I WENT TO DISNEY WORLD FLORIDA SOLO

Disney World Florida CastleDisney World is the stuff of dreams to many people and I am no exception. Back in September I finally made my way over to Disney World Florida as a solo adventurer! (as my badge said) and ticked it off my life long bucket list! 

Disclaimer: I live in the UK, so heading over to Disney World is a big deal (and not plausible for a short trip!)

I’d previously been to Disney World back in 2016 but that was a complete write off and I absolutely needed to head back to rewrite those memories and experiences! What better way to head back there alone where I can do whatever I wanted?! As it turns out, it was the best experience of my life and I already have post Disney blues! Through out these series of blog posts, it might sound like this was my first time to Disney, but that’s what it truly felt like! I really missed out on everything back in 2016. 

My friends will tell you that I am a massive fan of Disney but I’ve never portrayed that really on my blog for some reason. Besides my guide to Disney (click here) it’s never been obvious! But now you know.

P.S. I did specifically dye my hair pink for this trip..

Price Breakdown

I know some people are curious about this, as we all know Disney can easily get very expensive very fast for families! I did my absolute best to keep the price down. I’d booked my trip on what I consider as short notice (June) to travel in September, so grabbing the best deal and saving my ass of was the plan. September is usually the quietest month in Disney as kids go back to school, so I took advantage of that. Not to mention I managed to grab a deal just in time where you get a 14 day park ticket for 7. I stayed for 9 days at the Art Of Animation Hotel (review coming soon.) I booked my trip through the official website and not a tour operator so that also helped keep the cost down too.

Deposit: £50
Accommodation rental: £880
Memory Maker: £0 (came free with my ticket!)
Disney’s 14 Day (14 for 7 Ticket): £395
Combine and Save discount: -£26.40
Flights were booked separately with Norwegian Airlines:  £319.80

Total: £1,618.40

Sounding expensive? That’s cause it was haha! But believe it or not, that was the cheapest deal at the time. Art of Animation was also my desired hotel (I got very lucky!) but transport to and from the parks was also very important to me too for this trip, as I cannot drive.  Originally just the hotel was being advertised as £1400 when I originally looked a few months back, so I am super happy to have stuck it out and got this deal. Of course, it might be cheaper if you book way in advance. To me, this was worth every penny.

The park ticket its self covers Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Two Water parks.

Disney World Florida Main Street

  The Prep

When I told the people I interact with daily, they did question my sanity when I first booked it. I believe their questions came from a good place though, they wanted me to have a good time and not be disappointed! As my trip approached, they became more excited for me.

On my arrival, I admittedly was a little insecure about being alone. Especially as I was the only one who got off the Magical Express at my hotel! I soon settled in though and mentally started planning how to spend my first few days. I wanted to have a plan (in case I’d get bored) but also be flexible to see where the day took me. Honestly my biggest fear about going to Disney alone was that I’d get bored and not enjoy my time there and I’d have several days all sad in my hotel. How wrong I was.

Disney World Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin

The focus in this photo is real haha..

My Agenda

Monday 16th September –
Arrival – 5pm – Pass out from JetLag

Tuesday 17th September:
Wake up super early (like 3am – thanks Jet lag 🙄) – Magic Kingdom
Walmart (snack supply)

Wednesday 18th September:
Animal Kingdom 

Thursday 19th September:
Epcot 

Friday 20th September:
Animal Kingdom – Morning 
Hollywood Studios – Afternoon
Disney Springs – Evening 

Saturday 21st September
Hollywood Studios – Morning 
Magic Kingdom – Afternoon/Evening

Sunday 22nd September
Disney Springs – Morning
Epcot (specifically the Food & Wine festival) – Afternoon

The Boardwalk – Late Afternoon
Magic Kingdom – Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween Party – Evening 

Monday 23rd September
Magic Kingdom – All day 

Tuesday 24th September (morning)
Hotel chill & Fly Home 

First things first…

The first thing I do when I get to Disney is to find the perfect themed Minnie Ears. This is a solo perk for me because I could honestly spend a good chunk of time trying to find the right ones. I feel like I can’t even start in the Magic Kingdom without them! This year I grabbed two. Some gold ones and Coco themed Halloween ones!

Disney World Solo Trip

Eating Alone & General Loneliness

I’m really happy to say that I did not suffer any loneliness or have any issue with eating alone. My badge was a talking point for all of my conversations. Whether it was cast members, people waiting in the queue with me or even at the fireworks. People struck up conversations with me walking past me too. Always curious to find out where I’m from, how I came alone and my plans. It was really lovely and it made my trip! When doing character meets, this was also a topic of conversation too. Mulan asked me what I was up to while being alone, Aladdin and Jasmin said I was a woman after their own hearts and they love adventure. Even asked me if I would be taking a magic carpet ride any time soon! haha.

I bought my badge from an independent business on Etsy (link here) and I don’t know what I would of done without it. It’s made in the similar style to the badges you get on arrival (Just Married, First Time, Birthday etc.) so it was perfect! I got lots of compliments on it too. (Not sponsored by the way, just genuinely loved it!)

Rides

When it came to getting on the rides alone, it wasn’t an issue at all. I never had to share with a stranger and was always given my own cart regardless. I believe there are some single rider lanes for the biggest roller coasters? I’m not a big fan of those (solo perk: no one to disappoint) so I didn’t get on those.
Another thing I noticed was that it was a massive benefit when it came to fast passes. Rides that I wanted were always available within the few hours. I’d always check when I was waiting in the queue (after taking a fast pass) on the Disney World app and most were always available within the next 30 minutes. I think the most I had to wait for fast pass availability was an hour.

My favourite ride is the Haunted Mansion by the way!

