What a great day at Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure!
Most people say that doing 2 parks in 1 day is not possible. But my 1-day experience was well worth the ticket price.
I did Disneyland Park first and was at the gates before 8am. I looked around Downtown Disney before the park opened. I think I got lucky because once the park opened, I got to ride Star Tours and Space Mountain without any lines yet.
I kept moving forward, riding all the rides I passed by next. When I got a bit winded, I took the train and enjoyed the sights. Rode a few more rides then finally decided to have my lunch at the French Market Restaurant. Fantastic and filling!
While burning off my meal I walked down by the lakeside. Even on a Saturday on a Summer day, it felt dreamy.
Was able to ride Indy, Pirates, Splash Mountain, Haunted Mansion after lunch.
Then at around 2pm I walked over to California Adventure. A kind lady offered to give me her fast pass to Tower of Terror! How lucky!! Again, all the rides didn't take more than 30mins. I even got to ride Screamin' Over California twice! I also got to witness the full parade which was fun and relaxing.
At night time, I then hurried over to Disneyland to catch the 2nd show of Fantasmic. What a great show! Words are not enough!! Then, while watching the fireworks, I made my way to California Adventure to watch the 2nd show of World of Color. I watched both shows in 1 day!! Both shows were really magical!!
I strolled over to Disneyland again since it closes later than California Adventure. I was winding down and just enjoying the sights at night. But if you're with someone, you could go Swing Dancing at the Fantasy Faire stage. I just watched the happy couples and gave my better half a call. :-)
Overall, for a solo trip, I had great fun. Of course there was viber to share my photos with my better half just to share the experience. But during the trip, there were a lot of friendly faces and nice people to take your photos too! Not to mention the great staff of Disney who was always eager to help and give tips!
If you have a day to spare during a business trip in California, a park hopper ticket is well worth it. Oh, to make swiping your pass easy breezy, make sure you bring a lanyard with a plastic slot to place your ticket. It made some park-goers lives easier. I made do with keeping my pass in my mobile phone case. :-)
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