If you’re like me, you grew up vicariously through the stories and photos of your peers’ trips to or . In school, you always heard about kids taking days off to go spend time at , hearing about like Space Mountain or Tower of Terror. They showed off the magic of their trips like badges when they returned, in the form of pictures with and Cinderella Castle.
Yet, for one reason or another, you never made the to experience it for yourself. The pictures of Main Street USA that you saw on Facebook were the closest you could get. After a while, that magic of experiencing a starts to feel like it’s out of your reach.
As someone who’s first was last year at 21 years old, I’m happy to report that the magic of your first is timeless.
I had the pleasure of taking a as a guest, later working at and as a Cast Member, and bringing my older sisters as for their first . Despite being adults with no children, the parks still felt just as magical.
‘s goal was to make the enjoyable for people of all ages.
When my sisters took their , they boarded to Disney’s Art of Animation . At check-in, they were offered a “Magical Upgrade”, and were moved from a standard room to a deluxe suite for free. The room was very themed, and the upgrade was the perfect way to start a . is about making sure that all have the best possible, and you really come to appreciate that level of thoroughness as an adult.
Before she could even scan her park hopper ticket into Magic Kingdom, my oldest sister, whose favorite film is Beauty and the Beast, was already in tears from nostalgia as an instrumental version of “Be Our Guest” played at the Train Station. Entering the park, we stumbled across the Main Street Trolley Show as we saw the castle for the first time, and both of my sisters were now in tears. There’s a big element of seeing the castle for the first time and thinking, “I finally made it.”
I quickly showed them the ropes of using the My for photos, , , and they learned the excitement of getting a for those one specific you want. One highlight was securing Space Mountain within the next hour while on The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. I helped them try to find the spot with the best view in of Happily Ever After, and had a Cast member finally take their own pictures in front of the castle and with .
Even as an adult, all of your favorite are still just as excited to finally meet you.
Sure, some things like the aren’t exactly available to you as an adult (though you can head on over to a Disney Salon for a Disney-inspired Character Couture Package). But there are still many adult-exclusive activities throughout the . You can drink around the world at , get a massage at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, hang out at the dueling piano bar Jellyrolls at , or go to a late-night party at .
Overall, my sisters ended their with amazing memories. We experienced The Food and Wine Festival at , relived nostalgia at Galaxy’s Edge, and they still talk about how they just so happened to stumble upon Winged Encounters at Disney’s . at
If you’re questioning if you should take the because you’re worried the magic will be lost on you since you’re an adult now, take it from us: the magic is timeless. Don’t let the stigma of not having kids or not being a kid hold you back from experiencing arguably the greatest theme park in the world. Even if you didn’t meet him when you were a kid, Mickey Mouse will still be ecstatic to finally meet you.