Are you planning your first Disney getaway without the kids? Maybe you are just slightly skeptical about how much fun you can have as an adult at Disney on your own. Whether it’s your first Disney trip without the kids, or just a grown-ups only getaway, there’s nothing short of things to do as an adult visiting the Walt Disney World Resort. Believe it or not, a third of Disney’s annual visitors head to the Magic Kingdom without an accompanying child, and there are so many reasons why Walt Disney World can turn in to one of the best vacations for adults. Here are a few things to keep in mind when planning an enchantingly awesome Disney vacation without kids!
If you’re planning an adults-only trip to Disney, you may want to spend a bit more for accommodations that are more geared towards adults. Hotels like Disney’s Art of Animation or Disney’s Pop Century are cheaper per night but are also attract more families with children – if you’re looking to avoid the family crowds, you may want to consider spending a bit more on a deluxe Disney resort like Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort or Disney’s Coronado Springs. It’s worth it if you’re looking for quiet spots and great dining options. The Epcot resorts, like Disney’s Beach Club Villas or Disney’s Boardwalk Inn and Villas are also a bit more luxurious, and are within walking distance of Epcot’s World Showcase. You can expect more exquisite amenities like fine dining and even world-class spas and health clubs when you stay at one of Disney’s deluxe resorts.
Feasting Around the World
Speaking of Epcot, this Disney park features some of the best adult-centered activities. Epcot’s World Showcase offers plenty of adult-friendly food and drink options from around the world that kids may be unable or unwilling to try. If you’re a foodie and don’t mind skipping out on roller-coasters and thrill rides (with the exception of Test Track), Epcot is the place to be. We recommend checking out the Rose & Crown Pub at the U.K. pavilion if you want to enjoy an English dinner or a pint of your favorite beer. Restaurant Marrakesh is also an excellent restaurant if you’re looking to try something new, or want to enjoy a date night filled with awesome live Moroccan music and belly dancers. Another favorite is the San Angel Inn Restaurante, located in the Mexico pavilion, where you can dine in perpetual twilight while enjoying fantastic Mexican cuisine paired alongside a variety of margaritas, premium tequilas, wines and beers.
Alcohol is available in all four of the main Disney parks – yes, even Magic Kingdom if you know where to look! With the Fantasyland expansion, the Be Our Guest restaurant is the only place serving alcohol in the Magic Kingdom. So if you’re looking for a drink in the park, you might want to make reservations! Guests can savor a wide variety of drinks at Epcot, which, let’s face it, is one of the biggest reasons adults visit the park; the best part is that guests can enjoy alcohol specific to each country in the World Showcase. At Africa in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, you can find the full-service Dawa Bar, and at Hollywood Studios, you can enjoy the Tune-In Lounge located at the 50’s Prime Time Cafe, all among other various quick stops around the parks that sell alcoholic drinks. Guests can also look forward to a new bar opening up inside the Twilight Zone’s Tower of Terror at Hollywood Studios.
Disney at Night
When night falls, you won’t have to worry about getting kids to bed when you travel without them. Not only are the parks beautiful at night, but you can also take advantage of Disney’s Extra Magic Hours if you have reservations at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels. With Extra Magic Hours, the parks open one hour earlier, or remain open up to 2 hours after regular closing time during select days of the year. Most rides and restaurants remain open, so you can enjoy the parks with smaller crowds and shorter lines. Even without Extra Magic Hours, staying at the park until closing is worth it to enjoy the dwindling crowds and great views.
What to Bring Inside the Parks
If you aren’t traveling with children, there’s honestly not a huge need to bring a backpack into the parks. All you really need to bring with you is your hotel room key, wallet, phone, and a small bottle of sunscreen. Most of these items you can fit in your pockets, and will make traveling without a large bag or backpack much more enjoyable! Unless you decide to bring your own snacks or drinks, you’ll feel much more comfortable without a bag weighing you down. Without kids, you also won’t have to worry about pushing a stroller around a crowded park!
Going without kids who aren’t old enough or tall enough to ride the bigger thrill rides gives adults the chance to have their own fun. When you don’t have kids, there’s no worrying about a child swap or if the attraction is age-appropriate – simply get in line and have fun! Although many Disney rides are geared towards children, there are several great rides that adults can enjoy too. Some of our favorites include:
- Space Mountain – Magic Kingdom
- Thunder Mountain – Magic Kingdom
- Expedition Everest – Animal Kingdom
- Tower of Terror – Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Rock ‘n Roller Coaster Featuring Aerosmith – Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Soarin’ – Epcot
Tours & Experiences
Walt Disney World features several tours and excursions that adults can experience that maybe you’ve never even heard of:
- Keys to the Kingdom Tour: If you have time to spare, and we mean 5 hours of time, this tour is truly fascinating. This walking tour allows guests to explore Magic Kingdom behind-the-scenes and learn about the history of the park. A shorter alternative is the Marceline to Magic Kingdom tour, which is 3 hours long.
- Epcot Seas Adventures: Guests can either choose from a scuba experience, or a snorkel experiences that allows you to explore the 5.7 -million-gallon saltwater aquarium at Epcot. There is also a Dolphin experience where guests can get up-close to the parks’ bottlenose dolphins.
- Starlight Safari: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge offers an exclusive nighttime drive through the African savannas to view zebras, giraffes, gazelles, wildebeest and more, including over 20 exotic African species that freely roam the property. You’ll even get to wear night-vision goggles to make the most out of your animal viewing extravaganza!
- The UnDISCOVERed Future World: Another lengthy (4 hours!) walking tour that’s totally worth it takes guests through exclusive backstage areas of the pavilions of Epcot. There, they will learn of Walt’s dream of building the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow (EPCOT), a “living, breathing home to 20,000 permanent residents and a model for city planning.”
Fine Dining & Wishes
One of the best ways to end an evening at the Walt Disney World parks is to sit down, relax, and enjoy a great meal accompanied by a perfect view of Disney’s Wishes Fireworks. ‘Ohana at the Polynesian resort has one of the best views of Wishes from a restaurant. Located next to the Seven Seas Lagoon, ‘Ohana has a direct view of the show as it faces the water. ‘Ohana is more of a casual dining establishment, so if you’re looking for both fine dining and a nice view, make sure to check out Narcoossee’s in the Grand Floridian Resort or California Grill at the Contemporary Resort. We recommend making reservations for about 30-45 minutes before the show, and as soon as possible as they will fill up quickly.
So if you’re skeptical about having fun as an adult without children at Walt Disney World think again. There is a ton of fun to be had that doesn’t revolve around kids and you don’t have to make apologies for having fun while being an adult at Disney! Once you’re ready to start planning your “adults-only” getaway, check out the variety of Disney ticket options available at Tickets2You.com!