You may be wondering if it is safe and okay to travel alone to Disney?
Having traveled to Walt Disney World alone on many occasions, I can understand that it can be overwhelming for first-time solo travelers.
Its expansive parks and infinite options don’t just confuse but also daze.
Popular all across the world, the parks are always crowded with Disney fans which include kids, adults, and even seniors.
While I resonate with the nervousness, I assure you that once you step inside this magical place, you will forget everything and just let your hair down.
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Safety Tips for Disney World at a Glance:
- There are undercover officers, driving patrols, walking patrols, and more at Disney World
- Your entire trip will be within Disney. All you will need to do is land on the airport, board your transportation, and check into the hotel.
- Choose the best hotel or resort for your solo trip
- Have a plan in advance to help you prioritize what can be missed and what is strictly unmissable.
- Keep in touch with your love ones or someone that’s close with you.
- Take lots of photos and have an amazing Walt Disney World vacation!
Keep reading to get the full solo travel safety tips guide on doing Disney World ALONE like a pro!
Is Disney World Safe for Solo Female Travelers?
The answer is yes.
Walt Disney World is the safest place to be in Orlando. While the chances of crimes may not be 100% squashed, they are extremely rare.
All thanks to the tight security and inconspicuous camera coverage.
In addition to that, there are many other ways that WDW takes to guarantee your safety. Entry to all parks begins with security clearance.
There are undercover officers, driving patrols, walking patrols, trained police dogs, and one-way mirrors too.
Disney-owned resorts have their own security kiosks where it is mandatory to show IDs to get an entry.
A noticeable police presence can be seen at Disney Springs too, where patrolling is done with aforementioned trained dogs.
Luckily, there are things you can do to avoid that. Read what this solo Disney traveler had to say below:
“Most of my family and friends tried to change my mind or discourage me from traveling so far by myself, but reading your blog put those doubts and fears to rest. I had one of the most freeing experiences of my life at Disney World and Universal Studios.”Lisi – From American Samoa
With tight security as such, the only crime that is often heard of now and then is theft.
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10 Safety Tips for Traveling Alone for the First Time to Disney World
It’s best to stay informed on some of the extra safety steps and you will dodge all kinds of, probable and less probable, bad situations.
These safety measures will also give you a sense of security and you will feel more confident about traveling alone.
With that said, let us get down to safety tips for traveling alone to Disney World!
1. Go Informed
Disney World is among the most-talked-about travel destinations.
Having heard its name a lot can trick anyone, including you and me, into thinking that we know everything there is to know about it.
This overconfidence almost got me! And then I sat down to learn about its rides.
That is when I realized how little I knew about the parks (still learning to this day), their rules, their routes, variety of passes, and even their timings.
Which is why my first safety tip for traveling alone is to do the homework and learn all about Disney World, especially:
- Busy hours and crowd levels
- Benefits of staying on/off site for you
- Names of all Disney complexes and resorts
- Differences between all Disney complexes and resorts
- Disney transit system
- Alcohol and drinking rules
- Differences between Disney and non-Disney hotels at WDW
- What is Genie+ and how to use it
- Attractions other than rides
- On-site dining options
Doing in-depth research will help you make informed decisions, such as where to stay, what to explore, best transit options, etc.
2. Stay on Disney World Property
Staying on-site will reassure the Disney Protection Bubble.
If your budget allows, or the idea makes you feel more at ease about traveling to Disney World alone, then go for it and stay on site.
3. Pick the Right Hotel
Choosing the best hotel or resort will depend on whether you are planning to visit one park or more.
But if you plan to visit just Magic Kingdom, pick a monorail resort for easy access to the park.
4. Have a Plan and Book in Advance
Having a plan in advance will help you prioritize what can be missed and what is strictly unmissable.
A pre-planned trip will allow advanced bookings and the benefits of doing are many.
No more standing in long queues (hint Genie+), well-planned itineraries for each day, and no last-minute rushes are few of them.
By booking in advance, you will be prepared to handle setbacks like limited budget, theft, losing valuables, or even losing your way.
So, book everything before strapping on your mouse ears.
You will feel sorted and more at ease about your solo trip to Disney World.
5. Be Street Smart
When I was planning my earlier trips, the caveat I heard the most was to be street smart lest I could get into trouble.
This is one of the most important safety tips to keep in mind.
Perhaps, this is the most circulated travel safety tip for solo women. Nevertheless, it is the most important one too.
What does is it mean to be street smart, especially at Disney World?
It simply means to be aware of the surroundings, learning first-hand about the destination, and being able to navigate it more confidently.
This certainly does not mean to be overly cautious. The idea is to keep your wits about you, but enjoy the vacation.
How to be Street Smart?
You can be street smart by:
- carrying money/debit cards in your front pocket
- knowing where your phone is
- keeping emergency numbers on speed dial
- staying away from poorly-lit areas
- not trusting everyone
Also, if you do bring a backpack into the park, keep your wallet further down and not close to the top where someone could easily pull it out without your awareness.
Do not let your headphones drown you out.
Be present – to keep safe and to enjoy the Happiest Place on Earth to the fullest.
