When you think of a Walt Disney World vacation, the first thing that comes to mind for most people is families. In most cases, people visit Disney World with their family, or as part of a group. Visiting Disney World with loved ones is a really great way to create memories that will last a lifetime. But, what if you don’t have anyone to go on the trip with you? Or, what if you just want to take some time to yourself and enjoy a solo vacation?
We see comments from people on social media nearly every day asking about what it’s like to take a solo Disney vacation. They ask if it’s a good idea or worth it to go to Disney World alone. I can tell you from personal experience that it is absolutely worth it and absolutely a good idea to take a solo Disney trip.
Now, I have to admit that it’s a bit different being a local and getting to visit the parks all the time, but there are many benefits to going to Disney World by yourself.
When I first moved to the Orlando area, I lived alone and didn’t know anybody here. When I bought my annual pass, I started visiting the parks (usually Magic Kingdom) as often as possible. It was familiar to me and kept me from getting homesick. It brought a sense of normalcy to my life, while my family and friends were 1,500 miles away. My need for some familiarity in my life at that time is what got me to bust out of my comfort zone and start to explore the parks by myself.
Based on personal experiences, there are several benefits of taking a solo Disney trip I would like to share with anyone who is debating whether or not to give it a try.
When you go on vacation by yourself, you have full freedom and full control over what you do. While going with a group would require you to take everyone’s wants and needs into consideration while making plans, going solo allows you to just do whatever you want, whenever you want. You can book a room at the hotel of your choice, arrange for transportation of your choice, and fully customize your experience to whatever you want. You are on your own schedule, or maybe you aren’t even on a schedule at all. That is totally up to you to decide. You have nobody else to answer to when you plan your vacation.
Disney is expensive. I don’t think that would come as a surprise to anyone. Paying for an entire family, or any kind of group, makes the cost of your vacation skyrocket quickly. Going by yourself will save you a significant amount of money.
Booking FastPasses is much easier by yourself than it would be if you were booking for a group of people. You can enjoy the attractions you want to enjoy without having to worry about upsetting someone else who would maybe want to do attractions you don’t want to do if they were with you.
Finding a spot for parades and fireworks is much simpler for one person than it is for a group. We wouldn’t necessarily recommend this, but, by yourself, you could possibly walk up last minute and find a great spot for either the parades or fireworks, which would be nearly impossible to do with a group of people.
Anyone who has visited WDW with a large group of people and watched the parades and/or fireworks knows that there is a lot of waiting involved in order to get a spot for the whole group to be together. It can be a nightmare when the parks are busy.
Disney vacations can be exhausting. People tend to underestimate the amount of walking involved. A day in the parks can definitely be a workout, and sometimes you just need a break. When you’re alone, you can take a break anytime you want. You can choose whether you just want to find a place to sit and rest in the parks, if you want to go back to your hotel for a while, or whatever else it may be that you want to do to relax and take a break from the parks.
Perhaps you enjoy shopping, but no one else in your family does. If you’re doing a solo Disney trip, you won’t have to deal with anyone complaining about your decision to spend time shopping. You are able to spend as much time in the stores as you would like.
Meals become easier when you’re by yourself. You can bring your own food into the parks, if you choose to do so. If you eat at a restaurant in the parks, you can choose where you want to eat, as long as advance dining reservations aren’t required. If you plan ahead and want to eat at a restaurant that requires an ADR, you can look into any restaurant you want while planning your trip without having to consider the preferences, restrictions, diets, allergies, etc., of anyone else.
One of my favorite things to do while in the parks by myself is to meet people. I’ve met people from numerous countries around the world. I love meeting new people, and it’s great to hear about everyone’s experience in the parks, especially if they are a first-timer.
As a local and frequent visitor of the parks, I oftentimes find a quiet place in the parks to just sit and take in the atmosphere. While many tourists are rushing through the parks to stick to a schedule, I love to just sit and look around. If you are someone who enjoys the beauty of nature, or enjoys people watching, you can take some time during your solo vacation to just slow down and take in your surroundings. There are so many intricate details in all areas of the parks that many are often overlooked by guests who are in a hurry. Taking some time to just sit and enjoy everything around you gives you an opportunity to really experience everything that WDW has to offer.
While there are pros and cons to both solo Disney trips and group Disney trips, it’s hard to go wrong either way. Halie and I love going to the parks together as often as possible, but we are both busy and both have different schedules, so we don’t get to go together as often as we would like. I wish we could go together every time, but I always have a great time in the parks, even when I’m by myself. There are so many awesome things to see, do, and experience in the parks that it is nearly impossible to not have a good time.
If you are debating whether or not you should take a solo Disney trip, we think you should absolutely go for it. You may be surprised just how much fun you have by yourself. Even if you aren’t the most outgoing person or don’t consider yourself to be very independent, you can still have an amazing time by yourself if you are willing to step out of your comfort zone and just enjoy having the freedom to do things your own way.
Have you ever taken a solo Disney trip before? Did you enjoy it? Do you have any other tips you would like to share? Let us know in the comments.
XOXO, Halie and Danny