Hi I’m so happy you’re here! We recently vacationed to Disney World and had such and incredible time that I need to share everything with you! My husband and I both grew up with Disney (like most children around the planet!) and when I was searching for something fun to do I thought, “Where can we go or what can we do where we can just let loose and have a blast?” Well nothing else came to mind than the happiest place on earth, DISNEY WORLD! One of my new year’s resolution is to have more fun and enjoy life! Last year, I felt that we were so busy, with all good things, but lived a little on the tense side trying to finish school and buy a home and looking for new jobs and moving to a new area and finding a new home church etc. Everything felt like a transition and we could not be happier to have gotten into the groove of our new lives and enjoy our time more.
I always thought that we would go to Disney World when we had kids and it would be awesome because it’s a kid place and we could enjoy it with them, but little did I know its a place for adults too! I have laid out everything we did in this guide so you can plan your Disney trip and have an inside scoop on what to do to maximize your time there and enjoy the “adult” things that Disney has to offer.
Please download the “My Disney Experience” App as soon as you purchase your tickets. This is where you can make reservations for restaurants, check how long the wait time is to get on a particular ride, and to schedule your fast passes. This app will have everything you need and more, it will make planning for your Disney trip a breeze.
I always like to travel light and stuff everything into one carry on. Call me paranoid, but I get anxiety about checking in my bags because I feel like they are going to get lost or delayed and I’m going to be stuck on vacation with none of my stuff. Plus, I don’t always fly Southwest and refuse to pay for checked bags. So this short trip was no exception. Here’s what I took:
Accommodations: You definitely want to stay as close to Disney as possible. In my opinion, you do not need stay at a Disney Resort to be close to the parks. Plus, staying at a Disney Resort is pretty pricey. We stayed at the Radisson Celebration in Kissimee Beach and it was a nice hotel. You will find that all the hotels close to the parks are expensive and not that nice for the price but don’t worry because all you need is a place to sleep and I am not even exaggerating!
We loved Epcot so much! It was the first park we visited and I definitely thought it was great for adults because it represents 11 world nations where you can see replicas of famous monuments like the Eiffel Tower. My favorite part is that in every section you will find employees from that specific country working there so you can get the full experience and get a glimpse of what the country is like. Also, it’s very futuristic!
Restaurants: Gosh there are so many options for food at Epcot because every country has a specialty restaurant plus many quick services restaurants and I found that all the food is good but there are restaurants that outshine others. For lunch, we eat at Napoli in Italy and their pizza was delicious and very authentic with many traditional Italian dishes. (please make a reservation for every single restaurant you want to eat at because most of the time they will not take walk in’s).
For dinner we ate at the Coral Reef which is inside an aquarium! It is the second largest aquarium in the United States! You can sit next to the 100 pound stingray and watch the sharks swim by while having dinner. Definitely a must!
Rides: Every single ride we went of was amazing! Trust me, even the Nemo ride was fun! Here are all the rides we went on and which were my favorite and which ones you need to FastPass+ (more on how to do that later).
- Soarin’ – Future World (#1 favorite ride from all the ones we went on in all the parks- FastPass+)
- Spaceship Earth – Future World (#2 – FastPass+)
- Test Track – Future World (#3 – FastPass+)
- Grand Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros- Mexico
- The Seas with Nemo & Friends – Future World
- Mission Space Green – Future World (FastPass+)
Magic Kingdom is magical in every sense of the word! From the shops to the rides and of course…the castle! Main Street has so many cute shops with every candy imaginable and souvenirs galore! The evening show is so beautiful with the light show and the fireworks show that you might shed a tiny tear. Magic Kingdom is where you can find basically all the characters and all of the classic rides you hear about.
Restaurants: Like I mentioned in Epcot I feel like all the food at Disney is pretty good it just depends on what you are craving and how much time you want to spend. For breakfast we ate at Be Our Guest in Belle’s castle and it was so beautiful. The breakfast menu is small but pretty delicious.
My favorite restaurant from the entire trip was Tony’s Town Square Restaurant (ps. it’s one of the only restaurants in Magic Kingdom that serves alcohol), it’s Italian and based out of Lady and the Tramp! They have a quaint porch overlooking Main Street and it’s perfect for patio weather. The food was absolutely delicious from the bread to the Italian cheese dip to the champagne and the Scampi. So romantic and charming I loved it!
