First Solo Trip Complete

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  1. ExpatDisneyLover

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    Time to start my Pre Trip Report! I am off next Monday and I wonder if this will be a looooong week waiting to go!:rolleyes1


    Who is going?
    That would be me on my very first solo Disney trip! I am a teacher:teacher:, American expat living in Turkey who has recently developed a Disney addiction after taking my Mom on a trip to WDW for her 70th birthday back in September 2009.
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    It has been 6 months now and it is time to return to the magic!:wizard: The last time I was at DLRP was 1994 :scared1:a very long time ago and it was still called Euro Disney then! Time has come to go and I don't live so far away!:idea:No excuse for a "disneyless" life!:rotfl:

    So I am really looking forward to seeing all the changes - I am sure there are lots of them! I am also excited to stay on property for the first time:thumbsup2 - the Santa Fe. Last trip was a very short day trip out from Paris.

    So hopefully in a very short while I will be starting my trip report!
     
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  3. markpsych

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    Have a great time :goodvibes
     
  4. Mum to Belle

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    ooooohh, only a week to go now!!! :yay:

    I think you'll see quite a few changes on your trip, hopefully all good ones! :goodvibes I'll look forward to reading your TR :thumbsup2
     
  5. ExpatDisneyLover

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    I hate waiting! So to help the time pass more quickly I'll post some of my preliminary plans.:surfweb:

    We've had some snow here this morning (mostly rain) - which just reminded me to check that I am taking enough warm clothing with me! I've got the thermals ready but need to check the rain gear - wondering if I should buy a rain poncho there - do they have them? How much are they?

    I'll be flying into Orly noonish on March 22-
    Taking the VEA shuttle to my hotel - Disney's Santa Fe

    After checking into my hotel - I will head to Disneyland Park to soak in the magic of Main Street USA - and maybe get a little "homesick" and have something for dinner that I can't usually get here in Turkey - a croque monsiour, or bbq from Cowboy Cookout (Texas girl here) or a hot dog from Casey's:rotfl:!

    I may start in Fantasyland for rides if it is not too crowded - "It's a Small World"! Just gets me in that Disney mood!:goodvibes:wizard::goodvibes

    Head back to the Santa Fe for a good night's sleep in a comfy bed. (I hope!):rolleyes: I am looking forward to that - I am not on friendly terms with my mattress at the moment (very poor quality bought 6 years ago at the used furniture pazar - I know bad:sad2:).

    One of the things I am looking forward to as this is my first solo trip is being able to change my plan as I choose. I have loose plans with general ideas of rides to hit first/EMH/Fastpass but I am looking forward to going on a whim!:woohoo: We'll see how that works!
     
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    Your plans sound great! Looking forward to hearing more. :)
     
  7. Cinderella2006

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    Hope you have a great trip ... we will just miss you! We are arriving late on the 25th March, hope we have some good weather, the UK is lovely at the moment :goodvibes
     
  8. ExpatDisneyLover

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    I am a little nervous about the weather - I hope it is good too! I keep checking the weather reports - well, how can I not enjoy Disney even if it is raining!?:lmao:

    Have a great trip!
     
  9. ExpatDisneyLover

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    I have been looking at the weather report which calls for light rain on one day.

    Are ponchos better than umbrellas?

    Are crocs really dangerous in wet weather - has anyone worn them at DLP in the rain?

    I was thinking to wear all weather walking shoes and bring my winter crocs for comfort - and my mickey crocs if I can fit them in my suitcase - just because it is Disney!

    Three pairs of shoes for 4 days sounds a little excessive to me but I can't decide which to leave at home!:rolleyes1
     
  10. Mum to Belle

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    Always take extra shoes so that you're covered for when one pair get wet in the rain!

    What are Mickey crocs?? (Am I going to regret asking?!!)

    You probably won't want to be carrying a wet umbrella around with you when the rain stops? :confused3 We opted for very attractive pac-a-macs which fold up into a small pouch & can be kept in a handbag. That said some umbrellas are quite compact and it's not like you'll be holding hands of small people or pushing a buggy like I was!! :)

    Oh, decisions, decisions! Always take as many shoes as you can possibly fit into your luggage!! :thumbsup2
     
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    Thanks for your help! I am not sure if I can find a pac-a-mac but I can look anyway. If I take my mini umbrella I guess I should take a sturdy plastic bag to put it in so my purse doesn't get water logged.

