For those that are not Disney fanatics, a trip to Walt Disney World could send shivers down your spine. However, your time in the "house of the mouse" doesn’t have to be a kid-filled nightmare. Read on to see how you can avoid kids and have a more refined, adult-centric experience in the Most Magical Place on Earth.
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Select the Right Hotel
Choosing an appropriate hotel is the first of many crucial decisions you'll make when planning your kid-free stay. Two resorts best suited for adults are Animal Kingdom Lodge, a remote, relaxing resort located next to Animal Kingdom Park, and Disney's Tiki-themed Polynesian Village Resort near the Magic Kingdom.
Off-property, but still close to the magic, is the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista resort, that is just steps away from Disney Springs, and the incomparably luxurious Four Seasons Resort Orlando, where you’d be hard-pressed to find unruly children at the heavenly adults-only pool, staffed for your every need.
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Go Wine Tasting at Jiko - the Cooking Place
Every Wednesday afternoon, Jiko - the Cooking Place holds an adults-only wine tasting event. For $30 (a bargain at Disney), you’ll sample three generous pours of African wines, along with cheese and fruit pairings. The Jiko sommelier conducts the tasting and is on hand to answer all your burning wine inquiries, and well as questions about Jiko and the resort.
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Take an Amphicar Tour at the Boathouse
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Visit the Spa
Whether you choose a warm bamboo massage, the rose renewal facial, or the tropical coconut body therapy, you are guaranteed peace and quiet when you book a spa treatment at any of the Disney spas. Full and partial day packages and nail services are also available when booking.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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See Cirque du Soleil La Nouba
It was recently announced that the near 20-year-long run of La Nouba will be coming to a close at the end of this year. While Disney has remained tight-lipped about what’s to come of the custom-built, freestanding theater at Disney Springs' West Side, take the opportunity now and see this incredible show while you still can.
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Go on the Wild Africa Trek
Experience a walk on the wild side with the Wild Africa Trek, a 3-hour behind the scenes tour of the animals that make up the Animal Kingdom. You will see towering giraffes and rhinos up close, dangle over crocodiles and hippos, and cross a suspension bridge. A light lunch or breakfast is included in the tour, as well as a professional photographer that accompanies you the whole way, so you can put your camera away and simply enjoy the trek.
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Dine at Victoria and Albert's
It’s fitting that the grandest restaurant at Disney is located at the Grand Floridian Resort. Victoria and Albert’s is unparalleled in its cuisine, service, and frankly, price. A 7-course tasting menu will set you back $185 per person, and if you choose to pair wines alongside, its a whopping $250 per person, not including tax or tip.
Despite the hefty price tag, it continuously takes home the AAA Five Diamond Award and gets high praise from guests lucky enough to dine there.
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Spend an Evening at Jellyrolls
Few things are more fun than spending an evening listening to two incredibly talented pianists duke it out in a musical battle. The vibe at Jellyrolls, located on the boardwalk at the Boardwalk Resort, is decidedly un-Disney, in a casual no frills/no theme setting. Though occasionally you will hear a request granted for Living with the Land or Pearly Shell, you’re more likely to hear contemporary tunes, pop hits, rock classics, and even rap and hip-hop covered by the maestros. Just make sure to tip the pianists!