Adulting is Overrated! ~ Disney Parks for Adults
Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
It isn't often that grown-ups get to touch their childhood again. We're all so too busy adulting.... and frankly, who wants THAT? Shouldn't we all take some time for ourselves to splash in the pool, let ice cream drip down your chin, and giggle till your tummy hurts? Sounds pretty good, doesn't it?
I'm sure you would be surprised to hear that 51% of people traveling to Walt Disney World are not traveling with children. Well believe it or not, it's actually true! So don't you think it's time to see what traveling to the Disney Parks feels like when you don't have to worry about diapers, temper tantrums, and searching for restaurants that will offer chicken fingers for every single meal?
Epcot is an adult paradise. Not only do they offer amazing food from all over the world all year long, they also offer even more delectable options during their various Festivals as well as celebrating the seasons.
- The Epcot International Festival of the Arts starts off the year with visual, culinary, and artistic flair. Food becomes art in a feast for your senses. Mid-January - Late February
- The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival features spring in full bloom with gorgeous topiaries and flower gardens. Foods made with fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs are showcased in the outdoor kitchens. Early March - Early June
- The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is the longest of all the Festivals. Culinary demonstrations, mixology seminars, wine walks, craft beers, and Global Marketplace food booths as well as free concerts make it the ultimate adult indulgence! Late August - Early November
- The Epcot International Festival of the Holidays celebrates how people from all over the world observe this magical time of year. Holiday Storytellers are on hand to spin tales of the holidays in multiple countries and religions. And since so much of the holidays revolves around traditional foods, the outdoor holiday kitchens feature the foods that are so much a part of how various countries celebrate. Late November - Late December
Have you ever wondered how things work behind the scenes at the Disney Parks? Or maybe learn about the history of the Parks through the eyes of Walt Disney himself? Both Walt Disney World in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California offer tours that will help you to peek behind the curtain and immerse yourself in the magic even further. These tours are often age-restricted which proves to be a problem when you're traveling with young children.
- Walk in Walt's Footsteps is a tour at Disneyland that will help you to understand Walt Disney's vision for his park. This is an essential part of a Disneyland vacation for those who want true history of the man and his dreams. The tour concludes with the honor of walking into Walt Disney's personal apartment above the Fire Station which often results in goosebumps and possibly a tear in your eye.
- Keys to the Kingdom at the Magic Kingdom will take you backstage to see how the park operates on a day-today basis. You'll hear stories of how the park was built and even go down into the famous "Utilidors" that run underneath the park.
Adults enjoy long dining experiences with great conversation and cocktails. So how about the Highway in the Sky Dining Experience at Walt Disney World? This five-course progressive meal takes you to Disney's Contemporary Resort, Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, and Disney's Grand Floridian Resort to savor the food and beverages of each. The Walt Disney World Monorail will be your magic carpet to take you on this culinary journey and culminates in viewing the fireworks at the Magic Kingdom from atop Disney's Contemporary Resort.
If you're interested in steam trains, be sure to ask at the Main Street Station at Disneyland to see if there are any tender passes available. Two adults will get a chance to ride in the engine with the conductors! You can ask any of your questions about steam engine locomotives and they will happily answer them for you.
If you enjoy California wines but can't make it to Napa, visit the Alfresco Tasting Terrace inside Disney California Adventure Park. There you can try wines produced exclusively at wineries from the Disney Family , including Ron & Diane Disney Miller, Kurt Russell, Fess Parker, Fred MacMurray and more.
Of course, you can visit all the Disney Parks and enjoy all the attractions that you've grown to know and love. But now you don't have to worry about height requirements!
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The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2015. It's been a major hit for foodies (and quasi-foodies!) everywhere! It starts in late September and runs through early November each year. I personally make a special "adults only" trip to Walt Disney World specifically for the Festival.... Read more from my Epcot International Food & Wine Festival story.
Attention to detail
Thanks Laurie for your professional and fun planning!
Pam and Steve Oslos
Thank you, Pam & Steve! Working with you has always been a privilege. Your kind words mean so much and I'm very grateful!
