Doing Disneyland alone??

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  1. Matchboxjen

    Matchboxjen Earning My Ears

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    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!:yay:
     
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  3. sonnyjane

    sonnyjane DIS Veteran

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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!!
     
  4. Matchboxjen

    Matchboxjen Earning My Ears

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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.
     
  5. Baliezer

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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.
     
  6. mikedoyleblogger

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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.
     
  7. Matchboxjen

    Matchboxjen Earning My Ears

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    Thanks for the offer! I'm going to go in Oct/Nov probably.
     
  8. Matchboxjen

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    Very true. Thanks!
     
  9. beachdreamr1229

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    I would love to take a solo trip to Disneyland. I have made a habit of visiting every theme park in southern California except Disneyland on my own just because I love doing things by myself sometimes. My visits to other parks have all been extremely fun, especially because there are a lot of rides you can use single rider for and it saves a lot of time.

    If you want to see everything at Disneyland and DCA, 3 days will probably be enough unless you are going during the busiest time of summer. But if you're going in the off-season, 2 would probably be okay, especially if you don't care so much about Toontown or some of the stuff more geared toward little kids.

    Also, if you're up for it, sometimes you can set up a meet-up with other people who are going alone. This can either be an all-day or part of a day, or even just a meal. It gives you some social interaction.

    My family and I have APs, so if you need company, we may be available at short notice. We have the cheap pass though, so lots of blackout days.
     
  10. Baliezer

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    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.
     
  11. Matchboxjen

    Matchboxjen Earning My Ears

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    Thanks for the reply! I'm thinking of going in either Oct or Nov. Hopefully it won't be as hot then because I'm not a fan of the heat haha. I plan on staying at a hotel within walking distance so if I need a break, it's not a big deal to leave the park for a bit.

    I kept going back and forth in my head about whether or not to go alone, but all these positive replies have me leaning towards going. Thanks so much! :)
     
  12. Matchboxjen

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    Awesome! Thanks!
     
  13. Phoenixrising

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    I love going solo to DL and running away from home so to speak. I'm going to DL this Nov, and am having more concerns about my spine than the trip itself. Was involved in a major crash, and it's looking like this trip will be the deciding factor if we are going to WDW afterwards in a couple of years or not, depending on how my back handles the flight and rides. Take it from me, don't let the fear of going solo on trips stop you from doing things. The main reason I go to DL solo is that I love it, and feel safe travelling there. I'm going for 6 days in Nov solo, and intend on pushing the back to it's Max without going overboard.And have a blast doing it. Have a great trip!!!:cool1::cool1:
     
  14. bumbershoot

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    I have LOVED my solo trips. Just loved them.

    But I used to go eat on my own, see movies on my own, etc. I was single until I was newly 31, and that gave me quite a few years of getting to be on my own. Disneyland solo gives me a taste of how luscious that time was. :)
     
  15. Matchboxjen

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    Thanks for the reply! I don't want to sit around watching life pass me by. I feel like DL is a good first trip alone. Safe area and lots to keep me busy!
     
  16. Matchboxjen

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    I'm 30 and have just started doing stuff on my own more. I don't mind it, but travelling on my own will be the true test! Haha.
     
  17. Mama Who

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    I've never done a full solo trip but my guys like to sleep in so I frequently do several hours on my own. I enjoy it. :)
     
  18. lovebug33

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    I did MK and DHS solo at WDW. The bad side was eating. I really didn't like eating by myself. Other than that, I had a blast. I didn't want to ride a bunch of rides, because that would make me miss DH (I was on a work trip and nobody wanted to go to the parks!). I did all sorts of fun things I wouldn't have done with my ride crazed DH. I watched parades and even got to dance in one. I had long convos with characters. I sang Take me out to the ball game in front of a store. I sat on a porch and watched a family have a mental breakdown over peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I really enjoyed it because I got to hang out and do what I wanted and enjoy the sites of the park!
     
  19. anonymousegirl

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    I love my solo trips! If I could I would be at DLR every 6 weeks! My DH or my friends, every 6 months is too soon.

    I love the single rider lines and I love doing exactly what I want when I want. I lvoe eating when and where I want. I chat with people in line and CMs to pass the time and I trade pins. I like doing rope drop and then taking a break later in the day, if my hotel is close enough.
     
  20. Skippydoo

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    On another board I have read some inspiring trip reports from someone who got an annual pass and made several trips to Disneyland on her own.

    I frequently travel on my own for business and I can say that meal time is probably the only time I really feel alone. So I usually read (kindle app on my iphone is wonderful), people watch, or if I want some down time I get dinner to go and take it to the hotel and veg. The rest of the time there's almost always something to do.
     
  21. Congo Queen

    Congo Queen DLand Devotee Since 1966

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    In 45+ years of visiting, I have never visited Dland alone. Though I love sharing Dland with my family, it is one of my secret fantasies to visit solo. Someday I will do it. I think it would be so awesome to do exactly every single thing you wanted to do (when you wanted to do it) with no need to compromise.
     

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