Complete Guide: Disney World for Adults 2022

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Complete Guide: Disney World for Adults 2022

This article is your ultimate guide to visiting Disney World for adults. Did you think that Disney World was only for kids and families? Well, think again! The Walt Disney Company has always prided itself on its ability to entertain. It’s no different when it comes to adults and you will find plenty of adult things to do at Disney World and see just why Disney World is worth it for adults to visit. 

Take it from us! We love being Disney adults and have so much fun in the parks with all that the Disney company has to offer. These activities range from ethnic cuisines to boozy cocktails, art festivals, and private VIP tours. You will find experiencing Disney World as an adult is definitely a vacation-worthy destination for friends (without kids!) and couples. 

We hope you find this post helpful, and if you are planning an adults trip to Disney World be sure to check out our other FREE vacation planning tools. Our goal at The Park Prodigy has always been to help you save time and money on your next vacation. This includes helping you find the best time to buy Disney World tickets as well as book amazing Walt Disney World vacation packages!

So if you’re ready for our complete guide to Disney World for adults read on! 

SPECIAL NOTE: If you’re looking for the best time to visit Disney World, check out our Disney Crowd Calendar! 

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2022 Disney World for Adults Guide

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So one of the most common questions we receive at The Park Prodigy is, is Disney World worth it for adults? And the simple answer is yes! Disney World is absolutely worth it for adults – even though you associate Disney with your childhood, at the end of the day it’s still an exciting, immersive theme park. At Disney, you’re never too old to awaken your inner child!

We find every Disney World theme park has something fun for adults to do. With how tough times have been lately, many people are chasing after the nostalgia of their childhoods too. Imagine how fun it would be to relive all the magical parts of your childhood with the added benefit of all of the fun things for adults to do in Disney! Plus, Disney has managed to upgrade older rides and create state-of-the-art new ones, creating a combination of feeling both sentimental over the old and excitement over the new.

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What is the Best Disney World Park For Adults?

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So which Disney World park is best for adults? Very simply we find EPCOT to be the best Disney World park for adults and Hollywood Studios coming in at number two. Here is exactly why we placed these two theme parks at the top of our list.

Best theme park in Disney World for adults ranked

  • EPCOT – #1
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios – #2
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom – #3
  • Magic Kingdom – #4

EPCOT for Adults

The best Disney World park for adults is: EPCOT.

This park has long been considered the best Disney park for adults. It has a wide range of adult-themed rides, restaurants, and shopping. EPCOT also hosts various festivals throughout the year geared towards adults in Disney world. 

These festivals give those over the age of 21 the perfect excuse to “Drink Around the World,” if they so choose. Even if you’re not a person who likes to drink, adults in Disney World can enjoy all of the delicious foods offered during these festivals. At the very least, if you’re looking for a Disney trip with the least amount of kids, EPCOT will probably be your best park to try.

When is the best day to visit an EPCOT festival?

And as you’ll see planning the best days to visit EPCOT can not only save you a ton of time in the theme park but it can also save you money! How you might ask? Well just like Universal Orlando, Walt Disney World theme park tickets now fluctuate based on the time of year you visit.

So as you’ll see below one of the easiest ways to pick the best days to visit EPCOT is to compare the cheapest Walt Disney World tickets. The cheaper the tickets the more likely it is that the parks won’t be as crowded during that time of year.

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios for Adults

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With the recent addition of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge, this park is back to being an all-day event. We find this park to be perfect for adults who are into shows just as much as rides. Whether you sing along with Elsa and Anna at the First Time in Forever Frozen Show or race to get Aerosmith to their concert on time at the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, you really can’t go wrong here! It is also home to a few of the best restaurants in Disney World for adults (which we will cover later).

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Animal Kingdom for Adults

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This came in a number three, which could be number two, but many people find this park to be a half day park. While there are amazing “adult” attractions at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, there can be elements of this park that adults may want to skip. There is a whole area in Dinoland USA meant for little kids carnival style games, which tends to attract little one.

We will say, that we think Animal Kingdom is still one of the best of Disney World for adults because of the dining. One of our favorite places to grab a cocktail and appetizers is at the Nomad Lounge. We recommend to all Disney adults traveling to Animal Kingdom.

