Top 10 Tips For Doing Walt Disney World Solo

10. Go at your own pace

The best part of spending time at Walt Disney World alone is that you are free to tour the parks at your own pace. Without a larger group to schedule the day around, you can choose exactly how you want to spend your time. When you go to Walt Disney World alone, you can choose to get up early and hit the parks during the rope drop ceremony, or you can choose to stay in and enjoy the morning at your resort. This tip is especially important if you’re used to visiting the parks with others. You may be accustomed to running from ride to ride if that’s what your family tends to do, but going solo means having the freedom to choose your own pace.

9. Eat at your favorite restaurants

One thing that can really turn some people off from pursuing a solo Disney vacation is the thought of dining in a restaurant alone. I would highly suggest making reservations at your favorite restaurants anyway. You’re on vacation, just like everyone else, and you shouldn’t let a fear of potential awkwardness deter you from something you want to do.

8. Enjoy solo dining

Dining alone will become significantly better if you actually allow yourself to enjoy it. I actually look forward to dining alone sometimes because it can really be quite relaxing. While dining alone in Disney, I would sometimes read on my Kindle, or take the time to upload some vacation photos to Instagram or Facebook. Even without the technological companions, it is really nice to just sit and relax for a meal in the middle of a day at Walt Disney World.

7. Try something new

Sometimes when you vacation with a group, it is difficult to try new things. Everyone knows what they like, and if things have worked out well in the past, why change anything? Visiting the parks on your own is a great opportunity to try something new that you’ve always wanted to try but haven’t had a chance to yet. A solo vacation is also a good time to go on a backstage tour that interests you, as you’ll have full control over which tour you choose and the tours are always fun ways to meet other guests.

6. Get involved with social media

There are plenty of groups on the internet that hold meet ups in the parks. Check out some of those groups and see if there are any that you could become involved with. Even if you’re not able to attend any of the events or meet ups during your trip, it can still be fun to stay connected to Disney social media groups while you’re touring the parks.

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5. Don’t be afraid to meet characters

Character meet and greets are not just for kids! If you want to meet some of the characters, and you’re an adult traveling solo, then go for it! Disney is really the only place where you’re able (and encouraged!) to embrace your inner child. Worried about getting photos of your time with the characters? Don’t be! Disney PhotoPass photographers and character attendants will gladly take your picture using your own camera.

4. Visit the bars and lounges

Even if your family is made up of grown up kids, chances are you’re not spending too much time in Disney’s excellent bars and lounges. I think this is a great solo activity, as it is a nice way to relax and break up the day, and it gives you a chance to get to know other guests and cast members. In addition, Disney’s bars are just as detailed in theming as the rest of the resort, so you may notice some little things that you’ve never seen before.

3. Talk to cast members

Some people worry that a solo Disney vacation will make them feel lonely. This does not need to be true at all! Cast members love talking to guests– that is partially why they enjoy working for Disney after all, so they would definitely love to chat it up with you if you have a chance.

2. Make new friends

You’d probably be surprised to learn that solo Disney vacations are actually quite popular. When you hit the parks alone, you tend to come across other guests who are doing the exact same thing. It’s also fun to talk to guests who aren’t doing the solo thing, and many are very friendly and happy to chat. If you’re on a solo trip, don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation with the people around you. People from all over the world visit the parks, so you never know who you’ll meet.

1. Take complete control of the trip

As I’ve mentioned before, the best part of taking a solo Disney trip is having the ability to do what you want to do when you want to do it. Not only can you decide what exactly you’ll be doing, but you can also choose everything from which resort you stay at to what kind of budget you’ll be sticking to. A solo trip, in my opinion, really is a refreshing change, and I highly recommend taking at least one!

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a graduate of St. Anselm College, where she earned her bachelor of arts degree in History. She completed two Disney College Programs, one at Dinoland U.S.A., in Animal Kingdom, and one at Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show at Hollywood Studios. She is the author of “Brittany Earns Her Ears,” a memoir about her experiences on the college program, and she currently resides in Massachusetts.