I'm doing a week long, solo trip in mid July - I'm from Australia, so it's quite a long way to come, but I love Disney and wanted a break on my own!
I've booked a package that includes a five day park hopper ticket and accomodation at a good neighbour hotel.
So far, this is my plan - I fly in on a Saturday morning and will get the bus from LAX. I can't check into the hotel until mid-afternoon, so thought I would leave my bags, and go check out Downtown Disney (getting sunlight is important for avoiding jetlag, so walking around outside is good).
Sunday, I've booked a one-day tour of Universal Studios.
Then Monday to Friday Disneyland/DCA. I fly back out Friday night, but quite late.
I'm figuring on getting to the parks early, and going back to the hotel around lunchtime to have a swim and chill out for a couple of hours before going back to the parks (except Friday when I will just plough through the day until I have to leave for the airport).
I've booked the Blue Bayou for lunch one day (I've wanted to eat there since I came to Disneyland as a kid) and the Carthay Circle for my last dinner on Thursday. I've also booked a World of Color picnic dinner for Monday.
So there are a few things I'd like to know from all of you who get to visit more often than me!
1. If I don't take a bag, so don't need to go through the security check, how long before park opening would I need to get there to get in right away once it opens?
2. I am thinking of booking a town car to take me back to the airport, to maximise my time on the Friday - does anyone have recommendations?
3. I know about (and will use!) fastpass and single rider lines - but wondering which rides I really need to plan to do first thing in the morning to minimise the wait? Which usually run out of fastpasses?
4. Any other recommendations for planning each day? (I'm a planning kind of person!)
Very grateful for any and all suggestions!