When I say “go solo” I don’t mean Han Solo (though that’s nice thought…and you can always catch him in the Indiana Jones Adventure), I mean solo in the Parks, as in, “going it alone” or as I prefer to think of it, “do exactly what you want to do”!
Whether you’re hitting the Parks for an hour or two on your own while your family is napping back at the hotel or spending a day there on your own just because, going solo in Disneyland is something I recommend doing at least once (don’t be chicken!). It may sound scary, or weird even, but an outing to Disneyland by yourself is actually quite a delight!
Don’t think you’re cut out for it? Here’s 10 suggestions to get you motivated!
- It’s all about you! Ride what you want to, when you want to. Take advantage of the Single Rider passes on Splash Mountain and Soarin’ Over California.
- Showtime! Skip the rides and take in some shows. Especially the ones you might skip otherwise like Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, Muppet Vision 3-D or Billy Hill and the Hillbillies.
- Make a new friend: Chat with a cast member or two. Maybe they’ll have a tip about the Parks for you!
- Relax with Walt Disney: Enjoy a Dole Whip at the end of Main Street on a bench near the Partners statue and soak in the sunshine. Notice the small details, like the bronze Character statues in the roundabout.
- Say Cheese! Go on a photo adventure. Snap pics of the little (and amazing) details throughout the Parks. Ask cast members or other guests to take your photo.
- Take in some Southern hospitality: Stroll through New Orleans Square, grab a Mint Julep and get have a caricature drawing made while you listen to the sounds of VooDoo spells and N’awlins Jazz in the alleyways…
- All Aboard! Take the Disneyland Railroad on a full circle tour of the Park. And then go around again.
- Vino Grab a nice glass of wine in California Adventure and soak up the sunshine while you watch a parade pass by from the Wine Country Tratoria patio.
- Giddyap! Take a turn on King Arthur’s Carousel in Fantasyland.
- Cat Patrol: Ride the Mark Twain Riverboat or the Sailing Ship Columbia and keep an eye out for Disneyland’s elusive (but hard-working) feline residents who can sometimes be spotted on the shores of Rivers of America.
P.S. Nobody will know you’re alone unless you tell them. And I’d bet a churro that some of those weary Park-going parents would gladly trade places with you to enjoy Disneyland’s magic on their own schedule, if even for an hour…