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Old 09-13-2014, 10:16 PM   #1
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Solo at Christmas?

So I'm likely going to be spending Christmas alone this year and to escape that loneliness I'm contemplating a trip. I'm contemplating Disney but I've never done a solo trip to Disney before -- and I know bookings can be expensive at that time of year and the parks at at their peak in terms of crowds. I'm also not sure if it'd be even more lonely and depressing being surrounded by that many groups of friends and families.

Has anyone done Disney solo during the Christmas season before? Any thoughts or recommendations about the experience?

I should edit this a bit to ask, if you do go solo at Christmas, is it best to go in the days before Christmas, the week between Christmas and NYE or in the first week of January?

What resort is best to stay solo on around Christmas?

Has anyone done Christmas solo before? How was it? Anyone else planning on being solo there?

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Old 09-14-2014, 01:29 AM   #2
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I think being solo at Disney right on Christmas Eve/Christmas day would only accentuate the loneliness, being surrounded by all those families. (And those are among the most crowded days). My suggestion would be to go somewhere else for those days and then if you still want a Disney trip around that time, go a day or two after Christmas instead of right on that day.
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Old 09-14-2014, 07:27 AM   #3
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I think being solo at Disney right on Christmas Eve/Christmas day would only accentuate the loneliness, being surrounded by all those families. (And those are among the most crowded days). My suggestion would be to go somewhere else for those days and then if you still want a Disney trip around that time, go a day or two after Christmas instead of right on that day.
Thanks. I'm contemplating just going farther south to an all-inclusive for the time period too. Would likely end up being cheaper. But I've never done an all-inclusive and sort of concerned I might be bored just on a hotel resort/beach the whole time and feel a little awkward/lonely too in that kind of environment, especially at meal times.

I have done solo travel to U.S. cities and overseas (working and backing in Europe and Australia). I do know the longer you go the lonelier these types of trips can get and that no matter what eating at a sit-down table-service restaurant/show/buffet can be more than a little awkward.

But I've been to shows/musicals/orchestra/concerts and attractions and theme parks on my own. It was the Hollywood Universal Studios that I did on my own (and I actually have done Disneyland Paris on my own). Though I'm glad I got to go to those parks and still enjoyed them, sometimes it can be a little weird when you see so much of the population in the park travelling in packs.

I might just end up in NYC instead. Though it will be just as expensive -- if not more -- than Disney or an all-inclusive elsewhere.
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Old 09-14-2014, 10:10 AM   #4
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My suggestion was to find another Florida destination near WDW for the actual holidays - someplace less family-oriented - and then go to WDW right after Christmas. I'm doing something similar -- spending Christmas at a national park and then going to Disneyland a couple of days later.

But, if you can't get to WDW often, it might make more sense to choose a less-crowded time for your visit there, and spend the entire holiday trip at some other destination, as you say you are considering.

I do think Christmas is the toughest time of year to be alone, and there may not be any destination that makes it seem totally OK. But if you choose a place you've never been and have wanted to visit, that may at least partially give you a better focus.
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Old 09-15-2014, 08:47 PM   #5
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Do it!

I went to WDW the first year at Christmas that both parents were both deceased. I had a blast! Best vacation ever! I did everything I wanted on the time table I wanted. I went on two tours - Wild Africa Trek on Christmas eve and the Segway tour at Ft. Wilderness the day after Christmas. I think Disney is one of the best places to visit solo since there is so much to do. And families are so busy, no one is paying attention to a person by themselves. Besides, how do they know...maybe your family would be on a ride and you are waiting. I never felt like I stuck out as a single person unless a CM would say "you're by yourself?!" in a shocked way. I would always answer "yep, party of me!" in a happy voice. Traveling solo to Disney opened up my whole world for traveling solo everywhere. It has really helped my confidence because I tend to meet many more people when I am alone at Disney than with other people. I absolutely love traveling to Disney solo and will be there again for the 9th time since Dec 2012 in 23 days!!!
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Old 09-15-2014, 09:05 PM   #6
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Old 09-15-2014, 09:34 PM   #7
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I went solo last November. It was a great trip! I felt so accomplished and proud of myself after. It was my first trip anywhere solo so I was still a bit uneasy about being alone in a family oriented place. I recommend a few things that were reassuring to me when I felt overwhelmed -

1. Stay at as nice a resort as you can afford. As a solo I got everything done sooner and taking breaks at the resort and enjoying the pool/balcony was a great way to break it up so you feel busier and not lonely walking around all day long, so a resort with more to do is helpful. If I go solo again I will def be doing AKL! But EP area resorts are great too because you can walk. I always found that the buses made me feel the most alone because there was no stimulation and I had no one to chat with.

