By Kimberly Button
Just because you’re an adult doesn’t mean you’ve outgrown having fun! Disney offers a variety of magical experiences for even the biggest of kids!
Timing is Everything
It’s easier to beat the theme park crowds when you can arrive early in the morning or stay late in the evening after many kids go to bed. Stay at select Disney Resort hotels and receive access to Extra Magic Hours on select dates. If you really want to beat the crowds, though, consider purchasing an additional ticket for Early Morning Magic or Disney After Hours. These specialty tickets allow you access to a theme park with a limited number of guests. After hours park time gives you the feeling of having the theme park to yourself.
Cocktails & Carriage Rides
Feel like you have been whisked away to the tropics with a visit to Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto and Tiki Terrace at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. The whimsically themed grotto is packed with artifacts and unique treasures collected by Trader Sam, the legendary “head” salesman of Jungle Cruise attraction fame. As Hawaiian-themed musical entertainment fills the air, sip on cocktails served up in a collectible, Disney-exclusive tiki mug and indulge in shared island bites, such as kalua pork tacos and Hawaiian poke.
Cozy up with your loved one and listen to the rhythmic clip-clop of horse hooves in a relaxing horse-drawn carriage ride. During the winter holidays, “sleighs” are decorated with lights and garlands. Pair a horse-drawn carriage ride at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort — Riverside with Mickey-shaped sugary beignets, a traditional New Orleans treat. At Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, be sure to check out the horse barn afterwards, where you can visit Disney’s equine cast members and check out their unique Disney name tags on their stables.
After walking tens of thousands of steps through theme parks, you’ve earned some rest and pampering. A treatment in one of the area’s world-class spas will rejuvenate you to enjoy your entire vacation.
The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort offers co-ed relaxation rooms, a co-ed solarium and couple’s suites to enjoy tranquility side by side. Consider the Sleep Ritual Massage after a day at the theme parks. You’ll enjoy a complete state of relaxation and sleep readiness, and even receive a take-home kit filled with SleepCeuticals products and Sleep Ritual Music.
Located on property near Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the Waldorf Astoria Orlando boasts a Himalayan Salt Therapy room. Relax and be uplifted with negative ions from natural dry salt therapy. The private, two-seat room is perfect for couples. For the ultimate indulgence, add on a Himalayan Salt Stone Massage.
Wine & Dine
The only master sommelier-led wine bar in Florida, Wine Bar George at Disney Springs is the brainchild of George Miliotes, one of fewer than 300 master sommeliers worldwide. Miliotes was also part of the opening team of California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, so he knows how to create a dining experience that rivals no other.
Designed to feel like a winemaker’s home estate, the 200-seat wine bar surprisingly still feels intimate. Miliotes is often on hand to speak with guests and guide them in choosing wine. More than 140 wines are available, all served by the ounce, glass or bottle. Choose wine from a well-known region, or allow the staff to introduce you to up-and-coming regions soon to be famous for their vino. Pair a variety of wines with a cheese and charcuterie platter, shareable entrees, small plates or desserts for a delicious evening that’s relaxing and educational.
Want a taste of some of Walt Disney World’s best restaurants, private fireworks viewing and the fun of a monorail bar crawl all rolled into one great experience? The Highway in the Sky Dine Around can’t be missed! This unique progressive dinner brings you to all three Disney Resort hotels on the monorail loop – Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. At each stop, you’ll enjoy a private food and cocktail pairing at one of each resort’s specialty restaurant. For the grand finale, indulge in desserts and cordials on a private patio to watch Happily Ever After fireworks over Cinderella Castle.
Enjoy a private view of the Magic Kingdom’s or Epcot’s nightly fireworks on a specialty cruise. Chartered boats can accommodate up to 10 adults. For a truly epic evening, the Grand 1 yacht offers private dining while sailing around Seven Seas Lagoon and can even include a butler (additional fee).
Sip a perfectly crafted cocktail while overlooking Walt Disney World on the rooftop bar of Capa at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando. Or indulge in Spanish-influenced tapas and savory, wood-fired steaks inside the elegant dining room. Cinderella Castle and Spaceship Earth are on the horizon from this 17th floor perch. Score a seat at night to watch fireworks from both theme parks.
Five Diamond Dining
A meal at Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is an experience you’ll likely never forget. One of only three AAA Five Diamond Award-winning restaurants in Florida (and an award winner since 2000), this elegant Victorian restaurant is a culinary gem at Walt Disney World.
From the moment that you step inside the doors of Victoria & Albert’s, you will be transported to an era where fine dining was exalted as an art. The attentive staff treats you like a celebrity as you dine in the 14-table dining room under a hand-painted dome as harp music drifts on the air. Seasonal foods are crafted into a chef’s degustation tasting menu that seems to never end. For the ultimate indulgence at Walt Disney World, it is hard to beat Victoria & Albert’s.
Mark Your Calendar!
Disney guests can get their gourmet groove on during the 2019 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. This year’s iconic culinary dine-around runs late summer to November. More than 30 Festival Marketplaces will offer tempting tastes and sips throughout Epcot. During the festival, the Eat to the Beat Concert Series presents a diverse collection of hitmakers from pop to country to R&B and more. Concert seating is guaranteed for guests who book Eat to the Beat Dining Packages. You can also discover new savory and sweet treats by making reservations for the festival’s beverage seminars and specialty dining and pairing events.
Experience the grown-up side to Walt Disney World Resorts! Call your local AAA Travel Agent at 800-750-5386 and book your stay today!