Magic Kingdom for Adults

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Magic Kingdom comes in at number 4 just due to the sheer amount of attractions that are geared toward children. Everything about Magic Kingdom is themed for that childhood-like nostalgia magic, which isn’t a bad thing at all! There are even some of the best attractions for adults in Magic Kingdom, depending on what you like to do. We actually love Magic Kingdom and riding all of the “kids” rides, but you will be dodging strollers all day.

It’s also important to note that at Magic Kingdom, you can ride the classics, like Space Mountain or Pirates of the Caribbean (both of which are probably better than you remember), as well as newer additions like Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin.

What is the Best Disney Water Park for Adults?

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Special note: Typhoon Lagoon has officially reopened as of January 2022!

So, what is the best Disney water park for adults? We had to go with Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon as the best Disney water park for adults with its laid back vibe. However this is a tough question because it all comes down to what type of mood you’re in. As you know Walt Disney World is home to two Water parks, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. Both Disney water parks have the same number of attractions, lazy rivers and plenty of places to catch a drink or bite to eat. Here is what we recommend based on your own personal taste.

Typhoon Lagoon: This is the best Disney water park for adults who are looking to relax. You can waste away the day in the lazy river or jump into the wave pool. This water park does have a decent amount of water slides but most are not as intense as at Blizzard Beach.

Blizzard Beach: This Disney water park is best for adults who are thrill-seekers. Home to some of the most exciting water slides in the world including Summit Plummet which includes a 120-foot drop.

How Much Does Disney World Cost For Two Adults in 2022?

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So, if you’re looking on planning a trip to Disney World for adults and are wondering the price. The cost for two adults to visit Disney World in 2022 depends on how many days you go, what days you go, how many parks you visit, and what hotel you stay in. Here are some basic costs for an adults day in Walt Disney World:

Two-One Day Tickets to Walt Disney World: $249-$338 plus tax

Food and Wine Festival Booths: $5-$12 per item

Disney World Snacks: $4-$12 per item

Two night stay at a Moderate Disney Resort: $400 – $1000 plus tax

A great way to cut costs without cutting the quality of your trip is to create your own Walt Disney World vacation package through The Park Prodigy. You’ll also save up to $20 per ticket and have access to exclusive discounts for Disney special events in 2021. 

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Best Hotels for Adults at Disney World 2022

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The travel needs of adults are very often different from the needs of families visiting Walt Disney World. Many on-site Disney World resorts provide a ton of entertainment and amenities for adults and couples in Disney. These amenities can include top-notch restaurants, lively bars, and spas.

Best adult hotels at Disney World

  1. Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
  2. Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club
  3. Disney’s Riviera Resort
  4. The Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

**Special Tip: As discussed above one of the easiest ways to make sure you’re getting the best deal on your Disney hotel is to compare the cheapest Walt Disney World tickets. The cheaper the tickets the more likely it is that the parks won’t be as crowded during that time of year and hotel rooms won’t be as expensive.

So what is the best hotel for adults visiting Walt Disney World? The Disney Saratoga Springs resort. The main reason we listed Disney Saratoga Springs as the number one resort for adults visiting Walt Disney is its location. Its close proximity to Disney Springs makes this a great destination for anyone looking to take advantage of the shops and restaurants it has to offer. Guests can easily walk or take a boat ride over to this amazing area at their convenience. This amazing resort also recently went through a room makeover and we were blown away by the new amenities at this resort.

Special Note: Disney’s Riviera resort recently opened in Walt Disney World. We recently stayed at the Riviera resort and we really were blown away by this new resort. Its new hotel rooms, pool, and restaurants make it a great destination for adults in Disney World. The Riviera resort is also part of the brand-new Disney skyliner which makes it right in the middle of EPCOT and Hollywood Studios. This can make for a quick commute between parks and we do find that most adults in Disney World spend their time at EPCOT.

Best Pools for Adults at Disney World

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Everyone knows one of the best parts about vacation is relaxing by the pool! And that’s no different during your next Disney World vacation! Some of our favorite Walt Disney World days are the ones where our group just hangs out soaking up the sun.

You might be surprised to learn that Walt Disney World also has some of the coolest themed pools around. The best part is many hotels also have smaller pools which tend to be quieter if that’s what you prefer!

