I know that things have been kind of sparse around here lately, and that has been mostly due to a little bit of trip insanity. Trip insanity began with a week long field excursion for the purposes of science! to Colorado and then ended in four days of Walt Disney World vacation. It’s that last one that I want to talk about today. The sisters of Girls Are Geeks are Disney geeks. No question. I’ve been going to Disney since I was 2 years old, and have experienced it in almost every way possible. Now, when I tell most people who I know today that I am a Disney at the fabulously young adult age of 28, many of my friends and colleagues ask, “But isn’t Disney for kids?” Well, after yet another four days of fabulousness at the Happiest Place on Earth, I can tell you for certain that the answer is a resounding, “No! It’s for all ages!” and I thought I would spend a few minutes to talk about some of the more adult activities at Walt Disney World, and possibly even some of the geeky activities that you can enjoy while there.
An evening of dinner and drinks sounds like a plan to me. Space Mountain in the background … even better!
Learn How to Fast Pass
Let’s be honest, if you want to feel like an adult at Disney, you are probably staying away from Peter Pan’s Flight and heading toward Space Mountain. The problem: all the big rides have long lines. Well, Disney has invented this fabulous thing called FastPass that holds a place in line for you while you do something else. Use it! Use it wisely too, hit the FastPass for the biggest ride in each park: Space Mountain in the Magic Kingdom, Aerosmith Rocking Roller Coaster in Hollywood Studios, Expedition Everest in Animal Kingdom and Test Track in Epcot (Mission Space is a crappy ride, don’t go on it). Then, go have a meal or hit a shady zone to chill out in for a while. You can sit on a bench and play your DS for a while, still better than standing in line, right!
Enjoy Excellent Cuisine, but Avoid Characters
I do like to hang with characters now and again (even though you gotta watch out for Dale) but Disney has such wonderful food that most of the time I’d rather enjoy my meal than have it interrupted. Also, character meals attract small children. Let me suggest some restaurants that are better than some others.
Marrakesh in Morocco instead of Akershus in Norway in Epcot. Belly dancers instead of princesses.
The SciFi Drive In instead of the Prime Time Cafe in Hollywood Studios. I prefer B movie trailers to being told to keep my elbows off the table any day.
The Liberty Tree Tavern instead of Cinderella’s Royal Table in Magic Kingdom. Old fashioned turkey dinner and no singing and dancing mice in sight.
Drink Your Way Around the World
There are 11 countries in Epcot’s World Showcase. You can get a beer in each of them (although my husband doesn’t recommend either France or Italy). You can also get wine tastings, tangerine slushes, margaritas, cider and sake. While you are drinking around the world, don’t forget to grab some food in each country as well. If you have the time, go to Disney World in October for the Food and Wine Festival. We did that when Dawn turned 21, and it was really one of the best times ever.
I don’t really like fireworks. I mean, they can be fun, but mostly they aren’t that great and your neck hurts staring at them. Fortunately, Disney World has plenty of evening activities with no fireworks involved, even now that Pleasure Island has officially closed. The Downtown Disney area still has a variety of places to eat and drink at night including Planet Hollywood and concerts at the House of Blues. However, I like the Boardwalk Resort, which has the Atlantic Dance Club and my favorite location: Jellyrolls Piano Bar and Sing-A-Long. Last time we were there, we may have started a Conga line. They play mostly classic songs of the 70s-90s and we always have a blast. For a nice relaxing evening, just pop by your pool bar for a Havana Daydreamer to take in the hot tub.
There, now you know why I love Disney and keep going back. Sure, someday I’ll have a kid again, but until then, I’ll just keep drinking my way around Epcot and ending up at Jellyrolls (swing a left after France!).