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  • [Chat] A solo trip at Disneyland

    So just the other day (Thursday) I decided I would go to DLR by myself. Now this is something I have never done before so I was curious to see what it would feel like. I have to say at first the feeling for me was weird because anytime I go to Disneyland I always go with a friend or family member. And usually when I do that it always turn into what my friends want to do and we always seem in a rush. This time i slowed down and looked at the tiny details and was really able to take in the atmosphere. I had the wonderful opportunity to go on a cab ride with the engineer and fireman on the C.K. Holliday and I literally walked from window to window on Buena Vista street and observed all the show pieces in the windows. It was amazing and I was crazed at how many people zoomed right past me in a hurry to get to Radiator Springs Racers. It seems that so many people are in quite a rush to get to the attractions which is understandable...but for the first time I saw Disneyland from a whole new perspective and must I say, it was simply amazing!!! From now on I will always take more time to fully immerse myself in my favorite place in the whole wide world!

    So has anyone had any similar experiences? Please share!
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    This is something I'd love to do one day.
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    • #3
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      I go by myself quite a bit and I felt the same way the first time I went alone. Almost like you are doing something wrong. But everything you said is true. You go at your own pace, eat what & when you want. Oh, and the single rider line option is the best! If you go right when the park opens and the park is not busy, you can get your own boat for Pirates, Small World, etc. or get a log all to your self on Splash Mountain.

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      • #4
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        I went alone once and decided to make it a photo op. I was able to set up my shots, do some time exposure work, etc. I also enjoyed going through stores and attractions that the family just bypasses. The best part was that I went off-season so the park seemed to be all mine. If I didn't live in Texas I'd do it again.
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        • #5
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          I like going alone. I have every other friday off, and before my son was born, I would spend my mornings there. It was very relaxing and chill, especially in the offseason. Sometimes I wouldn't even go on rides. I'd just hang out and sit on a bench and people watch. Just to be there in the park with the ambiance is good enough.

          Oh, and single rider usage doesn't hurt either. 10 mins wait for RSR


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          • #6
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            My first Disneyland trip was spent with 4 other people. I had a wonderful time. My 2nd trip was spent with 7 other people, and again I had a wonderful time. However, it was on that 2nd trip when I became spoiled during my "solo" hours. No one that I had to compare notes with, or compromise with, or be talked into doing something that I really didn't want to do. My grandson never really understands why I fly from Chicago to Anaheim for a Disneyland vacation by myself. He would never visit the parks by himself, because he would be bored. He has said as much. I, prefer the alone time. Sure, I like meeting up with MiceChat friends and spending time with them, but if I had to do that for every hour that I was in the parks, I'd go back to Chicago Frustrated. So I make sure that I get as much solo time as I can since I prefer that side of touring. I guess the fact that I am a loner at heart at home, in the real world, makes me a solo visitor by choice at the parks. I don't want to come home to Chicago and feel that I missed out on something that I really wanted to do because someone talked me into doing something else. Perhaps that sounds selfish. I guess when you travel 1/2 way across the country to be somewhere that you really love, you should be able to choose your own terms.
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            • #7
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              I'm usually by myself when I go, and I honestly like it like that. It gives me space, and I don't have to negotiate or compromise with people; and single rider option is definitely a plus. The thing I like most about being by myself, though, is I just get to think to myself. I can observe what's going on around me without anyone bothering me, it's great me time, etc. Of course, I've never been to Disneyland with another Disney fanatic such as myself, but until that day comes, I would much prefer being by myself.
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              • #8
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                As much as I love taking my GF and the baby to the parks, solo trips are a must for me and I do them as often as possible. Have done so for years and years. Sometimes it's just nice to stroll and take in the details. No rides...no waits.....just total immersion.

                I recommend solo trips for anyone with the means. They can be very therapeutic when you've had a really bad day.
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                • #9
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                  Its a lot of fun; but it does help to have someone to talk to in line and laugh with through the ride. Otherwise, its amazing. No lines. Complete control.

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                  • #10
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                    Originally posted by PirateLover View Post
                    I go by myself quite a bit and I felt the same way the first time I went alone. Almost like you are doing something wrong. But everything you said is true. You go at your own pace, eat what & when you want. Oh, and the single rider line option is the best! If you go right when the park opens and the park is not busy, you can get your own boat for Pirates, Small World, etc. or get a log all to your self on Splash Mountain.
                    This is right on! You beat me right to it.



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                    • #11
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                      I always wanted to do a solo trip to DLR one day. Of course, I did go with friends who are Disney fanatics like me and that was no problem. We still had fun and it was great!

