I have only been to Disney with kids a small handful of times. Most of my visits are adult only trips and I thoroughly enjoy planning and experiencing each one. Adult only Disney trips give you the freedom to explore and experience the magic at your own pace without have to worry about nap times, temper tantrums, or height restrictions.
I highly encourage taking an adults only Disney trip. Here are 10 tips and tricks to help you enjoy your magical (adult only) vacation.
Dining Options: There are so many amazing restaurants at Walt Disney World. I have an entire Disney Dining Bucket List dedicated to all the restaurants I want to try. If you are travelling without children, planning some reservations in advance to take advantage of the adult dining options is a great idea. One of my favorite memories from our last trip to Disney was our dinner at Coral Reef. We still talk about how good that meal was and it was a romantic date night right in the middle of the magic.
Disney’s Boardwalk and Disney Springs: These areas are filled with shopping, dining, and bar experiences that cannot be found anywhere else. While these areas are probably not particularly thrilling for children, as an adult, these are some of my favorite places at Walt Disney World.
Head to Jellyrolls at Disney’s Boardwalk for an awesome nightlife experience. The lounge features dueling pianos and great music. If you are travelling with a sports fan, let them catch their must see games at ESPN Club (also located at Disney’s Boardwalk). When you enter ESPN Club, the hostess will ask you what game you are there to watch and will seat you in a section that is playing that game.
Disney Springs has been exploding with new shopping options over the past year. Pandora, Vera Bradley, Vince Camuto, and UNIQLO have all set up shop. Take some time to wander around and window shop while you are there.
Thrill Rides: If you want to get an adrenaline boost, check out some of the thrill rides that Disney has to offer such as Space Mountain, Rock ‘n’ Roller-coaster, and Tower of Terror. You won’t have to worry about scaring the living day lights out of your kids while you scream with joy.
Disney Spa Treatments: You know what, being an adult is hard work! We have bills to pay, people who depend on us, jobs to keep, deadlines – ugh! So why not take some time during your Disney vacation to relax and enjoy a spa treatment? Senses Spa at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa offers everything from massages to facials. Take some time to relax and recharge!
Adult Beverages: Sometimes you just need a nice cool drink at the end of a long day. Disney definitely has you covered! If you are travelling during Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival, your options are almost endless and definitely make sure to pace yourself. All Disney World parks now serve alcohol, however alcohol at Magic Kingdom is only available at Be Our Guest.
Travel Light: When you are not travelling with children there is no need to haul in a huge diaper bag, backpack, stroller, emergency diaper bag, etc. Pack light and bring just a small park bag with you that includes that essentials and enjoy the freedom of exploring without additional luggage.
Go Off the Beaten Path: Take some time to explore some less-traveled areas of Disney World during your adults only vacation. The rose gardens at the United Kingdom pavilion in Epcot, the trails at Fort Wilderness, or behind the scenes tours are great places to start! Just take your time and follow the road less traveled.
Enjoy the Little Things: Slow down and enjoy the moment! Try to not get caught up in the hustle and bustle of Walt Disney World. Sit down and enjoy watching the ducks, lingering in the shade, be present. There is so much to see and do at Disney, but some of the best moments will come when you are not expecting them.
Stay Late to Shop: Disney World shops stay open an hour after the park has officially closed. If you are a night owl, do your shopping then, when the crowds are thinner. Plus, you don’t have to deal with carrying around your packages or having them shipped to your resort.
Remember to Take Breaks: Just because you are an adult doesn’t mean you won’t need breaks (or even a nap) during your day. The great thing about taking an adult only trip is that you are on your own schedule so stop when you need to, drink plenty of water, and take care of yourself. Remember to pack sunscreen! If you are looking to get out of the sun for awhile, take a look at my picks for the best “cool” rides at Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom.
Have you ever considered taking an adults only Disney vacation? If not, I highly suggest that you do. Travelling with kids is great, but there is just something completely wonderful about going to Disney as an adult. You can feel like a kid again without also worrying about the children with you.
What are your favorite ways to enjoy Disney as an adult? Let me know your tips and ideas in the comments.