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Well I bet you can guess what this blog is about….HARRY POTTER WORD!
Now hold on ..hold on..I know what you are thinking..”The last thing I want to read about is a super expensive theme park in the middle of hell..I mean Florida..because last I checked I’m not seven years old.”
I’m gonna stop you rigghttt there.
I have a couple of Disney pet peeves. People who think Mulan is a Disney Princess, people who think Universal Studios theme park is part of Disney, people who try to say “Toy Story is a Pixar movie, it isn’t Disney”, and people who believe Disney is only for children and parents with a ton of money and have a death wish.
This is simply not true.
Can you just sit back and give me 10 minutes to persuade you that going to Disney does not require you taking someone who can’t wipe their own butt??
Reason number one why Disney World isn’t just for children: Epcot
I personally believe Epcot is the most adult friendly park that Disney World currently has to offer. While there are a ton of different things that adults can enjoy in the other three parks, Epcot really stands out the most in my opinion.
Let’s quickly go over the three rides in Epcot that you probably won’t see a lot of kids on.
Soar’n is a really unique ride that gives you a bird’s eye view of several different places all around the globe. It’s a ride the does have a height requirement and parent’s won’t be taking their runny nose “LET IT GO” singing child on this ride if they are scared of heights.
- Test Track
It’s a coaster type ride (but not really) that also has a height requirement. Young kids who are fearful of coasters or don’t measure up, you won’t be smelling their diapers here.
- Mission: SPACE
Again another ride in Epcot that requires you to be a certain height to ride. It’s an intense ride that little ones with squeezy bellies or have issues being in confined spaces won’t be begging their parents to take them on.
And just because you’re an adult doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the other rides at Epcot that don’t have a height requirement. The Land is in the same building as Soar’n and honestly you don’t see too many kid’s lining up to going on a slow boat ride that takes passengers on a tour of Epcot’s green house and learning about the ecosystem. Yea, “no telling how far they’ll go” to avoid this one and rush to get another Mickey ice cream.
Let’s jump over to my favorite part about Epcot. WORLD SHOWCASE.
If you’ve never been to Disney World or Epcot before you probably have no idea what World Showcase is all about. Imagine being able to visit Mexico, grab a beer in Norway, sit down to have a snack in China, eat pasta in Italy for lunch, shop in Canada, and have ice cream in France all within let’s say 4 hours. It’s all possible in World Showcase. 11 different countries, cultures, smells, art, style, architecture, music, and food are all within walking distance of each other for you to explore and enjoy. It’s an incredibly beautiful part in Epcot that allows you to really submerge yourself into countries that you might not ever get to visit outside of the park. You can shop authentic treasures and eat unique *delicious* dishes in each country you explore. I remember being a kid and being in disbelief how it could feel like I was actually in China looking at Kimono robes one minute and then eating fish and chips in the UK the next. Still to this day the details, food, and drinks leave me in awe.
World Showcase is also where popular and fun seasonal festivals set up. Food & Wine Festival, International Festival of Arts, Flower and Garden, and Festival of the Holidays all have a little something different to offer from food, drinks, music, sights, sounds, and shopping.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t name many 8 year olds getting all excited about some art galleries, hot sake, or food that isn’t shaped like Mickey Mouse—can you?
Reason Number TWO Disney is not just for kids: The Mountains
In Central Florida there are three famous mountains, and funny enough, all three mountains are located in the heart of Magic Kingdom.
SPACE MOUNTAIN, SPLASH MOUNTAIN, AND BIG THUNDER MOUNTAIN.
These three mountains are probably three of Magic Kingdom’s most popular “adult” rides.
Space Mountain is probably one of my absolute favorite in all four parks. It’s a fully indoor coaster in almost complete darkness. The sounds of tomorrow and screams are all you hear as you pray to God your head does not get shopped off by another coaster racing by.
Big Thunder Mountain has you believing you are on a runaway train zooming through the old frontier.
Splash Mountain is the best of both worlds. Taking you through colorful scenes of the classic Song of the South to suddenly dropping you down to the brier patch and getting soaking wet.
*Honorable mention although not a Mountain: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Magic Kingdom’s newest coaster.
Coasters aren’t your thing?
Guess you’ve never heard of Pirates of the Caribbean where you can find treasures and rum with Captain Jack, or perhaps exploring a Haunted Mansion where only the bravest get to take home a spooky ghost hitchhiker.
Also while the Buzz Lightyear ride and Jungle cruise might not scream 50 shades of I’m a Big Girl Now, they are still really enjoyable rides for the young and old.
Reason Number Three Disney World is not just for kids: The magic of nostalgia
Okay let’s be real. If you are between the ages of 25 and 35 I feel like I can make a pretty solid assumption that you grew up watching Pocahontas, Beauty and the Beast, and Toy Story. Please don’t pretend that you can’t break it down to “I Just Can’t Wait to be King” or that you didn’t have a crush on Aladdin, or that you didn’t dress up as Ariel, or that you didn’t get your soul crushed by Fox and the Hound. Come on! Disney is our childhood people! I don’t care if you’ve got to wait in line for 30 minutes to fly on Dumbo, I don’t care if you feel slightly silly bouncing along with Tigger, I don’t care if you cry watching the fireworks—Disney raised you! Be a little silly, pretend like you’re 9 again, laugh a little too loud. When vacation is over you’ve got to go back to paying bills, writing reports, and washing dishes. This is your chance to go back to when times were simpler, when everything had a little bit of magic and wonder to it.
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