Why Walt Disney World Is The Best Adult Vacation

Designed by Louisa Cannell. Photo Courtesy Of Walt Disney World.
In the world of adulthood, PTO is some of the most valuable currency. But that also means we're often unsure about the best way to spend it. Gamble in Vegas? Lounge around on the beach in Mexico? Wander the wild streets of New Orleans? While all those trips offer plenty of fun, there's only one destination that provides all the relaxation, entertainment, nostalgia, and feeling of utter freedom from the stressors of adulthood: Walt Disney World.
We know what you might be thinking: Walt Disney World is for kids. But the truth is, you don't need to be a kid or even have a kid to get the most out of your visit. From the eccentric restaurants to the over-the-top thrill rides, it's the one place where you can leave all your responsibilities behind and discover your #happyplace. Ahead, we rounded up the top attractions waiting for you at each Walt Disney World Theme Park. Get ready to call your fam and tell them you won't be home for the holidays — this is the best way to spend all your PTO.
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Designed by Louisa Cannell. Photo Courtesy Of Walt Disney World.
World Showcase at Epcot

You may not have the time or funds for a transcontinental vacation, but luckily, you don’t have to leave the Orlando area for a culture-filled trip. Hit up Epcot World Showcase, where one second, you’ll be grabbing a beer and brat in Germany, and the next, you’ll find yourself shopping designer boutiques in France. As it gets later, stick around for a spectacular view of a fireworks show.
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Designed by Louisa Cannell. Photo Courtesy Of Walt Disney World.
Haunted Mansion at Magic Kingdom Park

There are few attractions as notorious as this eccentric haunted house. Hop aboard a "doom buggy," and let it take you on a ghoulish house tour, where you never know what animated skeleton or dancing ghost will pop out next. Just don't go in expecting a high-intensity roller coaster — this experience is on the gentler side and all about letting go of reality to embrace the magical world we all wish existed.
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Designed by Louisa Cannell. Photo Courtesy Of Walt Disney World.
Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Ready for a blast from '90s past? Head to Toy Story Land for a toy-sized perspective of Andy’s backyard, complete with oversized holiday string lights, real-life green army men, and a Slinky Dog-themed roller coaster. You'll feel like you're back in your childhood playroom watching Buzz and Woody — but this time, there's no VHS required.
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Designed by Louisa Cannell. Photo Courtesy Of Walt Disney World.
Space Mountain at Magic Kingdom Park

From afar, Magic Kingdom may look like a massive playground for kids, but in reality, it's full of scream-inducing rides, heavenly treats, and countless photo ops. As soon as the park gates open, journey through the galaxy on Space Mountain. The roller coaster takes place in complete darkness, so you never know when it’s going to swerve, dip, or plummet. Don't be surprised if you find yourself back for a second (or third) trip.
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Designed by Louisa Cannell. Photo Courtesy Of Walt Disney World.
PandoraThe World of Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park

No Walt Disney World trip is complete without a visit to Pandora — The World of Avatar, straight out of the 2009 sci-fi film Avatar. During the day, you can take in the magical, out-of-this-world scenery and enjoy a 3D ride on a mountain banshee. But make sure to also stick around for the nighttime, when Pandora transforms into a glowing, neon wonderland. It’s a fantastical paradise that will make you feel galaxies away from all your adult responsibilities.
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Designed by Louisa Cannell. Photo Courtesy Of Walt Disney World.
Splash Mountain at Magic Kingdom Park

In Magic Kingdom Park, there's only one place to truly escape the Florida heat: the ride that literally drenches you with water. Splash Mountain starts off with a gentle boat ride through scenes of the classic Disney film Song of the South. Right at the climax of the story, the boat plunges down a five-story splash. There's no need to wear a swimsuit, but do expect to get wet no matter where you sit.
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