Ideas For Early 30's Couple?

Discussion in 'Disney for Adults and Solo Travelers' started by cm11599ps, Apr 24, 2013.

  1. cm11599ps

    cm11599ps Earning My Ears

    Apr 24, 2013
    MY wife and I are 33 and have been together for 14 years now, married about 5. I was thinking about taking a trip to Disney World but I really don't have a clue. I only went once when I was 10 and my wife went a few times but hasn't in probably almost 20 years. As you can see, this would be the first time for either of us as a couple. We have no kids yet.

    I just signed up for this forum and haven't had a chance to browse around yet so I wanted to get my questions out there first. My wife is a teacher so we can only go at peak season.

    What are some good things to do for us? I know that's a loaded question but I thought I'd ask anyway since I'm pretty clueless right now. I'm just looking for some fun, couples related things and events so any and all suggestions are welcome. Thanks!
  2. spiceycat

    spiceycat dvc-blt

    Oct 26, 2000
    guess that means - spring break, summer, does she get a fall break?
    or thanksgiving week?

    spring is pretty nice - expensive yes - but everything is flowering. so it is definitely beautiful

    here the flower/garden festavial information for this year to give you a hint

    next would be Oct (if she has fall break)
    the food/wine festavial
    some of this is 2012 information because the 2013 stuff has not been released

    now for all times

    what do you want on a vacation?
    do you want to spend time together or apart.
    there are tours

    you name it and you can probably do it at WDW these days - just nothing illegal.
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  4. emilyindisney

    emilyindisney DIS Veteran

    Dec 26, 2012
    Eat, eat, and eat some more! That may sound a little daunting to your stomach, but what I really mean is make lots of dining reservations! There are plenty of really fantastic sit down restaurants in Disney that are an experience in themselves and certainly cannot be missed.

    Consider a Disney Dining Plan which will prepay for a certain amount of your meals.

    Most importantly, don't forget to make advanced dining reservations. With the popularity of the dining plan on the rise, its hard to sit down for a meal without a reservation.
  5. MommaBerd

    MommaBerd DIS Veteran

    Jul 5, 2011
    You also need to really research - read the forums, read books (I recommend the Unofficial Guide to WDW, or "UG" on here), read reviews. For better or worse, a trip to Disney requires planning, and knowledge is power - especially if you are going during peak times. DH and I are taking our first couple's trip in two weeks! :cool1: We are doing some ADRs, but we only have a few days so we will mainly enjoy the parks and our time together - doing the rides, attractions, and shows that we wouldn't be able to do with our kids. There is SO much to do - you are really just limited by your time and your budget.

    A word of caution: Though planning is necessary, it MAY also become addictive. :rotfl2:
  6. travelin' tigger

    travelin' tigger DIS Veteran

    Oct 31, 2001
    Check out Jellyrolls on the Boardwalk. It's a dueling piano bar that's 21+. Open 7 days a week, it's a must for me every trip. Cover is $12/person.

    Enjoy!!! :cool1:
  7. nurse.darcy

    nurse.darcy DIS Veteran

    Feb 16, 2007
    I am guessing you want to do more than eat and drink. . .its a vacation after all.

    So check out the WDW resorts and see if they have stuff you like to do. Do you like to swim or hang at the pool? If so, check out the resort pools. Do you like animals? Animal Kingdom Lodge would be a great place to stay. Do you like visiting other countries? Epcot's World Showcase may be the place for you to spend time.

    I am guessing since you haven't been there in a "long" while, you might want to do some of the more "traditional" WDW stuff. . .such as ride roller coasters, dark rides and do some more "normal stuff". While being able to drink and do adult activities, such as dance, is great. . .but also, getting to experience the magic is what makes a WDW vacation over the top.

    Make dining ressies. You will need them for most restaurants that you may want to visit. . .but don't plan every waking moment. You want some spontaneity. Plan on watching a parade at MK (I like Main Street Electrical Parade) and also fireworks somewhere. You might want to decide on some of the rides and shows are definite must do's. I love the Lion King show at Animal Kingdom as well as Little Mermaid there. At Magic Kingdom, I don't need to ride, just walk around and experience it. . .but that is me. If Disney is "Pirate's of the Caribbean" or "Big Thunder Mountain" to you, then by all means do those things.

