Who says Disney is just for kids? While a trip to Disney’s fantasy-inducing theme parks may seem like a magical experience dedicated to those of a certain age – we say it’s time to embrace your inner kid and treat yourself to your own Disney adventure. An adult Disney trip is just what you need to recharge your batteries and have a luxe experience you can cherish while leaving the kiddos at home. Fine dining? Check. Imaginative cocktails? Check. Having your heart skip a beat when you catch your first sighting of Mickey and Goofy IRL? Check. Here’s some guidance on how to take your Disney trip to the next level, by enjoying a mix of the classic park experiences with an adult twist.
International Bar Hop
While some Disney parks don’t allow alcohol, others like Disney’s California Adventure and Walt Disney World in Orlando not only cater to the 21 and over crowd, but they have full menus of imaginative cocktails inspired by Disney adventures. Venture into a tiki wonderland at Trader Sams and order the Uh-Oa! for a group-sized tiki bowl of cocktail elixirs. Order cult favorites like the frozen avocado margarita at the Mexico pavilion, the frozen coke with a shot of rum at Peevy’s in Hollywood Studios, and the fruity Magical Star rum drink that comes with a neon glow ice cube. Plus, Epcot may be the only place in the world where you can go bar hopping between 11 countries in one day!
When you’re a kid, the teacups were at the top of your thrill threshold. Nowadays we look for bigger, faster, and more vertical rides to get an adrenaline rush. While most rides at Disney World were made for universal fun, a few rides still hold the power to make your hands sweat. In Mission: SPACE, you’ll be shot through our turbulent atmosphere in a lifelike astronaut simulation. Then, hop on one of the most expensive rollercoasters in the world with Expedition Everest, where you’ll zoom around Disney’s tallest mountain and get to checkmark Everest off your bucket list. Afterward, test your vertigo on the Tower of Terror, which will drop you into free fall from a 13-story building. And if those don’t get your adrenaline pumping, you can always rejoin the Magic Tea Party ride for some old-school nostalgia.
The Luxe Life
When traveling with kids, fine dining isn’t quite the best option. But when it’s just you and your friends, you can have a taste of luxury without the guilt. At Disney World, there are plenty of places to pamper yourself with some well deserved R&R. Ever want to dine with royalty? At Cinderella’s Royal Table, you can dine inside Cinderella’s castle with none other than the Disney princesses. If that experience isn’t exclusive enough for you, make a reservation at the renowned Victoria & Albert’s. This AAA Five Diamond restaurant that offers a tasting menu featuring ingredients like caviar, Black Label Jamón Ibérico, and 100-year old balsamic. Another way to live the VIP life is by booking a Wild Africa Trek, a private expedition where you’ll get to have close encounters with giraffes, hippos, and rhinos.
An Adult Playground
When planning your adult vacation, the last thing you want to worry about is hopping in a cab to a far off hotel at the end of your night. That’s why it’s key to book a resort that’s close to the park and offers complimentary door-to-door shuttle service that takes you from your room to the park in minutes. The Grove Resort Orlando is just the place to lay your head at night. The resort is located right next to Walt Disney World and offers exclusive Disney-inspired packages like The Galaxy Package, which includes a Star Wars-themed welcome bag with Jedi swag and a welcome cocktail called the First Order. With spacious suites ranging from one to three bedrooms, you and your friends can make the perfect home away from home.