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Any Advice for First Time Solo Trip?

Ti_dbl_ger_er

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Original Poster
#1
It's been several years since my last trip to Disney World and I know a LOT has changed. I am also doing my first solo trip (for my birthday!) April 28 through May 3. Staying at the Contemporary. Trying really hard to work out my itinerary for dining and Fast Passes. Any advice for a first time solo (birthday) trip?
 

PineapplePrincess

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If I were to do a solo trip, I wouldn't make any dining reservations (except maybe Kona Cafe for breakfast). I would go to the lounges/bars of the nicer restaurants and chat up the bartenders. I hope you have a fabulous trip and Happy early Birthday!
 

JohnD

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#3
If I were to do a solo trip, I wouldn't make any dining reservations (except maybe Kona Cafe for breakfast). I would go to the lounges/bars of the nicer restaurants and chat up the bartenders. I hope you have a fabulous trip and Happy early Birthday!
My counter to that is make dining reservations now while you can get them. I'm going at approx the same time and got several hard to get choices. You can always cancel them 24 hours out without a $10 penalty. I concur on Kona Cafe for breakfast, BTW.

Other advice: Go at your own pace. Don't just park commando. Soak in the atmosphere of the parks. For example, get a beverage or two at Dawa Bar in AK, people watch, and listen to the African music. Explore the resorts and their gift shops. Some unique finds there. For example, only in the WL gift shop will you find a Mickey/Goofy/Donald/Humphrey totem pole. It was an impulse buy for me.
 
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Ti_dbl_ger_er

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#4
If I were to do a solo trip, I wouldn't make any dining reservations (except maybe Kona Cafe for breakfast). I would go to the lounges/bars of the nicer restaurants and chat up the bartenders. I hope you have a fabulous trip and Happy early Birthday!
Thanks PineapplePrincess! I have been reading that a lot of solo travelers feel awkward doing sit-down dining or dinner shows. Solo dining doesn't bother me at all. Your idea is certainly something that I should work in though.
 

Ti_dbl_ger_er

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Original Poster
#5
My counter to that is make dining reservations now while you can get them. I'm going at approx the same time and got several hard to get choices. You can always cancel them 24 hours out without a $10 penalty. I concur on Kona Cafe for breakfast, BTW.

Other advice: Go at your own pace. Don't just park commando. Soak in the atmosphere of the parks. For example, get a beverage or two at Dawa Bar in AK, people watch, and listen to the African music. Explore the resorts and their gift shops. Some unique finds there. For example, only in the WL gift shop will you find a Mickey/Goofy/Donald/Humphrey totem pole. It was an impulse buy for me.
Thanks for the tips John! I have a few places I definitely want to eat at and will be making those reservations. I am hoping I can tone down "commando" mode.. LOL! I am usually the one leading the charge when I go with others. Exploring the resorts is a great idea, perfect chance for a bit of a slow down. I am also hoping to focus on more of the details of the parks and resorts. Thinking a hidden Mickey hunt is something I should experience as well!
 

mattchu758

Well-Known Member
#6
I would go to the lounges/bars of the nicer restaurants and chat up the bartenders.
I definitely agree with this. One of my favorite parts of going to WDW is interacting with the cast members and leaving about their experiences. This is definitely a great thing to do as a solo traveler.

Slow things down and go at your own pace. No need to rush things. If you like photography, get some shots you wouldn't normally take when you are with others.

Maybe give yourself a challenge. Make a list of snacks you want to try and eat as many as you can ha.
 
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