Disney, Without The Kids!

Day 2!

My sister and I were running late. Again.  Shocking?  Not really. As girls we were always fighting for bathroom time, fighting over clothes, disagreeing over who was taking the longest and arguing over who’s turn it was to let the dog out. But the wee fights didn’t really get much worse then that. This past weekend, as I looked across at the double sink and caught my sister brushing her teeth in sync with me, I started to giggle. Here we were together again. Just like those two little girls, but all grown up, sharing a bathroom getting ready to head out for the afternoon, only this time we had no idea what laid ahead.

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It was day two of our Disney adventure and we had just competed our registration for Disney Social Media Moms.  We were all checked into our second hotel for our stay, at the very sleek Contemporary Resort, and were about to tear ourselves away from the gorgeous pool on site and head out to the Disney Parks!

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The question was, where to begin!  We had time, just the two of us with no kids, to visit any Disney Park we wanted?  It was almost overwhelming.  Here was our plan of attack.  Jump the monorail to the transportation centre and then catch the bus to Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  My SassySis had never been before and I was just a wee bit excited to be able to show her the magic.  Animal Kingdom is one of my all time favourite parks, there is simply something for everyone!

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As you enter the centrepiece of the entire park you are drawn into the staggering Tree of Life.  Standing at 145 ft.  tall and more then 50 ft. wide there are 300 incredible depiction’s of animals carved into the trunk and roots.  Housed inside is the fabulous and funny “It’s Tough to be a Bug” show!  If you are travelling with little one’s it’s a production you don’t want to miss.  (Note: some really little one’s may not appreciate that some parts of the show that are very dark.  My girls liked it best after about age 4 or 5 depending on the temperament of each girl)

After trekking past the Tree of Life and snapping the obligatory pics, we made a bee line to the Kilimanjaro Safaris® tour, an experience like no other! (and my favourite experience at the Animal Kingdom)  You are loaded onto the “jeeps” and transported into the wilds of Africa.

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We saw lions and gators and elephants oh my!!  What is truly amazing, it feels as if a little bit of Africa and it’s eco system have been re-created right there at Disney.  The animals, although at a safe distance from the guests, seem to be within in arms reach!

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After a ride full of ohhs, awes we were off to explore the rest of the park.  I personally find Animal Kingdom to be a relaxed and easy park to navigate, and for one who is directionally challenged, this is saying a lot!  You can easily explore the entire thing, taking in a couple of Broadway worthy shows like Festival of the Lion King, and Finding Nemo – The Musical all in one day!  Some must sees for the Sassy Sis and I?  Splash Mountain.  (got soaked),   Pangani Forest Exploration Trail (where we were amazed by the power of Gorillas) and of course Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain ,where we screamed, and looked like this:

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One ride that we did not get on this year but that I absolutely love, is Kali River Rapids. I will warn you all now, the Rapids ride is a ton of fun, but you will get wet!

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After a couple of sun filled hours beep bopping around the park we decided to make a quick hop over to the Magic Kingdom!  Why not!  Have I mentioned yet how fast you can travel when you are only looking after yourself?  (and no one is whining that they are hungry, thirsty or has to pee! Well beside me! )   It was a quick trip between the two parks.   This was my first day using the Disney Transportation system and I was amazed that it was so efficient and easy to use!

After our quick bus trip, we arrived at the Magic Kingdom.  Call me sentimental, but there is still something incredible about the first glimpse of that castle.  With or without children, the Magic Kingdom remains my all time favourite park in the world!

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Since we had thoroughly explored the Animal Kingdom we didn’t have much time for the Magic Kingdom today.  In the short time we were there we did get to pose for  a few pictures, jump on a couple of rides (thank goodness for the fast pass!) and giggle like a couple of school girls.  Two sisters living it up foot loose and fancy free in the happiest place on earth?  This was going to be a VERY good week!

With huge smiles on our faces and in our hearts we soon realized it was time to head back to the Contemporary and prepare for the evening ahead.  The first official Disney Social Media Moms Welcome Reception at Epcot followed by a TryIt Family Dinner and Fireworks show!  So much fun packed into one day!

Hope you will come back next Tuesday to hear all about the rest of our adventures!



Comments

  1. How fun!! I would love to visit Animal Kindom

  2. Oh you would just love the zoo here in my home town, it’s set out like a Safari, you can drive, walk, ride bikes around. So great.

  3. ah we would have loved animal kingdom…we had our annual skip day where we break the kids out of school on friday and went to the NC zoo…

  4. Anonymous says:

    Wow I am so excited!

  5. I am so jealous of this trip! Whats a good age to bring your kids? I always thought my youngest needs to be 5 before its really worth it for us… thoughts?

  6. Looks like such a fun trip! I’m totally and completely jealous!

  7. What a fun adventure you and your sister had. I did Magic Kingdom and Epcot last November by myself. I had a blast. Hope to do Animal Kingdom later this year if my husband goes to the conference again in Orlando.

