Endless Dumbo rides. Turkey drumsticks for days straight. Splash Mountain excursions...five times in a row.
Depending on who you are, the above list of Disney World exclusive delights could either elicit delightful anticipation or a bit of dread. But regardless of which camp you’re in (we’re in the former!), Disney World can be an oasis for grown-ups, too.
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In fact, The New York Times has just released A Grown-Up’s Guide to Walt Disney World spotlighting a few of the strategies parents can employ to enjoy themselves while at one of the happiest places on earth.
Their thorough guide breaks down attractions by categories to help you streamline your plans. Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and Magic Kingdom are all included, along with a section titled “Beyond the Parks” for when you’re looking to get off the Disney Campus.
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Here are a few of our favorite suggestions from the piece:
1. Eat in Epcot.
It’s no surprise that this international haven has the most to offer in terms of flavor-packed, unique cuisine. The Times recommends checking out Restaurant Marrakesh for Moroccan bites. We’re partial to the Biergarten Restaurant for German-style fare. For dessert, top your meal off like a Parisian at Crepes des Chefs de France.
2. Take a nighttime safari.
Parents, this one is for you. While Animal Kingdom offers regularly scheduled trips through a wildlife reserve on Kilimanjaro Safaris, The Times guide gives a hat tip to embarking on these adventures after sunset. So go ahead and book the kids a babysitter (find out more about childcare services the park offers here) and book yourself on a ‘Nocturnal Encounters’ tour where you can see elephants, crocodiles, rhinos, and more, oh my!
3. Shimmy and shake the night away at Atlantic Dance Hall.
This adults only hub is housed in a majestic ballroom that’s decked out in Art Deco-style. The musical selections range from 80s throwbacks to today's hits and it’s only open to guests ages 21 and older. It’s also on the boardwalk and not inside the park proper, which proves a nice change of scenery, studded with shops, bars, and restaurants.
Now, if you’ll excuse us, we’ve got to pack for Main Street U.S.A., y’all!