Five Reasons You Need to Plan a Solo Trip to Disney World

When you think of Disney World you probably think of family vacations right? It’s definitely the family vacation kingdom of the world but there’s so much to do there that it’s perfect for all kinds of trips. Couples trips, bachelor/bachelorette parties, spring breaks for college kids and I think it offers the perfect location for a solo trip as well.

Now I completely understand why some might be turned off by this idea. The notion of going somewhere alone is daunting for many. But I believe that solo trips anywhere are good for everyone. You can learn a lot about yourself and there’s something to be said about being alone for a little while. Disney World offers great opportunities for solo travelers. Here are my top five reasons why you should plan a solo trip to Disney World.

1. It’s Your Trip and Only Your Trip

The bigger the group the more opinions and preferences that have to be taken into consideration. When planning a trip for a group of people you obviously don’t want anyone to feel neglected or left out. You want everyone to have a good time. But appeasing others can mean have to sacrifice things you might want to do because you know others won’t like it.

When you’re on a trip by yourself the only opinions you have to consider are your own. You’re going to do what you want to do and when you want to do it. Treat yourself! If you want to plan a trip where your focus is trying the best margaritas at Disney world, then do just that! (and use this list to help plan your trip). If you only want to go to EPCOT everyday on your trip then you can do that. If you want to ride it’s a small world 10 times in a row, while we definitely don’t encourage that idea, you can do it because it is your trip!

2. You Can Stop and Smell the Roses

EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival 2018
Meander through the EPCOT Flower and Garden festival if your solo trip lands in Spring.

I have a theory. The theory is that we try to pack in as much stuff as humanly possible into a Disney trip because we want everyone else who’s with us to experience that. We don’t necessarily think it’s the best idea we just want everyone else to see as much as possible. On my solo journeys to Disney World I find that it’s much more laid back. I go at my own pace. I can still get up early if I want or stay out late but I often feel like I’m just taking a nice stroll. I’ll stop and just admire sections of the parks or spend time taking lots of pictures. And I’m not holding up anyone else because it’s only me.

3. The Single Rider Line Will Give You More Time

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster
You can utilize the single rider line at attractions like Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster

I am a huge advocate for the single rider line even if you are in a group. I think it saves a lot of time and you’re able to experience E-ticket attractions without using a Fastpass+ or waiting in long lines. But since you’re at Disney World on a solo trip, you can really take advantage of the single rider lines. Right now there are single rider options at Rock n’ Roller Coaster, Expedition Everest and Test Track. There is no guarantee that these lines will be used while you are there but most always are. You’ll be able to ride these rides and get Fastpass+ for other long wait attractions. This allows you do ride the rides you want but still gives you extra time to do other things that interests you.

There’s also a single rider line at Flight of Passage but it’s never been used yet and I don’t anticipate it to be used anytime soon.

4. You Can Eat at Some of the Most Popular Places with No Reservations

Beef Short Rib
Jiko offers a first some first serve section that solo diners can utilize in lieu of reservations.

Sometimes it’s easier to get reservations for parties of 2 or 1 than for a party of 3 or more. So as a solo eater you might be able to obtain hard to get reservations. But one thing you can also consider is dining at the bar. I love eating at the bar and I think it’s a great option for solo diners too. Most restaurants at Disney have a bar you can sit at and they all typically have the full menu available from the restaurant they are attached to. For example the Tune in Lounge (which made our list of top bars in Disney World) offers the full menu from the 50’s Prime Time Cafe for you to order from.

I just ate at Jiko at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, which was incredible and you can read my review of it here, and I noticed a section of bar seats in the restaurant itself. It was facing one of the giant ovens and open kitchen stations they use. I asked our server how you get those seats and she said they are actually the only seats they don’t take reservations for. It’s first come first serve. That’s an awesome option to taste some incredible food without a reservation. And you can be on the lookout for more options like that too.

5. Solo Trips Make You Try News Things

When I have gone on solo trips I find myself eating at places, going into stores or experiencing attractions I’ve never done before. On one recent solo trip I went through the Swiss Family Treehouse in Magic Kingdom which I probably hadn’t done in 12 years. I meander through shops I’ve never been in and stop at snack stands I’ve always past on other trips. I think when you’re on a solo trip you just have a greater sense of adventure. You are ok with being bold and trying new things. With that you can make new discoveries of places you wouldn’t have experienced before.  

So there you have it. I think a solo trip is a great option for travelers. You’ll appreciate the time alone while trying new experiences. It’s awesome to have shared experiences with the people you love but going somewhere by yourself can be just as memorable.

Will you go on a solo trip to Disney World? If not what’s stopping you? Let us know!

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