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Disadvantages of Travelling Solo to Walt Disney World

Friday, April 26, 2013

We often hear the stories of how good solo travelers to Disney World have it during their vacation.  After all, the only agenda they have is their own.  It’s a very liberating feeling walking through the theme parks and only answering to yourself.  A stop for a Dole Whip at Aloha Isle, a last minute ADR to Ohana (if you can get it), or maybe you want to criss-cross the park and take a spin on the People Mover.  It’s all up to you. 

Travelling solo to Walt Disney World would seem like a dream scenario for most visitors, but believe it or not there are a few disadvantages.  The list is pretty short, but these disadvantages may catch you by surprise if you don’t anticipate them in advance. 

Talking to Yourself

Before anyone says anything, I’m not goofy (Pun intended)!  But, if you are solo at Disney World for 3 days or more you do sort of miss companionship with your family and friends.  Maybe you’re walking through Hollywood Studios and you realize to yourself how wonderful the park looks all lit up at night.  Wouldn’t it be nice to turn to your wife or children and say it?  Unfortunately, they are not with you so you either say it out loud to yourself or you just think about it and hold that moment inside your head. 

The point is you do start to feel somewhat lonely and quiet after a few days of solo park touring.  It can kind of get uncomfortable after a while.  Most of us crave human interaction.  It will eventually get you thinking about going home and settling into your normal life again with family and friends. 

Two Eyes or Four Eyes?

Do you wear glasses?  How many eyes do you have?  Do you have an extra pair of eyes?  When you travel solo, especially to a place like Disney World with people everywhere having an extra set of eyes is very helpful.  Case in point, carrying all of your stuff, camera equipment, water bottles, etc through the theme parks can be tough.  Let’s say you need to use the restroom.  Instead of having your travelling companions keep an eye on your gear you are now forced to take it into the restroom with you.  Ugh!  This may be a daunting task; especially for a man (we only have 2 hands). 

A travelling companion can also point out what they see in the parks to you.  Instead of only seeing what’s around you a companion may be able to share other interesting aspects or experiences in another direction.  This could enhance your vacation experience. 

Oh Crud!  I forgot! 

Have you ever had that empty feeling of forgetting something back at your room you absolutely needed after entering the theme park.  The trek back to your room can be a long and costly one.  It’s a lot of time wasted.  I know my wife has reminded me on several occasions when leaving our resort room if I had the camera, cell phone, etc when I didn’t.  It was nice to be able to just go pick it up off of the desk versus taking the long trip back from the theme park to pick it up.  That’s what a companion can do for you.  Although you may have to negotiate your time with your companion they can also save you time by reminding you of things you need or times you need to be someplace.  There are other scenarios where your companion could help you remember too like where you parked or when you have your ADR for dinner.  At times they can be a hindrance or a real asset to your vacation. 

Conclusion

Travelling solo to Walt Disney World has more pros than cons.  There's no doubt about it.  If you’ve never travelled solo before you are probably more inclined to believe everything is in your favor, but that’s certainly not the case.  You will discover during your first solo trip that everything is not coming up roses.  There will be times when you’ll feel a companion travelling with you would have helped in specific situations. 

Travelling solo is not for everyone.  In fact, if you do try it you may become very uncomfortable right away and decide never to do it again in the future.  It ultimately depends on your personality and if you like to set your own schedule and enjoy your freedom. 

If you’re travelling solo to Disney World get your move-on because the time is your own and the “world” awaits.  You’ll have the freedom to move at your leisure, go where you want, and eat what you’d like.  Just don’t forget to stop and take it all in.  And please, please don’t get caught talking to yourself while strolling through the parks or you may end up in a straight jacket.  Most of the time It’s too hot in Central Florida for a jacket. 

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Aaron DelPrince looks at the various activities you and your family can experience at Walt Disney World


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