Evenings alone in the Parks

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  1. Dfulton13

    Dfulton13 Earning My Ears

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    Going to WDW the first week of April with my son, niece and sister. Everyone but me will want to be in bed early. Kids don't last much past 9 and my sister is pregnant with triplets. So I'll have most of the evening hours to myself. Not sure how to spend this time alone in the parks. Any ideas or anyone going to be in the parks at the same time. I'm 24, single mom from PA! (Only my second trip so I don't know things too well)
     
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  2. sherlockmiles

    sherlockmiles Mouseketeer

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    You'll have a great time by yourself - I usually end up spending about half of my day/night without DH.
    I'd suggest that you totally use the time to spoil yourself! You deserve it. Relax, breathe.

    * Do things the rest of the group doesn't want to (or cant do)
    I often meet Tinker Bell or princesses. I don't mind waiting in line - my DH absolutely can't deal.

    * I got a great seat at the train depot to watch the fireworks, etc. Grabbed a nice drink and settled in.

    *During the night time shows, you can repeatedly ride some of the crowded rides - space mountain, 7 dwarves, thunder mountain

    *Catch the water electric parade

    *Enjoy an adult beverage

    Congratulations on some "me" time
     
  3. Stefecatzz

    Stefecatzz "If nothing changed, there'd be no butterflies."

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    Do Whatever you want, whenever you want!! That is the joy of being solo.
     
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  5. PollyannaMom

    PollyannaMom I was a click-clack champ!!

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    Ride stuff the group as a whole skipped?

    Grab a really good fireworks spot and people-watch without the kids getting bored?

    Do any of the special tours happen at night?
     
  6. Bailey22

    Bailey22 Earning My Ears

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    You'll probably be rushing around from one attraction to another with your family during the day (at least that's how it goes with my family vacations), so if you have some time to yourself I say take it easy and just enjoy the atmosphere! I'm partial to Magic Kingdom, so I plan on closing out that park at least a couple of times on my next trip. Watch Wishes before it's gone!!! Fantasyland is at its best at night, in my opinion, so maybe take some time to wander around while it's all lit up. Relax on the People Mover. Use the single rider line on Test Track, Expedition Everest, and Rock 'n' Roller coaster and save a lot of wait time!
     
  7. elaine amj

    elaine amj DIS Veteran

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    I got some solo time early in the morning on my last trip. It was wonderful having a couple of hours to wander by myself. I did some stuff that my family has skipped for the last few trips, got a bunch of Photopass pics (including some fun posing), and just wandered around with a smile of my face. I surprised myself by doing a solo character meet (turned out to be a lot of fun and not awkward - Ariel and I had a great conversation). I have a 2 week trip coming up and hoping to squeeze in some solo time then too - doubt it will happen though as I will be juggling a bunch of one-on-one time with multiple family members.
     
  8. Starshine

    Starshine "Like many other much-loved humans, they believed

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    Wander around Epcot and catch all the shows in the World Showcase! (With or without the adult beverage of your choice).
     
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  9. PollyannaMom

    PollyannaMom I was a click-clack champ!!

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    Excellent idea! My family never wants to take the time to see them.
     
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  10. nursejackie

    nursejackie DIS Veteran

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    If you have a car, I'd skip dessert at the family dinner, then head off to different deluxe resorts for a wander round and a nice dessert in the hotel. I can recommend Tambu Lounge in Polynesian for Ohana Bread Pudding as a great option. Also, you could head to the Boardwalk and check out Beach/Yacht Club then have a treat at Ample Creamery, the m&m cookie cones is a new must-do for me.
     
  11. gingerfeathers

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    When I've been alone in the parks, I've spent time at World Showcase and also just kind of floating around Magic Kingdom. The Haunted Mansion by myself is one of my favorites. :) It's not a park, but I enjoy wandering around Disney Springs as well. It's actually really nice to be on your own sometimes (I'm also an introvert).
     
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  12. Oneanne

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    Do a little MK resort hopping via the boats.
     
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    a742246 And, and, and I caught a fish this big!

