When people think of Disney, they think of magical times for children, but what if I told you Disney properties are unique and magical experiences for grown-ups too? You don’t even have to like princesses!
WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT
Victoria & Alberts, a fine-dining restaurant at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, won the AAA Five-Diamond Award. James Beard Award-winning chefs own restaurants at Disney Springs. Sommeliers are on-hand at the California Grill. The Highway In The Sky Dine-Around presents a six-course meal at the Monorail’s three resorts, ending with a private Magic Kingdom fireworks viewing.
The theme parks and resorts at Walt Disney World are filled with bars, lounges, and nightclubs. Epcot’s World Showcase has 11 pavilions that allow you to “drink around the world” all year. Still, one of Epcot’s best features is its international festivals (Arts, Flower and Garden, Food & Wine, and Holidays). During the festivals, there are even more food and drink stations to sample. At the resorts there are jazz clubs, dueling pianos, tiki bars, even one run by Indiana Jones’s bush pilot. Every park has something unique and exciting, and there are park-specific bar crawls.
If you’re curious about the history or backstage magic of Walt Disney World, there are unique access tours available in every park. Walk out on the Harambe Reserve at Animal Kingdom, get the Keys to the Kingdom at Magic Kingdom, see the Behind the Seeds at Epcot, and VIP tours at each park. You can get up close and personal with elephants and rhinoceros or inspect Audio-Animatronics and costuming. If you’re dive certified, you can even dive in the second-largest aquarium in the US- the entire Epcot ball could fit inside it!
If you have the scratch, there are some excellent VIP opportunities. There is a Club 33 location in each park, with entrance limited to members and invited guests. Many resorts offer club-level lounges and perks, including extra fastpasses, drinks, and snacks throughout the day. If waiting in lines and group tours aren’t your thing, you can book a VIP tour for as few as one person, with skip-the-line access and exclusive backstage information.
There are some truly spectacular restaurants at Disneyland. Dine at the glamorous, 1930s Hollywood Carthay Circle- there’s a pear martini there that’s incredible. Blue Bayou looks over the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. Napa Rose is the most luxurious restaurant at Disneyland, featuring an award-winning chef and an extensive wine list.
Trader Sam’s offers tiki-theming and unique concoctions- some of which may cause a stir in the bar! The Alfresco Tasting Terrace atop the Wine Country Trattoria offers small plates and fine California wines. If you’re a fan of the Star Wars franchise, visit Oga’s Cantina for some off-world drinks and snacks. The Lamplight Lounge on Pixar Pier offers a spectacular menu- the lobster nachos are top nach-o.
Walk in Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps, where you can visit his private apartment above the firehouse on Main Street, USA. Take an unforgettable train tour and learn about the history and engineering behind the Disneyland railroad. Enjoy Halloween and Christmas tours highlighting the decorations in both parks and VIP offerings with unique access opportunities.
Walt’s original Club 33 is here, right in New Orleans Square, and is available to members and their invited guests. Club-level access is available at all three of Disneyland’s on-property hotels. Skip the lines and get exclusive backstage tours with a VIP tour for your group.
DISNEY CRUISE LINE
Disney Cruise Line is known for its exceptional service and quality. Concierge suites offer butler service. Visit the spa for relaxing and beautifying treatments. There are many areas aboard the ship that are adults-only, so there are always places to relax. The two fine dining restaurants are adults-only, and the Quiet Cove pool is a tranquil oasis to soak up the sun, enjoy the whirlpool spas, and swim. Most itineraries have adults-only port excursions, and each ship has a selection of nightclubs and lounges for afterward. There’s a reason Disney Cruise Line has been consistently rated the number 1 line by Condé Nast.
Think about the locations on your life-list. Disney has parks in Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Paris, and it’s easy to add them to your itinerary. In most cases, you can enjoy the parks in 1-2 days- add it onto the end of a cruise itinerary or make it its own trip! Some of the attractions will be familiar but changed. Like the ropes courses at Shanghai, some are unique experiences you can find only at the international parks.