When most people think Disney World, they think Mickey Mouse, Cinderella’s castle, and families making memories that will last with them forever. But what if you aren’t traveling to Walt Disney World with a family? Maybe you’re visiting WDW on a girls trip, a honeymoon, celebrating a wedding anniversary, or just wanting to go on a vacation with your significant other, you may not want to do what every typical family does when going to Walt Disney World. You of course still want to make those memories, but maybe in a more adult fashion. You may be surprised, but Disney has a variety of options that are not intended for kids and today, I will be sharing my list of things you can do in Disney as an adult. Let’s get into it shall we?
Disney has a lot of options on where you can go to get a drink, but it won’t be like your normal bar/pubs back at home. There are so many different and interesting bars around WDW where you most likely won’t find any children. The first one our list is Animal Kingdom’s Nomad Lounge. I have seen Nomad Lounge, but haven’t had any drinks but let me tell you, the experience is one you won’t find much of in WDW. When you enter Nomad Lounge, it’s like you are entering another world that is far more calm and peaceful than the world that is WDW.
Nomad Lounge has tons of beautiful scenery and has a ton of history behind it, so I would definitely recommend you check that out.
Next we have Oga’s Cantina in Disney’s Hollywood Studios over in Galaxy’s Edge. I have actually been in the Cantina and wow is it incredible. It isn’t as quiet but they have a lot of interesting drinks and cocktails, not your normal beer and wine options. I promise you, everything looks pretty weird on the menu, but once you actually find a flavor you might like ugh… the drink options are so good! I think Galaxy’s Edge (Blackspire Outpost) is a pretty adult-ish scene anyways, as I feel like anyone can enjoy this section of Hollywood Studio’s, but the amount of life that pours into the cantina is just amazing.
There is also a ton of options in Disney Springs, but we will swing back around to that later on in the post.
Rides for Adults
Not that all adults enjoy rides, but not every ride/attraction in Disney World is actually Disney related. There are tons of ride options in WDW that don’t require any Disney knowledge beforehand or even have anything to do with Disney at all. Here are a list of some rides I feel like adults would really enjoy listed below organized by park:
- Expedition Everest
- Flight of Passage
- Na’vi River Journey
- Kali River Rapids
- Kilimanjaro Safaris
- Test Track
- Mission: Space
- Living With The Land
- Spaceship Earth
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Space Mountain
- Carousel of Progress
- The People Mover
- Hall of Presidents
- Pirates of the Carribean
- Haunted Mansion
- Rock N Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
- The Twilight Zone’s Tower of Terror
- Smugglers Run
- Rise of the Resistance
- Indiana Jones
I kind of wanted to single out Animal Kingdom by itself because wow is there just so much opportunity here for you. I feel like Animal Kingdom is the most non-Disney related park and why? Because you’re dealing with real live animals! Yes, you get the Disney gift shops and the occasional Disney shaped treat, but there are so many different experiences and activities you can’t experience any other place in WDW than here at this park. There are tons of opportunities to see animals, whether it be on the 16-ish minute ride on Kilimanjaro safaris, or the few trails you can take to see so many different animals. Each animal is cared for really well by qualified Disney cast members, and you can really see each animal interact with the loads of enrichment they have in their giant living spaces.
Disney Springs is great for one thing, if you don’t actually have a park ticket and two because there is literally so much to do there! 20+ dining options including The Boathouse, Jock Lindsay’s Hangor Bar, Chicken Guy, D-LUXE Burger, Disney exclusive food trucks, and so much more. There are tons of stores to shop at, and not all of them are Disney related. Places like UGG, Vera Bradley, Alex and Ani, Coach and the list literally goes on… and on… and on. Entertainment is also available in Disney Springs like Splitsville and the new NBA Experience.
If you’re looking to stay on Disney property, there are a few hotels that I feel like most adults would really enjoy. My list below:
- Gran Floridian
- Polynesian Resort
- Carribean Beach
- Disney’s Port Orleans Resort
- Disney’s French Riviera
- Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort
There are a lot of touring options in WDW. You can tour the animal facilities at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, take a tour of history at Magic Kingdom, and even have a whole day where all you do is just jump the lines. Crazy, I know. Some of these tours can get up there in cost, but who knows. It may be totally worth while for your Disney vacation.
There are about 4 festivals each year that Epcot puts on. The Festival of the Arts, Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival, International Food and Wine Festival and the Festival of the Holidays. I’ve been to 2 out of the 4, Food and Wine and Flower and Garden and they are so much fun. If you happen to be in WDW during an Epcot festival, you will have an amazing time. There are lots of different food options at food booths, good entertainment and fun activities anyone can enjoy.