This topic comes up a lot among Disney fans. Most have thought about taking a solo trip at least once, but the idea of traveling by yourself to Disney World can be a little intimidating.
I’ve done a few solo trips for business at this point, and I would say that if you are thinking of doing a solo trip that you should give it a try. There is so much to do in Disney World, so you’ll never be bored.
The biggest question/concern I’ve seen is how to handle eating by yourself. Making reservations for one seems a little lonely at first, but people do it all the time. Cast Members are friendly and so are other guests dining in the restaurants, so you can alway strike up a conversation with someone. If you don’t want to do table service restaurants by yourself there are plenty of quick service locations to choose from.
During this last trip I was by myself and I was able to find other solo travelers to chat with at most of the places I ate. It was especially helpful when Toy Story Land had its soft opening. Seating at Woody’s Lunch Box is limited, so I ended up sitting with another solo traveler and a couple of Cast Members. The conversation was fun and it was nice to meet some new people.
If you are worried about eating alone then I would make sure your phone is charged or that you have a book with you, just in case. Having something to do while eating by yourself can be helpful if you are worried about feeling awkward eating alone.
One of the nice things about doing a solo trip is that you can plan out your days according to what you want to do. If you want to be in the parks all day until park close, you can do that. If you want to spend the morning in the park and then end the day shopping at Disney Springs, you can do that. You can make your schedule however you want to make it. Plus, you can go on whatever rides you want and you can ride them as many times as you want.
Being a solo traveler is a great opportunity to meet new people. During a huge thunder storm a bunch of us hung out under a new DVC area for a while in Hollywood Studios. Again, it was fun chatting with people I didn’t know. There was a mother who traveled to Disney with her daughter to visit her son who is a Cast Member. I found out that the daughter is a reader of Main Street Wishes (thank you!) and she showed me the coolest pictures of a model of Disney World that her brother had been working on for years. It was seriously impressive and a fun way to spend time that could have been so boring.
I also met some nice people while waiting for the opening of Toy Story Land. We bonded over our love of Disney and the fact that we were all there super early for the opening. So, basically what I’m saying is to make the most of each situation because you never know who you will end up meeting.
I know people get concerned about the loneliness of a solo trip, and I was concerned about that too. However, I found myself talking to so many people during the trip that I never really felt lonely. Yes, I missed my family, but it was nice to have people to talk to. While waiting for it to get dark in Pandora – The World of Avatar I spent some time chatting with Ed. He’s a Cast Member who has worked with Disney for five years. He was so knowledgeable and it was really interesting to talk to him.
If you have been thinking about doing a solo trip I would do it and see how you like it. Solo travel isn’t for everyone, but you never know until you try it. My biggest piece of advice would be to make conversation with other guests and with the Cast Members. You will get to meet some nice people!
Have you ever done a solo trip?
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