Going to Disney World by yourself might seem scary at 1st, but its not as scary as you might think. Have you been to Disney World by yourself?
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I went to Disney by myself for the first time in January of 2018. Let me tell you, I had an absolute blast!! I could do whatever I wanted! I got the snacks I wanted, did the rides and shows I wanted, it's fantastic.
I love Disney by myself! Me and my husband go once a year now he may do the park one day with me and after that's it's bye..... Off to the magic. I use the photo pass I don't care where I am. You can make your way thru the crowds and find great places to see the fireworks and parades since you are by yourself.
I have taken a few trips with my aunt (who is NOT a Disney person!) when she has a conference at one of the WDW hotels. I can go to the parks during the day then she will meet me at a park for dinner and a ride or show that I know she will enjoy. The first trip I was a little nervous about being by myself in the parks (but I feel like the Disney parks are safer then some places, plus a Disney Theme Park is the ONLY place I don't get lost! lol) It is great being able to do what I want, like sit and watch the Fountain of Nations for as long as I want, and if I want to eat at Cosmic Rays everyday I can. Being in the parks solo can also be freeing...I found myself waving at characters during the parade (at almost 40 years old it was the first time I felt like a "kid" at Disney!)
A lot of good points . As of now will continue to go to Disney with my husband. If anything would happen to him & im still around would try to by myself. I would fear it but like you said small steps .
I thought about going to DW by myself as a 46 yr old man, but I chickened out and got a friend to come who wanted to go. It wasn't the fact of walking around solo or going on rides solo, it was going to eat at the restaurants and sitting down alone in a busy place that got me. I've read that quite a few people in this thread have gone by themselves but most if not all were women. It's a big difference between a woman going by themselves than a middle-aged man. Just saying. :)
Wow, I just noticed you're up to 7000 subscribers! Congratulations. We just returned a few days ago from our most recent WDW vacation, so I'm catching up on your videos! I've been to WDW twice solo, and really enjoyed both trips! It's amazing how friendly people are, and how they'll strike up a conversation with you. I did feel slightly awkward eating by myself at table service restaurants, but after a few times when I realized no one was paying any attention to me, I felt better about it. Honestly, while I love going with family & friends, I look forward to another solo trip in the future! It's really freeing knowing you can do whatever you want whenever you want!
I've never been By Myself to Disney. I've gone on 2 trips just hubby and me. But we now have a Son, so i wanna include him in Everything. There may b some Mom/Son Trips in the Future. I had 3 Father/daughter trips as a kid when mom was working.
I often spend days or even full week-long trips to Walt Disney World or other theme parks as a solo traveler.
If you're nervous about doing it yourself, I'd suggest maybe watching some vlogs of other theme park fans doing it themselves so you can see how much fun it is and how much nobody else cares if you're alone or not.
Obviously, you can see me doing some of this myself at my channel, Daffy Stardust, but there are others as well. Check out Christine at Ivy WinterYT and Nikky of Theme Park Hipster for encouragement and tips for solo travelers.
Solo traveling is great because you get to run your day EXACTLY HOW YOU WANT TO. Nobody gets to tell you what you have to ride next or make you stand up from where you're sitting or act impatient when you have to use the bathroom or want to spend time taking photos or video. If you make a mistake in your touring, you're not responsible for anybody else's inconvenience. It's so much easier to bounce back from setbacks when you're on your own.
I'm perfectly comfortable dining on my own and this is another way in which your autonomy is an advantage. If you're an adventurous eater then the world is your oyster! (mmmm oysters!) You can eat all of the crazy exotic stuff you want without feeling held back by anybody else's pickiness. If you yourself are a picky eater, then you get to go where you want without worrying you won't be able to find something you want on the menu!
Solo traveling is great! Give it a try!
When I did the Disney College Program I usually went to the parks alone and I loved it. I could do whatever I wanted, eat where I wanted, run around without waiting for others, and many other things that I could independently choose to do. It was also convenient for me to zip around people and find good viewing spots for nighttime spectaculars. I never ate at a table service restaurant alone but I didn't mind eating quick service by myself. Waiting in line for rides or characters by yourself can be a bit boring but it's always worth it! Do your best to get FastPasses so you don't have to wait too long.