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    Go to the garden rocks concerts in EPCOT, Little River Band and or Blood Sweat and Tears are playing the first week in April!
     
  14. Dfulton13

    Dfulton13 Earning My Ears

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    I think I want to spend one evening drinking around the world since I don't have to worry about driving home myself or anything. I'll have a car but I think I'll use Disney transportation for the most part. I an staying at Old Key West so I think Disney Springs is a must for me. I didn't get to visit on my last trip any specific places to check out there?
     
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  15. Accident

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    walk around and ride whatever peaks your interest, enjoy some snacks, basically do whatever you want :)
     
  16. HerHeartBeats

    HerHeartBeats Emily from Columbus, OH

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    I love walking to the very back of the Epcot World Showcase for Illuminations by the China Pavilion. Then when it ends I sit there while all the crowds disperse and finally walk back when things have cleared out a bit. Love taking some unique night photos and having time to look at all the details without so many people around.
     
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  17. Ensusieasm

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    Head over to Disney Springs via the boat from Old Key West. Stop for drinks at Morimoto, The Boathouse, Paddlefish, and/or Raglan Road.
     
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  18. DISNEY1975

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    Just thinking of waiting in lines by myself reminds me of a time I was with my husband and daughter in line, at night, waiting for the Astro Orbiter. There was man behind us in line, by himself, dressed in a suit. I assumed he was there for a convention and had a little free time. The wait time display said 30 minutes, but it had been about 30 and we barely moved. I started really wondering why this guy would chose this ride and wait this long. It took us a over an hour to reach the front of the line and I felt like curiosity would always be with me, or I could go ahead and just ask, either being told to mind my business or told why he was there! My husband told me to mind my business!

    So....I got the courage to open my mouth and say "Well....we are finally at the front! Was it worth the wait?" He said yes. "Are you here for a convention?" Yes. "Just curious, why did you choose this ride?" He said "I havent been here since I was a kid. I dont remember too much, but I remember my grandfather took me on this ride and I felt like I was flying. It was his favorite ride and it is the best memory I have of my childhood. I had to come and ride it one time in memory of my grandfather. I would have waited all night".

    Yes, I then got on the ride and balled my eyes out! I wish I could go on a ride with my grandparents, or even my father just one more time.
     
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  19. Dfulton13

    Dfulton13 Earning My Ears

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    That's an awesome story this trip has a lot of meaning I was supposed to take this trip with my father but he passed away before we could make it together. I wish I could havery rode just one ride with him. He was looking forward to Tower or Terror. I'm afraid but I'll ride it for him just once
     
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    That will be special! My father hated rides, but did it for me and my sister. I'll always remember his "Whooooooaaaaaaahhhhh"'s as we went downwards on some of them! My mother was the jacket holder! She brought a book and would wait on a bench with all of our jackets/sweaters etc... while we stood in lines and went on the rides! Funny how she says she loves Disney so much, but she never really did anything except read while we were there! Im lucky to still have her, though my father passed in 2001, just 2 days after I came back from a Disney trip with my boys. My husband was not able to make that trip (my daughter wasnt even born yet) and my father was in the hospital. He insisted he would be fine and to not even think of cancelling. I called him every day, which is probably more than I would have done if I was at home, going to work each day and running around with the kids activities. Im glad we had good conversations all week. I do remember telling him he must come on the next trip because my oldest needed a pool buddy while I took my youngest to the parks. My oldest didnt really like rides. He said "absolutely". I came home on a Thursday, went straight to the hospital. Went again Friday night to get the news he didnt have more than 24 hrs. He passed the next day :(
     
  21. LadyDiznee123

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    Disney Springs is just lovely at night. I love getting off on my own and strolling there.
    You can also get on the balloon ride there which will provide a lovely panoramic view of WDW.
    Also, you can go to one of the parks and take advantage of the ones that have single rider lines.
    I got to ride TEST TRACK four times back to back in 2015 - was as giddy as a kid!

    As others have said... Do whatever moves you. Disney is great Solo. I'm going again in Sept.
     

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