Orlando is probably shaking in their flip-flops right now as an entourage of TravelingMom.com bloggers – including moi aka Traveling Grandmom — ready ourselves for a retreat and all-girl getaway to Walt Disney World’s magical world.
The really cool part – no children and no hubbies or significant others. Yep, it’s just the Moms in varying degrees of raising kiddos. It’ll be fun for sure, but even more so, it’ll be a first date for many of us, as most of us haven’t met in person, just online.
My first favorite part of the trip – staying at a Walt Disney World Park hotel. I already blogged about my Disney accommodations at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, but I have a little bit more to talk about (surprise, surprise…).
Shhh…don’t tell my grandkids. I accidentally mentioned that I was going to Disney and my granddaughter became quite agitated and pouty. Her mother (my daughter) was too. Like, really, who doesn’t want to go to Disney? Whether you’re young or old, a parent or a wild teen, toddling toddler, senior citizen, with or without kids, we all have fond memories of our first trip to Disney – or if we haven’t been there, we want to!
Because my friends, no one really outgrows Walt Disney World.
Case in point…A friend of mine (Hi Craig!) was surprised when his girlfriend (my friend Laurie) gifted him with the trip of an adult lifetime to Walt Disney World to celebrate his 50th birthday. It just happened to coincide with the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, an annual six-week-long rite of autumn celebrating the food, beverages and cultures from more than 25 regions. Ask him about the trip, and he still smiles and says it was one of their best vacations ever – and he’s a world traveler.
You see, Disney isn’t just about the rides although those are quite thrilling. The other adventures range from culinary to adrenalin and all are magical as only Disney can do.
Here are those that made my bucket list:
Footloose on Disney’s BoardWalk
Disney’s BoardWalk is a whole district of dining, entertainment and recreation that might have shifted 700 miles south. A broad wooden boardwalk on a waterfront is the “main drag” of the resort complex. Stroll the boardwalk or rent a peddle-driven surrey bike built for two or four. Shoot a “hoop,” win a prize. Taste the micro-brewed beers of Big River Grille & Brewing Works. Dance the night away in the elegant Atlantic Dance ballroom. Accommodations evoke the charm of early
Mid-Atlantic coastal inns.
Fore! Magical Golf Disney Style
Disney is one of the country’s top golf resorts and this Traveling Grandmom loves to golf. Disney’s Osprey Ridge Golf Course designed by Tom Fazio is on my list of courses to play! (Photo courtesy: Walt Disney World Resort/Osprey Ridge Golf Course)
I was brought up kickin’ back with a fishing pole on the banks of lakes and ponds scattered throughout Iowa, so no wonder I’d love to feed my fishing mojo (such as fly-fishing in Telluride). Walt Disney World Resort offers guests BASS-guided fishing excursions – many routinely catch bass weighing 2 to 8 pounds. And BASS fishing participants at Walt Disney World Resort receive a one-year BASS membership, including 11 issues of Bassmaster Magazine, special discounts and more.
I love to eat, and the best part is that I’m really enjoying the finer tastes in life. And I still love getting all dressed up for dinner! I’ve got my taste buds focused on the chef’s table at Victoria & Albert’s. The restaurant is an intimate dining room with just 18 tables at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Elegant touches include Royal Doulton china, Cristofle silver and Riedel crystal. Culinary offerings are created daily with the best available fresh ingredients. (Photo Courtesy: Walt Disney World Resort / Victoria & Albert’s)
No kids plus no babysitter = no curfew and dancing shoes — and when I put those shoes on my family is very, very afraid of my dance moves. That means, after hours at Downtown Disney Pleasure Island, a nightlife district that includes a comedy club, Raglan Road Irish Pub & Bar, Fuego by Sosa Cigars, Paradiso 37, Curl by Sammy Duval, and you know I’m going to stop by the Orlando Harley-Davidson (since riding my Harley is my passion). Rumore has it, they’ll be hear plenty of hot-rocking sounds from clubs along the street en route to your club of choice.
Okay, big kids, What’s your #1 favorite thing to do in Disney — without your kids?