Quick life update: A little over a week ago, I moved into my dream apartment. It’s a cozy little studio in the heart of Anaheim. Walking distance from both Disneyland and Angel Stadium (OMG). Living in SoCal has legitimately been a life long dream of mine. Sitting in my apartment still doesn’t feel real, and I’m not sure when it ever will. Of course, though, living in a foreign place means lots of free time and no friends (yet). I’m not a fan of doing things alone, like, at all. So all this free time and no one to spend it with has been driving me crazy. But then, as I was sitting at home, doing nothing, realizing how close I am to not one, but two, of my favorite things, I thought; why? Why am I letting a silly insecurity stop me from living out my dream of being THIS close to THE Happiest Place on Earth. So, in that moment, I made the decision to get up and go to Disneyland…alone.
Here’s how it went…
Of course I had to bring back the AP. I mean, how could I not? I also decided to go ahead and upgrade to the Signature Plus AP. NO. BLACKOUT. DATES.
I got into the parks at a little before 6 o’clock and went straight to The Disneyland Story where they are currently showing a 7 minute sneak peek on the new live action Dumbo movie. The preview was amazing and I’m honestly way more excited to see the full film after watching. The preview will be running until April 7th (don’t quote me). Definitely check it out if you can!
As I was leaving Dumbo, a parade was happening, so cast members directed guests to walk through this maze like walk way that lead you right outside Tomorrowland. I crossed over to Adventureland and wound up at Pirates. The line was only 10 minutes and I was able to get a whole row to myself (score!). PS, who else loves the smell of Pirates, or is that just me?
Getting off Pirates, I found myself strolling through New Orleans square where I spotted a sign that said “Mickey Beignets Sold Here”. I’ve never tried them so I thought I might as well add to the experience and add another first. They were 3 for $5.49 (no AP discount) and they were Y U M. So warm and soft and slightly sweet. If you’ve ever had the Italian donuts at Olive Garden, the taste and such is very similar. Hooked. Churros have some serious competition…
Over the next 2ish, almost 3 hours, I was able to squeeze in 5 more rides, making a total of 6 hours in under 3 hours. Not a bad night. Haunted Mansion and Winnie the Pooh are a must, every single time. Splash Mountain wasn’t something I was planning on but there was no wait and I figured if I’m going this, I might as well do it big. Indy is always a good idea, until you get stuck and your car won’t stop moving so you get mini whiplash. Matterhorn at night = YASSSS.
TBH – I don’t know why I was ever so afraid to do this, or anything, solo. If you know me, you know I’m 99.9999% the life of the party, outgoing, not shy whatsoever. But somehow when it comes to being able to do something alone, I freak out and shut down. It just never has been something I can comfortable with. Yesterday, I conquered that fear and I can’t tell you how liberating it was. I was able to do something that I wanted to do without having to wait on anyone or catering to anyone else and what they wanted to do, see, ride, eat, etc. Not that that’s a bad thing but it’s nice to be able to enjoy things without worrying about others. It was just me and my love for Disney. I can’t wait to expand my horizons and experiences of doing things with me, myself, and I. If you’re in the same panic of venturing off alone, coming from someone who has (and still kinda is) been in that place; stop letting the voice saying that is weird or uncomfortable or whatever other excuse your mind tries to tell you, stop you from doing things you want to do, see, and explore. At the end of the day, you don’t matter that much to the people around you for them to pay you enough attention to point out that you’re alone. That was a big reality check for me.
Seize the moment, enjoy yourself, and embrace the strength and happiness you will feel.
I promise you, it’s worth it.
You can do it!
~Beauty and the Ballpark ♡