I remember the first time Hubby and I were considering going to Disney World we had one major concern – is it weird to go without kids?
For all intents and purposes we have the maturity level of a 7 year old, but would we have fun? Are there things to do there for just adults? Will the cast members judge us for gawking at Cinderella’s Castle alone?
But would that deter us from going?
After much debate about whether to take a “suitable adult vacation” (real talk, I have NO idea what that would entail. A tax seminar? Throwing your head back and laughing while hanging out with those couples you see on the Viking Cruise commercials?) or follow our dreams down to ye old towne of Orlando, Florida, we decided to visit The Happiest Place on Earth.
It was wonderful.
After having gone both with and without kids (we
borrowed took went with some of my younger cousins), we can say with certainty that Disney is not just for kids. You can absolutely enjoy Disney World as just adults. Here are some quick recommendations for things adults can do while at Disney World:
- Make a reservation at Be Our Guest – the menu comes with wine pairings with the meal (we really enjoyed the steak dish). Do it. Trust us on this one. You will feel as though you stepped into the movie.
- Drink your way around the world at Epcot.
- While at Epcot, take your time and enjoy each country’s exhibition. You get bonus points if you walk around the world twice.
- Make a reservation at the California Grill and enjoy the fireworks over a meal (date night, anyone??).
- Use the late night Extra Magic Hours to your advantage to enjoy shorter ride times, less stroller traffic, and how different (and beautiful) the parks look at night.
- Resort hop. Better yet, take the bus to Golden Oaks and daydream about what it would be like to own a house at Disney World.
- Plan to visit during one of the festivals (i.e Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival or the Flower and Garden Festival) where there will be more things geared towards adults (concerts, wine/beer tastings, cooking seminars, dessert events, etc…).
- Visit Disney’s BoardWalk Resort to grab a drink and watch some street performers.
- Visit Disney Springs. Our favorite spot is Sprinkles where you can design your own cupcake dessert. So cute and soooo delicious.
- Feed into your competitive edge with games like Toy Story Mania at Hollywood Studios. Beware: grudges may form!
The reality is you get to do all of the same things you would do with kids, but there are some benefits to going as just adults – you can stay out longer, wait times go by quicker, and it’s easier to make reservations for 2 than for 4+. So if you’ve ever been toying with the idea as to whether or not it is “worth it” to go as just adults, our votes are yes, it is totally worth it.