Disney World for adults? Absolutely! And what is the best way for a stress-free escape from your daily routine? A girlfriend getaway! Put your electronics down and connect with your friends face to face for a lifetime experience. Release your inner child and have a blast. Yes, Disney World is a great destination for a fun without a clan.
Ah, the beauty of family vacations! There are never about you! Your role is to keep your children and your spouse entertained and make sure that everyone is happy. Of course, seeing your family happy makes you happy, but once in a while you need a break to do things just for yourself. This is what girlfriends getaways are for. To relax, to have fun, to unwind, and even giggle like a little girl.
During my last visit to World Disney World for the Traveling Mom writers retreat, I developed a new appreciation for the resort that came for seeing it with my own eyes, not through the eyes of my family members. I spent most of the time with other writers and my friend, Barb, who came along for the trip. This is how I discovered that Disney is a great destination for adults and a perfect playground for girlfriends getaways. There are many reasons why.
Walt Disney World’s Attractions
Epcot – Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow
Epcot with its main attraction, the World Showcase, would be my first choice of places to visit with my friends. Eleven countries represented here are circling around the reflective lagoon. An easy stroll will take you for a culinary journey around the world. Where else you can visit so many international restaurants within walking distance from each other?
I recommend visiting in March, April, or May when crowds are lower and spring is in its full swing with Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival. What a great break it is for those of us who come from the North to enjoy warm weather and a vibrant display of flowers.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Animal Kingdom is an exciting park for any age. It gives you an opportunity to explore six exotic lands: Oasis, Discovery Island, Africa, Rafiki’s Planet Watch, Asia and DinoLand, U.S.A. areas. One of Kilimanjaro Safari Rides, Wildlife Adventure, is my favorite way to spend a day at the park with my friends. It is a rare opportunity to see real-live exotic animals of African savanna. The bumpy ride in an open-air vehicle would definitely suit my wild friends.
In summer of 2016, Animal Kingdom opens its door at night with many new attractions like spectacular light shows River of Life and Tree of Life, both celebrating the magic of nature. Another new event coming up is Discovery Island Carnival, a nighttime dance party with a cavalcade of dancers, stilt walkers and musicians. It cannot get any better than that for a girlfriends getaway! (16 new thing to do in 2016 at Disney)
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
There are many great attractions in this park, but I know what my girlfriends and I would enjoy the most – Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith! This enclosed high speed steel coaster takes 2.8 seconds to get you from 0 to 100 km/h straight into a first big loop. I remember it from my previous visit and realize that this insane ride maybe not suitable for ladies of our age (late fifties) but I am sure we would risk achy bones to get the thrill.
Also, not to be missed – Symphony in the Stars fireworks: A Galactic Spectacular, synchronized to the Star Wars soundtracks. The show is amazing and the finale is overpowering. All Star Wars fans would love The Star Wars Launch Bay at Hollywood Studios.
Disney Springs (former Downtown Disney) – a world-class entertainment-shopping-dining district
Disney Springs, with free admission and parking, is a great place to spend a day with your friends. Shopping and dining choices are fabulous. Entertainment includes a wide array of acrobatic artistry, art, theater, and live music.
Even if you are not into bowling, check out upscale and nostalgic Splitsville Luxury Lanes for your entertaining and dining needs. With its great décor, delicious food including two sushi bars, outdoor patio, live music and dancing, and 30 bowling lanes this two-story complex has something for everyone. I know that my friends, many of them great bowlers, would not miss this attraction.
Variety of Lodging
Having a great place to stay is a must for a successful girls trip. At Disney, you will find many options to suit your budget.
Wyndham Lake Buena Vista – an affordable choice
If access to all day fun is important to you, directly across the street from Disney Springs, you will find a great option for your girlfriend getaway accommodation – Wyndham Lake Buena Vista, an Official Walt Disney World® Resort. With a shuttle to all things Disney, you will not miss a beat.
You and your friends will relish the opportunity to relax on the beautiful pool deck and soak up the Florida sunshine. Great meals are available at one of several onsite restaurants. Eclipse Bar is a fun place to meet for cocktails at the end of the day. Inviting lobby is another choice for group gathering.
All rooms at Wyndham are nicely decorated and appointed with luxurious linens and pillow top mattresses, 37-inch HDTV, Wi-Fi, mini refrigerator, coffee maker, hair dryer, work desk, in-room safe, and modern contemporary furnishings.
Vacatia – one of a kind market place for renting residencies
Sure, you will be spending most of your time having fun at Disney parks, but how great it would be to gather with your friends at a specious living room at the end your day? How about having a kitchen to prepare a breakfast while all of you are still walking in your pajamas, or to have a morning coffee at your own balcony? You might even be tempted to cook a meal on a rainy day (three simple recipes to cook on vacation).
Vacatia has it covered. It provides real-time rental listings, instant booking, and guest care for the leading hospitality, vacation ownership (timeshare), and premier independent resorts, including Walt Disney Resort’s residencies – all professionally managed and serviced. They combine resort-condominium complexes amenities with home-like comforts. With all search filters you can wish for, this site will help you find one a kind lodging perfect for your group.