Everything You Need To Know About Visiting Disney As An Adult

Going to Disney World is every kid’s dream. My grandma used to live in Florida, so my family went to Disney countless times growing up, but stopped going as I got older. At least 14 long years had gone by since I went with my family but it turns out visiting Disney as an adult is just as fun! No matter what age you are, there is something so magical about being at Disney. Most people automatically think of visiting Epcot and drinking around the world when planning their trips as an adult. And while I love Epcot, Magic Kingdom still has a lot to offer the older generations.

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I got super lucky that my boyfriend is awesome and pretty much planned everything – from the resort to the Fast Passes and even dinner and lunch reservations. But if you’re looking to book your own Disney adventure, here are some of the main things to think about.

Things To Know When Booking Your Disney Vacation As An Adult

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Lodging

There are a ton of perks to staying at a Disney resort.  For one, you get transportation to and from the parks (more on that below). Your MagicBand works as they key to your room; it also works as your FastPass entrance, has your dining plan hooked up, and you can even attach your credit card to make purchases anywhere in the park from gift shops to dining. You quite literally don’t need anything besides this during the day around the park. You get “Extra Magic Hours” at the parks – typically you get to go early and stay late at the parks. Wes stayed at The Disney Caribbean Beach Resort which was great! We spent really full, action-packed days at each of the parks, so we didn’t spend much time at the resort anyway. However, if you’re staying for a longer time in Disney and want a break from the parks one day, you can head to pools at the resorts. Each resort has a main pool (where a lot of kids are) and other less crowded pools without the water slides and all the frills. A relaxing day between all the walking and excitement of the parks sounds just perfect.

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Disney Caribbean Resort

Rides

The extra magic hours and FastPasses saved so much time and were crucial to getting the most activities in at every park. When you stay on a Disney resort, you get to enter the park an hour earlier than guests who stay off the resort. When we got into the Magic Kingdom, we headed right to the Seven Dwarves Mine Train, as this line during the day can last hours. Directly after we went to the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, another ride with an hours-long wait during peak hours. Our FastPasses for the day went to the Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Space Mountain and Peter Pan’s Flight – which were all really good choices. If you wait until later in the night, a lot of the rides with long wait times go way, way down (I’m looking at you, It’s A Small World). There are several rides that are more thrilling, which may be what you’re looking for when visiting Disney as an adult. Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and the Seven Dwarves Mine Train are all a little more thrilling, but don’t underestimate the cutesy, smaller rides. They are just as fun!

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it’s a small world ride

Dining

When making your reservations, you’ll have the option to get a meal plan. I 200% recommend getting a meal plan – you’ll save a ton of money this way. For breakfast, we didn’t make reservations at Be Our Guest restaurant, and when we walked by the line looked really long. But instead of calling it quits and finding somewhere else, we decided to wait in line. It turns out, the line can be really deceiving. There was actually no wait at all for us to have breakfast in Belle’s castle (which made me very happy). Pro tip: if we were to go again, we’d definitely just buy a bag of bagels and butter and keep it in the room for breakfast. That way, we wouldn’t have to waste time during our extra hours getting breakfast because we were starving. For lunch we went to Columbia Harbour House and had a tasty fish lunch. We ate a lot of snacks during the day (hi, cream cheese stuffed pretzels and Mickey ice cream pop) so we ate a really late dinner at Casey’s Corner for hot dogs for carnivore Nick and french fries for my vegetarian self.

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 Transportation

If you stay on a Disney resort, you can ride the Magic Express (bus) directly from the airport to your resort. Going park to park, you can also use the Disney bus system. I’d certainly recommend this, as it’d be a lot cheaper and time efficient, as traffic around the park is very heavy and the Disney buses has many of their own lanes on the roads. The buses go park to park and to the resort, and chances are you won’t wait more than 20 minutes for the bus you need to come. However, when the park closed at 1:00 AM on New Years Eve, the lines for the buses were massive. We contemplated calling an Uber, but because of the holiday prices that wasn’t an option either.

