I’m Going to Disneyland!


I know I usually share articles on how to plan your Disney vacation, save money in the parks, and make the most of your magical vacation. But today, I just have to share a little something about me. Early next week I have the opportunity to fly out to California for work. Because my work responsibilities will only take up a day, I was able to extend my trip and plan a getaway to Disneyland.

Now, I have never been to Disneyland. My Disney home has always been (and will probably always be) Walt Disney World. I am so excited to see the first park that Walt built. I just know I’m going to cry as I walk down Main Street USA in the footsteps of Walt.

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Sometimes I forget to count my blessings and reflect on all the positive things that are happening in my life. This year has been amazing on so many levels and it really  hit me the other day just how lucky I am. So indulge me for just a moment as I reflect on what I have to be grateful for.

This year I was promoted at work.

I have traveled so much this year, and still have several trips planned in 2016.

  • First, Aaron and I went to Chicago to celebrate my birthday.
  • Later that same month, I went to West Palm Beach with my sister and her family.
  • I took a road trip with my sister to Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Although the trip was a complete mess from the start, we made the best of it and had a good time.
  • In just three days I will be flying to California for the first time.
  • In five days I will be at Disneyland for the first time.
  • In November, I am going to Walt Disney World with Aaron and some of my favorite friends.
  • In December, we are escaping the Michigan winter and heading to West Palm Beach (again!) for  Christmas.

Seriously, I cannot believe this is my life right now.

Because I am so crazy excited about Disneyland, I put together a rough itinerary of what I want to do, dining reservations I’ve made, etc. If you are a veteran traveler of Disneyland, would you mind taking a look and letting me know your thoughts? I really appreciate any advice or insights you might have.

Park Opens at 9am

Arrive at 8:30am for the Welcome Show

Main Street USA – Castle Picture
Jolly Holiday for Breakfast

Get a FastPass for Hyerspace Mountain in Tomorrowland

Explore Fantasyland
• Ride Peter Pan’s Flight first thing
• Matterhorn Bobsled

Explore Tomorrowland
• Get a FastPass for Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
• FastPass for Hyerspace Moutain
• Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage

Explore New Orleans Square
• Lunch at Blue Bayou Restaurant

Explore Critter Country and Frontierland
• Get a FastPass for Big Thunder Mountain
• Splash Mountain

Main Street USA
• Dinner at Carnation Café

Explore Adventureland
• Indiana Jones
• Tiki Room – Get a Dole Whip to take in
Mickey’s Soundsational Parade: 4:30 – Get a ice cream from Gibson Girl before parade

Paint the Night: 8:50, 10:45
Fireworks: 9:30

Disney California Adventure
Park Opens at 9am

Arrive at 8:30am for the Welcome Show

Get a FastPass for Frozen – Live at Hyperion – Hollywood Land
• Show times at 11:30, 1:35, 4pm, and 5:50pm

Explore Condor Flats
• Soarin’ Around the World

Explore Grizzly Peak

Explore Hollywood Land
• Frozen – Live at Hyperion (1 hour and 5 minutes)

Red Car Trolley News Boys – Buena Vista Street – 12:45pm
• Shows at 10:30, 11:35, 12:45, 2:20, 3:30, 4:30

Explore Paradise Pier
• Get a FastPass for World of Color
• Lunch at Paradise Garden Grill
• California Screamin’
• Goofy’s Sky School

Explore Pacific Warf

Explore Cars Land
• Radiator Springs Racers
• Dinner at Flo’s V8 Café

Explore a bug’s land

Back to Paradise Pier
• Explore
• World of Color 9pm or 10:15pm

What do you think of my itineray? Any tips or tricks for navigating Disneyland? Let me know all of your thoughts and advice in the comments! Thank you!!

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