Hello friends, and happy Wednesday! You might be thinking “Kelsey, as a 20-something without kids, why do you keep coming back to Walt Disney World”? Well I guess my answer (other than because I love it, am obsessed with it, and because it is accessible for my sister), is because there is so much to do, even as an adult! Today I thought I would show you some of the things that you can do at Walt Disney World as an adult. Let’s get started!
post updated April 2020
Epcot hosts three festivals: Festival of the Arts, Flower and Garden , and Food and Wine. The Festival of the Arts takes place in January and February, Flower and Garden takes place from March to May, and Food & Wine from August to November. Lately, the festivals are becoming more similar, because of the food booths. Booths are set up all around World Showcase where you can purchase different food and drink samples. I suggest buying a gift card (they sell small ones that you can use on bracelets), for a set amount, and spend an afternoon or two wandering World Showcase sampling! The gift card can help to set a limit for spending, and makes it a little easier to keep track! Seminars are also held during the festivals, (some free, some cost extra), but it’s nice to do something a little different that is available only certain times through the year! Epcot gets a makeover for both times of the year, and it’s a wonderful place to be! In 2015 Ethan and I missed the beginning of Flower and Garden by about a week, and I definitely missed seeing it. It’s one of my favourite times of year to visit! If you’d like to know more about Food & Wine, I’ve written a post all about it here.
Drink or eat around the world
This one you can do any time of year, but there are definitely more options during the festivals I mentioned above. There are so many delicious options around World Showcase, and taking a slow walk around it in the afternoon is perfect. Check out Disney Food Blog for some of the popular items around World Showcase, but don’t do it if you’re hungry!
The Downtown Disney area has recently received a makeover, and it is quite the place to be! With new restaurants opening all the time, it is a great place to shop, eat, and hang out without stepping into the parks. If you really want to treat yourself, go see Cirque du Soleil. Ethan and I saw La Nouba in 2013 and I’m so glad we did! A new show will be opening soon, that is Disney inspired which sounds amazing! Even if you don’t do any shopping or eating at Disney Springs, it’s a beautiful place to walk around.
Walt Disney World has SO MANY good places to eat. And most of them are in resorts! Go for a nice meal or two, or even just drinks. One restaurant that I highly recommend is California Grill . You can also treat yourself by staying at a nicer resort when going on an adults-only trip. I would recommend any of the moderate or deluxe level resorts! Because they are more expensive they tend to be a little quieter and there aren’t quite as many kids. But keep in mind, there will still be kids. You are in Walt Disney World after all! Another thing you can sign up for (if you want it to be guided-you could also do your own version) is a monorail dine around! Find the Disney hosted version here.
I’ve never had the opportunity to go to the spa while at Walt Disney World, but what a way to relax! Saratoga Springs and The Grand Floridian both have spas, so you know where to go to treat yourself! We did visit the spa when we went to Aulani on our honeymoon, it was amazing! It’s run by the same company that the Walt Disney World are, so I’m sure the experience would be similar!
Visit the Resorts
With so many resorts all themed differently, you can spend a lot of time wandering them! If you are staying on site or want to use Disney Transportation, you should know that buses do not go from resort to resort. You can take a bus to any park, then get on a different bus to the resort of your choosing. It might take a little bit of extra time, but it’s free! One great way to see a few of the really nice resorts is going on the monorail loop! You can see the Polynesian, Contemporary and Grand Floridian this way. Another great way to visit some resorts from the parks is by hopping on the Disney Skyliner!
Take a Tour
Ethan and I took the Keys to the Kingdom tour in 2015, and I’ve already talked about how much I liked it. There are so many tours available at the different parks and for different lengths of time. If you have kids and are going on an adults-only trip, take the opportunity to go on a tour that your kids might be too young to go on! It’s a great way to spend some time in the parks not running from attraction to attraction. And if you love the Disney details, you’ll get to learn a lot about them!
Visit The Boardwalk
This one can also fall under visiting other Disney resorts, but this area is so neat! You can exit Epcot through International Gateway (in World Showcase) and walk the Boardwalk. There are tons of restaurants and shops, and you can also see Beach and Yacht Club Resorts. I
haven’t actually been to this area yet, but it’s in the books for our next trip! We visited it in 2016, and I loved it! We spent the afternoon walking from Epcot to having a late lunch at Beaches and Cream, then continuing on to Hollywood Studios! From what I’ve seen, it looks like a great place to stroll and relax. You can walk to Hollywood Studios too! Taking a boat is also an option, if your feet need a rest 🙂 You can watch that vlog here.
If you’d like to hear more about the many things there are to do, check out the video below!
Have you ever been to Walt Disney World on an adults-only trip? What is you favourite thing to do? Let me know in the comments!
I hope you enjoyed taking a look at some of the things you can do at Walt Disney World as an adult, and maybe you have a better idea of why I like going so much! I did my best to mention things that you might not think of, and things that you don’t even need to go into the parks for! You’re welcome. 😉
As always, thank you so much for reading!
Suzanne LeValley says
Great blog, Kelsey!!
Thank you! 🙂