Short answer: no! However, I just returned from my 5th trip to Disneyland this year, and I found myself being less excited than the last few times. Perhaps, it’s time to throw in the towel and limit myself to one Disney trip every other year. For one thing, it’s expensive. For the same amount of money I spend on one single trip (includes Park Hopper Tickets, flight, hotel, and food), I could take a nice trip to Europe.
It is Disneyland, though, so it’s difficult to complain. I still had a marvelous time. The crowds were bearable, which I believe was caused by the kids still finishing up their last days at school. The longest I had to wait in line was an hour at the new Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout ride, which was AWESOME!!!!!!! That was the only ride I found myself planning to ride over and over again while I was there this time around.
Here is my biggest complaint: it is so difficult to eat healthy at either of the parks on the Disneyland Resort. After completing my first round of Whole30 in April, I have adopted much better eating habits. At Disneyland, it is almost impossible to eat healthy unless you bring your own food. I didn’t want to lug a bunch of stuff around, so I decided to take my chances. Bengal Barbecue is the best option for meats and veggies, and there are some healthy snack options at various kiosks through out the parks. But, I never felt satisfied, and getting a healthy meal at any of the sit-down restaurants was nearly impossible.
On to more adventures, though. I have some ideas for more trips in the future. I’d love to plan a kayaking trip before the end of summer, so we’ll see if that is possible. With a full-time job, it’s hard to plan a big adventure like that for the weekend. Scotland is coming up in March, 2018, which is really exciting. I’d love to head over to the East Coast and revisit Boston, and take a trip up to Salem. There’s so much more of this beautiful planet to see, and I hope you’ll come along with me!
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 🙂