Post # 1
So…some of you guys may remember a while back I was feeling down because my bf gets to travel and go on all these vacations and I haven’t been on a real vacation since I was 9. Since then I’ve had Disney stuck in my head – I’ve never been there! Then the other night I was looking for concerts in my area and of course there was nothing – I haven’t been to a concert in months. So I did some looking around and I came a with a lovely plan (theoretically).
The Honda Civic Tour (featuring PARAMORE!!!…and some other people haha) will be in Orlando on Sunday September 5th. I’m dying to see Paramore live. Rock the Universe/Night of Joy 2010 (Disney’s Christian rock festivals which I’m also dying to go to) is the next weekend, the 10th and 11th. So I’m thinking, I could drive down to Orlando, see Paramore, have almost a week at Disney, and go to Rock the Universe! (No idea yet how much that might cost…like I said I’ve never been to Disney and I just had this idea last night.) Thing is, I doubt I could find anybody to go with me. My bf will be in college again by then, and anyway he still lives with his (conservative and admittedly rather controlling) parents and they wouldn’t allow him to take a trip alone with me. (That’s a whole different story.) My other friends who might want to go will also be in school.
I was very shy for years but I’ve gotten over most of that. I’m not very worldly (experienced, traveled, whatever you want to call it) but oddly enough I kinda feel confident I could handle this. I mean, I want to go to Europe a few summers from now so wouldn’t it be good to get a feel for traveling alone in the USA first? Then again, I’ve never been to Disney/Orlando so I’m not sure how overwhelming it would be for a 21 year old girl by herself. I think I would stay at one of the Disney value resorts on site so I wouldn’t have to worry much about driving once I get there.
So, anybody gone to Disney World solo? Or if you’ve been (by yourself or not), would you recommend it for a girl alone? Tips for navigating the park? Money-saving ideas? I’m just looking for some fresh opinions before I bring this up to my mom next time I call her and she possibly freaks out (then again she’s been pretty cool and non-clingy lately so maybe not). Thanks in advance! 🙂
Post # 3
I have done it before, but after going to disney many times…. its a good place to go alone because its easy to get around by the disney buses once you get there (if you stay in a hotel on property)… it was okay, but a little lonely, because most people are there with someone else…
Post # 4
I’ll go with you!
But I would go by myself if I were single, lol. But not being single.. I would try to find someone to go with even if I didn’t know them very well. But I think if you feel you can handle it then you should! it sounds like a ton of fun.
Post # 5
How exciting! I say DO IT!!!
Post # 6
1) I went to Disney solo when I graduated college. My friend was working there, so she got me free passes, but she obviously had to work during the day while I was in the park. The fun part is that I got to see everything I wanted, and didn’t have to worry about doing something that someone else wanted. I really got to maximize my time in the park.
2) I saw the first stop of the Honda Civic tour in Raleigh. I went to see Tegan and Sara, but stayed for Paramore anyway, and they put on a hell of a show! It was awesome!!
You should definitely do it!
Post # 7
Sounds like a fun trip!
If you are planning on traveling in Europe then starting at Disney is a great idea.
Rock the Universe/Night of Joy can be a bit intimidating because its often large groups of kids (high school age). Still lots of fun though!
The disney parks during the day would be totally fine by yourself. I think its a good idea to try to stay at one of the park hotels so that you don’t have to worry about driving around Orlando. Try to find one with a good pool/hotel restaurant.
I would say going for full week is going to cost a lot. Tickets to the park are about $80 per day per person. I think the concert tickets are more on top of that. Park hotels are over $100 a night. Plus you have the cost of gas and food. Plus traveling by yourself gets kinda boring after a while, unless you are the type to just go meet friends. I would say 3 days would be all I would want to do by myself.
Post # 8
I say do it! I love Disneyworld…the only thing I would say is that is nice to have more than one day in each park (although it may not be worth it to you cost-wise), but I would get a 7 day park hopper and go to town! I would say to see everything you want to you will probably want 2 days in Epcot and then 1 and a half days in each of the other three parks (Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios). If you stay on property, they have shuttle buses that will take you everywhere, which is awesome and saves you a car rental for the week! The cheapest hotels at Disney are the All-Star resorts (Music, Sports, and Movies)…and really, who goes to Disney to stay in the hotel room?! I only use my room for sleeping and changing into my bathing suit! Haha…they have good pools too! Oh man, I am excited for you! If you can do it, I totally would 🙂
Post # 9
I’ve done Disney many times. I say go for it!! You won’t have to wait as long on some rides because you can go in the single rider lane.
Just so you don’t have sticker shock – be prepared, Disney is expensive!!! Staying in their resorts is great because you have the transportation. Last time I went I bought vouchers for meals and this helped me save some money. I don’t remember where I found them.
Another suggestion would to be buy a travel book, especially one with money saving tips. Those will have some good ideas and suggestions of other fun and inexpensive things to do cheaply.
I hope you go and have a blast!
