Now that you’ve decided to take the leap and live out your theme park adventures alone, it’s time to make the most of your trip. Everyone has tips out there for the average theme park goer, but what about you (the solo theme park hopper)? Let’s look at ways to outline your solo trip.
Decide when you want to go. The slow season, mid-January to late February, for theme park hopping in central Florida is a rather quick one in my opinion, but it is quite a wonderful time for solo travelers to come to the parks. You’re more likely to find other theme park solo travelers or smaller groups of travelers looking to meet other similar enthusiasts too.
Decide if you’re going to do a half-day, whole day, or complete vacation (three days or more).
Check MeetUp.com for any theme park groups who may have an event schedule during your trip. MeetUp groups are a perfect way to find others who truly enjoy some of the things you may be into.
Set a budget for your trip. Before you even walk through those gates, rather for one day or one week, you should have a budget set on how much you plan to spend. For example, what percentage of your total vacation budget will go to lodging, food, booze, entertainment, etc.?
Map out your day at the park. If you’re planning to have to total fun-filled day, then have an ideal of what attractions you want to experience and in what order. Also set a time that you’d like to get to the park by.
Going to a park on your own really can be a great experience, especially for locals. I recommend starting with your favorite park and plan to go for only a short amount of time. It feels like a short escape from reality and it’s delightful to wrap yourself in the magic of the parks.
Anne, Winter Park, Florida
Decide what kind of day you want to have. Do you want to have a coaster filled day or do you want to have a day dedicated to watching shows. You can even do a day of tasting a dish at each food kiosk in the park.
Book reservations prior to your trip. Many special tours, restaurants, character dining experiences, and adventure-based attractions (such as the Screamin’ Gator Zip Line at Gatorland) recommend or require reservations.
Having a positive outlook on the explorations ahead will make the anticipation much greater and the result will be a memorable trip filled with small, multiple victories conquered within you. The excitement of your theme park vacation should lead you on a path into discovering what solo travel can do for your inner spirit.
Until next time, Happy Park Hopping!