So, I am going to Disney World (Shocking, I know) :)

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So, I am going to Disney World (Shocking, I know) :)

Hello, I am in my mid-forties from western Canada. My typical vacation spots tend to be places with lots of history and culture attached to them. Walking along the canals of Venice, touring castles on the Rhine, browsing the artifacts at the British Museum, to give a couple of examples. My other type of traveling involves hiking and seeing examples of spectacular natural beauty. Think the Swiss alps or the Patagonia region of Chile-Argentina (haven't actually done Patagonia yet, but it is on my mind these days for next year)

I mention the above to attempt to establish my level of enthusiasm for the week+ I will be spending in Disney World come December. However, since I am going anyway (it is a family vacation and inescapable), I will over the next few months being trying to figure how to squeeze whatever enjoyment there is to be had from the experience.

In short I need to figure out how to get from here: yuck to here: yay Well, let us be realistic, at least here: laugh

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I'm not sure what it is that you think you won't like about WDW? It seems like you've decided there isn't anything there for you. Have you been before? Are you taking small children? Did you check on the entertainment at DTD? Do you golf?

Let's start wth some bkgrd info. It's a family trip, so who else is going? How long are you going for?

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Well... first welcome to the board. If your looking to get excited about your upcoming trip... this is the place to start.

Like Trueblue said... what makes you yuck about it currently? As long as your open... we can get you from yuck to yay

There are all sorts of things to do there. Pin collecting is what our family loves to do at Disney, and even throughout the year. Food is a HUGE thing to talk about here. So that is a perfect place to start personally. What types of food do you like and we can try to find the perfect place for ya! biggrin

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Welcome to the best Disney board around... You will find tons of helpful info here Smile

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Thengel - welcome! We look forward to sharing ideas and experiences with you, and hearing about yours as well. It sounds as though you love to travel. What other things do you enjoy? Besides just the opportunity to, I don't know, embrace your inner kidness Smile, Disney has some really terrific dining and recreation. You are also going at a terrific time of the year, if you enjoy celebrating the Christmas holidays. The decorations are beautiful, the special events (Epcot Candlelight Processional is my favorite) are family-tradition-worthy, and the beautiful Florida weather in December is always a treat for guests from colder climes.

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Thengel wrote:
My typical vacation spots tend to be places with lots of history and culture attached to them.
Thengel

Welcome!! I hope that we can help you raise your enthusiasm level! Sounds to me like the places for you at WDW are Epcot and Animal Kingdom!

Though it's a small subsection of what you've seen on your travels, Epcot's World Showcase has a great collection of cultures along it's 1.2 mile promenade. Several of the pavilions offer small museums with original artifacts (the Viking treasures in Norway are awesome) that showcase each culture that they are representing so they they might entice you to go visit the country on your own. Think of it as a very elaborate World's Fair, it's not the same as visiting the actual place, but it is pretty close. Every pavilion offers samplings of food, wine, art, shopping and cast members from it's country. When Epcot was being built it hit some very big cultural milestones, for instance the King of Morocco sent his personal architect to make sure that the buildings and artworks were all authentic. In the China pavilion the circle-vision film is a masterpiece, and the Disney crews that shot it were granted unprecedented access to the forbidden city. If you enjoy food & wine, Epcot is *the* place to be. Check out The Disney Food Blog http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/ for all the Disney Foodie information you could dream of. If you enjoy science, future world is a great place to explore as well, and The Land pavilion offers some fantastic ecological knowledge and experiences including the "behind the seeds" tour in which you can walk with a guide through the experimental greenhouses.

Disney's Animal Kingdom is one of THE most cutting edge zoological parks anywhere. In addition to the rides and shows, there are hikes along elaborate naturally landscaped pathways that lead you to animal viewing areas. You can easily get lost for a relaxing day walking the paths and learning about the animals. Disney's animal husbandry program is a critical component in the current efforts to save the White Rhino and animals from here have been released back into natural preserves that are trying to repopulate the original habitats. Conservation Station is the place to visit in order to find out all about how Disney helps to protect the environment and works hard to help the natural world. It's also a fantastic park for photography if you enjoy that.