Post # 10
I think you can definitely do it! If you have any leftover cash you should also swing by Saratoga Springs (one of the Disney resorts, great to stay in, too) where they have a full service spa.
Post # 11
I love Disney (we’re annual members :D) and I would probably be bored going by myself…I wouldn’t want too really.
There are plenty of hotels located on the exit up on 1-4 that has busses and shuttles that will take you to the parks. Most will drop you off at one park and you can take the bus to whatever park you would enjoy. We actually stayed at the Comfort Inn Lake Bueno Vista. It was a really nice hotel just like five mins away and have a shuttle that takes you to and from the parks (any of them, if you want to do universal or sea world..) You can buy tickets there, but they will try to get you do this stupid ploy for sales..just be warned for the “free tickets.”
Disney resorts are expensive! Disney tickets usually are around 80/day though if you do more days for cheaper/day price. You probably spend around 10/meal for food, it is expensive to eat in the parks. But, with the resorts you will get a meal option included. I would totally recommend going to the 50s cafe! It was a lot of fun and interesting experiences. There are some resturants in Epcot that aren’t as good as they want to be especially for the price. There are some forums and stuff to check out for recommendations and reviews for the resturants and resorts.
You will go through the lines pretty quickly because of the single rider option in lines (if they are open) so I don’t believe you will need more than one day for each park. I will warn you, last vacation we did 5 parks in 5 days and by the last day, I swear I couldn’t walk another step outside the park 🙁 And I’m active..go to gym 5/week with running and zumba and other leg work. It was hard to do.
Post # 12
You can get a free Disney ticket! You volunteer at a local charity & get a free ticket. Its called “give a day, get a day”. Go ONLY thru the Disney website. I think you also get to go for free on your birthday, not sure if you have to sign up for that?
I’d go with you if it wasn’t on the other side of the US… I went to DisneyLand (the one in CA & I think its much smaller than DisneyWorld) a few years ago & it can be really overwhelming. You can wait in line for an hour (or more) to go on some rides & that can be pretty boring if you’re alone. There’s so much to do, you likely wouldn’t be bored (except while you’re waiting in line maybe)… but you’d probly get really lonely.
I wouldn’t go to Disney alone, mayyyybe for day but not a week. I’d go to the coast alone or on a road trip, or concerts… but not Disney. You should ask some friends to go with you!
If you like Paramore, you should check out the band Flyleaf 🙂
Post # 13
I went to Disneyworld by myself when I was 22 while I was in Orlando for a job interview. It was fun, but not as fun doing it with friends/family/SO. I think you should definitely do it but maybe for 1-2 days, a week may get a little boring. Travelling Europe is a different story. There you can easily spend weeks by yourself and have a great time. There’s so much to do and see and you’re almost guaranteed to meet others!
Post # 14
@caszos: Yes, I figured Night of Joy would be a bit overwhelming but I think I’ll be able to handle it. (I decided on Night of Joy if I go bc it isn’t feasible to do both festivals since they’re exactly the same dates and times, and I’ve already seen most of the Rock the Universe artists.) And yes, it will be expensive haha. Probably around $1500 once you factor in concert tickets, gas, food, etc. But I figure I deserve a little something for myself since I never do this kind of thing and I’ve helped my parents so much financially this past year. I do have enough in savings so I wouldn’t be cleaning it out.
@bunnyfoofoo: Thanks for the encouragement! Good to know it’s a worthwhile show.
@dance: Thanks girl! Looking online I seem to be most interested in Magic Kingdom, so I would probably do at least 2 days there and 1 day each in the others. And yea I would stay on property at one of the All Star Resorts and use the shuttles instead of trying to drive much.
@flutterbi: Yep I am going to look for a good book tomorrow. And the quote I got was expensive, but really about on target or even a little cheaper than what I expected for a week-long stay.
@lilyfaith: Oooohhhh. A spa sounds .lovely. right about now. 🙂
@floridabeachbride: I was actually just reading about the 50s cafe online! It sounds super cool. And ummmm…no 5 parks in 5 days for me haha. I think I am just going to take it slow and not try to see everything on my first trip. I would definitely stay on property…just seems easier and I feel more comfortable with it. I haven’t decided if I will do the meal plan or not.
@canthugallcats: I can pay for your plane ticket! 😛 Yea, I think it would be nicer if I had somebody to share the experience with. We are racking our brains trying to think of a way my boyfriend can go…hopefully we will come up with something but I’m not very confident. I wish I had close girlfriends but that is the problem…I really don’t. The one or two people that might actually want to go with me will be in school at the time. I will have to check out that volunteer thing. And yes, I do know about Flyleaf! Not quite my favorite band, but when I’m in the right mood, Lacey Mosley does have a lovely voice. 🙂
Post # 15
Ahh, Disney!!! I love it.
I’ve never gone alone before, but I would totally do it. Being able to take advantage of the single rider lines is a great asset.
I went a couple of years ago with my family and we got the meal vouchers included with our stay at a Disney hotel. These were great – it was really more food than we could eat.