When it comes to the Happiest Place on Earth, many people think that Disney is a vacation destination just for families and children. But, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Disney World is one of the best vacation destinations for anyone — even if they don’t have kids coming with them on the trip.
From world class dining experiences, thrill rides, shopping, and more, Disney offers a lot for anyone traveling without children. So, what are the best ways to enjoy Disney World without kids? Well, in this article, we’re going to specifically address this question by naming some fun activities and attractions you do union immediately entering the park.
Disney World for Adults…Without Kids?
The Disney Parks and Resorts offers a lot of variety when it comes to hotel accommodations. Disney has three tiers of resorts — Value, Moderate, and Deluxe. Each of these offers a variety of amenities, like dining, shopping, and spa services.
But, which ones are the best Disney World hotels for adults? Of course, it’s all up to you and the type of trip and budget you have in mind.
But, for most adults staying at a Disney World Deluxe resort is a pretty special experience. Deluxe resorts include large hotel rooms, multiple restaurants to dine at, on-site recreation (like water activities, spa services, and arcades), shopping, and are typically closer to Disney theme parks. If you’re looking for a relaxing or even just convenient experience, you can’t get better than a Deluxe resort.
Below, check out a video of a couple that enjoyed their time at WDW without their children.
Here are a list of Deluxe Resorts on Disney property that are extremely popular for adults of all ages.
- Animal Kingdom Lodge:
Ever dreamed of taking a trip to the African savanna? The Animal Kingdom Lodge will make you feel like you’re on a real safari. The lodge itself offers incredible views of African wildlife, including giraffes and zebras. And, depending on the view that you choose for your hotel room, you may even have views of these amazing animals right outside your hotel balcony.
How cool is that? Animal Kingdom Lodge offers some of the best dining experiences on property, including Jiko: The Cooking Place, spa services (including massage), several pools, lounges, and shopping. It’s a popular resort choice for adults of all ages.
- Boardwalk Resort:
Relive the 1920s, when you stay at the Boardwalk Resort. If you are planning to spend a lot of time at Epcot, Boardwalk is the perfect resort, because it’s a short walk to the Epcot World Showcase. If you love fine dining, you’ll have a lot of options at the Boardwalk because there are many restaurants at the resort and located nearby at the theme parks and Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club and Swan and Dolphin Resorts.
The Boardwalk Resort has access to nighttime entertainment like Jellyrolls Dueling Piano Bar too. Boardwalk Resort is great for adults of all ages but is particularly good for younger adults and younger couples.
- Contemporary Resort:
Take a trip into the future with Disney’s Contemporary Resort. The Contemporary is an iconic Disney World resort and one of the first ones built too. So, it has a lot of Disney history. Most impressive are the views and features. Disney’s monorails go directly through the resort, making it a unique place to stay and explore.
If you love fine dining, Disney’s Contemporary Resort has one of the best fine dining experiences on Disney property — the California Grill. This signature dining restaurant is located on the top floor of the resort and includes some of the best views you will find of the Disney Parks and Resorts.
The Contemporary also has access to basic spa services, water activities, a pool, and several dining experiences. Plus, it’s a short walk or monorail ride to the Magic Kingdom. This resort is popular with couples and older adults.
- Grand Floridian Resort & Spa:
When it comes to a truly luxurious Disney resort experience, it can’t get any more grand than Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. If you love fine dining, there is not one but three signature dining restaurants located here, including Victoria & Albert’s — a AAA 5-Diamond Award winning restaurant.
Guests who visit the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa can also take advantage of a full luxury spa experience, pools, water activities, shopping, and more. This resort is very popular for older couples and those adults who want to experience a luxurious vacation.
- Polynesian Village Resort:
Say “Aloha” to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. If you have always wanted to go to Hawaii, the Polynesian Resort is for you. Fun and filled with lots of amenities, you can’t go wrong with this deluxe resort. The resort offers several dining experiences, including the Spirit of Aloha dinner show.
Plus, there are lots of water activities, a volcano themed pool, a popular bar — Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, and you can even learn to make Hawaiian leis or hula dance. With a low-key vibe and fun activities, the Polynesian is popular with adults of all ages.
- Wilderness Lodge Resort:
Travel to the Pacific Northwest when you visit the Wilderness Lodge Resort. Set in the woods, you’ll find the Wilderness Lodge to be a relaxing and quiet resort. There are several restaurants here, including the popular signature dining restaurant Artist Point.
If you love bars and lounges, Territory Lounge offers a lot of great food and drinks. Basic spa services area available, and you’ll find lots of water activities available too. Wilderness Lodge is perfect for those who want to get away from it all but still have easy access to the Disney Parks. It’s popular with adults of all ages.
