by J. Jewell Bates

(RTNS)–When we think of Disney World, the first thing that pops into the minds of most is the magical place to take our young ones to have the time of their little lives.

But what about us, the industrious adults dedicated to our careers and family?  Don’t we deserve a chance to escape to land rife with fun and the ability to make our dreams come to life?  **Hint**, the answer is an emphatic “yes”.  

As a firm believer in the philosophy of work hard/ play hard; I was overdue for a brush with decadence. As my friend and I made our way to Orlando’s baggage claim; I wondered if Disney World was ready for my diva expectations. 

My question was answered immediately as our Disney VIP guide took our luggage, escorted us to the Cadillac sedan, and whisked us away to an afternoon of cocktailing on a yacht.  Throughout my stay, Disney World continued to rise to the challenge of bringing the grown folks fun.  Vacationing like a rock star doesn’t come cheap, but Disney makes sure you get what you are willing to pay for…and then some.  

So check the balance of your vacation club account, or the credit card saved especially for fun, and let’s discover a few ways to live la viva luxe…Disney World style.  Do one or do them all…either way, it will be an experience.

Global Eats and Beats: Epcot Food and Wine Festival  

Believed to be the world’s largest food and wine festival of its kind – this 46-day fall event at Disney’s Epcot Park is the ultimate fête for foodies.  With dining experiences designed by signature chefs and nearly 30 international marketplaces featuring authentic cuisine from six continents…we nibbled our way around the globe.

Every night there were “Eat to the Beat” concerts that featured cross-genre entertainment perfect for grooving off some calories.  There is nothing better than sipping a Grand Marnier slushy or  Moët & Chandon Nectar Impérial (found in the France pavilion) while enjoying the silky tones of “The Voice” winner Javier Colon.  

Be sure to score a ticket for “Party for the Senses” held on select Saturdays during the festival at the WorldShow Place Events Pavilion.  This high-end evening offers attendees stations of deluxe cuisine, complete with wine and spirit pairings, and entertainment by Cirque du Soliel center stage.  

Cost:  Epcot Entry fee (varies) plus pavilion food tastings ($4-$8)

Party for the Senses: starts at $145 per person  (2012 pricing)

Check disneyworld.com for exact 2013 dates and pricing

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