After a successful solo trip to Disneyland this past summer, I have booked a five day stay at the Walt Disney World Resort at the end of February! I couldn’t be more thrilled to revisit my magical, happy place.
I’m particularly excited for this vacation because I have never done Disney World by myself. I’ve always been accompanied by family, friends, and romantic partners in the past. While it is certainly fun to experience the parks with a group, there’s something very special about doing Disney on your own. My last trip to Disneyland really showed me that. Solo travel, in general, can be super fulfilling, and it’s no different with theme parks and resorts.
Disney World is a totally different ball game than Disneyland though! More parks, more dining options, more hotels, and more attractions make planning this trip more complex. That’s why I used April Beisser of Imagination Destinations Travel to help me plan my solo vacation. She got me a great package deal and will continue to assist me to book fast passes, reservations, and transportation arrangements. I highly suggest reaching out to April to plan your next magical vacation!
I bet some of you reading this are horrified by the idea of going to Disney World alone. Maybe the thought of riding Space Mountain without a friend is daunting, or perhaps you’re embarrassed to eat around Epcot on your own. You might think other park-goers will judge you or that you might feel lonely walking down Main Street. Why go to the happiest place on Earth without loved ones to share that joy with?
I’m here to tell you that you should push those fears aside and give it a try! I was certainly a little nervous to go to Disneyland on my own, but that trip ended up being my favorite Disney parks experience to date. Here’s why I’m beyond excited to go to Disney World alone:
Whenever you’re traveling alone, all the decisions are yours to make. You don’t have to compromise with others and that can be pretty awesome at Disney parks.
I tend to go all-in whenever I’m at Disney and can have higher stamina than usual. On previous trips, people in my party simply weren’t able to keep up with my pace on long days and we’d have to go back to the hotel for a rest. Another example is when I’ve brought people to the parks for their first time. I wanted to show them the essentials but had to ignore what I really wanted to do.
I don’t have to worry about any of that when I’m by myself at a Disney park. I can walk 20,000+ steps, do complete park days, and pinpoint what I want to experience without feeling bad about it.
Want to arrive at the parks for rope drop? You do that! Want to ride Pirates of the Caribbean a few more times? Go for it! Skip the parade, camp out for the fireworks, stay till closing… Your plans are entirely up to you. Everyone should experience Disney World that way at least once.
To Be the Observer
There are so many details all over the Walt Disney World Resort. Hidden Mickeys, architectural masterpieces, aromas from the smellitizers… the Imagineers have packed the parks, hotels, and attractions with so many magical elements that make the resort as special as it is.
When you go to Magic Kingdom or any of the other parks with friends or family, there’s a chance you’ll miss out on some of these designs simply because you’ll be more distracted. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying the company of others, of course, but you’ll certainly be less observant of your surroundings if you’re busy chatting or taking selfies with your bestie.
Going alone can be the best way to take in all of the magic. You’ll be more keen to notice the little things without interference. Go ahead and take an extra moment to look at the mosaics in Cinderella’s Castle or the carvings in the Tree of Life. Grab a scoop at the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor and listen to all the different songs that play on Main Street. The details are what sets Disney apart, so I plan to enjoy them as an ardent spectator this time around.
Some things are simpler to do when you’re alone at a Disney park.
Here are a few obvious examples: It’s less painful to dart around crowds when you’re by yourself and don’t have to worry about losing someone. You’re more likely to book one fastpass for Flight of Passage than you are to book five – the same goes for dining reservations. It’s easier to snag a good viewing spot for the fireworks because a party of one needs less space than the family with a stroller. There are even a few attractions that have single rider lines, including Test Track, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, and Expedition Everest.
All of the advantages that come with going to Disney World alone can seriously add up to make your experience fantastic!
When you’re in a group, you’re less likely to socialize with anyone outside of that group. I don’t think this is completely intentional, you’re just already involved with others and are less likely to divert attention from them.
When you’re by yourself, on the other hand, you can engage with anyone you’d like to. You can people watch, meetup with other Disney fans, focus on pin trading, or strike up a conversation with whoever you’re standing next to on line. Social media has made it easier than ever to connect, so use it if you’d like to meet people while you’re at the parks.
One of my favorite ways to socialize at a Disney park is to talk to the cast members. The majority of them are happy to chat, though of course you should be considerate of the fact that they’re on the clock. They could provide you with a helpful tip or even give you a magical moment.
Have you ever been to Walt Disney World or any other Disney parks by yourself? Share your experience in the comments!