Disney World For Adults

What do you think when you hear "Disney World?" For many of us, the overarching thought is, "Disney World is a great place to take the kids. Once. Because we have to."

Well, over at WDW for Grownups, we'd like to argue otherwise. Hundreds of thousands of adults every year, without kids in tow, choose Disney World as their vacation destination of choice. And they can't all be wrong! Disney execs and imagineers work hard to ensure that adults are well catered to throughout Disney World's four theme parks, two water parks, dozens of dining establishments, and over 20 resort hotels. You'd be surprised how much fun the place can be for "grown-ups."

RESORT HOTELS FOR ANY BUDGET
Lots of folks don't even know that Disney World isn't just a day trip. You can easily spend two weeks there without seeing everything they have to offer. So we highly recommend booking a few nights--if not more--in a Disney World resort hotel.

Check out this Disney World Accommodations page for great information and links that will help you decide the perfect hotel for you. You can choose from budget, mid-rate, and luxury hotels, all offering the famous Disney service and perks.

TOP-NOTCH EATS
Whether gourmet cuisine, veggie choices, or burgers and fries are your "cup of tea," Disney World offers great options. There are hundreds of eating establishments throughout Disney's 40+ square miles, and you can find them in theme parks, hotels, Downtown Disney, and even the water parks!

Take a look at these resources for Walt Disney World dining information, and check out this information on the Disney World dining plans, which can save you plenty of cash during your trip!One important thing to remember is that Disney restaurants fill up fast, so contact Disney reservations at 407-WDW-DINE up to 90 days in advance of your stay (we suggest you call at least one month in advance, though many of the best restaurants fill up right at that 90-day mark).

Some of our favorite places to dine?
$$$: California Grill at the Contemporary Resort and Citricos at the Grand Floridian Resort;
$$: Le Cellier Steakhouse in Epcot's Canada Pavilion and 'Ohana at the Polynesian Resort;
$: Beaches and Cream at the Yacht and Beach Club Resorts and Casey's Corner on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom.

Don't forget Disney World's famous "character dining," where you can chow down amid the company of some of Disney's most famous characters: Just be careful not to get Goofy's ears all syrup-y...he hates that!

ACTION AND RELAXATION
One of the things we love the most about Disney World is that you can craft a vacation that uniquely suits YOUR lifestyle. Want to lay in a hammock all day drinking Margaritas and catching up on your reading beneath some softly swaying palm trees? No problem. Rather do some parasailing, a little race-car driving, some thrill rides, and finish it off with trying the latest dishes from celebrity chefs like Wolfgang Puck or Cat Cora? Again, no problem! You can get both of those--and anything in between.

For some great ideas on things to do in Disney World outside of the parks, check out this breakdown of events and activities. Some of our favorite things to do are sample international cuisine at the annual Epcot Food and Wine Festival in the fall, party with Mickey Mouse and friends at the Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party seasonal event, spend the afternoon on a boat rented at one of Disney World's marinas, catch an evening movie on the beach at one of Disney's resort hotels, and reserve a personal cruise to watch one of the daily Disney fireworks shows!

AND, OF COURSE, THOSE THEME PARKS
You may think that theme parks just aren't for you--long lines, kids (and parents) losing their tempers, heat and humidity, huge crowds, and high prices just aren't your bag.

Those aren't my bag, either. In fact, if that was what I was in for when visiting Disney World, I'd grab the first plane ticket anywhere but Orlando! But, the truth is, with just a little bit of planning and knowledge, you can avoid most of those pitfalls.

Visit our When to Go and What to Bring page for good resources on the best times of the year to visit Disney World. Luckily, grown-ups heading to Disney World without kids aren't subject to the school holidays, which is when most of the crowds and scorching hot weather coincide! Instead, consider visiting during the late fall and winter, when temperatures are temperate and crowds are minimal.

Also, check out our definitive guide to Avoiding Crowds at Walt Disney World. It's short, sweet, and tells you just about everything you need to know on that topic.

