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    So, in just a week and a half, I don my mouse-ears and fly from London all the way to sunny LA for my first EVER visit to Disneyland. To say I am excited is an understatement Ė Iíve dreamed of visiting the birth-place of the Disney parks since I was a little girl, and yes, I know EVERYBODY says it, butÖ I canít believe I will soon be where Walt walked!

    I have been busy putting a plan of action together, to try and cram in as much as possible whilst Iím in LA Ė I will be arriving on the afternoon of Wednesday 22nd September and coming home late on Sunday 26th September (arriving back in London Monday afternoon).

    My plan (providing the flight isnít delayed or Iím held up in immigration) is that I will check in to my hotel (Quality Inn and Suites), change in to some fresh clobber and then spend the remaining part of the day in Disneyland Park. According to the times guide on Disneylandís website, the park closes at 8pm that evening, so I will probably just use my time, exploring Main Street (my favourite part of any Disney park) and taking lots of photos. In the evening, I plan to hang out at Downtown Disney and purchase lots of useless souvenirs that I have no need for, but simply MUST buy!

    Thursday morning will begin at the crack of dawn with the plan being to arrive at the gates of Disneyland park very first thing. I have a list of attractions I want to hit, and being realistic, I know Iím not going to get everything done. Iíll have to be choosy, with my main focus being on rides/attractions I havenít experienced before in Orlando or Paris. The exception to the rule definitely being Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion (although that should have itís lovely new Nightmare Before Christmas Overlay, so technically, itís still a new ride)!

    In the evening, Iíve got a ticket to Louís World of Color meet and greet, which Iím really looking forward to. I met Lou for the first time this past February at All Star Music in Florida and canít wait to say Ďhií again. Iím also itching to see WoC for the first time Ė the YouTube videos Iíve seen of it look stunning and the musicís fab. After WoC, weíre all heading over to the Golden Vine Winery for some yummy desserts and Disney chat. Whilst Iím very much looking forward to this meet, I am a little nervous, as Iím travelling by myself, and donít know a single person whoís attending Ė hopefully Iíll make some new Disney pals though.

    Friday and Saturday are very special days, as Iím attending the Destination D event at the Disneyland Hotel. And, as a treat to myself, Iím also spending the Friday night at the Disneyland Hotel as a guest. Iím sure this event is going to be outstanding and Iím very excited about watching the panels and seeing dozens of Disney celebs in the flesh (including the original Mousketeers)! Iím also chuffed that Mark and Hilda from Ugly Betty are taking part in the E-Ticket concert on Friday night, as Iím a massive Ugly Betty fan. That should be awesome.

    Sunday is my last day in Anaheim, but Iím planning to enjoy it to the fullest. Iím booked on the very last flight from LA to London, which means I can stay in the parks until about 4pm in the afternoon Ė I think itís also extra magic hours that day, so I should be able to squeeze a few extra attractions in first thing in the morning if Iím lucky.

    My only disappointment is that I wonít be able to see the fireworks whilst Iím there (they are being shown at the weekend, but Iíll be at the Destination D event) and it doesnít look like the Aladdin show at California Adventure (Hyperion) is on either. However, Iím coming back to Anaheim next year (with my hubby!) for the D23 Expo, so will be able to fit all of that in then.

    So, thatís a rough plan of what Iíll be doing in California. Iíll do a full trip report when I get back, with photos and hopefully an extensive run-down of what went on at Destination D. Stay tunedÖ!
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    Re: A Brit-Chick Goes Solo in Disneyland Ė Pre Trip Report

    I have to say, you are going to love it there. Disneyland is my home park, and Halloween time can be a lot of fun. Things you should keep in mind for your mornings are: Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy. The first thing I noticed last year when they brought this overlay out was the fast passes were gone before noon each day, and could have a stand by time of over 2.5 hours. Grab one when you first get in, and consider getting at least one more as soon as you can since you can use them any time during the day. The Haunted Mansion overlay is a lot of fun, but make sure you get over to the Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye. WOW! One other bonus is this ride is also a single rider attraction.
    I would recommend listening to, (or again if you already have), WDWRadio episode #58. This is Lou's experience in the park a few years ago with his friends.
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    Re: A Brit-Chick Goes Solo in Disneyland Ė Pre Trip Report

    Thanks for the great advice Jaxum - I'll be sure to take this during my visit! Much appreciated!
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    August 2011 - Disneyland California (Quality Inn and Suites) D23 Expo
    May 2011 - Walt Disney World (All Star Sports) D23 Destination D: Walt Disney World 40th Anniversary
    November 2010 - Disneyland Paris (Hotel Cheyenne) Bonfire Night Celebrations and Halloween Season
    September 2010 - Disneyland California (Disneyland Hotel and Quality Inn and Suites) D23 Destination D: Disneyland 55th Anniversary
    February 2010 - Walt Disney World (All Star Music and Polynesian Resort)
    May 2009 - Disneyland Paris (Hotel Santa Fe) Mickey's Magical Party
    October 2008 - Walt Disney World (All Star Movies, Coronado Springs, Caribbean Beach, Port Orleans Riverside, Polynesian Resort, Animal Kingdom Lodge) Halloween and Food and Wine
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    June 2007 - Disneyland Paris (Newport Bay Club) Disneyland Paris 15th Anniversary Celebrations
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    Re: A Brit-Chick Goes Solo in Disneyland Ė Pre Trip Report

    Have a great trip.

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    Re: A Brit-Chick Goes Solo in Disneyland Ė Pre Trip Report

    I'm so jealous Have an awesome time!!
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    Re: A Brit-Chick Goes Solo in Disneyland Ė Pre Trip Report

    im jealous too.. i wont be going to disneyland until next halloween
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    Have a blast!! I'm still waiting for the day that I will have a chance to make my way to Disneyland!
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    Hope you have a fantastic time!
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