I wasn’t sure if I would blog about this experience, but I’ve finally decided to. Disneyland is one of my favorite places in the world. Even though I’m 34 years old, I still find so much enjoyment in everything Disney-related. I have a mounting collection of Disney movies, both live-action and animated.
When thinking of Disneyland as a vacation destination, one may think of it as a perfect place to visit with family or friends. Walking through the different areas of the resort, a majority of the crowd was made up of families with children. There were also the small groups of friends that decided to spend a day or two at the parks together. Then, there was me…all alone.
Unlike my other solo trips to other countries where friends and family were worried about my safety, those close to me worried that I would be sad and lonely on this trip. While I did kind of wish I had a friend or two there with me, ultimately I was ecstatic to be there on my own. I had an agenda, and I planned to make the most of my three days at the Disneyland Resort.
There are many benefits to traveling by oneself to Disneyland.
- Many rides have a Single Rider line, which is separate (sometimes through the exit) from the main queue. This is a great way to bypass the sometimes long lines, which can occur at the really busy attractions.
- Cast Members (Disney park employees for those of you who do not speak Disney lingo) are more likely to strike up conversations with you, which can lead to fun Disney experiences. For instance, I was given access to a special seating area for the Main Street Electrical Parade.
- While attending a Character Breakfast at my hotel, Mickey, Minnie, Stitch, Daisy, and Pluto spent extra time at my table, reeling me further into the Disney experience.
Those are just a few of the perks. Traveling alone, I was able to spend as much time in the parks as I wanted. I opened and closed the parks each day I was there. Since I was staying at a Disney hotel (review coming soon), I had early access to the parks one hour before they opened to the general public. Originally, I had intended to take a little nap at my hotel after or around lunch time, but I was too excited to be there. I didn’t rest until I knew the park gates were locked and all the rides were shut down for the night.
Don’t be afraid to experience things on your own. Yes, Disneyland might be a mecca for family vacations, but it treats its solo guests pretty well. I can’t wait to go back! I may have to try a solo trip to Walt Disney World to see if I can tell the difference as a solo voyager 🙂