SO...YOU READY TO TRY IT OUT?
We really think you should. Some other good resources you might enjoy are these Walt Disney World for Grownups Articles, which cover topics like the best places to relax with a drink in Disney World, how to "work remotely" from Disney World (something we've had to work into the balance many times--everyone's got to take a conference call now and again, right?), and what exactly you would do at Disney World without your kids!

Finally, once you're ready to begin planning your trip, we've gathered a few more of our favorite resources from the wealth of Disney websites on the internet: Planning Resources to help you with budgeting and discounts, tickets, etc.; and Planning Tools to make everything go smoothly.

We love our trips to Disney World and hope you'll enjoy yours. Be sure to visit our user forums, where we have some great conversations going on about Disney World. If you have questions or want some input on your trip, you're sure to find a bunch of nice folks willing to help.

Rena Lesesne wrote on Sat, 11/12/2011 - 03:18:

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Hello, I read over your dedicated adult page, but actually did not see a list of activities expressly for adults. Please send me a list of specific activities.
Thank You

Kristen K. wrote on Sat, 11/12/2011 - 13:05:

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Hi Renee, there are actually very few activities that children are completely banned from at Walt Disney World. The only one that I can think of would be Victoria & Albert's Restaurant at the Grand Floridian. It's a very mature experience and all dinners must be at least 10 years old to eat there.

Bill wrote on Thu, 12/01/2011 - 03:28:

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Okay, we're making our first visit with our 4 & 6 year old boys this coming week. We would like to find a few adult type things to do for excitement while the boys are with friends. Is there any "must-see, or do" type things? Thanks.

Kristen K. wrote on Thu, 12/01/2011 - 13:41:

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Hi Bill!

WDW is such a huge place, with so many things to do! It's difficult to narrow it down without knowing your interests. When I go without my kids I make sure to eat at the better restaurant, stop by the lounges, go to the spa, and get some hot tub time in. Many others hit the parks and do all of their favorite rides that they can't do without kids! If you will have the evening alone, you can schedule a fireworks cruise, or have a romantic dinner at one of the fine dining establishments.

No matter what opportunity you take, you're sure to have a great time.
Our Forum is full of great ideas from the community on all sorts of activities, please stop by!

Basil wrote on Mon, 01/02/2012 - 03:17:

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I've been to Disney World five times and only one of those times was without the kids. The best time I've ever had in my life is when I was in Disney with the kids and thats the place me and my wife plan on taking the rest of our trips in the near and far future. Adult activity is watching the excitment on my kids face, especially when we tell them where we're going. When we went without the kids we found plenty of activitys that made us feel like adults with kids at heart which you cant find on any warm sandy beach anywhere. Maybe the older you get the more you miss being a kid. Thank you to the great cast members in Disney.

Gill wrote on Thu, 01/26/2012 - 03:32:

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My husband is taking me to Disney World because I have never been. He has not been since he was about 6 yrs old. We are in our early 40s and our son is now in his late 20s. He will not be going with us. I wanted to view this page because it was titled Disney World For Adults. The answers given to your previous guest was a little vague and the page had nothing but places to eat.
I think what all who have inquired here are wanting to know is what you have at your theme park that is not so and/or just LITTLE KID oriented to where adults would be waisting their money and time. All I want to know is what an adult might want to see or do if they didn't have children with them. Every adult that goes to Disney World without their children still has a little kid in them, but aren't going to ride on a kiddy ride or go to one of your theme parks or shows geared toward toddlers and 6 year olds. Please steer me in the right direction on where to locate this information. I am so excited to finally be going to Disney World.

Kristen K. wrote on Thu, 01/26/2012 - 13:02:

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Hi Gill! Don't rule out going to the theme parks, especially Epcot! Head over and join our forums for some fantastsic ideas of how to experience WDW without kids, and all of our blog posts are Disney adult oriented. Welcome to the site!

