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.

Disney for adults? Absolutely! See why it is a great girlfriend getaway.

Disney is a perfect location for a girlfriend getaway – photo courtesy of Robin Hutson, Mindful TravelingMom

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?

Visit France at Epcot Orlando for the best of French food

How can you resist? Epcot – France, photo by Yvonne Jasinski Credit Card Traveling Mom

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.

Epcot's International Flower & Garden Festival

Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival – photo by Yvonne Jasinski Credit Card TravelingMom

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.

Have fun with your girlfriends at Animal Kingdom

Traveling Moms enjoying Disney After Dark at Animal Kingdom – photo by Yvonne Jasinski Credit CardTraveling Mom

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)

Spectacular River of Light show at Animal Kingdom - photo by Yvonne Jasinski Credit Card TravelingMom

Spectacular River of Light show at Animal Kingdom- photo by Yvonne Jasinski Credit CardTravelingMom

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.

Symphony in the Stars at Hollywood Studios

Symphony in the Stars synchronized to Star Wars music at Hollywood Studios – photo by Yvonne Jasinski Credit Card Traveling Mom

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.

Splitsville Luxury Lanes at Disney Springs - Roll in and rock out at this vintage, retro-style bowling alley with a fresh spin on dining, music and entertainment.

Bowling alley food? Delicious sushi at Splitsville Luxury Lanes, Disney Spring – photo by Yvonne Jasinski Credit Card TravelingMom

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.

Wyndham Lake Buena Vista located in a center of Disney is an affordable option to visit Orlando

Inviting lobby at Wyndham Lake Buena Vista – photo by Yvonne Jasinski Credit Card TravelingMom

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.

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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).

Your ultimate relaxation - girlfriends getaway!

Rent with Vacatia for your next girlfriends getaway! – photo by Yvonne Jasinski Credit Card Traveling Mom

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.

 

Discover Disney as your girlfriend getaway destination.

Spring display at Epcot – photo by Yvonne Jasinski Credit Card TravelingMom