After my divorce in 2010, I desperately needed to get away and regroup. Given my love (ok – crazy obsession) for all things Disney, it was an easy conclusion that Walt Disney World was my destination of choice. This was my first of many memorable and fun solo trips to the World. I was surprised how different traveling by myself compared with a group was. If you’re thinking of taking the dip into solo travel, here are a few of the many advantages to keep in mind.
Walt Disney World Bucket List
Is there a Backstage Tour you have been dying to go on? What about an on-property restaurant you have always wanted to try? Personally, when traveling with a group it was always difficult to plan any extra activities outside of park hopping. Often, not everyone wanted to participate or finances would prove prohibitive.
Solo traveling was the perfect excuse to finally experience many of the Disney extras I dreamed about. For example, I enjoyed the Illuminations Fireworks Cruise, booked the special Halloween horse carriage ride at Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground, had a special dinner at The California Grill, and was able to take a ton of great Backstage Tours. Solo traveling is the perfect time to cross things off your Walt Disney World Bucket List!
Take Time for Yourself
It always feels good to pamper yourself and being a solo traveler at Walt Disney World is the absolute perfect time to indulge. When traveling with a party, I have found that there is normally so much pressure to stay together as a group. Having downtime or doing any type of individual activity is almost impossible.
When you travel solo, you only worry about the things you want to do. I have never been
able to relax and have a spa day when I travel as part of a group, but when I traveled solo, I had the opportunity to enjoy spa days across Walt Disney World property. I was also able to enjoy an in-room massage at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.
You’re Never Truly Alone
The best part about traveling solo to Walt Disney World is that you are truly never alone. If you feel the need for a little bit of conversation there’s always cheerful Cast Members or guests. I was surprised by the amount of random people I ended up speaking with while traveling alone.
Not only did I meet some wonderful guests, but I ended up speaking with one of the Cast Members who designed the Kim Possible Experience in Epcot, a show manager for the Magic Kingdom’s afternoon parade, and a Cast Member from the quality control department. In fact, one of my most treasured memories was after the Lunch with an Imaginer experience. I stayed behind to help the Imagineer pack up. He ended up taking
me on a tour behind the scenes to visit one of the Imagineering trailers. I meant more Imagineers and was sent home with some special goodies! It truly was a once in lifetime experience.
If you are thinking about traveling solo – go for it!! Have you every traveled to the World by yourself? What was your favorite experience? Go to the WDW Radio Clubhouse page on Facebook and let us know!
My name in Erin Stough. I’m an avid bookworm and Hogwarts student wannabe. My first trip to “the World” was in third grade and I’ve been hooked since. My love for obscure Walt Disney World trivia, back stories (especially about the resort properties), and details led to my writing for the WDW Radio blog since early 2016. I became a proud Disney Vacation Club member in 2004 and my husband and I discovered (and fell in love with) the Disney Cruise Line in 2013. When my nose is not buried in a book, I love listening to new arrangements of classic Disney songs, watching Disney live action movies from the 60’s and early 70’s, and spending time with family.