There are pros and cons to going to the parks solo. As an introvert, I find myself being far too comfortable with my own company. Walking down Mainstreet USA, getting on rides and watching shows, and even eating at cool places like San Angel Inn in the Mexico pavilion in Epcot by myself doesn’t bother me.
Walt Disney World and Disneyland are places of togetherness. They’re where families and friends from all over the world take their vacations to spend quality time enjoying the parks and eachother’s company. People make lifelong memories with their loved ones here and experience unforttable moments that will last in the minds and hearts of each individual forever.
Growing up, I went to Disneyland in Anaheim, California more times than I can count and it was always with family. Our family Disney vacations were annual, and none of us ever got tired of it (including my dad who seemed to get just as excited as us when we went back). I had never even thought once about ever coming to Disney alone. Who would do that!? You’re supposed to go with family.. Right!?
It is my strong personal opinion that everyone should visit a Disney park alone.
It’s a liberating and fulfilling experience. Some of the many pros of going to Disneyland or Disney World solo include:
- Picking what rides you want to ride when you want to ride them. Also, if you want to wait 80 minutes for Soarin’ over the World because you’ve really been wanting to go on it… You can. You don’t have to worry about whether or not the person/people you’re with will want to wait that long or if they’ll consider it a waste of time.
- You’re free to be totally inconvenient and inefficient. Because it’s only you that you’re dragging around, if you feel like riding Splash Mountain in Frontierland, then going for lunch at Be Our Guest in Fantasyland then coming all the way back to Adventureland to ride Pirates of the Caribbean, you can do that! You’re allowed to go every which direction in the park and tire yourself out and walk miles and miles unecessarily because it’s only you!
- On that note, if you get hungry, you get to choose exactly what you want to eat based on what only you are feeling, and when you want to eat it.
- You can spend as much time shopping or looking around at merchandise as you would like. You don’t have to worry about if your family or friends will get bored or annoyed if you’re taking too long to look at all the sick Disney merch!
- You are able to soak in the surroundings at your own pace. If you just feel like strolling around the park all day, taking in the magical and happy ambiance, you can do that. You don’t have to go on a single ride, see a single show, or step into a single store if that’s not what you want to do. You can just simply walk around.
- Your schedule is completely and 100% entirely up to you. Because it’s only you, yourself, and YOU, it’s you who gets to call the shots and make every decision of where you’re going and what you’ll be doing at a place with so many entertainment possibilities! If that doesn’t sound like pure liberation, I don’t know what does.
While I love going to Disney parks alone probably just as much as with other people, there are a few cons associated with going to Disney alone. You may get sad when you see a big family having fun and wish you had yours with you. When you see friends taking cute pictures, you may wish you had yours by your side. Or when you’re waiting in a long line for Space Mountain, you might wish you had someone to talk to and keep you company. And lastly, while it is amazing to experience everything Disney solo, experiencing everything Disney with people you love and company you enjoy is just as amazing.