Only Have ONE Adult Day To Spend At Disney World? Then Follow This Plan…


Last week I wrote about how you could do “Disney in a day” with your family, but since my husband and I and many other couples and groups out there travel to Walt Disney World with just adults, I thought it might be nice to look at how an “adults only” group could spend a day at Disney World

First things first – the basics still apply whether you’re traveling with a kids or just adults:

  • Make sure you’re making the most of your time by planning to be there the WHOLE day (like from open to close – so you don’t miss any of the magic!)
  • Dress wisely – sneakers and lightweight comfortable clothes are a must, as is packing sunglasses, a hat, and a poncho
  • Pack smart – bring sunscreen, water bottles, snacks – and make sure they’re packed in an easy to carry lightweight bag
  • Don’t try to do it all – All 4 Parks in one day may seem doable, but it will leave you dog tired, and you will enjoy the things you do more if you take your time and stick to no more than 2 Parks.


Ok – now that we’ve laid the groundwork – let’s talk itinerary:

  • Start out your day by arriving at the Magic Kingdom when it opens – and head straight to your top attractions and rides and get those ridden first thing while the waits aren’t too long. Then you can take a breakfast break (a good money saver here would be to bring it with you!), and plan your next move – rides like Pirates of the Caribbean, The Haunted Mansion, and the People Mover rarely have a long wait and are all good picks for later in the morning once the crowds start to arrive
  • Plan to take a bit of a break with a nice sit down lunch – if your group is into characters, then maybe a buffet with Pooh and friends at the Crystal Palace would be the ticket (which is totally acceptable for adults, not just kids so don’t be self-conscious!). But if you’re thinking that something more…grown up might be the ticket, then why not head to one of the Disney Resorts for a leisurely, relaxing meal? Big River Grille and Brewing Works over at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort is a fully operating brewery that offers casual delicious food as well as their own custom beers (many of which have been worked into their recipes too!), or you can hop a monorail over to the Ma href=>Polynesian Resort for some fresh sushi and Asian inspired dishes at Kona Café, or take the monorail a stop further to the Grand Floridian Resort’s Grand Floridian Café – which serves up steak, salad, and sandwiches in an idyllic setting. There are TONS of places to eat, and almost all of the sit down restaurants take Advance Dining Reservations – so be sure you are planning ahead and booking your meal well in advance
  • Once you’re full and ready to hit the Parks again, head over Disney’s Hollywood Studios – and this is where I recommend utilizing the fastpass system so that you can experience some of the more popular rides – like Tower of Terror and Rock’N’Roller Coaster. Hollywood Studios is a great place to spend the afternoon – strolling around and watching the performers, doing some shopping, seeing some shows and riding some rides – what could be better?
  • When the sun sets, then it’s time to head Downtown – to Downtown Disney that is – where you can do plenty of shopping at their huge selection of specialty stores, or take in a new release at the AMC movie theater, or do some bowling at Splittsville. You’ll probably be ready to eat again after all that excitement – and I HIGHLY recommend Raglan Road Irish Pub for dinner – a huge bar, delicious authentic Irish menu, and live music and Irish dancers – it’s a great place, and the perfect place to unwind after a long day of walking at Disney. After dinner you can take a stroll for more shopping, more live music, and some drinks at the House of Blues – what a perfect end to the day, am I right?


If you’re planning on being in Florida on vacation, then I highly recommend you try to work in at least one full day at Walt Disney World – it’s well worth the trip, and it’s a great way to spend a day! (or a week, or a month, or a lifetime…you get the idea – WDW is amazing!)

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Catie Hiltz is an avid Walt Disney World lover who has been vacationing there since she was tall enough to ride Space Mountain. She believes there is something for everyone at WDW-and especially writing about the benefits of vacationing there as an adult
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