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Special Events

I love love love Disney parades. Since we visited Disney World in between Christmas and New Years, Disney was still celebrating Christmas so we got to see Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade. For New Year’s Eve, they have a special fireworks show. However, we found out that the same fireworks show that happens on December 31 also happen on December 30, so we had two midnight countdown fireworks shows.

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What are your tips for visiting Disney World as an adult? 

 

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24 thoughts on “Everything You Need To Know About Visiting Disney As An Adult

  1. YES!! My husband & I love Disney World! We have been together more times than I can count since getting married 5 years ago. So many great memories! This makes me want to go again really soon!

    1. Yes you betchya! I’m sure it’s super fun to bring your kids as well… they must LOVE it! 🙂

  2. I would love to be there one day. I have been to the one in California but never been in Orlando. Great pictures.

    1. I’ve never been to the one in California! I’d love to visit there one day. And thank you 🙂

  3. The Magic Band is a great idea, I haven’t heard of it before! It’s interesting to me how Disneyworld or Disneyland can be so much fun at different stages of life. I loved going when my husband and I were young before having kids, and then it was really fun when the kids were young too.

  4. I have to say… Disney Land has never really appealed to me even though I’m a Disney fan! Think it’s because I’m not really into theme parks. But I can see why people love it!

  5. Nice post! We also visited Disneyland in December and had a great time. Thank god they have FastPasses, good to mention it as some people dont really know about it.

  6. I’ve neglected to visit Disney because I always felt it was for kids. So thanks for showing me that I can enjoy it as an adult.

  7. Haha, my first visit to Disney was as a 27-year-old with a friend of the same age! It was still a whole heap of fun, although I don’t think Aladdin was too impressed with my advances on Jasmine – but hey – a guys gotta dream right! Just looking forward to a second chance when I return with kids!

  8. I haven’t been in any Disney Park yet, but it’s impressive to know that you need to book your table in restaurants. I’m not a huge fan of amusement parks, but I’m curious about Disney from a professional-storytelling point of view.

  9. I wish there was a Disney park anywhere near where we live. We’d have to go to Eurodisney in Paris and I don’t think it’d be the same! We’re adults and we still go to the cinema to see Disney films!

  10. Disney is fun no matter your age. 🙂 One of my favorite things when I visited as an adult was remembering the fun times I had there as a kid. I think Epcot is also very adult friendly as well!

  11. Quite an informative post!
    I went to Disney awhile ago. This is making me wanna go back as an adult. However, I would rather go when there is a special event such the ones you mentioned. They sound so much fun and I love fireworks!

  12. That’s cool that your college project turned into something longterm. Seems like it would be interesting to visit Disneyworld as an adult. I haven’t been in ages.

  13. I went to Disneyland for the first time in a long time recently, and it was to celebrate my granddaughter’s 4th birthday. I never had more fun than on that visit! Seeing Disney through her eyes made it all brand new again, and it was amazing! So I know Disney can still be really fun for adults!

  14. Such a wonderful guide. As a matter of fact, I am headed to disney in a month’s time. And I will remember your tips. Unfortunately , we are not staying in one of the disney resorts. Any tips to still gain some advantage over rest of the crowd?

  15. I have always wanted to go to Disneyland but all my friend say it’s just for children. And reading your article, I thought about it and actually decided to spend my 30th birthday at Disneyland Paris. Thanks for this article! 🙂

  16. As an adult who lived outside USA, I can assure you that it is one of my biggest dream to visit Disney, I really think that the magi that Disney has is something that doesn’t disappear with time, it is like an immortal feeling. I can’t wait to visit it!!

  17. I haven’t been to a Disney property in years! I think it might be a whole other experience as an adult. I actually wish they had a kid-free weekend but I’m sure that will never happen! I have a post on my blog about Disneyland Paris for adults, sort of the same concept. I think you can enjoy Disney at any age!

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