This is the seventh and final segment of my series on traveling solo to Walt Disney World. In part six, I reviewed Disney dining options for the solo traveler. In this segment, I’ll cover potential activities for the solo traveler at Disney and wrap up the series. Thank you for following this series. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
Activities at Disney World for the Solo Traveler
You can do pretty much anything at Disney World as a solo that you would do if you were there with family or friends:
- Go to the parks, ride the rides (and enjoy that single rider line!)
- Wander around taking in the sights, people-watch, and take pictures
- See some shows
- Rent a boat or a bicycle
- Sign up for the Richard Petty Driving Experience or go parasailing
- Sign up for a behind-the-scenes tour
- Go horseback riding
- Sit by the pool and read a book all day
- Get a massage, a manicure and pedicure
- Go to the water parks (take a surfing class at Typhoon Lagoon!)
- Go shopping in Downtown Disney
- Get your picture taken with Disney characters
- Enjoy the fireworks and parades
- Go resort-hopping
- Eat your way around Epcot
- Go hunting for hidden Mickeys
- and so much more!
One of my favorite activities is to see shows. I loved the Festival of the Lion King at Animal Kingdom, and the Indiana Jones Stunt Show at Hollywood Studios. Fantasmic! would have been more enjoyable had I brought a book to read during the long wait for the show to start (that’s the downside of not having company). I also like the live shows at the parks, such as Off Kilter (the Celtic band in Epcot), the British Invasion (a Beatles tribute band in Epcot), and the Jammitors in Future World at Epcot. Other live shows include Lights, Moter, Action! Extreme Stunt Show and Mulch, Sweat & Shears (a street group) at Hollywood Studios, and the Village Beatniks at Animal Kingdom.
I can’t think of any Disney activities that you can do as part of a group or couple that you can’t do alone. Okay, I might feel a little weird playing miniature golf by myself, but that’s just me.
But what do you do if you’re looking for some non-park, adult activities at night when you are ready to unwind after a busy day at the parks? Well, sadly, Pleasure Island is no more, so that’s not an option. (R.I.P., Adventurer’s Club). Not to worry! You can still find plenty to do. I asked Betsy from WDWForGrownUps.com what she likes to do at night when she’s on her own at Disney. “I love Jellyrolls, personally. Other activities include La Nouba, shopping at Downtown Disney, movies at AMC Theater, and Bob the piano guy at Port Orleans Riverside. I also love night swimming and hot tubbing. Never done this, but it might be fun to go to the Chip and Dale campfire at Fort Wilderness!”
Other than movies, shopping and Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba, you can go see a live band at House of Blues or Raglan Road in Downtown Disney. And along with Jellyrolls’ dueling piano show, you can walk along Disney’s Boardwalk along Crescent Lake and maybe stop and catch a game on TV at the ESPN Club. Or stay a little closer to home. Almost every Disney resort has a bar and lounge where you can unwind over a drink and maybe make some new friends. Try the Tambu Lounge at the Polynesian, Kimono’s at The Swan (which turns into a karaoke bar in the evenings), or Coronado Springs’ Rix Lounge, an upscale lounge with music and specialty cocktails.
I hope you realize by now that there is no reason why you can’t have a fun and enjoyable vacation at Disney World by yourself. So what are you waiting for? Book that solo trip!
Postscript: If there is any aspect of a solo trip to Disney I have not covered and you are curious about, please feel free to comment here or email me.