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awesomebrownfamily
11-03-2009, 10:25 PM
I’m looking for some guidance on good buys to be had while in the USA, must have items that you can only get while there, or that are cheaper than you can get here….

rossip
11-04-2009, 01:33 AM
For us it was : Quiksilver , Billabong , Roxy , Oakley and Rip Curl Surfwear all well under half what you'd pay here .

Levi's Jeans , a quarter of the price here

and

We bought laptops or netbooks I think they are called , $299.00 USD they are currently $540.00AUD on special in Dick Smith - all we needed to do is buy a power cord when we got home for $12.00

darren123
11-04-2009, 02:08 AM
Phat Farm Demin Shorts for $15 and a pair of New Balance 636 for $ 29.95 and they are $120 here got them at Marshalls near the Disney Discount Shop.

And there is a are a few discount shops around that area and I got a T shirts for the Son in Law for $1.99

awesomebrownfamily
11-04-2009, 07:06 AM
I was considering getting a new notebook or a net book before we head over, but it sounds like there’s serious saving to be made by waiting till we get there…..

One of the things I’ll definitely be on the look out for a couple of Resistol (cowboy) hats….

darren123
11-04-2009, 04:46 PM
When I bought our new camera I paid $540 here in the US it was $199 I should have waited have a look at bestbuy.com or circuitcity.com for electronics. I bought a holder that sticks to the windscreen for my TomTom GPS here it was $120 at autobarn got it from circuit city for $35.

EG for you Circuitcity has a Acer Aspire One AO751-1279 Netbook - Intel Atom Z520 1.33GHz, 2GB DDR2, 250GB HDD, 11.6" WXGA, Vista Home Basic, 3-Cell, Blue for $299.99 here $799+ but only has 1G DDR2 and 160 GB HDD in the Australian model.

rossip
11-05-2009, 01:55 AM
EG for you Circuitcity has a Acer Aspire One AO751-1279 Netbook - Intel Atom Z520 1.33GHz, 2GB DDR2, 250GB HDD, 11.6" WXGA, Vista Home Basic, 3-Cell, Blue for $299.99 here $799+ but only has 1G DDR2 and 160 GB HDD in the Australian model.

What we got !

aussiegirls
11-05-2009, 08:26 PM
Just a quick Q for those that got bargain electronics. Were you worried at all that you now have no warranty in Australia? That was the one thing that stopped my buying much electronics, the fact that there would be no warranty or anything if you happened to end up with a dud.

Feej
11-09-2009, 11:58 PM
We bought lots (and I mean lots) of clothes. Also, for me anyway, collectables like action figures etc are a lot cheaper. Same with DVD's, although didn't buy many last trip in Jan.

We usually leave with 2 suitcases and come back with 4 or so. :)

awesomebrownfamily
11-10-2009, 03:16 AM
How's this for commitment to bargain shopping...we will actually be making a b-line for the Westfield in Culver City direct from the airport on the way to our hotel in Santa Monica.

I've been looking at the cost of hiring a GPS with our hire car and it looks like it would run us between $140 and $160 for our whole trip. So I thought I’d just buy the maps and use our own GPS, but that’s even more expensive, $189.

So while looking for bargains in best buy etc I noticed I can buy a brand new GPS with the Maps for under $150 (US)…less than the cost of hire or buying just the maps!

I figure I can either hang on to it and use it again on our next trip (if we go again), or list it up on ebay once we get back and just buy new one with updated maps if we go to the US again…..

shushh
11-10-2009, 03:31 AM
That is commitment!

I personally love buying clothes in the US. The range is infinitely better with nicer designs and at much better prices. Like Feej, we have allocated 1 to 2 suitcases usually just for shopping!

rossip
11-10-2009, 03:32 AM
Just a quick Q for those that got bargain electronics. Were you worried at all that you now have no warranty in Australia? That was the one thing that stopped my buying much electronics, the fact that there would be no warranty or anything if you happened to end up with a dud.

The netbooks came with a 1 year "travellers Warranty" valid around the world

DizOz
11-10-2009, 04:29 PM
I was considering getting a new notebook or a net book before we head over, but it sounds like there’s serious saving to be made by waiting till we get there…..