2. MVMCP - SO much to take in and do/see, no one will even notice you are alone. Same goes for the Osbourne lights and storytellers in Epcot.

3. Eat at restos with lounges or bars to sit at. At Jiko and Cali Grill I think you even overlook the chefs. Also eating during off peak hours will make you feel less subconscious since fewer people are around. Resort counter service meals can easily be taken to your room/balcony if you find yourself not enjoying eating alone. (I only felt strange at O'hana, but if you do, pull out your camera and browse. You will forget about people around you!).

4. Another note about resorts - the convention resorts will tend to have more and be more familiar with solos since they are frequented by business travelers. YC, CR, CSR and I believe the Dolphin have convention centers.

5. Single rider lines are amazing. I also recommend doing shows during the busy hours, and any rides such as Pirates or small world where a bench to yourself may feel awkward, during very early or very late hours when the crowds are lower. I think when people (and CM's) saw me solo they just assumed my family/friends were in bed and I stayed out later!

6. It is much easier to find seats and viewing spots as a solo. I went during Wine and Dine weekend so it was busy, but maybe not as much as peak Christmas. But I still think this holds. There is much less of a need to get a seat early and sit there by yourself without entertainment.

7. Dining with an imagineer - It is a lunch at the Brown Derby and dinner at Flying Fish. (At one time they had dining with an animal specialist at Sanna at AKL too - not sure if this one was discontinued). But it is a small group, about 10 people, and it is frequented by solos. Sometimes only one member of the family was interested, sometimes it is locals or big Disney fans. But the imagineer leads most of the discussion and it is interactive. You may even make friends.

After awhile you will likely get into the spirit and be so busy that you won't even be thinking about being alone! People tend to blend into the background when you are running around to rides!
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Old 09-15-2014, 11:23 PM   #8
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Most likely no one will notice that you are solo. If you have a tough time being alone at WDW on Christmas, it would be because you notice you're solo, not because anyone else would notice. The merits of solo trips in general, compared with being there solo for Christmas, seem to me like separate topics. As a solo I'd rather go sometime other than right on Christmas Day, but obviously there are some people who like doing that. If you do go that day, I think doing one of the tours is an excellent idea, as it will give you some company at least for a few hours.

Before the OP's recent edits, I thought the original question referred to being there right on Christmas Day; maybe I read it too literally. Of the three time periods you mention, the first week of January would be the least crowded, since most people will go back to work or school after New Year's.

Hope that helps.

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Do they have those solo traveler meets around the holidays? I'll be there with my son and had the same type of thoughts about going alone. Maybe you can arrange a Disney meet up for those days!! Just a thought
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Bars are perfect...

for eating. I second that suggestion. I have eaten at Flying Fish, California Grill, The Wave at the Contemporary, and ESPN Club (my fave - I've met the most people here) and met people every time, including other solo travelers. And yes, I've been able to walk up and get a reservation at a busy restaurant during a busy time like Christmas or Easter since I'm a party of one.
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Old 09-17-2014, 07:18 PM   #11
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I've been solo at Disney during Christmas and I really loved it--there's so much extra going on to distract you, and you can zip around so much easier and do so much MORE when you're by yourself! I also used a Christmas Party day to save a little bit of money. I went earlier in the month though, to avoid the crush of people during the solid pack of Christmas Day through New Year's Day. (Though I would love to go on New Year's--that's a goal of mine. That would be great for a solo-travelers get together.) Maybe something right after, so you have something to look forward to and occupy your mind, is the way to go.
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Old 09-17-2014, 07:49 PM   #12
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I went solo at the start of December when Christmas decor was in full swing and didn't fell weird. Not quite the same thing, but close.

About the only weirdness was that it was 82 degrees, I was in shorts and surrounded by palm trees while Christmas music and decor was everywhere. I pretty much forgot it was December since December equals scraping my car, bulky coat, long pants, boots and 40 degree high temps.

Typically everyone is too busy to notice you are alone and I would think you'd be too busy to think about being alone
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