Do you remember how excited you were to go to Walt Disney World as a child? Going back to the magic as an adult only amplifies the excitement. Done right, a Disney World vacation for adults can have as much magic — if not, more — as your childhood trip to see Mickey Mouse.
Before you travel to the world of Hidden Mickey’s as a grown-up, make sure you know how to have the perfect Disney World vacation for adults.
Where to Stay for Your Walt Disney World Vacation
Deciding which Walt Disney World resort to reserve all depends on your personal preferences and vacation budget. While many on-site hotels are geared towards children, Walt Disney World is also home to multiple luxury resorts that appeal to adults including:
- Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
- Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside and French Quarter
- The Cabin’s at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
- Walt Disney World Swan or Dolphin Hotel
- Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
- Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
Another option is to reserve a room at an off-site hotel or resort. Keep in mind that off-site hotels and resorts may not provide transportation to and from the parks and Walt Disney World attractions.
Once you know where you’ll stay on a Disney World vacation for adults, it’s time to plan out your fun.
Things to Do on a Disney World Vacation for Adults
While there’s always the option of letting your inner child run free at the theme parks, there’s far more to experience on a Disney World vacation for adults.
Walt Disney World Nightlife
Disney Springs, formerly known as Downtown Disney, offers everything from shopping to live entertainment for guests of all ages. For extraordinary nightlife, be sure to go to these popular Disney Springs spots:
- Paradiso 37 Entertainment
- House of Blues
- Raglan RoadTM Irish Pub and Restaurant
During a Disney World vacation for adults, spend a night at Disney’s BoardWalk. The BoardWalk provides shopping, restaurants, and nightlife for guests above the age of 21. While you’re there, visit Jellyrolls and AbracadaBar for exciting cocktails, entertainment, and spectacular food.
The BoardWalk also provides phenomenal views of EPCOT. As a result, the BoardWalk bridge is one of the best places to watch the jaw-dropping fireworks show, “IllumiNations”.
Shows, Shows, and More Shows
Of course, Walt Disney World offers jaw-dropping shows for adults to enjoy. For a night of mystery and amazement, get your tickets to La Nouba by Cirque Du Soleil. This show is perfect for every age, especially adults. You’ll be on the edge of your seat as you wonder how the performers could possibly do these incredible feats of strength and agility.
Shows are performed throughout Walt Disney World theme parks as well. You don’t have to be a child to appreciate the magic of shows from the daring “Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular” to the wonderment of “Fantasmic”. No Disney World vacation for adults is complete without watching a magical performance.
Tour Walt Disney World Behind the Scenes
Get an inside look at the enchantment behind the theme parks by taking a tour during your Disney World vacation for adults. Reserve your spot for these one-of-a-kind tours:
- Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom Tour — Have you heard about Magic Kingdom’s underground tunnels? Discover if the urban myth is true.
- Backstage Magic Tour — Wondering how Walt Disney World produces magic on a daily basis? Your answer is on this tour.
- Backstage Tales Tour — Go behind the scenes at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and meet the 1,500 furry, scaly, or slimy residents of the park.
- Epcot Seas Aqua Tour — Snorkel in a massive EPCOT aquarium and meet sea turtles, sharks, angelfish and other stunning aquatic life. Will you find Nemo?
Non-Theme Park Fun for Adults
During a Disney World vacation for adults, you don’t have to attend a theme park every day. In fact, Walt Disney World has several non-theme park activities exclusively for adults.
After a few days in the theme parks, you’ll want a day to relax. A reservation at one of the many spas across the Walt Disney World resorts will do the trick. Senses, a spa at the Grand Floridian Resort, offers a myriad of spa, massage, and relaxation treatments for Walt Disney World guests. While you’re here, be sure to try one of the facial packages.
You can also schedule in a round or two at one of the many Walt Disney World golf courses. Or, if you prefer a less competitive golfing option, there’s also Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Mini Golf for carefree fun.
Find time for these non-theme park opportunities too:
- Carriage rides around the beautiful Walt Disney World resorts
- Characters in Flight – a helium balloon ride that takes you 400 feet up in the air
- Movies Under the Stars at one of the many resorts
- Lounging by the pool at your Walt Disney World resort
Where to Eat and Drink in Walt Disney World
No Disney World vacation for adults would be complete without dining reservations at one of the many gourmet restaurants such as:
- California Grill
- Il Mulino
- Victoria & Albert’s
- Yachtsman Steakhouse
- And More
Be advised that dining reservations at Walt Disney World can be hard to come by. Guests tend to secure their reservations months in advance of their Walt Disney World vacation for adults. It is also suggested that adults make late night reservations to avoid the family crowd between 5:00pm and 8:00pm.
If your restaurant of choice is booked, make a reservation at one of the many other top-notch restaurants. The day before your reservation, call the original restaurant to see if any reservations have opened up. If so, cancel your present reservations and grab seats at the restaurant you desire. You are able to cancel your reservations up to the day before without incurring a cancellation fee!
Once you’ve experienced fine dining at Walt Disney World, it’s time to take your taste buds on a worldwide excursion at EPCOT. There’s no better way to spend your day at EPCOT than eating and drinking around the world. From Japan to Morocco and beyond, you’ll taste exquisite meals and strong drinks from across the globe. Just don’t go on Test Track after your food and drink journey!
Of course, if you can schedule a Walt Disney World vacation for adults around the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, your trip is guaranteed to be outstanding.
Tips and Tricks for the Best Walt Disney World Vacation for Adults
Use these quick tips and tricks for a phenomenal Disney World vacation for adults:
Book Your Vacation for the Off Season
Walt Disney World experiences the lowest attendance between the months of December and March. Book a Walt Disney World vacation for adults during this time to enjoy lower prices, fewer crowds, and more time to explore the theme parks.
Visit Theme Parks Early in the Morning or Late at Night
Families and large crowds tend to visit the theme parks from late morning to late afternoon. Therefore, if you can arrive during the early morning or late night, you’ll experience less ride wait times and smaller crowds.
Download the My Disney Experience App
Every aspect of your Disney World vacation for adults can be hooked up to the My Disney Experience App. From your park tickets to exploring your resort, your entire vacation is at your fingertips. The especially beneficial part of the app is the ability to add your Fast Passes or quicker wait times and a pleasant theme park experience.
Book a Disney World Vacation for Adults
Before you go visit Mickey and Minnie Mouse, I’d like to offer one last piece of advice.