One of the things I’ll definitely be on the look out for a couple of Resistol (cowboy) hats….


Just be careful that you look at the voltage of any electrical equipment as we operate a 240V service here in Asutralia and I think the US operate 120. I purchased a router in the US a few years back and when I plugged in the transformer here in Australia it got fried. You may need to purchase a separate transformer when you get back to Australia.

awesomebrownfamily
11-10-2009, 05:48 PM
Just be careful that you look at the voltage of any electrical equipment as we operate a 240V service here in Asutralia and I think the US operate 120. I purchased a router in the US a few years back and when I plugged in the transformer here in Australia it got fried. You may need to purchase a separate transformer when you get back to Australia.

That's a really good point....I went O/S earlier in the year with work and had to check out all the gear I was taking to make sure it would all function as expected.

If the magic white smoke leaks out of your electronic equipment it's cactus....

Feej
11-10-2009, 07:42 PM
Like Feej, we have allocated 1 to 2 suitcases usually just for shopping!
Did you also do the "pack the smaller suitcase inside the larger suitcase" thing?

kylieh
11-11-2009, 02:36 AM
Did you also do the "pack the smaller suitcase inside the larger suitcase" thing?

We're doing this our next trip. Last one we took 2 bags, came home with 5!! So this time we're taking some our newly acquired bags and put them inside the others. I will have to be a bit more careful about weight though.

shushh
11-11-2009, 04:24 AM
Did you also do the "pack the smaller suitcase inside the larger suitcase" thing?

Yes we did! We have one that fits exactly into another. Purchased especially with shopping in mind for when in the states, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore...

LittleDisneyLovers
12-01-2009, 04:38 AM
I may be outing myself as a serious shopaholic here.....anyway, I literally take 2 changes of clothes each and shop as soon as we get there. I only have 1 packed suitcase and have brought back between 8 and 10 plus cabin bags every time.
I buy clothes, linen, DVD's and DS games for DD's, kitchen stuff......pretty much everything is cheaper over there!
Have fun !!!!:)

1rocky
03-17-2010, 12:55 AM
Wondering with bringing luggage back.
how does one go with the weight of luggage coming back home on the plane.
the shopping looks great.
and looks as though we will be buying big. Thanks

Kalice
03-17-2010, 05:56 AM
Hi, we were permitted two cases per person with Qantas (plus carry-on), so were permitted 10, only came back with 6. Although, if I had more time to shop I would of easily gone to our limit. I thought EVERYTHING was cheaper, but alas, just no time to shop.:confused3 One of our best buys last trip was our Flip video camera, just love it, it is so small I carry it everywhere.

becpee
03-17-2010, 06:35 AM
I'm with everybody else when I say everything is cheaper :thumbsup2
We get seriously ripped off over here :confused:

PrincessInOz
03-17-2010, 07:25 AM
Also outing myself here as a serious shopper.

Hubby, son and I can get out outbound weight down to 15 kilos (and this is with 2 bags inside the main bag) using the airline weights. We tend to come back with about 85 - 90 kg inbound. You get a 30 kg allowance on the way back and we tend to buy extra bags.

Everything is cheaper....clothes, electronics - we've bought cameras, DS -shoes and handbags(!!!!!), homewares, musical instruments, books. For electronics, we tend to look for Best Buys or Frys. And DS games are dirt cheap!! We don't get Wii games as these are region coded and won't work in the Wii's we buy in Australia (without chipping, but that means you can't use the Wii on line access).

We stay clear of computers. Most international computer companies offer international warranties; but you need to ship the
PC back to the US. I'm also not sure if this is relevant any more as manufacturing standards are different now but it used to be (10 years ago) that the PCs in the states are made for Northern hemisphere magnetic rotation. The PC's we get here are made for Southern hemisphere magnetic rotation. And whilst rare, I've seen Northern hemisphere PCs develop magnetic field distortions on the screens. Even with warranty, this is not something that anyone can fix.

