It’s time we confront one of the biggest and most menacing myths about Walt Disney World Resort, that it’s just a place for kids.” To some, Walt Disney World is spilled soda and sticky sidewalks, long lines, and cartoon characters around every corner. But those folks are in for a pleasant surprise. Yes, Disney World is kid friendly but that’s only because Walt Disney World is family friendly no matter who or what makes up your family. Just as some folks say Disney World is a place for kids, one could just as easily make the same argument that the Vacation Kingdom is only for adults. Don’t believe it? Let’s take a closer look at some adult-friendly activities.
Gear up and brace for a safari unlike any other this side of Africa. Guests on Wild Africa Trek crouch along trails, traverse swaying footbridges above crocs and hippos and delve deep into the jungles and savannas of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. expert guides lead small groups of adventurers on excursions across untracked areas of the park. Extended time is spent observing and learning about the animals while on foot or while over-landing in customized safari vehicles. Trekkers close out their experience at a serene overlook above a wildlife-filled savanna while savoring Africa-inspired food and beverage. $189 per person.
Walt Disney World guests can experience a Segway Human Transporter (HT) for themselves, firsthand, as part of three different programs.
Around the World at Epcot is a two-hour guided tour that allows guests to operate the two-wheeled, one-person transportation device throughout World Showcase before it opens to other park guests. Cost is $99.00 per person. The 7:45 a.m. tour is highly recommended because you’ll have the entire park to yourself!
Wilderness Back Trail Adventures is a two-hour tour that lets guests explore the natural beauty of the Florida landscape in and around Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. Cost is $90 per person.
Epcot DiveQuest is a unique scuba diving experience inside the 5.7-million-gallon saltwater tank. Guests must be SCUBA-certified. The Seas Aqua Tour allows Guests to swim on the surface without certification.
Characters in Flight
Soar 400 feet over Downtown Disney in a giant tethered balloon over the waterfront. With a volume of 210,000 cubic feet of lighter-than-air gas, the 72-foot-diameter balloon, can lift up to 30 guests at a time on a ten-minute trip, day or night. At the top, you’ll discover a 360-degree view of the Walt Disney World Resort and beyond. Cost is $18.
Disney Deluxe Resort Hopping
Take time out of your day, or evening, to explore some of Disney World’s finest hotels. Did you know you’re free to walk around any resort, even if you are not staying there? You are more than welcome to walk the grounds, check out the lobby and pool areas, and even stay for dinner. Some of the best Disney Resorts to explore are the hotels on the monorail loop: Polynesian, Grand Floridian, and Contemporary are a few must-sees. But also check out Disney’s Boardwalk Resort area - both the hotel and the actual Boardwalk. Cost: FREE!
Romantic Surprise from Disney World Floral
Arrange to have the Disney Floral Department to deliver a floral bouquet and or chocolate treats while you’re out of the room. When you return, open the door to a magical surprise. It’s a memory that will last a lifetime. Prices start around $40. Click here for more information on the Disney World Floral Department.
Imagine driving the world’s fastest and most exotic high performance cars on a real racetrack…no traffic…no stoplights…no law enforcement…just your adrenaline and the wide-open asphalt. Located at Walt Disney World Speedway in Orlando, Florida, Exotic Driving Experience features supercars by Ferrari, Lamborghini, Audi and Porsche. Exotic Driving Experience gives you the opportunity to get behind the wheel of these super cars. Not up for the drive? Ride-alongs also available. Contact your Disney Travel Specialist for current pricing. Click here for more information and photos.
Even if you’re not a Disney fan, there’s no denying how impressive the Walt Disney World Resort is. Go behind the scenes to see how the magic is created, and find amazing details hidden in plain sight. Best of all, you’ll be taken down underneath the Magic Kingdom into the service tunnels where all the day-to-day operations are performed. Tours are approximately 4.5-hours with complimentary lunch. Cost: $74 per person. This is one of the best tours available and is highly recommended.
Swim with Dolphins - Disney’s Dolphins in Depth
Imagine getting up close and personal in the water with Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins. The Seas pavilion invites guests on a three-hour, behind-the-scenes experience aimed at providing a keener understanding and heightened appreciation for dolphins. The 30-minute dolphin interaction takes place in waist-deep waters so guests don’t need to be SCUBA certified or even know how to swim. Disney’s Dolphins in Depth is $194 per person.
Magic Kingdom Wishes Cruise
You and up to 8 guests can board a smooth sailing pontoon boat around the Seven Seas Lagoon, just outside Magic Kingdom Park. Enjoy snacks and soft drinks as you cruise. When it’s time for the fireworks, you can immerse yourself in the magic with private viewing spot with nothing between you and Cinderella Castle. You can also arrange onboard dining to be delivered. Cost: $293.00
For larger parties, upgrade to the Premium package. Take up to 10 guests and enjoy a live audio feed of the Wishes fireworks soundtrack. Cost $347.00
Illuminations Cruise at Epcot
You and up to 10 guests can enjoy a front row seat away from the crowds onboard a luxurious pontoon boat that includes your very own captain. In addition to the spectacular views of Illuminations: Reflections of Earth, you can enjoy water, soda and snacks or arrange private dining to enjoy out on the water. Cost: $325 plus tax.
Grand 1 Yacht
The Grand 1 is an indulgent 52-foot Sea Ray Sedan Bridge Yacht available for luxurious cruises accommodating up to 18 people (17 if a Butler is in service) around the Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake. The Grand 1 is an ideal place to watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks. Onboard dining can be arranged too. Cost: $520 for 60 minutes, $780 for 90 minutes, $1040 for 120 minutes
A Most Memorable Fine Dining Expereince
There are numerous restaurants that offer are attractions all themselves. The renowned Victoria and Albert’s Restaurant at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort does not even allow children. For a complete list of fine dining at Walt Disney World, visit our Signature Dining Review Page.