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Old 04-21-2013, 10:13 AM   #1
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Smile "I thought the last visit was a once in a lifetime trip??" COMPLETED 5/6/13

Well hello one and all and welcome to my mini trip report

This is me in case you were wondering!

As is usual in the opening paragraph of many a trip report, I will start by saying that I love reading about everyone else's trips so thought I should repay the DIS font of knowledge with a TR of my own

I'm a UK based Disney-a-holic who has travelled to WDW with my wonderful hubby, many, many times

We are DVC owners and I personally love nothing more than planning our land and sea Disney vacations but there was something missing from my Disney repertoire - I had never been to Disneyland

Flashback to October 2012, I needed to travel to San Francisco for business for a few days and I started to wonder if it would be at all possible to combine this with a bucket list trip to Disneyland

After chatting with DH about the possibility of tagging a solo trip on to the end of my business trip, I began to research transportation from San Fran to Anaheim, together with hotel and ticket options

It seemed like too good an opportunity to miss; my company were picking up the cost of my return London flights, so all I needed to do was get a low cost internal flight to John Wayne Airport and head back to London from LAX instead of San Fran at the end of my trip

As is the case for many Disney fans who have only ever experienced WDW, I had longed to see the original park where Walt had walked, but I have to confess that I headed into this first trip thinking it was a "one and done" experience that would simply cross another item from my (very long) travel wish-list before continuing my Disney days back in Orlando

Well, to cut a very long story short, I fell head over heels in love with Disneyland

Literally from the very first second I walked under the railway station and onto Main Street, I was smitten

Nothing had prepared me to feel, love and experience this little piece of California in the way that I did

I went into that first visit with pretty low expectations, I thought I would be underwhelmed, but instead I was mesmerized and captivated by everything I saw

Before I had expereinced the park for myself, the following thoughts were common:

"WDW is bigger, there's more to do, more parks, more attractions more resorts"

"You can do Disneyland in a day for goodness sake!" ........blah blah blah

Now don't get me wrong, I still LOVE Disney World and me and hubby will hopefully continue to vacation there for a very, very long time, but wow, Disneyland is such a special and wonderful place that if every the opportunity arises, I just have to visit!

Fast forward to April 2013 and I was needed in San Fran on business again; mmmm perhaps I could just tag on a couple of extra days ..... hell yeah!!

So a quick conversation with hubby, swiftly followed by a slightly longer conversation with my boss and I was set

4 nights in San Fran, quickly followed by 4 nights at the Disneyland Hotel (April 11th - 15th) ... whoop whoop

Yep, that one and done trip turned into visiting twice in 6 months!

So my DIS buddies, why don't you join me on my little adventure and find out exactly why this little British woman has fallen for the wonder that is Disneyland California quite so badly

End of part one ...... Up next, right, that's the work part of the trip done - now it's time for fun!!!!

Day One - Check In & Disneyland
Day One - Part Two - Disneyland Hotel & Blue Bayou
Day Two - Get Your Motors Running For DCA!
Day Two - Part Two - WCT, Napa Lounge & WoC
Day Three - Dinseyland and a DIS Meet
Day Four - Cultivating The Magic Tour
Day Four - Part Two - All Aboard The Lilly Belle & A Sugar Rush!
Day Four - Part Three - Fantasmic!
Day Five - It's Home Time

Last edited by Linda67; 05-06-2013 at 01:46 PM.
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