Advantages and Disadvantages of Going Solo

Discussion in 'Disney for Adults and Solo Travelers' started by Jodi1980, Mar 3, 2002.

  1. Jodi1980

    Jodi1980 <font color=FF00CC>Pixie Dust can even make a mood

    Oct 16, 2001
    I see as an advantage that it's better than not going at all and definitely not going with someone who will not be any fun.

    Are there any disadvantages?
  2. Simba's Mom

    Simba's Mom <font color=green>everything went to "H*** in a ha

    Aug 26, 1999
    As one who's gone solo many times, first let me say that the advantages far outweigh any disadvantages. However, there are occassional times when I see a couple walking slowly hand-in-hand, maybe eating ice cream bars, and I wish my DH was there. Or I hear something cute said by a child, and I know DH would have gotten a laugh. It'll never sound as funny in the repeating as if he'd heard it. Those moments aren't frequent, but they happen.
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  4. Margie J

    Margie J <font color=navy>Please <font color=red>DON'T <fon

    Nov 6, 1999

    * Nobody to share expenses with, like hotel and car rental.
    * No one to say "wasn't that fun ..." to.
    * Nobody to share a good meal with.
    * If you get lost, you're on your own.
    * You might get weird looks from some people.


    * You plan YOUR trip. When to go, where to stay, what to see, where to dine.
    * No arguments, unless you talk to yourself. ;)
    * You can see more things and really take in the surroundings.
    * You can chat with CM's and other people in line without getting the "look" from your SO or friends.
  5. Terk-1

    Terk-1 Cinderella's Castle is My 2nd Home!! Only 1,3

    Aug 26, 1999
    Having gone solo several times (with another trip coming up), I would have to agree that the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.

    1. No family or friends to share this with.

    1. YOU get to see the attractions that YOU want to see as many times YOU want to see them.
    2. YOU get to see the dine where YOU want to when YOU want to.
    3. YOU can get up as early or as late as YOU want to.
    4. YOU get to pick the park that YOU want to see as many times YOU want to go to them, as well as come and go from those parks when YOU want to.
    5. YOU get to see the attractions that YOU want to see as many times YOU want to see them.
    6. YOU get to stroll slowly down Main Street USA and admire all the buildings and the sayings in the windows on the upper levels.
    7. YOU can dine in all those sit-down restaurants that YOU want and take as much time eating as you want.
    8. YOU get to stroll through the different resorts and really be able to take the time to admire the architecture.
    9. YOU get to fly through that single's line as many times as you want on Test Track!!

    As much as I enjoy going with family, I enjoy going solo as well. I hardly notice looks from people noticing that I am there solo and to be honest I really don't care what other people think. I love being at WDW and whether it is solo or with family, it's still a blast for me.
  6. RosieRosie

    RosieRosie Mouseketeer

    Jun 16, 2001
    What did you think about Port Orleans? I had no desire to stay at All Stars - too noisy!
  7. Terk-1

    Terk-1 Cinderella's Castle is My 2nd Home!! Only 1,3

    Aug 26, 1999
    I LOVE Port Orleans French Quarter!!! I like the fact that it is the smallest (size-wise) of the moderates, so no matter which building you are in, you are close to the main building, the bus stop and the pool.
  8. Claudia Kellenberger

    Claudia Kellenberger DIS Veteran

    Aug 19, 1999
    I have had 3 solo trips, so far, and I never noticed ANYONE
    looking at me funny because I was there alone.

    For me, the only disadvantage is not telling someone right
    away how great that last attraction was. However, I call my
    Husband later and tell him all that I did that day. He CAN relate
    because we went together 4 times.

    I tend to want to do my very favorite attractions over and over,
    (like Spaceship Earth). My DH is not there to tell me just how
    stupid that is. ( That IS an advantage )
  9. Poohbear123

    Poohbear123 <font color=CCCC00>Will travel without lipstick<br

    Jul 27, 2000
    I just had my 4th SOLO trip, and can hardly wait to go again!:D I stay at Sports, not too noisy if you know what building to pick!;)
  10. BroadwayBunny

    BroadwayBunny Earning My Ears

    Feb 13, 2002
    I went by myself just last December for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party and was there for four days. It was incredibly relaxing for me since I didn't have to worry about any travelling companions. While I'm no Disney Commando, I still tend to pack a lot of things into a trip and make shopping seem like an Olympic event.

    Advantages for me:

    Spending as much time in a gift shop as I want
    Riding whatever I wanted as many times as I wanted
    Finally getting to do as many character meals as I wanted (and not feeling one bit guilty for taking up an entire table for just myself. Those families should have made reservations!)
    Leaving the Magic Kingdom for a cocktail at the Polynesian Resort in the middle of the day
    Staying at Pleasure Island until they close with no one getting tired and wanting to go to bed early

    Disadvantages for me:

    Uummmmmmm... nope! Not a one!
  11. WebmasterBarry

    WebmasterBarry DIS Veteran

    Aug 20, 1999
    Disadvantages: No one to take your picture.

    Advantages: No whining about "I don't want to ride such and such." :)
  12. DeeP

    DeeP DIS Veteran

    Aug 19, 1999
    I agree with all of the above posts the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages. For me the one disadvantage would be ..........I honestly can't think of one! I was going to say not having others to talk to but then I thought about it and realized when I am solo I actually talk to more people than I do when I am with others because I always meet the most interesting people and CMs to talk to. I was also going to say eating solo but then I realized that I also enjoy trying out or returning to WDW restaurants and I always end up having a great conversation with my server but that is a broken up conversation when he/she comes to my table. So, I guess the one disadvantage of traveling solo for me is that I do not have a continous dinner conversation going, but that is not really a bad thing because it gives me time to people watch, jot down trip notes, etc.
  13. Otimon

    Otimon DIS Veteran

    Mar 4, 2000
    Barry - You can always ask one of us to take your picture. We'll be glad to do so.
  14. pixiedustforever

    pixiedustforever <font color=deeppink>Potty Princess<font color=tea

    Dec 27, 2001
    It's been a blast to take people's
    pictures for them while traveling
    alone..... otherwise there's always
    one person who doesn't get in the
    group shots......

    I'll be there solo this Thurs-Sat. and
    look forward to offering to take
    pictures for total strangers....

    Be an angel to someone - just take
    their picture! Last time I went solo,
    I took one couple's picture & another
    couple saw me return their camera
    & asked me to take their picture, too.

    Count it all joy! And throw in a little
    pixiedust of your own!

    "Pix" :pinkbounc :bounce: :bounce:

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