Mom And Kids Animal Kingdom
  • On Feb 5, 2009
    Rhonda from LA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I am considering a solo trip this summer and I have enjoyed all your posts about solo travel. I love wdw and think I will have a blast. I am only nervous about 1 thing, eating out alone. When I am w/my family we eat at Jiko, Cal Grill, etc..Sugestions?

    Solo travelers are welcome at any WDW restaurant. I've been to WDW several times alone. Eating in restaurants was my biggest fear about solo travel too. When I travel with my family, we also eat primarily at table service and signature dining restaurants. Favorites of ours are Artist Point, Jiko, and the Brown Derby. I knew I would be fine getting a counter service meal or room service alone, but I wanted to enjoy the same great restaurant food I was used to. To get prepared for dining alone at WDW, I practiced at home. Start off easy by eating breakfast at a diner or dinner at a sushi bar alone. I found these settings to be less intimidating than starting with a full-blown meal. Once you get used to it at home, it will be a snap when you're away.

    While you're dining alone at WDW, you can people-watch or soak up the atmosphere of the beautiful restaurants. If you need a bit of a crutch you could always bring a book. On my most recent solo trip, I had my iPhone with me loaded up lots of challenging games. I had several great rounds of iPhone Scrabble while I was dining. VERY relaxing.

    If you're not hungry enough for a big meal but still want great food, many restaurants have bars or lounges where you can get some of the restaurant's regular food. For example, California Grill, Yak & Yeti, and the Wave all have lounges with great food. I recently stayed alone at the Wilderness Lodge. While I would never go to a bar alone at home, the Territory Lounge at the WL was very nice, filled with business travelers and families waiting for restaurant tables. I had a great time there having a glass of wine and eating the same delicious flatbreads that they serve next door at my beloved Artist Point.

    If you want more interaction, you could book a character meal for yourself. I have done this and got tons of attention. It's barely like you're eating alone at all.

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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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