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Dining Solo at Walt Disney World and the Tune In Lounge

It’s no secret that I love traveling to Walt Disney World with and without my family.  Dining solo can sometimes be intimidating  and I’ll admit that I hate being a “party of one” at a Table Service location, but I don’t want to always eat at Quick Service.  Also, I don’t like having to make Advanced Dining Reservations on solo trips.  I enjoy the freedom of choosing what I want to do on a whim, without planning and plotting.  The freedom creates a whole other level of magic.  Mama gets to make all of the choices without having to worry about pit stops at the potty and naptimes.  It’s as close to heaven on Earth as I can get.

One of my absolute favorite places to eat at Walt Disney World is 50’s Prime Time Cafe.  Anyone who knows me knows I love kitsch and nostalgia.  I also dig a good pot roast and comfort food.  My favorite way to eat at 50’s Prime Time isn’t inside the actual dining area, it’s at the Tune In Lounge:

The Lounge is attached to 50’s Prime Time and is mainly used as a bar/waiting room for those guests dining in the main dining rooms.  It can get crowded, especially at peak dining times, so I suggest trying to eat a little earlier or later than normal to avoid the rush.

The full 50’s Prime Time menu is available at the Tune-in Lounge, as is a full bar (hooray margaritas!).  But the best part of the Tune In Lounge?  The bartenders!  I have such a great time chatting with the Cast Members behind the bar.  It’s definitely more pleasurable than the awkward small talk you make with a server when you’re at a table alone.

Tune in Lounge Pot Roast

My favorite pot roast. mmmm

The TV’s at the bar play the same, awesome nostalgic clips seen around the 50’s Prime Time dining rooms.  You still get the same great 50’s experience without a reservation or having to wait for a table.

Tune In Lounge Bar

Oh, and one last tip: skip dessert here.  Why, you ask?  Head over to The Writer’s Stop, grab a carrot cake cookie (aka the best dessert ever) and stroll the Streets of America.  Bonus points if you can do this during sunset.  It’s beautiful and a great way to wind down before Fantasmic!.

Writers Stop Disney Hollywood Studios

There are several other locations around Walt Disney World which offer fantastic bar/lounge seating and full access to dining menus, all without Advanced Dining Reservations.  Stay tuned for more photos from those locations very soon!

Where’s your favorite place to eat solo at Walt Disney World?

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10 Comments

  • Reply Jackie/Delightfully Disney January 23, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    I never really go to the parks solo – so I’m just guessing here. But if I could try one place solo it would be La Cava del Tequila! I think that would be a fun non awkward spot for 1.

    • Reply ashley January 23, 2013 at 6:36 pm

      La Cava is a great option! It doesn’t have a full menu, but it’s great for a yummy drink and snack. Their chips and guac are so delicious.

  • Reply Tesa @ 2 Wired 2 Tired January 23, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    What a neat place and the food looks delicious! I’ll have to add this to our list the next time we go to Disney!

  • Reply Cassie January 23, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    With the number of times I have been to Disney in the past 4 years I have to say this is a new spot to me so THANK YOU!! I can’t not wait to check it out this year. Oh and I am totally jealous you can get there solo.. I would love to get there solo or better yet have a girlfriends trip there.

    • Reply ashley January 24, 2013 at 2:33 pm

      You’ll love it! And you have to try and have an adults-only weekend (or at least a date night, the Kids Clubs are excellent for child care). It’s the best!

  • Reply Hanan January 23, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Sounds like a very chill place to eat and enjoy!

  • Reply Becca and Karen January 24, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    FUN! I have never dined solo there, but that pot roast is making me want to go to the Tune In Lounge! Pinning, too!

  • Reply Melissa January 25, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    I have never been here and haven’t had the chance to dine solo but I second that I’d like La Cava del Tequila!

  • Reply Lindsay February 3, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    I am traveling to Orlando at the end of Feb for work and am extending my stay for the weekend. Sooo that means I will be solo all weekend! Friday after my meeting I am planning to do the Wizarding World of Harry Potter that afternoon and then staying on Disney property Fri and Saturday night. I will only have Fri evening and all Saturday and night for Disney. I am most nervous about the evenings alone. I am taking your suggestion here on dining, but do you have any other dining suggestions?? I am wondering what other restaurants have a bar and the full menu available? I will only have a park ticket for Saturday, not Friday. Thanks!

  • Reply Lara March 2, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Thanks! Am currently planning my first solo trip to Disney – travelling from the UK at the start of December. Sooooo excited already and enjoying the idea do experiencing Disney in a different way from my last few trips with a friend.

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