Dear Disney World, Women Without Kids Love You, Too.

Events geared to adults already exist at Disney theme parks. So why doesn't anybody know about them?

A week ago I had an exceptionally deep conversation with a NotMom who travels with her husband to Disney World almost every year. She explained rather matter-of-factly that once she stopped being sad about not being a mother, she realized that the lack of a child was not a good reason to abandon her love of all things Disney. I nodded and said, “Amen!”

Clearly, my new friend is a bigger Disneyphile that I am, and I’m fairly nutty. Over the years, she’s determined late October (excepting Halloween) and early to mid-November are the times with the fewest children at the park. Her reasoning is that parents will take a child out of school around holidays, but generally leave a window of time where kids actually stay in school. Summer is obviously out of the question.

She introduced me to the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival (this year it’s Sept. 28-Nov. 12).  Famous chefs, wine pairings, international food kiosks. Her description of a week there was succinct: “We ate and drank our way around the world.”

Oh my.  

Now I’m huddled with HubbyMine actually considering a return to Epcot®. We laughed trying to imagine a Disney facility closed to children for even a day. And yet…

I had the idea for this post in my head when the NY Times ran a piece from Adam Nagourney, who recently visited DisneyLand with an adults-only group. It’s really informative article, and it provided the stat I’d been Googling for:

Nearly one-third of all the people who attend DisneyWorld in Orlando, FL and DisneyLand in Anaheim, CA are there without children.

The 1/3 number is so consistent that Disney has named us: “nonfamily guests.” (warm and fuzzy, ain’t it?)

There’s :30-second commercials of older adults enjoying DisneyWorld without kids, and there’s an adults-only nightclub. But geez, if you have an event just for adult palates every autumn, how come I’ve yet to meet another adult who’s heard of it?  To find any mention of no-kids activities on the park’s website, I finally typed in “romantic”, but a serious acknowledgement of no-kids Disney freaks would be appreciated.

Makes me wonder: Knowing how expensive on-site Disney hotels can be, would you pay extra to have a childfree floor? A childfree hotel? Resorts do it all the time, marking up the quieter facility (hmmm, which one would that be?) as much as 65%.  For Disney, I’m talking heresy, I know. But, still, what if?

Years ago, I was lucky enough to enjoy a memorable night at Disney Land on an evening when the park was closed to the public. I don’t know what the public was told, but I’m testifying that hundreds of television execs rode rides, watched movies and partied quite hard, sans enfants. It can be done, that’s all I’m sayin’.

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Kasha Legeza August 01, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Sounds like fun to me!
Melissa Hebert August 01, 2012 at 02:46 PM
My sister and I took our mother to Disney World as her 60th birthday present. There were lots of fun things to do and see, and plenty of dining options that did not involve buffets, chicken fingers or people in Disney costumes.
Matt August 01, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Segregated hotels in Disneyworld? Suggesting it would be better to have hours, or days, the parks are open but not permitting entry to a certain class of guests the author does not want to be around? This author needs to learn to practice tolerance. I understand you may not like being around families. But that is your bias you need to learn to deal with. Disneyworld is a wonderful place open to everyone regardless of their demographic. Please don't try to pit one group against another. And where would your exclusion of certain groups stop? Some guests at Disneyworld are uncomfortable with large groups of homosexuals attending the parks. (Google 'gay days disneyworld'). Should Disney have days where only homosexuals are allowed in, and days when homosexuals are not allowed in? How about a hotel that is for heterosexuals only? Disney is a wonderfully tolerant company that excludes no one. Why in the world would you really want that to change?
Jean Williams August 01, 2012 at 10:40 PM
yes its almost like the world needs to kiss her uppity feet because she has no kids
Karen Malone Wright August 12, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Thank you all for your comments. I must share that as a "By Chance" NotMom who wanted children but never had them, the thought that I am "uppity" because I am childless made me laugh out loud.


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