One of the Best Days of My Life Was at Disneyland — Alone
No friends, no family? No problem! It’s a small world after all. (Photo: Erica Bray)
I took myself to Disneyland, as a party of one. No family, no friends, no children, no significant other — just me.
For some people, this might sound depressing. Isn’t Disneyland meant for families, friends, and couples? How can The Happiest Place on Earth be a truly happy experience without people to share it with?
I’m here to tell you: It was one of the best days of my life. And I would do it again.
Sleeping Beauty's Castle (Photo: Getty Images)
Although I attempted to find others to join me for the day and had some hesitation about visiting solo (fear of lonely loser-dom), I decided that the bigger regret would have been not going simply because of these concerns. I was in southern California for only a few days and had just one open day in my schedule to go. And didn’t I read somewhere that 72% of women are planning to travel solo this year?
Plus, hadn’t I learned anything about courage from Disney characters like Ariel? If she could battle an evil octopus witch to experience a life beyond the sea, I could spend a day at Disneyland alone. The evil octopus witch in my case was simply my own insecurity and self-pity.
Ariel — my idol (Photo: Jennie Park Photography/Flickr)