Are you a Disney fan? Have you ever traveled to Disney World solo? If not, you don’t know what you’re missing! Here’s my list for the top 10 reasons why you should consider going to this fun vacation destination sans companions.
1. Single Rider Lines - This may just be the most awesome feature of being solo at Disney World. The Single Rider Line allows you to bypass all the families, groups, and couples standing in the Stand By Queue and practically walk right on the ride. Why? Because they need single riders to fill in rows on rides, that’s why. Score! The only downside to the Single Rider Line is that there aren’t more of them. Right now, only Rock ‘N’ Rollercoaster (Hollywood Studios), Expedition Everest (Animal Kingdom), and Test Track (Epcot) have them.
2. Photopass Photographers – Finally! Someone to take your picture for you when you travel solo. I wish all tourist destinations had people whose job it was to take your picture. Photopass photographers are usually positioned at prime “photo opp” locations in the parks, such as near the Tree of Life in Animal Kingdom, near Cinderella’s Castle at the Magic Kingdom, and near the fountains with a view of Spaceship Earth in Epcot. Another way to get your photo taken at the parks is to get in line for a character photo. Or you could offer to take a picture of someone else in exchange for them taking yours. But the Photopass Photographers are the easiest, since it’s their job to do it. You don’t have to purchase the Photopass, either. They are happy to take your photo with your own camera if you ask them to.
3. Restaurants with Counter and Bar Dining – Bartop dining is great for those solo travelers who feel uncomfortable with the idea of dining at a table for one in the middle of a crowded restaurant, or who just want some company while they eat. It’s also great for those of you who don’t like to make Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs) because you want to be flexible about when you eat. Without an ADR, you may find yourself having a hard time getting a table at a Disney restaurant without a long wait–if you can get one at all. In those situations, try one of the restaurants that have counter or bartop dining. There are a number of them on Disney property, including the parks (like Yak & Yeti at Animal Kingdom), the Deluxe resorts (such as the California Grill at the Contemporary), the Boardwalk (Bluezoo, Big River Grille) and several in Downtown Disney (House of Blues, Wolfgang Puck, Planet Hollywood). As a solo diner, you only need to find one empty seat at the bar.
Which leads me to. . . .
4. The One Seat Advantage – As a solo traveler, you can easily squeeze in where others can’t. Whether it’s a seat on a bus, boat or monorail, a lounge chair at the pool, a seat at one of Disney’s live shows, or a hammock on the beach at your resort, you only need to find one empty seat, which is a whole lot easier than finding two or more together.
5. Freedom – This is one of the best things about traveling solo anywhere, including Disney World. Your time is your own. No negotiating with other people about what to do next. If you feel like sitting around the pool all day, you can. If you want to go on the same ride three times in a row–who’s to stop you? You can also travel to Disney World whenever it’s convenient for you, without having to worry about someone else’s vacation schedule.
6. Shows - Disney has a ton of great shows, from Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor to Finding Nemo to the Lion King to the free shows at Epcot, like Off-Kilter and Mo Rockin. Take advantage of them! Not only are they great entertainment, they allow you to blend in as part of a crowd without anyone knowing you’re alone (if you care about such things). Or you can take the opportunity to strike up a conversation with the person next to you. Who knows? You might make a new friend.
7. No Fighting with A Travel Companion – Maybe it’s the killer pace, maybe it’s the crowds, maybe it’s too much togetherness that causes people to have a short fuse at Disney World. I don’t know. But I have witnessed so many ugly family fights at the so-called “Happiest Place on Earth”. Every single time I’ve seen one, I think: “I am so glad I am here alone.”
8. Peace and quiet – After a day in the parks, surrounded by hundreds of people, all talking at once, plus the ambient background music and the noise made by shows and rides, the cacophany starts getting to me. All I want is to find a solitary spot where I can enjoy some peace and quiet. So I do. I either find a quiet bench outside at my resort, or close the door to my resort room and enjoy the silence. I wouldn’t be able to do that if I were traveling with kids, friends, or a significant other–unless I booted them out of the room!
9. Adult Activities – When you want to go out at night at Disney World and have a drink or two and enjoy some live music at Jellyrolls, the House of Blues, or Raglan Road, for instance, you don’t have to worry about what to do with the kids. You can also do a Monorail Crawl (similar to a pub crawl, but visiting a bar at each of the monorail resorts) or drink your way around the World Showcase without having to worry about setting a bad example for your children or angering the teatotalers in your group.
10. Because you CAN! Look, not everyone loves Disney World. If you do, but you don’t know anyone else who does, why should you be deprived of an experience that will make you happy? Just go and enjoy yourself.
Did I miss any of your favorite reasons for traveling solo to Disney? Be sure to add them in the comments section below!
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