Walt Disney World it's self is culturally significant in that it changed the way a good portion of the nation, and world travels. From 43 square miles of swampland Walt Disney envisioned a place that is truly magical. There's quite a bit of American History squeezed into the Magic Kingdom as well. The Royal Carousel in Fantasyland has over 100 years of history and IMHO should be considered a National Treasure in it's own right. It's painstakingly cared for and loved by it's keepers. I can find you a podcast about it if you're interested in the beautiful art of the carousel horses.

I'm rambling!! Sorry!!

Welcome!! yay

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Welcome!

I promise, and adult can enjoy all Walt Disney World has to offer with no troubles at all! There is a lot that you can see and do. You said that it's a family vacation, will you have to stay with the family, or will you get time on your own as well?

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Hi there!

Until people visit disney world... many just do not understand what its all about and I have heard sooo many people over the years say to me ooo I don't like rides etc!

Disney World is not what you think it is- and you will understand this when you visit in Dec.

Going in December as well, is such a lovely magical time at disney world that I am sure it'll make you feel all gooey inside and make you remember your childhood days!

As for your interests- l love history etc just like you and as people above have mentioned there is tonnes of history at disney world.
Other parts you will obviously enjoy is Epcot- world showcase, they also have the candlelight processional in dec and different father christmasses in all the different countries, telling different stories about how they originated etc.

I also think you will love one man's dream at hollywood studios- which gives you an insight in to how walt disney got to where he did and how disney world was created. definitely check that out!!

My best advice is... just look around and enjoy just being in the 'world' its a magical feeling!! xxxx

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sam_disney wrote:

Epcot- different father christmasses in all the different countries, telling different stories about how they originated etc.

Oh! I forgot about that part, it's really cool hearing about all of the different holiday traditions!

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Hi everyone,

My name is Leah and I am new to this forum. My husband and I have decided to go to Disney World for our vacation. Well, we don't have kids so I was wondering if you guys could give us some advice on what theme parks to go to where adults enjoy the most. I'm 29 and my husband is 36 years old and he has never been to Disney before. I've been to magic kingdom once a long time ago. We just need some ideas..
We are going in April.
Thanks for your time!

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Hi! Leah and welcome to WDWFG and glad to have you aboard. You have come to the right place to get advice on Disney, we are a bunch Disney Lovers who like to share all the knowledge that is on and in our collective minds. Please tell us where you would like to (or are) staying and what type of food or restaurants you like and what you like to do and I am sure you will hear from our members and we will go from there. We love to help plan and give advice. My favorite park is Epcot but every park is somebodies favorite. And don't be shy.

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Howdy Leah! Welcome!

Let me ask you a few questions:

1.) Do you like thrill rides or do you like to relax more?
2.) How important is food? Would you rather have corn dogs or fine dining?
3.) Do you want to "Get everything in" or just have a nice time and take it easy?

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Hi Leah! Welcome to the boards! I think you will find everyone here to be helpful and very passionate about WDW. Personally, I'm a huge fan of the Magic Kingdom and EPCOT. My last trip this past October, those were the only two parks we visited. Of course we were just there 2 years prior for our honeymoon and did all 4 major parks. If you answer Brad's questions above, I'm sure you'll get a ton of advice of fun things to do without kids!

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Welcome aboard. I would recommend Epcot. My husband and I really enjoy this park and I am 29 and he is 45 so are ages are close to yours. I also like Animal Kingdom but I love animals. Are you staying on property? If so I also recommend visiting the different resorts. They are all so beautiful and have amazing walking trails where you can having a relaxing stroll holding hands and enjoying the ambiance of the resort. Enjoy!

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welcome Woot Woot!

