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Tuesday, on an impressively beautiful day,  I jumped in the car and drove down the 101 and 5 freeways towards the Happiest Place on Earth.

(c) The Joyous Living
(c) The Joyous Living

American flags covered the buildings and lampposts on Main Street and throughout both parks.

One of the perks of going to a theme park alone is that you can stop and catch a show impromptu whenever you like. Take for instance these adorable Disney Newsboys in California Adventure:

And then there was the Disneyland Band playing on Main Street U.S.A. in Disneyland.

And of course, one must see a few of your favorite characters, yes?

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Last but not least, I chanced upon a California Adventure Jazz Quartet that performed alongside Goofy. Love those colorful vests, hats, shades, and ties!

Have you ever gone to a theme park solo? Single rider queues and the opportunity to chat with the friendly cast members while people watching can make for a very entertaining couple of hours. Do share your stories in the comments below!