Best adult pools at Disney World

  • Stormalong Bay – Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club
  • Lava Pool – Disney’s Polynesian Resort
  • Beach Pool – Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort 

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Best Restaurants in Disney World for Adults

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Disney offers an array of dining options for adults of all ages, ranging from quick service to fun-themed dining. Walt Disney World also offers quite a few fine dining locations which can be perfect for adults and couples in Disney.

Best Disney restaurants for adults

  1. California Grill (Disney’s Contemporary Resort)
  2. Be our Guest (Magic Kingdom)
  3. Le Cellier (Canada Pavilion – EPCOT)
  4. Jiko (Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge)
  5. 50’s Prime Time Cafe (Hollywood Studios)

As discussed above if you’re simply looking for the best Disney World park with the best restaurants for adults it’s hands down EPCOT.  With over eleven countries making up the world showcase it would take you more than one trip to even enjoy all of the restaurants in this one park alone! Not to mention all of the amazing food and beverage booths that you can enjoy during all of the EPCOT festivals! 

Be sure to check out our blog post if you’re looking for more information regarding all of the best restaurants at EPCOT! 

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Best Bars and Lounges in Disney for Adults

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When people think of Walt Disney World, they probably don’t imagine bars and lounges as something to do. But you would be shocked! One of the best activities for adults in Disney World are exploring resorts and finding these hidden gems.

In our opinion, Walt Disney World has some of the coolest themed bars and lounges in the world. These bars and restaurants are spread out throughout the Disney theme parks, hotels, and Downtown Disney.

Best bars in Walt Disney World

  • Jellyrolls (dueling piano bar Disney’s Boardwalk)
  • Enchanted Rose (Grand Floridian resort)
  • Nomad Lounge (Animal Kingdom)
  • La Cava Del Tequila (Mexican Pavilion – EPCOT)
  • Trader Sams (Disney’s Polynesian Resort)
  • Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar (Italy Pavilion – EPCOT)

Disney Springs for Adults 

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The newly renovated Disney Springs is an absolute must-see location in Disney World for Adults! When we say there’s something for everyone, we mean it. With well over 100 unique shops to browse through, you can easily make an entire afternoon shopping at the Springs. However, when the sun goes down, consider this place to be the ultimate destination in Walt Disney World for adults. From world-class dining to dancing your feet off, Disney Springs has something for every adult looking to let loose. 

As for a must-do spot, we highly recommend stopping at the House of Blues during the evening hours. The unforgettable destination packs soul food, great drinks and of course…live music! For more of a relaxing evening, check out the AMC Dine-In Theater or grab some ice cream. 

Best Disney experiences for adults in Disney Springs

  • The Boathouse Amphicar Tour
  • Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar
  • Disney Springs live entertainment
  • Raglan Road
  • Happy Hour …. everywhere! Many Disney Springs restaurants offer happy hour!

What Are the 10 Best Disney World Rides for Adults?

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If you’re in a hurry here are the ten best rides for adults at Walt Disney World. Be sure to keep reading for our complete guide to visiting each Disney theme park on your next trip!

10 Best Disney World Rides for Adults

  1. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
  2. Avatar Flight of Passage
  3. Star Wars Rise of the Resistance (#1 for any star wars fans)
  4. Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
  5. Test Track
  6. Soarin’
  7. Space Mountain
  8. Splash Mountain
  9. Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
  10. Splash Mountain

Things to do for Adults at Disney Worlds – All Four Theme Parks in Depth

Do you plan on visiting all four theme parks while you’re visiting Walt Disney World? No problem, below we break down the special things to do at Disney World for adults.

Magic Kingdom for adults

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This might come as a surprise to many but the Magic Kingdom park has plenty of fun activities for adults to do. For many, there is the nostalgia aspect of riding some of the original rides created by Walt Disney himself.

Best things to do at Magic Kingdom for adults

Nostalgia Rides:

  • It’s a small world
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Haunted Mansion

However, perhaps you want to take a trip on one of the adult-friendly roller coasters such as: 

  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Space Mountain
  • Big Thunder Mountain

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If rides aren’t your thing perhaps spend the day enjoying some of the unique snacks around the park. Walt Disney World is well known for having classics:

  • Dole Whip
  • Turkey legs
  • World-famous Mickey ice cream bars

If you’re still hungry to can grab a hot dog at Casey’s Corner, or dine in Beast’s Castle at the Be Our Guest Restaurant.

