So awhile ago, I wrote about Disneyland for adults and recently I was in Disney World and figured I’d write about WDW for adults. Now if you haven’t been to Disney World, you’ll be surprised to learn that the four parks have an endless amount of things to do for adults. It’s truly an experience for people of all ages. Alcohol is allowed in almost every park, the rides are more intense, and there’s high end shopping everywhere. So where do we even start?
Before you go:
I will always be an advocate for booking everything far in advance. Part of it might be the fact that I get very anxious to go so I like to have my ducks in a row. Makes things more real. This holds especially true when it comes to Disney World. Unlike Disneyland, there are a lot more hotel options on property, a lot more dining options to choose from, four parks instead of two, and the ability to get your fastpasses in advance. First things first, I also always recommend looking online and finding when the slowest times to go are. Disney World is always busy at this point. However, there are days that are much slower than others. Week days in fall and winter are your best bet. Not only will you be able to avoid crowds but you will also be able to avoid Florida’s heat and humidity (trust me, this is a big deal if you’re not used to humidity like me).
Once you have your mind made up on the dates to visit, I highly recommend looking at hotels on property. While Orlando is a big city with plenty of hotels near the parks, Disney hotels are extremely convenient. WDW has 3 categories of resorts: value, moderate, and deluxe. As you can guess the value are the cheapest and the deluxe are the most expensive (and the nicest). When it comes to hotels, I have had the chance to stay in at least one of every category and I love them all equally. It all depends on what kind of experience you are looking to have.
If you are looking for something a little more romantic and want it to feel high class, I highly recommend something like Beach Club or The Grand Floridian. If you’re not too picky and you just want a place to lay your head at night, I recommend Port Orleans or Art of Animation. Even the value resorts are of high quality. And there’s a good chance that you’ll end up spending most of your time at the parks anyways. But if you’re looking to splurge a little bit, look at the deluxe resorts. They offer nicer pools, restaurants, bars, etc. In the end, my biggest piece of advice is book the hotels as far in advance as possible. They do tend to fill up quickly.
Lastly, once you have your hotel booked and your tickets, download the Walt Disney World app. This will allow you to make fastpass and dining reservations in advance. Much like the hotels, a lot of the rides and restaurants will end up booking up extremely quickly. The earlier you look, the better. However, I have booked reservations and fastpasses the day of as well so don’t feel like it’s necessary.
Once you’re there:
So the day has come and you’ve made it to Disney World, now what? There are 4 park, each one offering something a little different. And while I enjoy a lot of the kiddie rides, it’s pretty dang nice to be able to just frolick around the parks and focus on the more intense rides. With rides like Space Mountain, Thunder Mountain, Expedition Everest, Rock n’ Rollercoaster, Tower of Terror, Mine Train, and more, your options are endless. And if you don’t feel like going on rides there’s always Epcot’s showcase where you can spend your day drinking but I’ll get there in a second..
If you’re done with the parks and crowds, you can take a quick walk from Epcot to the Boardwalk where you will find multiple restaurants and bars, including Jelly Rolls, a dueling piano bar. How could you possibly want more? There’s also Disney Springs which offers lots of high end shopping and dining options. Or, you can really switch things up and go see a movie or go bowling.
Food & drink:
So, Disney World is kind of the best when it comes to food and drinks. You can drink in every park besides Magic Kingdom and there are endless restaurants to eat. So I’m going to list a few of my favorite few just to help steer you in the right direction. I might end up doing a huge list of my favorite spots later on but for now I’ll do the ones that I think are perfect when you don’t have kiddos with you.
Ohana: Okay so I am a firm believer that character dining is for people of all ages and Ohana happens to my favorite. Not only do you get to meet some of my favorites (Lilo, Stitch, Mickey, and Pluto) but the food is incredible. You’re served family style for breakfast and get options such as eggs, mickey waffles, potatoes, sausage, bacon, and unlimited refills on the pineapple juice (it’s like crack, that’s how addicting it is). For dinner, you get chicken wings, chicken, steak, or shrimp, noodles, bread pudding, and (pretty strong) cocktails. I always go for the mojito.
California Grill: So this is the perfect spot for date night if you’re looking for a place to go for a special occasion whether it be an anniversary, honeymoon, birthday, etc. Sitting at the top of the Contemporary, this fine dining spot offers sushi, chicken, sirloin, pork tenderloin, fish, creme brûlée, wine, and signature cocktails. The best part about it all is that you can watch “Happily Ever After” from the rooftop once you’re finished with your meal. Talk about romantic.
Be Our Guest: So I’m talking about this one even though I’ve yet to eat there but only because it’s high on my list and extremely hard to get a reservation. If you’re a Beauty and the Beast fan, this one’s for you. Modeled after Beasts’ enchanted castle, you will experience what it feels like to truly be royalty. Here you’ll find things like steak, chicken, lamb, ratatouille, and most importantly, “the grey stuff.”
Food & Wine/Flower & Garden Festival: So although this isn’t a restaurant, if you can plan your trip around either of these festivals that occur at Epcot, you’ll be in for a treat. While you can always drink and eat around the world, during these festivals, you get 30+ stands with food and drink from all over the globe. It’s a pretty easy way to get pretty drunk real fast… so be careful.. heh.
In the end:
At the end of the day, I might be a little biased having worked there and all but I truly believe that WDW is the most magical place on Earth. No matter who you decide to go with, you will create memories that will last forever. I will forever be going with friends and family and I can’t wait for the day when I get to take my own kids. What Disney blog would you like to see next? If you liked what you read, please share on Pinterest or leave me a comment and let me know what you thought. XO