Finding Your Adult Inner Mouse at Walt Disney World

Countless photos of young children hugging Mickey Mouse usually come to mind when an adult thinks of Walt Disney World. And for sure, this is a place made for kids. But kids at heart can also find a lot to do in the House of Mouse. What we'll try and do is lay out all the things adults can do at the Magic Kingdom and Walt Disney World Theme Parks.

Satisfy Hunger

Sure, you can go just about anywhere to eat. However, Walt Disney World Theme Parks go out of their way to be a food lover’s dream. At this time of the year (September), many people will find gastrinal bliss at Epcot by visiting the countries at World Showcase. What you might not know, is there are culinary delights throughout the resort. For example, you can eat at the Lodge in Animal Kingdom and enjoy African cuisine or stop by the New Orleans resort for Beignets and a cup of coffee. Five star restaurants, extensive wine lists, and hot dogs in Cinderella’s castle. It’s just one way for adults to enjoy Disney.

Entertainment and Live Acts

Downtown Disney is packed with restaurants and nightclubs that come alive at night. Enjoy dueling pianos, bands, and live entertainment. You can also enjoy cocktails at a variety of bars and restaurants. Cap it off with the Illuminations Laser Light show and fireworks to make a memorable evening from beginning to end.

Parasailing

Share the exhilaration of flying over the water on a tandem parasailing adventure, while enjoying bird’s-eye views of the Walt Disney World Resort. The state-of- the-art parasail boat allows you to take off and land from the boat without getting wet! The crew and vessel exceed all United States Coast Guard regulations, ensuring the safest experience possible. The tandem parasail flight is 2 people flying together one in front of the other.

Shopping

The Disney Marketplace is a collection of stores and boutiques. It’s much more than stores selling Mickey Mouse t-shirts. You can purchase everything from resort wear to jewelry to electronics. Bath products, personal items, and specialty gifts are also part of the many offerings. The Disney Marketplace also has restaurants and activities.

Pampering Luxury

Do you enjoy a good spa treatment? Many of the resorts offer top quality spa treatments including massage, facials, and hair and nail treatments. You can also enjoy many of their fitness centers. There are dozens of spas on the Disney property, here are a few to consider:

  • La Vida Health Club - Disney's Coronado Springs Resort
  • Mandara Spa - Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel
  • Muscles & Bustles Health Club - Disney's Boardwalk Villas
  • Olympiad Fitness Center - Disney's Contemporary Resort
  • Senses - A Disney Spa at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort
  • Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Finally, you can run a marathon or half marathon at one of the many weekend races held at Walt Disney World. You can come to watch competitions like the Division One College Championship basketball game. And if you’re ready to tie the knot the Magic Kingdom is a great place to get married. At Walt Disney World, there’s an abundance of activities to choose from for both children and adults alike.

Hotel and Condo Options at Walt Disney World Resort

Planning a vacation to Walt Disney World? There are many options for making the most of Walt Disney World in Florida. First off, you need to pick a place to stay close to the park at the center of all the action. You can stay directly at the resort in some very fine accommodations. You also might pick a condo or house in the center of the Orlando area. Here are two popular options:

Walt Disney Resort

The hotels and condos at Walt Disney Resort surround the different themed resort areas and range from inexpensive to all-inclusive. This proves to be a good option for families planning to spend a lot of time at a particular theme park. In most cases, staying near the chosen park allows you to spend more time enjoying the rides and attractions of that park. For instance, staying on property allows guests early access on select days and if you’re getting an All-Parks-Pass then you can enter and leave the theme park without waiting to enter. Since you are so close, you can go to the room for a swim or a nap before returning to the park for evening activities.

You can find resorts in Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Downtown Disney, ESPN Wide World of Sports Area, and The Magic Kingdom.

Off-Resort Options

Hotels and condos off-resort work best for families planning on visiting Walt Disney World and other attractions around the Orlando area. Picking a central location allows families to enjoy Universal Studios, the beach, or the Cape Canaveral area. In addition, savings on food and groceries allow families to save money by eating breakfast or snacks. In many cases, savings on a week or 10-day vacation allow more resources for fun and entertainment.

Be a VIP

Reduce the stress of planning your Walt Disney World vacation by allowing someone else to do all the work. A privately guided tour of the resort helps you maximize your time at Disney World and see more attractions with less time standing in line. Complimentary pre-arrival consultation with assistance making dining and Fast Pass reservations will help to ensure a stress free day with your private guide.

You can easily save hours of time and reduce frustration by hiring a guide to help.