Disney World For Grown-Ups: The Best Time to Visit

  • By: pdstamp
  • Date: January 16, 2023

Walt Disney World might feel like a place that’s sprawling with kids, filled to the brim, and has queues that stretch for miles long. While that may be true in some cases, that isn’t true all year round.

Contrary to popular opinion (from people that usually have never visited) the park has plenty of adult-themed activities that can keep your visit enjoyable regardless of your age.

The best time in the year for adults to visit Disney World is at the beginning of the year, preferably the first Monday up until the start of the weekend. This is because that particular time has seen most guests leaving for work after their Christmas breaks, leading to the park being quite empty.

In this article, we’re going to go over the best time of the year for adults to visit Disneyland, what they should do here, where they should stay, and how they can make the most out of their magical journey.

Magic Kingdom 2005 Vacation With Adults Only

Best Time For Adults To Visit Disney World

If you are an adult, you may not want to share your vacation with kids running around constantly in Walt Disney World.

Well, contrary to popular belief, Walt Disney World isn’t filled with kids except for a few occasions. However, if you play your cards right, you’ll be able to have a jolly good time due to the shorter queues.

But, before we get into seasons and times where you should go, let’s talk about particular occasions where you absolutely should not go to Walt Disney World if you don’t want to stand in queues for the better part of a day.

Any vacation, holiday, weekend, and during the entirety of the summer break (summer season) is when you should not even think about going. Moreover, these particular strands of time are particularly crowded:

  • Christmas Holidays
  • Holiday Weekends (Labor Day)
  • Thanksgiving
  • Memorial Day
  • Spring Break

Now, let’s talk about weekends and days when you should go to Walt Disney World as an adult:

  • Beginning of the year (the first 3 weeks of January)
  • Last two weeks of February and the first week of March
  • Last week of August
  • Almost the entirety of September and all weekdays of October (except holidays)
  • The entirety of November except the weekend 

For a more refined look at when you should be visiting Walt Disney World, here’s an epic crowd calendar that I use.

Generally, we recommend heading to the theme park when the calendar mentions it.

This usually means that you’ll be susceptible to 10-15 minute queues on most rides, with some popular ones going for 30 minutes, max.

Where To Stay In Walt Disney World As An Adult?

When visiting Walt Disney World, there were are resorts / hotels that we found were most suited for adults:

Riviera Resort

The Riviera is a resort right beside the Caribbean Beach at Disneyworld.

In our opinion, the entire resort carries an aura of elegance and minimalism. Rather than flashing you with bright colors, the entire Riviera takes inspiration from the Italian / French Riviera known for its pastel color schemes.

The biggest advantage of this resort is the Skyliner station present right beside the Riviera. 

You’ll be able to get to Disney’s Hollywood Minutes in about 15 minutes from the moment you walk out of your room using the Skyliner.

You’ll also be able to head to various parks and Disney Springs. In our opinion, the transport alone is a pivotal reason why the Riviera is so worth it.

Disney’s Riviera Resort August 2022

Swan and Dolphin Hotel

In this price category, nothing compares to the location that the Swan and Dolphin hotels are in. With some resorts needing you to take filled buses to get to your destination, the ability to walk to two Disney parks is a huge bonus.

The Swan and Dolphin hotels are both the dictionary definition of value.

No, they aren’t decorated the most eloquently, and neither do they offer the greatest amenities. But, they have great staff, excellent food, and an overall value that’s hard to match. 

The adult-themed resort is very hospitable for families, and you’ll see many kids here. But, we’ve never found it overwhelming to the point where it felt like a children’s birthday party even during the holiday season.

Final Thoughts

Heading to Walt Disney World as an adult is more fun than you might think.

The Magic Kingdom is inclusive of all shapes and sizes. And, with adult-themed activities, attractions, and festivities to tend to – you’ll be having a jolly good time with your significant other or with your friends even if you’ve grown past the age of backyard shenanigans. 

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