Best Adult and Getaway Areas in WDW

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Best Adult and Getaway Areas in WDW

It seems like everywhere you go in Walt Disney World there are children and tons of people. So I started thinking... Every time my husband and I go to Disney we always seem to find spots where the crowds are quiet and there aren't as many kids. It's not that I don't like kids! Don't get me wrong! But when you take a "couples" vacation some seclusion from the kids and crowds can be nice... So here are 10 ideas from our experiences:

1. The People Mover. We have never waited in a long line to hop on those beautiful blue trains and most of the time the whole train is empty with the exception of your cart. The ride is reasonably long and I find it quite romantic, relaxing and quiet. This is a must for us on every trip.

2. Haunted Mansion. Yes, there are still a lot of people and you do have what I consider a short wait to get on this one... But the dune buggies are very private and the ride is pretty long so it gives you and your boo some quiet, private time together.

3. Spaceship Earth. Again there is always a short wait and people getting on this one but it is private, the duration is long and it's a quiet place to relax together while getting to see and learn a couple of cool things.

4. Sea Base in Epcot. The crowds here are usually pretty mellow... I think it's because a lot of people don't really know that it exists, myself included up to a few years ago when we stumbled upon it. It's quiet and romantic!

5. Any of the Animal Trails/Treks in Animal Kingdom. Animal Kingdom isn't very popular and the trails are usually pretty bare. What's not romantic about walking through a cave of foliage and seeing Tigers and Gorilla's up close and personal!

6. Tambu Lounge at the Poly. We have always gotten lucky and found seats at the bar. Even during the Super Bowl. This is an awesome place to kick back and relax for a couple of hours. They make delicious drinks and it's just a boat ride from Magic Kingdom.

7. Carousel of Progress. This is not a popular ride amongst the new generations and it's pretty long... So if you're looking to get away from the crowds in MK I highly recommend this attraction. We love it, it's a very cool ride and one of my husband's favorites.

8. Dawa Bar in Animal Kingdom. Be there right when it opens and you will score a seat at the bar. I love that you can so easily tune out the rest of the world at this bar. The seats don't face towards the crowds so you can easily forget that they are there.

9. The monorail. Taking a ride on the monorail certain times of the day can be very quiet and enjoyable for a couple. Especially if you do the resort crawl. Stop for a drink and a snack at each resort. It's almost as good as being in the parks.

10. Splash Mountain. If you get lucky, you might score your own flume! This has happened to us!

Can anyone else add more? I would love to know where you sneak away to, to get away from the crowds and the craziness that can be Disney World.

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Tune In Lounge and La Cava off the top of my head. I also like exploring the indoor exhibits (not shops) at the World Showcase. For example, the Stave Church (Norway), Mexico Folk Art Gallery, House of the Whispering Willows (China), etc. all tend to be pretty quite.

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Ditto what Allie said about the WS exhibits. And they're air conditioned too!

The boats on Bay Lake that go between WL, FW, and CR are really nice at night. They're generally almost to totally empty later in the evening. And if the Electrical Water Pageant is going by, the boat will stop and wait for it, giving you a different perspective.

We love all of the little nooks and crannies of the Morocco pavilion too.

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Tiggerbelle wrote:

The boats on Bay Lake that go between WL, FW, and CR are really nice at night.

Yes! I love those boats! I wish the ride was longer! lol

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Karlipants wrote:
Tiggerbelle wrote:

The boats on Bay Lake that go between WL, FW, and CR are really nice at night.

Yes! I love those boats! I wish the ride was longer! lol

ME too! The breeze is great.

DTD at night can be pretty romantic when things start to clear out more.
Tom Sawyer Island has some great quiet spots, even in the middle of the day.

Then there are all the places at the resorts. If you're staying at CBR the little paths on Caribbean Cay lead to two seater swing overlooking the water. The beaches are usually pretty isolated too. I'm sure each resort has their own spots.

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It's definitely not quiet, but I've never seen a child in Jelly Rolls or Atlantic Dance Hall.

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The Colonel wrote:
It's definitely not quiet, but I've never seen a child in Jelly Rolls or Atlantic Dance Hall.

Yes definitely some adult fun to be had at both of those places!

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I love the People Mover, Spaceship Earth, and Carousel of Progress and I think this might be part of the reason!! I also agree that there are some great adult spots around WS in Epcot as well.

Another place that gets you out of the hustle and bustle is the second floor dining area of Columbia Harbor House. I don't know that I would consider this "adult", but the last couple times I was there during very heavy crowds and this was our respite! Great for people watching, you can eat your fish and chips (sans alcohol...) and look down at the swarming MK masses from your comfortable, dining nook wink

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Ok 1,2, and 3 are like my favorite rides as well as 7 although the last couple of times I have been the Carousel has been down for refurbishments. So far the only thing that is down for refurb while we are there is It's a Small World but I think my fiance is not too upset about that wink

And number 9 is one of my favorite things to do. When I was little, the first time I went to WDW we stayed at the Polynesian and we ended up getting a mega room upgrade because they were refurbing some of the rooms and painting the room we were supposed to stay ended up being refurb! So they upgraded us to this whole house type thing. It was huge and had a huge full kitchen and VCR and huge full living room. Anyways, me and my grandpa would just go and ride the monorail we would just ride it around and sometimes we would get off and go into the different resorts and check them out. So it is always a tradition now to ride the monorail in a huge loop at least once while we are there. muchlove

I think it says it while you ride it now, but did you know that the people mover is run on magnets? I find this fascinating. This has another story for me too. Again with the fist time we went my grandmother and I don't ride rollercoasters (at least I didn't when I was 7) So we hung out on the people mover and just went round and around while my grandpa and my uncle went on Space Mountain. So I always love that ride. It is a nice relaxing place and a lot of people find it "boring" or don't even know what it is so the don't go on it. I always find it relaxing, quite and not crowded and when it picks up pace its always a good cool breeze.

I also think that "Resort Hopping" is fun and not crowded. Me and my grandpa used to do this to check out all the resorts. We would either get in the car and drive to them or we would hop on the bus, boat, or monorail. It is always fun to check out the resorts and how beautiful they are. And a lot of people are either in their rooms or in the parks so the lobbies are usually empty and laid back.

I also find that the pavilions at the countries are never that busy. I love the Mexico one and the boat ride, which I feel like not a lot of people know about.

I know there is a bunch more but I am having a mini brain fart right now I will have to return when I think of others.

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Mizners Lounge in GF is usually sans kids. The wine bar at Tutto Gusto can be a nice hideaway in the evening. There is a little patio to the left of the Rose and Crown that is often not very crowded. Great place to be outside, watch people on one side the the lake on the other.

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So many great suggestions!

For DVC members the Top of The World Lounge is a wonderful retreat too.

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The ferry from DTD to PO Riverside can be a very romantic ride depending on the time of day. One evening we were the only people on the ferry and there were thunderstorms out over the Gulf which gave us a wonderful, natural light show! The grounds of both PO resorts are lovely to walk through.

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