Disney World isn’t just for kids, it features many relaxed, romantic, and unique experiences geared towards adults. It may surprise some of you, but Walt Disney World is actually quite popular for adults without kids. There’s an unfortunate stereotype that childless adults who visit Walt Disney World are weird. My husband and I make many trips with no kids at all and have made lots of fantastic memories. This is where I met my husband and even where I got married. Okay, so I may be a bit biased as a huge Disney fan but I am not alone! So let’s cover why Disney World is for adults.
Best Disney World Hotels for Adults
Deciding which Walt Disney World resort to reserve all depends on your personal preferences and vacation budget. I recommend spending a little more and staying away from the value resorts. The value resorts are highly geared towards kids with their oversized Disney elements and attract many young ones. For a more a more intimate experience on an adult only trip I recommend looking at some of Disney’s more luxurious resorts.
- Saratoga Springs
- Port Orleans Resort – Riverside and French Quarter
- The Animal Kingdom Lodge
- Boardwalk Hotel
- Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
- Yacht Club Resort
Another option is to reserve a room at an off-site hotel like the exquisite, Four Seasons, Waldorf Astoria, and Ritz Carlton. Keep in mind that off-site hotels and resorts may not provide transportation to and from the parks and Walt Disney World attractions and could require renting a car.
Adult Dining at Disney World
Disney has so many fantastic dining options. If you are planning an adult only trip treat yourself and try to squeeze in as much signature dining as possible! Since these are two credits on the dining plan you may want to go the route of paying out-of-pocket. Just be sure to figure out where you want to eat and do the math before you get the dining plan. Some of my husband and I favorite spots to have a nice meal include:
- California Grill at the Contemporary Resort
- Yachtsmen’s Steakhouse at the Yacht Club
- Flying Fish on the Boardwalk
- Be Our Guest Fantasyland Magic Kingdom
- Le Cellier Canada in Epcot
- Jiko at the Animal Kingdom Lodge
- Victoria & Albert’s the Grand Floridan Resort and Spa (Disney’s top-rated dining)
Nightlife just for Adults at Disney World
The BoardWalk offers an abundance of nightlife, which is why we recommend you stay at the hotels that surround it. Jellyrolls has a dueling piano bar and on your way to dance the night away be sure to stop and see the boardwalk entertainers along the way.
Disney Springs has recently had a revamp which now has some great bar locations perfect for adults to enjoy a night out. Head over to the Edison for a lavish, industrial gothic-style hotspot for classic American cuisine, craft cocktails and unique entertainment. STK isn’t your standard steakhouse. While it serves some tasty steaks it also turns into a nightclub as the evening continues on. If you are an Indiana Jones fan then Jock Lindsay’s Hangar Bar is a must do!
Trader Sam’s over at the Polynesian resort provides a unique bar experience. This easy to miss tiki bar features interactive effects, tons of detail, and references to classic Disney attractions. Even if you don’t drink, it’s worth going here solely for the entertainment value and the souvenir cups!
So what do you think? Would you do an adult only trip to Walt Disney World? If you want some more tips for an adult only vacation read Most Romantic Disney Restaurants and Disney World Date Night Ideas or even check out our Disney Honeymoon Tips.
I have been visiting the parks annually since my parents first brought me at just a year old. Recently I was able to fulfill my life long dream of being a Florida local and moved from the wintery Northeast to the sunshine and fun of central Florida. Now I am hoping to share my Disney knowledge with you so you can have the best vacation possible!
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