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Great Ideas For An Adults Only Trip to Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World is for everyone, so whether you are a “childless millennial” or simply planning a trip without the kids, an adults only trip can offer some serious fun with a focus on things you may not get to do with the whole family. From drinking around the world to booking a reservation for a relaxing brunch, find our picks for things to do on an adults only trip in this quick guide:

1. Signature dining

Some of the best restaurants at Walt Disney World come as signature dining experiences, that in addition to being on the pricier side of things may not be worthwhile when traveling with kids or pickier eaters. If your adults only trip includes visiting Disney parks and resorts with a group of foodies, be sure to plan for some signature dining throughout your visit. Citricos has been reimagined with nods to Mary Poppins Returns in the décor, and may be worth a visit if you’re looking to try something new. Alternatively, if you’re short on time, or want to stick to more of a budget, there are a couple of lounges in the park that offer signature experiences with small bites and outdoor seating, like Nomad Lounge in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and the Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. 

Citricos (Credit: Disney)

2. Brunch 

The addition of more brunch locations is a relatively recent trend for Walt Disney World, and we could not be happier! Whether you’re looking to start the day with a round of mimosas or simply try something new while being able to sleep in, there are plenty of options. The Grand Floridian Café is a nice casual brunch choice with a menu that offers something for everyone, and Kona Café at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort has been a fan-favorite for years thanks to their banana and strawberry stuffed “Tonga Toast.” Outside of the resorts, The Boathouse and Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ at Disney Springs offer excellent brunch menus (The Boathouse’s brunch experience, while only offered on weekends, also includes live music!) And if you time it right, you could pick up a “brunch” mimosa in Morocco in World Showcase, or enjoy a meal at the Plaza Restaurant before setting off to explore the rest of the Magic Kingdom.

3. Amphicar rides

Speaking of The Boathouse, we think an Amphicar ride around Disney Springs is another great addition to an adults only trip to Walt Disney World. It’s a great way to spend a date night at Disney Springs before or after dinner at The Boathouse or a fun way to get out on the water with friends. Amphicar tours are $125 total for the 20-minute ride, but split between three to four Guests, the cost isn’t that out of line with other Disney experiences that come at an added cost. Plus, if you hold onto your receipt from The Boathouse (or their gift shop, The Boatique) showing you spent $50 or more, you can receive a $25 reward to use toward the Amphicar ride. 

4. Disney Skyliner dessert crawl

The Disney Skyliner has made it easy to resort hop to resorts that were otherwise not often visited by Guests who were not staying there. Now, it’s easier than ever to stop for some Tie-Dye Cheesecake at Pop Century followed up with new dessert options at Disney’s Riviera Resort. We have a full post outlining everything you need to plan the ultimate dessert crawl around the resorts, including sweet and savory dishes, snacks for chocolate lovers, and more here

5. Drinking (or snacking) around the world 

Drinking around the world in EPCOT’s World Showcase has always been the ultimate adults only activity at Walt Disney World. If drinking isn’t the priority though, we’d also recommend snacking around the world. Getting smaller portions of snacks has been an easier feat thanks to the expansions of EPCOT’s festivals with marketplace kitchens around the park offering smaller portions. Grab a festival guide on your way into the park or check the My Disney Experience app to see what snacks are available during your visit. As for drinking around the world, you can’t miss a margarita in Mexico from La Cava del Tequila, a mixed sake drink (or shaved ice!) in Japan, and a Grey Goose slush in France. Remember to stay safe while drinking around the world by sharing drinks, staying hydrated and snacking so you are not drinking on an empty stomach. 

6. Shop for new Disney looks

Whether you are simply looking for new Disney tees or are into more high fashion and DisneyBounds, there are plenty of ways to shop for new clothing and accessories at the parks and resorts (especially when you have access to adult money!) For general Disney tees and souvenirs, you can always find something at stores like the Emporium in the Magic Kingdom and Creations Shop at EPCOT, and even many of the Resort gift shops will have a great selection. For higher-end Disney items (think Kate Spade, Tommy Bahama, Coach…) you’ll most likely want to head to Disney Springs. There you’ll find all of the above and more name brands plus unique styles at the Dress Shop and Disney Style, and some serious deals on Disney pieces at Uniqlo. 

7. Save time to be a kid

Just because you are taking an adults-only trip, does not mean you can’t act like a kid on your Disney vacation. Save some time for kid-friendly attractions (you’d be surprised how much fun rides like Dumbo and Peter Pan’s Flight can be as an adult), and don’t worry about how it looks if you’re planning for some character dining or meet and greet experiences. Everyone gets to be a kid at Walt Disney World, the most important thing is to simply let yourself have fun!

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."