wdw for adults
Walt Disney World is a family-friendly destination, but plenty of adults visit the parks without their kids. While it’s certainly not Las Vegas, there are plenty of ways to stay entertained here when you’re no longer a kid. You don’t even have to be much of a kid at heart to take in the Disney World experience!
Is Walt Disney World fun for adults?
Walt Disney World is actually very popular for adults traveling without kids. Many adults enjoy visiting Walt Disney World with friends, alone or with other family members. They appreciate the alone time, attractions, details, and great dining.
Unlike Disneyland in California, Walt Disney World has four theme parks, two water parks, several promenades, and over a dozen resorts. With so many places to look for adult-friendly activities, it’s hard to have a bad time at the “Most Magical Place on Earth!”
To make the most out of your time at Walt Disney World, it’s important to know everything it has to offer to guests who are over 18. Even if you’re on a smaller budget, you can still own your Disney vacation!
Go to Epcot
Epcot is probably Walt Disney World’s most adult-friendly theme park. At the park’s global pavilions, you can sample food and drinks from around the world while learning about different cultures. Some of the pavilions also have art and history exhibits!
Among Epcot’s most popular attractions is the Soarin’ Around the World hang gliding simulation. As you’re taken through different landscapes, you’ll drop, swoop, and glide through the “air” on a ride for people 40” or taller. It’s a breathtaking experience!
Explore Disney Springs
Once called Downtown Disney, Disney Springs is a promenade with fine dining, entertainment, and photo opportunities. While you’re here, you can shop (or window shop) at high-end retailers, artisan shops, and Disney-themed art stores. After 10:00pm, The Edison turns into an adult-only establishment featuring DJs, aerialists, and other live entertainers.
You can even take a short ride in an air-painted hot air balloon!
Disney Springs is expansive, using bridges to connect areas that are otherwise separated by water. You could easily spend a few hours here, so arrive in the early evening to give yourself more time to explore.
Walk Along the BoardWalk
Not to be confused with Disney Springs, the BoardWalk is actually a resort area. Since the resort is more luxurious than most of Walt Disney World’s other options, you’ll see a range of classy establishments here.
After eating some seafood at the Flying Fish, stop by AbacadaBar for some cocktails. If you prefer beer, try Big River Grille & Brewing Works. As the night carries on, dance your heart out at the Atlantic Dance Hall or listen to some great pianists at Jellyrolls. These venues only admit guests who are over 21 years of age, so there’s no chance of being surrounded by bothersome kids.
Did you know that you can book a campsite at Walt Disney World? The Campgrounds at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort offer a rustic vacation without forcing you to forfeit fun amenities. Park your RV, camper, or tents on your reserved plot of land, which comes with a picnic table, grill access, and some hookups.
Guests at the campgrounds can drink at Crockett’s Tavern, dine at the Trail’s End Restaurant, and swim in two pools (one with a hot tub). Guests can even learn how to shoot a bow and arrow at the Fort Wilderness Archery Experience!
This accommodation isn’t just unique – it’s affordable, too. All campsites sleep up to 10 people, and the least expensive sites cost just $60/night. If you don’t have your own RV, you can rent one from one of Disney World’s recognized vendors. Why haul your own if you don’t have to?
Get After Hours Tickets
Let’s face it: during the daytime, Walt Disney World is packed with screaming, cranky, impatient kids. If you’re visiting the parks without children, consider buying After Hours tickets. The parks won’t be as crowded after the sun sets, so you’ll experience shorter wait times for rides and a more peaceful visit overall.
After Hours is not offered every night. Before committing to buying a ticket, make sure you’ll be visiting during an After Hours event. Otherwise, you’ll be spending extra money for nothing.
Check Out the Classics at Magic Kingdom
With all-new attractions based on newer films, it can be hard to remember that the characters you know and love from your childhood are still at Magic Kingdom. Do you remember the classic spinning teacups and the It’s a Small World ride? They’re still here!
You can also ride through familiar scenes from The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, fly aboard Dumbo, and experience Mickey’s PhilharMagic stage show.
You’ll also find thriller rides that have been a staple for some time now. Make sure you have a FastPass for the Haunted Mansion, the Big Thunder Mountain roller, and Space Mountain.
Book Your Resort Close to Disney Springs
The rooms and suites at the BoardWalk resort are out of many people’s budgets, but you can still grab a nice room near Disney Springs! Being close to the promenade puts you at the center of one of Walt Disney World’s most updated areas, reimagined with elegance in mind. While Mickey waffles are awesome for breakfast, you may be craving something more mature for dinner. At a resort in the Disney Springs region, you’ll be close to some of Disney’s finest eateries!
The Disney Springs resort area offers several options for every budget.
Let Yourself Be a Kid
Adults don’t typically visit Walt Disney World for the luxury resorts and fine dining options – those are just perks. They visit for nostalgia’s sake. Most park attractions happily invite adults to visit them, so don’t let your age stop you from enjoying your childhood favorites. No one’s judging you here!
On your Disney vacation, you won’t have to worry about being bored as an adult surrounded by theme parks. Each park of Walt Disney World offers something different to adults, so take advantage of these fun attractions. Remember – you’re nowhere near the only adult who’ll be enjoying themselves here!