Think of Disney and you immediately conjure up images of those iconic mouse ears, The Magic Kingdom, fairies, princesses and castles. Children throughout the world grow up dreaming of Disney World; coming to meet all of their favourite characters and setting foot in the revered resorts. Some of them even get to have that dream realised on family trips to Disneyland.
But it seems it’s not just the kids who fall in love with the idea of Mickey and his magical world. Disney holidays are permeating the dreams of adults too. And it makes sense when you consider that a great many adults have grown up watching Disney films, imagining themselves as the characters in their favourite animated movies. To those who didn’t get to experience Disney World as a child, going as an adult is the ultimate dream come true.
Many adults keep coming back for more because they love it so much – from the upmarket dining options to the high-class shopping to the forthcoming ‘Disney Springs’ entertainment complex. This love of Disney holidays even extends to the most romantic trip a couple will ever take together: their honeymoon. And when you look past all of the shiny, kid-friendly parades and pageantry, you’ll actually find a wide range of adult activities, from the autumn Epcot International Food & Wine Festival to the swanky Victoria & Albert’s restaurant, which has been given a AAA five diamond rating.
Senses Disney Spa offers adults a chance to unwind and enjoy a spot of pampering after a day of excitement. And for those wanting to avoid burnout, it’s probably a good idea to choose one park to explore, such as The Magic Kingdom. It’s also a good idea to head to your attractions of choice around late afternoon/early evening when most of the families have made their way to watch the parades.
Yes, there are parts of the resorts that are jam-packed with small people, but choose your dates carefully – ie. nowhere near school holidays – and your adults-only Disney experience will be as relaxing and romantic as you please. If you prefer to stay out of the parks, there is a range of accommodation within striking distance, from a Ritz Carlton to a Waldorf Astoria.
Disney holidays let adults indulge their inner child at a time in their lives when they can do exactly as they like. So if you have kids who are clamouring to see Mickey Mouse, there’s also a lot to look forward to for you and your partner. And if you don’t, you’ll even have more freedom to explore the delights of Disney World, whatever age you are.
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Kerry Barton writes for travel blogs whilst juggling a family and a career as a web developer. She has been to Disney World as a child and is looking forward to next time already…