I know, I know. I can hear it now. “Why would you want to be ‘Kid-Free’ at Walt Disney World? Isn’t it the kids that are the reason you’re at Walt Disney World in the first place?” Maybe. But Walt Disney World has many great activities that are either only available to adults or are better experienced as an adults-only activity. Here are five of my favorites (in no particular order):
- Take a Behind the Scenes Tour – Walt Disney World offers some outstanding guided tour experiences, and some of the best are the ones that give you a “peek behind the curtain,” so to speak. But tours that enter backstage areas are closed to most children. Different tours have different age limits, but as an example the full-day (seven hours) Backstage Magic tour has a minimum age of 16. While it’s not inexpensive (just under $245/person, but theme park admission tickets aren’t required), it is comprehensive. You visit all four theme parks, with unique backstage experiences in each – the complex animatronics of the American Adventure Pavilion in Epcot, a visit to the underground Utilidors at the Magic Kingdom, etc.; get to see the amazing work done by the WDW horticulturalists at the Nursery & Tree Farm and check out the Central Shops, where elements of attractions are being built. And it even includes lunch at Whispering Canyon Cafe, included in the tour price.
- Enjoy Live Music at a Disney Resort Hotel – While this activity doesn’t explicitly exclude children, it’s certainly different as an adults-only experience. What’s great about this one is that it’s absolutely free! While there are several options around WDW property, my two favorites are the Grand Floridian Society Jazz Orchestra, which plays five sets per evening in the lobby mezzanine bandstand at the Grand Floridian daily, starting at 4:00 p.m. (last set begins at 9:00 p.m.). You can relax on a comfortable nearby sofa, and Mizner’s Lounge, just past the bandstand, opens at 4:30 p.m. in case you need a snack or an adult beverage. For a more interactive, and substantially sillier, musical experience, check out Yeehaa Bob Jackson at the River Roost Lounge at Port Orleans-Riverside Resort. Bob generally plays from 8:30 p.m. – 11:45 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, but it’s a good idea to follow that link to check the schedule. He also performs away from WDW, often to play charitable fundraiser events. Again, it’s not that children are excluded from these musical performances, but they’re certainly worth experiencing without active parenting obligations at the same time.
- La Cava del Tequila – The tiny tequila lounge in the Mexico Pavilion is rapidly becoming Epcot’s worst-kept secret. They won’t turn children away, but it really is best enjoyed with adults. La Cava offers a fantastic combination of a beautiful, relaxing, atmosphere; an outstanding array of tequilas and mezcals; a small menu of consistently good appetizers; and one of the friendliest, most helpful, casts found anywhere at Walt Disney World — and that’s high praise, given the consistently high level of service found all over WDW. Talk to your server or a bartender – they’ll help you choose a tequila to try or put together a custom-slected tequila flight (tequila at La Cava is MUCH more than “suck it, lick it, shoot it”). If you prefer a mixed drink, try a Blood Orange or Tamarind Margarita (tamarind isn’t always available – I recommend trying it if you get a chance).
- Take a stroll along Crescent Lake and The BoardWalk – This is another activity that CAN be free if you want it to be. Just outside of Epcot, there’s no charge to enjoy the street entertainers along the BoardWalk. It’s a great spot for people-watching. The lights reflecting off of Crescent Lake are beautiful. If you’re interested in an adult beverage or two, I recommend starting your evening at the Belle Vue Lounge in the BoardWalk Inn, where you can enjoy an expertly-prepared beverage from a friendly bartender in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. You can wrap up your evening at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin hotels. Depending on your mood, you could head to todd english’s bluezoo for creative, modern, gourmet food and beverages or just down the hall to Kimono’s for excellent sushi and karaoke late into the night.
- Enjoy a reasonably-priced romantic evening – Is your adult night just you and your significant other? Sure, you could spend several hundred dollars on fine dining (not that there’s anything wrong with that). But you can also enjoy a complete romantic evening for $100 or less. Start your evening with a carriage ride around the grounds of the Port Orleans resorts and along the Sassagoula River ($45 for a 25-minute ride). Then take a leisurely boat ride down the Sassagoula from Port Orleans to Disney Springs (free). There are lots of great choices around Disney Springs these days, but I suggest stopping in at Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar. Take your time checking out the Indiana Jones film prop references throughout the bar, take your time drinking a Cool-Headed Monkey from a monkey-skull cup (that cup is deceptively large, and the tasty watermelon-based drink is deceptively strong – making it great for sharing), and enjoy a few Indy-referential and creative appetizers/small plates – my favorites are the Good Dates, Rolling Boulders Sliders, and Snack of Ra (assortment of African salads and dips, served with injera and naan crisps.
What are some of your favorite adults-only or adults-preferred Walt Disney World experiences?
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