I’m Going On My First Solo Disney Trip

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I have been to Disney World more times than I can count with most of them being when I was young.  The last time I went was in 2010 when The Wizarding World of Harry Potter had just opened.  I’ve loved every minute of every one of my trips to “The Happiest Place on Earth.”  I’ve been going through withdrawals and was planning on using my vacation time and go in the spring with a friend.

A more alluring option presented itself to me the other day though:  Why not go on my first ever solo Disney trip??  I love going places alone, but aside from a few day trips and wandering off alone on larger trips, I’ve never traveled completely alone.  Come this time next year, I’m going to be on the other side of the world alone so what’s keeping me from going to Disney alone?

My first thoughts were…is this common?  Do lots of people go to Disney World solo?  So naturally, I went over to Google and found out that yes, it is pretty common and guess what?  People love it!  I was pretty set on going anyway, but after reading so many positive comments about others who go alone, I was sold.

Magic Kingdom in 2010

Magic Kingdom in 2010

Here’s a few reasons why I believe this could possibly be the best Disney trip I’ve ever been on:

1.  I only have to keep up with myself.

If you had to ask people I’ve traveled with what’s the most annoying thing about me…it would probably be that I don’t stop.  Any other day and I love my sleep, but when I’m on a trip I get overtaken with excitement and wake up super early and am ready to go…right then.  So, the idea of having the luxury to wake up super early, hit the park, and not stop until late at night without listening to anyone else’s opinion is simply amazing.  Just the idea alone makes me happy.

Love these things!

Love these things!

2.  I can do what I want when I want.

If I want to ride Tower of Terror over and over and over again…I can.  If I want to wait in line for three hours to get my very own wand…I can.  If I want to thoroughly visit Epcot (like no one else ever seems to want to do)…I can.

Tower of Terror: A Classic

Tower of Terror: A Classic

3.  Single Rider Lines.

There are several rides that offer a single rider line which obviously makes the wait time less.

4.  I can ride It’s A Small World with no complaining.

Yes, by the time you are through the whole ride…you kind of want to curl up in a ball and scream from the repetitiveness, but there’s also something about it that I just love.  Maybe it’s my love of travel.    Regardless, it will be nice to ride it without hearing anyone else whine.

Feeding My Hippo Obsession in Disney World

Feeding My Hippo Obsession in Disney World

This will also be my first time not going during the summer.  Lack of heat, humidity, and crowds sounds pretty awesome.

I have to figure out the lodging situation.  I thought about Couchsurfing, but this would be my first time and I’d love some pointers if anyone has any.  I also thought about camping, but not entirely sure exactly how cold it gets at night in January.  The last option would be to fork over money for a hotel which I don’t want to do.

I also would love to hear any tips on places I must eat at.  Every time I’ve gone, we pretty much just grab whatever.  I’ve never taken the time to research the best places.

I’ve got less than 60 days to plan so I better get to it!

 

 

 

 

 

Ashley is the mastermind behind A Southern Gypsy, a travel blog focused adventure, outdoors, wildlife and Vegan food! In between bigger trips, she is delivering the best of her hometown, Nashville. Hates mustard & pickles. Needs coffee to function. Other passions | activism, minimalism, zero waste, books + writing.

2 Comments

  1. Sam | Travelling King

    March 3, 2014 at 6:06 AM

    I want to eat what you are eating that looks amazinggggz!!
    I have always wanted to go to Disney land!! One day…. one day!!

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