Gray Cargill at SoloFriendly.com offers 10 reasons for traveling to Disney World alone. And loving it. For instance, how great is it to be able to slip into the Single Rider line and fill one-seat spots, bypassing the sometimes 45-minute or longer waits to get on a ride?
Or, say you want to go one a ride over and over? Or don't want to go on any rides at all one day? Who's to argue with you?
I'm not a big enough fan of Disney to make it my vacation but I have been there several times. With family. With friends. And alone, either because I had work in the area or because Disney actually WAS my work. I once wrote a story about the park for a publication I used to work for.I enjoyed each way of visiting Disney but remember why I liked going alone. It was that ability to make quick decisions and zig zag my way through without getting approval from anyone. "Hey, mind if I stop in the gift shop, even though it's the 17th one and they all have the same stuff and you're really sick of the shops?"
I never once uttered anything LIKE that sentence when I went alone.Once, when I was with family and friends, I was all excited to go on the Matterhorn ride, but there was a (not-to-be-named) person who chickened out at the last minute. So I turned away too. It was okay. I'm an adult. I can take it. But if I'd been alone, I'd have been zooming up those inclines and listening to the screams around me. Just like when I was a kid.
In retrospect, that family member might have done me a favor. (You know who you are, but I'M not going to out you.) Rollercoasters? They don't sit so well with me anymore, now that I'm all grown up. Sadly. Very sadly. They were one of my favorite things as a kid.
So if you're a Disney fan but don't think it's "right" to go to a family place like that by your lonesome, read Gray's post. It may give you the encouragement you need to indulge the kid in you. Even without any kids along.