When you're thinking about going on a Disney trip, one of the first things you usually have to know is how many people you'll have in your party. And to know this, you'll have to know who you're going with. From just yourself to your extended family, there's a huge range of the people you can bring, and there are pros and cons to each group.
Solo. Firstly, you can go by yourself if you're comfortable doing so. On the plus side, you can do, see, stay, and eat wherever you want. You are the sole decision maker, so if you want to ride the TTA for an hour straight, go right ahead. On the minus side, however, you may find some things lonely or awkward. Taking a long solo trip may cause loneliness, but with your smartphone, you can find yourself staying connected with not only your family but with the whole Disney community. Also, some may find it awkward to eat alone, especially at table service restaurants. This can be remedied, however, by eating at bars of restaurants that have them. You can often order off of the restaurant menu, and it's less awkward than getting a whole table.
As a couple. Two's company, and if you want to keep your party small but not solo, going with a boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife/what have you is a great option. It's less expensive to travel with just two people than a big group, and the Disney parks can be super romantic. Having nice dinners and just spending time together will make any trip as a couple wonderful. The only negative of going as a couple that I can think of is the jealousy that your family/friends will experience that you went without them!
With family. Whether you're visiting with parents, kids, extended family, or some combination of all of them, the Disney parks are very magical as a family. The family time can't be beat, and remember to take pictures to remember the time you spend together! Some negatives, however, include a higher cost if you're the only one paying, and it can become hectic. Especially if the different family members don't agree on touring strategies, you may find that the family time is less abundant than you had thought. To remedy this, schedule at least one meal together each day. You can discuss what you've done so far, and spend some time relaxing for an hour or two!
With friends. If you have friends that enjoy Disney as well, more power to you! Either bringing friends or meeting friends at the Disney parks can be a ton of fun. You can hang out, and, especially if you're meeting them down there, there's no pressure to be together the entire time if you want to split up and do different things. To meet a whole lot of friends at once, schedule a trip during a Disney meet-up, such as WDW Today's Reunion. The only downside to going to Disney with friends is that, if you're bringing a friend from home, keep in mind that they might not be ready for commando touring. Take it at their pace, especially if it's their first time down.
So those are your four options, and you can combine them all too! I most often have visited with family, but we have also gone with friends a few times. In August, my boyfriend and I are going as a couple, and though we've never met anyone from the Disney community down there yet, we'd love to!
Who do you bring/meet at the Disney parks? How many are usually in your party? Do you all stay together, or do you split up for a while? Let me know in a comment, a tweet (@discollegeblog), or on Facebook!