Are Solo Disney Trips Fun? Short answer, yes! Here’s why.

Question of the Week: Are Solo Disney Trips Fun?


Solo trips to Walt Disney World or Disneyland can seem daunting, especially if it’s your first time doing one.

Questions that may zoom through your head could include:

  • Will people notice I’m alone?
  • Will I be treated differently?
  • Will they let me ride everything even though there might be an empty seat next to me?

The short answer to the overall questions above is yes (but in a good way) because solo Disney trips are definitely fun!

If you’ve even thought about going to a Disney park alone then you should act on that thought.

No matter if you’re going to Epcot to eat and drink around the world, or you’re going to Disneyland Park to explore Walt Disney’s original ideas going alone is fun.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Disney's Magic Kingdom Theme Park Boo to You Halloween Parade in front of Cinderella Castle with character Tinker Bell. Keep reading to see why solo disney trips are fun.
Tinker Bell at Walt Disney World!

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Go To Your Favorite Park on Your Solo Disney Trip

Going alone to Disney means you can go anywhere without having to think about other people in your group and what they might want to do.

That means you can go to your favorite park every day of your Disney trip if you want to.

For me, that would mean going to Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World or Disney California Adventure at Disneyland.

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Try Something New on Your Disney Vacation

Being able to try something new, whether it’s a show, dining experience or staying at a new hotel is part of the fun of going alone.

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Our Editor, NikkyJ, pulled on the stage at the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue at Fort Wilderness Campgrounds.

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to sit in the front row of The Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular, this is your chance.

Disney Hollywood Studios Indiana Jones Attraction Entrance

If you’ve ever wanted to do a monorail bar crawl, why not do it now?

Also, if you’ve ever wanted to stay Club Level at a Disney resort go ahead and treat yourself.

Holiday Tree at Disney Grand Floridian Resort and Spa at Christmas
Grand Floridian Resort at Christmas

You won’t know if you like something until you try it, and going alone gives you the perfect opportunity to try something new.

NikkyJ The Solo Theme Park Traveler's Guide Quote: The Freedom of Wandering throughout the magical parks alone, allows you to create the story you want to have!

The best part about going alone is that if something definitely wasn’t your thing, then you don’t have to do it again to please other people.

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Relaxing on Your Solo Disney Trip

Going to a theme park alone might be anxiety enduring, especially seeing all of the families bustling around trying to get on every single attraction in one day.

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The best part about going alone is that you can spend as much or as little time in the parks as you want.

We love the idea of just relaxing by the pool of the hotel or spending some time at a waterfront restaurant at Disney Springs to get away from the parks.

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Best Places for Solo Travelers to Hangout in the Disney Parks

There are a few places across Walt Disney World and Disneyland that we love to hangout when we go to the parks alone.

9 Fun Places to Relax at Walt Disney World Resort for Solo Travelers

Let’s first start with Disney World. One of the best places for solo travelers to visit in America.

1. Tom Sawyer Island (Magic Kingdom)

The Tom Sawyer Island is located across the Rivers of America, and can be seen from Frontierland and Liberty Square.

Disney Magic Kingdom Boat Ride Over to Tom Sawyer Island at Frontierland
Boat ride to Tom Sawyer Island.

This space is typically very quiet, allowing for a nice spot for solo travelers to relax.

2. Gardens of the United Kingdom Pavilion (EPCOT)

In the back of the United Kingdom Pavilion there is a small garden, which is a nice spot to relax with a cold beer and take in the sights and sounds of Epcot.

Garden area of UK Pavilion in Epcot
Garden Area of UK Pavilion in Epcot

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3. Echo Lake (Disney’s Hollywood Studios)

The Echo Lake area of Disney’s Hollywood Studios overlooks the main walkway through the park.

Christmas in Hollywood Studios with Gertie in Santa Hat at Echo Lake

Grab a peanut butter and jelly milkshake from 50’s Prime Time Café and snag a spot on a bench to enjoy.

4. Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail (Disney’s Animal Kingdom)

If you love animals the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail is the best spot at Disney’s Animal Kingdom for solo travelers.

Gorilla at Theme Park

You can walk the trail at your own pace and spend as much time as you like enjoying the animals.

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5. Wine Bar George (Disney Springs)

People who love wine will enjoy Wine Bar George, which features a huge wine list and beautiful outdoor seating area overlooking the promenade of Disney Springs below.

6. Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar (Disney Springs)

Sitting outside at Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar is always a treat as a solo traveler.

Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar Holiday Christmas Decor in Disney Springs. Keep reading to see why solo disney trips are fun.

There is a small bar outside or you can take a table for yourself and enjoy the live music and views from the deck.

7. Geyser Point (Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort)

The open air restaurant and bar Geyser Point is super relaxing and perfect for solo travelers who just want some time to enjoy a drink and the view of Bay Lake.

Old Faithful Geyser Disney Fort Wilderness Lodge
Old Faithful Geyser Disney Fort Wilderness Lodge

8. Enchanted Rose Lounge (Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort)

For the solo traveler who loves Beauty and the Beast, Enchanted Rose Lounge is the spot to be.

Enchanted Rose Lounge at Disney Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. Keep reading to see why solo disney trips are fun.
Enchanted Rose Lounge at Disney Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

Here you can grab a drink or a snack and enjoy the ambience of the movie-themed lounge.

9. Victoria Falls Lounge (Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge)

The Victoria Falls Lounge overlooks Boma at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. It’s a nice spot to enjoy a sporting event on TV and have a snack.

Animal Kingdom Lodge Victoria Falls Lounge

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Fun Places to Relax at Disneyland Resort for Solo Travelers

Now let’s head over to the West Coast to see the best places to take a break on your solo Disneyland trip.

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1. Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe (Disneyland Park)

The Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe is located at the end of Main Street U.S.A., where a small seating area to have lunch and enjoy the sites and sounds of Main Street U.S.A. is waiting for the solo traveler.

Jolly Holiday Cafe Disneyland Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup
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2. Lamplight Lounge (Disney California Adventure)

The Lamplight Lounge is the perfect spot at Disney California Adventure to enjoy a drink, lunch, and the view of Pixar Pier out of the windows or out on the patio.

Lamplight Lounge at Disney California Adventure Park DIsneyland
Photo Courtesy of Disney Co.

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3. Trader Sam’s (The Disneyland Hotel)

Solo travelers who want to meet a few new friends will love hanging out at Trader Sam’s because there’s always some type of fun going on in the small bar.

4. GCH Craftsman Bar (Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa)

If outdoor dining without much of a fuss is your thing, then the GCH Craftsman Bar is the spot to be.

Disneyland's GCH Craftsman Bar at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa where you can get the Brioche French Toast
Disneyland’s GCH Craftsman Bar at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa (Photo Courtesy of Disneyland Resort via Joshua Sudock)

Do not sleep on the Lobster Quesadilla, which is one of the best things to eat at any Disney resort.

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5. Naples Ristorante e Bar (The Downtown Disney District)

Naples Ristorante e Bar is the spot to be after the parks close at the Disneyland Resort.

Grabbing a slice of pizza and enjoying outside on the patio to people watch is a great way to end a Disneyland day.

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My Final Thoughts on Taking Your Solo Disney Trip

No matter where you choose to go alone, you’re sure to have fun at the Disney parks!

NikkyJ in front of the Liberty Square Ferry Boat Ride Magic Kingdom Dapper Day NikkyJ. Keep reading to see why solo disney trips are fun.

Just be sure to do what you want to do, not what you think others want to see you doing.

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Until next time, Happy Park Hopping Hipsters!

Megan DuBois Theme Park Writer

About the Author

Megan is a theme park expert and frequent traveler to magical places. She covers all things Disney and Universal and runs marathons for fun.

She thinks you can tell a lot about someone by the name of their signature lipstick, and hers is NARS Dragon Girl.

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(Original Article Date: November 8, 2020/Updated by Editor on February 3, 2024)

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