When’s the last time you got a sitter and went out for the night? Trying to remember? Yeah, me too. There always seems to be something or someone that needs our attention and at times it’s tough for us to get out alone for a grown-up date night. Luckily, we have more opportunities for some relaxed alone time at Disney World thanks to the fact that we often travel with extended family.
Whether you travel with family, hire a sitter through Kids Nite Out, or make a reservation at one of the Childen’s Activity Centers, you have some decisions to make. Where do you go and what do you do? For my husband and me, it’s more about spending quality time together than spending big bucks but Disney has something for every budget and taste. Here are a few of my favorite things to do without the kids at Walt Disney World.
Hit the Parks. Seeing your child’s eyes shine on it’s a small world is priceless but let’s face it, it might not be exactly your speed. Although you can use Rider Swap to experience the more thrilling rides, having a babysitter might be just the opportunity to take in some attractions that your little ones can’t enjoy such as Expedition Everest, Rock ‘n Roller Coaster, and Tower of Terror.
Adults Only. No Kids Allowed. While the kids are having fun with a babysitter, indulge in some of the adult-focused recreation Disney World offers. Try an evening of Cirque du Soleil, a ride-along at the Richard Petty Driving Experience, or a massage at one of Disney World’s full-service spas. Perhaps a round of golf or an afternoon of shopping is more your thing.
Dinner and a Movie. Date night doesn’t have to mean an expensive dinner at one of Disney’s signature restaurants, although that is a great way to spend the evening. For my husband and me, a kids-free meal isn’t about the food but rather the opportunity to sit and re-connect uninterrupted. The Captain’s Grille at Disney’s Yacht Club is a favorite quiet, casual dining experience. After dinner, head over to Downtown Disney and catch a movie.
Hold Hands and Stroll. From resort grounds to theme parks, Walt Disney World offers spectacular and imaginative scenery. Pick your favorite location, your beverage of choice, and immerse yourself in the magic of Walt Disney World with a leisurely stroll. It will be well worth the cost of child-care.
Take a Carriage Ride. Head over to Port Orleans – Riverside or Fort Wilderness for a carriage ride for two. Call 407-WDW-PLAY to make reservations.
Nightlife. Whether dancing, music, or wine is your thing, you can find it at Walt Disney World. The Boardwalk area is home to my personal favorite, Jellyrolls, a piano bar ($10 cover charge) with dueling pianos as well as the Atlantic Dance Hall nightclub (no cover charge). The Atlantic Dance Hall will satisfy your desire to show off your best dance moves. Epcot’s World Showcase Wine Walk is an exciting option. Pay $20 and receive a Wine Walk Passport; the bearer of the Passport is entitled to two wine samples at each of Epcot’s three wine shops. Yes, that’s six samples of wine. You can purchase the Passport and begin your wine walk at the wine shop in the Italy, France, or Germany Pavilions.
These are just a small sampling of the adult-oriented activities you can try at Walt Disney World. Whatever you decide to do, enjoy a kids-free night out in the “World!”
Photo Credit: by datingammo_king via Flickr
Lisa M. Battista is the author of Beyond the Attractions: A Guide to Walt Disney World with Preschoolers When she’s not chasing after her little ones, you can most likely find her at the beach or in the kitchen trying her hand at a new recipe. You call follow her on Twitter @DisneyExplorer.