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Old 04-28-2013, 10:13 PM   #1
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Doing Disneyland alone??

Hi everyone,

I've been a long time lurker of the board, but just recently registered.

To make a very long story short:

After plans falling through multiple times I have decided to plan a trip to Disneyland alone. I'm tired of waiting for someone to go with me. I've been to WDW twice and DL once, but never alone. In hoping that things change and someone will go with me, but I'm not holding my breath. Has anyone done Disneyland alone? Was it ok or awkward? How many days did you go for? I'm thinking 3 days will be enough for me.

Thanks for the help!
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Old 04-28-2013, 10:19 PM   #2
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I go alone all the time!!! 3 days will be great if you're alone. You'll see just about everything. Remember to take advantage of the Single Rider lines!!
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Old 04-28-2013, 10:28 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply! I would definitely do single rider lines. I don't mind being alone, I just don't know if I can handle it for 3 days! Haha. But, I miss Disney too much to dwell on it too much.
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Old 04-28-2013, 10:54 PM   #4
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We are going in about two weeks if you want to go with us. We go at a pretty fast pass though.
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Old 04-28-2013, 11:01 PM   #5
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Disneyland alone doesn't necessarily feel alone. It's one of the few places I've ever been where being alone doesn't really dampen the experience. If you're brave enough to talk to the CMs you encounter and fellow visitors waiting in ride queues, you'll intereact with lots of people. And since you're at DLR, many of those visitors are in a good mood and totally open to chatting. Plus, every couple or group you encounter where one person is the "odd person out" taking everyone else's photo, you can offer to take the photo--which usually makes their day. I've done DLR alone many days and have used these strategies to have a great, very un-alone time.
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Old 04-28-2013, 11:07 PM   #6
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Disneyland alone doesn't necessarily feel alone. It's one of the few places I've ever been where being alone doesn't really dampen the experience. If you're brave enough to talk to the CMs you encounter and fellow visitors waiting in ride queues, you'll intereact with lots of people. And since you're at DLR, many of those visitors are in a good mood and totally open to chatting. Plus, every couple or group you encounter where one person is the "odd person out" taking everyone else's photo, you can offer to take the photo--which usually makes their day. I've done DLR alone many days and have used these strategies to have a great, very un-alone time.
Very true. Thanks!
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Old 04-28-2013, 11:06 PM   #7
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We are going in about two weeks if you want to go with us. We go at a pretty fast pass though.
Thanks for the offer! I'm going to go in Oct/Nov probably.
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Thanks for the offer! I'm going to go in Oct/Nov probably.
Let me know if you change your mind. We have passes and aim for Disney at every holiday, three day weekend and sometimes in between.
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Old 04-29-2013, 03:38 PM   #9
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I just took a trip alone last October. It was great! I did exactly what I wanted to do. During my two day stay I did not go on a ride!!! I got to take my time going to shows my family never wants to see (Voices of Liberty), took my time at the Disney Gallery and the shops along Main Street, watched the flag retreat in the afternoon, saw the parade. Had a marvelous lengthy lunch at Cafe Orleans. Took a leisurely walk through DCA, and explored Carsland. Had tons of fun pin trading with cast members. Sitting on a bench with popcorn or a dole whip and people watching is so much fun. Enjoyed seeing the families together, didn't feel the love for the groups of Tweens.
It was so RELAXING, very different than my previous visits with family and friends.

Enjoy you time at the parks!
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I'm doing my first solo trip ever in about a month. I'm nervous, but I think DL is a good place to go alone, because you're never truly... "Alone" at least in the parks.

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Old 04-29-2013, 06:31 PM   #11
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I have been to DL solo 4 times from 4-5 days each time.

All of these 4 trips have been from Feb 2012-Feb 2013 (yes, I had an AP).

I have stayed at Best Western Park Place Inn, Howard Johnson, Paradise Pier and the Disneyland Hotel (my mom's fault as she wanted to stay there on our Dec trip).

I went in Feb 2012 after going to WDW in Sept 2011 with a friend (now former) as I was disappointed with our trip.

I am totally addicted!! I am going to WDW in 4 days for another solo trip (did my first solo WDW trip last Sept). And will most likely be hitting either WDW or DL for "Christmas Time" again. Trying to convince my mom to come with me

You will have a blast. I am not the most outgoing person, and being alone doesn't bother me that much. But with that being said, I met lots of people especially waiting in lines for rides or a dole whip.

I never felt scared or nervous. You will be around people almost all of the time. Even walking to and from your hotel.
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Old 04-29-2013, 08:18 PM   #12
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You are all awesome! Thanks so much for the replies! I'm feeling more comfortable now with my decision to go solo and am really looking forward to it. I'm a little worried I will feel a little sadness being there because my 3 previous trips to Disney were all with my former best friend. But what can ya do? I'm willing to give it a try.
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:08 PM   #13
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I went solo for my birthday two years ago. I met up with another DISer there solo for her birthday and we had a character breakfast together. I had so much fun! It was so nice to do everything at my own pace. I don't know how to post a link but I also wrote a trip report about my solo birthday trip if you'd like to check it out.
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:36 PM   #14
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I went solo for my birthday two years ago. I met up with another DISer there solo for her birthday and we had a character breakfast together. I had so much fun! It was so nice to do everything at my own pace. I don't know how to post a link but I also wrote a trip report about my solo birthday trip if you'd like to check it out.
Awesome! I will look for it. Oh and hello to a fellow Canadian!
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:43 PM   #15
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I have done WDW and DL solo, and let me just tell you...it is awesome! Eat when you want, ride when and what you want, sleep when you want, wander when you want. One night, I just sat on Main Street, ate popcorn, and people-watched. You will really enjoy it, in my opinion.
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