Disney Post: Disneyworld for Adults/Couples

Hey everyone! So I thought i'd pop up a post about a question I get asked a lot.  Whenever I talk about Disney World and holidaying there, I get one of two questions.
The first: Isn't Disneyworld for kids?
or
2) What can adults without children DO at Disneyworld?

So my beautiful readers, I thought i'd include a helpful little post about the many things you can do at Disneyworld as a couple or as a group of adults as I have done both, having been twice with just my boyfriend but also with my boyfriend and my parents. 

Firstly - Resorts

Disney have a vast range of resorts geared towards different people. You'll find ones more suited towards those with children with extensive theming, larger than life characters and creative colour schemes. But Disney didn't leave out their adult visitors too! If you want a truly romantic and special getaway for just you and your other half, the Epcot resorts such as Boardwalk and Yacht and Beach look positively divine. I haven't previously stayed at these, but looking at them and taking a peek around them, this would be where I would stay if money allowed. If a little out of your price range, the moderate resorts and cheaper deluxe ones also fit the bill, with Coronado Springs being a convention centre as well as hotel, you'll find a lot of businessmen staying here and very adult theming. Saratoga Springs and Old Key West (both of which I have stayed) also provided brilliant little getaways for adults, with hammocks and quiet pools to get away in.
Resorts more themed towards kids are likely to be the All Star Resorts, with very colourful theming (and more affordable to those with big families), Art of Animation which features Pixar themed rooms and Caribbean Beach which also has royal rooms themed around the little mermaid. 
An example of the theming at Disney's All Star Movies Resort VS Yacht and Beach Club

Magic Kingdom 

Magic Kingdom itself has plenty of things for those without children. You don't need kids to enjoy fireworks and the parades (and of course the rides!) but if you want to do something a little different or more romantic, you could always enjoy the Tomorrowland Terrace Dessert Party. You enjoy an unobstructed view of Wishes while helping yourself to tables of gorgeous desserts. Sounds heavenly right? I've never done it myself but me and Rich have always wanted to escape the crowds and enjoy the fireworks (and some delicious treats of course!). If money is an issue, take a wander over to the Polynesian resort and enjoy Wishes with your loved one along the beach. 



Maybe you are visiting Disneyworld with friends or family and not looking for romance but more some fun and different things to do? Well how about doing the 4 mountain challenge? This involves riding all four mountains (Slash, Space, Big Thunder and Expedition Everest) three of which are located at Magic Kingdom. It sounds like a fun challenge to me! 
You could also take a tour - Magic Kingdom offers loads of Behind the Scenes tours, such as the Keys to the Kingdom tour. Again its something I've never done, but would love too!


Big Thunder Mountain, one of the big four!


Epcot

Epcot is very much regarded as the adult park at Disneyworld, with more drinking and dining than rides. Its also one of my favourites and I'm slowly making my way around every restaurant it has to offer. If looking for romance, Epcot has plenty to offer. Taking a quiet stroll around the pavilion late after Illuminations has finished has always been one of my favourites. 




Epcot also offers loads of restaurants with great ambience for a romantic meal. Rich and myself particularly like Le Hacienda de San Angel in the mexican pavilion. You can get a platter to share and if timed right and lucky enough to get a window seat, you can get a view of Illuminations to make your meal truly special. We have also enjoyed dining at Le Cellier, one of Disney's 5* signature dining experiences, but truly, you can get better steak elsewhere for a much friendlier price point - although romantic ambience can't be beat! The San Angel Inn (also located in Mexico) looks to be a fabulous place to dine also, dine by candlelight with the bustling Mexican streets around you. 


Grab a platter to share in Hacienda de San Angel and watch Illuminations for a truly romantic meal
 If you're looking for a bit of fun, you could also "drink around the world" - a great game to play with friends. Each pavilion represents a country and each pavilion offers drinks representative of that country. If you're feeling upto it, hit each pavilion and have a drink! Great fun for both friends and couples! (Me and Richard attempted it but boy, I had one Margarita and couldn't handle anymore!)


Animal Kingdom 

Animal Kingdom does lack on the old romance department. I find it to be one of the more crowded and almost unbearable parks with little shade and little room to manoeuvre. However you could take a backstage safari, a 3 hour look at how the Disney cast members look after the animals they keep at Animal Kingdom. If looking for something a bit more thrilling, Animal Kingdom also offers the Wild Africa Trek, which offers up close encounters with the animals and a lunch of gourmet African cuisine afterwards. 
Those wanting a bit more romance should head over to the Animal Kingdom lodges and dine at Jiko. While I haven't dined here myself, I always hear people raving about the beautiful ambience and it always tops peoples lists of places to dine. After dinner, you can enjoy views of the animals at the viewing areas. 




Hollywood Studios

Again another park with not much romance to be found, one place in particular you might like to dine is the Sci Fi Dine In Restaurant. You sit in a car, beneath the stars and watch old school black and white films. While it is terribly dark and I had quite the experience swallowing a whole forkful of blue cheese mistook for mash, but its generally very quiet as everyone enjoys the films and you can enjoy a little twilight meal with your sweetie. For those who are with friends or family, the 50's Prime Time diner is a great place to go. The cast members here are fun, really play around with you (tell you to keep your elbows off the tables AND don't forget to eat your greens!). It can be quite a fun place to go and not to mention the food is amazing! 
At night, Hollywood Studios comes to life, walking the streets is like walking the streets in the 1950's and it really is a romantic place to have a stroll, grab some food from the bakery and enjoy the sights. Both friends and couples alike can finish the night off with the spectacular Fantasmic. 




