Tuesday, May 28, 2024



Would you ever consider going to the Disney Parks without your children? 

OMG! Did I just ask that? 

Yes, my husband and I enjoyed a day date at Epcot last week and it was amazing. 

Now of course, children love Disney and all the magic that it creates. However, adults love Disney just as much and being alone walking around Epcot with him allowed me to experience Epcot in a new way. 

3 Reasons Why it’s Perfectly Fine to Experience Disney Without My Children

Friday, my husband and I attended the very first Epcot International Festival of the Arts. It’s the ultimate cultural celebration from January 13th – February 20, 2017. It’s only held on the weekends (Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday). Being able to experience it on the 1st day made me feel special.

I was able to taste food, experience seminars, and see a great Disney Broadway show with my husband at the America Gardens Theatre stage without my children. I felt like a big kid!

  1. Hold Hands More – I’ve been married for 13 years and my husband still loves to hold my hand in public and shower me with kisses. However, when we are with our kids for some reason, they want to hold our hands and be in the middle of us. Walking around Epcot alone, allowed us to feel like we were on a date. We didn’t have to worry about saying, “Leave your sister alone!” “Don’t touch that!” or “I’m sorry, excuse him he’s only 3!” We were able to enjoy us & still experience magic.
  2. Ride all the rides – When you go to Disney, with a big family, and you have a young child, everyone isn’t going to be able to ride everything. There have been many times my husband and I have taken turns, with our older two children while one of us stayed back with the baby. In addition, sometimes one of my children may have been too short and we would have to sit that one out. At the Epcot Festival of Arts we were able to experience attractions without restrictions and learn about new cultures without explanations. 
  3. Wine & Spirits – The International Festival of Arts is the ultimate cultural celebration of food, art and entertainment. This includes a wide array of adult beverages ranging from wines to beer from all over the world. We were able to taste a few of these delicious spirits such as the Classic Sidecar with Chocolate Twist & Deconstructed Breakfast Twining Apple Chia Tea with Cream Bourbon and Candied Bacon. I personally don’t drink alcohol in front of my children, so this would have been a treat I would have missed out on if they were there. 

3 Great Things the International Festival of Arts offers?

I think this festival was the perfect date for us for two reasons: 1) My in-laws watched my children, so I had a peace of mind that my children were fine. 2) We were at Epcot from 10am – 7 ish and we were able to take our time to experience the International Festival of Arts without being rushed in any form.

  1.  Great Food – There are 7 Food Studios around the park with some of the fanciest selections at affordable prices. They’re so creatively decorated, you almost don’t want to eat them because it’s a work of art. 
  2. Concerts – What would Disney be without memorable songs that get us all emotionally charged up? During the festival, there are nightly concerts with artist who have been on Broadway. There are 3 shows a night (5:00 pm, 6:45pm, & 8pm) on the America Gardens Theatre Stage. We attended the show with Ashley Brown and Josh Strickland, from the original Broadway Mary Poppins and Tarzan. I’ve actually never heard of these artist, but left in amazement. Ashley sang the best version of Frozen’s, “Let it Go”, I’ve ever heard. 
  3. Art – There is some form of art everywhere you look. There are places around the park where you can purchase Disney art or Disney inspired art. I was also able to get a peek at an artist actually painting on the sidewalks. It’s like seeing a masterpiece being made in front of your very own eyes. They are starting out with 30 original pieces of art and adding new pieces daily. There were also a gallery of work by Disney Legends, Mary Blair and Herbert Ryman displayed in the Odyssey restaurant. 

All in all, you’re truly immersed in the best visual, culinary, and performing arts – a global masterpiece!

To learn more and buy tickets to the event, visit their website HERE. If you want to see what people are enjoying the most about the festival, check out #ArtfulEpcot on Instagram! 

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