Growing up, I was lucky enough to get to travel to Walt Disney World almost every year for vacation. And now, as an Adult Who Loves WDW, I find that there are some things that I loved as a kid that I still love doing, but I also have discovered some new and exciting things that might be right up your alley too!
So here are my Top Five Walt Disney World Theme Park Activities For Adults (In no particular order!)
1. “Behind The Scenes” Tours – There are a few of these out there, including the “Keys To The Kingdom Tour” where you can actually go UNDER the streets of the Magic Kingdom and find out how the magic happens! Each Theme Park offers their own unique tours/experiences, from Segway tours and under the sea diving at Epcot, or a backstage safari at Animal Kingdom, there is something for everyone, and while most cost extra/require a separate ticket purchase, I think they are well worth the money!
2. Fun(ky) Photos – Everyone has a million pictures of Cinderella’s Castle or of themselves with various characters, so why not try and think outside the box, and create some unique and funny memories of your Walt Disney World Trip? Here is an article on Disney Photo Travel Tips & Techniques, and there are some great suggestions on using scenery to create layered photos, capturing the moment using candid shots, and much more! If you aren’t that creative when it comes to photography (or if you happen to like having those pictures of the castle and characters – I know I do!), then you might want to think about utilizing Disney’s Photopass service, a free service where you can have your photo taken all over the Parks, some of the spots are nice like the ones in front of Cinderella’s Castle, but a fun activity would be to stroll around the Parks and find the Photopass photographers that are off the beaten path, for some unique and memorable photo ops! On our last trip, my husband brought an old Mick-A-Matic camera from the 70’s that he fixed up, and it certainly got some attention – even from Donald Duck – who just about threw a fit because it wasn’t a Donald camera ha! Pictures are my favorite trip souvenir, and I love spending time capturing trip memories!
3. Drink Around The World – This is a really popular adults only activity, where you sample signature drinks from each country in Epcot’s World Showcase. My best advice when it comes to attempting this? Make sure you drink a lot of water in addition to the ‘adult’ beverages, and make sure you keep food in your stomach too! And if you’re not a big drinker, a stroll around the World Showcase is still culturally enriching and interesting, and you can usually catch some performances in the various countries
4. Tomorrowland Terrace Dessert Party – This is something I just recently learned about, and it would be the perfect way to get to enjoy delicious desserts while also ensuring a perfect spot for viewing the Magic Kingdom fireworks! It’s a separate ticket that you need to purchase in advance, and it gives you access to an intimate dessert party at the Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant, where you then can sit and view the fireworks (and if you don’t know where this is at the Park, trust me, these are PRIME viewing spots!). What could be better than ending a day of touring the Magic Kingdom with delicious desserts and fireworks?
5. Dine In Style – Just because you are at a Disney Theme Park doesn’t mean all the meals are loud, full blown character affairs. There are plenty of places to eat where you can relax and enjoy the atmosphere while sampling some delicious food. Places like The Hollywood Brown Derby, Tony’s Town Square, The Coral Reef, plus not to mention tons of World Showcase restaurants – Chefs De France, Le Cellier, Tutto Italia just to name a few – are all great places for adult diners to unwind and enjoy some Disney Fine Dining
Those are my top five, but I couldn’t write about what to do at WDW without mentioning some awesome rides/attractions! Some of the attractions I didn’t like as a kid are much more meaningful to me now (probably because I am old enough to understand what they are talking about ha!). Rides like Spaceship Earth or the Studio Backlot Tour, and attractions like the Hall Of Presidents that used to seem boring are now things that I really enjoy doing, and are worth the wait in line for those of you who want a ride/attraction with substance (or at least something more stimulating than a flying elephant!)
Feel free to agree or disagree with my choices, I would love to know what you think, and what YOUR favorite adult things to do at the WDW Parks are! And check back right here at Chip and Co next week for my list of top non theme park activities for adults!
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