A visit to Walt Disney World Resort is fun for all ages. Sometimes, though, you just wish you could escape the walls of strollers and screaming kids and enjoy some adult time for a few hours, right? If you are looking for some fun Disney for adults things to do, there are plenty of magical experiences perfect for kids-at-heart.
Keep in mind, there’s almost no where you are going to go at Disney World where there won’t be kids (other than the one bar listed below). But there are some experiences that just aren’t as kid-friendly, so I won’t be quite as crazy, so to speak.
Monorail Progressive Dinner
If you want a taste of Walt Disney World’s best restaurants, private fireworks viewing and the fun of a monorail bar crawl all rolled into one great experience, then the Highway in the Sky Dine Around can’t be missed!
This unique progressive dinner brings you to all three Disney Resort hotels on the monorail loop – Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Resort and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.
At each stop, you will be treated to a private food and cocktail pairing at the resort’s specialty restaurant.
For the grand finale, indulge in desserts and cordials on a private patio to watch Happily Ever After fireworks over Cinderella Castle.
See our video of what to eat and drink during the Highway in the Sky Dine Around:
Wine Bar George
The only Master Sommelier-led wine bar in Florida, Wine Bar George at Disney Springs is the brainchild of George Miliotes, one of less than 300 Master Sommeliers worldwide. Miliotes was also part of the opening team of California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, so he knows how to create a dining experience that rivals no other.
Designed to feel like a winemaker’s home estate, the 200-seat wine bar surprisingly still feels intimate. And Miliotes is often on hand to talk with guests and guide them with choosing wine. More than 140 wines are available, all served by the ounce, glass or bottle. Choose wine from a well-known region, or allow the staff to guide you to up-and-coming regions soon to be famous for their vino.
Pair a variety of wines with a cheese and charcuterie platter, shareable entrees, small plates or desserts for a delicious evening that is relaxing and educational.
Enjoy a private view of the Magic Kingdom’s or Epcot’s nightly fireworks on a specialty cruise. Chartered boats can accommodate up to 10 adults.
For a truly epic evening, the Grand 1 Yacht comes with a butler and private dining while sailing around Seven Seas Lagoon.
We enjoyed a fireworks cruise for Carrie’s 40th Birthday at Disney World.
Sip a perfectly crafted cocktail while overlooking Walt Disney World on the rooftop bar of Capa at Four Seasons Orlando. Or indulge in Spanish-influenced tapas and savory, wood-fired steaks inside the elegant dining room. Cinderella Castle and Spaceship Earth are on the horizon from this 17th floor perch. Score a seat at night to watch fireworks from both theme parks. There tends to be very few kids at this rooftop bar.
Disney World has debuted two rooftop bars since Capa at Four Seasons Orlando originally opened. Both Gran Destino Tower at Coronado Springs and Disney’s Riviera Resort have rooftop terraces for drinks and light bites.
Five Diamond Dining at Victoria & Albert’s
A meal at Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is an experience that you will never forget. One of only three AAA Five Diamond Award-winning restaurants in Florida (and an award winner since 2000), this elegant Victorian enclave is a hidden gem at Walt Disney World.
From the moment that you step inside the doors of Victoria & Albert’s, you will be transported to an era where fine dining was exaulted as an art. The attentative staff will make you feel like a celebrity as you dine in the 14-table dining room under a hand-painted dome as harp music drifts on the air.
Seasonal foods are crafted into a Chef’s Degustation Menu that seems to never end. For the ultimate indulgence at Walt Disney World, it is hard to beat Victoria & Albert’s.
We’ve eaten at Victoria & Albert’s twice (it was way cheaper when we went, though, many years ago!). It was totally worth it. An experience you will definitely remember!
Tiki Bar Cocktails
Feel like you have been whisked away to the tropics with a visit to Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto and Tiki Bar at Disney’s Polynesian Resort. The kitschy lounge is packed with ancient artifacts and unique treasures collected by Trader Sam, the legendary “head” salesman of Jungle Cruise attraction fame.
As live Hawaiian-themed musical entertainment fills the air, sip on cocktails served up in a collectible, Disney-exclusive tiki mug. Indulge in shared island bites, such as kálua pork tacos and Hawaiian poke.
There’s plenty of fun to be had as bartenders walk through the intimate bar spraying guests with “sea spray” (water from a water bottle). Or maybe you’ll get the bar stool seat that lowers and raises out of your control.
Unlike most places to drink at Walt Disney World, the indoor section of the Grotto is reserved for adults 21 years and up after 8 p.m.
Romantic Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides
Cozy up with your loved one and listen to the rhythmic clip-clop of horse hooves as you travel under old growth trees in a relaxing horse-drawn carriage ride.
During the holidays, sleighs are decorated with lights and garlands.
Pair a horse-drawn carriage ride at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort with Mickey-shaped sugary beignets, a traditional New Orleans treat.
At Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, be sure to check out the horse barn afterwards. You can visit Disney’s equine cast members and check out their unique Disney name tags on their stables.
Get in Early or Stay Late at Theme Parks
It’s a little easier to beat the crowds when you can get to the theme parks very early in the morning or stay late in the evening after most of the kids go to bed.
Staying at a Disney Resort gives you Extra Magic Hours on select dates, but if you really want to beat the crowds, consider purchasing an additional ticket for Early Morning Magic or Disney After Hours.
These specialty tickets allow you access to a theme park with a limited amount of guests. Staying late into the night gives you the feeling of having the theme park to yourself. And the later it gets in the night (think 1 a.m.), the less kids there will be.
After walking tens of thousands of steps through theme parks, you will want some rest and pampering. A trip to the area’s world-class spas will rejuvenate you to enjoy your entire vacation.
The Spa at Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort offers co-ed relaxation rooms, a co-ed solarium and couple’s suites to enjoy tranquility side by side. Consider The Sleep Ritual Massage after a day at the theme parks. Not only will you enjoy a complete state or relaxation and sleep readiness, you will get a take-home kit filled with SleepCeuticals products and Sleep Ritual Music.
At the Waldorf Astoria Orlando, located on property near Disney’s Hollywood Studios, a visit to the Himalayan Salt Therapy Room will relax and uplift you with negative ions from natural dry salt therapy. The private, two-seat room is perfect for couples. Add on a Himalayan Salt Stone massage for the ultimate indulgence.