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    Ever go to Disney without the kids?


    DH and I may have the opportunity to go this summer for the weekend. I feel like we could catch a red eye and do so many more attractions if we went alone (not that I don't enjoy it with my kids). They are 2 and 4 so I know their feelings won't be hurt if we go to WDW over another place.
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    Yes, we have done this. You will have a great time!
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    We haven't yet, but we are booked in August to celebrate our 10th anniversary. I think at times we will feel guilty. And during special moments like Wishes, we'll miss our kids. But overall, we are generally excited about the trip.
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    Have done it three times. Just got back on May 2nd from the last trip without kids. If you feel so inclined, I wrote up some trip reports (one for each day). They're fairly brief, and I tried to make them entertaining.

    But, all in all, I recommend going without the kids. You'll also be surprised at how many other couples are there without kids.
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    We have gone twice without kids and yes you do feel a little guilty. Just remember you need sometime to enjoy each other and do adult stuff. We just did 3-4 day weekend trips and had a blast. On both trips we got the park hopper and would do all 4 parks in a day just so we could do all our favorite rides that we can't do with our kids.
    The kids were never mad because we go every year with them since they were born (now 6 & 8). Enjoy your trip and take time to relax. We would sit on a bench and just people watch which is very relaxing. Watching kids on meltdown and the parents reaction are priceless. Makes you appreciate your alone time together.......
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    All but one of our trips were without kids because we don't have kids. Our last trip last year was 4 adults and we had a great time as always.
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    We did it for our anniversary and loved it. We got to do all the adult things that you can't do when you have a 4 year old. We ate dinners late, tasted wine at Epcot kiosks. The best part, we didn't have to do small world. That alone was worth leaving DS home.
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    I love going with my kids but I love going without them too. It's two different types of experiences. Go and have fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ANG View Post
    Ever go to Disney without the kids?
    Uh... yeah!

    I have a love hate relationship with the red-eye though. I love getting there to get in a full day at the parks, but I have to budget some time mid-day to get some extra sleep. Sleeping on the plane just doesn't happen for me.
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    Absolutely do it and don't feel guilty about it. You can always take the kids next time. Nothing on earth is as romantic as watching Wishes with your soul mate! Have an amazing time!
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    We did it this past October and had a wonderful time! Hope you do too!
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    Yes- several times. We just went at the end of April for adults only.
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    Absolutely! There's lots to do for adults without kids, and you will get so much accomplished. I think it's great to have the time away if you can manage it. We only pulled it off before we had kids and once the kids were older.
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    .....spent 2 days at WDW with only the wife a few yrs back (before going on a cruise and meeting up with child #3 in Tampa) ...and it was GLORIOUS.

    .....it was nice from a "couples time" together aspect (and less persons to share the bathroom with at the resort). I would do it again in a moment .....since I don't think you need kids around to do "kid things". I really believe, once you pass through the gates of one of the parks ...enter the resort ...or even drive under the "Welcome to WDW" type signs ....that 20 yrs is shaved off your "adult sensibilities" ...and that's great!!

    ....I should clarify that my "kids" ...are 17, 24, and 28 ...so I really don't get dragged into the whole 'catering to kids" type thing ....but it's nice to just have the adult time.
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    Yes! DH and I will be going again for the 2nd time without our DD this September and are looking forward to it. We try to do things we haven't done before... things we always say "Oh, we should try that!" or "If we have more time, next trip we will..."

    We just go at a more relaxed pace to take it all in. I say go and ENJOY!!
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    Go, enjoy and don't feel guilty.

    Some day the kids will be out of the house & gone and when that happens you and your spouse want to have something to talk about other than "I wonder what the kids are doing?" so time away as just a couple is a great thing allowing you to focus on each other and just having fun together.

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    yes!

    a few years ago i talked my wife into going to f&w for our anniversary. she was reticent but said she would give it a try without the kids. we own at bwv so it's a perfect spot for that time of year. a day into our trip she looked at me as we walked along the boardwalk on our way to the kiosks at epcot and said we are doing this every year!

    and we have. best anniversary ever, every year. just holding my wife's hand and having some quiet time while we walk along is amazing.

    and like others have said we always do at least 1 family trip to bcv for a week - ten days as well. so...they are not too bent out of shape about it

    (our kids are 11 and 12)

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    We do it all the time! We are taking two of the kids in November this year, but most of our Disney trips these past few years have been without kids. They are getting older and this will probably be the last one where the kids are with us, unless at some point we go along with their families!

    Don't feel guilty. You will do plenty for your children over the course of the next 60-70 years, so just enjoy a week by yourself every now and then.
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    We have gone the the last two years at the end of October for the Food & Wine Festival. Our four "kids" range in age from 27 to 20. No guilt feelings at all.

    We had such enjoyable weeks. Doing things we wanted to do - many of the dinning events and just worrying about each other.

    That being said, we are planning the same trip for 2014 with everyone.
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    Go and don't feel guilty. My son is 19 years old and he could really care less about the parks but my husband and I love it. We get a bonus because he will watch the dog while we're gone and don't have to spend extra for boarding fees.

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