I have to say I had a wonderful time at Epcot without the kids. I know Disney is supposed to be all family and cart your kids around, but sometimes it is nice to be able to do what you want to do. I really have no trouble at all doing that at Disney. I spent my honeymoon there, pre-kids, so I think I set the perfect precedent. Moms and Dads love Disney too and it totally fine to ditch the strollers and ride the rides you can be over 48″ tall on. I was able to leisurely walk through the Pixie Hollow Fairy Gardens at Epcot. This is pretty neat and only comes once a year. A group of us moms on the Chimpanzee Disney Blogger trip were able to mosey through while snapping pictures.
Even though when I walked through I thought of my boys at home and missed them. I know they would have thought the gardens were pretty spiffy!
One of the first rides we went on after we arrived to Epcot was Spaceship Earth. Do you know that I have lived in Florida my whole life and have been to Epcot many. many times growing up and I have never rode Spaceship Earth!
It was fun standing in line getting to know my fellow bloggers. Lori from A Day In Motherhood were able to chit chat and I knew right off the bat she was my kind of people. We talked and talked and took great pictures like this…
Yes, I know it is not a great picture and that is my point. I was so busy talking to Lori that is the only picture I got..well and this one…
We really had a good time trying to take a picture on the screen before it switched over. It was like I was a kid again, just being silly and not having to worry about if my kid was going to jump from the train or need a diaper change. It was relaxing and silly and just needed.
That is my sister, Jamie. She blogs at Jamie’s Precious Peas and it was nice to be able to pal around with her as well. The last time we went to the theme parks together I think we were in high school. Back then, we used to run around and ride all the rides while the parades were going on or always had some kind of strategy. Then, after kids, you always do the parades, the character lines, and the kiddie rides since you are there for them. This time we were able to go to the bathroom ALL BY OURSELVES. That was the best ever!
I had time to play with my phone and figure out all the neat silly features cause one of the kids wasn’t playing Angry Bird or Zoodles. This was at the Mexican restaurant after I had an Avocado Margarita. A few of us wanted to tour the world and on the way we stopped to eat. I had fish and chips in England, Tortilla Soup and the Avocado Margarita in Mexican and then went to France for chocolate crepes. If I lived in Orlando, I would go to Epcot to eat all the time! Below is Marshall with an empty crate plate. It seems I am enjoy this whole trip too much to even take good pictures.
Marshall, the Disney Dude, was my official travel partner around the world – I say official because we were the only ones to buy a passport while the others just humored us. Marshall and I traveled around the world and met a rep from every country at Epcot. They each stamped and signed our passports with personal message from their land. It was a fun activity to do and I think this would be something my kids would enjoy when I take them. I think it is pretty fantastic of Disney to make different activities within their parks to keep you enteratined no matter how many times you have visited.
I had a great time without kids. It was a very different experience from when I was a teen, when I was on a honeymoon and when taking the children. It was great to be able to do what I wanted to do and enjoy Epcot with an adult eye. My camera battery died, then my phone battery died, so from this point on I was forced to have unconnected fun!
We ended up taking the boat over to Hollywood Studios which I never even knew you could do. I also did not know how amazing the onsite resorts were. We just passed by the pools, and all I wanted to do was relax in the chairs poolside and people watch. We sauntered around the park and took in the Beauty & the Beast show, rode Toy Story and went behind the scenes on a movie ride. It was awesome, and totally worth taking time to myself to soak in some of that Disney Magic. You should try it sometime!