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  • [Question] WDW by myself?

    Has anyone ever done WDW by themselves for 3-5 days? I'm registered to go to Botcon at the Dolphon hotel in June and was planning to hit up the parks before the convention, but my family and close friends are unable to go during that time. So I'm considering going alone.

    I've been to WDW before, most recently in 2008, but was with my ex at the time. So I know where everything is and the things I'd like to do, but am more worried about being seated with people I don't know at meals (I can be kinda shy) and on rides and such.

    So I was just wondering how people handled the parks by themselves and if they have any tips or tricks or anything?
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    I've often done the parks alone. It might seem odd at first, but you just have to realize that nobody will care, and you are there to enjoy yourself. The parks can be fun alone, and you can get into single rider lines and not have to worry about family and friends waiting for you.

    Just make the best of it and enjoy it.

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    • #3
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      I love touring the parks by myself. It's traveling on a plane to get there by myself that seemed strange the first time I did it.
      BarbaraAnn

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      • #4
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        i used to go to a convention in Orlando in late January every year for about 7 years and I was always be myself. I was usually there for a week and loved it. Its a great opportunity to take pictures without holding up those in your party and an awesome opportunity to explore Animal Kingdom. The animal exhibits are set up like zoo or museum displays with lots of reading (if you're into that-I am). When I'm with others at AK, I usually have to skip all the info because the group wants to keep moving. When you're by yourself there's noone to push you along. As far as eating was concerned, I never ate at a table service by myself, opting for the non burger counter service places. Usually I pick a table overlooking the passing masses which makes for great entertainment itself. Other than sitting next to strangers in theatre attractions, I was never grouped with others on moving attractions. Even if you are, WDW is such a happy place that you'll end up talking with others even if you are shy. Heck you're talking to strangers on these boards...You're going to be fine, and in fact, you'll probably end up spoiled. When I was 23, I flew clear across the country (from Maine to LA) on a vacation by myself, and spent almost every minute of it at DL by myself. I had a blast and met lots of great people. Have a Ball!!!
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        • #5
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          Actually, I was thinking about posting this question to everybody myself at some point in the future - thanks for beating me to it. My family enjoys Disney but they're not as crazy as I am and I think that I may end up planning a solo trip this year. At first, I thought it sounded like an awful idea but now I'm thinking it would allow me to see more of the parks than I normally do. From some of the posts I've read on this site, I think there are more than a few of you who do this from time to time. Hopefully, you folks will get on and leave us with a bit of wisdom on the subject.

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          • #6
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            I went by myself to WDW for 10 days. This was also my first time there, I had no problems at all. I love going to the parks by myself. You get to do what you want when you want!! I think the only time I ate with some other party was at Biergarten in Epcot, but that is German tradition!

            I even did 4 character meals, I just had to ask other guests or a CM to take my pic with the characters. But they were all very gracious.

            I live 5 minutes from DL so I always go by myself and love it.
            Keith





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            • #7
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              I once made a last minute PS for Chef Mickey's. When they saw that I was by myself, I got the royal treatment. I often eat alone on vacation. Yes, sharing meals with family and friends is the preferred way. However, eating alone has it's advantages as well.

              Touring the parks alone also has it's advantages. There's just once choice, and it's all yours. No pouting, frowning, clock watching, complaining, rolled eyes, and
              "when are we........." comments by other members of your party.
              BarbaraAnn

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              • #8
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                I've done a park by myself and loved it. I don't know how I'd feel about 3-5 days alone. I think I'd get quite lonely. However, every now and then just having the park to yourself and doing only what you want to do is nice. Ride whatever rides you want, when you want, etc...

                That said, by the end of the day I found myself starting to get lonely and wished I had someone with me to experience it with. However, from time to time its a great way of doing things, especially if you're wanting to experience more of the smaller details that others might not have an interest in.

                For example I've never explored Tom Sawyer's Island, I've never ridden the train, I've never taken the Steamboat, I've never watched a lot of the movies in World Showcase. I've never done most of these things, because the people I travel with have no interest in them, so we focus on the things we all have an interest in. I'd love to one day visit those parks alone and explore all those little details as slowly as I want.

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                • #9
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                  An unfulfilled fantasy of mine, I can't think of anything more heavenly than to go alone, and linger when I want, rush when I want, indulge every little whim,

                  *sighs*
                  *ditches family and sneaks out of house to go Disney alone*...

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                  • #10
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                    I've done several WDW trips alone, and with others, and have always had a great time. There are positives and negatives to both, but either way you're at Walt Disney World, so it is hard to go wrong.
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                    • #11
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                      Thanks everyone for the advice so far!! It's greatly apperciated!
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                      D23 Charter Member - 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

                      WDW Trips: June 2012, 2010, 2008, 2007, 1997, 1996, 1994

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                      • #12
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                        I go to WDW all the time by myself. I love it. I feel safe and eat by myself at sit down restaurants all the time. I spend most of my time at Epcot’s World Showcase. Eating?
                        I do the rides and shows and don’t feel self conscious. You can do whatever you want. I notice now when I visit with others that it can be hard to stay on schedule. I don’t have that problem with me, because it’s all my schedule, hah!
                        Most people are too busy having their own fun that they don’t even see you.
                        The only caution as a female single would be the resort you choose. I feel more comfortable in the higher end resorts and I also like to spend extra for valet parking so I don’t have to be in the parking lots by myself.
                        Once as a single, I met three other singles trying to ‘walk in’ to Le Celliar, Canada’s impossible to get into restaurant. With the help of the hostess the four of us joined together and had a wonderful meal together.
                        I know you will enjoy your trip. Give us a trip report when you get back.

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                        • #13
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                          I live right by DL too and usually 95% of the time I go by myself, so I have been thinking about WDW by myself for awhile. I guess it will come down to money in the end.

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                          • #14
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                            I did a solo trip last May. Well, almost solo; I met a nice lady and her daughter in line, and spent a day and a half touring the parks with them. Also met a couple for lunch at World Showcase (the site disboards.com has lots of people looking to meet in the parks). If you don't want to do the entire trip solo, another possibility is the site MeetUp.com. If you join their Orlando/Disney group, they have periodic events at WDW. You can also schedule your own event (I think) and invite people to show up.

                            I also enjoyed the solo portion of my trip. Great for making your own schedule, doing your favorites multiple times, and taking advantage of the single rider line. 3-5 days is a good amount of time to go (probably not enough time to feel lonely), but as I mentioned, it's easy to talk to people in the queues -- they have nothing to do there but wait!

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                            • #15
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                              I always go to WDW by myself. That way I see what I want, when I want. No one whining they're hungry/tired when I'm not. I go on the rides I want to go on, when I want to go on them. Same goes for the shows. And I eat when I want to eat. I get to the parks when I want and leave when I want. If I want to stay in one park all day, I do. If I want to park hop, I do. Sure it can get lonely sometimes, but seeing everything on YOUR timetable makes it worth it.

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