For a person whose not accustom to traveling alone, I feel it’s safe to go solo to Walt Disney World Resort. September 2012, I took my first solo trip to Walt Disney World Resort and it’s the only vacation I feel comfortable in doing so. I met up with some great Disney Twitter and Facebook buddies once I arrived, I felt safe and secure in the Disney bubble. Walt Disney World Resort is probably one of the safest destinations you’ll ever find, especially for a person traveling alone. Disney security is discreet and cameras and security in plain clothes are everywhere.
Think about it~ you fly in to MCO then jump on the Magical Express and arrive at Walt Disney World Resort. Time to check in, then you go to your room and whilst there you use resort transportation the entire time. Now its departure time~ jump back on the Magical Express and head back home. You’re in pretty safe hands if you use these Disney methods of transportation.
It’s the place I feel most safe, I was never worried about leaving my resort at night or coming in late due to an Extra Magic Hour evenings. I felt totally comfortable conversing and sharing the magic with complete strangers in our special place.
I feel safer at Walt Disney World Resort because Disney takes security and “Protecting the Magic” very seriously. There are security cameras throughout the parks and attractions and lots of cast members are employed by Disney Security to keep our “World” safe and secure, even ones you may not notice. With that said, common sense will always be your best friend.
Here are some rules for solo travel (Disney or not) that makes me feel very secure.
- Use precautions~ I never disclose my resort or room number to peeps I don’t know.
- I never leave my food or beverage unattended with strangers.
- I always pay attention to my surroundings and keep my “street smarts” with me at all times. Just because I’m in the gates of the “World” doesn’t mean something CAN’T happen, it is a Fantasy of sorts and definitely not the time to be naive.
- If you’re really worried about safety, do not stay at properties where your bedroom door is also an exterior door. Interior hallways just feel safer to most people. They tend to be better lit~ which is important at night. I personally stayed at Port Orleans Riverside with an exterior door and I felt safe, I actually loved it….
- Reserve or request a room closer to the main buildings at Moderate and Value resorts. This will at least put you closer to the front desk and hopefully more guest/cast member foot traffic.
- One thing at Disney that’s good and bad is the crowds. Bad if you’re waiting in them for attractions; but good when you’re a part of a crowd and going to your resort early morning or late at night or in a more isolated place in the parks.
- Don’t carry mounds of cash on you, use your in-room safe.
- Don’t announce to the WORLD that you’re alone.
- Even though you are miles away from friends and family, another way you might feel safe and secure is to connect with them through technology. You can talk, text, skype even post status updates, photos, and video to Facebook or Twitter.
- If you have a blog you can vlog your vacation. If you are active in any of the online fan communities, like ⦁ DISboards, you can do a daily trip report.
- On my solo trip I met up at a meet & greet. They are “official” meets organized by podcasters, bloggers, or message board operators and sometimes they are just informal gatherings organized on message boards by the people who post there. Either way they are a way to not only spend time with like-minded Disney dorks but a chance to make new friends. If you happened to be down for a specific event there could be meets set up around that event. I’ve now been to two meet & greets and both were centered around runDisney races. Since my first solo trip in 2012, I’ve now gone three times solo and loved every one of them*O*
- Last but definitely not least~ simply enjoy being on your own schedule, at your pace enjoying the most magical place on earth.
Previously published on http://www.disneygals.com/.