Disney World for Adults2018-12-12T17:17:35+00:00

Guide to Disney World for Adults

Top 9 List of the Best Places, Events, and Activities for Adults to Enjoy at Disney World

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Disney World has always marketed itself as the ultimate family-friendly resort destination. This is still is very much the case today, but their efforts have now branched out to target adults without children as well. And it’s not just marketing spin; Disney World has plenty of adulting-oriented offering to make its pitch. Some of the things an older demographic may find appealing include Disney’s food, wine, gardening, and arts festivals, the many concerts, shows, and park tours, its vibrant nightlife and exceptional fine dining, sporting activities, shopping, and more.

It’s true that Disney has long since been a popular honeymoon destination for newlyweds. However, the park is now legitimately a worthy destination for adult couples and friends (without kids) at any time of the year. Here is our guide to Disney World for adults, a top 9 reasons list of why adults do – or should – love Disney World!

1. Best Disney World Resorts for Adults

Best Disney Resorts for Adults

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The lodging needs of families are typically much different than those of kid-free adults. Adults tend to prefer a more tranquil – or even romantic – environment. They may want to be situated near good transportation, lively nightlife, sophisticated dining, spas, or maybe just away from the hustle and bustle of the park. Wherever your priorities lie, here are a few of the Disney World resort hotels that are often regarded as the best choices for adults.

Disney’s Port Orleans – French Quarter – This charming New Orleans-themed Disney Moderate Resort is relaxed, quiet, and has fewer children than most. Enjoy the magnolia trees and architecture, take an evening stroll along the Sassagoula River, and head to Scat Cat’s Club to catch a live jazz performance (with full-service bar).

Disney Grand Floridian Resort & Spa – The Grand Floridian is Disney’s flagship Deluxe Resort hotel, so it’s obviously not a top choice for budget-conscious adults. However, its regal Victorian-style architecture and magnificent multi-story lobby make this resort Disney’s most posh and elegant. The grounds are beautiful, the restaurants are superb, and the resort is located conveniently on the monorail loop. The Grand Floridian also really shines around Christmas time.

Disney’s Boardwalk Inn – If nightlife is your thing, then you should certainly consider staying at the BoardWalk Inn. This resort is themed after a classic turn-of-the-last-century Atlantic City inn. Its vibrant Atlantic Dance Hall, AbracadaBar, and Jellyrolls piano bar cater to adults, and the resort is located within walking distance to all that Epcot has to offer.

Other Disney Resorts for Adults: Our other recommendations for adults include the classy Yacht Club Resort and the appropriately named Beach Club Resort, an expansive hotel with an amazing pool complex.

As for Disney Value Resorts, they are inexpensive but generally noisier and unquestionably geared towards kids.

2. Best Disney World Theme Park for Adults

Disney World for Couples

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Each of the Disney four theme parks has its own character and appeal. We know that they are fun for families, but they also loads of fun kid-free adults. If possible, every Disney World vacation should include at least one day at each theme park. That said, some parks have slightly more adult-friendly elements than others. 

Epcot is arguably the best Disney theme park for adults. This is based on criteria like attractions, dining, drinking, shopping, and shows. The culturally enriching pavilions of World Showcase are usually a top-priority for adults. Epcot also wins out on events. The park does not disguise the fact that  Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival, Flower and Gardening Show, and the Festival of the Arts are geared towards adults.

Animal Kingdom may be #2 for best theme parks for kids-free adults. It has a relaxed atmosphere, great rides, interesting dining options, captivating scenery, and plenty of exotic animals to fascinate. Animal Kingdom is one of the most low-key areas of the park at night, as opposed to much livelier World Showcase section of Epcot. 

But really, a Disney vacation for adults is all about tapping into your inner child. Therefore, any one of Disney World’s theme parks may be more of your thing, including the most quintessential and kid-friendly park – Magic Kingdom.

