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  • [Question] Most Overlooked Thing in the Park?

    Hi all,

    This is my first post here! I've been going to Disneyland since the early 80s. My great-grandmother lived in Anaheim (you could even see the top of the Matterhorn from her balcony) so we went a lot when we went to visit her, and I was hooked for life.

    But as often as I've gone, I've never been to the park by myself. Until now, that is. Due to a series of scheduling problems, it looks like I'm going to be at Disneyland on Christmas day on my own. Now, I know what you're thinking. Why Christmas, of all days to pick?? Well, it also happens to be my birthday, and since I'm Jewish, and my friends will all be celebrating with their families during the day, I figured I'd give myself a fun new experience for my birthday. I'm actually really excited about it!

    Since I've got no agenda for the day, and no group to please when deciding where to go next, I want to get off the beaten path and see the things I usually breeze by on my way to item #14 on the day's schedule.

    So, here's my question. What do you think is the single most overlooked or underrated thing in the park? A bit of stunning architecture, maybe, or something in plain sight that has hidden significance? What one thing is your favorite thing to share and say, "Now this ... THIS is special."?

    I look forward to hearing your ideas!

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    Omnibus! just yesterday all I did with my mom and brother at Disneyland was take the omnibus from one end of Main Street back to the Hub (and Mr. Lincoln and some shopping at the stores). We had the whole bus to ourselves, but we still sat in the bench facing the front on the 2nd story. It allows a very different perspective of Main Street, seeing the upper roofs and all the detail in Main Street. you also feel very powerful too. XD as people move out of your way as your bus glides through main street.
    meh. I wish I could go on Xmas once. My aunt went once and said it was empty.

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    • #3
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      Wow, you know, I don't think I've ever actually ridden any of the Main Street vehicles! I may have to remedy that!

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      • #4
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        I think the area around Snow White's Grotto is very pretty. There are some secluded walkways. Also the walkway around the backside of Big Thunder into the top of Fantasyland is nice. Check out the Billy Hill show if you have never seen it. I actually enjoyed Tom Sawyer's Island last month. I was doing research for my next novel, but was checking out all the caves and bridges. I really enjoyed it. Check out some of the names on the windows of Main Street. Fess Parker's is in Frontierland above the clothing store. Take the canoes if they happen to be running. There is so much to do and enjoy alone when you aren't worried about everyone else with you enjoying themselves or worried that they might not like this or that ride. Go on everything you enjoy - twice if you feel like it!
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        • #5
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          First of all......... WELCOME!!

          When I visit the park on a solo trip I like to people watch. And I like the big, Amish horses that pull the trolley cars so I sit on a bench near where the trolley loads in front of the castle. I enjoy watching all the kids react to the horses plus you get to watch everyone taking a picture in the front of the castle.

          Second favorite place to just relax and soak up the atmosphere is under the trees in Critter Country. Especially if Tigger is out.

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          • #6
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            Considering that the entire park will be a new experience for you I really can't offer much... anything you do will be brand new... have fun and Happy Birthday.
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            • #7
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              the petrified tree that Walt gave to Lillian
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              • #8
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                Sleeping Beauty walk thru! AMAZING! I kept wondering "how did they do that?"
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                • #9
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                  I would go over by snow white's grotto, sleeping beauty castle walkthrough, and some areas of TSI are very nice and you can get some great views. Have fun!


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                    My advice as a long term solo-trip Disneyland fan.

                    1) Do not worry that it will be awkward. The awkward feeling seriously vanishes before you reach the bag check tents.

                    2) Take lots of pictures. My camera is my best friend when I go to the parks.

                    3) LOOK AROUND YOU. Never, ever look at the floor when you're walking. Take a gander at your surroundings. See something you like? Snap a shot (if you do bring a camera).

                    4) At least one visit to Disneyana is mandatory! No exceptions! Especially on a solo visit, you really get to relax and take in the beautiful artwork, and perhaps buy yourself a treat!

                    5) Take advantage of Single Rider tickets. They will be distinguishable by a blue "S" on the map.

                    6) Before you know it, your time will be up and you'll realize how fast and entertaining a solo trip to Disneyland can be.

                    Once you get used to going alone, it really takes off the stress of organizing a trip with friends, because friends will flake.

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                    • #11
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                      All of the beautiful architecture. I was in the line to get a hotdog in the Hollywood Backlot on Sunday and I was amazed by how much work they put into there.

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                      • #12
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                        the most hidden out of the way noboddy knows about it thing in the entire park ever?
                        Try to get into walts apartment.
                        if that fails then go to the court of angels in New Orleans Square. Find the 3 stuffed heads on pooh. See the golden spike in the castle gateway Hitch a ride in the drivers cabben of the monorail. Ride with the engeneer on a steam train.
                        find hidden mickeys. Ill even give you a free one, On PotC right before you go up the waterfall you will see 3 oak barrels haning up on a rope in front of you that forms a mickey mouse head.
                        Get a map of the jungle on jungle cruise. Ask for a death certificate on the haunted mansion. try to pull the sword from the anvil on a stone. Find club 33 and ask for a tour inside. Thats all I can think of.
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                        This is excellent news! There are all sorts of good changes to the park that we were promised when Hell froze over.
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                          Originally posted by Goover View Post
                          My advice as a long term solo-trip Disneyland fan.

                          1) Do not worry that it will be awkward. The awkward feeling seriously vanishes before you reach the bag check tents.

                          3) LOOK AROUND YOU. Never, ever look at the floor when you're walking.
                          Totally agree with No.1. I got ditched on a trip down to the park two years ago when friends were supposed to meet me there and didn't make it. And it really isn't awkward once you're there. Actually its kinda fun to take advantage of the single rider lines for Soarin' and Toy Story.

                          Totally disagree with No.3. One of the most overlooked things in the park is the attention to detail even down to the paving; everything from the horse shoe prints in Frontierland to the beautiful bricks of Main Street. As a landscape architect, I look for details in construction and have a catalogue of images of pavement from the Disneyland Resort.

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                            Beg for a ride on the Lilly Belle. If you're lucky, they might let you!

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                            • #15
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                              u shud visit the gallery and Abe Lincoln and

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                              • #16
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                                Happy Birthday!!

                                Ask to ride in the wheel house of the Mark Twain. Like the Omnibus, seeing the Rivers of America from that vantage points is very different.
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                                • #17
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                                  people mover track.

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                                  • #18
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                                    I had ended up spending one day at DLR by myself this summer. My family all went to hear my Dad sing in a competition and since they all know that I love Disney, they didn't get me a ticket. LOL! I was surprised how much FUN I had by myself.

                                    I enjoyed seeing the shows. I got the BEST seat (3rd row Center) for Aladdin because I was a single. I also got to walk right on Splash Mountain. Had a wonderful spot for the parades and got to take some fun pictures. Just have fun! What a great way to spend your birthday!

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                                    • #19
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                                      Right after exiting Haunted Mansion to the outside, there is a gate to your right. Go up the ramp and ask the CMs at the entrance to HM to see the pet cemetery. I had no idea until it existed until my most recent visit.

                                      Another fun thing to do is follow the walkway behind the Columbia dock until you reach the Splash Mountain flume. It's a great place to wave to the riders after the big drop.

                                      Have fun!!

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                                      • #20
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                                        Wow, lots of great ideas! Thanks, everyone!

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