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.