When most people think of Walt Disney World, they automatically think of visiting with friends or family, which is lots of fun.
But there’s another way that I really love to tour Disney World. And that’s solo.
Sure. It’s always awesome to experience the magic with others…to catch their smiles, impressions, opinions. But sometimes out of necessity, and sometimes out of preference, I find myself visiting the ‘World alone.
It may sound lonely, but it doesn’t have to be. After all, what better way to take advantage of that single rider line? You can also spend as long as you want drinking in every detail of attractions and other surroundings.
But even if you’re totally OK with doing attractions by yourself, dining may feel like another matter altogether. You may be tempted to just stick with a table for one in the counter service spots.
And that’s all good, if that’s what you want. But if you’re looking to enjoy some of the great dining choices Disney has to offer, we have some terrific Tips from the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining for making this an awesome experience. And this is just one of the many unique ways of enjoying the World that we cover in the guide. There’s a chapter for everything, so be sure to check it out!
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Dine Overlooking a Great View
There is no shortage of great Disney restaurants with equally great views! Why not choose one of them for your next solo meal?
One of my favorites is Sanaa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Request a window seat and enjoy an ever-changing view of the animals that call Sunset Savanna home.
And while you enjoy the live action through the window, the food incredible as well! The menu features East African and Indian-inspired dishes, and I can never pass up the opportunity to enjoy their incredible Butter Chicken.
Prefer serenity to scenery? Grab a table at one of Flame Tree Barbecue’s many pavilions. (Flame Tree Barbecue has been closed for refurbishment, but we expect it to re-open very soon.)
Eat at the Counter
Many Disney table service restaurants feature chef’s counters or bars where you can dine while you watch all of the exciting action of the kitchen. Sitting at these high-energy spots was a favorite tip that I received from my friend Gray at SoloFriendly.com. And if I’m choosing some of my favorite bar seating, it has to be Flying Fish Cafe. But spots like Wolfgang Puck Cafe, Jiko, and California Grill, among others, have similar setups.
Sitting here is a great way to watch artistry at work. And I’ve always found culinary Cast Members to be willing to chat about their craft.
Who knows? You may even pick up a cooking tip or two!
Take in a Show
Another way to enjoy a solo dining experience is to take in a show while you eat. Consider classic options like Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort or the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.
But hands down, one of my favorite spots to dine is the Biergarten Restaurant in Epcot’s Germany Pavilion.
Get there early enough, and you just might get to tap the keg for the day!
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Now I’d love to hear from all of you! What are YOUR best tips for dining solo in Walt Disney World? Share them with us in comments below!