5 Reasons To Take an Adult’s Only Trip To Disneyland

5 Reasons To Take an Adult’s Only Trip To Disneyland

Going to Disneyland alone, without the kids? Yes friends, I had a chance to experience the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim as an adult, with no kids, a few weeks ago and it was magical. I love taking the boys to the parks and experiencing all of the Disney magic with them as well, but doing Disneyland without kids for the first time ever was an amazing experience as well. I got to do and see things I have not done before at the parks, enjoy some thrilling rides for the first time EVER and get some me-time while reliving some of my own childhood memories.

If you are given the chance to go on an adult’s only trip to Disneyland I say you should DO IT!  I was even thinking that Disneyland is the perfect destination for a couple’s trip to reconnect or even a girls trip with your best friends.

There are so many ways to enjoy “The Happiest Place on Earth”!

5 Reasons To Take an Adult’s Only Trip To Disneyland

1. Experiencing Different Rides

I have been to the Disneyland Resort many times with the boys and since they are very young and they are not fans of big drops of scary fast-paced rides we have some favourite rides that we stick to every time. We spend a lot of time at Fantasyland, Mickey’s Toontown, Critter Country and just avoid the thrilling, adrenaline pumping rides.

It is lovely to enjoy all of the laid back rides with the boys but I always wanted to do all of the scarier rides for fun as well. This last trip I was able to go on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Matterhorn Bobsleds, Haunted Mansion, Indiana Jones Adventure, The Tower of Terror and all the thrilling  more exciting rides as many times as I wanted. To avoid long lines I also used the single rider lines and ended up riding some of my personal favourites multiple times on the same day.

5 Reasons To Take an Adult’s Only Trip To Disneyland

2. Food/Drinks

Disneyland offers an amazing variety of restaurants with many cuisines and some pretty interesting adult drinks. If you are able you can make reservations at an upscale restaurant and enjoy a relaxing adult meal without having to worry about little ones being too loud or making a mess. When we visit with the boys we usually eat at fast serve restaurants as they are not very patient with long wait times. They are also very picky eaters and they don’t often enjoy eating gourmet meals with fancy ingredients. If you are with a group of adults you can have a drink, enjoy a yummy meal and grown up conversation.

REUBEN POTATO SMASH (ANAHEIM, Calif.) ñ The Festival of Holidays at Disney California Adventure Park offers guests an array of holiday-inspired food from diverse cultures, as part of Holidays at the Disneyland Resort. From Nov. 10, 2016 through Jan. 8, 2017, guests may stroll through the Festive Foods Marketplace and purchase items such as warm holiday spiced wine, green chile pozole, holiday Swedish meatballs with lingonberry sauce and Adobo pork bao. (Disneyland Resort)

REUBEN POTATO SMASH (ANAHEIM, Calif.)  The Festival of Holidays at Disney California Adventure Park offers guests an array of holiday-inspired food from diverse cultures, as part of Holidays at the Disneyland Resort. From Nov. 10, 2016 through Jan. 8, 2017, guests may stroll through the Festive Foods Marketplace and purchase items such as warm holiday spiced wine, green chile pozole, holiday Swedish meatballs with lingonberry sauce and Adobo pork bao. (Disneyland Resort)

3. Enjoying Nighttime Entertaining and Downtown Disney

Downtown Disney is the place to be at at night time. You’ll have access to drinks, shops and good food. There are cocktail bars, upscale restaurants to visit and lots of places to shop at.

We are often back at the hotel room early in the evening when we travel with the boys so we always miss the nighttime entertaining at the parks, including the fireworks, night parades and other night shows. This time I loved being able to stay at the parks until later in the evening to catch all of the shows and spectacular night entertainment, including “World of Colour, Season of Light”. It was so much fun to watch!

WORLD OF COLOR - SEASON OF LIGHT -- "World of Color - Season of Light" brings the warmth and heartfelt spirit of the holidays to this stunning, nighttime water spectacular, with its 1,200 powerful fountains shooting water as high as 200 feet to help tell the story. The show's musical soundtrack features some well-known musical artists performing popular holiday tunes, including "Let it Snow"by Dean Martin and "Baby, It's Cold Outside" by Michael Buble and Idina Menzel. With classic holiday music, humor and memorable moments from Disney animated films, this becomes an ideal way for guests to conclude their holiday visit. (Scot Brinegar/Disneyland)

