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Todd here. You don’t have to read this on the show, as it sounds like I’m a loser (unfortunately). But I had a question for you. I was supposed to be going with a friend to The World in November, but now that person has backed out and it’s been impossible to find a replacement. So, as it were, I’m not passing on this opportunity, as I love going to Disney World. So, I was wondering, do you have any tips for going solo? I’ll be there the 12-19th. I know I won’t get bored, but going by myself could probably get overwhelming. Any suggestions on how to make the best out of this situation? I have a 5-day Park Hopper pass and am staying at Art of Animation. Thanks for any advice and I absolutely love the show.
Hi, Todd! My name is Blake, and I’m part of the WDW Radio Blog team. Don’t worry one bit; you’re not a loser at all. Traveling solo to Walt Disney World is actually more common than you’d think, and offers a multitude of opportunities to make this completely unique from any visit you’ve had before. I took a solo trip this past January myself and had the same trepidation you did.
First and foremost, rid yourself of any insecurity you may be feeling. You won’t be treated any differently because you’re visiting by yourself. If anything, you’ll receive an even greater royal treatment than you ordinarily would. From Cast Members to characters, you will have a blast. From a touring perspective, you’ll find that you have a lot more freedom to go with the flow. In traveling with other people, many plans need to be set in stone early on and can be difficult to change, whether it’s FastPass+, dining reservations, or simply choosing what to do and when. By yourself, it’s realistic and enjoyable to have the freedom of not being restricted to a concrete itinerary. If you want to change things up as you go, that’s possible because you’re only accommodating one person.
WDW Radio has dived deeper into this topic in the past, and I would definitely encourage you to check out these resources. They are full of great information!
- Earlier this year, Lou discussed visiting WDW solo in Show #441.
- Kendall wrote a post in 2014 about some big decisions you can make as a single traveler and the experiences at your fingertips.
- I wrote in further detail about my recent solo trip a few months ago, including the unexpected benefits of being by yourself.
- Lastly, below I’m embedding a travelogue I pieced together of some of the relaxing sights and sounds I was able to soak in because I was by myself and didn’t have an agenda to keep.
I hope this was helpful to you, Todd, and all of our readers who are considering a solo vacation to Walt Disney World.
(Photos and video from the author’s personal collection.)
Have you ever taken a solo Disney trip? What tips would you give someone who is thinking about it?
Blake graduated Appalachian State University studying Electronic Media Broadcasting and Film. He is currently a participant of the Disney College Program. Blake’s favorite attraction is the hub grass. You can find him on Twitter @blake_242 or at BlakeOnline.com.