It’s Kimberly with Get Away Today, here to talk to you about the Happiest Place on Earth. Today, I want to discuss how to plan a Disneyland trip just for adults. I know you’re thinking I’m probably crazy, but I visited Disneyland often, both before and after I had my first child 4 ½ years ago.
For the first 10 years of our marriage, my husband and I visited Disneyland at least once a year. Each year our entire staff visits Disneyland as a team. Visiting Disneyland without kids is a completely different experience.
Spending time with your friends or family members without the little ones can provide you with memories you’ll never forget. Whether you’re planning a girls trip, or even a romantic getaway (yes, I just said that about Disneyland), here are five tips on how you can make your Disneyland adults trip the most magical one yet.
Buy a Park Hopper Ticket
I recommend purchasing a Park Hopper admission ticket for an adults-only Disneyland vacation. You’ll move faster and choose different attractions when you go without the kids. A Park Hopper ticket gives you the flexibility of going back and forth, which can be useful when one park is more crowded than the other. You can take maximum advantage of Magic Mornings and special nighttime events.
You may also want to splurge on Disney’s new feature, MaxPass. The $10/day price tag won’t seem so steep if you're just paying for one or two. MaxPass will not only allow you to reserve FastPasses directly from your smartphone, but it will also let you utilize PhotoPass for the entire day. MaxPass will give you the opportunity to spend sunrise to sundown at Disneyland without waiting in long lines.
Treat yourself to one of Disneyland's better restaurants on an adults-only trip. Make reservations for lunch or dinner and enjoy a fine dining experience that might be more difficult and expensive with kids. The famous Blue Bayou, Carthay Circle or Steakhouse 55, which is located inside the Disneyland Hotel, are some of my favorites.
For a girls' trip, you could do Tea Time at Steakhouse 55. For romance, the tasting menu at the Grand Californian's Napa Rose is sure to be a memorable experience. Fine dining will allow you to experience Disneyland in a whole new way. It's the best way I know how to make Disneyland for adults truly distinctive.
Explore Downtown Disney
Make sure to check out Downtown Disney while you’re on your adults-only trip. Downtown Disney is an entertainment zone just outside the parks with no admission fee. It is ignored by many families who use all their energy on the kid-focused attractions inside the parks.
Downtown Disney has recently added new restaurants and experiences that are fun for adults or family and worth checking out. One example is Splitsville, where you can bowl and dine at the same time. Another unique experience is The Void. At The Void, you can immerse yourself in a virtual reality Star Wars experience that will leave you in awe for the rest of your vacation.
Downtown Disney also has some fun nightlife. Live music can go until 2 a.m. on busier weekends. Make sure to make some time to experience everything that Downtown Disney has to offer.
Most of us have our cameras ready to go when we visit Disneyland with our kids, but we sometimes forget to take pictures when we experience Disneyland with just adults. Remember that MaxPass includes PhotoPass for each day you purchase it, which means you can get professional photos taken of your whole group all over the parks.
With or without PhotoPass, get group photos at iconic locations like Sleeping Beauty Castle, Splash Mountain, Radiator Springs and the entrances of both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. By taking photos, you’ll be able to remember all of the incredible memories you made on your adults-only Disneyland vacation.
Do entertainment differently
World of Color and Fantasmic! are two incredible shows that I recommend seeing with or without kids. During busier weeks, there are at least two showings each night. If you skip the first nightly show, crowds may be lighter at some of your favorite attractions while families are watching the first show. Catch the second showing later when families have left the park. Or, take that time to walk on some of your favorite rides late into the night!
Consider reserving a dining package with preferred viewing. I don’t typically do this with my children because of the extra cost and time required. Like I mentioned in Tip #2, dining at Disneyland is awesome. This way you can enjoy a leisurely meal, and see the show without staking out a spot. Look for special prix fixe menus and dessert packages with reserved seating for some shows.
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