    These are mickey crocs - very comfortable but probably not practical - especially if it is cold and rainy!:rolleyes: Mine are dark blue.

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    Now I may seriously consider bringing all three pair!:goodvibes
     
  12. ExpatDisneyLover

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    Oh my goodness - time is almost here and I am sooo excited!:yay: I can hardly stand it!

    I am off to the city center to get some more Euros - I have decided I want to have enough to buy an annual pass if I decide I really want one - right now I am leaning towards a Francilien annual pass. I have been considering a June trip and it looks like the off site hotels are heaps more affordable for that time period. Also need to pay some bills - water, phone, internet, natural gas and once that is done just the last minute shopping left!:goodvibes

    I have packed and the Mickey crocs must be left behind.:sad2: The fashion police should be happy!:rotfl: It was between the crocs and my hair dryer and the hair dryer won! I will take my mini umbrella though and a good zip lock bag.

    Have a Disney Day Everyone! :wizard: :wizard: :wizard:
    It's a Disney State of Mind!
     
  13. Ware Bears

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    Only 3 more sleeps for you! You must be getting VERY excited! :dance3:
     
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    Shame about the Mickey Crocs - they would have been perfect!! Still, they won't be in many of the photos - but your hair will!! :rotfl2:

    Have a fab time :cheer2: and good luck getting some sleep before you go!! :lmao:
     
  16. ExpatDisneyLover

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    Hi Everyone!:goodvibes

    I got back late last night around 11:00pm - so a long day but a good night's rest did wonders! I had a GREAT time and thoroughly enjoy DLRP! Hope to be getting the TR with photos out fairly soon.

    In a nutshell:
    The weather was FANTASTIC!!! :goodvibes:goodvibes And I had packed a ton of cold weather gear - :rotfl: - oh well - be prepared as the scouts say!

    I loved the Santa Fe - for the price can't be beat! I had a room in building 14 - near the parks and the river with a lift. I LOVED this location!:thumbsup2 I really loved the walk from the Santa Fe to the village. When you walk by the Sequoia Lodge there is a smell there that I recognize from Muir Woods - a forest of redwoods in San Francisco where I lived a few years. So I am wondering is a "magical addition":wizard: or does is come from the trees themselves?

    DLP is so beautiful and I am ever amazed at the artistry and creativity - the imagineers really have done some of their best work in this park. Main Street USA is so detailed and lovely. I thought the arcades were perfect examples of this and I spent some time taking photos of tiles, windows, displays etc. Discoveryland too - love the HG Wells influence there. Fantasyland - gorgeous really- right out of a picture book.

    Pirates of the Caribbean is really well done - as is Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. A++++ again to the imagineers! These attractions are really top notch!

    I was able to ride my favorites several times! This was a happy discovery!

    Not so happy moments:
    I developed an excruciating migrane :sick:after riding Space Mountain. Hmmmm - not so young anymore. I thought how bad can it be - I've been on Superman at Fiesta Texas - is it worse than that ?- in a nutshell - YES! Superman is smooth - flying type of feeling - Space Mountain - is jerky and bangs your head around while doing all the cork screws and loops- I spent all of my energy trying to keep my head in a safe position the whole ride and didn't enjoy it one iota! Now I am sure there are many who find this to be their favorite ride but I will stay away from that one from now on. Lesson learned. I spent four hours in my hotel room recovering -:sick: - but on the plus side the room was comfortable, dark and very quiet.


    Well - all in all a wonderful trip! On Wednesday I went to the annual passport office at around 10:00am when the park opened to the general public. It took about five minutes and now I am a happy owner of a Francilien Annual Pass! I was amazed at how pleasant the CM's were - very helpful and the process was so easy! So now - must decide when I will go again!:yay:
     
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    That sounds like a brilliant trip - can't wait for the photos :goodvibes
     
  18. ExpatDisneyLover

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    Hi Everyone - the TR begins!

    I left my house via taxi at 6:00am to catch the 6:30am airport bus - trip to the airport 30 minutes - I was there by 7:00am for my 8:00am flight from Ankara to Istanbul.

