What adult rides are best to focus on?

Discussion in 'Disney for Adults and Solo Travelers' started by toastnjam, Aug 21, 2012.

  1. toastnjam

    toastnjam Earning My Ears

    Aug 17, 2012
    Planning a trip in January with 6 adults.

    I haven't been to Disney since my kids were little.

    What rides/attractions do you suggest or avoid because they are meant for younger kids?

    I was glancing at the map at MK and didn't realize how many the familiar rides were probably something that my family in general would not be interested in. I'm not as familiar with the other parks though.
  2. funkdot

    funkdot Earning My Ears

    Dec 22, 2011
    Even the kiddy rides are mostly fun, but I'd steer clear of stuff like Dumbo, the Carousel, etc.. Sticking with the mountains is a good idea, they're always exciting. Tomorrowland has mostly adult rides. You should be able to tell based on the demographic waiting in line what's considered a kiddy ride or not.
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  4. nurse.darcy

    nurse.darcy DIS Veteran

    Feb 16, 2007
    I meet up at WDW with adult friends several times a year. We ride anything and everything. Nothing is off limits. . .with the exception of rides my VERY TALL adult friends do not fit in. . .Dumbo and Los Tres Caballeros come to mind. . .however, even my very tall friend will squeeze himself in a ride if he wants to go on it. We just laugh and have fun with the kiddie rides. . .reminds us all of why we love WDW so much.
  5. SarahFarra

    SarahFarra Mouseketeer

    Aug 16, 2012
    You will be most at home probably in Epcot of all the parks! It's a park that people grow up to love; meaning kids think it's kind of blah but adults generally call it their favorite! World Showcase hosts the best from many different cultures and make sure to take the time to walk into your favorite ones as they have cool shops, rides or shows for some, and mini museums for some. All are unique and different in their own way. And not to mention the variety of foods and drinks! Future World is also amazing as you have some "grown up" rides such as the MUST DO Sorin', Mission Space (a whimpy version for those with weak stomachs :sick: ), and Test Track! Another must do but is great at any age is Spaceship Earth (the big ball). They've changed this in the last couple years and I love it more than ever!

    That's just one park, I could go on and on! Enjoy!! party:
  6. Businessgypsy

    Businessgypsy Curiosity fed the dog

    Sep 16, 2009
    I really like the Architectural Details maze, the Color Theory spin and the Space Management coaster. Always up for a whirl on the Landscape Design ride, and the Beers of Many Lands contest is a fun challenge. Animal Kingdom is where you'll find the Backstory Express. The Sign Design Spectacular is at Hollywood Studios.

    Like all things Disney, it's more fun if you let your imagination out of the cage. Try not to have a blast, I dare you. You will not succeed. Resistance to pleasure is futile.
  7. Stacy's a freak

    Stacy's a freak wrangles snakes

    Apr 15, 2003
    As an adult, I don't really enjoy The Pooh ride or the various dumbo-type rides (aladdin, astro orbiter, etc.). Mostly I avoid the kiddie rides that have the longest lines due to just impatience alone. I stick with the mountains, Haunted Mansion, Mickey's Philharmagic and Small World because those are the staples for me. But I always do the Carousel because it is sentimental to me. But who says you have to avoid anything in particular?! Someone may want to go on Peter Pan and someone else might HAVE to ride Dumbo. Just go with the flow of the group :)
    Oh! And I never miss the Carousel of Progress due to its historical Disney relevance.
  8. McDubbs

    McDubbs Disneyphile

    Mar 12, 2012
    I like to wander around and people watch, shop, and eat. But I have a list of rides at each park that are a must ride for me (in order of importance):

    1. Expedition Everest
    2. Kilimanjaro Safari (If I feel like taking pictures)
    3. Dinosaur

    1. Haunted Mansion
    2. Thunder Mountain
    3. Pirates

    1. Soarin
    I find Epcot to be mostly a drink, eat, and shop kind of place...

    1. Star Tours
    2. Rock N Roller Coaster
    3. Tower of Terror
    4. Muppets 3D (Still funny!)
    5. Stunt Show - Would be #1, but my timing is usually off so I either just miss it, or have to wait several hours.
  9. ariellover3

    ariellover3 Earning My Ears

    Sep 8, 2012
    Tower of Terror at night is THE best adult part of the park :).
  10. AGDLillyBelle

