A lot of people are under the impression that Walt Disney World is meant for families with children. But I am here to tell you that you do not have to have kids to enjoy WDW. In fact, I might argue that you can have more fun if you have a kid free trip. If you have kids you can still enjoy some time to yourself by using the childcare services Disney offers. Learn more about that by clicking here. Now, let’s take a look at the top 10 reasons to visit Disney without kids.
1) Running on your own schedule
When you travel with kids you more or less have to work around their schedule. That means going back to the room for midday naps, eating 3 meals during the day, potential meltdowns from the Florida heat, riding Dumbo 10 times in a row. Kids have very different needs than adults and while bringing them to Disney can be a magical family experience you have much more freedom to do what you want to do without them. Stay at the parks from open to close, stay out late in Disney Springs, etc.
2) Bringing less into the parks
Kids need a lot of stuff. Bottles, snacks, extra clothes, diapers, potentially a stroller depending on age, and so many other little things. You see it all of the time around the parks, giant backpacks, strollers packed to the brim. When traveling without children you can pack much lighter. With the use of MagicBands you can even skip the wallet or purse if you want to. It makes for a much easier day to carry less.
3) Eat more adventurous foods
Disney World has AMAZING food options. Despite the notion that it is just theme park burgers and fries, which of course you can find, you can find really unique and delicious options as well. However, when you are traveling with kids who often have a pickier pallet you may choose safer options and miss out on some of the great offerings at the WDW Resort.
There are tons of bars and drink options at WDW both in an out of the parks. Drinking around The World Showcase in Epcot is one of the more popular drinking destinations but between Disney Springs, the resort bars, and restaurants there are endless options. However, when you travel with kids you don’t have the opportunity to explore the bars and drink very much. That is why going to Disney World on an adults only trip is the perfect opportunity to test out the many cocktails, beers, and wines found all over property.
5) Taking advantage of off times
As mentioned earlier kids require more of a schedule and that means naps, and specific meal times. Taking advantage of the parks in midday and eating during off time hours can help you get on more rides and skip busier times in the parks. The flexibility of traveling without kids can really impact your trip schedule.
6) Less Drama
Kids are great but they can definitely cause some drama, especially at a Disney Park. One kid wants to go on Splash Mountain but the other one is having a meltdown because they are scared. Parents have to decide who goes on what or use rider switch. There are plenty of scenarios that can cause conflict with kids on a trip. An adult’s only trip is generally much less of a hassle. Everyone can do whatever he or she wants. It is easier to split up to divide and conquer and single rider lines can be a huge help as well.
7) Enjoy time by the pool
While obviously you can enjoy pool time with kids, as adults it is a bit more relaxing. You can even use the quiet pools at the resorts, which are away from the hustle and bustle. When you have kids you have to constantly keep an eye on them and make sure they are safe. When you are there with all adults you can take a nap, read a book, and mind your own business. You can even enjoy sometime at the pool bars!
8) The ability to splurge
Kids can be expensive, especially at WDW. On an adults only trip you can take the opportunity to splurge. Whether you upgrade to a deluxe hotel, take one of the many tours available, or add some signature dining options to your schedule, the extra money saved can go along way.
9) Take the opportunity to let out your inner child
Just because you aren’t traveling with kids, doesn’t mean you can’t act like one! Disney is the perfect place to let out your inner child. Slap on your ears and get your pictures with the characters, take a ride on a magic carpet, dine like a princess. Disney makes dreams come true and there is no reason you have to act like an adult if you don’t want to.
10) Appreciate the details
Disney World is full of beauty and there are so many little details around the park that can be easy to miss if you are rushing around. Without kids it is easy to take your time and take everything in. Search for hidden Mickeys, sit and people watch, you will be surprised at what you might notice by observing the atmosphere.
I could go on and on about reasons to take adults only trip to Walt Disney World, but these are the top reasons. I personally have never been on a trip with kids and we have a wonderful time always. Have you gone to Disney World without kids? Let me know your favorite adult only activities!