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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Would I Ever Take a Solo Trip?

After a conversation with a fellow Disney fan the other day, I pondered whether or not I would venture to the most magical place on earth by myself, should the opportunity arise.  With much thought, contemplation, and reassuring the husband that I wouldn’t leave him in the dust every trip (and even this one was imaginary), the answer was. . . yes!

Just thinking about a solo trip gave me goose bumps.  Oh, the freedom, the solitude, the park touring, and shopping!  I grinned ear to ear just day dreaming about walking into a shop and actually looking and shopping rather than just scanning the merchandise as my real focal point was keeping an eye on the boy.  I could imagine spending hours in the various shops in EPCOT’s World Showcase.

But what would I really do on a solo trip?

I would take Disney’s Magical Express to my resort after flying by myself in an aisle seat.  No worrying about other’s things or bags.  I would make my way through security without having to watch two other people or hold their tickets or their ID’s. 

I would stay at a Deluxe Disney resort hotel.  Yep.  With only a solo traveler, the trip would be much less expensive.  One flight, one park ticket, one dining plan, and one deluxe resort room.  I would say the Polynesian or the Contemporary would be just fine or the Grand Floridian for some frills.

I would use Disney transportation to take me to and from the various Disney destinations on my itinerary.  I would chat with strangers and offer assistance to someone with their arms full or just in need of an extra hand.

I would pack and carry only the things I needed for the day without checking with others to make sure all items were accounted for.

I would still be at rope drop when the parks opened.  But, I wouldn’t rush to get Fastpasses.  I would stroll at my leisure to whatever ride or attraction suited my fancy.  I would sit and watch people while having a treat.  I would talk to Cast Members and other guests. I would get my picture taken while meeting characters by Photopass Photographers.  I would raise my hand to volunteer to be in shows.  I might even take a special tour.

I would dine at both table service and counter service locations.  I would make reservations at some of the restaurants that fill tables community style like Teppan Edo or the Beirgarten; no dining alone!  I would dine with characters and ask Cast Members to take my photo.

And, as much as I would savor the experience, I would look forward to returning to my family and sharing the adventures.


  1. Where do you get your matching Disney Shirts? Going in Feb with some friends and it would be fun to have the same shirts on. Michael Norwalk Iowa

  2. Fellow Iowan,
    Congratulations on your upcoming Disney trip! We design our shirts on zazzle.com and proudly wear them at Disney. Disneystore.com is another place to purchase prior to your trip. Good luck and have a great trip!

  3. In one of your photos your family is wearing a green shirt says disney on the front I want that lol where did you get it? This will be my second trip to Disney went Feb of this year and it was amazing no lines it was crazy we only spent 1 day but managed to park hop to 3. Next year doing 3 days. Magic Kingdom Epcot and Animal Kingdom. I also just read that splash mountain will be closed for repair really upset about that but thunder mountain will be open this time since it was closed my last trip.

  4. Michael,
    We purchased the green Disney shirts at Disneystore.com. You can find them in the customize or personalize section.
    Have a great trip in February! Sounds like you are well on your way to being a fabulous Disney fan!