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Old 07-25-2012, 02:55 PM   #61
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I think I am going solo in October. It's difficult to find someone else that is middle-aged (I'm 53) and that has the time and/or money to travel. I took someone with me last May, but I had to pay for everything. I only did so because I didn't want to go by myself on the first trip after my Mom died...she always traveled with me. And I had some use or lose DVC points.

My single cousin may go with me in October, but she's trying to get the time off. She's a commercial travel agent and has two free "use or lose" flights, so if she goes, I'll get free airfare But the company she works for may not give her the time off, as she's already used most of her vacation time for family illness and funerals.

I did make 3 ADRs for one person. If my cousin is able to go, it shouldn't be a problem, as a table for one, by default, is also a table for two.

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Old 07-26-2012, 10:16 AM   #62
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I started going alone to WDW many, many years ago. I thought that I would feel uncomfortable, kind of like that, "everyone is looking at me and knows I am alone" feeling. Perhaps I did feel like that a bit, at times, but mostly people are into themselves and their families. The FREEDOM of being alone there (in every way) is an ecstatic one. You come and go as you please, eat wherever, walk wherever, stop and go, come and go, shop or not shop, talk to strangers or not. In my case, at times, I felt a bit lonely but then again, that has to do with my state of mind at the time, and not with the fact it happens to everyone. I also went to Hollywood Studios alone and just loved taking photographs of the sights and interactions of others. Please don't ever let going solo stop you from doing it. Frankly, after I did it, I never wanted to go back with anyone...LOL ENJOY!
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Old 07-26-2012, 10:26 AM   #63
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LOVED, LOVED YOUR RESPONSE and view on SOLOing.
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Old 07-26-2012, 10:42 AM   #64
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I wish you a beautiful, magical, happy time. I know you are going to enjoy it tremendously!! Take in every moment.!! :-) Fill us in on how it went when you get back please. Thanks!
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Old 07-26-2012, 10:46 AM   #65
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It is humorous to me that many people just freak out when you mention WDW and "solo" in the same sentence. I got past many an anxiety attack by going to WDW, getting out and seeing that I would be JUST FINE at the end of the day. I recommend it to everyone I can.
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Old 07-26-2012, 10:56 AM   #66
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You echoed my life (only child here) and sentiments exactly. :-)
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Old 08-04-2012, 03:33 PM   #67
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The only thing I really don't like doing by myself is eating out, so that was a tough thing for me to get over in WDW. I found myself doing CS and walking around eating rather than sitting and enjoying myself.
This is the part I'm concerned about. Sitting alone at a table waiting for food just sounds lonely to me.
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Old 08-04-2012, 07:51 PM   #68
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This is the part I'm concerned about. Sitting alone at a table waiting for food just sounds lonely to me.
Actually that's the time I enjoy.... I update my fb status, look at the map to see what I want to do next, read, play a game or just people watch . If you spend a lot of time with people it's the perfect time to decompress from others....
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Old 08-05-2012, 09:08 AM   #69
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I started traveling solo about 20 years ago because none of my friends could travel when I could. Now I travel solo for that reason and because I haven't found anyone who travels like I like to.

I have traveled to WDW, DCL and ABD solo numerous times. I have the freedom to come and go as I please and do exactly what I want instead of not getting to have my vacation because everyone in the group doesn't want to do what I want to. I always meet nice people when I travel and a lot of them tell me that they wish they were traveling solo.
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Old 08-05-2012, 02:07 PM   #70
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I have my first Disney Cruise coming up in February. I couldn't be more excited Yet everyone I tell Im going solo, feels sorry for me and wonders what I will do with myself. I actually feel sorry for them

I can't wait to have some travel time by myself.....do what I want to do, when I want to do it. Make MY own plans. Sometimes travelling with others can get....frustrating. I can eat where I want, take all the time in the world to people watch, take pictures, walk around different places (hotels).

I look forward to my first solo trip to Disney sometime next year as well.
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Old 08-07-2012, 03:09 PM   #71
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Sometimes solo is the best way to do what YOU want on YOUR schedule. Not a selfish thing by any means, just a way to experience Disney the way you like.
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Old 08-09-2012, 12:00 PM   #72
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I'm thinking of a WDW solo trip for this winter when DH does his guys ski trip. I've started perusing the solo boards to check it out. You are encouraging me !
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Old 08-09-2012, 12:01 PM   #73
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Old 08-09-2012, 07:08 PM   #74
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One thing I enjoy when making a solo visit it offering to take pictures of families. When I see a dad for instance taking a picture of his wife and kids, I"ll ask him if he wants me to take a picture of everyone. It's an easy offer to make and often brings a smile to everyone.
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Old 08-11-2012, 06:28 PM   #75
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Thanks for this thread! I've been thinking about a solo trip for the past few days but I still can't decide. My husband is not really into the idea of going (we've been twice together and our last time was ruined by someone else in our party, but he's just not as into it as I am) and the few close friends I have are either not interested or can't afford it. The biggest issue for me is being able to share the experience with someone. I'm a fairly reserved and quiet person who likes to go go go and do my own thing with the least amount of people possible, but I just can't shake the feeling that I'd be sad without someone beside me.
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