and you’re good to go.
From there we will take our time just enjoying the sites and people and maybe choose to stop in China, Morocco, or even America to add to our meal for the day/night. A snack in one place, a drink in another. Each country has something to try and even though we’ve been there over 100 times, I don’t think we’ve hit tried everything yet.
For less than a sit down meal at one of the restaurants in Epcot, you can dine around the world and have tried many different cuisines.
Pin Trade – Any of the Parks and Downtown Disney
We started pin trading when our girls were little, but my husband still really enjoys this.
Now we are no way like the ‘professional’ traders that have the portfolios and set up at the pin trading stations, but we do have fun picking a ‘theme’ or collection and try finding those as we go.
You can purchase big lots of Disney pins off of eBay at a great price and use those pins to trade for the ones you really want.
And if you do a little research, you can find out where some of the secret pin trading places are in the parks. I had NO idea that there were places like this till someone told my husband. That added just even more magic to the trading.
Behind the Scenes Tours – Various Places
Now this is a little pricey, so we don’t do this a lot, but it is definitely worth saving up a little and treating yourself to one of these once and awhile. It’s a great way to learn some secrets of the how Walt Disney World is run or glean some great information from all the experts they have working there.
We’ve done the Keys to the Kingdom (Magic Kingdom) and the Behind the Seeds tour at the Living with the Land, and both of them were so much fun.
I would HIGHLY suggest either one of these.
The next one we are saving up for is the Wild Africa Trek one at Animal Kingdom! That looks like a lot of fun!!
Take a Mini Vacation – Walt Disney World Resorts
Every other year, the hubster and I try to take a little mini vacation (stay-cation since we live in FL) at one of the Moderate resorts. Using discounts for either Florida residents and or Annual Passholders, this can be a rather inexpensive way to escape for a few days.
I try to find the resorts that don’t seem to be packed with kids. Now of course, Disney resorts are all wonderful, but some of them are definitely geared more to Mom and Dad relaxing than the kids having fun.. and that can be a very good thing.
Find a hotel that has some amenities that you would like. A beach, boats, walking paths, or even a really nice pool, and book yourself a little mini vacation.
Disney does ‘relaxing’ well. We have found hammocks and umbrella drinks to be just as much fun as riding Big Thunder mountain railroad!
As I said earlier, there are A LOT of great things that couples and or empty nesters can do at any of the Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts, these are just a few.
Don’t know where to start? Well, we would just suggest that you be adventurous, try something new. Disney is always changing things up and adding great new items to the make any trip magical. Ask the cast members if they have secrets or ideas for something fun and different to do. You never know what you’ll find.
But above all.. HAVE FUN!!