Ok, so theme parks seem like maybe the worst place ever to go alone. Wait, actually that award probably goes to haunted houses. I digress.
The Disney theme parks are known worldwide as being a family destination. Rightfully so. Many of their rides cater to a somewhat younger clientele and those of us how still enjoy pirate ships that ride on a track suspended from the roof (not that I would know).
However, I am here to tell you that Disney can actually be a really great place for the solo traveler as well. Whether you make the trip yourself, or you want to venture out on your own when the rest of your crew is nursing their hangover from Disney Springs, the best resource you have is your solo status.
My first reason is the very focus of this post. A few of the parks’ major rides have single rider entrances. Located next to the Fastpass queue or sometimes even hidden off to the side, they will be marked as “Single Rider Entrance.” If you can’t find it, just ask.
Having a single rider entrance is just smart business. For every party of 3, 5, etc. there is a single seat for one going unused. Fill that seat from a single rider’s line and you save money on ride operations, as well as increase guest satisfaction.
Single rider lines warn that they could be just as long as the regular wait time, but I have never in my experience had that happen. Not even close. If a regular wait time was around 65 minutes, I usually waited maybe 15 minutes in a single rider entrance.
Now, this is how I get on some of the major rides. Sometimes even when I go with friends, I will still wait in the single riders line and just meet up with my friends after in the obligatory gift shop at the end of the ride.
Here are the rides with Single Rider Entrances, sorted by park.
This is a true Disney classic for us 90’s kids. Its merit lies in the blaring Aerosmith music coming out the speakers of your “super stretch limo” and the intense zero to mind numbing start you get, all without the typical ascent before the fall roller coaster model. Also, be prepared to all the glowing stuff along the way. This rollercoaster also avoids the slamming your head against the side of the harness feeling that often happens in rides with loops and corkscrews.
My favorite Disney ride by far, this roller coaster ride goes both forwards and backwards. It runs incredibly smoothly, has some great views of the area, and a scary encounter with a Yeti (which coincidentally looks a lot like me on Monday mornings).
3. Test Track
Make like a crash test dummy and hop in for a test drive. Though the ride has gone through a renovation, the basic premise is the same and so is the fun. You are taken through a series of tests and the car you designed (single riders get to do this too now!) gets rated on its speed, efficiency, power, etc. Feel what it would be like to have your car go through various intense conditions such as flooding, heat, and high speeds, all without repercussions involving Triple AAA or exchanging insurance information!
Stay tuned for even more ways to make good use of your solo Disney travel.