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Those who have never experienced all that Walt Disney World has to offer often consider it a place for kids. Ha! Walt Disney created Disneyland specifically so that both kids and adults could have fun together, and he didn't fail. Pretty much anything at Walt Disney World can be enjoyed by adults if you have the right frame of mind, but there are some things that are most suited for the 21 and up crowd. If you're looking for things to do as adults at the most magical place on Earth, look no further.
Epcot World Showcase
The 11 pavilions at Epcot are probably the most obvious place for adults to spend time, and for good reason. There's plenty to see, eat, and drink, and the shopping you'll find is not the Disney-themed merchandise that blankets the rest of the parks. Some of our favorite souvenirs have come from World Showcase, including our pickle ornament from Germany and a beautiful Japanese rice bowl we got on our honeymoon.
Here are some of our favorite things to do in World Showcase:
Mexico: Get a Margarita and ride The Grand Fiesta Tour
China: Check out the expansive shops and watch the acrobats
Germany: Enjoy a nice beer and check out the Christmas shop
Italy: Grab some pizza and a frozen strawberry limoncello from the Via Napoli pizza window
France: Get a macaroon ice cream sandwich and relax by the fountain
There's plenty more to do, so give yourself a healthy amount of time to enjoy everything the pavilions have to offer!
People-Watching While Riding
This title is vague, but that's because there's lots of things to ride and lots of people to watch. Our favorite, naturally, is the PeopleMover in Magic Kingdom. Then there's the Walt Disney World Railroad, which makes a relaxing and scenic route around the park, our favorite for when we are tired of walking but have time on our hands.
The ferry boats that travel from the Magic Kingdom to the Polynesian and Grand Floridian are also a relaxing ride and a great way to spend some time checking out two gorgeous resorts! And if you're really tired of walking and like making loops, the Monorail is a great place to be.
Speaking of checking out resorts, the Boardwalk area that can be found just outside World Showcase at Epcot is a great place to spend time. There's some cool shops to look at, including an art store we spend an obnoxious amount of time in but never buy anything. We like going during the day when it's quiet and more relaxing, but if you like the night-life scene, definitely check this area out in the evening. You'll find a dance hall, several lounges, and plenty of alcohol.
Many of the Boardwalk establishments don't open until later in the day, including AbracadaBar, which opened in 2016 and has a very unique theme going on, but we usually just enjoy a stupid expensive margarita from Joe's when we feel like doing some day drinking.
The resort side of Crescent Lake is a perfect place to take a load off. The sand beach outside the Boardwalk and Yacht Club resorts features plenty of chairs and swings to enjoy as you gaze at the Boardwalk and wait for night while drinking a second margarita.
You can also enjoy a water taxi to Hollywood Studios that leaves from the lighthouse. Another relaxing ride! Yay!
Disney Springs offers a wide selection of both Disney merchandise stores and your everyday high-end shops, but shopping isn't the only thing to do at Disney Springs. You can enjoy a movie, bowling, or an expensive meal here, but we like to opt for the cheaper route: burgers and rocking chairs. Now that the recent renovations are complete, Disney Springs has plenty of beautiful scenery and reasonably priced restaurants like D-Luxe Burger to enjoy.
Trader Sam's Grotto
One of our favorite parts of the Polynesian is Trader Sam's. This bar has cocktail prices that will make you feel a little tipsy before you've even had your first sip, but the atmosphere is worth it. Certain drink orders cause "events" to activate around the bar, and many of the drinks come with the option of purchasing a souvenir glass (or bowl).
If you don't want to wait an hour for a table inside, you can usually find a seat out on the patio, although the only effects your drink order will have out there is on your judgment.
The Polynesian Beach
After enjoying your drinks at Trader Sam's, find a spot to relax on the Poly's beach. If you time it right, you can enjoy a pretty cool view of the fireworks over Magic Kingdom. A perfectly romantic way to end an evening.
There are plenty of rides we recommend for adults at Walt Disney World, but you've probably already thought of them. What you might not have consider is how satisfying it is to defeat your spouse in both Toy Story Midway Mania AND Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin.
We like to play a fun game: whoever wins buys the other person a $10 souvenir. Now that we're married, that bet sort of loses it's luster with the whole what's-mine-is-yours-thing, but it's the ruthless competition that really matters.
Technically none of the restaurants at Walt Disney World are adults-only. Even Victoria & Albert's allows kids over the age of 10. But there are several restaurants at Walt Disney World that tend to draw adults more than families, and we recommend making at least one reservation during your trip to enjoy a relaxing meal away from the hustle of the parks.
Here are some of our favorite restaurants to enjoy sans-kids:
California Grill at The Contemporary Resort--If you get a good reservation time, you can view the fireworks from the private patio, where the music is pipped in. And even if you don't get a good reservation time, your receipt after your meal is your ticket back to the patio if you care to wait around.
Les Chefs de France in the France Pavilion at Epcot--A perfect place for a romantic evening and some good wine
Narcoossee's at The Grand Floridian Resort--The waterfront view here is worth the high prices. And if you've never checked out Disney's most expensive resort, here's your chance!
Tutto Italia in the Italy Pavilion at Ecpot--Authentic Italian cuisine and romantic Italian music. What more could you want?