We went to Disneyworld Florida. Destination below did not let me choose that.
Thank you! So glad you had such a wonderful vacation!
Another Great Memory!
It's always such a pleasure to work with you ladies! Looking forward to the next one and I have lots of new ideas for you!
Best trip of our lives!!!
You've brought tears to my eyes. I am so very honored by your sweet words, Kelly! It's always a pleasure to work with you and plan new adventures for you and your family. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!
Thanks, Cassie! Knowing you and your extended family had such a great trip has definitely made me smile. Thrilled to hear that you want to visit the Walt Disney World Resort again and I look forward to working with you again in the future to make that wish come true!
Great Disney Trip
It was a pleasure to work with your family, Daryl. Thanks so much for allowing me to be your Disney travel advisor!
Thank you for your kind words! So happy to hear that you had such a wonderful vacation and that the plans we made together were so helpful for your family!
Trip of a lifetime
It was an honor to help you plan the trip of a lifetime! I'm so happy that everything about the trip went to beautifully for you. You had some wonderful things to enjoy during this vacation. Hopefully many new memories to cherish forever. I'm really looking forward to helping you plan yet another trip of a lifetime in 2020!!
The Happiest Place on Earth!
Thank you for your sweet words, Bonnie! It was my pleasure to help you plan your Walt Disney World vacation where all those little details can make a big difference in the trip. The destination and the planning has certainly changed through the years, but it's a place that's just as magical as ever! I'm so glad that you found tings to be so simple and easy for you because that's my goal. I hope to work with you again on your next adventure!
Our family of 10 had the greatest time.
I'm grateful for the chance to work with your family and help you plan a wonderful Walt Disney World vacation. Thank you!!
Magical Vacation and Fabulous Travel Agent!
Helping you plan these Disney vacations has been a pleasure! Thank you so much for your sweet words. I have so much fun helping people plan multiple trips through the years and make different from the last. Here's hoping there will be many more magical experiences in your future and I hope to be a part of them!
Great trip to Florida
We are already talking about going again because we had so much fun!
Yay! I'm so happy that dreams for your next Disney vacation are already underway. Thank you for letting me be a small part of your wonderful Disney vacation experience. Looking forward to helping you make those next Disney vacation dreams come true!
Awesome, awesome trip
Your words bring a smile to my heart! It's been such a pleasure to work with you through the years. I truly enjoy working with families that love Disney Destinations as much as I do. I have no doubt that you have may more Disney vacations in your future and I look forward to helping you plan each and every one!
Another great cruise planned by Laurie
Thank you, Paul! It's an honor to know that you have such confidence in me. It's definitely a pleasure to work with you and your wife to plan these wonderful Disney Cruise vacations for your family and I look forward to many more in the future!
Lots of Glorious Sunshine
Thank you, Laura! I'm very happy to hear that your cruise brought you sunshine and happiness!! It was a pleasure to help you with your vacation.
Disney land and sea 40th and 14th Birthday
I'm thrilled that experienced Disney travelers such as yourselves found value in using a travel agent - and honored that you chose me to be that trusted advisor! It was great to work with your small group to create a great vacation for everyone. Thank you for your kind words!
Even experienced travelers benefit from Laurie Zel
It was such a pleasure to work with you, Denny & Pam! It's fun to plan a trip for adults to enjoy Walt Disney World and get a glimpse of what's it's like to be a kid again. I hope you made some wonderful memories together. Thank you for your business and thank you for your service to our great country.
Laurie is a Disney Expert
Christine, you are so very kind. Over the years I have really enjoyed planning your family's magical adventures and I look forward to helping you with many more!
Disney it was magical!
Thank you, Judy! I enjoyed helping your family create a truly magical Disney vacation!
Excellent family trip to Florida
Thank you Travis! I'm so glad your family had such a great time on your vacation and hope I can assist you again in the future!
We loved our family trip to Walt Disney World!
