Have you traveled to Disney World alone? Maybe while on a business trip or just a vacation by yourself?
While going there on your own may sound lonely, it can actually be a great time. You don’t have to worry about meeting everyone else’s desires and schedules – you can focus on doing what you want to do, when you want to do it. And traveling solo can provide other benefits, like taking advantage of single rider lines that allow you to see more and do more than you could with a large group.
While many of us would feel comfortable going on attractions along, we may be less inclined to eat at a restaurant alone – at least anything nicer than a quick service meal. Fortunately, we have four great ways that you can take advantage of all types of dining at Disney World by yourself without feel awkward.
1 – Enjoy Your Flexibility
One of the best things about doing Disney on your own is that you have amazing flexibility. So much so that you may not want to make Advanced Dining Reservations. Yes, I know, that sounds like bad advice. But unless you are traveling at the most busy times (the height of summer or at a holiday like Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Years) or you are going to the most popular dining locations (like Chef Mickey’s or Le Cellier in the Epcot Canada Pavilion), Disney dining locations can often accommodate single diners on a walk up basis. And that means that you can follow your own plans without being constrained by dining reservations. Interested in going on the Rock N Roller Coaster Staring Aerosmith one more time before you have lunch? Getting hungry and looking for dinner before 5pm? No problem.
2 – Check Out Locations With Counter Dining
Even for the most seasoned solo traveler, it can feel a bit odd to sit at a table alone, surrounded by empty chairs. Fortunately, there several nicer dining locations across Disney property that have counter dining – where you can enjoy a fine meal at a counter, without sitting alone at a booth or table. Locations such as Jiko in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, the California Grill in Disney’s Contemporary Resort Hotel, and Wolfgang Puck Café in Disney Springs all allow you to sit at a counter and enjoy a great meal. You might even sit next to someone and strike up a conversation.
3 – Enjoy Dining Entertainment
Instead of reading your e-mail on your phone or staring into space during your dinner, you can enjoy a little more fun and a little more magic if you select a dining location with entertainment. One of my favorite, nicer lunch and dinner locations is the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. There you get to sit in (what looks like a) car, watching hilarious B-movies on the silver screen. Or check out Restaurant Marrakesh in the World Showcase section of Epcot features which belly dancers, done in a family-friendly Disney-style of course.
4 – Party Of One Can Be Fun
Lastly, just don’t be concerned about feeling out of place when eating alone at Disney World. Plenty of people do it every day. If you look around, you will see it everywhere at Disney. And you can do it too.
What do you think about eating along at Disney World?