Which is the best Disney Park for adults?
It’s baffling just how huge Disney World is. It’s practically its own city.
However, with so many different things to do, it can be hard to pick what to do, or even where to start.
Disney World has four theme parks to choose from:
- Magic Kingdom
- Hollywood Studios.
- Animal Kingdom
All of them are amazing and everyone will find lots of enjoyment and different experiences in each of them. But, some are much better suited for certain audiences than others.
Some adults may worry that there won’t be much for them to do at Disney World, given that many of them think they’re just for kids.
This is a misconception, and there is plenty to do for adults at Disney World.
However, again, some parks are better than others for adults.
We’ll dive into each of these parks and see what there is to do for adults. Then we’ll determine which park is the best for adults.
Should I Use The Park Hopper Ticket?
Firstly, you may not have to restrict yourself to just one park.
However, if time is limited you will be considering whether or not it is worth it for you to buy a Park Hopper ticket.
If you’re at Disney World for a few days, I personally don’t see much point in buying a Park Hopper ticket.
If you can spend a day in each park, then I wouldn’t consider a Park Hopper. It’s not worth spending so much money when you’ll already be able to spend so much time at each park.
That is unless you know you won’t want to spend a lot of time in one of the parks.
Animal Kingdom is still seen as a half-day park to some, so maybe it is worth it for them.
If you don’t have many days to spend at Disney World, then I would consider buying a Park Hopper.
There might be something to see in one Disney park and something in another.
For example, you might want to go to Star Wars – Galaxy’s Edge in Hollywood Studios, but also check out the new Guardians Of The Galaxy ride at Epcot.
Keep in mind, it can be a trek to get from one park to the other.
While Disney has many transportation options, they do still take a bit of energy and time.
If you want a more easy-going trip, just stick to a one-park-per-day ticket.
If you want to get more done in a day, and it fits within your budget, buy a Park Hopper ticket.
Disney’s Magic Kingdom
Magic Kingdom is like Disneyland over in California, but much bigger and grander.
When most people imagine what Disney World is like, they imagine Magic Kingdom.
If you want classic Disney, this is the park to go to.
It has many iconic rides like Dumbo’s Flying Elephants, The Haunted Mansion, It’s A Small World, and Pirates Of The Caribbean.
However, while it is great for families with small children, adults going on their own without kids might not find much to do.
Attractions For Adults At Magic Kingdom
Magic Kingdom has the most rides out of any Disney World, with an impressive 23 rides at the park.
It has a number of thrill rides, including Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.
These rides are a lot of fun, and adults can get a lot of enjoyment out of them. They’re immersive and have groundbreaking special effects. They also have some really thrilling moments, especially Space Mountain.
The thing is though, all of them are classified as family roller coasters, so none of them, besides maybe Space Mountain are that intense.
The two best Magic Kingdom rides for adults are Pirates Of The Caribbean and The Haunted Mansion. These two iconic Disney attractions immerse you into another world using life-like animatronics and massive incredibly detailed sets.
They’re like stepping into a movie.
The rest of the attractions at Magic Kingdom are great, but they aren’t catered solely to adults. They’re made so the whole family can enjoy them.
Jungle Cruise, The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh, or Country Bear Jamboree are fun, but adults may prefer the rides at the other Disney parks.
Shows At Magic Kingdom
On most days, the night ends at Magic Kingdom with the fireworks spectacular, Disney Enchantment. They also usually do a special fireworks show for Christmas too.
The rest of the shows are geared toward kids, so might not be so enjoyable for adults.
Epcot is often seen as the Disney World park that is most targeted towards adults.
There are a variety of experiences for the grown-ups to enjoy in addition to the attractions including some of the best dining in all of Walt Disney World.
Epcot is split into two sections. The first section is Future World, which is a celebration of technology, nature, and all things to come.
The other section is Epcot World Showcase, which holds pavilions that represent countries from all around the world, including Mexico, Germany, France, and many more.
World Showcase is the highlight of Epcot. They put a lot of effort into making these pavilions feel like their respective country.
Epcot is host to a number of festivals and events including the very popular Food and Wine Festival and the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival.
The Epcot Food & Wine Festival is well worth a visit. There are booths around Epcot that sell food and wine from different countries all over the world. You can also sign up for demonstrations and special dining experiences.
It’s an absolute blast trying all these different kinds of food and beverages.
It usually starts around late July and ends in November (dates are subject to change).
Keep in mind, some might find World Showcase a little underwhelming.
There isn’t actually much to do in World Showcase besides shopping (which is more fun than it sounds, as they have shops that sell merchandise from around the world), exploring the pavilions, and trying the food.
If that doesn’t sound interesting, then maybe another park will work better.
The Best Attractions For Adults In Epcot
The thing with Epcot is I think it has some of the weakest attractions at Disney World.
And there just aren’t many standout attractions. I enjoy Spaceship Earth, Test Track, and Living With The Land, but I don’t think there as good as some of the other parks’ attractions.
Then there’s Mission: SPACE and Journey Into Imagination With Figment, which are to be honest, very skippable
Adults will enjoy some of the attractions at Epcot, but I think many will prefer the attractions at the other parks.
There are a few standouts.
Guardians Of The Galaxy – Cosmic Rewind is a one-of-a-kind roller coaster that features the world’s first backward catapult launch.
Frozen Ever After is a magical journey through Arendale that has life-like audio-animatronics.
There’s also Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, which blends 3D and practical effects to create a whole new level of immersion.
There’s a lot of great stuff to do in Epcot. However, for some, it is their least favorite.
Shows At Epcot
Epcot features many theater shows.
They have two circle vision shows, which are theaters where the screen wraps around you in a big circle, immersing you into the film.
