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Why You Should Take That Solo Trip to Disney

We love going to Walt Disney World with our family and friends. There is something special about experiencing the magic together and sharing those memories for years to come. While we love hanging out at Walt Disney World together, there is also something great about visiting the magic solo.

If you have ever thought about heading to Walt Disney World on a solo trip, we encourage you to do just that. Book that solo trip! There are so many great things that come out of a solo trip, and we want you to enjoy all of it.

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Your Goals Are Priority

When traveling to Walt Disney World as a group, you must work together to ensure everyone can experience what they want. Compromises have to happen to ensure that those essential rides and experiences aren’t missed out on.

As you travel solo, you don’t have to make any compromises. Your goals are the focus of your trip, meaning you can do whatever you want, whenever you want. Traveling solo gives you a true sense of freedom as you do whatever you want. Grab the Mickey pretzel, catch the Festival of Fantasy Parade, or take a nap at your Resort. No matter what you want, traveling solo allows you to do it.

Your Speed

Another huge advantage of a solo trip is that you can experience Disney magic at your speed. You may travel with early birds that like to get to the Disney Parks for rope drop. During your solo trip, you can determine if you want to rope drop the Parks or if you would rather than a slow start to the day enjoying breakfast or a dip at the pool.

Maybe you are used to traveling with little ones that can’t go as fast as you would like or won’t stay up late. By traveling solo, you can determine if you want to stay for the fireworks or not. It never fails that when you are traveling with a group, some are faster or slower than others. This can make touring Disney Parks difficult. Being solo means you can have your speed no matter what that speed is for you.

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Single Rider

Traveling alone, you can take advantage of the single-rider lines throughout Disney Parks. Even though there aren’t many of these offered, they provide a great advantage. Single rider lines are where those traveling solo or those not worried about sitting with specific people can enter.

These rides typically move faster than the regular lines. Right now, Guests can find single-rider lines at Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. In EPCOT, Test Track offers a single-rider line, and Expedition Everest has a single-rider line at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Take advantage of these single-rider lines when traveling solo for lower wait times. It is also a fun way to meet other solo travelers.

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Special Experience

Take advantage of some special events offered throughout Walt Disney World when traveling solo. These extraordinary experiences are costly for a whole family, but it can be much easier when you only have to pay for one ticket. Some of these experiences have age restrictions or are long-lasting, making them unsuitable for families. As a solo traveler, you can determine what works best for you.


Consider looking into some of the After Hours Events. These are currently happening at both Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. They provide Guests with three extra hours in the Parks after they close to regular Park Guests.

Other experiences to look into would be the tours. There are a variety of tours offered at Disney that allow Guests to get a little look at the magic behind the scenes. Pick something that interests you and see if there is a tour that would help you learn more about that part of Disney.

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Because you are alone, you can take time enjoying your Disney Resort. Sleep in, have a good breakfast and relax at the pool. Walt Disney World is magical; part of that magic is found at Disney Resorts. Slow down during your solo trip to enjoy people-watching, relaxing, and enjoying the unique beauty of Disney Resorts.

You don’t have to get caught up in the rush of Disney Parks when traveling alone. You can choose what you want to do without asking anyone else. Take advantage of this by allowing yourself to refresh and relax.

Do the Small Things

A solo trip is a time to do everything you have always wanted to, but no one else did. This might be walking around and enjoying all the shops. Maybe you take time to enjoy lesser-known experiences such as Walt Disney Presents in Disney’s Hollywood Studios or strolling down Main Street, U.S.A., in Magic Kingdom.

You no longer have to skip out on your to-do list because no one else wants to do it. Now you can visit all those experiences you have only been thinking about.

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Visit the Lounges

Finally, when traveling solo, take time to visit the lounges. These are great locations to grab a small bite to eat, drink, and people-watch. Although kids are allowed in the lounges until late at night, finding something for them to enjoy can be challenging. Enjoy the well-themed lounges such as Oga’s Canteen, Enchanted Rose, or Trader Sam’s during your solo trip. These are so much fun and great for solo travelers.

If you have been thinking about a solo trip to Walt Disney World, we hope these points helped convince you to book the trip.


Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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