Travelling to Walt Disney World alone might not be something you’ve considered before, but lots of people do it every single year! The thought of visiting Walt Disney World by yourself might seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. We’ve put together this handy guide to help you plan your solo trip and to make sure you get the most out of your Disney holiday.
While lots of people might prefer having someone to share the Disney magic with, you can still have an equally unforgettable trip if you’re visiting alone. Here are a few of our top tips to help with your planning…
Don’t be afraid
A solo holiday can seem daunting (especially if you’ve never done it before) but when you’re standing in front of the Cinderella Castle in the middle of the Magic Kingdom it will all be worth it! Sometimes you just need to get your dose of Disney and if travelling on your own is the only way, don’t be afraid because you can still have just as much fun.
Walt Disney World is considered one of the happiest places on earth, so you’re bound to meet lots of like-minded people who love Disney just as much as you do. The cast members at Disney are famously friendly, so if you ever find yourself a bit lost in the parks, just tell them where you want to go and they’ll happily help.
Do what you want… when you want!
Whether you’re a regular Walt Disney World visitor or you’ve never been before, a solo trip is your chance to do exactly what you want to do, when you want to do it! If you want to skip along Main Street with a Dole Whip in hand or ride ‘It’s a Small World’ over and over again, it’s completely your choice. Your only limitation is how much you can fit in during your stay.
Skip the Lines
One of the best things about visiting Walt Disney World on your own, is that you can make the most of the single rider lines. This means that you can skip the regular queue and cut down your wait time. There are currently 3 popular Disney attractions that have a single rider line. These are Test Track, Expedition Everest and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. So, if you’re all about the thrills and want to experience these exciting attractions without the wait make sure you go straight to the single rider line. You can use the single rider line as many times as you want, so make the most of it! This brings us on to our next handy travel tip…
Use Disney’s FastPass+ wisely
As we mentioned, there are 3 popular Disney rides with single rider lines- Test Track, Expedition Everest and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. When making your FastPass+ reservations, make sure you use them wisely. You don’t want to waste a reservation on a ride that has a single rider queue, as you’re unlikely to have much of a wait. Instead use FastPass+ for the other popular rides where you can expect to wait in line a little longer.
Don’t worry about dining alone
Walt Disney World is home to lots of incredible restaurants and you’ll find a mixture of themed restaurants, character dining experiences and mouth-watering food from around the world, at the parks. Lots of people prefer not to eat alone in a restaurant, but at Walt Disney World this isn’t something to worry about. The cast members are always really friendly and will often stop for a chat if they see that you’re on your own. You might even find it easier to get a reservation at some of the most popular restaurants as you won’t need a large table.
But, if solo table service dining isn’t for you, there are plenty of quick-service restaurants which are the perfect choice for when you want to grab something on the go. This will also keep the cost of your trip down, as the quick-service restaurants are more affordable.
Take your time
When you’re travelling with a group it can be hard to keep everyone happy and you can often feel as though you’re spending your time rushing around to try and fit everything in. On a solo Disney trip, you can set your own pace and choose exactly what you want to explore and when. This might also give you the opportunity to visit parts of the park you might not usually visit. Why not watch a new show at the Magic Kingdom, get up close to the animals at Animal Kingdom, witness an epic stunt performance at Hollywood Studios or enjoy the live entertainment at Epcot?
There are so many fantastic Disney hotels that are right on the doorstep of the Walt Disney World theme parks and if you’re planning a visit on your own, we’d definitely recommend staying on-site. You’ll be right in the middle of the action and won’t have to pay for transport to and from the parks.
Each Disney hotel comes with a range of incredible benefits like extra magic hours, advance FastPass+ planning and complimentary transport to name just a few. If you’re visiting solo, these benefits can make your holiday much easier. The extra magic hours will help you make the most of your visit with more time to spend in the parks, while the free transport means you won’t have to worry about renting a car or paying for taxis which could become quite costly.
Staying onsite is not only convenient but also affordable. With value, moderate and deluxe hotels, there’s something for every budget. So, whether you want to save or splurge, you’re sure to find something that suits you.
After a long day exploring the parks, you can head back to your hotel and enjoy the amazing amenities. From taking a dip in the pool to enjoying a cocktail (or two!) at the hotel bar, there’s plenty to keep you busy.
Whether it’s a sit-down meal, souvenirs or 5 lots of Mickey waffles, travelling with a group or the family can mean costs can add up quickly because you have to make sure you cater for each person. When travelling on your own, you only need to worry about paying once.
This gives you the chance to treat yourself to things you might not usually consider. There’s a whole host of special experiences to enjoy at Walt Disney World that you might think are too expensive if you were paying for a group, but when you’re paying for one, it’s much more affordable. Why not treat yourself to something special you’ll never forget on your trip?
Watching the parade make its way down Main Street USA with all of your favourite characters waving back at you is a highlight of any Disney holiday. People often arrive long before the parade starts to get a good viewing spot, but if you’re visiting alone, you won’t need to make space for a group and can usually show up at the last minute and still get a good view. This means more time on the rides!
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