Adulting at Disney

Disney World with adults is an entirely different experience than Disney World with kids. Don’t get me wrong, family trips are great fun. But adult trips are the perfect opportunity to focus on the things you want to do that the kids don’t always have the patience for. And only being responsible for getting yourself ready in the morning after closing a park the night before…well, that’s just the icing on the cake!

My Troy bestie and I decided to have a girl’s weekend at Disney World. The plan was fluid, but one thing we knew for sure was that we wanted to maximize our precious kid-free time. How did we do? See for yourself!

Eating and Drinking Around the World at Epcot

The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival runs through July 5, which meant I got to try some of the goodies I missed in March. YUM!

Modified Character Meets

Mary Poppins was top of my list and the first character we saw! Jillian enjoyed reminiscing with her handlers about meeting Mary Poppins at Disneyland when she was five years old, and being able to say the word, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.”

ALL the Magic Shots and a Few Silly Ones

My kids love to race from attraction to attraction and wouldn’t care a bit about stopping to take photos. Not so with us. We must have stopped at every PhotoPass Photographer we saw!

Walls of Disney

It was nice seeking out some of the popular Walls of Disney for photo ops. They are all gorgeous, but I’ve always thought the best ones are in Harambe Market in Animal Kingdom.


I much prefer the spontaneous cavalcades over the parades which required grabbing a spot at least an hour before. And it feels like we are closer to the characters with them. One time we followed the Toy Story Cavalcade through Hollywood Studios. Super cool!

Magical Details

If you know me, this will be easy to believe. I keep a running list of often overlooked photo opportunities all throughout the parks that I want to check off my bucket list.

People Watching and Catching Up

Perhaps one of the most enjoyable aspects of the trip was just catching up with my dear friend. We do a good job about staying in touch since the move, but there’s nothing like spending time together. We shared lots of giggles on this trip and hope to make it an annual event.

What’s Changed Since March

Now that you’ve scrolled through my photo essay, let’s discuss what different:

  • Masks are no longer required outdoors. Hello maskless photos!! But they are required in queues, on Disney transportation, theatres, and other indoor spaces.
  • Cast Members are no longer patrolling the open areas reminding guests to pull their masks over their nose and mouth, and seemed much more relaxed overall being able to interact with guests about things other than masks.
  • The hand washing stations are largely gone. Also, quite a few hand sanitizing stations needed refills. So pack you own!
  • More dining options are open, but I still recommend Mobile Ordering ahead of time, or making dining reservations.

I’ll close with this yet again. Though the magic is different, there is still definitely lots of magic to be had. And with Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary celebration preparations well underway, now is the perfect time to plan a visit! But preparation is key. And using a trusted travel professional like myself, who’s visited the parks in November, March, and May, and up to date on ever changing protocols is critical. I would love the opportunity to work with you!

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