I know that plenty of people don’t understand why my hubby and I keep going back to Disney World and in their eyes, it is only made worse by the fact that we don’t have kids. I will never convince them that it is an amazing place for grown-ups too. But I’m sure I can convince you, so here’s my reasons:
You get to act like a kid again
There’s very few places in this world that you’re allowed to totally let your guard down and just thoroughly enjoy yourself. And I make the most of every second of it. I hop around in anticipation waiting for the parks to open, I run towards attractions, I queue up to see characters and I even once stamped my foot when I didn’t get my own way but my hubby gave me the ‘you can’t be serious’ one-eyebrow look and I realised that actually, I might be allowed to act like a kid, but I’m not really one and temper tantrums might just be crossing the line!
Walt Disney World has over 130 restaurants. The culinary choice offered to you is amazing. As a kid, I really don’t think you can appreciate the great food (and definitely not the fine wine!) but as an adult, you get to stop and enjoy it. The food can be an experience as much as the parks – and as adult travellers we don’t have kids wanting it to be over so that they can get back to the rides or fireworks. There is even a restaurant where children aren’t allowed – Victoria and Albert’s is strictly 10+. The food at Disney World really has become an important part of our holiday and I think if we visited with kids, that would have to change to a certain degree.
Fairy tale romance
You are in Disney World. With Cinderella Castle. It is very literally what fairy tales are made of. As an adult you might not believe in the stories any more (or you might ) but either way, what is more grown-up than such a romantic setting? In addition to just the setting there is romance to found all over the World. Sit in a hammock or swing-bench on the Polynesian Beach, or at the Grand Floridian Dock and watch Wishes in the distance over Cinderella Castle. Take a carriage ride at Port Orleans, Fort Wilderness or Saratoga Springs. A night time stroll along the BoardWalk. Characters in Flight – a hot air balloon which rises you 400ft in the air, at Downtown Disney, providing spectacular views. There are so many quiet and romantic spots or activities around.
There are 3 full service spas, where you can indulge, relax and rejuvenate. The spas are located at the Grand Floridian, Saratoga Springs and Mandara Spa at the Dolphin resort. You can experience massages, beauty treatments and use the health club facilities. I don’t remember ever having a spa day as a child (although there are facials and treatments aimed at children and teenagers if you want to pamper your youngster).
Disney is known for the detail they put into absolutely everything. As a kid, you tend to enjoy the face-value more – the thrill of the ride or excitement at meeting a character. But as an adult there is so much more to notice and enjoy. The back stories to rides. The intricacies of the design around the parks. The effort made for absolutely everything from cast member uniforms to the flowers and gardens. Nothing is too minor to be addressed and it is both an interesting and enjoyable thing to experience.
Learn about other cultures
Admittedly in a Disneyfied way and of course its not the same as visiting the countries, but a trip to Epcot’s World Showcase or even some parts of Animal Kingdom will inevitably teach you something you didn’t know about the world before.
Disney currently has 2 adults-only night spots on property, on the Boardwalk. Atlantic Dancehall is a night club playing music from the 80s, 90s and today via either video or live DJs. Jellyrolls is a piano bar, featuring duelling pianos and audience sing-alongs. Plus, there could be more to come with the opening of Hyperion Wharf in the future. Remember though that you’re in Florida, not the UK and therefore you have to be over 21 (and have ID) to get into both of these. Bit harsh for all the 18-20 year olds used to being able to have a drink and partying the night away in the UK, but the laws the law and they’re very strict with it.
If anything, I’d say Walt Disney World is better for adults than it is for kids – there is nothing in Disney that kids can do that adults can’t (although admittedly I give the Playhouse Disney stuff a miss). But there is loads that either kids tend not to do, or just can’t truly appreciate – so as an adult it can be a totally different experience. And above all that, it is so much fun and I don’t care what anyone else thinks, so there!
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