These basic survival skills will make you more adaptable. You will able to explore the Walt Disney World like you have always belonged there (which you have).
6. Get the Disney App and Know How to Use It
“My Disney Experience Mobile App” is available on both Android and Apple devices.
It is designed to help Disney guests with planning, exploring, and enhancing their vacation.
The app is a directory of all the important information about the four parks.
The app also works as a virtual assistant, planner, and manager. You can select, buy, and modify Genie+ experiences on it.
It has a dedicated itinerary section where all your reservations are kept organized. Just turn to them whenever in need.
The app also provides the option to share the curated itinerary with your friends and family! Check that as one of the top solo travel safety tips.
And lastly, you will be able to check-in online before even arriving at Disney World. It will make your arrival a lot smoother.
Everything you need to know about the Walt Disney World is on this application.
7. Prepare for Unpredictable Weather
Weather is an important aspect of a vacation. It has the power to make or break the trip.
Having said that, always check future weather statistics to pack the right clothes, shoes, and accessories.
In addition to this, be prepared for unpredictable weather such as extreme heat or heavy downpour.
Always pack an umbrella and sunscreen, regardless of which season it may be.
Preparing for unpredictable weather and carrying essentials will keep your trip safe from being destroyed. You will not be taken aback or disappointed.
8. Let People Know Where You Are
Keep in touch with your love ones or someone that’s close with you. This is one of the most important safety tips for your solo trip to Orlando.
As mentioned earlier, tighter security measures have also been added to the Disney Park protocols.
However, I recommend letting people know what your itinerary is, the park you will be attending, and ways to contact you.
9. Know Where to Find Help
The last of my safety tips for traveling alone to Disney World is that you should know where to head when in need of help.
Be it a theft report or medical emergency, you should know where to find help.
Disney provides in-room medical services to its guests, but emergencies can come anywhere, even on a ride.
The idea is not to scare you, but to prepared for all kinds of mishaps.
There are First Aid Stations on all parks.
You will find them on the map of the Disney app.
They are equipped with pain relievers, ice packs, band-aids, and other solutions to medical problems.
The urgent care, Centra Care, is also available near the Walt Disney World Resort.
If nothing else works, you can always ask for help from any Cast Member.
Hipster Power Tip: Don’t forget to pack your common or prescribed medications for your trip.
If your problem is related to losing a phone, wallet, or any other valuable, the first solution is to trace your way back and see if you can find it.
Then ask for cast assistance. Give it some time and then contact Disney World Lost and Found. The number to their Lost and Found is (407) 824-4245.
There is no guarantee you will get your valuable back, but at least you will have a choice to increase the chances.
10. Purchase Disney Travel Insurance
This may be one of the most important things you should consider putting on your solo travel safety tips must-do list without certainty.
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Tackling the First Solo Trip to Walt Disney World
I remember my first trip to The Most Magical Place on Earth as a solo female traveler. It was both, exciting and scary.
So, I did a lot of research on safety tips for traveling alone to Disney World.
Knowing how to keep myself safe didn’t just help me at the WDW, but also eased my nervousness before the trip.
I know many Disney fans who long to spend a week at The Most Magical Place on Earth.
But as you have read, the idea makes them too anxious, the plan freezes.
Which is why I am going to answer a few questions for you that helped me in hope that they will help my fellow female travelers (you) too.
Read on to feel independent, encouraged, and empowered to go on the adventure, alone.
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What to Know Before You Go to Disney World Alone
Perhaps, I should first answer the most important question that may have popped up repeatedly in your head.
Is it odd to go Disney World alone? Will I enjoy it?
The idea of traveling Disney Alone may be off-putting since stereotypically it is a ‘family’ place.
But as you step into the happiest place, you will not be able to help but enjoy your time there.
Disney World is brimming with things to do.
There will be very little time to overthink your solo-situation. Plus, you will find yourself among many solo Disney travelers and the idea won’t feel too weird then.
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Is staying at a Disney World hotel?
Yes, it is worth it to stay on Disney World property. It makes a trip to Disney World easier, safer, and convenient.
By staying onsite, you also enjoy benefits like Extra Magic Hours, Disney transportation, and more!
What is the best time to visit Walt Disney World?
If you want to ditch the crowd, travel during the second week of January. It will be less crowded and inexpensive, but some rides may be closed for refurbishment.
I am 18, can I travel Disney World alone?
Yes, both from age requirement and safety perspective.
An 18-year old can travel alone to Disney World. As you can also book a room at certain Walt Disney World resorts.
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My Final Thoughts on Being Safe on Your Solo Trip to Disney World
The idea of traveling the massive Walt Disney World Resort alone for the first time can be overwhelming. But don’t let it change your mind.
Instead, read about all the Disney travel tips you’ll need on how to keep safe and how to plan for everything while you are at the parks.
One part of this solo trip is to explore, and the other is to discover your potential.
So, set forth, traverse the zigzagging, mind I say magical, paths and return an empowered individual!
Until next time, Happy Park Hopping Hipsters!
About the Author
Traveling alone to the parks has changed my life and I want to show how you can create your own solo theme park memories.
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(Original Article Date: February 18, 2020/Updated on February 13, 2024)