I can't tell you how many times I hear from friends that they do not want to go to Disney World because its just too overwhelming and exhausting for themselves and their kids. They want a vacation where you can relax and not "Go Go Go". And I get it. Spending multiple days surrounded by overwhelming rides, music, characters, and sometimes heat can make any adult (and definitely their kids) cranky and just tired of the vacation.
But its doesn't have to be that way! One of the things I recommend the most to any of my friends or Adventureland Villa guests is to make time for themselves. While I have not perfected it yet, with every trip I try to find a new way to make Disney World relaxing. I know it can be done! (Check out our previous blog post about how to relax at Walt Disney World here!) One of the biggest ways to do this is to book a special dinner with just adults.
Walt Disney World is home to some of the most amazing restaurants in the Southeast United States. So book that babysitter and make that dining reservation! Here are my Top 3 Restaurants at Disney World to eat great food, have a peaceful, adult only conversation, and relax.
1. Monseiur Paul
Located in the France Pavilion at Epcot, Monsieur Paul is an upscale, signature dining experience. The ambiance is a perfect mix of luxury and peacefulness. Which really is what every parent needs. Oh and they have a pretty amazing wine list as well! I usually go with a Kir Royale and the Soupe Aux Truffes which is a broth soup with braised beef, vegetables, black winter truffles and covered in a puff pastry.
2. California Grill
California Grill is a fantastic date night (or brunch!) choice! Its view is unbeatable and the food is top notch. Located at the top of the Contemporary Resort, it also means you don't need a park ticket to dine there. The vibe at California Grill is light, modern, and definitely a sea food vibe. I particularly love the Brunch at the Top, which you can check out our review of here. But at night you get prime views of the Happily Ever After Fireworks Show at the Magic Kingdom. This restaurants has the perfect combination of delicious food and a romantic setting!
3. Epcot's Various Food Festivals
If you are lucky enough to be visiting Disney World during one of Epcot's many festivals such as the Food and Wine Festival or the Flower and Garden Festival, then I recommend having an adult night there. Just make your way through the World Showcase tasting and trying different foods and drinks as much as you like. Its the perfect way to sample lots of different foods, but also to enjoy the company and the scenery. I am particularly fond of the Food and Wine Festival, but the Flower and Garden Festival have been really uping their game!
And Victoria and Albert's
I didn't include Victoria and Alberts in the "Top 3" initially because 1) its incredibly expensive and 2) the reservation are near impossible to snag. But if you can both budget wise and reservation wise dine here, by all means do! You cannot compare this restaurant to anywhere else on property or anywhere else in Florida really. This is as close as you will come to dining like royalty. You can check out our full review here. This is the ultimate dining and date night location.
Overall, a special date night away from the kids can do wonders for both your sanity and your energy levels on a trip to Disney. Whether it is fine dining that can be best enjoyed with an adult only group or it is simply wandering through Epcot, take time for yourself. You will leave Disney World happier, more rested, and ready to come back!
Tara is a Disney-obsessed Mom of two active boys!