So very sad- should I go to Disney anyway??

Discussion in 'Disney for Adults and Solo Travelers' started by Lizboo, Nov 16, 2012.

  1. Lizboo

    Lizboo DIS Veteran

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    My DH of 15 years told me less than 2 weeks ago that he is no longer in love with me. We had a trip scheduled for WDW Dec 5-9. He cancelled his flight and said I should take a friend. Well, less than 3 weeks out, it is not possible.

    My gut says to go alone. Financially, I won't be able to go like we did in the past and I should enjoy it, but I am just going to miserable the entire time?

    We were together almost 20 years. Can a WDW trip help heal my breaking heart or is it just going to make it worse?

    Any ideas on how to make it less lonely?

    TIA
    Elizabeth
     
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  3. Pumbaa7287

    Pumbaa7287 I am the great Stone Dragon!

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    I'm so sorry to hear about this liz, and I'm sure it's been extraordinarily tough to deal with. I can only imagine how it must feel to be with someone for so long to have this happen somewhat suddenly like that. My advice would be to still go. You don't want to let this sadness dominate the rest of your life, so there's no need to let it do so now. Even if it seems a bit soon, I feel like the trip would be a great way for you to at least get your mind off things for a bit and remember what it's like to have fun! When I've gone to Disney with family or alone, I always end up meeting new and fun people whether it's in line or walking around the parks, and I'm sure it will be no different for you!

    That being said, only you know how you will feel while at the park, and if you think it will be too much for you to handle, then you need to make that choice. Sending lots of ((hugs)) and prayer your way as you go through a difficult time.
     
  4. Lizboo

    Lizboo DIS Veteran

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    Thank you very much
     
  5. kwdw

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    Sorry to hear about your news. :(

    I find solo trips (Disney or anywhere) - give me time to reflect on my own life in a more "open" manner because I am not in my normal environment. The change of place, instead of being in the normal daily routine, gives me freedom to reflect.

    So - I would say GO!

    I also find that doing I something I love reminds me that I am my own person and my life is my own - I am not just half of a couple.

    Now - I do admit, when in France (Epcot) at dusk and watching the couples head off to dinner - I have be lonely. I now avoid World Showcase later in the evening when traveling alone. So - now I do the World Showcase area starting at 11 am and be done with it by late afternoon. That's just feels like the most "couples/adults" area of Disney at night.
     
  6. Pumbaa7287

    Pumbaa7287 I am the great Stone Dragon!

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    And if you need people to talk about your planning with and get you excited, you have a great place here!
     
  7. Rememberingthe70s

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    I'd think of it as a great opportunity to spend some time with yourself in a lovely place. Enjoy the parks without pressure from anyone else, spend a day touring the resorts and stop for a bit at one you've never been to, find some really beautiful places on property and take a nice, slow stroll, explore places you never had the time to before.

    I get a month of vacation per year, more than my spouse, so I make a solo trip each year. (One coming up in January!) If you think you'll need some company, schedule a few meet-ups with folks from the board.

    I really have a lovely time when I'm there alone. :flower3:
     
  8. SwimBikeRun

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    I am so sorry this is happening to you! Been there myself, but it was after 8 years of marriage, 14 together and 2 kids.

    I hope you go! You will have fun. I know that right now it feels like you'll never laugh or be happy again but that isn't true. It will happen and it will be sooner than you think! Do not be afraid to ask your doctor for medication (anti depressants/anxiety) if you think you need it.

    Feel free to PM me if you'd like!
     
  9. jayrueck2wdw

    jayrueck2wdw Novice DISboarder

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    Sorry to hear Elizabeth.
    I too am currently in the process of getting a divorce. My spouse was never a fan of WDW so I've only been twice in the last 10 years.
    All I know is that I would much rather be in Disney and (trying) to enjoy what I love than staying home and wallowing in sadness.
    Sure there will be the lonely times, but that occasional smile eating a Dole Whip or catching Illuminations sure beats sitting on the couch at home thinking about what-ifs and too-bads.
    Go, enjoy. Wish my situation would allow me to take a solo trip.

    Good Luck & Wishes!

    Jay
     
  10. Missytara

    Missytara I'm all ears!

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    Take a couple of books and a box of kleenexes. Take your time getting ready in the morning, allow yourself interaction with people when you feel like it.

    If the mood strikes you, allow yourself to laugh at every possible moment possible. If you see something that takes your breath away or moves you, let the happy tears flow.

    Treat yourself to some nice meals and some nice evenings strolls back to your room at the resort. Read, read, read and feel the emotion.

    Have a wonderful time and then deal with it all when you get back. It will still be there and it will get better.
     
  11. BayouBelle77

    BayouBelle77 Earning My Ears

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    Elizabeth,

    I'm so very sorry to hear this news.

    May I just say, GO GO GO to Disney solo! I was supposed to go with my boyfriend of three years in February 2009. We broke up four days before we were to leave and I was going to cancel the trip. I woke up the morning after the break-up and thought "Why should my trip be ruined because of him? I'm going anyway." Well I am so glad I made the decision to still go. I had a fantastic time, even though it was only a three day trip. I had some moments of wistfulness and sadness, but mostly I was very distracted by the Disney magic. I also felt sort of empowered that I had made it happen by myself when in the past, I had always gone with him or with my family.