I been on a solo trip before, my advice to make it less awkward is to remember the people you see at Disney you may Never see again, what are the chances of seeing the same person you send in line with every again? You see them for a few minutes and they are gone, no need to worry what they think after that because you will most likely won’t see them again. That what I said to myself when I went and when I ate by myself it didn’t bother me at all, knowing I’ll never see the people that might have looked at me weird again. Just keep going and you’ll be fine 🙂
I have been with my mom on all three of my trips to Disney and have gone to the parks by myself while she was in the hotel made me realize I'm never going to the parks alone because I honestly was lonely and its so much more fun experiencing it with friends or family but when I met minnie mouse she gave me so much love and attention more then the whole family before me so there are some bonuses
I went on an unplanned solo trip for princess weekend for a run. I was a little nervous at first since it only became a solo trip three days before so it wasn’t planned that way. It turned out amazing and would do it again in a heartbeat. The only strange part for me was at night in the room by myself since I have never done any traveling alone where I stayed in a hotel by myself.
Literally just got back from my 4th solo Disney trip p. Done WDW twice solo, Paris and Tokyo once. Love it! Did the Star Wars half marathon, love being able to do what I what. Not having to work around someone else, I talk to the cast members and other guest a lot more. Already looking at heading out to WDW for the run weekends and Tokyo next year. I admit I was a little anxious before my first dining reservations but within a few minutes I forgot why I was anxious. Michael your an inspiration to solo travellers and travellers out there, I say if you fancy giving it a go do it you definitely won't be disappointed!
There are pros and cons to going alone. I recently went with my family and due to some unforeseen circumstances ended up having two days in the parks alone. I missed my family and wished I had them there to enjoy things and share experiences, but there were times when I could just sit back, relax and decide what I wanted to do when I wanted. I could change my mind at a moments notice. I could take my time and not rush. Spend as Long as I wanted geeking out on whatever I chose and not have to worry that I'm holding someone up. In many ways it was so freeing and relaxing. I also dined alone numerous times and had no problems with that. I ate at Tokyo dining and Be Our Guest and Skipper Canteen. I didn't feel awkward or weird. And I took many many photo pass pictures without a second thought. Most people are so busy with their own thing they're not worried about you or what you're doing. I say just go have fun!
I know I would go more often if I was brave enough to go by myself. It isn't the awkwardness so much as experiencing something amazing and wishing I could share it with others. Part of me knows I would LOVE it because I would do things at my own pace that would otherwise drive people crazy. I just need to try it for a long weekend and see how it goes.
Spent 14-days on a Solo Trip it was awesome.
I even have a series currently running about Solo Disney World trips.
They can be quite a life enriching experience.
I just returned from WDW first solo trip thanks to inspiration from you Michael and I thank you so much! It was an awesome trip! I have always wanted to spend my birthday at the Magic Kingdom and I did that! I will definitely do more solo trips! Solo trips rock!
I went do Disney World alone for the opening of Pandora, the best trip ever. I was able to open Animal Kingdom on the second day. Being alone helped because I was able to cut the line for a "single rider" experience. I have another solo trip in the beginning of September this year. FOOD AND WINE!!!
Great advice Michael! I did a solo trip back in 2014 and although I did miss my family (who I adore) I had an absolutely awesome time! I did whatever I wanted and didn’t have to worry about anyone not wanting to do something. On a side note, I would joke with the cast members and asked if I could still get in the Single Rider line even though I was married and would hold up my wedding ring. Got some strange looks but most of them laughed. I might be doing a solo trip again next year!
I go to Disney solo all the time. Just look at my name! Some people have to just get out of the block and do it. I have a great time solo. I meet so many CM. As for other people they won't talk to a stranger. I have had some CM's that remember me.
Snow Queen AZ ...I’ve found that people on vacation, weekend breaks at Disney are very friendly, and very talkative, in great moods. At crowded counter services people often invite us to join them 👍 and we reciprocate when it’s reversed. That’s the magic of Disney! HAMD!
Michael, heading to WDW in November for my first solo tour! Rest of my family couldn't make it, so I'm treating myself to a relaxing adventure. Trying the Disney Dining Plan for the first time, too. Thanks for all the tips. Now off to my daughter's baby shower!