- Yacht & Beach Club Resort:
Get a truly luxury experience while being super close to Epcot, when you stay at the Yacht & Beach Club Resorts. These two connected resorts have slightly different themes but are both water-inspired. Both feel a little more fancy than some other Disney Resorts, but that shouldn’t deter you from visiting.
These resorts offer great dining experiences, including a terrific seafood buffet at Cape May Cafe, a classic soda shop at Beaches & Cream, and fine dining at the Yachtsman Steakhouse. Plus, you have easy access to lots of dining options at resorts and theme parks nearby.
If you’re spending time at Disney’s Food & Wine Festival, these are convenient to the World Showcase and a bit more quiet than Disney’s Boardwalk Resort. These resorts are popular with couples and older adults.
Overall, you can see their Deluxe resorts are the perfect way for adults to experience Disney World. And, Deluxe Resorts vary in price, so you can find the right one for your touring style and budget too.
Disney Theme Parks: What Parks to Visit?
Disney World is all about the Disney attractions. But, which ones do you go on? Is one theme park more adult themed than others? If we had to pick, we would say that Epcot is probably the most popular Disney theme park for adults. This is because Epcot is home to several thrill rides — Soarin’ and Test Track.
And, even more popular are its festivals. Epcot offers several festivals throughout the year that include food, wine, and other beverages to sample at kiosks. Our favorite and the most popular? It has to be Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival typically held in September through November each year. Adults, even young adults, love getting to sample food and beverage from around the world.
Of course, adults will enjoy all the theme parks too, as there’s really something for everyone at each park. Older adults or those wanting to experience some nostalgia will love the Magic Kingdom. Hollywood Studios is great for young adults who love thrill rides. And, Animal Kingdom offers a perfect blend of thrill rides and other attractions, along with animal experiences.
Disney Dining: Where to Eat?
Eating at Disney World can include some of the best dining experiences that includes fine dining, character dining, regular table service, and even quick serving dining options. There’s really something for everyone. Here are some of the different types of dining experiences at Disney.
- Character Dining:
If you’re a big kid at heart and want to experience the Disney characters, try a character meal. This dining experiences give you a chance to feel like a kid again and meet your favorite Disney characters along with great food. Some of the most popular character meals include Cinderella’s Royal Table at the Magic Kingdom, 1900 Park Fare at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, and Tusker House at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
- Table Service & Quick Service Dining:
If character meals aren’t your speed, look for table service or quick service restaurants that serve quality food in creatively themed restaurants. Table service restaurants are your standard sit-down restaurants.
While quick service is generally considered fast food or fast casual fare. We absolutely love some of these types of restaurants like Sci-Fi Dine-In at Disney’s Hollywood Studios that give you a chance to have a unique restaurant experience while enjoying great food.
- Signature Dining:
If you’re a foodie, you can’t miss Disney’s signature dining. Disney’s signature dining locations serve high-end meals in beautifully themed restaurants. The food at these locations is some of the best on Disney property, and many of these restaurants include unique food and drink options too.
Adults visiting Disney World without kids may want to check out signature dining and table service restaurants that offer a bit more of a relaxed or upscale atmosphere. Of course, if you love to have fun with great restaurant themes and character dining, you can do that too!
Non-Theme Park Activities
When it comes to visiting Disney World, you may think you’re only going to theme parks. But, many adults visit Disney to enjoy the other amenities available throughout the resort. In fact, you could spend a whole week or two at the Disney Parks and Resorts without stepping into a theme park once. There’s that much to see and do! If you’re planning an adults only trip, why not consider taking advantage of the other activities that Disney offers? Here are a few of our favorites.
Spas: If you love to truly relax and unwind, take advantage of Disney’s spa services. From massages to facials and everything in between, there’s something for everyone looking to take a break away from it all. And, even if your resort doesn’t have spa services, you can still visit other Disney resorts to take advantage of the spa services that they offer. We love the spas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa.
Water Activities: From pools to water parks and even boat rentals, Disney has a ton of water activities to offer guests. If you’re staying at a Disney resort, enjoy their pools. For an added fee, you can visit Disney’s two water parks. Or, why not try some of the water activities at the resorts? You can rent small boats, pontoons, and even go fishing (additional rates apply).
Golf: Looking to spend some time on the fairways? Disney has impressive golf courses for those guests interested in golfing. If full scale golfing isn’t your speed, you can try your hand at miniature golf too. Disney has two miniature golf courses.
Taking a trip to Disney World without kids can be a really relaxing and fun experience. There’s so many ways to enjoy time in the theme parks, resorts, and other Disney areas without children. You can be as relaxed or as on-the-go as you want, and you’ll have the freedom to enjoy all that Disney has to offer on your trip to Disney World without kids.
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