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Old 11-10-2012, 06:25 PM   #1
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Solo trip 25-28 October

Hi everyone! I made a solo trip to Disneyland and DCA two weeks ago and had an amazing time there - and am now doing a trip report so I can hopefully relive some of the magic!

Bit of background about me: I'm in my twenties, and I really love theme parks and all things Disney. I last visited a Disney park two years ago (Hong Kong), but haven't been to Disneyland for 15 years (since I was a child)! So I was both apprehensive and looking forward to seeing Disneyland from the perspective of an adult this time. Especially since this would also be my first time visiting a theme park by myself...

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Before the trip and trip planning
Day 0: Getting there...
Day 1: Disneyland/DCA with Soundsational and WOC
Day 2: Mickey's Halloween Party
Day 3: A non-stop 16 hours in Disneyland/DCA...
Day 4: And a morning in Disneyland/DCA
Final thoughts


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Old 11-10-2012, 06:37 PM   #2
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Before the trip and trip planning

How this trip came about: I was going to be in San Francisco and the call of Disneyland was too strong to resist (I live near London so it would normally be an 11 hour flight to LAX)!

Before I booked anything I read extensively about Disneyland and DCA over here (and at the other Disneyland forums and blogs). All of which made me very excited, and also meant that I picked up lots of tips/tricks to maximising my time in the parks!

Flights
Booked Southwest for SFO-SNA-SFO. Must admit I was surprised how Southwest had free checked baggage whereas United and other full service carriers were charging for checked bags (complete opposite of over here with the low cost airlines Ryanair and Easyjet charging for checked bags while they are free with the full service carriers)! Also pleasantly surprised by how there weren't any hidden fees with Southwest.

Hotel
I booked my hotel through booking.com. Unfortunately I left this a little too late so had a limited choice of hotels. Ended up booking the Best Value Astoria on West Ball Road, which was a little further away from Disneyland than I wanted but was great otherwise.

Tickets
Mickey's Halloween Party during my trip was on 26 October. I bought a ticket for this online a few weeks before, mainly because of all the threads here about various dates selling out! And it was a good thing I booked it when I did as well as 26 October sold out about 2 days after I booked...
Also bought my Disneyland tickets online through Disneyland.com - a 3-day park hopper.

Fantasmic
I had decided to book the Fantasmic dessert seating for the 10.30pm show on 27 October (Saturday). Called up the hotline and gave them my card details. Was told that the transaction wouldn't go through! Called my bank (based in the UK) the next day and found that they had blocked my card because of "suspicious activity", as the Fantasmic transaction was US-based (and over the phone? - as didn't have a problem with the MHP ticket). Not great for me, but gave me faith in my bank's suspicious activity monitoring. Asked them to unblock my card and told them I would be travelling to the US so would have US-based transactions. Called to book the Fantasmic dessert seating again a couple of days later. Gave them my card details. And the same thing happened again - cue calling my bank and asking them to unblock my card. Gave up on booking the Fantasmic dessert seating...

Ridemax
Signed up for Ridemax before my trip and played around a lot with the ride plans before I left. However all my well-crafted plans went out of the window when I got to the parks...

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I would love to hear more! I've done WDW a few times solo, but I haven't yet done DL... but it is always a possibility!!!
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Day 0: Getting there...

It's been a while since I last updated - got distracted by a solo trip to Disneyland Paris in the meantime! To continue...

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So it was a rather long journey to get to Anaheim for me as I live in the UK. Also turned out to be rather stressful because of flight delays (my first flight was delayed by more than 2 hours, but my connecting flight was also delayed so still managed to make it!).

Flew into SNA, which is really a very pleasant airport and very easy to navigate. I did need to ask people where the Supershuttle station was though as I couldn't understand what Supershuttle meant by them being "located on the 3rd island, which is the outer most island from the terminal"...

I had pre-booked the Supershuttle so it was just a matter of waiting for the next shuttle (about 15 minutes), getting on the van and heading to the hotel (Best Value Astoria on West Ball Road).

By the time I got to the hotel it was around 9pm - more than 24 hours since I'd left my house (and also 5am in the UK) - so promptly fell asleep in anticipation of an early Magic Morning the next day!
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Thanks all - I finally got around to updating this trip report (three months after my trip now!)!

DisneyFreak - I really want to go to WDW again and was seriously considering a solo trip! However at the moment it's a bit too expensive (as would have to fly from the UK)...
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