That one time that I went to Disney World by myself.

A month ago I went to Orlando for a work trip. I arrived in Orlando on Sunday. I decided to shuttle from my hotel to Disney Springs Sunday night. I wanted to fit in as much Disney as I could manage. Monday-Thursday was spent in hours of conference classes learning new and not so new things about social media and other things related to small business.

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View from my hotel room at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando.
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Lego Dragon at Disney Springs

Thursday afternoon-Friday afternoon was spent in Disney World! By. Myself. When I first started thinking about venturing into Disney World by myself, it felt weird and kind of selfish. But I ultimately decided that I couldn’t be just a 15 minute drive away from one of the most amazing places I’ve ever been and not pop in for a quick visit. The added expense wasn’t much at all. It was totally worth it!

I ubered, for the first time, from my super nice hotel on I Drive to Disney’s Pop Century. My room at Pop wasn’t much to look at compared to the Hyatt Regency, but I was still super excited to be there. Pop Century is where Jackson and I stayed at our first trip to Disney World summer of 2015.

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I decided to spent Thursday afternoon and evening at Magic Kingdom. I rode and saw as many things as I could fit in. I tried to see and do different things than I had during my first trip to Magic Kingdom last summer. I had such a relaxing and fun time just doing my own thing. I couldn’t help but notice all of the parents with screaming little kids and feeling a bit smug. Our family of 6 and my brother-in-law’s family of 4 are going back Nov 2017. We’ll  have six kids between us at that time ranging in age from 4-15.

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After a perfect day at Magic Kingdom, I went back to Pop to get some sleep before waking up early on Friday to take in as much of Hollywood Studios as I could. I got there 45 minutes or so before the gates opened. I was able to ride Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster about 6 times and Tower or Terror twice. I spent a good hour of my time there on the phone with Disney trying to resolve a mistake I made. I accidentally applied my photo pass for our Nov 2017 trip to THIS trip! I didn’t mean to at all. Thankfully, they applied it back and *only* charged me for a one day photo pass. I had no intention of purchasing pictures for this trip, but now I’m kind of glad I have them. Anyway…

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After about 6 hours of rushing around Hollywood Studios and then back to the hotel to catch the shuttle to airport, I was wiped out. Before heading to the airport, I grabbed Jackson a chicken sandwich from Pop Century. He ate several when we were there last summer and he asked if I could bring him one home. And of course, I brought home some other surprises for the other kids.

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I’m super glad that I decided to go Disney World alone. I’m thankful that my husband was cool with me coming home a day later than I had to so I could take some time for me. I had an amazing couple of days to recharge and just act like a kid. I might even do it again some day. 🙂

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