When I was recently approached about heading to Los Angeles for a business I trip all I heard in my head was, “You’re going to Disneyland!” I couldn’t wait to tell my hubby and get our flights booked. You can imagine how deflated I was when the dates fell over a period that he couldn’t join me. At first, I was sad that I would be so close to Disneyland and not visiting the happiest place on Earth. Then I realized, I visit Disney World several times a month all by myself. Why not do the same for the west coast? I figured if I thought twice about doing Disney on my own then most of you would too. So with that in mind here are the best things about traveling alone on your next Disney vacation and why you should give it a try!
What to ride next? Anything I want! Often when traveling with friends and family compromises have to be made to keep everyone happy. When you’re on your own there’s a very short list of people to keep content! Want to ride something that your family hates? No problem! Want to sleep in or stay out late? Sounds great! In my case, that means a lot of time taking photos with no pressure to go faster because someone it bored.
Single rider lines are the only lines. Several of the most popular attractions host single rider lines to help fill single seats left open by odd sized groups. When traveling with a group you have to make the choice to split up to save time using these lines. However, when it’s just you there’s no reason not to take advantage of these time saving queues!
The speed of one. If you’ve never been to Disney on your own I can’t tell you how much faster you can move through crowds by yourself! One of the biggest challenges when navigating the parks is keeping your party together. Imagine just being able to breeze along without having to worry if you’ve lost someone! I can scurry through the parks twice as fast when it’s just me. Or would you rather mosey? There is nobody to hurry you along when you’re there alone.
Sleep? I don’t need no stinkin’ sleep! My hubby is a napper, and a person that likes to sleep in late, and a person that likes to go to bed early. I, on the other hand, would skip a night or two of sleep if it meant more Disney. I’m excited to get to Disneyland before opening without the battle and stay until the stars come out. Similarly, I’ve decided to try one of the off property hotels that are walking distance to Disneyland. My other half always wants to stay on property but I’m not so picky and happy to save the cost difference! Since there’s no need to compromise with myself these were all easy decisions.
One word: Shopping! Ladies, did you hear that? It’s the sound of slowly browsing through every shop on Disney property. If that alone isn’t enough to get you to try a solo trip I don’t know what will!
One is the cheapest number. Okay, and the loneliest. But on a positive note one admission ticket is cheaper than two or more. It’s a great time to try tours or other experiences that the rest of your party might not enjoy as much as you would. Look for those things that your normal traveling party would never do and go for it! When else will you get another chance to do it any cheaper?
Make some new friends. You might not want to be “that person” but I’ve made great friends just from striking up a conversation in the parks. If you’re shy then chatting with cast members is a great place to start. They’re all very welcoming and helpful. I still correspond with a cast member I made friends with when visiting Disneyland Paris. The love of Disney is universal so don’t be scared to meet someone knew when you’re one your own.
Share with a friend. This is where you guys come in! I’m very thankful to be able to share my Disney World experiences with you guys. It motivates me to go out on my own on a night I might have spent on the couch. I have to admit, it helped me decide to tackle Disneyland on my own because I knew I could share it with you! So I can tell you from experience, sharing your trip with others will help you have an even better time!
Have you even tried visiting Disney by yourself? Would you ever try a solo trip? Do you have another reason it’s great to travel alone that I didn’t include above? I hope you’ll share with us in the comments below! As always thanks so much for reading!