    AGDLillyBelle Earning My Ears

    Sep 28, 2012
    I agree that Epcot is a great park for a group of adults. On our last visit we ate and drank our way around World Showcase and had a ball! If you're the kind of group that likes history and trivia, maybe a tour. We are hoping to do Keys to the Kingdom when we go in December, and have heard great things. As far as the kiddie type rides, I am such a kid at heart that I still enjoy those, so maybe some members of your group will, too. If they haven't been in awhile the old classics may seem new again as an adult! Oh, and don't forget to visit the Boardwalk! My husband loves the ESPN club, and I'm a fan of Jellyrolls!
  11. funkychunkymonkey

    funkychunkymonkey DIS Veteran

    May 28, 2009
    you also need to take into consideration the fears of people! I ONLY went on the kiddy rides due to a fear of heights. I loved toy story maina (and rode it 5 times), Its a small world, snow white and the caresoul. I hated pirates (too many dips) I had a total panic attack, which led to crying and scaring two kids (oops!)
  12. Raenstoirm

    Raenstoirm Moderator Moderator

    Sep 20, 2007
    For us (dh and I go at least once a year by ourselves every year), we do everything. A key for us is to do the kiddie rides really late at night (during emh primarily). For the most part if you can see the ride (Dumbo, Carousel, triceratops spin, etc) then it is kiddie. Pooh is a bit "young," but outside of that all of the inside rides are perfect for your adult group.
  13. nurse.darcy

    nurse.darcy DIS Veteran

    Feb 16, 2007
    My friend, I love your take on this stuff. Had me laughing heartily. You do realize that someone is actually going to look for rides with these "new" names. . .lol.
  14. pixie08

    pixie08 DIS Veteran

    Mar 1, 2005
    We used to do every ride, but as we do visit at least twice a year, we find ourselves doing less and less rides and relaxing about and enjoying more of the details, shows etc. Sometimes we like to do the ones we haven't done before etc. It is usually dh and I, or sometimes we go with family, or another couple but no kids yet. There are some that we love and some to avoid and it depends on the trip what we feel like doing..

    tea Cups
    tiki room



    Drinking and eating around the world
    test track soaring
    Innoventions house

    Seas with Nemo



    All the shows (festival, nemo, birds etc)
    Forest trails

    We find this to be the most adult park after EPCOT in terms of rides so there is little to avoid imo.

    Tower of terror
    Toy Story
    Rockin Roller Coaster
    Star Tours
    Indian Jones
    Stunt Show

    American Idol
    Little Mermaid (unless you like the movie sooo much)

    There are a lot of other great things here too to check out but it depends on priorities.
  15. Rebekkap

    Rebekkap Australian Mouseketeer!

    Jun 29, 2012
    I dunno why everyone's saying to avoid Dumbo - I LOVE Dumbo!
  16. goofy_joe

    goofy_joe Mouseketeer

    Mar 27, 2008
    I second the tour recommendation. Keys to the Kingdom is the one that a lot of people talk about, since you actually get to go into the Utilidors at MK, but UnDISCOVERED Future World was also a great time - you get to spend some time in hidden VIP lounges and get up close with Audio-Animatronic figures.

    Interestingly, one of my favorite attractions where I can just sit down, catch a breeze, and watch the world go by is the TTA PeopleMover. There's almost never a line, and if you are really comfortable, they'll probably just let you go around again.
  17. NH0402

    NH0402 Earning My Ears

    Aug 5, 2008

    Can't agree more! Both tours are wonderful experiences and the TTA PeopleMover is one of my favorite 'unwind' rides!! What makes DW so unique is a family with children of all ages can enjoy their vacation just as much as adults only. There truly is something for everyone. I say this in every post - as special as those vacation with children were - the adult only vacations are more than special!

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