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  • Writer's pictureAnna Wildish

Why You Should Do Disney Without Your Kids

Updated: Aug 25, 2023

Valentine’s Day is almost here, and you and your significant other are most likely looking forward to some time away from the kids to reconnect and remember that you like each other.

I’m guessing that when you think about a trip with just the two of you Disney is not the first destination that comes to mind. Some people think it’s weird to go childless to Disney but I’m here to tell you it is AMAZING, and everyone should do it. And here are four reasons why.

My husband and I at Disneyland

Adult Centered Activities

Disney is great at catering to the whole family, especially on Disney Cruise Line. Not only do you have the family friendly activities on board, but there are tons for just the adults to do.

My husband and I went on a glorious 5-night Disney Cruise up the West coast last year.

Instead of standing in line to meet Mickey, we waved to him as we headed to the bar to play trivia. We didn’t have to worry about our kids wanting to leave the kids’ club in the middle of our couples’ massage, or while we were enjoying a cocktail by the adults only pool. We ate dinner with two other lovely couples for dinner every night, had amazing conversation, and rediscovered why it was we got married in the first place.

We were able to focus on each other and only each other for the first time in 10 years and it was MAGNIFICENT. I highly recommend it.

Pro tip: There are several mixology and related type classes offered on each Disney cruise. These classes fill up quickly so be sure to book them the first day your activities booking window opens to ensure you get a seat.

Me in a river side seat at the Blue Bayou Restaurant in Disneyland.

The Restaurants

Believe it or not there are some romantic restaurants at Disneyland and Disney World.

Carthay Circle and the Blue Bayou at Disneyland comes to mind. There are several at Disney World also, although you will need to venture out of the parks and into the Disney hotels to find most of them.

But since you don’t have your kids, it would be super easy to grab a boat or monorail and head to Victoria & Albert’s in the Grand Floridian Resort, or Artist Point at Wilderness Lodge.

Pro tip: make your reservations for later in the evening when families are most likely to have already dined and headed back to the park.

My husband kicking back with a cold one at the Crown & Fin Pub on the Disney Wonder.

The Bars

Here is something you might not get to enjoy as much when you are at Disney with your kids: the amazing and fun bars at the theme parks, Aulani and on Disney Cruise Line.

From the famous Trader Sam’s at the Disneyland Hotel, the various themed nightclubs and bars on Disney Cruise Line, to several options at all the Disney World parks but Magic Kingdom, you will find many options to kick back and relax with your spouse, drink in hand.

One of my favorite parts of my husband and I’s childless Disney Cruise is the time we spent at the Cadillac Lounge on the Disney Wonder. Every night before dinner we would head to that bar, grab a table by the window, and kick back with a yummy cocktail while we listened to live music and watched the waves roll by. Ahhhh, just imagining it makes me relax.

Pro tip: Get an after-dinner cocktail at Capt. Cook’s at the Polynesian Village Resort and watch the Magic Kingdom’s fireworks show from a hammock on the beach. Doesn’t that sound amazing?

This same view was ours at the Cadillac Lounge on the Disney Wonder.

Magical Extras

There are tons of extra special things that Disney offers that might be cost prohibitive to do with the entire family but would be amazing as a duo. Like guided tours of the parks, carriage rides, fireworks cruises, nighttime show dessert parties, and more. There are way more magical extras available than I could list.

Plus, the Walt Disney Company does an amazing job training its cast members to be top notch in customer service. Whether it be in the parks, on Disney Cruise Line, or at Aulani, you know you will be taken care of. When I’m out celebrating anything with just my spouse, I want the best possible experience. I know that I will get that from Disney.

Pro tip: I would be happy to help you plan any of these magical extras for you and your significant other. We can even make it a surprise. Just let me know the type of experience you are going for and I will send you a list of options.

Now, after all of this you might feel a little guilty that you and your significant other had a fantastic time at one of the happiest places on Earth without your kids. But trust me when I say you will get over it quickly, and your kids will too. Just be sure to bring them back some amazing souvenirs.

I am a travel agent with Magical Vacation Planner and can help you plan an unforgettable vacation with your family. Email me, head to my Facebook page, or set up time to chat if you’d like to start planning your magical vacation.

Or head here to download your copy of my free Disney Vacation planning worksheets.



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