The Magic Kingdom park is also full of entertainment adults would love. Some of the best things to do in Magic Kingdom for adults take place at night.  Be sure not to miss out on any of the shows in front of Cinderellas castle, the nighttime parade, and of course the fireworks. 

Things to do at EPCOT For Adults

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As discussed, EPCOT is the best park for adults at Disney World. To start, it’s home to the World Showcase which includes 11 different countries from around the world:

  • Mexico
  • Norway
  • China
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • United States
  • Japan
  • Morocco
  • France
  • United Kingdom
  • Canada

This area of EPCOT is so popular because it allows guests a chance to eat and drink in each unique country. 

Alternatively, some of the best foods you have ever tried can be found at the many EPCOT Festivals held throughout the year! Each festival has its own specialty drinks, food, merchandise, and entertainment!

Best things for adults to do in EPCOT Festivals:

Epcot is truly an Adults’ Playground!

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios For Adults

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Hollywood Studios has long been considered a half day park. That has changed for good with the newest additions of:

One of the most difficult reservations to grab in all of Walt Disney World is at Oga’s Cantina in Batuu (Galaxy’s Edge). This bar has quickly become a fan favorite due to it’s vibrant atmosphere and friendly robot patrons.

Outside of the amazing drinks Hollywood Studios is also home to some of the best restaurants in all of Walt Disney World which we will cover later in this post. In addition Hollywood Studios is home to some of the most exciting rides on Disney World property.

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Must-do adult rides in Hollywood Studios:

  • Rock & Roller coaster
  • Slinky Dog Dash
  • Tower of Terror 
  • Rise of the Resistance! 

If rides aren’t your thing, don’t worry! They don’t call it Hollywood Studios for nothing – this park is also home to some of the best live performance shows on property. Enjoy performances of the Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and so much more!

Things for Adults to Do at Animal Kingdom

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Animal Kingdom is another park that has quickly turned into an all-day affair. You might also be surprised to find out that there are a ton of things for adults to do.

One of the best cocktail bars in all of Walt Disney World is the Nomad Lounge located next to Tiffins. Its close proximity to Avatar Flight of Passage makes it the perfect resting place before you hop into the stand-by line.

If you are a huge fan of animals you will also love this park for obvious reasons. Discovery Island Trails and Gorilla Falls Exploration will allow you to visit different parts of the park surrounded by nature. If dining, bars, and trails are not enough there are plenty of rides adults will enjoy at Animal Kingdom!

The best rides for adults at Animal Kingdom are: 

  • Avatar Flight of Passage
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris
  • Expedition Everest
  • Dinosaur

No matter what you are into, there is something for everyone including amazing shows you can see while at Animal Kingdom!

Which Disney Park has the Best Rides for Adults?

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So which Disney World park has the best rides for adults? We find, Hollywood Studios to have the best rides for adults as they are the more thrilling rides on property. It’s also home to Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge. However, as with so many people, this is really a question of preference. Although Universal Studios has always received the reputation for having some of the most thrilling rides for adults, we feel Disney has done a great job over the years of creating unique attractions fans of all ages will love.  Below is our list of the best rides at Walt Disney World for adults:

Best rides at Walt Disney World for adults

  • Magic Kingdom – Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Hollywood Studios – Rock n’ Rollercoaster, Rise of the Resistance, Tower of Terror
  • Animal Kingdom – Expedition Everest, Avatar Flight of Passage, Dinosaur
  • EPCOT – Test Track, Soarin’, Frozen Ever After

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Start Here When Planning a Disney World Trip for Adults!

I feel like I know a thing or two about the best way to visit Walt Disney World as an adult! After all, I didn’t just wake up one day and decide “hey, I want to sell Disney world tickets for a living”. I have been visiting Walt Disney World for as long as I can remember and now I am unapologetically a childless millennial who still visits.

In fact, my closest friends and I have taken an annual trip to Walt Disney World for the past 13 years in a row! Many of them were not die-hard Disney fans like me in the beginning, but man has that changed. It’s all we talk about now and we all can’t wait to continue to bring our families in the next few years!

