Thinking about planning a solo visit to Walt Disney World? Some of my favorite Disney vacations have been the ones I’ve taken solo, and while it might seem intimidating at first, we think a solo vacation is a great way to see and do exactly what you want in your favorite theme parks. Keep these tips in mind while planning your solo visit:
1. Do Your Research
It’s always important to do your research while planning a trip to the Walt Disney World Resort, and visiting solo is no exception. In fact, it may be even more useful to research ahead of your visit because you won’t have the option of planning along with the rest of the family in your hotel room during your stay. Of course, Disney Cast Members are always happy to help with whatever questions you might have, but planning ahead and checking refurbishments, menus, and the latest news will certainly help you make the most of your visit.
2. Choose the Right Hotel
The biggest perk to taking a solo trip to Walt Disney World is only having to consider what you want to do rather than the interests of a larger group. In terms of accommodations, this means staying wherever you like! If you’re hoping for a more relaxing stay and want to take advantage of the pools and restaurants at your resort a moderate or deluxe resort would work best. Conversely, if you’re all about spending time in the theme parks and just see your resort as a place to sleep and shower, going with a value resort (or in some instances staying off property) could be your best option.
3. Dress to Impress… Yourself!
A solo trip comes with less pressure. You won’t need to worry about what the rest of the group wants to do or eat, and even though it may not seem like a big deal, solo trips mean little to no pressure over what you’re wearing to the park. Whether you tend to drive your family a little crazy stopping for Instagrammable photos of your fully styled outfit, or you’re usually the odd one out who just wants to dress comfortably, a solo trip means no pressure for how you’ll look in photos.
4. Plan for Enough Spending Money
Some Guests assume they’ll spend less money simply by not visiting with the whole family, especially kids (sorry, kids!) but this is not necessarily the case. A solo vacation also tends to mean more time to leisurely stroll through the parks (meaning more time for shopping), or more time to relax with that extra glass of wine at dinner. Your wallet will thank you later for getting comfortable with a little extra spending before you arrive.
5. Don’t Worry About Dining Alone
Some people worry that they’ll feel self conscious dining alone. Thankfully this hasn’t been the case in our experiences. Cast Members are always going out of their way to be friendly to all Guests, regardless of how many people are at a table. And even Disney’s all-you-care-to-enjoy “family style” experiences can be plated for one– So don’t worry about feeling weird at a table by yourself. Cast Members have seen it all before and with so much happening at Walt Disney World other Guests are not going to be focusing on the fact that you’re eating alone.
6. Remember to Be Flexible
Flexibility is key in any Disney vacation, so remember to keep this in mind if you’re visiting solo, too. While it might seem like more effort to be flexible while you’re traveling with a group, remember that things can always change and you’ll have an easier time if you’re open to adjusting plans on the go. Thankfully, keeping some flexibility is often easier as a solo traveler. If you find a ride is currently not operating, or the restaurant you’re hoping to visit isn’t open quite yet, or you’ve changed your mind on which park to hop to, you’ll have full control over the next move without consulting a whole group.
7. Pack all the Necessities
Make a packing list, and check it twice! If you forget necessities during a solo visit, you won’t have the rest of the family to borrow conditioner, or swipe some sunblock from if you notice you forgot yours! If you forget necessities you may find yourself paying a pretty penny to replace them at your resort gift shop, or perhaps worse, having to travel off Disney property to replace them at a big box store.
8. Have Fun!
A lot of first time solo Walt Disney World Guests start their trip with some nervousness over feeling like it would be lonely while surrounded by families in “the most magical place on Earth,” but thankfully this is rarely true. Many Guests come back from solo vacations fond of the memories they made doing exactly what they wanted on their own schedule, and it’s often more relaxing and low-key compared to traveling with a group. Try not to worry about what it will be like visiting alone and just focus on enjoying your time in the magic!