Rides: We went in February which was such a great time of the year because although it was packed, I felt like we got in every ride we wanted to. So I definitely recommend going in more of a low peak season than the summer or any other holiday where kids are out of school. Here are my favorite rides.
- Space Mountain – (#1 FastPass+ during the day or don’t and go at night the line is shorter)
- Peter Pan’s Flight – (#2 definitely 100% FastPass+ we did not and waited an hour)
- Under the Sea Journey of the Little Mermaid – (#3 no need to FastPass+, lol I’m such a child!)
- Haunted Mansion (FastPass+)
- Pirates of the Caribbean (FastPass+)
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (FastPass+)
- Tommorowland Speedway
We got a park hopper ticket for our last day so we could hop from Animal Kingdom to Hollywood Studios and that was a brilliant idea since we were only there 3 full days it allowed us to make use of all of our time. We spent half the day at Animal Kingdom and we felt like it was a good amount of time (of course we did not do everything because there are a million things to do at each park that you could spend months there and not eat the same thing twice or see the same show since they are always adding new attractions).
Restaurants: Well we only ate once at Animal Kingdom and we had Brunch at Tusker House Restaurant and it’s a buffet style African themed restaurant. It’s also a character dining spot with Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald and Daisy Duck (super cute). Also make a reservation just in case, basically I would make a reservation for every restaurant you want to try.
Rides: Since we were only there for a short time we didn’t do much but what we did we absolutely loved!
We went on the Safari (#1 please FastPass+ or you will wait an hour or more to get it in) and it was awesome! If you are like me and love animals and the zoo you will love this. We saw lions, zebras, giraffes, hippos and rhinos and they were all in their “natural habitat”.
My favorite show here was “It’s Tough to be a Bug”, it’s in 3D and it was so cute and felt so real! I was so impressed by all the details that go into every ride and show! This is a must if you are in Animal Kingdom. (#2 No need to FastPass+)
We went on the Dinosaur ride and it was so much fun! It takes you through a scary pre historic tour with a giant T-Rex, it was pretty cool not gonna lie. (#3 FastPass+)
We spent the other half of our day at Hollywood Studios and to be honest it was my least favorite. We were there a couple of hours and went back to Magic Kingdom to end the night and watch the night show again and get on a couple of other rides we didn’t have the time to get on.
We did watch a cool Indiana Jones stunt show that was pretty impressive! Basically there are stunt men that show you how some of the stunts from the movie were made. There were real explosions and fire and it was awesome, especially if you are a fan of the franchise. My husband also saw all the characters from Star Wars and he was a giddy nerd lol.
Restaurants: Since we were only there for a couple of hours we had an early dinner at 50’s Prime Time Cafe and it was simply adorable! It literally takes you back in time to the era with all the decor. There are appliances and booths that all have so much 50’s charm I took a million pictures. Also, everyone in there is in character playing your mom. So when your table is ready they shout out, “Karen, Raymond common kids dinner is ready”, ahhh I loved it!
Ok so FastPass+ planning is going to be what makes your time at Disney so much easier and allows you to enjoy the most of your time instead of waiting in line for a ride. Basically, you have 3 fast passes a day that you can use on rides to skip the line. There are 2 different categories of rides in each park. Let’s just say A and B categories to make it easier to understand. So you can pick one ride from category A (this is where all the most popular rides are under), and you can pick two other rides from category B. You select a time slot for each ride you want to get on, usually an hour window, and just show up. Once you use all your three fast passes, for the day or that specific park, you get another one and once you use that one you can get another one and so on! Isn’t that amazing!? Also, for every ride that you get on you will have to show your Disney ticket (looks like a credit card) so I recommend that you get the band. There is a band that looks like a fitbit and it’s $14.99 and it’s basically your ticket. It has all your FastPass rides on it and all your restaurant reservations. You can also pay with it by waving your wrist on the credit machine. It’s genius.
I hope you enjoyed my Disney World guide for adults! We had sooo much fun I want to go back every year. Let me know if you know of any tips and tricks for Disney World that we could all use. If you go soon let me know what you think of my favorite ride Soarin’ in Epcot and my favorite restaurant Tony’s Town Square in Magic Kingdom. Hope you have a magical time!
(new Disney World fanatic)