Visiting Disney World Solo – Girl Style!
Have you ever been to the parks as a lady on a solo mission? Have you ever dreamed about it? Let me tell you, it is well worth doing! Going solo allows you a great chance to explore the parks at your own pace without a child demanding to ride Peter Pan’s Flight for the hundredth time or a significant other who doesn’t understand why you need to purchase that shirt, you already have one just like it at home! (Ummmm…no, honey my other one says 2011 and it is clearly 2012. Big difference!)
So what can you do while on your own at the parks. Well, whether it’s for an hour, a day, or an entire trip, here are a few things that you should do as a lady on a solo tour.
1. Single Rider Lines. A few of the major attractions have single rider lines which often offer shorter wait times than the traditional standby line. Rides such as Rock N’ Roller Coaster and Test Track offer single rider options. Go ahead, get in line. Heck ride it as many times as your stomach will allow!
2. Eat at the bar. A great thing to do when you are flying solo is to head to some of the fabulous bars and lounges on property to grab a bite to eat. Here you can sit at the bar and often get great insider info from the bar tenders. I have met some fabulous folks from all over the globe while sitting at the bars at Disney World. I really like the new La Cava De Tequila in the Mexico Pavilion in World Showcase. Munch on some chips and guac while you sip a margarita. Yum.
3. Check out the Shows. Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage, Finding Nemo the Musical and Festival of the Lion King are all really great shows and I think they are really cool to experience alone. You don’t have anyone to talk to and can really get absorbed in the action on stage. It’s a great way to treat yourself to something really enjoyable.
4. Shopping. There is probably no better thing to do alone than to stroll around Downtown Disney by yourself. Peek in all the shops, skip the stuff you aren’t interested in. Grab an ice cream at Ghiradelli and sit by the water to eat. It can be very relaxing to be alone in Downtown Disney.
5. Resort hop. Hop aboard the monorail and tour each of the resorts on the line. Grab a snack at each one. End in time to sit on the beach at the Polynesian and watch the fireworks. Check out some of Chip’s articles on Resort Hopping here.
6. Ride the attractions you choose. There really is nothing better than a touring plan dedicated only to your like. My husband loves Expedition Everest, and I used to love it too, but as I’ve aged I just can’t do it more than once. When I’m with him I feel obligated to ride it several times. When I am solo, I can ride Kali River a million times but can skip Everest without any guilt. There really is something to be said for that!
7. Sit Still. That’s right. Just sit and watch the world go by. I love to do this in Frontierland at the Magic Kingdom while eating a dole whip. I love watching people who just came of splash mountain for the first time. I love listening to the meaningless chatter, I just love people watching! It’s not something I really get to do when I am with a group.
8. Make new friends. The times I have been alone in line I always end up talking to strangers. One great memory I have is of being in line for Splash Mountain alone. The family behind me was on their first trip to Disney from India! The mother was very nervous about going on splash. I explained the ride to her and calmed her fears. We ended up in the same long. At the end of the ride I turned around and she was smiling ear to ear and gave me a thumbs up! So glad I struck up a conversation.
9. Rent something. Rent a SeaRaycer and explore bay lake or Seven Seas Lagoon. Rent a bike and tour Fort Wilderness. Rent a horse and go for a trail ride. It is all up to you. These things offer a great way to get out of the parks and enjoy the other stuff Disney has to offer.
10. Go to the spa! There is nothing better for a lady going solo to do than go to the spa! Go ahead, get that massage! You deserve it!
There are some of the things I like to do when I have some Mommy time at the parks. Have you ever going to the Disney Parks Solo? What are some of the things you did? Let us know in the comment box below.
- 5 Things to Do When Not in WDW to get your Disney Fix! (chipandco.com)
- Single Rider Line on Expedition Everest! (mydreamsofdisney.com)