Tips for Eating Solo at WDW

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Tips for Eating Solo at WDW

Our very own 'DisneyDoc' just shared a great solo trip trip report where she shared her feelings and experiences about eating solo on vacation (read it here).

Does anyone have any tips to share for dining on your own in Disney? I know a lot of folks suggest eating at the Chef's counter when possible, but every restaurant doesn't have one of these.

Where would you head for a meal if you were dining solo at Disney? Why did you chose that place?

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My tip would be to not be afraid or feel weird about eating alone at a table service restaurant.

Last year I ate solo at several "new to me" restaurants:

Cape May Cafe
Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue
Cinderella's Royal Table
Yachtman's Steakhouse
Sanaa
1900 Park Fare

I've have other solo dining experiences the year before:

Chef Mickey's
Tusker House
ESPN Club

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I travel a lot for work, so I'm used to eating alone. I do sit at a bar if there is one available (not so much in most Disney Table Service places). I always have a book with me, but I'll also try to pick places that may have a show or something to watch, since I don't have anyone to chat with. My last solo trip I only did one table service and that was at the Biergarten in Germany. It was AWESOME. It's a "family style" seating arrangement, so I sat with other people (some of whom did not speak English, but the remainder were super friendly), and there was the little show, so it was nice to have options whether to talk with people or to focus on the entertainment. We chatted and it wasn't awkward at all. Places like Biergarten or Teppan Edo would be perfect for one. The nice thing about traveling solo is that I think you can sneak into places easier than if you have a family or group with you. That's how I got into Biergarten, I just walked up and asked if there were any reservations available (since I didn't have an ADR, obviously) and as a party of 1, got right in.

This year I have solo ADRs for my first trip - Yak and Yeti and BOG. I think there's always so much to look at at WDW, that you are never left wishing you had a partner to chat with.

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I also recommend the Biergarten to solo diners. You get to sit at a community table with other people so you don't have to eat alone. Teppan Edo has the same arrangement.

Sci-Fi Dine-in Theater would also be a good choice, or any other venue with entertainment. Something to keep you occupied while you aren't chatting with dinner companions.

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I have sci fi booked for my summer trip! Also 50s prime time. Can't wait to see what they do to me. mickey I am totally loving solo dining...you can get in so much easier. I also have a bog ressie. I have done the counter service lunch there, but not dinner.

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I am flying out in 24 hrs to the happiest place on earth. I am a single guy and eat solo in my town a lot so I am used to it. I some times have my laptop of my tablet with me to pass the time, although, in a new place or where I have not been in a long time, I enjoy people watching as I eat. There is something to be said about really relaxing and reflecting about the past WDW trip or the future of your life and may even get to flirt with a single lady if I am lucky! Eating solo is not really that bad if you use your imagination and just relax.

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Eating alone is not an issue for me, I used to have to cover the State of Alabama every Month, I ate alone all week long. At WDW, I would TOTALLY agree with Biergarten!

I have been solo for 1 day while I was prego at WDW and DH was at a conference thing. I just did QS and was fine. But, again, I have no issue eating alone.

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I would go any where solo. I am a Navy wife and Jason is gone a lot, so I either eat alone or never go out to eat.

Two years ago we had a stomach flu hit and there was a time each of us went into the parks by ourselves, after much prodding from the other.

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angels444 wrote:
I would go any where solo. I am a Navy wife and Jason is gone a lot, so I either eat alone or never go out to eat.

How is he? I was thinking just last week that I missed his photography posts.

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Kristen K. wrote:
angels444 wrote:
I would go any where solo. I am a Navy wife and Jason is gone a lot, so I either eat alone or never go out to eat.

How is he? I was thinking just last week that I missed his photography posts.

He is fine. He has been too busy for taking pics. Thanks for thinking about him, I will let him know. muchlove

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I've eaten solo at several restaurants in WDW. My favorite is the 50's either at a table or in the lounge bar. The staff at the liberty tree made me feel like I was at home, several servers took care of me and chatted me up. I usually do a few extra days at Disney solo and I've never felt lonely or left out.

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My roommate just returned from a quick stop at WDW (2 nights) and he said that they treated him like an absolute KING eating solo at Raglan Road in Downtown Disney.

He sat at the bar where he was able to order from the full service menu, and said that the staff was super nice and super attentive to him. They were friendly and chatty and he said he never once felt like he was alone.

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I eat solo all the time at Disney and I haven't been treated any different. 50s Prime Time was nice to eat at by myself.