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Old 09-15-2013, 10:01 AM   #1
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Favorite thing to do at DL without kids?

My husband and I are getting a one day Disney trip next month, and I'm wondering if there is something special we should try to do since we won't have our kids with us? I know that it will be fun and special just for the fact that we won't have the stresses involved with touring with 8 kids (we just did that at the end of April when I took my husband and our children on their very first trip to Disney), but I just want to make the most out of our time there since we will only have the one day. I don't know Disney well enough yet to know all the hidden gems around the resort I do have to admit though, I'm loving the fact that this trip is top secret and absolutely no one knows we are going! (My mom is watching our kids because we have to go to SF on business, and I just decided there was no reason to let anyone in on our little detour plan!)

I'd love to hear suggestions from other parents who've done Disney kid-free!

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Old 09-15-2013, 10:54 AM   #2
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Sounds fun! We only had an hour by ourselves last week when my mom joined us at DCA. We had a drink, took a picture with Minnie, and rode Tower of Terror - it's the only ride my kids won't do. I'd ride Ghost Galaxy too while I had the chance!
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Old 09-15-2013, 11:00 AM   #3
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We had an adults only trip in August and it was great! Watch the shows. Enjoy sitting somewhere with a snack and just relax. We did single rider for RSR because we could. :-)
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Old 09-15-2013, 12:35 PM   #4
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Make a lunch or dinner reservation for Blue Bayou.
Walk up and through Sleeping Beauty's Castle.
Take a break in the Grand Californian...they have comfy couches!
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Old 09-15-2013, 12:39 PM   #5
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I recommend a tour...especially the Walk in Walt's Footsteps Tour
If you like adult beverages, a visit to Trader Sam's or Carthay Circle's lounge
Dinner at Napa Rose Chef's Counter

Sounds like a lot of fun. I would love an adult only trip. Let us know what you decide to do.
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Old 09-15-2013, 12:43 PM   #6
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Well, last year DD hated dark rides, so I'd say go on all the dark rides + the ones that she wasn't tall enough to ride. But I agree with making reservations at BB or maybe Carthay Circle.
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Old 09-15-2013, 01:53 PM   #7
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Trader Sam's! Definitely my favorite adult venue at DLR.
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Old 09-15-2013, 04:08 PM   #8
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We went to DL as a couple for our honeymoon 2 months ago. While we had 3 days in the parks, our "couples" things wouldn't even take a whole day!

Some ideas:

Meal waterside at the Blue Bayou. We did this, and got placed at the last (first?) table of the waterside, behind the little keelboat on the right side if you are on the ride (left side if you are looking at the ride from Blue Bayou). We had a tree coming down over us, could see just a little of the ride, and it felt pretty special.

Meal at Carthay Circle (we did the WOC meal, got tickets for the late show, which gave us an almost empty seating area).

Take some "couples only" pictures (we did the fish net in the Wharf area of DCA, in front of the castle at night before fireworks [when it's all blocked off, so no one else is in the picture]). We just didn't have many pictures of just us, so we made a point to change that.

Make a point to hold hands while walking.

Dark rides mean you get to snuggle.

If you do grown-up drinks, try Trader Sam's, or, our favorite, the lounge in GCH. The lounge is quiet, and the drinks are strong

Spend time just sitting and watching... We loved sitting on a bench and just watching people.

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Old 09-17-2013, 03:29 AM   #9
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Don't miss Napa Rose!

Carthay Circle has become a new favorite as well.

We only have one child so he always tags along... but if DH and I were to go alone we would for sure plan our day around meals as these two favorites!

Then I think you decided between bubble gum rally (hitting every single attraction) because you can book it around the park with out a big group. Or the opposite, taking it slow, shopping, have your silhouettes done on main street (my most favorite keepsake ever) going on a tour, even just taking in the atmosphere with special treats.
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Old 09-17-2013, 04:55 AM   #10
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When we had an adults only trip it felt soooooooo much easier to get around (and I only have 4 children). Napa Rose is nice, we loved it.
Go on the "big kid" rides over and over without needing people sitting out. Browse the shops without little people asking for things. Eat dinner without someone spilling their drink,
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Old 09-17-2013, 09:07 AM   #11
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Enjoy the luxury of having complete freedom to see and do anything you want! This is the time eat at the pricier restaurants like Carthay Circle, Blue Bayou, Napa Rose. Slow down and soak in the scenery with a breakfast at the River Belle Terrace. Do the Fantasmic dessert package if available. Enjoy more desserts and sweets allowed by any sane nutritionist. Give yourselves a chance to reconnect without distractions as a couple.


And of course, the best hidden gem is the privacy of your hotel room. *wags brows*

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Old 09-17-2013, 10:41 AM   #12
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My favorite was actually getting to ride with DH on rides!

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Old 09-17-2013, 10:54 AM   #13
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Such an awesome thread! My DW and I are going in January and im loving some of the suggestions.
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Old 09-17-2013, 11:04 AM   #14
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We have done two adults-only trips (before our kids were old enough to be enjoyable on the 7-hr drive, etc) and I loved them. We hit Fantasyland first and did all the little kid rides (which I never did growing up - we were more thrill ride people) and there was still plenty of time for those. Having been with kids now, I would probably get a lot of fun treats (that aren't in the budget for 5 people, but for 2, are no big deal). Enjoy getting a good spot for the fireworks, if they're happening. I love the idea of a tour!

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Old 09-17-2013, 11:17 AM   #15
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I would say eat at Napa Rose chef's counters. It can be a lengthy (but delicious) experience though. Ride the rides that no one else wants to ride - see mgreat moments with Mr. Lincoln.

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