Trips to Walt Disney World are magical for people of all ages. However, the stereotype surrounding vacations to the House of Mouse suggest that adults typically only visit with their families.
Is it weird to visit Disney World without kids? Is there enough for grownups to do?
Short answer: Adults can have an amazing vacation visiting Disney World without kids. In fact, some might argue they’ll have an even better time by leaving the kids at home. There are numerous activities and attractions geared towards older audiences.
Here are some of the best reasons to visit Disney World without kids.
Park hopping is when you visit multiple theme parks in Disney World on the same day. This isn’t too feasible with small children as it requires a decent amount of commitment and some travel time. Park hopping can be taxing if you’re trying to corral little ones.
Some of our most favorite Disney World days involved us park hopping multiple times, bouncing around from park to park. We have visited Epcot in the morning and early afternoon, hopped to Hollywood Studios for dinner and Fanastmic! before skipping back to Epcot for Illuminations. Now that was a good day.
Let’s be honest – young children are all about schedules. From nap times to early bed times, your vacation’s schedule will be dictated by the ages and interests of your children. When the inevitable meltdown strikes, and it definitely can in the Florida heat, your plans go out the window.
Without kids you can be way more flexible with your plans. Want to see the fireworks at 9pm? Go for it! Want to travel around on the People Mover for the seventh time in a row? That’s your call! Stay up late, wake up even later, have the vacation of your choosing.
Activities for Adults
Disney World has something for everyone. The theme parks receive the bulk of the attention (and rightfully so), but there’s a bunch of other activities adults should check out.
Want to golf? There’s some outstanding courses on property. Want to take a behind-the-scenes tour that takes you through the secrets of the Magic Kingdom? There’s an option for that too. Want to swim inside the aquarium at the Living Seas with the sharks, fish and turtles? There’s an experience for that which we think is incredible.
Why go to bed early when you can explore the nightlife around Walt Disney World? There are plenty of bars and fun night spots at Disney Springs and around the Boardwalk resort area. Whether you want a quiet drink or want to watch dueling pianos, there are plenty of options that are open late into the night.
Most children won’t have too much fun exploring the different resorts around Disney World property. Adults may have a blast checking out all of the different theming, restaurants and lounges at each Disney resort.
Resort hopping can be a fun activity on a day where you’re planning to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the theme parks.
Soak in the Details
Disney World is all about the small details found around property. Sometimes it can be easy to fall into the craziness that is trying to make it from one attraction to another or from one theme park to another. Adults without kids can stop and take a moment to soak in the details, look for hidden Mickeys or just take a second to listen to the background music.
One of our favorite moments in the Magic Kingdom was when we sat in the hub and just soaked it all in. Those quiet, slow moments can make you really appreciate the parks and their overall atmosphere.