My Solo Trip to Disneyland

A while back I was scheduled to go to California for a work trip. What was my first thought? I wonder how close it will be to Disneyland. Of course that was my first thought. I am a Disney nut. Well turns out the trip were in the Los Angeles area so I was thinking “score”. Although Los Angeles is a huge place I was hoping to squeeze in at least a short visit to Disneyland.

I have been to Disney World in Florida numerous times but never to Disneyland. So I was so excited to hopefully get to see the original park. I began to check park hours and the schedule that I would be on during my week in California. Once I got my itinerary and accommodation information it was like the stars have aligned. The hotel happened to be a “Good Neighbor Hotel”.  If you don’t know what that is I will explain. At Disneyland there are only three Disney owned resorts: The Disneyland Hotel, Paradise Pier, and the Grand Californian. But around the Disneyland property there are dozens of hotels you can stay in, many of them are partnered with Disney to be the “Good Neighbor” hotels. You can create a package with hotel and tickets at a good neighbor resort. You won’t get all of the perks you do staying at a Disney property but there are many nice hotels nearby and some within walking distance. The hotel I was staying was the Crown Plaza and was only about a mile down the street from Disneyland. Plus they had a shuttle that ran all day to the parks. It was great. As soon as I got to my hotel and checked in I hopped the shuttle and went straight to Disneyland.

If you have only been to Disney World I can tell you that Disneyland is somewhat the same but somewhat very different.  They are both divided up into different sections much like Disney World but some are different and have attractions that you won’t see in Disney World. In Disneyland you have Main Street USA, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, Adventureland, and Frontierland just like Disney World. But they also have New Orleans Square, Critter Country and Mickey’s Toontown that is different. While visiting Disneyland I rode some of my favorite rides since I really wanted to see what was different about the parks. For instance the Haunted Mansion looks nothing like the one in Disney World, it is set in New Orleans Square and look like an old house from that area. On the inside it is much the same and still a favorite of mine. I also waited a really long time to ride Space Mountain because I had heard the ride vehicle was very different. Instead of three people in a single file row car you are side by side in the vehicle. Not sure which park I like it best in, but it is still a blast.

Now the other park that is part of Disney in California is called California Adventure Park. It has some of the most thrilling rides around.  I must have rode California Screamin’ three times it was so much fun. Luckily it had a single rider line and since I was by myself I made use of it. A lot of the attractions here you will also find in WDW at either EPCOT or Hollywood Studios such as Soarin over California and Toy Story Midway Mania. I was not able to ride Soarin but I did ride TSMM and it did not disappoint. Of course this year the newly opened Cars Land is really a must do if you are out here.  The World of Color is a nighttime show seen only in Disney’s California Adventure Park and it is awesome.

I did not have much time to spend at the parks but I made the most of it while I was there. I really enjoyed getting to walk around in Walt Disney’s original theme park for families. I felt the real nostalgia for what he envisioned as a place where families could come and have a great time as a family. That was his goal and he nailed it in both parks. Even though I was alone on this trip I loved seeing all of the people coming and going enjoying the parks and all they have to offer.

If you  thought you could not go to Disney solo let me tell you it can be done. Is it as fun as with your family no, but almost.

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Laure Simms

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