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, and will they let me ride everything even though there might be an empty seat next to me?
The short answer to the overall question is yes, 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.
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We’ve rounded up our top three tips on going solo to Disney and making sure you have fun!
Go To Your Favorite Park
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.
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For me, that would mean going to Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World or Disney California Adventure at Disneyland.
Try Something New
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.
Also, if you’ve ever wanted to stay club level at a Disney resort go ahead and treat yourself.
You won’t know if you like something until you try it, and going alone gives you the perfect opportunity to try something new.
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.
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.
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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Our Favorite Solo Hangouts
There are a few places across Walt Disney World and Disneyland that we love to hangout when we go to the parks alone.
At Walt Disney World Resort
Tom Sawyer Island- Magic Kingdom
Tom Sawyer Island is located across the Rivers of America, and can be seen from Frontierland and Liberty Square. This space is typically very quiet, allowing for a nice spot for solo travelers to relax.
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.
Echo Lake- Disney’s Hollywood Studios
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. You can walk the trail at your own pace and spend as much time as you like enjoying the animals.
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.
Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar- Disney Springs
Sitting outside at Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar is always a treat as a solo traveler. There is a small bar outside or you can take a table for yourself and enjoy the live music and views from the deck.
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.
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. Here you can grab a drink or a snack and enjoy the ambience of the movie-themed lounge.
Victoria Falls Lounge- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
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.
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At Disneyland Resort
Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe- Disneyland Park
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.
Lamplight Lounge- Disney California Adventure
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.
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.
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. Do not sleep on the lobster quesadilla, which is one of the best items to get at any Disney resort.
Via Napoli- The Downtown Disney District
Via Napoli 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.
Final Thoughts on Solo Disney Trips
No matter where you choose to go alone, you’re sure to have fun at the Disney parks! Just be sure to do what you want to do, not what you think others want to see you doing.
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.