Top 10 Activities for Adults in Orlando
Sure, Orlando is known to be the world’s biggest playground for kids, but what about the adults? For many of us, the kids are grown and the Magic Kingdom may not hold the same ‘magic’ as it once did. There comes a time when ‘It’s a Small World’ is completely crossed off the list of things to do. Enough already. Not to worry, there’s still plenty of activities for adults in Orlando.
Our main reason for visiting Orlando/Kissimmee this time was the Mecum Classic Car Auction. Every January, Mecum auctions off 3,000 cars over a 10 day period right in Kissimmee. Whether bidding or not, this is an exciting event! These classic cars bring back so many childhood memories. The auction itself is exciting to be a part of. It was worth the trip just for that and also because it made my husband extremely happy! I have to throw him a bone every once in a while!!
So what else is there to do? Well, no matter how you slice it, the theme parks are a huge attraction for young and old alike. Here are some things to do within the parks, without the kids.
1) Downtown Disney is a great place to spend the night. There’s so much to do, whether you’re looking to eat, shop, see a show or hit a club. Raglan Road, located there, is one of the best restaurants in all of Disney! They usually have live entertainment and the food is fantastic!! Note: Don’t leave without getting the bread pudding. That was the best dessert I’ve ever had… ever and I’m not even a bread pudding fan. See Cirque du Soleil La Nouba. If you haven’t seen one of these acrobatic shows before, this is some really weird eclectic stuff. But what talent!! It was an incredible show and I would absolutely do it again!
2) In the Magic Kingdom, there is little ‘adult-only’ entertainment, but if nothing else, be sure to go to the ‘Wishes Nighttime Spectacular’. Although we’ve been to Disney many times, it’s been a while since we’ve stayed for the fireworks. We were amazed by how advanced it’s become. It was incredible! If you’d like to enjoy dinner before the show, Be Our Guest restaurant has beer and wine service and is the only place in the Magic Kingdom with alcoholic beverages. You’ll need to make advance reservations.
3) Epcot Center is a little more geared toward the adult crowd. It’s a beautiful stroll around the lake, walking through the countries. While its predominantly restaurants and shopping, there are many shows as well. Most countries feature outdoor vendors with food and drink common to their country. You can make it your own little pub crawl. The fireworks look incredible over the lake, but not as spectacular as the Magic Kingdoms’. For a great meal, make a reservation for Les Chefs de France. We loved it.
4) There is another area most people aren’t aware of… Disney’s Boardwalk. You don’t need a park ticket to go. Stroll through the street watching various street performers. There are many restaurants to choose from. End your night listening to dueling pianos at Jellyrolls Piano Bar.
5) Have you ever thought about a safari type vacation? Did you know that you can schedule a VIP Wild Africa Trek at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Ride in a safari vehicle among the animals, trek across a rope bridge with them looming just below you! The price of this VIP adventure is in addition to the park price.
6) Universal Studios is definitely worth the trip. There are plenty of attractions that appeal to any age. Their Island of Adventure Park was voted #1 Theme Park by Tripadvisor in 2015. They also have a nightlife venue, Universal’s Citywalk. There’s live music and entertainment for every taste. The downside is that most of them charge a cover charge. If you plan to visit a few places, you can purchase a pass for $11.99 or pay $15 and have a movie included. There is no charge if you’ve had a park pass for the day. If you’ve never gone to a Blue Man Group show, it’s a must!
7) We loved our recent visit to SeaWorld, you don’t have to be a kid to love the Dolphin Show! In addition to the amazing sea life, this park has incredible landscaping and is just so damn pretty. Have lunch at Shark’s Underwater Grill. You’ll have a great view of the shark tank through the open glassed wall, which covers a full wall of the main dining area. Stay tuned for an upcoming post on SeaWorld!
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8) Enjoy dinner in Old Downtown Kissimmee. There were about 5 restaurants forming a restaurant row. We grabbed a an outdoor table and enjoyed one of two different bands that were positioned at either end of the row. It’s a fun place and the food at Savion’s Place was great!
9) Go back in time as a cheering spectator at a jousting tournament in Medieval Times. There has been some major changes since the last time I visited this venue 30 years ago. All seats face the arena giving you a great view of the show. The horses were beautiful, the riders talented and believe it or not, the food was really good for this type of attraction!
10) Don’t forget the Mecum Classic Car Auction in January! For more info, visit my post at www.4startraveler.com/mecum-car-auctions/
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Although there are many great hotels and accommodations, we choose a house with a private pool in Kissimmee through Homeaway. It was a great location, close to Mecum, Disney and Downtown Kissimmee. It’s worked out great and gave us more flexibility than a hotel.
All in all, you can spend time in this area without getting bored. We left knowing that there was so much more that we still didn’t see. Oh well, there’s always next time. But for now, we’re moving on to New Smyrna Beach!
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