                      But for me I pretty much enjoy going alone, time goes much slower and you're not in a rush. You take things slower and you can see more attention to detail than with a group. I prefer going alone most of the time, no conflicts, don't have to wait for your party, no friends refusing to go on a specific attraction when asked to, and you can make your own personal decisions without anyone agreeing as group when alone.


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                      • #12
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                        Originally posted by PirateLover View Post
                        I go by myself quite a bit and I felt the same way the first time I went alone. Almost like you are doing something wrong. But everything you said is true. You go at your own pace, eat what & when you want. Oh, and the single rider line option is the best! If you go right when the park opens and the park is not busy, you can get your own boat for Pirates, Small World, etc. or get a log all to your self on Splash Mountain.
                        Yeah it did feel a little wrong but right at the same time!!! Oh and thanks for the tip! I'm going to try and get my own boat one morning for pirates as it is one of my favorite attractions. Experiencing Pirates by myself with no other distractions would be truly amazing!

                        ---------- Post added 08-25-2012 at 04:26 PM ----------

                        Originally posted by Barbaraann View Post
                        My grandson never really understands why I fly from Chicago to Anaheim for a Disneyland vacation by myself. He would never visit the parks by himself, because he would be bored.
                        What?!??! How could you anyone be bored by themself at Disneyland??? I found being alone was the most interesting and least boring experience I have had at the parks!
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                        • #13
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                          Most of the time I go is by myself. If I have had a bad day at work I will go for a few hours just to clear my head,relax and take pictures. I can go at my own pace.
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                          • #14
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                            I've never gone to the park by myself but want to, and plan to, do so in the future. I imagine that I would feel a little like Walt, just strolling around the park and admiring every detail, savoring the atmosphere, and appreciating the fact that his amazing dream became a reality.

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                            • #15
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                              I go by myself sometimes when I want to take photos. I bring my big camera and take all the time I want, photographing big obvious things, little hidden details, or unusual temporary/seasonal things. My friends never have a problem with me stopping to take pics all the time when they're with me, but having all the time you want, to do whatever you want, is pretty cool as an alternate experience.

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                              • #16
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                                I used to say I would NEVER do this. Then years ago I took a trip to WDW solo, since I couldn't find anyone to go with me. I was apprehensive, and worried that I'd be lonely and starved for conversation. However, it turned out to be the best vacation I've ever taken. I loved not asking anyone what they wanted to do next. It was just me, me, me, and it was alright.
                                Now I love doing Disneyland solo, as well, but I can't do it anymore since my kids are old enough and would kill me if I went without them.
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                                • #17
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                                  The only thing I don't like about a solo trip is the airplane ride. However, I have learned how to do that safely, and without mishap. Although I sometimes wish I wasn't on the plane by myself, in case something unusual happened.
                                  BarbaraAnn

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                                  • #18
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                                    It's so nice to wander The Parks solo; I've done it myself on numerous occasions. My favorite solo tradition is to grab a corn dog and cherry coke and sit down in a nice spot and people watch. Of course, there's always the Dole Whip and relaxing in the Tiki Room preshow area as well as a lovely bench and some popcorn by Haunted Mansion.

                                    Solo trips are also a great time to ride my fave attractions over and over again. Silly, yes, but lots of fun for me! I think my limit was 7 times on Haunted Mansion- it was a super slow day.
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                                    • #19
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                                      Most of the time I go is by myself. If I have had a bad day at work I will go for a few hours just to clear my head,relax and take pictures. I can go at my own pace.
                                      This sounds SO DREAMY! Very jealous of the kind of proximity that would allow a little fix to wash away a bad day. Or the person who talked about going first thing in the morning...

                                      *sigh*

                                      I've arrived in Anaheim a day early before meeting people, or having a later departure, so ending up with a few hours on my own. It was so pleasant. I had a sketch book and my kindle and took pictures and...

                                      My favorite solo tradition is to grab a corn dog and cherry coke and sit down in a nice spot and people watch.
                                      ...exactly that!...

                                      and just generally enjoyed having the time to "stop and smell the roses" (or the churros, as the case may be). A solo visit to the park is certainly something I'd recommend to every Disneyland fan, at least once.

                                      There are some things that are fun to share with another person or a group of people. Maybe we could figure out some signal (a la the bat signal?) to let other solo visitors know we want someone to enjoy a ride or two with or a table at the Blue Bayou. Then we just agree to go our separate ways.

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                                      • #20
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                                        I've had to do disneyland alone once. My friends at the time were hung over and couldn't join me for magic morning. I learned that day that i can't do Disneyland alone. It's not fun for me. There are 3 things i don't do alone and thats, go to a restaurant, go to the movies, and go to disneyland.

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