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Doing Disney Solo: Nighttime

Picture this. It’s nighttime, you’re on Main Street. All you can see (above the crowds of course), is the castle. Nothing else matters.


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Wherever the Disney Park, the Castle at night is always spectacular (Especially during Fireworks). Image Credit: Ethically Yours


It’s moments like that that you will take with you for the rest of your life. It sounds corny, but if you’ve done it, you’ll know what I mean. I cannot stress enough how magical solo park times, especially at night are. If you are lucky enough to visit the parks at night, make the most of it! Here are a few tips on how to get as much solo park magic as possible.


Attractions Blitz

There is a certain adrenaline rush that comes with trying to squeeze as many attractions in as possible. Running around the parks at night, with the mission of ticking off your attractions list will surely make you feel like a kid again.

If you’re riding solo, not only can you take full advantage of single rider opportunities (see daytime article), but you can also mix up your plan and jump between rides. For example, if you are on your way to Big Thunder, but pass a miraculously short line at Space Mountain, grab that chance and smash out Space Mountain on your way. Would your kids let you do that? Probably not! (we still love them though).


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Lines can reduce at this bad boy by up to 50% at night. 


Snacks for Dinner

The wealth of food options across Disney parks can be overwhelming. Do I have the churro, the Mickey waffle, or be good and get a salad? Well, why not try them all? Go on, you’re at Disney, treat yourself (maybe skip the salad ha)!

Better than enjoying a collection of snacks for dinner (is there such a thing), you could always round up your treats and save them for a particularly special moment of indulgence. Rather than snacking as you go, I recommend waiting until you have your perfect location scouted. Digging into your Turkey leg (no one is watching) on your favourite bench, or your family size bag of Goofy’s zebra popcorn (my favourite) tucked away somewhere in Adventureland, will be a moment not to forget. Make your dinner experience more than just eats, make it a full moment to cherish. Indulge your senses in magic. Bon appetit!


Turkey Leg? Churro? Mickey Waffle? Perche non los tres?


Quench your Thirst

Have you ever tried a Disney cocktail? With some kind of playful theme, a quirky glass and a whole lot of booze, you had better! That’s right, the mouse makes a strong drink. After a day at the park, you’ll enjoy that first sip even more. Outside of the Magic Kingdom, Disney parks and resorts are home to some of the tastiest alcoholic drinks around. If you have the chance, take some time to sit back, sip a beverage and let it all soak in. Who knows, you might also find that the rest of your night is just that bit more sparkley ha!

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Cocktails at Carthay Circle Restaurant. Image Credit: Sam Howzit


Dream a Little Dream

Last, but certainly not least, take the opportunity to appreciate where you are. We can get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of the parks and take for granted that fact that … you are at Disney!

For me, solo park time is ideal for thinking about life, for reassessing dreams and for reminding myself to be grateful for where I am… and that big Mickey apple I’m about to eat, all to myself!


Author: Lexie


For more solo tips from Lexie check out her previous article.


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