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Being social while traveling Solo

How do you keep from getting lonely when traveling solo for either business or pleasure?

What are the best places at WDW to strike up a conversation with someone?

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Hmmmm... never been solo. But I would talk the my mouth into submission in the lines, and on the bus. Well... we usually chat with people on the bus anyways. Its always fun to try to find something in common on the outside. Like if they collect pins... or have an iPhone, stuff like that.

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I haven't had the opportunity to go to WDW solo yet, but I usually strike up a conversation while standing in line for the rides. Especially if it is a long wait.

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As a solo traveler, I honestly do not really feel "solo" at WDW! It is such a communal experience. All you have to do is smile, exchange expressions, respond to other's exclamations (wow...look at that!..), and comment along with folks during the parades, in lines, even at meals.

I also find that enjoying folks' kids is a great conversation starter...the kids are usually precious, and commenting upon them opens conversation between me and the parents.

I have often been "adopted" into family groups while waiting for fireworks. Smile

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and I don't mean to gloat, but did you guys notice that I get to go in 2 days??????????????????

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disneydoc wrote:
and I don't mean to gloat, but did you guys notice that I get to go in 2 days??????????????????

Tongue Tongue Tongue Smile

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disneydoc wrote:
and I don't mean to gloat, but did you guys notice that I get to go in 2 days??????????????????

Ok,.. why do I get the feeling he DOES mean to gloat?? LOL,.. (sigh) I still got 6 months

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i have made some friends at the bar at the poly after a long day park hopping sitting enjoying a drink before heading back to the resort, just striking up conversation with another weary looking sole, and we are still friends to this day. The funny part was she lives in N.C. but after talking found out she grew up in my home town and actually dated my best friend in high school. (who is 12 years older than me by the way that is why i did not know her then)

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senseicj wrote:
i have made some friends at the bar at the poly after a long day park hopping sitting enjoying a drink before heading back to the resort, just striking up conversation with another weary looking sole, and we are still friends to this day. The funny part was she lives in N.C. but after talking found out she grew up in my home town and actually dated my best friend in high school. (who is 12 years older than me by the way that is why i did not know her then)

Now that is a pretty slick story!

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The time I went to WDW alone, I wasn't entirely alone - my sister and her family were staying with me at a timeshare resort, but they spent the week touring Universal.

Some of my loneliest times were when I was back in the timeshare unit waiting for sis and family to return. Our touring schedules usually didn't synch up, so fitting family time into the schedule sometimes didn't work. Once I canceled an ADR so I could hang out with them, but they decided hang out at Universal Citywalk after the park of the day. I didn't begrudge them their fun, but I wished I'd kept the ADR!

As for in the parks, there's so much to do that I usually didn't feel lonely, or at least not terribly lonely. And people do tend to be friendly at WDW.

If I were ever to go to WDW completely alone, I wouldn't need to fit family time into my plans. I'd stay on property, take advantage of EMH, park hop to whichever park was open late, and spend as little time as possible truly alone. I'd still be lonely from time to time, but I'd sure be having a blast the rest of the time.

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I've never took a solo trip but always manage to strike up conversation with anyone and everyone on a daily basis out there. My mum is the champion at this though, she makes fast friends all over WDW, from CMs working the food courts to meeting people in the laundry room back at the hotel! We always get chatting at the bus stops, on the busses, in ride lines, on the rides themselves even! I can't ever imagine feeling truly alone at WDW and with so many people on the forums being out there, there is bound to be someone you could go meet up with!

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FYI...that disney doc is a "she"....some docs are girls. Smile

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disneydoc wrote:
FYI...that disney doc is a "she"....some docs are girls. Smile

awesome

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The only time I've been solo at Disney was when I was there for Magic Music Days when I was 16. There were dozens of people in our trip from the school, but being the one who doesn't do thrill rides I was kind of alone for a good portion. So I checked out everything that I wanted to, attended some talks and exhibits that everyone else found boring in addition to the rides and attractions that I did like. The problem was that we all needed to be at the same park at the same time, so I couldn't really do whatever I wanted. But I made it work for me, and since it was that event time there were lots of students from around the country that I met and got to know. That's something that I wouldn't have been able to do if I had been waiting for friends to finish their three consecutive rides on ToT.

