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10 Ways to Shamelessly Enjoy Walt Disney World Without Kids

4. Relax with purpose

Ladies enjoy Senses Spa

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A Walt Disney World vacation doesn’t have to be a hectic rush of activity and long lines. For adults, it can also be an opportunity to relax.

Enjoy your resort—and choose a resort that encourages you to take it easy, like Disney’s Yacht Club or Port Orleans French Quarter. Take a peaceful walk on one of the Disney’s beautiful walking trails, like the Conch Flats trail between Saratoga Springs, Old Key West, and Disney Springs. Visit one of Walt Disney World’s excellent spas, like Senses at the Grand Floridian or Saratoga Springs, or the Mandara Spa at the Walt Disney World Dolphin. Enjoy some afternoon tea at the Grand Floridian or a peaceful boat ride on Disney’s waterways.

Even within the parks, if you visit in a quiet-er season and find a peaceful spot (like the courtyards in Morocco or the gardens in Japan at Epcot), just sit and enjoy the atmosphere. If crowd noise bugs you, throw on a pair of noise cancelling headphones (I’m a fan of these Taotronics BH-060 over-the-ears if you really want to reduce noise) and listen to some soothing sounds from a noise generator like MyNoise.net or Relax Melodies. Enjoy the peace and quiet.

5. Enjoy the wildlife

Baby giraffe and mama giraffe

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Are you a wildlife enthusiast? We’ve talked before about how Walt Disney World is a dream destination for those of us with a soft spot for the animal kingdom. Kids—even those who love animals—tend to have short attention spans. As an adult, enjoy the luxury of some unhurried animal watching.

Find somewhere to sit and watch the birds, like Florida’s famous anhingas and ibis. Have a picnic at Fort Wilderness and look out for local deer and rabbits. Take your time when you visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom, especially on the Maharajah Jungle Trek and Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail. Find somewhere to sit or stand out of the way, plant yourself, and just linger to watch how the animals behave over several minutes.

6. Shopping!

Disney Springs at Night

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We would be remiss if we didn’t mention shopping at Walt Disney World—an undoubted favorite activity of many visitors.

Disney has countless opportunities for guests who enjoy a good souvenir hunt. World Showcase shines as a shopping destination for those who love international imports. Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a great destination if you love African and Asian themes, and of course, no Disney shopping experience is complete without a visit to Disney Springs, which has bloomed into a world-class shopping village. If you happen to visit Epcot during a festival, don’t miss the festival marketplaces where you can pick up limited-edition merchandise and wines.

As always, shop wisely. If you have a passholder in your group, partner up with them to use their discount (they just need to approach the counter with you then show their pass and ID in most cases). Set a budget for yourself (crippling debt is a lousy Disney souvenir) and stick to it but have fun within those boundaries!

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