Disneyland as a Loner

Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse statue at Disneyland California. Image shot 2009. Exact date unknown.

Last month I had what I call a ridiculously, amazing, kick butt, out of this world awesome opportunity to go to Disneyland. My friend Laura from Pink Cake Plate was invited to a Disney Social Media Moms conference at Disneyland.  I was lucky enough to be Laura’s guest.  I was super surprised that she invited me but at the same time, why the heck wouldn’t she? After all, I am awesome to hang out with!

 

As a guest I had the luxury of staying at the Disneyland Hotel. WOWZERS! It was magically fantastical! The beds were insanely comfortable. And the headboard was just gnarly! It had a design of the Castle that lit up and played “When you Wish Upon a Star”.
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Who wouldn’t want to see and hear that before they laid their tired head on the super fluffy white pillows with little Mickey heads on it? It was for sure a magical way to fall into a mystical slumber into dreamland. If you know me, I am the type of person that goes out of my way to save money. So not surprisingly I usually stay at the cheaper end hotels or as many people call them, Fleabag hotels. Ha!  So for me to stay at the Disneyland hotel was something I never thought I would do. I got to check that off my bucket list. Yahoo!
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Everywhere we went, we were treated like princesses. It truly was a magical experience at the hotel as well as in the park. Even though Disney Social Media Moms conference was an event for the invited bloggers, I felt that they treated us little peasant guests like royalty.  (for the record, they didn’t call us peasants, that was just me and my lack of a better word)
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I knew going into this that my friend Laura would be at a conference most of the day on one of the days we were there.  So I had 2 options…. (1) Sit in the hotel so nobody knew I would be a loner that day or (2) make the best of it.  I seriously have never had SO much fun while I was alone at Disneyland.
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It was kind of like a feeling of freedom. I was free to do whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted.  It was great to go to the bathroom without making sure everyone was okay with a bathroom break. It was great to sit and put my feet up if I wanted to. I was able to walk through the gift shops without hearing, “MOM!!!  MOM!!!!  PLEEEEAAASE buy me this!!!!!” I was fortunate to get on MANY rides using the Single Rider line. 
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I was even able to watch some shows, which is something I don’t usually do because when I am with  my family all we do is get on rides.  I seriously couldn’t believe that I was having the time of my life as a loner at Disneyland.
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I even got to talk to strangers without my family telling me I am nuts for striking up conversations with people I don’t know. It was interesting finding out where they were from and what they did for a living.  Now there were a few folk that possibly thought I was one clown short of a parade and instead of engaging in a conversation they just gave me a courtesy smile and moved along their merrily way. ha ha  It’s always funny when I think I’m being friendly but others think I’m some sort of creeper. haha
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Now don’t get me wrong, there were times that I sat down to rest and the thoughts of being alone crept up on me like that old pair of underwear that you despise.  From the start I had figured that would eventually happen. (the thoughts… not the creeping up underwear… although both unfortunately happened).

 

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Knowing that I go Disneyland with my kids at least once a year, I knew that I’d be back to Disneyland soon with them so luckily I quickly snapped out of it.  I, without much, continued enjoying my happy day alone basically walking onto rides using the ingenious single rider line.

 

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So to sum it up….  Disneyland was actually surprisingly a lot of fun alone. I would do it again (for only 1 day) if the opportunity presented itself. However, in my opinion (which I know is valuable…ha),  even though I had a fantabulistic time alone, I do believe that Disneyland is most magical when you’re friends & familia are with you to share all the fun with.
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Besides, it’s not that easy to people watch and not make a comment. Well actually, yes it is easy to make comments, but when I did it, people looked at me like I was that crazy person we all know that talks to herself and laughs at what she says.  After someone ran away from me I decided to stop commenting my thoughts out loud. Ha.   Just kidding, no one ran away that I knew about. Just a couple looked at me like I had issues. ha ha. Fun times!
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Have you ever done Disneyland or any other place alone and did you enjoy it?

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