Everything You Need To Know About Taking An Adult To Disney For The First Time

Everything You Need To Know About Taking An Adult To Disney For The First Time

Watching a child experience Disney World for the first time is nothing short of magical. But how do you inspire that same magical feeling in an adult? Well, it’s pretty easy if you follow these steps and let Disney do the rest!

I’ve been to Disney World more times than I can count. So sometimes I forget that many people have never even been before! For my 25th Birthday, my boyfriend and I decided to go to Disney World with my sisters and all our significant others. My boyfriend hadn’t been to Magic Kingdom in nearly 30 years, and had never been to Epcot and Animal Kingdom, so I knew I had to show him how amazing it all is!

I’ve been begging Jared to get an annual pass with me for months, so I knew this was my chance to convince him that Disney World truly is as magical as I said it was. And after three days packed with Disney fun he was sold! Here’s some things you can do to make sure you show your adult guests the best first Disney experience ever!

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Don’t Rush Through The Parks

Park of the magic of Disney is the experience of walking through the parks. But when you have someone visiting for the first time it’s easy to get swept up in the thought of having to go on every single ride or see every show going on that day. You want to get your money’s worth after all. Just remember to take your time and really enjoy the moment without trying to rush to your favorite rides.

Skip The Kiddy Rides

My boyfriend is 33 years old, so I knew he wasn’t going to care about riding the Peter Pan, Barnstormer or Small World rides. Although the smaller rides are cute and nostalgic, they’re usually not worth riding as an adult unless the wait is really short. You’re better off waiting to go on the larger rides or exploring the rest of the park.

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Jared was very happy about the portable fan!

Come Prepared

Just like when coming to the parks with little kids, grown-ups need their own park survival kits. I made sure my backpack was full of cold water, cooling towels, a miniature fan, Advil (for the inevitable aches and pains), sunscreen and a couple snacks. I knew I had everything I needed to ensure that we didn’t get too hot and could really enjoy the day without having to stop constantly.

Make The Day About Them

There’s bound to be thing that you want to do at the parks that your visitor doesn’t and vise versa. But, especially if you’re an annual passholder like me, the day should be about them. My boyfriend really likes beer, so I made sure we stopped at the Germany pavilion at Epcot so he could try some of the best in the parks. I also waited in lines for rides I don’t usually care for, but knew he would love. It’s all about compromise!

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Eat All The Disney Snacks

What’s a visit to Disney without food?? Make sure you get some of the classic Disney staples, like the Mickey Ice Cream Bar, as well as some other fun treats. Jared is a big guy so I knew we needed to eat somewhere with big portions. The Sweet and Spicy Chicken Waffle Sandwich from Sleepy Hollow Refreshments in Liberty Square was a huge hit!

Overall, we had an amazing first time at Disney together. We cant wait to go back (mostly me though!)

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How to Enjoy the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival On A Budget

How to Enjoy the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival On A Budget

The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is my favorite festival at Epcot! I love the bright flowers, the interactive exhibits and, most of all, the tasty foods and drinks!

But let’s face the facts: dining at Disney can be VERY expensive! That’s no secret. So when my sister and I decided we wanted to explore the Flower and Garden Festival, we knew we had to be smart about what we spent our money on.

With 24 outdoor kitchens offering everything from meat and potatoes to vegan desserts, and beverages ranging from dark beers to light cocktails, there are so many options it’s practically overwhelming. So we knew we had to strategize in order to try the best foods and drinks without spending too much money or missing something we’d want to taste.

Here’s what we did to make sure we had fun and didn’t go broke doing it:

Check Out the Menus Beforehand

We looked online and made a list of everything we wanted to eat and drink at the festival, then went back through it a few times, canceling out items that were similar or that we weren’t in love with until we narrowed it down to only the items we knew we absolutely had to try. It was a bit excessive, but my sister and I are Disney experts (we went every other weekend for the first eight years of our childhood and now we’re both annual passholders), so we knew efficiency was key! That’s how we found our must-try items, like the Frushi (fresh pineapple, strawberry and melon rolled with coconut rice and topped with whipped cream, berry sauce and toasted coconut) from the Hanami booth in Japan ($5.95.)

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“Is It Really Worth It?”

For every item you see and think you want to try, ask yourself, “Is it really worth it?” Remember, eating and drinking at the Flower and Garden Festival is an experience! So, if there’s a pricy drink you would love to try that you can’t get anywhere else, like this Watermelon Cucumber Slushy with Gin from the Florida Fresh Booth ($11.75), then it’s more worth it than a $9 glass of wine that you can buy from the grocery store. If the price doesn’t compare to the quality of the product or the experience that comes with it, cross it off the list.

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Watermelon Cucumber Slushy with Gin

Go With What You Know

I’m all for trying new things, but when it comes to spending money on food I find it best to stick with what you know! Like, if you know you don’t like barbecue, don’t try food at The Smokehouse booth. If you don’t like tequila, don’t try a new margarita. No matter how pretty something looks or how “insta-worthy” it is, it’s not worth wasting you money on something you probably won’t like.

As Italian girls, my sister and I know we love pretty much any form of Italian food, so we made sure to try Primavera Kitchen in Italy. Do yourself a favor: Get the Tri-Colored Cheese Tortellini served with sage butter and chicken veloute ($9) and the Frozen Italian Margarita with Limoncello and Tequila ($10) for the best combo ever! The tortellini were probably the best I’ve ever eaten and the margarita was perfect!

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Tri-Colored Cheese Tortellini
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Frozen Italian Margarita with Limoncello and Tequila

Find The Best Bang For Your Buck

I always try to scope out the food and drinks before I buy them at Epcot because sometimes the descriptions sound amazing, but the food doesn’t live up to the hype. Sometimes the portions are too small to warrant the price or the food just doesn’t look appealing. For example, my sister really wanted to try the Grilled Street Corn from Trowel & Trellis, but when we walked by and saw it didn’t have a lot of seasoning on it, she decided to pass. The best bang for your buck dish we had was the Potato Pancakes from Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market in Germany. They come with two large potato pancakes with either apple sauce ($4.50) or caramelized ham, onions and sour cream ($4.75). Definitely a cheaper food option and they were delicious and filling.

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Potato Pancakes with Apple Sauce
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Potato Pancakes with Caramelized Ham, Onions and Sour Cream

Sharing Is Caring

As far as Disney treats go, my policy has always been Sharing Is Caring! That way you don’t have to spend money on multiples of the same item and you can try more foods and drinks! We got the pineapple soft-serve ice cream with Parrot Bay coconut rum (basically an alcoholic Dole Whip for $10.25) to share and it was such a good choice! Not only was it a huge serving (of both ice cream and rum!) but it was also my favorite drink of the day.

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Dole Whip with Rum

Overall, we spent $56 at Epcot Flower & Garden, which came out to $28 a person! That is SO cheap compared to what it would have been if we went in without a plan and without sharing our treats. Next time you go to Epcot remember these dining and drinking tips so you can treat yourself on the cheap!