I'm thrilled that your trip was so wonderful and stress-free! That's exactly what I love to hear. Because that's exactly how a vacation should be. Thank you for your kind words! Looking forward to helping you plan another adventure someday soon!
Thank you for allowing me to be your travel agent and I hope to work with you again soon!
Amazing trip that save me time in planning!
Answering questions is exactly what I'm here for and I was very happy to do so! It was a pleasure to help you plan this trip for you and a friend who was having so many first-time experiences in America. It was great to be a small part of helping to build those special memories!
Unforgettable Jamaican experience!
Your sweet words mean so much! The hard work certainly paid off when I heard that you had such an amazing experience during your trip. I'm honored that you found such value in working with me. Stories like yours are exactly why I love my job and having clients such as yourselves. Can't wait to help you plan your next adventure!
Nothing short of spectacular!
I am absolutely thrilled that your Rhine River cruise with Adventures by Disney was so spectacular! It's always a pleasure to work with you and help to make your trip as outstanding as it could possibly be. I look forward to helping you with your next adventure!!
Definitely the Most Magical Place on Earth!
It was certainly a pleasure to work with you in putting this dream trip together! I'm delighted that everything went so well for you and your family. Making things as easy as I possibly can so that you can just relax and enjoy yourself is my mission. Thank you for your kind words and I hope I can help you with another vacation some time in the future!
Thank you for your kind words, Sarah! Hearing that you had such an amazing vacation is music to my ears.
the trip was great..
Thank you! I'm honored by your kind words and so happy your vacation was wonderful.
Incredible first famly trip to Walt Disney World!
Helping you to plan this Walt Disney World vacation was truly a pleasure! Answering your questions and making everything as seamless as it can possibly be for you is exactly why I'm here. I'm just thrilled that you are now officially Walt Disney World fans that plan to visit again and again. And each time you do, I will be here to make sure each trip is unique and special. Thank you for kind words!
An amazing family vacation!
It's been a pleasure to work with you through the years to help you plan your family vacations! Thank you so much for your kind words. I look forward to helping you make lots of new family memories in the future!
It's always a pleasure to work with you, Gary. You've got some wonderful things on your vacation "to-do" list and helping those become a reality for you is something I am proud to be a part of.
Disney World Vacation
Thank you for your kind words, Karen. I'm so glad to have been of help for your Disney vacation and hope to work with you again in the future!
Surprise Birthday Trip - Outstanding Experience
Your sweet words have brought a tear to my eye! I'm so honored that I could be a small part of this wonderful "Adult Disney" experience for you and your wife. Your enthusiasm for planning this wonderful surprise was heartwarming. I have no doubt that the memories of this trip will be with you forever. I can't wait to work with you again to help you plan your next vacation together! Sending you both warm wishes and sweet journeys down memory lane.
Every last detail!
Your sweet words have touched my heart! Making memories for families that will live in their hearts forever is exactly why I do what I do. I couldn't be happier that you had such an amazing experience with your family. I wish the weather had been just a little cooler for you, but I know you made the best of it! It was a pleasure to work with you and I hope to do so again in the future.
Thank you so much for your kind words! It was a pleasure to work with you again and I definitely look forward to helping you plan your next Disney adventure. Making each vacation special is part of the fun of planning Disney vacations for guests who like to return to the parks again and again. See ya real soon!
Best family trip ever!
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Another Fantastic Disney Vacation
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Exciting trip with the whole family, Disney World
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Memories to last forever.
Thrilled that your trip was stress free and enjoyable for all!
Thank you for your confidence in me through the years! I've enjoyed working with you to create these journeys for you and look forward to many more opportunities in the future!
It's always a pleasure to work with you and your family! Thank you for your kinds words!
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This was the best Disney trip we have had.
Laurie is an excellent travel agent.
Our destination was Disneyworld FL.
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Another great trip!!!!
I am deeply honored by your kind words, Racquel. I love what I do and am thrilled that it shows through in my commitment to help people not just have a good vacation, but a truly magical vacation. It's always a pleasure to work with you and I look forward to helping you plan your next adventure!