  8. Lynda Thomas says:

    Wow! Animal Kingdom looks so cool! I have been to Disneyland many times, but I’d love to go to Disney World someday. How fun!

  9. I’m jealous! I haven’t been to Disney since I was about 9 years old. That must be a blast!

  10. Look like you guys had a blast!

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  11. francine says:

    Looks like you had a great time. I wish i could take my kids someday.

  12. Looks like you are having a great time! Enjoy making the memories!

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  14. Melissa says:

    I’ve been to Disney four times? I don’t think I’ve ever thought of heading there without the kids. Now I’m thinking it would be a TON of fun!!!!!

  15. So much to see! My son would love to see Animal Kingdom!

  16. The tree of life is amazing, I have been to the Animal Kingdom years ago but have yet to take my children. Fun!

  17. Mary Lynn says:

    Having never been to Disney, your post makes me want to go there sooner than later. It looks like it would be just the perfect place for an extended family vacation, I’m sure the grandparents would love it as well. Mmmmm…..plans are in the works.

  18. Carolyn says:

    Sure seems as though you and your Sassy Sis had a wonderful time in Disney. I would love to visit the Animal Kingdom,especially as it is set out like a Safari. Can hardly wait to get there and see if for myself.

  19. Looks awesome! I need to go back!

  20. sarah sar says:

    Wow looks like you had an amazing time. i’m jealous!

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  21. How did we not get a picture taken this time? Always such a pleasure to see you, and meet your sister … the girls thing was simply the best idea right? There were many exhausted Moms just super jealous at those of us who went sorority style 😉

  22. I was in grade 5 when I went to disney and that was 39 yrs ago approx. wish we could have taken the kids. so much more to see since I was a kid. looked like fun. Chandra Christine O’Connor

  23. SassySis says:

    Why did we wait until we were in our 40’s to go to Disney together! We must do it again. Thanks Steph and Disney Social Media Moms!

  24. Why have I never thought to go without kids. Looks like I have my next girls trip decided on.

  25. Looks like you had a great time! I hope I get the chance to visit someday!

  26. Anonymous says:

    I have never been to disney, but this sounds phenomenal.
    jan

  27. I wish I could go especially for the Animal Kingdom & to see the Tree Of Life!

  28. I want to go so badly, but I’m waiting for my kids to get a little older.

  29. I havent been to disney since my family went when I was 14 this looks fun I really want to go back!

  30. Does anyone know how much it costs to rent a stroller at Disney World these days? Or is more economical to bring one’s own?

  31. We were at Disney World 15 years age but would love to go again as they have added so much more

  32. Anonymous says:

    So fabulous – I know where my next trip without the kids will be.

  33. Looks like you had a blast! I’m looking forward to going in a year or two!

  34. I would love to see Disney sans children, it would be a whole different experience

  35. Don’t wait too long to go without kids – my parents are 70 now and would like to go – but hip and knee replacements make it not feasable. 🙁

  36. what an amazing trip! I went to disney when I was in my 20s pre-kids, it was such a great experience even though many warned me it was for kids, I disregarded those comments and I’m glad I did 🙂

  37. It looks like you had a wonderful time!

  38. I would LOVE to take my kids to Disney one day!

  39. cannot wait to take the little man to disney!!

  40. Looks so much fun!

  41. My kids are big nature fans – and they are drooling over the Tree of Life! Thanks for reviewing it 🙂

  42. we love disney!!

  43. I got goosebumps reading this!! Now I really want to go to Disney!

  44. Looks like you had tons of fun. Been so long since I visited….makes me want to revisit!

  45. Animal Kingdom sounds amazing! We’re heading to Florida next week, but haven’t yet decided which park to visit.

  46. Live the review! Looks like you had a fantastic time! I know my son would go nuts at animal kingdom! Hopefully this will be next on our hit list! Lol

  47. mongupp says:

    I go to Disney through all Disney mom posts!

    • Stephanie says:

      Disney Mom Posts are really an amazing way to not only relive the magic, but start the planning for your own adventure! Let me know if you ever have any questions, I never get tired of chatting about travel and Disney!

  48. Looks like great fun. I have not been to Disney since I was 10, I am sure a lot has changed since then, may have to consider a trip with the kids.

  49. Susan T. says:

    The Animal Kingdom sounds so fun! I would love to go to Disney with my girlfriends and no kids!

    • Stephanie says:

      Going to Disney without the kids is a very different and wonderful experience! I recommend trying both! 🙂

  50. BobbiJo Pentney says:

    Sounds like fun

  51. Love Animal Kingdom, have only been there once but want to go back again soon!

  52. kathy downey says:

    Someday fingers crossed i would love to visit Animal Kingdom!

  53. My husband and I would like to visit Disney this year without the kids!

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