WORLD OF COLOR – SEASON OF LIGHT — “World of Color – Season of Light” brings the warmth and heartfelt spirit of the holidays to this stunning, nighttime water spectacular, with its 1,200 powerful fountains shooting water as high as 200 feet to help tell the story. The show’s musical soundtrack features some well-known musical artists performing popular holiday tunes, including “Let it Snow”by Dean Martin and “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” by Michael Buble and Idina Menzel. With classic holiday music, humor and memorable moments from Disney animated films, this becomes an ideal way for guests to conclude their holiday visit. (Scot Brinegar/Disneyland)

4. Me-Time

I love spending time with my boys and deciding to go away to spend a few days away from them was difficult. At the end I am glad I decided to go. I missed them lots but I also had a chance to recharge my batteries and get some much needed me-time. I was able do the rides I wanted, I ate at some amazing restaurants, bonded with the other adults in the trip and at the end of the day I was able to relax and unwind in a quiet hotel room. Little breaks are needed and so important when you are a parent, there is no need to feel guilty!

5. Photography

When was the last time you were able to take your DSLR out to capture some of the magical spots at the parks? I don’t remember the last time I brought my DSLR on a family vacation. I often take my phone only because carrying a heavy diaper bag, pushing a stroller, holding little hands and carrying a heavy DSLR don’t go well together.

While I was traveling on my own I was able to get my camera out to capture some nice photos of my experience. I was walking at my own pace and taking breaks to really enjoy everything Disneyland has to offer. Also, if I wanted to take a character photo I was o.k to stand in line and wait for a while.

Traveling with kids is a rewarding and beautiful experience and I love family travel, however I also enjoy traveling on my own and adult only trips can be just as fun as family adventures.

Big Savings for Canadian Residents

You can plan a visit to the “Happiest Place on Earth” right now to celebrate the season and experience all of the magical entertainment, food and festivities happening at the Resort—through to January 8, 2017. I really enjoyed my visit and I can’t wait to take my boys to the parks during the holiday season.

If you are Canadian, now is the perfect time to experience all of the Disney magic for less, Disneyland Resort tickets would also be a special present to put under the Christmas tree! Canadian Residents: Save 25% on 3-Day or Longer Tickets and Enjoy More of the Disneyland Resort. Tickets must be used by December 31, 2017. Tickets expire 13 days after first use or on January 13, 2018, whichever occurs first.

Have you been to Disneyland on an adult’s only trip before?

Videos

Below are some personal clips from my visit to the Disneyland Resort during the Holiday Season!

Helpful links:

All Disneyland Rides & Attractions

All Disney’s California Adventure Park Rides & Attractions

FastPass System Info

Disneyland Maps

Park Hours

Disclosure: I have been provided with complementary flights and accommodations, however this is not a paid post and all views and opinions are 100% my own. 

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Founder and Writer at One Smiley Monkey blog
Hi, my name is Angela and I am a Canadian mom living in Vancouver with my wonderful husband and two happy little boys. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!
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10 responses to “5 Reasons To Take an Adult’s Only Trip To Disneyland”

  1. Elena M — December 1, 2016 @ 2:51 pm (#
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    I would love to go to Disneyland with my hubby.

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  2. Diana — December 1, 2016 @ 7:46 pm (#
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    Me time is so important! I would love to go to Disney with girldfriends!

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  3. Elizabeth Matthiesen — December 2, 2016 @ 12:11 pm (#
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    I can definitely see the advantages of a adults only trip. I remember when we went I had a 1 yr old in a buggy so mainly sat around waiting for everyone else to finish on one ride or the other. 🙂

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  4. AD — December 3, 2016 @ 11:28 am (#
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    I imagine that I would enjoy Disney much more with adults, and no kids… I did it once in 2007 and loved spending time with my partner. 🙂

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  5. Lynda Cook — December 3, 2016 @ 6:54 pm (#
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    Looks and sounds like you had a wonderful time, it was good that you got to go and relax and take in all the excitement, we all need me time once in awhile!!

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  6. June Donnelly — December 7, 2016 @ 7:08 am (#
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    I definitely think it would be fun to go without kids at least once. All the strollers and snacks packed and them having to go potty. Yes I remember those days!

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  7. Robyn L — December 7, 2016 @ 8:10 am (#
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    I never knew there would be so much for adults/especially in the evenings. this makes Disney Land more appealing,.

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  8. Kristi F — December 17, 2016 @ 11:12 am (#
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    What a great post! I hadn’t really thought of Disneyland as an adults only place to visit but I think you changed my mind. Downtown Disney looks and sounds awesome.

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  9. DebH — January 18, 2017 @ 9:57 am (#
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    Would love to experience Disney adult style!

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  10. Stephanie LaPlante — January 24, 2017 @ 8:34 am (#
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    I’m totally sold! I’d love to go as an adult. Love that there’s magic for all ages.

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