So I am taking inspiration from writing a silly long email for my friends Alan and Charlie for their up coming Walt Disney World trip.
I will write up a whole blog series on it but I thought I would share some tips and tricks for anyone considering doing a solo trip or wanting to do a few things by yourself at Walt Disney World.
Going solo can be daunting and believe me at first I was not a happy bunny but I got over it and actually I learned to love it and embrace it. I actually found there were things I wouldn’t of done before if I hadn’t of gone solo most of my trip.
I am going to break this post into segments so you can skip ahead.
I found no issue on using the my magic+ app on the day to book resturant spaces for myself and that did include Be Our Guest resturant. I did find Cinderellas Royal Table come up too but I chickened out on solo dining with princesses.
The top places I found to eat solo was Yak and Yeti, Animal Kingdom both quick service and table service and Katsura Grill in Epcot is the ultimate choice for a solo trip goer needing food.
Reason why Katsura Grill is the best for solo trip goers, each time I ventured in for a meal there were other solo trip goers! It wasn’t packed with families and actually is a peaceful place to eat especially as you can watch Illuminations from the terrace.
If you are nervous at going to restaurants by yourself then hit up your counter service at your resort hotel and ask for it to be boxed up. I did this a few times and could eat my dinner in my pjs while watching the TLC channel. It was glorious.
Also grab snacks in the parks if you are too nervous for a meal. No one will stare at you eating Mickey Pretzels or Dole Whips and if they do it’s because they want one too!
There are only 3 rides in the entire of the Walt Disney World property that have single rider queues are Aerosmith Rock’n’Roller Coaster – Hollywood Studios, Expedition Everest – Animal Kingdom and Test Track – Epcot.
I only did Single Rider for Test Track which was a 40 minute wait for general but I got on in less than 15 minutes and then Expedition Everest multiple times and getting on within less than 5 to 10 minutes during 30 to 50 minute general wait times.
Aerosmith during my trip honestly didn’t need to be solo queued as the queues were no more than 15 minutes during my visits and that’s my only reason I didn’t do it.
One massive tip is listen out in the queue several times during my rides like Tower of Terror, Space Mountain, Snow White Mine Train etc they were calling out for solo riders! So I got to skip infront of the queue by at least 2 – 5 minutes in places.
Also I don’t know if it was because I was solo or just pure luck I got a lot of red cards. At least 10 during my 14 day trip!
Top tip: Play a game with how many red cards you can get in a day. I got 4 in one day!
The only ride I would say skip if you do feel awkward going solo is Grand Fiesta Tour in World Showcase, Epcot. I got sat in the front row by myself. It was awkward. So very awkward on a packed out boat.
Pools and Waterparks
So I stayed at Art of Animation in The Little Mermaid area. The pool in that section is perfect for a solo goer. It’s generally more quiet than the Finding Nemo pool and less full of small kiddies. I ended up having a swim, reading my kindle and making friends while sunbathing.
I also did Typhoon Lagoon with someone who just wanted to sit on the beach so I did all the rides and pools by myself. The only issue came up was I didn’t realise Gang Plank Falls was a group ride but I ended up with a group of ladies who were nice at least!
Here’s me after I discovered I shouldn’t of gone so deep into the wave pool as I’m super terrible at swimming.
My big top tip for this is if your doing the pool solo then take a book and drink, relax and chat to the people next to you if they seem super friendly.
Typhoon Lagoon just treat it like the theme parks. Do ALL the rides but sadly there is no perks to skip the queues for being solo.
So I was a tad rubbish this trip as I only met a few characters by myself, to be honest I prefer meeting characters with other people. But I did go meet Gaston, never say no to meeting Gaston. He will sass you just as much as he would if you were in a group
Top tip: If you want the best character experience wear Mickey Ears, Disneybound or wear a t-shirt with their face on it. It can help you if you are shy or lost for words. Or just meet Gaston as he will do all the talking for you.
Travelling Around The Parks
So I am not going to lie when I say I park hopped pretty much most days. I loved park hopping and abusing the bus and monorail. Next trip I am trying out the boat as I plan to go to Polynesian for Tonga Toast.
The buses were nice and save and I was travelling from 7am until gone midnight to and from the resort. My parents will probably have kittens at the idea I did that solo but these buses are run by Disney and you are super safe.
I walked from my hotel room to reception late at night and it was totally safe. The only thing you need to watch out for is little lizards and frogs on the pavement!
If you do feel a bit worried then let someone know where you are going and get them to check in on you.
People at Disney
I found a lot of people so super friendly and nice to chat too. I found a lot of the Americans wanted to chat about England and where I got all my Primark Disney stuff from.
I met loads of wonderful people but one of the people who stood out was a lovely lady I met at the ariel pool who I went for dinner with, Typhoon Lagoon and have a couple of cocktails to unwind.
I only came across only 2 rude couples who tried to chat to me on the bus and both apparrently couldn’t understand my accent and tried to tell me what England is really like. I did learn that apparrently England is full of cottages, farms and Irish people. WHO KNEW.
I mostly found it was teenagers being rude when I vlogged. It happend more than 6 times and actually really annoyed me having teenagers swearing behind me and generally being meh. That was the worst issue I came across my entire trip.
Top Tip: If someone chats to you just chat back. You might end up being a friend for life. My lovely lady I met I am hopefully seeing her in August as she is coming to London!
So I get super emotional during Disneyland Paris Dreams and I knew I would be an emotional mess for Wishes and I didn’t want to do this solo. So I skipped properly watching Wishes apart from Hallowishes and ChristmasWishes.
However I did watch the Wishes Fireworks from New Fantasyland and actually think this is a super underated place to watch fireworks. It was a great place to take pictures and a nice atmosphere. I would say the Tangled area was my favourite part. Top tip: if you are an emotional fool like me and not sure you can handle Wishes solo then go watch it from a different area of the park. I am definately watching Wishes again from New Fantasyland and the Tangled Area with my friends and boyfriend in October.
I would do this again solo. I am actually worried that my next trip my friends and other half will question me why I want to go Splash Mountain 6 times in a row or why I want to venture Animal Kingdom just to get myself honey chicken and fruit punch from Yak and Yeti. However I think solo park tripping should be only for a limited few days. It does get a tad lonely even though you are having fun.
If you have any questions let me know and I am happy to answer them!