Theme Park: Disney World Without Kids

Disney World in Orlando, FL might seem like a theme park for kids and their parents but it has some fun things to offer to people of any age, even if you’re traveling without kids.  Disney can be more enjoyable for an adult going for their own experience than for adults shepherding their children.

If you’re traveling without kids, you probably don’t want to stay in a hotel filled with characters in costume and you don’t care about the babysitting options.  Staying in downtown Orlando is a great option if you’d like a break from all of the kids.  Many of the hotels offer shuttle service to the local theme parks, including Disney.  If you want to stay at a Disney Resort, some of the best choices are the Epcot resorts.  The BoardWalk has some fun night life options, including Jellyrolls dueling piano bar.

Take the time to really enjoy Epcot.  It deserves a full day. There’s not as much for the younger kids to do there as in the other Disney parks but for adults, the walk around the world can be both fascinating and educational.  As you watch films and taste-test your way through the Americanized versions of world cuisines or alcohol options, you can mentally make a list of which places you’d like to visit in person to really experience them.  

Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom also have plenty of things adults will enjoy.  There are thrill rides and little bits of history, like Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame Plaza, which explores television classics.  Magic Kingdom can help you feel like a kid again or could be skipped if that’s not your style.

Don’t skip wandering through Downtown Disney.  Even though Pleasure Island is gone, there are still great shops, wonderful restaurants, and entertainment.    The dine-in theaters are a great experience.

While people visit Disney World in Orlando during the whole year, you’ll find it’s less crowded during the times of the year when most children are in school.  Avoid spring break, Thanksgiving, and the weeks between Christmas and New Year’s Eve.  Summer sees a surge of visitors and unbelievable heat in central FL so if that’s the only time you can visit, stock up on sunscreen and be prepared for long lines.  

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