Party of One: The Perks of Visiting a Disney Park on Your Own

FG Party of one

For me, traveling to the Disney Parks is something I have always done with a group.  Family, friends, or most often friends who are like family, are my travel companions.  A few weeks ago, however, when work travels took me across I-4 right past the Disney exits on the first day of the Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot, I couldn’t resist the urge to drop in for a few hours. There were a few perks I discovered on my solo visit and I am happy to share them with you!

Gorgeous Topiary Displays

Gorgeous Topiary Displays

#1 Shopping, shopping, shopping!

The shopping options at Epcot are fantastic to begin with and since the festival was going on, I had even more choices.  I visited several of the specialty booths and really enjoyed taking my time looking at everything.  Without impatient family members waiting on me or dining reservations to rush off to, I could spend as much time in each shop as I liked.  It was very relaxing.  I knew that I wanted to check out the Dooney and Bourke bags and I had all the time in the world to chose the one that suited me best.  As I shopped, I also has plenty of time to look at all of the beautiful topiaries, something I have missed in the past when I was trying to keep up with a large group. It was great!

Many snack options around the World Showcase. I ate dessert first!

Many snack options around the World Showcase. I ate dessert first!

#2 Food!

I arrived in late afternoon with the intention of eating an early dinner at the park.  This was perfect because the Flower and Garden Festival offers so many food choices.  I quickly stopped at a gift shop and purchased one of the small gift cards that can be worn on the wrist, added some money to it to make food purchases a breeze, and I was off!  I walked around the World Showcase at a leisurely pace, (stopping occasionally to shop of course) and checked out all of the food offerings.  If a booth had something I wanted to try, I stopped.  If not, I walked right on by and on to the next one.  No need to worry about what anyone else was interested in trying, I got to pick and choose what I felt like having.  I even ate dessert first!  No judgment when you are alone. I found lots of tasty treats along the way and although I never actually sat down for a meal, I was stuffed by the time I made it around the lagoon.

Beautiful sunset over the lagoon

Beautiful sunset over the lagoon

#3 Flying Solo!

Since this was my first time visiting a Disney park completely alone, I wanted to make sure I had the full experience and that included riding something.  I used the My Disney Experience app ahead of time and set a FastPass for my favorite ride at Epcot, Soarin’.  When my FastPass time came up, I scanned my magic band and followed the queue toward the ride.  As I reached the point where everyone was stopped and waiting for their turn, a cast member came by and asked guests how many they had in their party.  I held up a single index finger to indicate my part of one.  I received a much more enthusiastic response to my party size than I ever expected!  The cast member exclaimed, “One?  Woo hoo!  Follow me all the way to Concourse C!” I was then escorted directly to the loading area and immediately headed to my seat. I buckled my seat belt and I was ready for take off! I am sure that this will not happen every time if I visit on my own again, but as a party of one, you can easily take advantage of single rider lines on attractions like Test Track or Expedition Everest.  Who knows, you may get lucky like I did and find yourself boarding the ride faster than expected.

You can take time to focus on the details when following your own agenda

You can take time to focus on the details when following your own agenda

I truly enjoyed my visit to Epcot as a party of one.  I still think that a visit to Walt Disney World is more exciting when you have loved ones there to share your experience, but would I visit again on my own if the opportunity presented itself? Absolutely!

Have you ever visited a Disney park on your own?  Share your experiences in the comment section!

 

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