3. Best Disney World Restaurants for Adults

Best Disney World restaurants for adults

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With so many dining options to choose from, Disney World really has something for everyone. Some adults traveling without kids may be just fine with quick service meals, buffets, and family-oriented table service meals. However, there are also quite a few fine dining locations where kids aren’t the focus.

The Grand Floridian Victoria and Albert’s is regarded as the creme-de-la-creme of Disney fine dining. In fact, it’s the only AAA Five-Diamond Award-winning restaurant in Florida.

The California Grill is another popular dining spot for adults. This Contemporary Resort restaurant not only offers some of Disney’s highest quality food, but it also gives you a wonderful birds-eye view of the park.  

Epcot’s World Showcase is another place to head. Steak aficionados will delight in Canada Pavilion’s Le Cellier, Italian-food lovers rave about Italy Pavilion’s Tutto Italia. Lastly,  Jiko is top-rated dining location in Animal Kingdom Lodge which focuses on the spices and flavors of Africa and Asia.

There are plenty of other worthy contenders, but these suggestions will get you started. Remember to book your Table Service reservations as early as possible.

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4. Best Disney World Bars, Lounges, and Nightlife for Adults

Best Bars, lounges, and Nightlife for adults at Disney Word

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Disney World has tons of bars and dining establishment to grab drinks, most with interesting themes.  You can also find alcoholic beverages throughout the theme parks, resorts, and shopping areas.

Some of our favorite Disney World drinking establishments for adults include Epcot’s La Cava del Tequila and Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar; Animal Kingdom’s outdoor bar Dawa Bar and the Nomad Lounge inside upscale Tiffins restaurant; the stylish retro AbracadaBar in Disney’s BoardWalk; Disney Springs’ art deco The Edison and the Irish-themed Raglan Road Irish Pub (both with live entertainment); and the 50’s era themed Tune-In Lounge in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Disney World is also home to a House of Blues location. This massive, multi-zoned venue has several live bands every night of the week and plenty of opportunities to dance the night away. The House of Blues also serves a menu of soulful food and plenty of drinks.  Some events are free and others are not, so check the current schedule before you go.

Another popular nightlife spot for adults is Jelly Rolls piano bar on Disney’s BoardWalk. The nightclub features a stage with two pianists battling it out as they play popular hit songs and even take requests from the crowd. Members of the audience are encouraged to join in on the sing-alongs. There is a cover change but its certainly worth it (unless you don’t like having fun).

If nightclubs and lounges aren’t your things, you can certainly enjoy some of the more conventional Disney family activities at night. The Wishes Nighttime Spectacular is Magic Kingdom’s nightly fireworks spectacular, Illuminations: Reflections of Earth is Epcot’s version of a nightly fireworks display, Disney and Springs is home of the ever-popular Cirque du Soleil show. You may also want to book a nighttime reservation for Hollywood Studios’ Fantasmic! show, catch a flick at AMC Movies at Disney Springs 24, or just stroll the BoardWalk and relax by Crescent Lake.

5. Disney World Bar Crawls for Adults

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Disney World bar crawls are a thing these days. It’s certainly not an activity to bring the kids along, but if you are over 21, bar crawls around Disney World may be your idea of fun.

One popular bar crawl is referred to “Drinking Around the World.” In order to partake, you must first buy an Epcot theme ticket and then head to the World Showcase section of the park. Here you can challenge your adult companion(s) to drink one beer, wine, or cocktail beverage at each of 11 World Showcase countries. This can be a lot of fun – especially with larger groups of people – but you should know your limitations and drink responsibly because Disney has a strict policy against public intoxication. Consider sharing your alcoholic drinks with your companions save money and prevent any regrettable incidents. Note that World Showcase is typically open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., so you have less than an hour to down each beverage!

An alternative to Drinking Around the World is the less intensive Resort Monorail Loop bar crawl.  You can any start at any one of the Magic Kingdom-area monorail resorts – The Contemporary, The Polynesian, and The Grand Floridian  – and then continue on the monorail to the next stop. These resorts offer a variety of bars to choose from, and most serve food in case you want to soak up some of that alcohol.  

