These are my tops tips for traveling to Disney World as an adult (without children!).
- Visit Disney during a festival. I can’t express this tip enough! Disney is host to many festivals throughout the year and they’re all wonderful and typically run for a few weeks to months. My personal favorite is the International Food and Wine Festival. Epcot turns into a delicious food and wine extravaganza September through November. The International Flower and Garden Festival is a close second. This Epcot based festival runs from March to May and offers farm-to-table food, entertainment, and spectacular garden displays. I highly recommend going when kids are in school. If you plan to attend for either of these festivals, avoid traveling during Spring Break or Thanksgiving break when there will be more families visiting. This helps to thin out the crowds a bit and adds to a more adult friendly environment.
- Calling all runners! Run Disney has multiple runs a year ranging from 5k runs to full marathons. These are offered at both Disney World and Disney Land. All runs are themed and draw lots of people. These weekends will be crowded with runners and their families, but it makes for a great adventure! If you plan to run in an event, be prepared for a great course, lots of entertainment, supportive crowd, and beautifully run event. Disney knows what they’re doing! In addition, they give out some beautiful medals! I’ve made it a personal bucket list goal to get all the Disney medals.
- Stay somewhere nice! The Yacht Club Resort (my personal favorite) is located within Disney and is a short walk to the Boardwalk and Epcot. Right outside the hotel is a boat launch that will take you to Hollywood Studios. Benefits of the Yacht Club are fine dining, décor, a more mature atmosphere, and full service spa and gym. I also recommend the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. This beautiful grand old Victorian-style resort and spa is expensive but elegant. Similar to the Yacht Club, there are many upscale restaurants, full-service spa, and formal décor. Both resorts have beautiful pools and easy access to the parks. If you’re staying at a Disney hotel, you will be provided with Magic Bands. These function as your room key, method of payment, and park entry.
- Spa Treatment: Relax and unwind after your travels with a massage or facial from one of Disney’s full service spas. Take the opportunity to refresh and pamper yourself before taking an afternoon to relax by the pool with a pina colada or check out one of the many Disney parks.
- Drink around the world at Epcot! The benefit of being an adult in Disney is the ability to drink and eat as you please. Epcot, especially during either of the festivals mentioned earlier, has many food carts and stands outside its many countries. Perfect place to wander for the day and munch away on sushi from Japan, gnocchi from Italy, and sip some delicious wine or cocktail from France. I recommend hitting the park around mid afternoon, planning to eat and drink your way around the world and stay for a Fireworks Cruise in the evening.
- Magic Kingdom is the classic Disney park everyone remembers from their childhood. This is a popular family park, but well worth the return as an adult. This classic, picturesque park is host to Cinderella’s Castle and many fun rides including Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain, and the Haunted Mansion. Take advantage of the fast passes for these rides as they get crowded!