Updated: May 29
Disney World, My First Solo Trip.
Where do I begin? I definitely don’t want to offend anyone with this post but I have to be completely honest because it will give a better understanding on how and why I began traveling alone.
So, at the time of the trip, I was in a relationship. July 2, 2015 was our 3 year anniversary. I always wanted to go to Disney World and at the time, I had a friend that was a Supervisor there. He told me whenever I’m ready to come, just let him know. So, I did. I planned a short 3 day trip for us to visit Disney World for practically FREE. I had everything lined up. I booked a resort for dirt cheap through my SAM’s Club membership. I think I paid under $80 for 3 days!
Anyway, on day 1, we were supposed to drive down to Orlando for our Baecation. He told me that morning of that he could no longer go for an unmentionable reason. I was so upset! Imagine planing this for months, being super excited and on the day of (of all days) get told by the person you’re celebrating love with that they can’t go. How Sway?! Instead, he went to work. Wow.
So, now here I am. Too late to cancel the hotel without losing money and two non refundable tickets for Magic Kingdom (because that's the only park of the 3 we had to pay for) What am I supposed to do?
I consider myself to be pretty organized, resourceful and quick on my feet. Although I was extremely hurt and upset, I was way too excited about this so I planned to still go. After all, I had never been before. Instead of driving alone for 8 hours, I found a Megabus ticket online for $75 roundtrip that will get me to Orlando that night at 20:55. So, I booked it. I left the house with a stuffed backpack and I went to Disney World. Alone.
11:00 Once I got to the Civic Center Station where the MegaBus does its ATL pick up, I really had a moment. Not emotionally, but mentally. I was asking myself “Is he really allowing you to do this without him? He obviously doesn’t care and isn’t trying to do anything about it.” All of my friends were just as shocked and upset as I was. This was crazy yet real life. He was never the type of guy that would do anything to intentionally hurt me. But whatever. The Megabus experience was definitely ugly. Long story short, our bus broke down along the way and I didn’t get to my hotel in Orlando until maybe past midnight. I didn’t care. I made it!
I checked into my hotel at the Raddison Resort Orlando in Celebration, FL. and went straight to bed. This has been the roughest day of my life.
As soon as I woke up, I got myself ready for this oddly exciting day. I had breakfast at the hotel and caught the Disney Shuttle all by my lonesome.There were families on the shuttle all dressed up in Disney Gear, then there was me. Whatever.
I arrived at Magic Kingdom and almost shed tears! I AM REALLY LOOKING AT CINDERELLA’S CASTLE!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOOOOOOOWWWWWWW!!!! This was insane! I was so excited. I spent an entire day At Magic Kingdom. I used the Disney app to reserve my place in line at all the popular places to make things easier and it was seamless. I probably waited no more than 10 minutes at each ride and the single rider movement worked ever so greatly in my favor. This was really a magical experience. From the parades, boat rides, being called "princess" by the staff to the shows and performances and the perfect weather!
Y’all, I never did so much walking in my life….in a skirt! Lol, my thighs hated me. According to my Apple Watch, I had taken 19,456 steps between 9:30 and 20:59
This day mattered the most. This was my 2nd and last day. I had to some how visit 3 other Disney parks by 22:00 to catch my bus back home. 10:14 I met up with my friend Anthony at Epcot. He gave me a park hopper pass which allowed me to visit each park (excluding Magic Kingdom, but that didn't matter because I went yesterday) as much as I want in a single day. I can’t even remember which rides I caught first, but Epcot was definitely my 2nd favorite after Magic Kingdom. 14:47 I took a shuttle to Animal Kingdom. This particular park was about 15 minutes away from Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios. This park was so cool. I think the first ride I took was the Kilimanjaro Safari. This was amazing! Being so close to wild animals, transporting via boat & got to see my favorite animal..the Giraffe! I didn’t spend too much time at Animal Kingdom because I knew there was a commute back & I also had one more park to visit. I enjoyed a few attractions, got some food and hopped back on the shuttle to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
18:00 I arrive at Hollywood Studios. This park was great but it is my least favorite. The main thing I had to experience while here was the Tower of Terror which I vow to never ride again. Lord Jesus, lol. On this ride, there was a guy sitting beside me and I had to warn him before it started that I may grab him out of fear lol! He was cool with it.
20:52 I arrive back at Epcot to enjoy more attractions. This park was pretty in-depth. I also stuck around long enough to catch fireworks from a distance which was major for me because I wanted to at least see a single spark to complete my Disney experience. I caught my shuttle back to the hotel while the fireworks were going on. Once I got back to the hotel, I had already checked out hours ago, but I needed a place to relax and charge my phone lol of course.
I arrived back in Atlanta around 7:45 the next morning. I really can’t even remember if my ex and I even spoke to each other the entire time I was gone. In fact we never even talked about the trip, how I got there, how much I enjoyed it, etc.. I don’t think I even got an apology for at least a few weeks or so. But anyway, I’m not bitter about it. It’s behind me. I’m actually thankful things worked out the way they did because from that point forward, my adventures began.
The Writer: Alicia Arnold