Luisa
03-17-2010, 07:43 AM
I left with 1 bag weighing 13kgs, came back with 2 bags over 35kgs (yay for the American Airlines lady who didn't charge me extra!) I personally love Old Navy for bargain clothes, who can pass up wool jumpers for $15?

PrincessInOz
03-17-2010, 08:00 AM
I left with 1 bag weighing 13kgs, came back with 2 bags over 35kgs (yay for the American Airlines lady who didn't charge me extra!) I personally love Old Navy for bargain clothes, who can pass up wool jumpers for $15?

Louisa - Off Topic. Have you decided whether it's the 40th or the 45th celebration yet???

1rocky
03-17-2010, 04:15 PM
Thanks Everyone.
there are three of us traveling via Hawaiian airlines. so that gives us six bags returned Fantastic. We all love to shop. And if the amount we bought at Hong Kong Disneyland was anything. Watch out USA Disneyland:):)

Mellby
03-17-2010, 11:53 PM
On my recent trip - Amercian Airlines charged me $50 USD for overweight luggage. At this stage I only had 1 suitcase and was about 10 pounds over. She said if I bought another case and put the stuff in that, I wouldn't be charged. (Like I had time to go and buy another suitcase at the check-in counter!) I told her I was an international flyer and she was just a complete b**** about it all).....take note it was at La Guardia in NY. :rolleyes1

Anyway, by the time I got to LAX to come home, I had 2 cases and was probably 20kgs overweight (sorry, not sure what that is in pounds) and the Qantas check-in guy only charged me $25 US (what a sweetie)

As for shopping. COSMETICS - OMG - SO CHEAP

I tend to buy Clinique and it is half the price that it is here and if you want to get a Gift With Purchase which a lot of cosmetic companies tend to do, you only need to buy around $25 worth of product rather than $60 that you would here.

Converse Chucks are all $40 instead of $90

All good brands of runners (Nike, Asics, Adidas etc) are so much cheaper too. There is a really good warehouse in Hollywood that has heaps of all sorts of shoes (I think it's called Off Broadway Shoes) opposite In-n-Out burger

Watches, most clothes in general are cheaper.

My faves, esp. when the Department stores have sales

GAP
American Eagle
Macys
Nordstrom
Anthropologie
Banana Republic

queenie82
03-18-2010, 02:49 AM
I generally don't find clothes particularly cheap in the US. And I rarely find anything I like for a great deal. I do better in sales at our department stores...
Cosmetics YES!!! BIG savings. And great offers and also good deals to be made at the good airports (SFO as opposed to LAX) duty free stores.
And BOOKS!!!

BUT...regarding luggage. We take our own extra luggage with us. We take empty suitcases. In this case you would never have the problem Melby had...have the cases with you full or not and then you are always ready.
What we do when we get to the carousel to pick up the bags is put our hand luggage into the empty cases. Gradually they will be filled with Disney goodies and by the end we have books, games, disney stuff, toys etc.

For one they are cheaper. I went looking for luggage on our trip in December 09 because people so often say...oh we get more over there...and none of the quality cases that last and are light were especially cheap. 40-50% off specials at Myer and DJs are better. And you go in knowing what you have.


All in all I think the outlets in the US are pretty pathetic these days. The "specials" aren't that impressive like they used to be. The kind of shoes Nike make these days aren't as good as they used to be. And Rockports and Ecco shoes were rarely a good special and if they were they were never in my size. And trust me I LOOKED!!

Disney outlets are where you get the bargains that count to me. As well as the Ghiradelli store :) ;)

Oh...and Circuit City is no longer with us...which is a shame because I actually liked them.

Luisa
03-18-2010, 06:24 AM
Louisa - Off Topic. Have you decided whether it's the 40th or the 45th celebration yet???

I'm leaning more towards Jan and my own 40th at DLR - don't think I can wait for WDW to catch up to me in Oct!

Mellby
03-18-2010, 07:17 AM
Agree with Queenie, getting a good case here is ideal. I managed to get a Samsonite Spinner in the biggest size at about 40% off. I think it retails for $470 and I got it for $275. I did buy a cheaper one in the States as I had no choice due to my shopping addiction, however for around $30 USD it isn't that bad - I think I got it from Sears.

