Disney is often very busy, very crowded, and very loud. This reputation seems to scream “Extroverts only!”, but this doesn’t have to be the case. Introverts can survive and even thrive in Disney World by following these ten survival tips.
1. Avoid the crowds.
While Disney does a good job of keeping the parks full nearly all the time, September is the least crowded time of year to visit since kids are back in school, colleges are in service, and parents are in full-swing school mode. This is one of the best times to visit Disney World if it works in your schedule.
There are also best and worst times of day to visit. Early in the morning and late at night are usually least crowded. These are the times to visit; you will get more done in these few hours than the rest of the people will be able to do all day. Use the afternoon and early evening times, which are the busiest, to get some time alone and rejuvenate.
2. Take Mid-day and Mid-week breaks.
After a few hours of crowds and people, introverts may need some time to recover. As I mentioned above, spending some time away from the parks in the busy mid-day hours can be just what the introvert needs.
Another good strategy is to plan a mid-week break. After a few days of hustle and bustle, plan a day away from the parks
3. Plan non-park activities.
There are a ton of fun things to do in Disney without dealing with the crowds of the parks. Take a stroll on the Boardwalk, catch a movie in Disney Springs, play some mini golf, pet the ponies at Fort Wilderness, or rent a boat or jet-ski and cruise the waters. These activities can be done on a mid-day break or on your mid-week skip day.
4. Choose your travel companions carefully.
If you know that your siblings or significant other is extroverted or likes to talk a lot, you might want to consider traveling with friends who are also introverted. You might even consider a solo trip. Your introverted friends will likely need the same modifications that you require, and traveling alone allows you to make all the decisions for yourself.
5. Choose the right resort.
The Value resorts, especially All-Star Resorts, tend to be crowded and usually host larger groups like sports teams, field trips, and family reunions. At the same time, Deluxe resorts tend to be more subdued since the visitors are usually older. The Deluxe resorts also tend to have more quiet areas including shaded areas by the pool and lounges.
6. Avoid audience participation restaurants.
Some restaurants encourage audience participation. It could be anything from waving your napkin over your head at Chef Mickey’s or Crystal Palace to role playing at 50s Prime Time Cafe to dozens of guests bringing ketchup to your table at Whispering Canyon. If you prefer a quiet dinner alone, avoid these locations.
If you have an introverted or shy child, make a special attempt to avoid these kinds of restaurants as it can make them very uncomfortable.
7. Keep your celebration to yourself.
Walt Disney loves to celebrate. If you book through Disney, they’ll ask if you’re celebrating anything, and they’ll likely ask again at check-in. If you say yes, they’ll give you a celebration pin with your name, and people, Cast Members and other guests, will congratulate you throughout your trip.
8. Make dining and FastPass+ reservations carefully.
Dining reservations can be made up to 180 days in advance, and FastPass+ reservations up to 60 days in advance. Making these reservations online through the MyDisneyExperience App allows you to eliminate the small talk that used to be required to make reservations.
9. Take advantage of online check-in.
The new online check-in allows guests to provide all of the necessary information online and provide a cell-phone number. Disney will text you your room number, and as long as you don’t need a map, you can go straight to your room. This is one more way to limit the small talk.
10. Rent a car or drive your own.
Disney transportation can be great, but it is often crowded and people like to initiate small talk. This is not only one more way to limit interaction with people, but you have more control over your time since driving may be faster than using Disney transportation. If you stay in a Disney Resort, you don’t have to pay for parking at the parks.
Are you an introvert? How do you deal with Disney World?