It has been over a month since I came back to humid CT from my Disneyland solo trip. I went to Walt Disney World solo last December and had a great time. It was not my first solo Disney trip. My first solo Disney trip was back in 2015 when I went on a whim while traveling from San Diego to LA. This was the first planned Disneyland Solo trip though.
Planning the Disneyland Solo Trip
I am a recent graduate of the Disney College of Knowledge which allows me to help families book Disney vacations or even a Disney solo trip for others (don’t worry wedding photography is my main focus still). One of the perks of taking the training is the ability to book trips for me to give first-hand knowledge. It allowed me to stay on-site to get the full experience (well kind of). I decided to take a five-day trip and gave myself 3 park days and two travel days. I am glad I did this because the travel home was well over 12 hours thanks to a jerk who delayed the flight for an hour.
I booked my flight first, then booked the hotel, and then got my tickets. I got a park hopper and I highly suggest you do it for this theme park especially. Unlike WDW, the parks are within walking distance so you can break up what to see in each.. It makes booking dining reservations a little easier too.
I used a crowd calendar to determine which dates would be less crowded and it said the first week of May was a good week, but I later realized that May 4th is Star Wars Day. With that knowledge, I made my starting park for that day California Adventure.
What Happened On My Solo Disneyland Trip
I landed at LAX and received my car rental around 3, but thanks to LA traffic I didn’t to Paradise Pier there til 4:45. I checked in and the cast member at the front desk was very helpful I dropped my stuff off in my room and headed straight to In N Out as one should. After stuffing my face with animal-style fries and a cheeseburger I headed to Downtown Disney and did some exploring. I bought my traditional Disney mug at the Disney Home store and had honey lavender ice cream from the Salt and Straw (so yummy).
The next day, I headed to Disneyland Park and rode a ton of rides, and enjoyed breakfast at the Carnation Cafe. I also had Mickey beniets for a snack, which were worth the ten-minute line. I am not going to lie I couldn’t wait to hop over to California Adventure Park because I could wait to go to Avenger’s Campus. My family is full of MCU nerds so I face-timed them and “took them with me”. I just took it in and enjoyed the shows.
Then I went to Pixar Pier to get my corn dog, which is a must-get at Disneyland. Earlier, while on my Storybook Boat ride, I joined the virtual queue for a viewing seat at World of Color which was so good. They even played one of my favorite Disney songs I So Close from the movie Enchanted.
Wednesday was May the fourth so I avoided the madness at Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland Park and spent most of the day at DCA. I used genie + that day which is very helpful. You can only book lighting lanes once you are in the park which I like more than WDW because I didn’t have to wake up at 7:00 am to book the first one. I went on all the rides including the two in Avenger’s Campus… I used a lightning lane for the Guardians of the Galaxy Ride and chose the single rider lane for Web Slingers. I also had lunch at the Lamplight Lounge and had the very delicious lobster nachos..
On the last full day, I started at Disneyland park and had breakfast at Rontos Roasters and had the famous Ronto Breakfast Wrap and it lived up to the hype. I also went to Jolly Holiday bakery for a snack before heading to the movies to see the Dr. Strange movie. Even though I was on vacation tradition is still a tradition. It was also Cinco Di Mayo so I went to DCA for some yummy tacos and a margirita at Cucina Cucamonga Mexican Grill. I ended my Disneyland solo trip with the famous Main Street Electrical Parade.
Disneyland Solo Trip Photos
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