The Boardwalk

I feel like the Boardwalk was just made with couples in mind. It is a beautiful place both in the day and at night. You can enjoy peaceful strolls here, enjoy ice cream with your loved one and take a seat overlooking the shimmery waters.



 The Flying Fish is a lovely restaurant to dine with your loved one, me and my boyfriend had a very enjoyable meal here and the atmosphere cannot be beaten (neither can the food tbh!) At night, the Boardwalk really comes to life, with music and street performers. It is a lovely place to get away and feel like you're no longer in Disney. Plus over the waters they have the famous Beaches and Cream, where you can enjoy a kitchen sink of ice cream to share with your loved one (or friends, trust me there is enough to go round!)
If with friends, they even have a club you can go to here for drinking and dancing!




Downtown Disney (or soon to be Disney Springs!)

A must visit in my opinion, there is tonnes to do here for couples and families alike. Couples can enjoy romantic meals at Fultons (I enjoyed my anniversary here!) with a crab platter to share and tables overlooking the waters edge. 


I have to say there is far more to do here for those seeking a bit of fun and adventure. Friends can shop to their hearts content at World of Disney, as well as tonnes of other shops that litter Downtown Disney. Paradiso 37 is always alive with loud music and bustling with people, they also do a little stand outside where you can grab a drink on the go! If looking for somewhere to eat I recommend House of Blues. Grab a schedule and see if any live music is playing, while I was there both Fall Out Boy and Ed Sheeran were playing! Plus the food is the best you will ever eat! Those looking for fun and crazy atmosphere must go to Planet Hollywood, the place is insanely loud, with insanely huge portions and endless cocktails! Disney Quest, the huge 5 story arcade is also a lot of fun for both couples and friends alike. We wasted many hours here! You can do a spot of bowling (and drinking!) if thats your thing or grab a movie! Couples might also appreciate Cirque Du Soleil if looking for a show to watch or the hot air balloon ride - Characters in Flight, both excellent things to do!




Other

  • Dine at Victoria & Alberts at the Grand Floridian Resort. Its Disney's most signature restaurant and will certainly make for a very special dinner!
  • Book in for a spa treatment at one of Disney's many spa's! You can enjoy some girl time with your friends or a couples massage!
  • Go for a ride around your resort on a surrey bike. Very relaxing, great to see the sights of your resort too. If your resort doesn't have this, take a trip down to the Boardwalk and do it there!
  • Couples who are looking for something SUPER romantic, can book in a ride on the love boat itself - The Grand I - which offers a fantastic view of Wishes with butler service and a gourmet meal if you so wish. Alternatively enjoy a horseback ride through the forests of Fort Wilderness resort or even a horse drawn carriage ride at Port Orleans. 
  • Those looking for a bit more fun, grab your friends and family and head on down to the waterparks. Blizzard Beach offers one of the highest water slides in America and at Typhoon Lagoon you can swim with fishies! For couples, grab a double dingy and head on down to the lazy rivers, great for relaxing and catching some rays (with SPF50 of course!) 
  • For the men - grab your golf clubs and spend some time with your pals at one of the many golf courses Disney has to offer or even speed around Disney's Speedway in a race car for 3 hours! Girls can have some girl time at one the spa's or do some shopping at Downtown!
  • For the more active couples - many Disney resorts offer amazing jogging trails. Go early in the morning and enjoy the gorgeous morning air and sunrise. 
  • Go to a club! Yes Disney has many clubs and bars at both Downtown Disney and The Boardwalk. Grab a cocktail and get dancing with your friends.
  • Meet the characters. Even if its not your thing, grab your friends or your partner and take at least one picture, be it in front of the castle or with a character. You will cherish the memory forever. 
I think I'm going on a bit now, but if you are visiting Walt Disney World soon, be it with your other half or with your family/friends, there are loads of things to do besides rides and parades! 

I hope this has helped! Feel free to leave me any questions below or Disneyworld related posts you'd possibly like to see down below in the comments. 

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Comments

  1. This post has made me SO excited! Ahhhh seriously I want to go now! The Flying Fish looks beautiful, I'm actually considering booking it even though I'm not a fish fan? In fact I'm going to have a look now!

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  2. Wow! I've never been big into Disney (don't hate me :)) but I had no idea it was such a HUGE place! That dessert party sounds right up my street, if nothing else! Haha! Thanks for opening my eyes to it all :) xx

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  3. What a lovely blog Kayleigh. You really bring the magic of Disney alive. Your coverage of the different resorts and the information that give on these different Disney sites make them seem truly exciting. And the food. It looks absolutely gorgeous. I am really going to try to go Florida. I would love to see all of it.

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  4. I love this! Dying to go back so so much *weep*.
    It's great seeing lots about the restaurant/food side. I've never been on holiday there as an adult (only when i was 9) and when I worked there I only visited a few during the three months. Really excited to get a trip booked! Is there many veggi options?

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  5. I've never been to Disney World. I live a few hours away from DisneyLand so I am usually there, when I go. I have to say I know a lot of people who say DL/DW is only for children and I'm like no way, I love it there I like to shop, ride a few rides and love the shows & parades. I still sometimes take pictures with characters, but only if there aren't children lol, I don't try to take that from them. Plus the food is fun, it may be expensive, but ever since I got old enough to go alone I only plan trips when I really want to get souvenirs and so on. Great post, makes me want to check out Disney World now. I always thought they were similar.

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  6. Thank you for this post. We're supposed to be going to Disney as part of my sisters' big Graduation trip and I was trying to think of things I would enjoy doing there (I admit I'm not a massive Disney fan *hides* though I have enjoyed some of their latest stuff). I'm saving this for ideas!

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