I Travel to Disney World Alone. These Are the 8 Restaurants That Don’t Make Me Feel Awkward.

Traveling to Disney World alone IS my specialty, friends.

I LOVE solo trips to Disney World!

When I took my first adult trip in 2021, I was turning 20 and wanted to be sure nothing got in the way of me doing what me, myself, and I wanted. After that, I fell in love with the concept and experience of going alone and really haven’t looked back since! I’ll admit though, there are a few aspects of Disney World that are a little awkward to do alone, one of them being dining. If you’re headed to Disney World on a solo trip soon, here are the restaurants that have never made me feel awkward for being a party of 1!

First, I want to say that no Disney World Cast Member has ever made me feel awkward for being by myself. Oftentimes, it’s all in your head, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t feel very, very real! Try to remember that everyone is so focused on their own day that wondering why you’re alone is probably the last thing on their mind.

Quick Service Restaurants

When it comes to dining alone, quick service spots are my way to go always. Because you’re not having to reserve dining ahead of time and put in that there’s only one of you (which there’s NOTHING wrong with!), confirm that with a Cast Member, and then be sat around all these families and friends dining together. My personal FAVORITE quick service spots are:

  • Sunshine Seasons (EPCOT) — it’s so open and there’s so many seating choices!
Sunshine Seasons
  • Sleepy Hollow Refreshments (Magic Kingdom) — complete opposite here, because there’s very little seating, but that means you can just take your snack and sit a little ways away in a picturesque spot
Sleepy Hollow
  • Ronto Roasters (Disney’s Hollywood Studios) — again, very little seating here, but you can snag a random spot around Galaxy’s Edge and really feel like you’re chowing down quick before your next intergalactic mission (…just me?)
Ronto Roasters
  • Satu’li Canteen (Disney’s Animal Kingdom) — similar to EPCOT’s spot, this restaurant has a good amount of seating inside and outside, which means you can tuck into a spot much easier than families and enjoy those cheeseburger pods (which I didn’t get to EAT on my last trip and I’m still sad)
Satu’li Canteen

And while this next option isn’t exactly quick service, it’s also not table service, so I’ll put it here — don’t count out the Festival Booths at EPCOT festivals! All of these areas have very limited seating, so it’s very common to see everyone just sitting wherever they can. Plus, you can grab a little something from multiple booths and make it the most epic meal to ever exist.


Plus, EPCOT is seen as the most “adult” park of the four, so you’re probably the most likely to see solo travelers like yourself!

Table Service

Now if you’re looking for a more upscale meal, or something that has a little higher quality to it, you may want to head to a table service spot. While this isn’t something I personally do, I chatted with a coworker who also travels solo to Disney World a lot, and she gave me her recommendations! She likes to dine in restaurants that have an adjacent lounge with bar seating. There is usually walk-up seating available (especially when you are just looking for one seat), and these lounges usually serve the same menu — or at least an abbreviated version of the menu.

  • Citricos Lounge (Grand Floridian Resort & Spa) — This gorgeous spot serves Florida cuisine with some Mediterranean flavors mixed in. The lounge serves the same menu as the restaurant, and dinner here has never let us down!
Steakhouse 71 Lounge
  • Tambu Lounge (Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort) — This is the creme de la creme of lounges according to a few members of our team! The vibes here are tropical, and really, who doesn’t NEED a drink served in a pineapple sometimes?! You can grab popular dishes from ‘Ohana, the table service spot right next door, which is a huge win,
Tambu Lounge outside of ‘Ohana

The best part about lounges is that the fewer people in your party, the EASIER it is for you to be seated faster! So to be a party of 1 here is fantastic, and actually gives you a leg-up in a way. This is also a great way to try some fantastic dishes from these restaurants at a bit of a lower cost (and who doesn’t want ‘Ohana noodles?! I definitely have to FINALLY try them on my next visit).

Tambu Lounge

Bottom line, if you’re scared to dine in Disney World alone at those MASSIVE dining spots, or where you feel you’re the odd-one-out, I completely get it. But don’t let fear hold you back from what you want to do — or in this case, what you want to eat. Make the most of your solo trip and check all those things off YOUR bucket list — you paid a lot of money to be there, don’t let other people’s opinions hold you back!

Tambu Lounge eats

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3 Replies to “I Travel to Disney World Alone. These Are the 8 Restaurants That Don’t Make Me Feel Awkward.”

  1. My late Father in Law was a big fan of taking a break in the afternoon and hitting the Crew Club Lounge at the Yacht Club. We joined for a meal on occasion. The food was always good, atmosphere pleasant, and service top notch. I know you cannot include every place on your list, but I’ll give it an honorable mention.

  2. I travel to WDW alone and this post just made me feel sad. If you want another perspective on this, let me know and I would be happy to write one.

    1. Agree, quick service and lounges only? That’s novice advice. I’ve sat in the actual sit down restaurants solo several times and there are definitely some that are better than others. Also it should be mentioned that solo reservations tend to be blocked off by Disney between 6-8pm when they are at their busiest so solo travelers should keep that in mind when searching for rezzies. Eat a late lunch and have pleasant solo supper at 8-830pm. Best way to adult!!