6. Disney World Unique Access Tours for Adults

Not surprisingly, adults tend to enjoy informational tours a lot more than kids do. If you are the curious type and don’t mind spending extra money, Disney World offers several guided tours they refer to as Unique Access Tours.

The most popular Unique Access Tour is Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom Tour. This particular tour is a 5-hour in-depth and behind-the-scenes look at Disney’s oldest and most iconic theme park, Magic Kingdom. Here you will have access to locations that the general public never sees, including The Cinderella Castle Suite and the “Utilitor,” Disney’s mysterious underground tunnel system. The Keys to the Kingdom Tour is your opportunity to learn all about the history and of Magic Kingdom’s classic attractions and discover little-known tidbits and secrets about the park.Lunch is provided and you even get to take home a keepsake. A must for any true Disney fan!

Disney offers an even longer tour (7 hours) called Backstage Magic tour, as well as a similar backstage tour of Epcot named The UnDISCOVERed Future World tour.

Other Unique Access Tours

Unique Access Tours give you a fresh look at the park and VIP access to select experiences. Each tour is conducted by enthusiastic and informative guides. Unique Access Tours are offered throughout the year and to guests of all ages. However, adults tend to appreciate this type of activity more than kids do (and have a longer attention span). Besides Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom tour, the current lineup of Unique Access Tours includes:

*This lineup is subject to change

And if money is no object, you may want to consider one of the personalized VIP tours offered by VIP Tour Services.

7. Disney World Golf for Adults

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Take a break from the theme parks and hit the links for a day. Walt Disney World is home to three spectacular championship-level golf courses and a par-36 walking course. The WDW golf courses – operated by Arnold Palmer Golf Management – have garnered prestigious awards and hosted major PGA events over the years.

Disney’s golf courses offer lessons and golf cart rentals and are welcoming to guests of all ages (but you shouldn’t expect to find too many kids here). Proper golf attire is required, so don’t show up wearing flip-flops and a Mickey Mouse t-shirt!

Find out more about Disney’s Palm, Magnolia, Buena Vista, and Oak Trail golf course here: https://www.golfwdw.com/

8. Disney World Boat Rentals for Adults and Couples

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If golf isn’t your thing, maybe a boat rental is more your speed. Whether you prefer a relaxing excursion or a speedy adventure, Disney World has you covered.

Explore the scenic lakes and lagoons and get unmatched views of the theme parks. Or maybe you would rather just find a quiet natural inlet to escape the sights and sounds of the park.

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort offers canoe and kayak rentals.

The park’s marinas allow you to rent a variety of motorized watercraft for parties between 2 and 10 people.  Rates are based on a per half hour basis and guests must be over 18 years old (w/ a valid driver’s license or id) to make the reservation.

Disney’s Marina Locations:

We should also note the bike rentals are also available. Check out this link to find the 8 select bike rental locations throughout the park: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/recreation/bike-rentals/

9. Disney World Spas and Health Clubs for Adults

disney world spas for adults

Do you like to pamper yourself? Of course you do – especially when you are on vacation!

Disney World is home to a number of spectacular health clubs and full-service luxury spas and salons. Spas can help you rejuvenate your body and make you feel like a princess (or prince). And exercise buffs have several top-notch health clubs to help combat those delicious high-calorie Disney meals and keep you in tip-top shape as you are away from your normal home exercise routine.

We hope that you have found our Disney World for Adults page helpful. If you need help planning your trip to Walt Disney World, please contact our friends at The Vacationeer to help you plan and book your trip. We are here to help you plan the most magical Disney vacation possible.

For more helpful Disney World vacation information, check our Disney Crowd Calendar, Disney Transportation Map, Disney Dining Plan Calculator, and our other tips and review pages.

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