Sunday, May 21, 2017

Travel: Disneyland in One Day

Pointing at Sleeping Beauty's castle wearing Mickey Mouse Ears with the name Allison on the back

Yesterday, my friend (H) and I went to Disneyland for 11 hours. Let's break down the agenda for you so I can remind myself of this in the future. 

Night before: Full Dinner and bed by 8pm. Took a melatonin because I don't play games.
3:30am: Wake up call. Got dressed, did make up and hair, grabbed my mouse ears and my small Stella McCartney Adidas hiking bag.
4:15am: Leave apartment for the airport.
4:45am: Park at airport and head to security.
5:15am: Get past security and get coffee and fill up hydro flask.
6am: Flight out of Seatac and to LAX.
8:35am: Land at LAX, get off plane, bathroom break and change into shorts.
8:55am: Go to arrivals.
9am: Hail an uber.
9:45am: Arrive at Disneyland!
10am: Get through security and the gate.
10:01am: Come up with a plan and and get a locker.
10:10am: PLAY for 10 hours.
8:10pm: Go to Main Street for end of the night shopping.
9pm: Head out while the Electrical Parade begins.
9:10pm: Walk outside of park, hail an Uber.
9:45pm: Arrive at LAX & get through security.
10pm: Change back into pants and get snacks.
11:15pm - 11:55pm: Board plane, wait for passengers from another delayed flight.
Midnight: Take off.
3am: Land and go to car.
3:30am: Get home and sleep for 9 hours straight.

I'm going to go back to 10am, arriving at the gates of Disneyland, because this is where it gets a lot of fun. It's early and H and I had been awake for 6 hours already. We were dying for a snack but decided the first thing to do was take photos at the front of the park and then to calculate our hours and get our first fastpass of the day. 

Front of Disneyland and Train Station

We calculated approximately 11 hours in the park before we had to head to the airport. We're not Californians and didn't know what the traffic would be like so we decided to to leave early for our 11:30pm flight, just in case. That gave us til 9pm to have as many adventures as we could. Having spoken through out the week about the trip we both figured we should get fastpasses for HyperSpace Mountain. The facts are these: Space Mountain had only recently been renovated and turned into a Star Wars themed ride. Due to that, we knew it was going to be the most popular attraction. 

Fastpasses, even at 10am were pushed out til 5:05pm to ride. We were so stoked to have gotten tickets. 

Next we decided to hop on our favorite ride, Big Thunder Mountain, which was a 35 minute wait. What a ride, guys! I just LOVE it. It's so fun, family friendly, nothing crazy and just loads of laughs. What more could you ask for?

Big Thunder Mountain Entrance and Sign that says Big Thunder Mountain

This is the part of my tale when we realized something was off about the park. We got off the ride, laughing still and smiling because we were having a ball. That was til we started walking to Adventureland and saw swarms of just dozens upon hundreds of people. That's when we found out that the park was at maximum capacity and they were actually turning people away at the front of the park. Our little adventure took a turn and we were so thankful it was just the two of us on this crazy trip. H and I are super relaxed travelers and decided to just make the best of the time we had. We got lunch at the Market Place between Pirates of the Caribbean, which had a 125 minute wait, and Haunted Mansion, which had a 60 minute wait. 

We got another fastpass at around 12:30 for Haunted Mansion. Later another one for Big Thunder since it was our favorite. We didn't get to ride any other attraction due to the wait times but we honestly weren't upset at all. We kept saying "next time" because we knew it wouldn't be our last trip. 

Something I hadn't mentioned, it was 88* degrees yesterday. Though there was only 17% humidity it was still a hot day in California and like nothing we'd seen in months. Seattle hadn't had a gorgeous day since last September! Water was key and though we both tried our darnedest, we both got sun headaches. 

Holding up paper fastpass tickets at Disneyland for Big Thunder Mountain, Haunted Mansion and HyperSpace Mountain

Here's the sum up of this trip.

Was this trip amazing and magical? YES
Will I ever do it again? Hells no. 

And here's why: 11 hours in the California sun is a long time for anyone. It's also just a lot of put on your body. All together, H and I had been awake for just under 24 hours by the time we got home and it's enough to make you sick. I got home at 3:30am this morning. I'm writing this after I've gone grocery shopping and doing my best to relive yesterday... If it even happened at all. I somehow have the pictures to prove it but it's pretty unbelievable that I was in Southern California just yesterday and not again today. It's sheer magic. 

I will also never go on a weekend in May again. I forgot to mention it was grad night at Disneyland. Something we missed the memo on. So not only was the park stacked to the max with people but the majority being high school and middle school graduates. Which was equally amusing and also annoying. I do not miss those days and am thankful they are behind me. 

I will follow up with a post on tips and tricks both H and I learned from our 1 day adventure. However, I will say, I am definitely staying there next time or just not going at all. I am such a DisneyWorld fan, over Disneyland. DisneyWorld is sentimental to me though, as it used to be home for a long time. Disneyland is fun but DisneyWorld is just better to me. 

What say you?

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