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So what is the best way to visit Walt Disney World as an adult?

Booking and planning a Disney trip for adults is completely different from visiting with young children. For starters, you are going to be able to get so much more done and move at a different pace! Next the bars, restaurants, and rides you decide to go on will also be different.

We feel the best way to start to plan your adult Disney World vacation is to ask yourself these questions:

  1. Can I visit during the off-peak season when kids are in school or do I want to go for one of the holidays?
  2. Do I want to spend all of my time in the parks on rides? Or would I like to relax a bit?
  3. Do I like classic bars or do I want to experience themed cocktail bars unlike anything else in the world?
  4. Would I prefer to have dinner at the hotels or Disney Springs or dinner in the parks with the fireworks?

These are just a few questions to start with. The main purpose here is to start thinking about what kind of Disney World vacation you want to have! Is it all thrills all the time? Or do you want to take afternoon breaks by the pool?

I hope the information below helps you plan an amazing Disney vacation that you will love!

Disney for Adults Trip Ideas

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There are so many different ways you can plan the perfect adult trip to Walt Disney World! However here are a few of our favorite trips we have planned over the years!

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RunDisney has quickly become one of our favorite events held throughout the year, and it’s the perfect reason to plan your next Adult’s trip to Walt Disney World. Guests can participate in amazing races held throughout Walt Disney World including a 5K Disney World race, all the way up to a half marathon and Marathon.

RunDisney is truly an amazing community and such a fun way for adults visiting Disney World to combine their love for fitness and an amazingly fun vacation! The RunDisney food and wine half marathon is even held during the popular food and wine festival at EPCOT, to make for an extremely fun weekend!

Disney World Birthday Ideas for Adults

Another great way to enjoy an adults trip to Walt Disney World is to plan around a birthday celebration. Disney has a ton of ways you can celebrate your birthday that you won’t find anywhere else. These include spending the days in the Disney parks, enjoying a relaxing spa day at one of the hotels, checking out of of the themed restaurants and so much more! For more ideas on how to celebrate at Disney be sure to check out our complete guide to Disney World birthdays! 

The 6 Best Things to do at Disney World For Adults

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Top 6 best things for adults to do in Disney World

  • Drink around the world at EPCOT
  • Book a spa day
  • Unique access tours
  • Play golf
  • Ride all Disney classic rides
  • Book a fireworks cruise

Disney World for Adults Questions and Answers

Q: What is the best Disney World Park for Adults? 

A: Short answer: EPCOT, with second place going to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

When is The Best Time to Visit Disney World?

Our Disney  World Crowd Calendar is the best tool to help you get the most out of your time in the parks. We break down park crowds, park hours of operation, ticket prices, and average temperature. We also break down the best time to visit Disney World based on specific times of the year and special events.

Need Help Planning Your Disney World Vacation?

It has never been more important to book your Disney World vacation with a park expert. With changes happening at a rapid pace, it’s important to have someone to walk you through the entire process and answer any questions along the way. When you book your Disney World vacation with The Park Prodigy, you receive our concierge service absolutely FREE! 

Once we plan the perfect family vacation, you can book it for as little as $200 down. Final payment is due 31 days prior to arrival and payment plans are available. To get started you can request a no-obligation Disney World vacation package quote or by calling one of our travel experts at 407-630-8650.

If you’re not in need of a package you can still SAVE BIG with The Park Prodigy. All of our Disney World tickets are guaranteed to save you money Vs booking directly with Disney. Plus they all come with custom daily park plans to all four Disney parks to save you even more time on your vacation!

Michael Belmont

Michael Belmont is the owner and chief editor at Theparkprodigy.com, an authorized Disney and Universal travel agent. He specializes in Disney and Universal theme park tickets and vacation packages, as well as daily park plans to help optimize vacation time. Michael and The Park Prodigy have been featured on ABC’s Florida affiliate, WTFV, as well as over 10 Disney focused blogs. As owner, Michael manages The Park Prodigy blog and social media, a Disney themed podcast, and a Disney and Universal focused YouTube channel. Prior to starting The Park Prodigy, Michael was a long time Disney and Universal enthusiast, frequent visitor of the parks, and even served as a Walt Disney World Cast Member in Orlando, Florida!