Great timing for this video Michael because my first "solo" trip is in November. I'm not at all worried about going on the rides by myself or dining. I have made plans for every day that include mostly counter service with the exception of Be Our Guest and Via Napoli for Lunch. I also went ahead and treated myself to the Very Merry Christmas Party (my main reason for going). I also have plans to get an "All-American Sundae" and just sit by myself in the hub and people watch. I will admit though that what I am anxious about is flying by myself and staying in the hotel overnight by myself. Going to Disney solo is the #1 item on my bucket list and I know I'm going to have a magical time! Thank you so much for all your videos, I've had the best time this past month watching all of them :)
I just did a solo birthday trip at the beginning of April and I honestly love traveling by myself. I've been to Disney more time alone than with people so my perception it's kind of skewed. But for the most part people what I found is people just think you're actually a cast member on your day off enjoying the parks. I met some amazing families amazing people I still talk to you on social media, if you're thinking about going so that when you see this DO IT. IT IS SO FREEING!
I LOVE going solo, and try to do that a couple times a year! I love going with my family, but it’s so nice to be able to do whatever you want, eat what and when you want, etc when you’re by yourself. I definitely feel more peaceful when I go alone, and can really take the time to appreciate where I’m at. 😊
I've been to Walt Disney World twice alone, and it happened exactly as you described it in the video. People asked me if I was traveling alone. At first I was a little apprehensive but the joy of being at Disney was so great that it overcame any fear I could feel. And the cast members were so kind to me. In addition I communicated with my family and friends posting photos and videos in real time through WhatsApp using the parks Wi-Fi, so I did not feel so alone. And I could do everything my way.
We recently had a solo traveler ask to sit wit us in animal kingdom. Her family went off and did something and she sat with us at lunch. It was awesome and come to find out her dad was from the same hometown as me. We spent the time talking about it! Great magical memory
I have never been solo, I would like to sometime but I would miss my son being with me. If I do try solo, I think I would be fine eating , riding and doing things by myself. I travel for work alone and I even do things at home alone just because my family doesn’t want to do everything I do.
I went alone last year for 10 days. It was awesome. I never had to rush, had time for tours, never had to rush and got everything I planned done and did many things I never planned on. I had the quick service plan and only ate at counter places. Next time I am going with my daughter in December. I'll use what I learned by myself. Your videos are a big helping. Thanks 🤓
I’ve more or less gone by myself. Took a trip with my dad when I was 16, mainly because you pay for the resort when you’re a minor, and he mostly stayed in the room and maybe went for two or three hours each day in a park so I always traveled to and from the parks by myself and scheduled the fast passes around my plans. I had more fun then than on my family trips tbh. Since I’m such a nerd I could spend 5 or 6 laps on the Peoplemover or just stop to take pictures of little details If I wanted and I know that wouldn’t fly too well with the rest of my family. My dad was willing to do whatever I wanted while he was in the parks though, but I was flexible to do anything he might have wanted to do. I want to take a proper solo trip soon, but #collegeisexpensive 😂
Last year, I went on my own for the first time and researching beforehand is how I found your channel! Your videos are great resources and I am so grateful to you for all the detail you put into them.
At Mission Space I had the chance to move to a single-rider standby area on a busy period and this little girl of 12-13 whines out “awww, I want to be a Single-rider!” And I turned to respond “it’s easy, kid, just don’t ever fall in love. When Prince Charming comes to your door, tell him ‘No thanks!’ And then you’ll always be a single rider!” Her parents laughed so hard and we ended up riding all together and having a great time.
Its definitely something that you get more comfortable with over time. Your channel inspired me to go to Walt Disney World for the first time by myself, I flew all the way from England and I was so nervous! But now I go and its totally fine.
I've been to WDW with family but took the bus to MK by myself. It's nice being with family, but being on your own, you feel so free! Everything at Disney just seemed so much more surreal. But the first time it is intimidating because you're used to going everywhere with someone. After that, one could argue it is even better than going with a group!
I was a little nervous about pictures, rides... but not dining! My first restaurant for dining on my last trip was Be Our Guest and I had an absolute marvelous time! I highly recommend just for that atmosphere and since you are alone food arrives very quickly!
Also, I asked the cast member for one last ride for Flight of Passage, with the last group of the night, just when the clock struck closing time and again, since I was a solo rider, they let me in!
I think going solo to Disney has been my absolute favorite!