Walt Disney World For Adults

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While Walt Disney World is often thought of as a vacation destination for families with children, there’s also so much for adults to enjoy. Over the years, I’ve been able to experience Walt Disney World without kids, and have had so much fun. Planning a trip to Walt Disney World for adults, here’s what you should consider doing.

I am a former member of the Disney Parks Moms Panel and have been on some complimentary press trips at Walt Disney World, but all opinions are my own.

Walt Disney World for adults, including the best hotels for adults at Walt Disney World and the best restaurants for adults.

Walt Disney World For Adults

While this post is focusing on the attractions, hotels, and restaurants that are best for an adult-only trip to Walt Disney World, the entire property is great for adults. I’ve had just as much fun riding attractions like it’s a small world without kids. This is especially true if you have fond memories of traveling to Disney World as a kid. So as you plan your trip, remember

Planning a Walt Disney World adult trip doesn’t have to only include specific attractions. Do whatever you want to do!

A sign for Disney's Festival of the Arts at Epcot

Disney World Tips for Adults

I’ll be honest. When I go to Walt Disney World without my kids, I do a lot less planning. The entire trip feels more relaxed, and I’m not stressed about making sure I get certain experiences. But, if you’ve got some attractions that I absolutely have to experience, make sure that you make your FastPass+ reservations in advance.

Walt Disney World is home to a number of popular events throughout the year, like the Princess Half-Marathon, the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, and the Epcot Festival of the Arts. If you are traveling for a race, you’ll want to register for the race as soon as registration opens. These races are extremely popular.

If you are considering a trip to Epcot for the Festival of the Arts, the Food and Wine Festival, or the Flower and Garden Festival, be sure to check out the festival schedules in advance. There are often different seminars that you can attend for an additional fee, but these typically have to be purchased early.

Disney's Contemporary Resort

Best Disney Hotel for Adults

When planning your adult Disney World Trip, you’ll probably want to start with your hotel reservation. All of the Walt Disney World resort hotels are kid friendly, so there are none that are specifically for adults. There are, however, a few properties that are great for adults.

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

I absolutely love Disney’s Contemporary Resort, because it’s so convenient to the Magic Kingdom. While kids may love the monorail running through the resort, it isn’t necessarily a kid-friendly theme. If you plan to spend a lot of time at the Magic Kingdom, or want to be near the California Grill, this is a good resort to consider.

Coronado Springs

Disney’s Coronado Springs

As a convention hotel, Disney’s Coronado Springs tends to be a little more adult focused. This resort also offers several different restaurants/bars. As a moderate resort, it tends to be one of the more affordable resorts.

Disney’s Boardwalk Inn

Because the Boardwalk has some fun adult bars and restaurants, the Boardwalk Inn can be a great hotel for adults. It’s also convenient to both Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot.

Disney’s Yacht Club

Of the Beach Club and Yacht Club (my favorite resorts on Disney property), the Yacht Club is a little more adult focused. Like the Boardwalk, this property is convenient to both Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot. It’s especially convenient if you plan to dine in Epcot’s World Showcase, because it’s a quick walk from the back entrance of Epcot.

The Swan and Dolphin Hotel

These two sister resorts aren’t Disney properties, but they still offer a few Disney resort benefits. They don’t have the same type of theming as Disney resorts, but are so convenient. Note that you won’t be able to take advantage of Disney’s Magical Express if you are staying here, so you’ll need to make other arrangements.

Disney’s Grand Floridian

Located adjacent to the Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Grand Floridian is definitely the most luxurious on property. It also is home to several fantastic restaurants, so it’s a great option for an adult Disney vacation.

Grand Marnier Slush

Best Disney Park for Adults

In my opinion, all of the Disney parks are great for adults. Each park offers attractions and restaurants that adults will definitely enjoy. However, if you are looking for the best Disney Park for adults, Epcot would definitely be the best option.

As home to several festivals throughout the year, Epcot is a natural starting point for your planning. If you are interested in attending one of these festivals, you’ll want to plan your vacation around that.

The World Showcase in Epcot is a fun destination for adults, because there are so many great places to eat and drink. When I travel to Walt Disney World with friends, we always spend a good amount of time drinking around the World Showcase. You’ll find a variety of different options, but here are our favorite drinks at Epcot’s World Showcase.

  • Grand Marnier Slush in France
  • Avocado margarita at La Cava
  • Beer in Germany
  • Wine in France or Italy
  • Mango Gingerita in China

Disney Springs Balloon

Outside the Theme Parks

When planning your adult Walt Disney World vacation, you’ll want to include Disney Springs. This shopping, entertainment, and restaurant complex offers free admission. Although you don’t have to do much planning, you may want to make restaurant reservations for any table service restaurants you want to dine at.

Disney Springs also offers fantastic shopping, including popular chain stores as well as shops offering exclusive Disney merchandise. I especially love the huge World of Disney shop in Disney Springs. If you’ve got free time, it’s always fun to walk around Disney Springs.

The Boardwalk is also a fun place for adults to visit. This small entertainment and restaurant complex includes a dueling piano bar, a magic-themed cocktail lounge (AbracadaBAR), an ESPN Club, and several restaurants. It’s a nice destination after a day of theme parks.

The view from the California Grill

Best Disney Restaurants for Adults

There are delicious adult entrees at just about every restaurant at Walt Disney World. As you’d expect, most restaurants on Disney property are kid-friendly, with one exception. Disney’s Victoria and Albert’s Restaurant is for those aged 10 and up. If you are looking to dine on delicious food in a more adult atmosphere, that’s your best option.

There are other great choices as well. This isn’t at all an exhaustive list – but these are my favorite Disney restaurants for adults.

California Grill

This restaurant located at the top of Disney’s Contemporary resort offers fantastic views of the Grand Floridian and Magic Kingdom. You’ll also find delicious food and a great wine menu. For a special occasion, make a reservation during the Magic Kingdom fireworks.

The Boathouse

One of the newer restaurants at Disney Springs, the Boathouse offers delicious seafood in a gorgeous setting.

The Hollywood Brown Derby

Located at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the Hollywood Brown Derby is always a must-visit for me. My favorite menu items include the Cobb salad and the Grapefruit Cake. For a more casual experience, dine outside on the patio.

Il Mulino

Technically not a Disney restaurant, Il Mulino is located in the Walt Disney World Swan Hotel. This restaurant offers delicious Italian food in an elegant environment.

Jiko The Cooking Place

This signature dining location, located at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, offers fantastic food. My favorite entree is the Oak-grilled Filet Mignon – although you can’t go wrong with anything there.

Walt Disney World for adults, including the best hotels for adults at Walt Disney World and the best restaurants for adults.