Disney World Adult Tips – Grown Ups go to Disney

disney world adult tipsDisney World Adult Tips

Planning a Disney vacation can be so much fun.  But what are the best Disney World adult tips to maximize your time?  As a childless adult, with over 24 Disney vacation under my belt, I can certainly give you all of the Disney World adult tips you can possibly need.

Walt Disney World without kids is an experience that is a must-have for adults.  It’s a vacation full of a lot of fun, unique experiences, and possibly some serious romance.  No doubt, when Disney World first came around it was centered around families with children.  But now, that can’t be further from the truth.  Granted, you will have a much better time if you’re light-hearted with imagination, but with the adult options at Disney nowadays, you can’t go wrong.

Disney Hotels for Adults

There are Disney hotels that are primarily themed for children, like the Disney value resorts.  For a Disney World adult trip, there are a few good options.  The cheapest hotels, owned by Disney, are the Port Orleans Resorts.  They are considered moderate resorts but you can book for around $185/night.

Other Disney owned options:

A cheaper option is the Best Western – Disney Springs resort area for about $100/night.  If you’re looking for a budget-friendly hotel, check out this post.

Hit Rope Drop

There are two types of vacations, the sleep in late/relax on the beach kind, and the maximize every second because wow kind.  Disney World is the latter.  A one-day park ticket to a Disney theme park can cost up to $120 + tax.  That’s not cheap, so you want to maximize that ticket.  That means being at the gate 40 min before the park opens.

This is not a drill.

Yes, the early bird does, in fact, catch the worm.

Yes, you might be tired.

Why should you wake up at 7am while on vacation?

  1. Morning weather is the nicest weather to tour the parks in.  It’s a lot cooler and the sun is gentler.
  2. It gives you time to leave for lunch and take a nap or hang by the pool. All you need to do is feel that Florida sun one time between 12-4pm to know not to be walking around the park in it.
  3. Most people don’t want to get up at 7am so the park is way less crowded.
  4. You will have more time to tour the park and be able to experience more than ever.

Magic Kingdom for Adults

Just two months ago, Disney released news that every sit down restaurant in Magic Kingdom will be serving alcohol.  If that isn’t enough to get you packing then I’m not sure what would. I’ve never visited Magic Kingdom with children under 10 years old.  When I think about what Disney World with young children would be like, I almost don’t want to go.

At the Magic Kingdom, you will find a combination of nostalgia, theme park rides, and entertainment of all types.  When it is an adults only trip, you don’t have to worry about a child not meeting the height requirement or not wanting to ride Space Mountain (roller coaster) or the Haunted Mansion. Or even having to get on rides alone while someone stays with the kids.

Walt Disney World Nightlife

Disney Springs, Disney’s entertainment district is a great place to visit both during the day and at night.

House of Blues is a really nice place to have a few drinks at.  They have something like a beer garden with live music.  I have visited both at night and during the day and suggest it.

Some good places to try:

  • Paradiso 37 Entertainment
  • House of Blues
  • Raglan RoadTM Irish Pub and Restaurant

The Boardwalk, at the Boardwalk Resort, is a must stop for any Disney vacation. It such a good time, I make it a point to go all the time. This probably deserves a post of its own but the Boardwalk has shops, bars, and FIREWORKS. From the Boardwalk, you have a good view of Epcot and can watch fireworks from just about anywhere.

Spa Time

Sense, located at Grand Floridian and Saratoga Springs, is a full-service spa and health club, and is the perfect way to relax during your Disney World vacation.  Senses Spa has great reviews.  They do facials, full body massages, nails, and also have water relaxation areas.

Reservations

To schedule treatments, please call (407) WDW-SPAS or (407) 939-7727 up to 180 days in advance. Reservations are highly recommended!

Relaxation

Going along the line of spa time, a Disney World adult only trip is going to be a lot more relaxing. I mean, being home without kids is relaxing. I went for a week once with my significant other and we spent a week at Disney World and scheduled 2 of those days for pure relaxation. We spent hours at the pool, having mixed cocktails, taking naps. In the morning we would wake up, open the patio doors and have our breakfast and coffee. It was the best thing ever.

Drinking Around the World at Epcot

Eleven drinks.  Let’s go.

Epcot is home to 11 countries, it’s Disney’s attempt at a permanent World Fair and it’s beautiful.  Drinking around the world is when you drink one beer, cocktail, or glass of wine in each country.  Can you make it?

Start in Canada with a Torontopolitan and end in Mexico with a Margarita.

This offers an opportunity to try interesting drinks and have an overall fun experience.

Itinerary

To help you out and maybe give you an idea of what a few days at Disney World for adults will look like, here’s a sample itinerary.

Day – 1

Arrival

I always try to arrive in Orlando early morning but remember check in isn’t until 3pm.

I don’t suggest Advanced Dining Reservations because you never know when you’ll be done checking in and what if you’re hungry before the reservation time?

I use the arrival day to get situated, get some groceries and drinks from the store, and have a nice dinner. If I have time I hit the pool but I try not to push it.

Day 2

THEME PARK

Magic Kingdom is a must do for anyone visiting Disney World. Epcot and Animal Kingdom tie for second.

With the World of Avatar, Animal Kingdom has become more desirable.

Day 3

Relax

Make a nice dining reservation for today. Sleep in, take it easy, and spend some time at the pool. Most Disney pools have pool bars and they make excellent drinks.

I also tend to buy a case of beer and bring a few with me to the pool or just sit on the patio with them.

Day 4

THEME PARK DAY TWO

Day 5

Departure.

A sad day.

I’m curious, what do you think when you think about an adult only Disney World trip?

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7 thoughts on “Disney World Adult Tips – Grown Ups go to Disney

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    I do plan to go to Disney World sometime soon. Fitting in some spa time and trying some of the drinks in Epcot could be fun!

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    We are on the opposite coast, living just minutes from Disneyland. It’s one of our favorite date night destinations! But I would love to take a kid-free trip to WDW some day soon. Parks in the mornings, spas in the afternoons. It sounds magical!

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    You would be surprised to know that I am not a huge Disney fan despite being surrounded by people who are. I would like to visit at least once in my life though.

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    I actually think Disney would be more fun without my kids. Don’t tell them that!

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    we were hoping to get to disney earlier this year but it didn’t work out, so i’m hoping later this year we can make the timing work.

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    I’ve never been to Disney World but a spa treatment at Disney sounds amazing! Bucket list for sure!

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