The circle vision shows are Reflections Of China and Canada Far And Wide, which are films that showcase the beauty of their respective countries.
Epcot also has a fireworks show, named Harmonious, which showcases some iconic moments from Disney movies on massive screens out in the water.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Hollywood Studios is a celebration of all things movies.
Here, you’ll find a replica of Hollywood Boulevard, Toy Story Land, Star Wars – Galaxy’s Edge, and more.
This park has plenty to do for adults. The highlight of the park is of course Star Wars – Galaxy’s Edge, a massive themed land based on the Star Wars movies.
You can build your own lightsaber at Savi’s Workshop, try blue milk, dine at a space cantina, and even pilot the Millenium Falcon.
Best Rides For Adults At Hollywood Studios
In my opinion, Hollywood Studios has the best rides at Disney World. The standout attraction is Star Wars – Rise Of The Resistance, a highly immersive experience where you escape a Star Destroyer.
The second ride at Star Wars – Galaxy’s Edge is Millenium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run, a simulator where you pilot the Millenium Falcon.
For Star Wars fans, Disney Hollywood Studios really is a must visit.
Hollywood Studios also has two of the most intense thrill rides at Walt Disney World. The first is Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, which is the only roller coaster in Disney World with an inversion.
The second is one of my personal favorites, Tower Of Terror, which is a freefall drop tower in a haunted hotel.
Toy Story Land also offers some great attractions for adults.
Toy Story Mania is a fun 3D shooter ride that’s like a theme park ride and video game mixed together.
And while it’s not as thrilling as Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster, Slinky Dog Dash is a super fun roller coaster that has some really exhilarating moments.
Shows At Hollywood Studios
Hollywood Studios offers a number of amazing shows.
My favorite is the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular, an exciting stunt show that features some of the most iconic moments from Raiders Of The Lost Ark.
Another spectacular show that adults with love is Fantasmic! It’s a nighttime show about Mickey Mouse trying to escape his nightmare, complete with fireworks, daring students, and dancing water fountains that blast in the air.
Another great show for adults is the Wonderful World Of Animation fireworks show, which features high-tech projection mapping on a replica of the Chinese Theater.
Disney Animal Kingdom
Animal Kingdom is a celebration of wildlife and nature.
The park has some of the most groundbreaking attractions in the world, including Kilimanjaro Safari, a realistic safari that transports you to the African Savannah where you can up close and personal with animals such as elephants, giraffes, and rhinos.
Audiences’ reactions to Animal Kingdom are mixed.
Some say that while it’s a great park, it is the weakest of the bunch.
Others say it is the absolute best Disney park of the four and cannot be skipped.
This park has the best theming by far.
It’s a showcase of the best nature has to offer.
You’ll be in wonder as you gave up at the towering trees, see the authentic buildings from places all over the world, as well as the other crazy architecture the Imagineers came up with, like the floating rocks in Pandora – The World Of Avatar.
It’s the most beautiful park by far and soaking in the atmosphere is all I need to make my day.
The main issue some have with the park is that there aren’t many rides. They also say that is just a glorified zoo.
There is some truth to that last statement, but even then, the exhibits are way more impressive than your standard zoo.
I’m not a huge fan of zoos, and I still get a lot of enjoyment out of this park. Mostly because it’s so well-themed.
Animal Kingdom Rides For Adults
The thing with Animal Kingdom is it doesn’t have that many attractions.
However, it has some of the best ones at Disney World.
Expedition Everest is one of the most thrilling roller coasters at Disney World.
It has a backward drop, reaches over 50 MPH, and has a tense encounter with the Yeti who guards the mountain.
Dinosaur is an intense adventure back to the time of the dinosaurs.
It’s a little dated, but it offers some great adrenaline-filled moments.
Kilimanjaro Safari is one of the most incredible animal encounters you can have at a theme park.
Then there is the mega-hit attraction, Avatar: Flight Of Passage, which is the most realistic flight simulator I’ve ever been on.
Some even get tearful because it feels so real. OK one of those people is me, but there are definitely others!
There aren’t many attractions besides those. Nonetheless, Animal Kingdom has some fantastic attractions you don’t want to miss.
Shows At Animal Kingdom
Pretty much any fan of Animal Kingdom would recommend Festival Of The Lion King, an incredible show featuring acrobats, fire dancing, and outstanding live singing performances.
Which Disney Park Is Best For Adults?
This ultimately comes down to personal preference.
Generally, unless you love classic Disney, Magic Kingdom isn’t so great for adults. The target audience is families with young children.
Epcot is usually named the best park for adults.
If exploring World Showcase and going to the Food & Wine Festival appeals to you, then go for it!
Just keep in mind, while it has a few standouts, a lot of the attractions at Epcot are underwhelming compared to the rides at the other parks.
Hollywood Studios has some of the best attractions for adults. In my opinion, it’s the most exciting park. This is what I personally recommend, especially if you’re a thrill seeker or a Star Wars fan.
Even if you’re not an animal lover, there is still plenty to do at Animal Kingdom. This is the most beautiful and relaxing park. If you want a low-key experience, go for this one.
No matter which park you choose, you’ll still get something out of it. I’m not a huge fan of Magic Kingdom, but there’s still I lot I love about the park.
There’s something for everyone at each park.
Alison Meacham is the founder of EverythingMouse Disney Blog. For over 15 years she has shared her love of Disney Parks, Disney Cruises and Universal Orlando. In over 30 years of Disney Travel she has spent countless months in Disney Parks and has sailed on over 45 cruises. A British native and now a United States resident she splits her time between California, Florida and the UK. And spends a serious amount of time sailing the seven seas. She helps over 200,000 people per month follow their Disney travel dreams.