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Despite what you might think, Disney World isn’t just a destination for the kids. With a few insider tips and a bit of planning you can turn this kid-filled environment into a great adult destination.

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Avoid Holidays and School Breaks

If your visit coincides with school holidays, you’ll find the park packed with families and little ones. Plan your trip for the shoulder season and enjoy a visit with fewer crowds. Early December, January, and February are particularly good times to visit if you’re looking to lower your costs while still enjoying the full Disney experience.

Stay on Site at a Disney Hotel

Image via Flickr by Ser@fin photography
Image via Flickr by Ser@fin photography

There are lots of hotel options in Orlando. If you want to stay as close as possible to the parks, consider staying at one of the Disney hotels. These might not be the cheapest options for accommodations in Orlando, but they’re the most convenient ones.

When you stay on site, you get a chance to experience the parks without the crowds, thanks to the Extra Magic Hours available to all Disney hotel guests. Extra Magic Hours give you access to the parks one hour before they open to the general public and two hours after the parks’ regular closing hours.

Make Your FastPass Work for You

Waiting in line for the rides at Disney parks can quickly take the fun out of your experience, so learn how to make FastPass system work for you. If you’re staying at one of the Disney hotels, you can use FastPass+ to reserve your rides ahead of time and plan out your day to maximize fun and minimize wait times.

Enjoy Adult Experiences

Image via Flickr by Sam Howzit
Image via Flickr by Sam Howzit

It’s not all about Mickey Mouse and Cinderella when you visit Disney. Enjoy the rides and take in the experience, but don’t forget to check out some other adult-friendly activities as well. Play a round of golf during the day or visit Disney’s Boardwalk at night. Enjoy a couple’s treatment at a spa or indulge in a private dinner at the Tower of Terror. If you can time your visit with the EPCOT Food & Wine Festival in the fall, you’ll find many more reasons to enjoy adult time at this fascinating Disney park.

Relax During the Day

The parks are at their busiest around midday, so use this time to escape the crowds and fit in a little siesta after your morning of fun. If you’re staying at one of the hotels on site, taking a midday break is easy. Enjoy the parks in the morning, take a break for a few hours, and head back out to enjoy the evening and nighttime activities. Whether you take a nap or spend some time at your hotel’s pool, you’ll feel refreshed and ready to enjoy the evening.

There are many more ways to enjoy adult time at Disney, but if you’re choosing this magical place as your holiday destination of choice, your inner child will eventually make an appearance. Embrace it and don’t be shy about it. Go ahead, enjoy that character breakfast, wear the ears, and scream at the top of your lungs as you ride the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. After all, that’s what Disney World is all about.

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