My Guide to Doing Disney Alone
Happy Wednesday, friends! I hope you all are having a great week! Does anyone else feel like this week is going super slow, but it's also extremely busy and you don't know how it's already Wednesday? That's been me this week. I'm super excited for Princess Half Marathon this weekend, but it's also been crazy at work and life and I'm so ready for a break at Disney. One of my favorite things to do when I just need a break is to go to Disney for the day alone. Yes, I said alone. A single rider. Party of one. And most of the time just for the day. I'm lucky that I live close enough to the parks that a day trip is totally feasible.
There's a few tips you should keep in mind when doing Disney alone.
1. Do whatever YOU want!
You do not have to ask your group anything. If all you want to do that day is ride It's A Small World and eat Mickey's Premium Bars then do it!
2. Try things you wouldn't normally do.
This obviously goes against tip 1, but there are things I do when I'm alone at Disney that I usually don't do when I'm with my family or friends. One of those things is climbing up the Swiss Family Tree House. The views of Magic Kingdom from up there is amazing, but my family would HATE climbing up all of those stairs (as do most people, which is why it NEVER has a wait).
3. Spend time talking to other people.
If you're like me then you can talk to just about anyone. One of the things I love doing when I'm at the parks alone is talking to people in line with me while we are waiting for rides or characters. I've been able to meet some really incredible people in those few minutes. I usually say I am a Disney blogger, and I end up getting the "20 Questions" but I don't mind. Especially if it's going to help that family have a more magical vacation!
4. Take lots of pictures!
This might seem like it's going to be hard, but any Photopass Cast Member will gladly take a photo for you, and sometimes other Cast Members will, depending on their role. Just use your judgement on that last one. A lot of the time when I'm going alone I'm going to take pictures for the blog here, or Instagram. So being able to freely wander the parks and not worry about stopping every few feet is really great for me. And I don't feel like I'm holding my whole group up that way.
While these are a good tips, if I do say so myself, there is also a strategy and a plan to going alone sometimes. There are some days when I'm going to just take pictures, and other days I'm just going to enjoy the parks. After you decide the purpose of your solo trip, plan out a few Fast Passes like you would any other trip, but I would try to make them for rides that don't have a single rider line. If you do end up having to wait in stand-by for something, once you get close to the front, listen for CM's to call out for parties of 2 or less. You can and most likely will skip a lot of people by paying attention.
My favorite thing about going alone to Disney, besides not having to share my corn dog nuggets, is not having to wait 45 minutes in one spot for Festival of Fantasy at Magic Kingdom. I decide earlier in the afternoon where I want to watch from, usually Frontierland, and as a party of one there's usually a spot up front about 5 minutes before the parade starts. But DO NOT push your way to the front! We all hate when other families do that right before the parade, so be respectful, ALWAYS!
Friends, I love doing the Walt Disney World parks alone. There's so much to see and explore! Let me know in the comments if you go to the parks as a single rider and what you like to do!
Be Magical Today!