    Don't forget fastpass. Its the one way to get to see some of your most favorite choices without having to wait in uber long lines. When you go during peak times, fastpass is a godsend. . .just saying.

    Most of all, just have fun. Its a great place to go to just be a kid or be yourself.


    I am not employed or affiliated with Disney in any way. I just love love love going there. . .just saying.
  8. Nakkira

    Nakkira DIS Veteran

    Apr 30, 2013
    We are a couple, also in out 30's and are going in Oct for the Epcot F&W fest!
    Cannot wait.
    I have to tell you that I like Disney World better as a grown up than I did as a kid.
    I just hope my BF likes it. He has never been as an adult.
  9. gladdiola

    gladdiola Earning My Ears

    Jan 2, 2012
    I'm in the middle of planning an anniversary trip, it will be the first for just the hubby and me in 8 years since having kids. Having gone to WDW twice in the last year we will be doing rides that frighten our children, the Wishes Dessert Party on Tommorrowland Terrace, Keys to the Kingdom tour, enjoy some adult beverages at Epcot, and have a few ADRs at resort signature restaurants. Also have a late ADR at Rose and Crown so we can hopefully watch Illuminations from a decent spot. Going in less than 2 months, we just decided we need a vacation 2 weeks ago. Thought I'd throw some of our plans out there to give you some ideas. Happy planning!
  10. btk2333

    btk2333 BCV DVC owner

    Dec 14, 2010
    We have been married for almost four years and don't have any kids either.

    We have been on several WDW vacations just the two of us and always have a great time

    ADR's are your friend, we love the food at WDW, I recommend making some resort ADR's as they tend to be quieter and the food is better (IMO)

    Jellyrolls is a good choice, as is drinking around the world at EPCOT (or not completing the entire trek but snacking and enjoying WS as only an adult can do!)

    We also like to spend time doing "normal WDW" stuff, including RD and doing some of our favorite attractions. By getting there for RD, we can pretty much do everything we want to do by about noon and have a relaxing pace for the rest of the day.

    We always say we want to enjoy the resort, but rarely do. That being said, your resort can have some great amenities and enjoying the pool and the resort grounds can be very relaxing.

    If you have any questions about anything feel free to ask, always happy to help another couple enjoy WDW :)
  11. com_op_2000

    com_op_2000 DVC Member since '93; One Hour from WDW

    Jul 13, 2010
    It depends on what you are into:
    sports: golf, fishing, RPDE, marathon, bowling, ESPN Club, WWS/ESPN Zone, etc
    shopping: DTD, area outlet malls, large scale malls
    drinking: Jellyrolls, Raglan Road, monorail tour of resorts, walking tour of resorts in the Boardwalk area
    movies: DTD 24 screen theater some with meal servered by waiters
    night clubbing: Jellyrolls, Atlantic Dance, Raglan Road, Citywalk
    resort tours: monorail tour of resorts, Boardwalk around the lake tour of resorts, AKL/AKV
    offsite: Gaylord Palms Resort, Citywalk, swamp tour

    After reading all the other entries one suggestion, make time to relax /just do nothing. If you go go go all the time you will not enjoy your vacation or the experience of doing nothing. There are several resorts at WDW that help with relaxing, so yes do your research.
  12. Nakkira

    Nakkira DIS Veteran

    Apr 30, 2013
    For me, the best highlight of Disney as a grown up is Epcot and the Shows/Random Performances. Taking time to actually watch the performers. The entertainment in the various countries is unbeatable if you have the time to watch and no children to get to a ride.
    I have seen Belly dancing, Taiko Drumming, Impressive acrobats, Candy Makers, and live bands of all sorts.
    Also just looking at the buildings and visual displays! Last time I made it a point to go to EVERY country, even the ones that did not list a particular attraction I was interested in. I got the kids passport thing and decided to make the rounds as a grown up. It was fantastic. There were so many hidden treasures I had been missing by just looking at the map and choosing attractions I though sounded cool.pixiedust:
  13. chekhovgirl

    chekhovgirl DIS Veteran

    Jun 13, 2011
    If it were just me and my husband, I'd spend a lot of time in Epcot!
  14. DaisyDuck001

    DaisyDuck001 DIS Veteran

    May 5, 2006
    There are also dinner shows: luau and Hoop De Do Revue.

