Most families plan a big trip to Disney World at least once while the kids are young. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't follow their lead even if you don't have any children. Contrary to what many might think at first, a Disney World trip can be magical even if you're all adults. Here are 5 ways to make it so.
Upgrade Hotels. Kids don't truly appreciate the differences between hotels, but as an adult, you likely will enjoy the hotel more. Disney offers a variety of themed, convenient hotels that can appeal to the kid in you or give you a romantic, adult break. Look for a hotel with amenities for adults like a romantic suite, spa or cocktails. Working with an experienced Disney World travel agent can help you find the perfect hotel at the best price.
Go Light. Adults who don't have kids in tow are free to lighten up their loads while visiting the parks. If you stay on the Disney World property, you likely have access to most of what you need using only your room key — including park tickets, age verification and your credit card. Ditch the large purses or backpacks and try a simple over-the-shoulder bag to hold the bare essentials (like sun block and water).
Go Early... or Late. The parks often offer "Extra Magic Hours" in the morning if you are an early riser. This is a good way to beat the heat and the crowds to enjoy your favorite parts on your own terms. For late owls, consider going back to the park after a relaxing dinner or dip in the pool and enjoying the night time as tired families vacate the parks.
Imbibe. Alcoholic beverages — once largely unavailable inside the parks — are more commonly found these days throughout Disney World and its hotels. Since Disney takes care of the transportation, this is a good time to enjoy adult beverages. Take time to sample some signature beverages inside the Epcot Center's various sections. Or stop for evening cocktails in your hotel before or after dinner in order to unwind. Just be careful when drinking alcohol in the hot weather — counter it with plenty of refreshing water.
Get Outside. Just because you're going to Disney World doesn't mean that you have to spend all your time inside its boundaries. There are lots of fun things to do nearby, including parasailing, visiting Cape Canaveral, going to concerts and playing golf. If you run the risk of suffering "Disney overload," a brief break off the property can be just what the doctor ordered.
Disney parks can be a whole different experience for those without kids along for the ride, if you make the most of it. So, go ahead and take advantage of being kid-free to enjoy a perfectly magical park experience.
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