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For all Disney-lovers in the world, there’s one rite of passage that many look to achieve at some point: a solo trip.
Imagine it – no getting cranky kids out of bed for rope drop, no partner complaining about how it really doesn’t matter what time you get there, no grumbles about sore feet at the end of the night (well, your feet may still be sore but you’ll only grumble to yourself). You can eat where you want, you can do what you want, and you can enjoy exploring the parks at your own pace. What’s not to like about that?
One of the most crucial choices you’ll make as you plan your solo trip to Walt Disney World is where to stay. For those that travel alone, the appeal of a resort may be different than when you’re traveling with others. Here are some of the best choices of Disney resorts for the solo traveler!
If you’re a value resort kind of person, then you can’t go wrong with Pop Century. While this resort may be filled with more families than some other choices, it’s got the nostalgia and the transportation options for the solo traveler that more than make up for it.
Plus, the Everything POP food court’s specialty is tie-dye cheesecake, which makes the perfect snack that you don’t have to share with anyone because – YOLO! – you’re solo.
Port Orleans French Quarter
Port Orleans French Quarter is a resort with a cult-like following – and for good reason. It’s has a small footprint, giving it a more intimate feel than other sprawling Disney resorts. It boasts a New Orleans theme, too, complete with walkways that look like streets and tucked-away gardens with fountains you can enjoy for a bit of relaxation. Almost better than the real French Quarter because those tiny streets are a lot cleaner than the real thing. You can also catch a boat on the Sassagoula River to Disney Springs, which is a great option for a solo trip.
And while this isn’t a food-centric blog, it’s worth noting that this resort also has a specialty: Mickey-shaped beignets. Not to be missed as a part of a complete Mickey-shaped diet.
Another relatively intimate resort, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge transports you to the Pacific northwest in the middle of central Florida. It has amazing food choices, one of the most impressive lobbies in all of Walt Disney World, and bus transportation to all parks as well as boat transportation to the Magic Kingdom.
It’s also worth noting that the rooms at Wilderness Lodge have recently been renovated. They have understated Disney touches perfect for adults, ideal for the solo traveler looking for an escape within an escape. And as a Disney Deluxe resort, guests at Wilderness Lodge will also get the much-anticipated-but-few-details-shared “Extended Evening Hours,” which should be a good perk. Probably. More info to come.
Let’s be honest: Most solo travelers care a lot about food. And if you care a lot about food, then you care a lot about making it to EPCOT. And if you want EPCOT to literally be steps away so you can hit every festival booth and roll back to your room, then you have to stay at the Beach Club. Oh, and it’s within walking, Skyliner, or boat distance to Hollywood Studios, too.
Solo trips to Disney can be a great experience. Start it off right by picking a resort you’ll be happy at that also gives you the access you want to the parks and other great offerings at Walt Disney World.
Have you traveled solo to Disney? Where have you stayed?
Sara Butler lives in Bloomington, Indiana with her husband and two daughters. She is a professional writer and certified Disney fanatic who enjoys sharing her love of Disney with others – so much so that she helps people to plan their own vacations. Contact Sara here for help planning your next trip to Disney or Universal – she has all the insider info!