Sure, Disney World is packed with families with kids, but trust me, it’s still just as fun for adults, too! Check out my guide on Walt Disney World for adults to find out why you should visit Disney World even if you don’t have kids to tag along.
Feel like a kid again
Sometimes adulting is hard! Take a break and feel like a kid again by running around Disney World’s parks. Eat cotton candy, hug your favorite character, wear Minnie Mouse ears, ride your favorite ride 3 times in a row, and marvel at beautiful fireworks and laser shows. Then, repeat it all over again the next day!
No kids = no boring kiddie rides
While you might want a day or two to forget about adult responsibilities, if you typically go to Disney World with kids in tow, you might be missing out on some of Disney World’s best rides. Aside from the rides with height requirements, there’s also the ones that might be too dark, too fast, too scary or too…something!
Disney World also has a few tours that are only available to adults or at least teens and older, such as the Wilderness Back Trail Adventure, Yuletide Fantasy tour, or Keys to the Kingdom tour.
Spend your adults-only trip hitting up all the tours and rides you love, without having to hold back due to the little ones. Think roller coasters, pirates, aliens, storm troopers, and whatever else floats your boat. You’re the boss, so anything goes! Just don’t forget to book your fastpasses before you go.
Best food at Disney World
A lot of people assume Disney World is just full of fast food and sweets. Don’t get me wrong – there’s plenty of that to go around! But Disney World has a ton of world class restaurants, too.
The food scene at Disney World is so good, I named it one of my top foodie destinations around the world!
Epcot hosts an annual food and wine festival in the Fall. While Epcot is already a foodie’s dream, with its restaurants and snack stops themed to countries around the world, the International Food & Wine Festival kicks the whole thing up a notch. During this festival, which runs in the Fall, Epcot’s restaurants and food stalls have special menu items and extra food stalls are added throughout the park. There are also cooking demos and classes, concerts, and more. You can read more about it in my guide to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.
Yes, there is alcohol at Disney World
Speaking of wine…the number of options for enjoying a drink or 2 continues to expand at Disney World. This is a bit of a controversial topic, as many feel it is inappropriate given that Disney World is so family focused. Also, Walt Disney himself supposedly was against selling alcohol at the parks.
That said, it’s not like the parks or resorts are overrun with dive bars and you won’t see waitresses or waiters wandering around the park selling shots.
So if getting wasted is your idea of fun, Disney World is not the place to do it. Relaxing with a frosty beer or decadent cocktail? You bet!
Whether you enjoy beer, wine, or cocktails, rest assured that Disney serves the best: rum soaked pineapple softserve, tequila, wine or beer flights, liquer from destinations across the world, and more.
And of course, there’s also every adult’s favorite Disney game: Drink Around the World at Epcot.
There is some seriously amazing entertainment at Disney World
From one-off or limited run concerts, such as Eat to the Beat during the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, or daily shows, such as Rivers of Light at Animal Kingdom or the Happily Ever After fireworks show at Magic Kingdom, Disney proves that it goes all-out to entertain and wow its guests.
At Disney Springs, guests can head to Splitsville Luxury Lanes for bowling and grub or an AMC movie theater where you can relax in couches and sip a beer or munch on a burger. These are just a few examples of the amazing entertainment that adults will love at Disney World.
Shopping at Disney World is top notch (yes, really!)
Within the parks, you’ll often find lovely handcrafted items and fun souvenirs to remember your trip by. Aside from the parks, the newly revamped Disney Springs is chock full of amazing shops. And no, they aren’t all Disney themed!
Disney Springs has popular stores like Anthropologie, Columbia Sportswear, Free People, Francesca’s, Kate Spade New York, Lilly Pulitzer, Uniqlo, Zara, and a ton more.
Treat yourself at a Disney World spa
Some of Disney World’s resorts include spas, where you can get many of the typical spa treatments like facials, massages, and manicures. The Animal Kingdom Lodge, Coronado Springs, Grand Floridian, Saratoga Springs, and Yacht Club resorts all include on-site spas. Some of the “good neighbor” hotels, like the Swan and Dolphin hotels, also have lovely and relaxing spas on site.
Play a round of golf at Disney World
Disney World has 4 golf courses. Yep, 4! The Lake Buena Vista, Palm and Magnolia golf courses feature 18-holes, while the Oak Trail golf course has 9 holes. Golf lessons are also available, for those looking to up their golf game.
Best Disney resort for adults
Disney World is well know for going above and beyond when it comes to themes. Its what makes their parks and resorts so popular! Even better is that Disney’s resorts aren’t all themed after an animated movie or other family-friendly themes.
Take the Yacht & Beach Club resorts, for example. Not only are the buildings and rooms on par with their respective names, they also share a sand-bottom pool and a yacht club themed lounge.
The Polynesian Village Resort is another prime example of a well-themed resort that doesn’t scream KIDS. This resort includes over-the-water villas and Polynesian themed restaurants and snack bars. There’s even a Polynesian luau show, complete with a delicious dinner that includes drinks.
Aside from these 2 resorts, a few more of the best Disney resorts for adults are the Grand Floridian, Animal Kingdom Lodge, and Port Orleans-Riverside. Each of these resorts include activities, restaurants, and other amenities that adults will enjoy.
Fun festivals and events at Disney World
Disney World hosts a variety of festivals and events throughout the year. There are races, from 5K runs to full on marathons. A garden festival, food & wine festival, and art festival. Christmas and Halloween parties. There are also one-off events, like concerts.
While some of these events can absolutely be enjoyed by kids and adults, some might be more enjoyable without the kiddos. I don’t know many kids that want to take a cooking class or run a marathon.
Water sports at Disney World
Escape the parks and head to Disney World’s Contemporary Resort, where adults can can go parasailing, water skiing, water tubing, jet skiing, and more. Just head to Sammy Duvall’s Watersports Center at the Contemporary Resort marina for some fun in the sun!
No need to stick to Junior’s schedule
Whether you’re an early riser or night owl, you’re free to spend your day on your schedule without the kids in tow. Don’t need an afternoon nap? Power through and enjoy the afternoon at the park instead of the hotel. Want to stay out late and close down the park? No problem!
I love to sleep in and hit the parks a bit later than most. While many say that heading to the parks when it opens due to slightly lower crowds, the same also occurs later at night – especially in the Summer, when the park hours are longer.
What’s your favorite part about Disney World for adults?