Is It Weird to Visit Walt Disney World Without Kids?

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 on their own?

Short answer: Adults can have an amazing vacation visiting Walt 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 Walt Disney World without kids.

Park Hopping

Park hopping is the term for visiting multiple theme parks in 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 Walt 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 Disney’s Hollywood Studios for dinner and Fanastmic!, before skipping back to EPCOT for the nighttime fireworks show. Now that was a good day that we never would have attempted with kids in tow. 

Flexible Schedule

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 much more flexible with your plans. Want to see the fireworks at 9pm? Go for it! Want to travel around on the People Mover at Magic Kingdom 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

Walt 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.

Resort Hopping

Most children won’t have too much fun exploring the different resorts around Walt Disney World property. Adults may have a blast checking out all of the different theming, restaurants, and lounges at each Disney resort. Some guests will even do a resort lounge crawl, ordering the most popular drinks at each resort. The Monorail lounge crawl has become a bit of a thing in the Disney community.

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

Walt Disney World is all about the small details. Sometimes it can be easy to fall into the craziness that is trying to make it from one attraction 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. There’s something extremely special about finding a nice spot on a bench with a drink or a churro in hand. Perfection.

And that’s just the start of all of the reasons why Walt Disney World is a great vacation destination for adults without kids. Have more reasons? Let us know in the comments below. 

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David is a Disney travel expert who created Notes from Neverland in 2018 after visiting Disney theme parks countless times. Previously, David spent way too much time writing about sports, and was featured in Sports Illustrated, MSN, Yahoo!, and in many other publications. Learn more or contact us.

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