Disney World Florida Character Meet Mulan

The photos

As most of you know, selfie sticks are completely banned from Disney! Which I am actually super grateful for. I really hate the things personally but I do own one for my solo adventures. It did lead me to think of creative ways I can get pictures of myself while in the parks before hand. I was aware of Memory Maker before my arrival but it wasn’t until I actually arrived at the parks that I realised just how many photographers there were. Honestly guys, they were everywhere. If you’re travelling alone, you do not need to worry about photos.

Disney World Florida Solo Character Meet Minnie

Minnie pointing at my badge (Not a flattering photo but just to prove how it was a conversation starter for cast at Disney!) 

Mickey Mouse Fan Meet Epcot

Mr steal your girl 

Favourite Park for Solo-ists?

I actually believe Animal Kingdom is my favourite park for being solo. It’s funny, because back in 2016 it was my least favourite park. However, this time around it became my absolute favourite. I loved going to all the shows, walking around trying the snacks (coming soon) and the Safari. Not to mention enjoying the new (for me) Pandora section and finally getting some vegetables in my system.

Would I recommend it?

I believe you all know the answer to this already but I would 1000% recommend Disney World Solo if it’s something you’ve always wanted to do (but are waiting on people to come with you!) The moments where you’re alone (queues/restaurants) you can chill on your phone. In places like Pandora’s land, there is reserved communal tables in the restaurant and I joined a few people there. Otherwise, you don’t really notice you’re alone. I didn’t have any moments where I was like “oh I wish I was sharing this moment with you” because I just sent it to my friends and family on Whatsapp and they replied. At the end of the trip, my boyfriend said he felt like he was there with me. In the evenings, I just did what I do at home and watched a movie on my phone!

To me, any solo adventures feel kind of similar to if you were going shopping by yourself but I understand that this may not be for everyone.

What do you think? Would you ever go to Disney alone? Let me know!

 

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20 responses to “I WENT TO DISNEY WORLD FLORIDA SOLO”

  1. Dayle Hill says:

    Sounds awesome 😊 I’ve never thought of going on my own as I always thought it was family destination but this has definitely changed my mind. Thanks x

    • kirstindalton says:

      Thanks so much! I’m glad to hear it’s changed your mind! I think it can be both 🙂

  2. bbbryony says:

    I went to Disney Paris in september and it was the best experience, you’re so brave to go to florida alone x

    • kirstindalton says:

      Thank you Bryony!
      Did you head there alone? I’ve been to the Paris one a few times, but never by myself.. Maybe I should head there next haha

      (I did try to check out your blog but it’s password protected!)

  3. This is awesome!!! Seriously! I have always wanted to go and travel all over the place but never have anyone to go with me. If you enjoyed that much time all by yourself it makes me want to dive head first and book a ticket 🙂 I’ve always been good at entertaining myself anyway 😉

    • kirstindalton says:

      Thank you Cat!
      I definitely recommend it, it felt so natural and no one made me feel out of place!!

      Do it, I am your biggest supporter! haha

  4. Ash says:

    Go you for going solo! The badge is a really cute idea. I wish I was ballsy enough to travel alone but I have really bad travel anxiety, but animal kingdom alone sounds tempting. I’m going to Disney world next year with my family so I’m excited!

    Ash | thisdreamsalive.com

    • kirstindalton says:

      Thank you Ash!
      Solo travel honestly isn’t for everyone and I can see why. Believe it or not, after my Disney trip I am actually too suffering bad travel anxiety and not sure why! I believe I’ll have to build up slowly again, day trips, 1 night alone, etc. It was a great trip though! But you’re making it there with your family next year so you’re going to have an INCREDIBLE time and I’m excited for you! Be prepared to *need* go back after 3 days of arriving home! 😀 hhaa

  5. Lauren Caton says:

    Disney World in my favourite ever place and The Haunted Mansion is my favourite ride too! I’m so glad you got to experience the magic of Disney in the way you wanted to, it looks like you had a great time. The badge is super cute too and a great idea for striking up conversations! X

    Lauren | http://www.laurenyloves.co.uk

    • kirstindalton says:

      Yess, my fellow Disney fan!
      Thank you, it truly was a great experience! I can’t wait to head back one day.

  6. Wow! I was never very much into Disney, so I always thought this is just a day trip there, you go around, see things, take rides and photos with all the characters, but to be able to spend that much time in Disney World… I never thought this is a thing. It looks like you had tons of fun and even though it was a bit more pricier, if it meant so much to you it was totally worth it. 🙂

    • kirstindalton says:

      Thank you!
      There is definitely a magical feeling in the air when it comes to Disney but I know it’s not many peoples cup of tea!

  7. Lisa Alioto says:

    I LOVE your bravery and that you ventured solo and had so much fun!

  8. John Aiwone says:

    I think it’s super cool and nice that they give you a badge that acknowledges you’re a solo traveller. That’s saying something about Disneyworld (or Disneyland) being a great place for solo travellers to go to. Glad you had an awesome experience out there!

    Johnny | Johnny’s Traventures
    https://johnnystraventures.com

    • kirstindalton says:

      Thanks Johnny,
      I actually purchased this separately from an Etsy account in advance! It was a fab talking point and definitely made the experience a little more special!

  9. This is so inspiring! I never even thought to go alone. But I have always wanted to go to Disney Florida. I have been to Paris soo many times. I really enjoyed reading your adventure and glad you had a good time solo! Xx

    • kirstindalton says:

      Thanks so much Gemma!
      Take the plunge and head to Florida solo, you definitely wont regret it!

  10. Oh my gosh it looks like you had the most amazing time! Disney world is one of my favourite places in the world!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

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