I never thought that I’d be 22 years old the first time I went to Disney World. I loved Disney movies but I wasn’t a huge fan of amusement parks, and honestly had no interest in going even as a kid.I thought once you had seen one theme park you had seen them all. Man was I wrong!
As an adult there is SO much to do on the entire property. Going now with Harper I’m experiencing all kid things I had never done before. Our next trip next week we even have a fast pass for Dumbo, a ride I never even thought about going on in Magic Kingdom. I can’t wait to take her now that she is understanding a little bit more since our weekend trip in May got rained out and she didn’t get on any rides.
My list of top things for adults to do in Disney World is below!
- Epcot. Epcot. Epcot.- Honestly, it’s one of my favorite places ever. Walking in you are instantly transported to a world of tomorrow. The park is huge and fairly spread out. Call me basic but our first stop is always Starbucks. (There is a Starbucks in every park). Epcot has a bunch of adult rides. Test Track, Mission Space, and Soaring, are some hugely popular attractions and my all time favorite – Spaceship Earth, which is fun for the whole family.
Eating and drinking around the world is one of the most fun things to do in all of Disney. Located in Epcot are eleven countries represented around World Showcase Lagoon. Stepping into every one you are surrounded by architecture and culture from that country. All of the people working in each are from that country, the food and beverages served is all authentic. Ranging from food carts to fine dining, each has many options to try their cuisine. We love fish and chips with a pint in England, The tequila bar in Mexico, Sushi and a frozen beer in Japan.. the list goes on. I’ll be sharing a best of Epcot post soon!
Festivals. Epcot holds four festivals over the course of the year. Spring Garden, Food & Wine, Holiday, and the Art’s Festival are the times of the year when there are additional countries/booths serving tasting size samples & drinks.
During the Food & Wine Festival is by far my favorite time of the year to go to Disney – I will write a post on this alone. Not only are the options for food almost unlimited but there are so many other activities going on. An additional beer garden, global marketplaces, concert series, cheese seminars (yaaaaas), celebrity chefs, culinary demonstrations.. the list goes on and on. This specific festival runs this year from August 30th and goes until November 12th.
- Disney SpringsGoing back to one of our favorite things to do – eat. Disney Springs holds 57 dining options! From Wine Bars to the Rainforest Cafe there is a spot for everyone. My best food in Disney World post is coming, but until then I’ll list some of the best restaurants for adults that we’ve tried so far: Raglan Road, Wine Bar George, Dockside Margaritas, Jock Lindsey’s Hanger Bar, Morimoto, and the Polite Pig, just to name a few. An entire list is here.
There are 110 spots to shop. Kiiiinda my haven. They have tons of well known boutiques like Free People, Zara and Kate Spade. The whole list is right here.
Entertainment. There are over 12 options. From a dine in movie theater to bowling. There is something to do for the whole family. Some spots are open until 2:00 AM from Thursday to Saturday.
- ActivitiesDisney World can actually be relaxing – who would have thought! There are at least four golf courses, a spa where you can get massages and or a mani/pedi, boat rental locations, a pool at every resort on property, two mini golf courses, horseback riding, fishing, arcades, running trails (if you’re like me and work out on vacation), gyms in some hotels, bike rentals, tennis.
Spots to do water sports such as parasailing, wake boarding, tubing, and surfing.
- Special EventsBesides the festivals at Epcot there are nightly fireworks shows and parties at Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood studios. You can dine and watch the shows at the same time if you like!
Special activities at Christmastime such as a nightly show in Hollywood Studios and Epcot. The castle in Magic Kingdom is lit up like an ice sculpture – it is truly beautiful.
There are many weekends a year that hold 5k, 10k, half marathons, and marathons. Tens of thousands of people come from all around the world to participate. My first half marathon was at Disney and it was incredible.
- Theme Park ExperiencesNew at Hollywood Studios is Toy Story Land. Taking you into Andy’s world you are transported back to the 1990’s to when Woody and Buzz were the toys you wanted most. We can not wait to check this spot out next week, and I’ll report back. Also located in this park are Tower of Terror and Rock and Rollercoaster. Baseline Taphouse is a new spot for beer in Hollywood Studios as well as tons of other great restaurants.
Pandora – The World of Avatar is another new addition. Located in Animal Kingdom you are transported in the world of Avatar. Other popular rides in this park are Expedition Everest, Kali River Rapids, and Dinasour the ride. Many incredible options for food and drinks, we can’t wait to visit this park again next week.
Saving the best for last, Magic Kingdom. Amazing spots to try great food, some of the most popular rides are Space Mountain, Thunder Mountain, Splash Mountain, and the Mine Train.
One of the best parts of going to Disney as an adult is feeling like a kid again. Let’s be honest, don’t we all want to feel that way every now and then? Even if you don’t have kids to bring along with you I 100% recomend you try Disney as an adult. If you have any questions or need recomendations please don’t hesitate to reach out!