The Mouse is not just for kids!

For anyone who ever wonders why adults would want to go to a Disney theme park  without children, clearly they’ve never done such a trip with young ones. Disney theme parks are a lot of fun for people of all ages, but when you’re not contending with potentially unhappy, sometimes screaming children, not to mention strollers and other childcare paraphernalia, the experience is that much more enjoyable and memorable.

My first visit to Disney World was at the age of three and I have no memories of it. I visited Disneyland when I was five and really only have distant memories of our time there. Last year on our honeymoon, D and I went to Disneyland Paris for the day and had a fantastic time. We rode the rides we wanted and excluding a brief stint in Fantasyland, where most of the children’s rides are, we rode mostly grownup rides, ones that small children wouldn’t be able to due to height restrictions. (Some rides are clearly designed and built for adults, not children.) Unlike its American counterpart, Space Mountain: Mission 2 at Disneyland Paris is a steel roller coaster that takes riders upside down, reaching speeds of 47 MPH (76 HM/H). Other more adult rides include Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster, Tower of Terror, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and Test Track.

My favorite part of Disney World is Epcot’s World Showcase. Eleven countries from around the world are represented featuring reproductions of famous structures (Paris’ Eiffel Tower, Venice’s St. Mark’s Clocktower, and Japan’s Torii of Itsukushima Shrine), restaurants with native cuisine, and shops with handcrafted wares from those countries. Unlike at the other parks, the World Showcase doesn’t really have a lot of rides (there are two “tame” boat rides, one in Norway, the other in Mexico). It’s more for adults who want unique meals and the chance to experience and learn about other cultures. The other plus is that Epcot is not a dry park, so at the restaurants and food stands, you can indulge in the alcoholic specialties of some of the countries featured at the World Showcase.

Lastly, there are numerous restaurants at the Disney parks and on its cruise ships that are just for adults-Victoria and Albert’s at the Grand Floridian Hotel in Disney World, Napa Rose at the Grand California Hotel and Spa in Disneyland, Remy, the French inspired restaurant on the Disney Dream cruise ship. My dinner at Remy was one of the fanciest and most exquisite meals I have ever eaten, and although it was a Disney owned restaurant, nothing about it was cheesy or commercial.

On all my trips I went on to Disney parks as a child, I know I had a fun time (evidenced by the photos that document said fun time). However, as an adult I can savor and appreciate the Disney moments that much more. In the 2012 TY (travel year) D and I hope to go on a trip to Disneyland. He’s never been and the only time I was there was over 20 years ago. Walt Disney created the parks to bring happiness to all people, not just the child demographic.

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