Hello everyone! This is my first trip report, as I am relatively new to the boards and recently re-inspired by Disney! I have been to WDW 3 times (ages 5, 9, 20). I am 22 years old. Between ages 9-20, I never really thought about the parks (still loved Disney in general), but that trip when I was 20 really ignited the flame inside me again. After the last trip, all I could think about was another Disney trip. I started watching/listening to the DIS Unplugged and their constant talking about how every WDW fan needs to go to Disneyland at least once made me obsessed. My family initially did not understand the appeal of Disneyland (smaller Magic Kingdom: why would we go when we’ve been to a larger Magic Kingdom/stuff probably everyone thinks about a trip to Disneyland after going to WDW multiple times). I have always wanted to go and see Walt’s Park, but now I HAD to go or I’d go insane. I would be graduating from college May 2017, so we wanted to plan a trip somewhere new. We haven’t been on a plane since that trip when I was 5 because we just drive everywhere along the east coast. I have a friend in San Diego, so I initially said we should go there. I then said “Oh, we could go to Disneyland too!” Long story short, I convinced them to take half the San Diego trip and split it into 50% Disneyland, 50% San Diego (SUCCESS!). We would be flying into San Diego on Mother’s Day (5/14), then driving to Disneyland, spending that Monday (5/15) at California Adventure and Tuesday (5/16) at Disneyland Park and driving back to San Diego on 5/17 for the remaining of our trip. I would’ve have liked to stay 1-2 more days in Disneyland, but there were grad nights and I took what I could get! I will get into our hotel choice, trip hopes and plans and obviously, the events! Also, we did get PhotoPass (as we have no family pictures) and we did use the DAS sytem, as I have some limitations, so I will be able to tell you about our amazing experience with DL’s DAS and to hopefully answer some questions about the differences between WDW’s DAS and DL’s. Besides me, my mom, dad and sister were coming along. Additionally, my friend would be coming with us on our Disneyland day. My mom absolutely loves Disney/the parks but was nervous based on some recent reviews of Disneyland that said it’s been horribly crowded and constant ride breakdowns ruined days for many. Both my mom and dad grew up going to Disney World and have been countless times, my sister has been 1 more time than me. My dad just wanted to go with the flow, as did my sister. For hotel, I really wanted to stay on property, despite the notion that you do not really need to stay on property at the DLR. After listening to the podcasts, I really wanted to stay at the Disneyland Hotel. They really convinced me! I love Disney history and the rooms looked so nice, so we ultimately booked there. I was so excited. With discounts, we splurged for the premium view, which somehow cheaper than the deluxe view (I could be getting them mixed up, sort of forget). Coming in, I wanted to explore the parks, EAT and obviously ride the attractions. I wanted to get the famous corndog, Matterhorn Macaroon, get MULTIPLE Dole Whips, the raspberry Mickey Macaron from Jolly Holiday, the biscuits and duck wings at Carthay Circle, the Monte Cristo and Pommes Frites at Café Orleans, beignets from either Café Orleans or Ralph Brennan’s, the Lobster Nachos at Cove Bar, the 24-layer cake at Steakhouse 55, a churro, a Mickey Waffle and the long beans/drinks at Trader Sam’s. Jeez, writing it all out makes me think all I wanted to do was eat LOL. Funny enough, there weren’t many things on that list we didn’t have too! Ride/attraction wise in DCA, I absolutely needed to do Radiator Springs Racers, Soarin’, Toy Story Midway Mania, California Screamin’ and to see World of Color. I also wanted to do Little Mermaid/Monsters Inc. and possibly the other two rides in Cars Land. I was sad that Guardians of the Galaxy wouldn’t be ready, but what are you going to do. Guess I must come back! In Disneyland, the list was a little longer (obviously): · Fantasyland: Peter Pan, Alice, Snow White, Mr. Toad, Pinocchio, Matterhorn, Small World, Canal Boats, Sleeping Beauty Castle walkthrough · Tomorrowland: Hyperspace Mountain, Buzz Lightyear, Star Tours · Frontierland: Big Thunder, Splash Mountain, Winnie the Pooh · Adventureland: Jungle Cruise, Echanted Tiki Room, (I was CRUSHED to know that Indiana Jones would be under refurb while we were there) · New Orleans Square: Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean I also wanted to see the Electrical Parade one last time. I have fond memories of seeing it in Disney World and it would be nice to see it one last time; however, I didn’t want to wait hours for it. So, if I could catch some of it…great. Before I dive in to the events, I probably will briefly discuss the San Diego part of the trip (but not to the extent of Disneyland) and I would like to say how I exactly planned for this trip. I religiously listened and watched every episode of the DIS Unplugged (Shoutout to the Disneyland Team and the 7in7 episodes/Celebration of Disneyland series from the Orlando Team). I also bought the Unofficial Guide to Disneyland 2017 and I ordered the planning DVD (didn’t really help with planning, but cool to see the sites). I of course read the boards and all the tips people gave on here that were all so helpful. One of my favorite things for me was YouTube. I religiously watched Fresh Baked and Stuff, which really allowed me to see the park and visualize where everything was. Also, I got many really good tips and tricks. Could not suggest that channel anymore because the whole cast is truly incredible. I also watched The TimTracker’s videos of when him and his wife Jenn went to Disneyland. I watched videos of park walkthroughs, which really helped me plan the days. Basically, YouTube is your best friend. Ok, so here we go with night 1!