    Carriage rides at POR.

    Many boat ride possibilities for passenger or rental boats.

    Mini-golf if you guys enjoy that.

    We could be more relevant if we knew what kinds of activities you guys like. :)
  15. wiigirl

    wiigirl DIS Veteran

    Oct 29, 2012
    Same here....Epcot and drinking. :p
  16. spiceycat

    spiceycat dvc-blt

    Oct 26, 2000
  17. brertoad

    brertoad DIS Veteran

    Mar 22, 2012
    Each park has daily events, the Time Guide will list everything available during the week. You can watch parades, fireworks, check out the rides, walk through all the shops, make some dining reservations, try some quick service restaurants, watch the movies in the countries at Epcot (China, France, Canada), check all the shops at the World Showcase, ride the Mexico and Norway rides. Hollywood Studios has rides and shows, cool themed restaurants like 50s Prime Time and Sci-Fi Dine In. Animal Kingdom has animals, rides, and more.

    The resort hotels have cool themes, and more restaurants too.

    There is golf and mini-golf, plus other activities, fishing, archery, special tours...

    Downtown Disney has resturants, shops, bowling, movie theater, the Lego store...Disney Quest indoor "theme park" with video games, make your own roller coaster, etc. There is even a Cirque Du Soleil.

    If you are feeling overwhelmed, you can keep searching on the forum, or online for more information, or consider buying a tour guide for WDW and read through that to learn all about everything.
  18. cbeeindisney

    cbeeindisney DIS Veteran

    Feb 7, 2012
    We love to eat everywhere in Epcot for dinner, the different countries can be really romantic and nice! Love Le Cellier in Canada, Marrakesh in Morocco, and Chefs de France! And try La Cava del Tequila for a drink in the Mexico pavilion, really cool little spot!

    We also like to park-hop, especially since we're eating in Epcot almost every night, so we can go from park to park and make the most of our days!

    MK at night is awesome, definitely catch Main Street Electrical Parade and Wishes! Super Disney and super romantic! Really, you could spin anything in Disney to be romantic, it's the way you look at it! :goodvibes

    DTD is also a lot of fun, Raglan Road is great! Awesome food, there's an Irish band, Irish dancing, and lots of Irish beer and the bars are really cool!
  19. lizloph

    lizloph Earning My Ears

    Sep 13, 2011
    Subbing this thread. Bf and I travel to WDW 2 or three times a year... Late 20s, no kids... With no plans to grow. We're always looking for adult things to do. Cava tequila is a good spot for a margarita in Epcot. But all the other parks are great opportunities to forget and be a kid yourself. Enjoy.
  20. Devilsangel7681

    Devilsangel7681 Mouseketeer

    Apr 28, 2011
    Hi there, new and subbing this thread.

    Husband and I just got married, early 30's/late 20' plans for kids - ever.

    My mother has a time share at the Boardwalk and we will surely got with her every year. We like to spend time with family but also like to do things on our own.

    My hubby likes to golf and I just love Disney in general so it seems like a match made in heaven for us! We don't drink too much anymore but love to be outside. Pool, golf, beach and we are set. I've been coming to WDW since I was 5 and it is my favorite vacation spot next to Aruba.

    Any help I can give others I would be happy to oblige 8-)
  21. melissafox18

    melissafox18 DIS Veteran

    Feb 17, 2012
    My hubby and I went on a Disney trip just the two of us last year and had so much fun. He wasn't totally sold on the idea of a WDW vacation but I'm a Disney nerd and need to go every couple of years to get my fix.

    We did rope drop for the first time and raced everyone to Toy Story Mania and then pretty much just ate and drank as we enjoyed the rides and attractions. It was actually a leisurely vacation even though we were on the go and walked A LOT. There's a ton to do on Disney property. Definitely do your research. This place was a huge help to me as I planned our trip last year and continues to be helpful as I plan our next trip (currently secretly as he has no idea I want/need to go again!)

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