    While there, I learned that being there without him was not necessarily a bad thing. When we went together, I had to be considerate of his feelings and do the things he wanted to do, even if I didn't enjoy them. All of a sudden I had no obligation to ride the Astro-Orbiter with him, which let me tell you, I didn't miss at all. I enjoyed lunch at the San Angel Inn without having to listen to him complain about how the food wasn't the same as his favorite Tex-Mex place at home. I got to take as much time as I wanted shopping for souvenirs without having to worry about his being bored. I got much more done in the parks because I only stopped when I needed a restroom or a snack break. In short, it was so nice being able to enjoy WDW without having to accommodate someone else's needs.

    Some of the things I did to make it less lonely: Treated myself to a few nice dinners at Flying Fish Cafe, Fulton's and Jiko and sat at the bar or counter so I could chat with the bartender or chef or fellow diner. While at Jiko I was seated at the chef's counter next to a lady who was recently divorced. We struck up a conversation and talked the whole evening. Whenever I was in line for a ride, if there was a small child next to me in line, I would give her one of my Disney pins. In the afternoons when the parks were especially crowded, I would take the monorail or bus to a resort I had never been to and I would just look around. One thing I have never done but would like to: take one of the special tours like the Keys to the Kingdom tour or the Behind the Seeds tour.

    Going on the trip anyway was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I have taken two more solo trips since that post-breakup trip. I probably never would have gone alone had I not made myself go on the post-breakup trip. Going solo is very different than going with someone else but I have really come to enjoy it. I'm dating someone new now but am trying to plan a solo trip soon anyway because I have had such a great time going by myself.
     
  12. msbiscuit

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    By all means, go to Disney! Enjoy the holiday decorations and the special holiday treats. Talk to folks if the spirit strikes you. Do things you enjoy without having to worry about someone else's needs and wants.
    I know how difficult it is to take that first trip alone - in my case it was after losing both my mother and my sister. I still feel a little sad when I see things/places we enjoyed, but it gets a little better each time.
    Divorce is tough, it takes time for your heart and soul to heal. Don't deprive yourself of something you enjoy because of it.
     
  13. artnerds

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    Go.

    Surround yourself with beauty and laughter and music.

    Be silly when you want to. Be sad when you need to.

    Talk and laugh with strangers.

    Do something alone that you NEVER would have done otherwise.

    Will it heal your heart? No. But it will show you that you are strong and can create happiness without relying on another person to give it to you.
     
  14. karice2

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    I love this. Really love it.

    I broke up with my ex of 7 years while I was in the middle of a solo trip. Let me just say being in Disney helped me to not wallow in sadness. People told me how great I looked after crying all night.

    Go and have a great time. You won't regret it.
     
  15. artnerds

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    Aw shucks. :blush:
     
  16. js

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    So sorry you had to hear this news from your dh.
    I have been married over 20 years and with my dh for almost 30 but I guess I'm not a fully trusting person. The reason I say this is that will your dh (substitute the "d" in dh for any other "d" word LOL :rotfl2:) be home while you are away?

    Are you giving him 5 days to clean out the house and bank accounts?
    While I have no experience in this, I am not sure if I would leave the house until he (or you) were out.
     
  17. kermiebudge

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    I'm so sorry to hear this:sad1:

    Go with your gut instinct- I'm sure it'll be challenging either way, but if you are up to it...keep on trucking on and try to enjoy! Plus, it sounds like you could sure use a nice respite.

    Best wishes- hang in there!
     
  18. IndianaJuls

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    I'm new here, but if you go I'll be there solo 12/6-11 and I will definitely buy you a drink! So sorry to hear what's happened, but I'm betting that a Disney trip will feel better than sitting at home and wondering if you should have gone. Hang in there!

    Julie
     
  19. Lizboo

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    OK...so I will indeed be going...and yes, I am open to drinks

    I have 3 dining reservations...not sure how I feel about eating alone, but heck I have a ressie for Le Cellier on Dec 6 for a late lunch...anyone wanna join me? I also signed up for the Yuletide tour on Dec 7 and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party on Dec 6.

    Tomorrow, I will be landing around this time and I will head directly to DTD for some shopping and maybe dinner at the bar at Ragland Road. And then off to check in.

    And Julie...I will indeed take you up on that drink...I need 6 or 7...LOL

    It's been the hardest month of my life and I need some pixie dust and LOTS of Magic
     
  20. jagfanjosh3252

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    I'm down there Thursday until Saturday. I'm also goin to the Christmas party on the 7th
     
  21. IndianaJuls

    IndianaJuls Earning My Ears

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    Excellent!

    I tried to PM you with my contact info, but apparently since I haven't posted 10 times, I am not allowed to contact you. (What the...? Weird rule.)

    So I'm not sure how to get you my contact info since I'm not thrilled about the idea of posting it publicly. I guess we'll have to coordinate here?

    I arrive at Caribbean Beach Resort late Thursday afternoon and I'm leaving the following Tuesday afternoon. I have a few ADRs and am meeting with a local friend at some point, but other than that I'm free to connect for drinks, for sure!

    I'm an experienced solo traveler and I'm sure you made the right choice. You'll have fun! Hope to see you there -

    Julie
     

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