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Discover 23 Must-See Reasons for Adults to Visit Walt Disney World!
Are you thinking of visiting Walt Disney World as an adult? If you are, I fully encourage you to go!
I’ll be honest with you though. If you asked me 5 years ago, my answer would have been different.
Everything changed for me in August of 2019. My dad was turning 65 and my siblings and I decided to surprise him with a trip of his choice. We were discussing all the possibilities of where we could go – including eating pizza in Italy and touring the temples in Greece! I was so excited to tour Europe with my Dad but then he threw a curve ball at us – he knew in his heart that he had to spend his 65th birthday in Disney World!
At the time, Disney World seemed very unexpected to me. I loved Disney World as a kid and still loved Disney movies as an adult (Hello Finding Dory <3) but visiting Disney World with my adult siblings and father never crossed my mind. As soon as we got to Orlando though, everything changed for me! I was brought back to childhood and remembered how much I loved being at Disney World as a young girl and was so excited to experience it with my family once again!
Experiencing Disney World as a child and as an adult are two very different experiences. As a child, you may have been excited to collect character autographs in your autograph book or eat a turkey leg! As an adult, you have a holistic view of the parks and get to make your dream itinerary! It could be filled with fine dining, spa days or reliving your favorite childhood memories!
Disney World has also grown and morphed just like you! You’ll still find your favorite attractions in the park but visiting in the 2020’s brings with it new technology, movies and experiences for you to interact with.
As a kid, Disney World is pure magic and as an adult, it’s even more wonderful! If you’re thinking of going or a bit unsure, I’d like to share with you…
23 Reasons Why You Need to Experience Disney World as an Adult!
1. It’s still The Most Magical Place on Earth!
As soon as you step foot into Disney World, you can feel the magic. It may be the anticipation of your first time visiting or your first time in 20 years but there’s something magical about being physically in Disney World.
2. You’re tall enough to go on all the rides.
If you visited the theme parks or water parks when you were quite young, you may have been a bit too little to ride some of the rides. As an adult, the world is your oyster and you get to decide what rides you want to ride and when.
You get to relive childhood memories and experience being a kid again!
4. New technology within the parks!
As a child, I remember paper fast passes and printed Disney World tickets. Today, Disney World has kept up with technology and added the newest tech to stay current! You now have magic bands and can book fast passes online.
5. If you’re a foodie, Disney has you covered!
Disney World has over 200 restaurants including a Michelin Star restaurant. Depending on your mood, you can partake in fine dining, casual dining or counter service. Have you always wanted to eat inside Cinderella’s Castle – now you can as an adult!
6. Taste food from around the world in EPCOT!
You can experience 11 countries in one day! Disney EPCOT has pavilions for Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, The American Adventure, Japan, Morocco, France, United Kingdom and Canada. Come hungry and try a snack in each country!
7. Experience EPCOT’s seasonal festivals!
EPCOT has festivals throughout the year, including the EPCOT International Festival of the Holiday’s, EPCOT International Festival of the Arts and EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival. Enhance your time at Disney World by planning your trip around an EPCOT festival!
8. Be immersed in a branded experience!
As soon as you step into Walt Disney World, you’re transported into the world of Walt Disney! Do you need a break from work? Spend a few days here for a little escape and some r&r!
9. You get to be transported into so many worlds!
Are you a fan of Stars Wars or Avatar? Have you always wanted to visit Pandora? Disneyworld has mastered the art of fully immersing you into your favorite movies and worlds!
10. You’re able to fully appreciate the scenery and tiny details in everything.
As an adult, you’re able to appreciate the storytelling and visuals of each ride and landscape you encounter.
11. Feel like a kid again with your friends or significant other!
Do you have any upcoming bachelor or bachelorette parties, or a honeymoon? Disney World is great for groups with different interests. Group members can do thrill rides, attend shows, visit water parks or the spa and at the end of the day you can all regroup for dinner and share your unique experiences with each other!
12. Disney Nightlife!
As an adult, you now have the opportunity to experience Disney nightlife! Attend a Cirque du Soleil show at Disney Springs, visit Disney’s BoardWalk or spend your evening at a Disney hotel lounge!
