Going to Disneyland alone, without the kids? Yes, friends, I had a chance to experience the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim as an adult, with no kids, a few years ago and it was magical, especially during the holiday season.
I love taking the boys to the parks and experiencing all of the Disney magic with them as well, but doing Disneyland without kids for the first time ever was an amazing experience as well. I got to do and see things I have not done before at the parks, enjoy some thrilling rides for the first time EVER and get some me-time while reliving some of my own childhood memories.
If you are given the chance to go on an adult’s only trip to Disneyland I say you should DO IT! I was even thinking that Disneyland is the perfect destination for a couple’s trip to reconnect or even a girls trip with your best friends.
There are so many ways to enjoy “The Happiest Place on Earth”!
5 Reasons To Take an Adult’s Only Trip To Disneyland
1. Experiencing Different Rides
I have been to the Disneyland Resort many times with the boys and since they are very young and they are not fans of big drops of scary fast-paced rides we have some favourite rides that we stick to every time. We spend a lot of time at Fantasyland, Mickey’s Toontown, Critter Country and just avoid the thrilling, adrenaline-pumping rides.
It is lovely to enjoy all of the laid back rides with the boys but I always wanted to do all of the scarier rides for fun as well. This last trip I was able to go on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Matterhorn Bobsleds, Haunted Mansion, Indiana Jones Adventure, The Tower of Terror and all the thrilling more exciting rides as many times as I wanted. To avoid long lines I also used the single rider lines and ended up riding some of my personal favourites multiple times on the same day.
Disneyland offers an amazing variety of restaurants with many cuisines and some pretty interesting adult drinks. If you are able you can make reservations at an upscale restaurant and enjoy a relaxing adult meal without having to worry about little ones being too loud or making a mess. When we visit with the boys we usually eat at fast serve restaurants as they are not very patient with long wait times. They are also very picky eaters and they don’t often enjoy eating gourmet meals with fancy ingredients. If you are with a group of adults you can have a drink, enjoy a yummy meal and grown-up conversation.
3. Enjoying Nighttime Entertaining and Downtown Disney
Downtown Disney is the place to be at night time. You’ll have access to drinks, shops and good food. There are cocktail bars, upscale restaurants to visit and lots of places to shop at.
We are often back at the hotel room early in the evening when we travel with the boys so we always miss the nighttime entertaining at the parks, including the fireworks, night parades and other night shows. This time I loved being able to stay at the parks until later in the evening to catch all of the shows and spectacular night entertainment, including “World of Colour, Season of Light”. It was so much fun to watch!
I love spending time with my boys and deciding to go away to spend a few days away from them was difficult. In the end, I am glad I decided to go. I missed them lots but I also had a chance to recharge my batteries and get some much-needed me-time. I was able to do the rides I wanted, I ate at some amazing restaurants, bonded with the other adults in the trip and at the end of the day I was able to relax and unwind in a quiet hotel room. Little breaks are needed and so important when you are a parent, there is no need to feel guilty!
When was the last time you were able to take your DSLR out to capture some of the magical spots at the parks? I don’t remember the last time I brought my DSLR on a family vacation. I often take my phone only because carrying a heavy diaper bag, pushing a stroller, holding little hands and carrying a heavy DSLR don’t go well together.
While I was travelling on my own I was able to get my camera out to capture some nice photos of my experience. I was walking at my own pace and taking breaks to really enjoy everything Disneyland has to offer. Also, if I wanted to take a character photo I was o.k to stand in line and wait for a while.
Travelling with kids is a rewarding and beautiful experience and I love family travel, however, I also enjoy travelling on my own and adult-only trips can be just as fun as family adventures.
Have you been to Disneyland on an adult’s only trip before?
Below are some personal clips from my visit to the Disneyland Resort during the Holiday Season! I wish I was there right now!
Disclosure: I have been provided with complimentary flights and accommodations, however, this is not a paid post and all views and opinions are 100% my own.