    Final images of Ankara from the bus - Disney here I come!

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    I was happy to discover that the airport in Istanbul (the Asian side) has been remodeled and it now quite large and easy to get through. Here is a picture of Istanbul from the air and another as we were flying over the Alps!

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    Arriving in Orly was uneventful and I was able to find the shuttle after some serious investigation!:rotfl: I was so happy I didn't have to wait long and we left soon after I arrived at the bus platform. Yay! Disney! :goodvibes

    I arrived at the hotel and was checked in by 4:00pm - Hotel Santa Fe. First impressions - it was much smaller than I imagined. I had a great room location - building 14 - near the parks and quiet. I had requested quiet, non smoking and upper floor - all of which I received!!:thumbsup2

    First pictures of my building and the path directly outside my building door.

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    After I unpacked, showered and changed, it was off to Disneyland!! I arrived just in time for the evening parade! Once Upon a Dream!!! This was an awesome parade!!!

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    Then it was off to my first Attraction - yes "It's a Small World"! I love to do this ride first because when I was a teenager and visited Disneyland in California - my first ever Disney Park - this was my very favorite ride!!! I remember going through it with my mouth open - literally. So whenever I go to Disney I like to ride this first!! To me it totally screams "Disney"!!

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    And then off to explore and ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad!! I thought this was a fabulous ride!! So much detail - the sounds, the layout of the ride, everything about it is great!

    After this I ran into a little glitch - I thought I would stop and have a quick counter service meal around 6:00pm - then I realized most counter service places had already closed. I hadn't forseen this! So this is what I had for dinner.:laughing: Then off to sleep - or kind of - too much adrenaline!

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    Glad I brought the packet soup - anyway I wasn't too sad to save the Euros. But I will plan my meals better next time!
     
  19. tennisfan

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    Great start to you report. Love the photos. I look forward to the rest:thumbsup2
     
  20. ExpatDisneyLover

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    Thanks Everyone!

    On to Day 2-

    I didn't sleep very well - too much adrenaline and paranoia about missing my early breakfast time so I kept waking up and dosing off (this lack of sleep comes into play later).

    The weather was FANTASTIC!! Bright, bright sunshine - :goodvibes

    The Santa Fe early in the morning.

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    Anyway - I was up for my 7:30am breakfast time and the Cantina was getting busy! I really enjoyed the fresh baked rolls, cheese and ham (the same cheese and ham we don't have often in Turkey) so I was in "heaven".:cloud9: That plus the hot chocolate made me a happy camper - truly!

    So I was off to Disneyland and EMH - at 8am. I loved the quiet of the Park this early - so relaxing! I rode Buzz twice in about 10 minutes!

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    Then headed over to Space Mountain - no wait at all - hmmmm - this is where warning bells should have sounded! "No one is riding Space Mountain at 8:30 in the morning - what does that tell you???" Ahhhh the inner voice was silenced by my Disney enthusiasm!! Nothing could keep me away! Lack of sleep no matter! And so I rode and I paid.:sick: Oh how I wish I had actually listened to the lady on the monitors about all the health risks associated with this ride!

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    So I started with pain relievers - still very positive - it wasn't a full blown headache (yet)!

    At 10:00am I headed over to the Studios - enjoyed Animagique, Cinemagique, Disney Animation - all the while popping pain relievers - certain I am going to shake this headache. Well I loved the shows despite the throbbing head but by 1:00pm I had to admit - this was a full blown migrane and I needed to seek the refuge of my room at the Santa Fe. So off I went - and I have to say the hotel was extremely quiet and what I needed. After a few hours of misery waiting for the "big guns" of pain relievers to kick in it passed - happy day! It was now 6:00pm and I was hungry - but not feeling like I could eat much of anything. I did wander over to the hotel bar and ordered a fruit juice drink sans alcohol and sipped - slowly - did the trick. I think the cocktail was called a Cabana. After that I felt much better and returned to the room for a good sleep and am happy to say slept through the night!:wizard:

    Let's hope day 3 is a bit more fun shall we???:woohoo:
    Lesson learned :teacher:- Space Mountain - NO!
     
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    Another lovely day, shame about your migraine:headache:
     

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