I have to tell you that when I planned our first trip to WDW, my partner had never been. I HAD (to both WDW & DL) so was over the moon excited to share the Magic! My partner was 'Meh', but was a sport and figured that a vacation in Florida had to be OK.

Let me just say that now I am not the first one to mention a WDW vacation. . .

It is a great place for adults - lots to do and see - and especially if you pick a relaxed pace, you'll find you don't even notice the commando families! Movies at Downtown Disney, meals and settings to appeal to all tastes, rides, benches to people watch from, SHOPPING, entertainment at every turn, pools, beaches. . . OH, and did I mention the Rides! yay

Ask lots of questions here and chek out some of the old planning threads. I take notes, even!
You'll find a whole support team here that is the best on the 'net!

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Hi, Leah, and welcome. There's no one park that all adults enjoy more than the others. We're all different. Hubby and I also have a several-year age difference between us, but I'm the older of the two of us, and we're both older than you and your hubby. He loves Epcot best and doesn't like Magic Kingdom at all; I enjoy all four parks, but I love Magic Kingdom best, Epcot second, and Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom after that. So it's hard to say which parks you and your hubby will like best without more info.

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Hi everyone, thank you very much for your warm welcome wink

Well, are staying at a hotel located about a mile away from Downtown Disney. We are only staying for 5 nights and want to try to see everything we can, but relax at the same. We love the thrill rides, good food, and shopping Smile. We have time to go to one major park per day, but I'm afraid it could be a bit tiring.. maybe?
We are not going to the water parks due to lack of time. I've been to Magic Kingdom once and want to do it again..we are not 100% sure about Animal kingdom, however, we watched a video online about this park and looks like it's fun.
We just don't know if we should trade one of the parks for a full day at Downtown Disney or at a nearby beach?

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HI Leah. Welcome! Walt Disney World is a great place for adults with no kids. I went in 2010 for the first time in close to 30 years for a girls only trip with friends and I loved it. I already have my trip booked for this year which will be the third year in a row. My favorite park is Epcot. They have so many fabulous restaurants.

If you like thrill rides I recommend Expedition Everest at Animal Kingdom. Are you going to have a park hopper pass? If you don't, my suggestion would be to plan on time at Downtown Disney on the day you visit Animal Kingdom since it closes earlier than the other parks. I also recommend La Nouba (the Cirque du Soleil show) at DTD.

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I don't recommend spending an entire day at Downtown Disney or skipping a park day. How often do you get to Disney World? Go to the parks and have fun! And don't worry that going to a park every day will be tiring unless one (or both) of you has a physical limitation or disability you haven't mentioned. If you're reasonably fit 20 and 30-somethings, you should be fine. I spent seven straight days in parks last year without any problems, and I'm old enough to be your mother. Your husband's mother, too.

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We spent 7 straight days at the parks last year without any problems and plan on doing that again this year. I agree with spending the evening at DTD after visiting Animal Kingdom because that park usually closes at 5 or 6 and the fun at DTD goes on late into the evening. What type of food do you like?

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Hi Leah and welcome! I would agree with what everyone says, and focus on Disney while you're so close, rather than getting a beach day in (unless you and Hubs just really, really love the beach.) As for wearing yourselves out, with a little planning (and that's why we're here Smile ) you should be fine to spend everyday in the park. There are lots of places to rest and people watch with a cool drink or ice cream treat. April should be a nice time if you're post - Spring Break.

With five days and no prior visit (except for that MK visit long ago) I would definitely recommend hitting a park each day, and taking your time. I would also recommend making some Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs) so that you have some "framework" to your day.

Let us know what you like to eat, how you like to tour (laid back or commando-style) and I think we can definitely make some fun suggestions for you!

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Only reason I would consider doing a DTD day or a beach day is to save ticket money, which is a very valid reason. We never feel like we have to see everything so we take our time in the parks and if we miss something we'll get it next time. Now food on the other hand is a huge priority!