Judy wrote on Sun, 02/19/2012 - 03:19:

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In am interested in tours or behind the scenes things. ex. How to grow plants without soil, statistics about Disney world. What does it take to puts on the parade? Etc, etc

Kristen K. wrote on Sun, 02/19/2012 - 13:07:

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Hi Judy! Welcome to WDW for Grownups. There are several trours and excursions that can be taken at WDW that will give you the experience you're looking for. Disney keeps a list of tours and experiences that you can book at on their website:

http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/tours-and-experiences/

LynnS wrote on Tue, 03/06/2012 - 17:07:

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I have gone to the disney area alot in the past decade with my husband and no kids. We usually go to downtown disney walk around in the evening with a few drinks, stop and enjoy the entertainment at various spots just relax. (recommend eating at the express food spots outside cheaper and same food items).
During sporting events or not ESPN on the boardwalk, usually very busy just don't wait for a table go to the bar side n grab a table when one opens up its usually pretty quick.
Jellyrolls on the boardwalk is a piano bar great late night for drinks and singing along. (fun with a group). Citywalk in universal has all kinds of bars/clubs . The great thing is everyone is basically tourists wherever you go and all ages so have fun. if you want to shot millenia mall or mall of the millenia plus there international drive outlets.
epcot is a good park to grab food n drinks and definitely stay for the fireworks!

LynnS wrote on Tue, 03/06/2012 - 17:15:

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Boardwalk
-ESPN sports bar (busy go on the barside n grab a table yourself)
-Jellyrolls piano bar (good later at night with a group to sing along with)
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Downtown Disney (i do this a couple of nights when i go)
-walk around and have drinks
-eat at the little express spots (cheaper and the same food)
-enjoy live entertainment
-people watch

Epcot
-sightsee
-drinks/food (mexico boatride is fun after you've had some drinks in a few countries) eat at the little stands much cheaper and just as tasty recommend some fisn n chips or some tacos (opposite sides so start with 1 end with the other
-stay for the fireworks they are amazing

Universal Citywalk
all kinds of bars/clubs/nice restaurants

walk through other resorts and find restaurants and bars to relax at
everyones tourists wherever you go so have fun

DonaldDucksBiggestFan wrote on Sat, 06/16/2012 - 16:18:

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Although WDW is touted as a great place to take the kids, I had the best time when my husband and I took the last two trips there as just two big kids. We took thinks slower of course, but enjoyed every minute. If you like trains as does my husband, the backstage tour of the Disney Railroad was really fascinating and he didn't even mind the early-rise that day. Doing the finer restaurants at some of the resorts was particularly fun for us. We made reservastions in advance and planned each of our days accordingly. See the stage shows, especially Beauty and the Beast, Nemo Live etc. They are not only adult friendly, but the kids love them too. Jellyrolls Piano bar at the Boardwalk is a great night spot. Lively and entertaining music made it a great place to unwind after a long day at the parks. Sometimes just watching the looks on the kids and the little girls all dressed like princesses is priceless. I can't wait to go back. Just the big kid and I.

Candy wrote on Fri, 10/12/2012 - 21:26:

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I have been to Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Florida. I have been as a pre-teen and as an adult both with and without children. I found Epcot to be much more adult oriented as well as Animal Kingdom. The children enjoyed Fantasy land, of course, but going as an adult with another adult, I would spend minimal time there--although it is fun to walk around the park and some of the rides are appreciated more as an adult.

Jim wrote on Sat, 10/05/2013 - 14:15:

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Hi, I have been to WDW 4 times and wish i never stopped going. Its been 15 years. I am 45 and taking my wife who will be 53, and her 1st time there. We are calling it an imagination jumpstart. Our bodies are getting older but our mind and soul is still young at heart just need a little jump. We are looking at a moderate resort, and more then likely Port Orleans. Which would you recommend Riverside or French Quarters?

Kristen K. wrote on Sat, 10/05/2013 - 14:16:

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Most of the members over on our forums prefer the French Quarter side of the resort due to it's close proximity to main buildings and romantic theme!

Grama DJ wrote on Wed, 01/08/2014 - 03:12:

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I have been to WDW 7 times, 6 with family and friends (and children). My husband and I went alone to celebrate an anniversary and had a wonderful time. Backstage tour, special dinner at California Grill followed by watching the fireworks from the roof/balcony. We just took the days slowly and relaxed when we wanted. There are so many things that adults can do and have a good time. I always have to go on Soarin' once or twice and the Kilamanjaro Safari. I am always ready to go back, with all the grandkids and parents or just the 2 of us.

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