I learned a very important lesson a few years ago. If you wait for other people to do everything you want, you’re going to be waiting a very long time.
Contrary to what my blog and social media portray, I end up going to Disney by myself…A LOT. I love being in the parks, whether it’s just stopping in for a few rides or just a Mickey bar after work. The parks by yourself can be a whole new experience, and sometimes I even like it more than going with others! I’ve put together a few tips to tackle doing Disney solo – keep reading to find out more!
My first suggestion for going to the parks by yourself is probably the most obvious: Take full advantage of single rider lines! Single rider expedites the queue exponentially, so you’re almost guaranteed to not have to wait as long!
The only attractions with an official Single Rider line are Rock n Roller Coaster at Hollywood Studios, Expedition Everest at Animal Kingdom and Test Track at Epcot. Although these are the only official ones with special lines, many different attractions wait times will be significantly shorter as a single rider. The best example is Flight of Passage! Unfortunately there’s no special Flight of Passage single rider line, but your wait time ends up shorter! When FoP was at a posted 75 minute wait (already a short time) I only had to wait 30 minutes!
In addition to single rider lines, there are way more options for fastpasses! Making fastpass plans for one person is much easier than say, hoping for Seven Dwarves Mine Train fastpasses for a party of 10! If you’re planning at least a few days in advance (and it’s not a holiday or busy time at the parks) you should have a fairly good selection of attractions!
I managed to snag a fastpass for Alien Swirling Saucers on opening day of Toy Story Land! Yes, I went to Toy Story opening by myself and stood in all of those crazy merchandise lines, but that also meant I got to just walk into Toy Story Land without having to wait!
Treat Yo Self
Is there anything better than eating at Disney? We’ve all experienced the issues that you run into when the people you’re with want to eat somewhere else, and even though you’re craving corn dog nuggets from Casey’s, you end up eating at Cosmic Rays…again. The good news? When you’re by yourself, you can eat all of the Disney food your heart (and stomach) desires, whenever you want! Treat yourself to 5 Mickey bars — nobody can say no!
I suggest using Disney’s mobile order for getting quick service meals. It saves a lot of time and you can avoid waiting in busy lines.
Use the time by yourself at the parks to relax and do what you want to do. Rides, food, shows, parades, pin trading and more awaits!
One thing I’m really happy I included in my CP bucket list was bringing a book to Magic Kingdom and reading on the Hub Grass. There are plenty of hidden spots too, waiting to be discovered on your solo travels.
Be Nice to Cast Members
The most fun thing I’ve been able to do on my solo trips to Disney is get to talk to CMs! I love trading pins and the theme parks, so it’s an easy way to start chatting with Cast Members! CMs deal with a ton of rude people, so I always try to go out of my way to be nice while they’re making magic for us! Make sure to tweet @WDWToday on twitter with #CastCompliment after you receive excellent guest service and make sure the Cast Members get recognized!
Doing Disney Solo
When you’re doing Disney solo, the best thing is that you’re really able to do what you want, when you want! It’s a whole new experience to the theme parks! You can still have the full magical Disney experience while you’re by yourself, and you might even come to find that you love it even more! Hopefully you found these tips helpful, and can truly enjoy and be empowered by a solo Walt Disney World trip!