Does traveling to the happiest place on earth alone intimidate you? If so, you’re not alone. But, if you’re looking to treat yourself to the ultimate in self-care, going to Walt Disney World alone may be just what you need to give yourself the ultimate feel-good reset.

1 – Embrace Your Joyful Child-Like Spirit

As adults, we often have a tendency to act “too cool for school” never wanting to seem too eager or too happy when at work or socializing with friends. But at Disney by yourself? Grab yourself a pair of Mickey ears and embrace your happy and joyful side!

Going to Walt Disney World alone is a chance to embrace things that brought you joy as a child, when you didn’t care what anyone else thought as you danced with Goofy like nobody was watching or got more ice cream on your face than in your mouth as you gobbled up a cone while watching a parade on Main Street U.S.A.

Smiling in a Tea Cup inside the DisneyStyle store in Disney Springs West Side.

Smiling in a Tea Cup inside the DisneyStyle store in Disney Springs West Side.

2 – Do What You Want To Do

When you’re spending time at Disney with friends or family, you are more likely to go along with what others want to do. If someone gets tired when you’re still ready to ride a few more rides, you’ll probably agree to rest. If you’re spending time at The Magic Kingdom and everyone else wants to eat at Casey’s Corner, but you’re craving Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe, you’re going to be vetoed.

But when you go to Walt Disney World solo? You can ride whatever you want, eat whatever you want, and do whatever else you want whenever you want it! It’s incredibly freeing!

3 – You Can Accomplish A Lot

Have you ever gone shopping at the mall with friends? Is it fun? Absolutely, but besides that soft pretzel and random purchases, it probably wasn’t that productive of a way to spend an afternoon. But a solo trip to the mall with shopping list in-hand? A way more productive way to spend a couple of hours. Want to try a new snack? Grab a popcorn bucket? Get the perfect spot for fireworks? You are way more likely to get this done when you’re flying solo. Plus, one of the best perks of visiting Walt Disney World alone? Single Rider Line! And the sense of accomplishment is a great boost to anybody’s mood!

I asked a friendly stranger for a picture on the pedestrian bridge between Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza and Chef Art Smith’s Homcomin’ while doing a bit of solo exploring at Disney Springs.

I asked a friendly stranger for a picture on the pedestrian bridge between Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza and Chef Art Smith’s Homcomin’ while doing a bit of solo exploring at Disney Springs.

4 – You’ll Learn About Yourself

Forcing yourself out of your comfort zone by strolling the parks alone, eating alone, and riding rides solo will force you to get more comfortable in your own skin and you’ll learn about yourself in the process.

At first, it can be uncomfortable to be with your own thoughts, but the more you do it the more comfortable you can be with your feelings.

Walt Disney World is the perfect spot to push yourself to listen to your thoughts and feelings because it is the perfect spot to dream. Maybe you really enjoy eating alone, or you like to swim in the pool in the evening instead of staying for the fireworks. Maybe you aren’t really interested in tours, but you get energized talking pins at Pin Trading events. You won’t know until you try!

5 – You Can Be Whoever You Want

Perhaps with your family, you would never, ever crack a joke with a stranger in line for Splash Mountain. Or maybe with your kids, you would be so focused on getting that perfect picture that you wouldn’t ask Cinderella questions about Prince Charming, Jaq and Gus, and Fairy Godmother, but when you’re alone? You can be whoever you want!

For all anyone who meets you knows you might be the funniest, most outgoing, or most confident person in the room! When in doubt start counting down from five and ask the question, say the punchline, or order the food that you’re really wanting, deep down in your heart, before your more rational mind reminds you that that isn’t something you would do.

If you venture to Disney Springs you can sit at the bar, even if you’re not drinking, and strike up a conversation easily with all sorts of interesting people. Who knows, you may meet your Disney bestie. Imagine heading home from your trip with stories to tell of the new friends you made, things you learned, or out-of-character ways you behaved that will surprise those closest to you.

Have you ever been to Walt Disney World alone? Your experience?