Fantastic Disney Tips for Solo Travelers
I’m one of those people who can go to a movie by myself. Even though I’m happily married, I still sometimes do this.
My wife’s quite good at letting me know when she’s not interested in a title. So, I downsize my popcorn order to small and enjoy the show.
Similarly, I sometimes spend time at Disney alone. Usually, it happens when she’s napping, or I’m on a work trip. And I have to say that I find these trips fun. Sorry, beloved.
Here are a few Disney tips for solo park visitors.
Have a Plan
Have you ever worked at a mall or know someone who did? There’s nothing such workers dislike more than the folks who randomly roam.
There they are, purposeless and swaying in the breeze. Maybe they’ll go to Cinnabon, or perhaps they’ll try to unlock the mystery Victoria is hiding. Nobody knows, especially not them.
Don’t be that person at a theme park, my friends. Disney visits aren’t cheap, even when you’re an annual passholder.
Before you arrive at the park, you should formulate a plan. First, determine the rides that are must-do experiences and prioritize them.
When you’re by yourself, you don’t have to compromise! So in a way, it’s the perfect day at the park!
For once, you’re not settling on rides. I mean the ones that others love but you deem just okay.
This is your dream visit. Pick what you want and really go for it! After all, you control the pace of the park visit, too. So, you can go as fast as you want.
Also, you should buy and use Park Hopper. That way, you’ll have your choice of every Disney attraction.
Plus, you can catch your breath while riding Disney transportation.
Disney has nearly perfected My Disney Experience. You can do virtually everything via your phone now.
With this app, you can unlock your hotel room door, enter theme parks via MagicMobile, order food via Mobile Ordering, and so much more.
The new virtual assistant, Disney Genie, will even inform you of anything you need to know about the parks.
Realistically, you only need to carry some form of identification and your phone as a bare minimum.
Obviously, you’ll probably want your ID in a wallet unless your smartphone case holds one. You also might keep multiple credit cards in case of hiccups.
Then, there are park essentials like sunglasses, sunscreen, and maybe a rain slicker.
With those last two, simply check the weather before you head out. Then, you’ll know whether either one is necessary.
I’d also suggest earbuds so you can listen to music and watch videos/TikToks during your visit.
Also, you should pack a charger or backup battery since you’ll rely on your phone so much.
Finally, you may need car keys, depending on your travel status. However, I’d suggest a Lyft/Uber. It’ll cost about the same as parking fees.
Remember Single Rider!
As a solo traveler, you will be a Single Rider on everything. Some attractions will reward you for this.
You’ll find exclusive Single Rider lines at the following attractions:
- Expedition Everest
- Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
- Test Track
With Test Track, you will miss the ride creation part of the experience.
Conversely, everything plays out the same at Expedition Everest and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.
At Millennium Falcon, you’ll perform your mission with a set of strangers in the cockpit, but that’s okay! You’re gonna do that anyway.
So, Test Track is the only ride where you might even hesitate on Single Rider. At the other three attractions, you could save 45 minutes by using it!
Stay Hydrated and Full
As the absent-minded professor cliché come to life, I sometimes forget to eat. Unfortunately, that’s a real thing with me.
My late father had to train me to schedule lunch lest I only eat one meal a day.
The same crippling personality flaw applies at Disney. As a result, I can sometimes get very sleepy, only recognizing at the last moment that my fuel tank is empty.
Conversely, hydration is one way I’m more attentive than most. I once had a 6-8 friend suffer heat stroke and collapse on my 5-2 wife.
Ever since then, I’ve taken hydration quite seriously.
We recently moved, and the various delivery people took amusement in how quickly I’d toss them bottled water. I’m that guy.
During your visit, you should remain similarly vigilant, as Florida worthy often hovers north of 80 degrees and often reaches 100 degrees.
You do NOT want to go without food or water for long stretches on those days. Instead, I’d recommend that you set reminders on your phone.
Pop-up notifications will tell you when it’s time to eat or drink, and you’ll instantly feel better when you do.
My final tip here is to luxuriate as much as humanly possible. You’re spending your dream day at Disney, and you don’t answer to anybody!
You’ll face a plethora of options on the best ways to spend your time. Don’t get completely locked in on rides and other attractions. Remember the other stuff!
You could spend your time exploring the wonders of the World Showcase.
Solo travelers can eat, drink, and shop here until they almost forget about rides. Similarly, you could go to Disney’s BoardWalk or Disney Springs to do the same.
Disney Springs also offers other entertainment like the Aerophile, Amphicars, and ILMxLAB’s Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge at Meta Quest 2 VR Experience.
Alternatively, you could consider more decadent experiences. For example, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa hosts Senses Spa.
You’ll find spas at multiple Disney resorts, providing you with ample opportunities to enjoy a spa day.
If you’re spending several days at Disney, that’s a terrific way to treat yourself!
Also, you should know that some people pool resources for Disney VIP Tours. Generally, these tours cost $4,000 or more.
However, up to 10 people can participate. On some Disney groups, you’ll find people looking to split the VIP Tour cost.
That would drop your price into the $400 range. In exchange, you’d have the run of the parks for seven hours, skipping the line at most attractions.
These are the types of ways you can zhush up your solo Disney visit.
Remember, you’re in charge, and you deserve the best possible vacation at the Most Magical Place on Earth!
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