13. Disney World Spa!
Are you looking for a relaxing holiday but still want the magic of Disney? Spend some time at a Disney resort spa!
14. It’s great for different price points!
You can stay off property at a hotel near Disney World to save a bit of money or immerse yourself within a Walt Disney World resort!
15. Stay current on what’s happening in Disney pop culture!
If you haven’t stayed in the loop on Disney movies or culture, you can put yourself into the center of it all and have a crash course at Walt Disney World!
16. Experience a startup city right in the United States!
Many people don’t know that Disney World is its own city and government! There are new startup cities, special jurisdictions and coliving projects in development around the world including the Catawba Digital Economic Zone in South Carolina, and Cabin in Texas and California. You can experience one that’s been around for decades by visiting Walt Disney World!
17. It’s a place family members of all ages can enjoy.
Are you looking for a fun and enjoyable trip for grandparents, parents, and adult children? Disney World may be your answer! There are rides, shows and attractions for family members of all ages!
18. Get into the holiday spirit!
Disney World decorates their parks for the changing seasons and holidays! Do you want to be immersed in autumn fun? Visit Disney World during fall to enjoy Florida sweater weather 🙂
19. If you celebrate Christmas, Disney has amazing Christmas ornaments for your tree!
Are you an ornament collector? Disney has stores dedicated to Christmas! Find your favorite character ornaments for your Christmas tree!
20. You can buy whatever you want!
As a child, did your parents give you a souvenir budget? As an adult, you get the opportunity to splurge on whatever you’d like!
21. Timeless photo opportunities!
Are you looking for engagement photos or just some amazing Instagram photos? You can hire a Disney photographer for your own personalized photo shoot! You can then print the photos on canvas for your house or post online!
22. Appreciation for everything Walt Disney had thought of and developed.
Walt Disney was a visionary. When going through “Walt Disney Presents” you fully get to appreciate and see the tremendous impact Walt Disney had and still has today.
23. A lot has changed but a lot has stayed the same!
It’s like catching up with an old friend! Disney World will always be there for you at every age and milestone in life.
Are you ready to book? As a bonus, here are 5 Key Items to Take Your Disney Trip Up a Notch!
I love getting dressed up for any occasion and these 5 pieces will surely give you all the feels as you get ready for your visit!
1. Magic Band
Magic Bands help streamline your Disney World experience! You can make purchases and enter parks all through this device!
2. Minnie Mouse Ear Headband
What’s more magical than walking around Disney World wearing minnie mouse ears? They’re perfect for photos and getting into the Disney spirit!
I recommend carrying a backpack with you while in Disney World. It’s great for weight distribution and easy to place in the dedicated bag locations while on rides.
4. Mickey and Minnie Ice Cream Cones T-Shirt
I love how this is a play on Mickey and Minnie ears! It’s super cute and unexpected and will surely bring some smiles!
5. Mickey and Minnie Mouse Stud Earrings
These earrings add another magical layer to your outfit! You can wear them both at the theme parks and in everyday life!
I hope these 23 reasons on why you need to experience Disney World as an adult and 5 bonus items were helpful!
For my father, Disney World was an amazing 65th birthday! Disney always goes above and beyond. On our last day at the park, we celebrated his birthday at the Rose and Crown Dining Room in EPCOT and surprised him with a Mickey Mouse birthday cake! One feature I love about Disney World is their “surprise and delight”, and with a reservation at a participating restaurant, you can preorder a specialty cake! My Dad’s Mickey Mouse birthday cake was the icing on the cake for an unbelievable 65th birthday! I personally left that trip with lifelong memories and a love for Disney World that will never go away <3
As a digital nomad, it’s important to make time for friends and family. Your lifestyle may be taking you all over the world but it’s also fun to dive deeper into what you may have explored as a kid! Disney World is that for me. I tell all my nomad friends that they need to spend some time in Orlando to experience a special magic there that I haven’t been able to find anywhere else in the world!
I’d love to hear in the comments if you’ve been to Disney World as an adult and what your experience was like! Also, are there any additional reasons I should add? Happy traveling my friends 🙂