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I had a couple of solo days at Disney before my friends arrived. When it was just me, I would chat with people in line and on the bus.

When I took a solo trip to Hawaii (my first solo trip), I kept myself busy. I signed up for a couple of tours so I had people to talk to on the bus.

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disneydoc wrote:
FYI...that disney doc is a "she"....some docs are girls. Smile

Whenever I see your name I am always reminded of the riddle of the boy and father who got in a car accident. The boy is sent into surgery and the doctor says... "I can't operate on this boy! He is my son!", and your supposed to figure out who the doctor is. Was told that at Camp when I was a Wittle Mase.

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Mase wrote:
disneydoc wrote:
FYI...that disney doc is a "she"....some docs are girls. Smile

Whenever I see your name I am always reminded of the riddle of the boy and father who got in a car accident. The boy is sent into surgery and the doctor says... "I can't operate on this boy! He is my son!", and your supposed to figure out who the doctor is. Was told that at Camp when I was a Wittle Mase.

The doctor is the boy's mother!!!! yay

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I have had this experience from the other side of the coin...where I was the person socializing with the business traveler, who was at WDW for a conference...

I was relaxing at Boardwalk enjoying a cold brew and a slice from the pizza window chatting with conventionEARS about what the convention was about...how long they were there....and of course mocking them for having to 'work' while I was on vacation laugh
It was a nice, but diffferent lunch experince at WDW!

There is no doubt that the Boardwalk at lunchtime is a great place to go to strike up a conversation ... and it's such a short walk from Swan/Dolphin, which has many of the conventions at WDW!

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Kris1971 wrote:
Mase wrote:
disneydoc wrote:
FYI...that disney doc is a "she"....some docs are girls. Smile

Whenever I see your name I am always reminded of the riddle of the boy and father who got in a car accident. The boy is sent into surgery and the doctor says... "I can't operate on this boy! He is my son!", and your supposed to figure out who the doctor is. Was told that at Camp when I was a Wittle Mase.

The doctor is the boy's mother!!!! yay

awesome

Took us days to figure it out. We felt sooooooooo stupid once we knew.... lol

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Kris1971 wrote:
Mase wrote:
disneydoc wrote:
FYI...that disney doc is a "she"....some docs are girls. Smile

Whenever I see your name I am always reminded of the riddle of the boy and father who got in a car accident. The boy is sent into surgery and the doctor says... "I can't operate on this boy! He is my son!", and your supposed to figure out who the doctor is. Was told that at Camp when I was a Wittle Mase.

The doctor is the boy's mother!!!! yay


That's easy now. Back in the 60s when I heard it in grade school, it was a little trickier. I'd never seen or heard of a female doctor.

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I told that riddle to my students once, and that said it was sexist. I haven't told it again since.

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yep, the times, they are a changin'. mickey Girls are just everywhere. mickey

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Kristen K. wrote:
How do you keep from getting lonely when traveling solo for either business or pleasure?

What are the best places at WDW to strike up a conversation with someone?

I have done numerous solo trips or partial solo trips. (DW left earlier or arrived a few days after) It's my preferred way stay actually... I get do the rope drop stuff, wander around as I like and don't have to feel like entertaining if I don't want too. I've meet people all over the parks. CMs have been fantastic, I met a nice older guy while we waited to try out the Segways inside innoventions. We talked for what seemed like 20 minutes before it was our turn to play on the Segways. I always wear a pair of Pooh ears when I'm in the world. They help strike up many conversations. One because I guess I'm rather intimidating without them and two well heck, they are "just the cutest things ever" or so I've been told laugh
Restaurants are also. Great place to meet folks. I am Facebook friends with a couple of CMs just from sitting at the bar and enjoying their company. Before becoming a police officer I was a bartender and I can relate to service workers...I sat near the service bar and had. Great time meeting CMs. awesome
The only time I was really lonely was when I went back to the room. After I bought my iPad and mifi hotspot it was game on. I could FaceTime with my DW and other friends who had iPhones/iPads or Skype. I have a 48 hour solo trip coming up in Dec. before the cruise and I'm looking forward to some me time. muchlove

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This is my 3rd year going solo after being widowed and I have never felt lonely at WDW.I find people very friendly

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