Queenie, Off topic, but we have Ecco shoe outlet at DFO down here in Melbs now.

kazbar
03-18-2010, 04:29 PM
Plus sized clothing is much cheaper in the US and is also available in a much larger range than what we have here in Australia

queenie82
03-18-2010, 08:29 PM
Queenie, Off topic, but we have Ecco shoe outlet at DFO down here in Melbs now.:) Good to know. Thanks

aussiemickeys
03-19-2010, 08:37 AM
We love the shopping in the U.S. Our favourites are: Old Navy, Sketchers, any Targets & Wal Marts. We have also found that the department store Sears seems to have great sales all the time (have bought a lot of jewellery & bags very cheaply). Love the Papyrus (greeting cards) & Hallmark (cards, wrap & presents) shops as well. Always seem to spend a heap of time in Borders, & Barnes & Noble stocking up on travel guides! Oh also love "Ross' Dress for Less" which we always find great kids clothes in for cheap as chips prices.

As to the suitcases - we have done both ways, where we take extra ones that are virtually empty & other times have just taken 1 each & bought extra while there. Got a great bargain on this last trip. Walmart - USD$50 for the largest size (& sturdy) with 4 wheels spinner. We are absolute converts to the 4 wheel spinners. Cannot recommend these enough - they are so easy to manuever. I remember at one stage just nudging mine along with me knee (awesome!)

Another couple of helpful hints we have learned the hard way over the years is: Every airline you fly, know beforehand your luggage allowance for your ticket type. There will be different domestic & international allowances,economy & business class allowances,different frequent flyer perks but there also may be restrictions on discounted tickets as well. Take the time to check beforehand & you can avoid any nasty excess luggage fees. Also don't assume all ailrines are the same as each other - check each one you are using. Check each time you travel because they can change (which Qantas did about 18 months ago - Economy international went from 2 x 32kg per person to 2 x 23kg per person)
We now always take a travel scale with us (this may seem weird to some, but we had a scare in Japan one time where they wanted to charge us $1000 excess for 1 suitcase - never going through that again!) This is a small device & just clips around the handle of your suitcase. You lift it with the bag up off the ground, it takes a second or two to balance itself & then gives you the reading. Very clever (you need good arm strength though - I can never do ours, my poor sister has to every time)
Hope this has been of help.

ehsmum
03-20-2010, 02:46 AM
I may be outing myself as a serious shopaholic here.....anyway, I literally take 2 changes of clothes each and shop as soon as we get there. I only have 1 packed suitcase and have brought back between 8 and 10 plus cabin bags every time.
I buy clothes, linen, DVD's and DS games for DD's, kitchen stuff......pretty much everything is cheaper over there!
Have fun !!!!:)

This is what I plan on doing. I'm just going to pack the bare minimum and start shopping as soon as we arrive!

We're probably going to take 6 suitcases - 2 smaller ones inside bigger ones and 2 empty ones. We get 2 bags each with QF (so that's 10 total) but I need to check the limits with UA, DL and US for our internal flights.

Mellby
03-23-2010, 09:54 PM
Plus sized clothing is much cheaper in the US and is also available in a much larger range than what we have here in Australia

My bestie got lots of jeans at Torrid. The Dickies brand are really nice and cheap!

Ms. Shuttergirl
03-24-2010, 02:59 AM
We now always take a travel scale with us (this may seem weird to some, but we had a scare in Japan one time where they wanted to charge us $1000 excess for 1 suitcase - never going through that again!) This is a small device & just clips around the handle of your suitcase. You lift it with the bag up off the ground, it takes a second or two to balance itself & then gives you the reading. Very clever (you need good arm strength though - I can never do ours, my poor sister has to every time)
Hope this has been of help.

We took a digital travel scale with us as well. It was a lifesaver for the weight issues. Sometimes we'd have to rejig some stuff before leaving the hotel so that the weights balanced better across the suitcases but it was really fabulous to know when we got to the airport we were safe.

queenie82
03-31-2010, 02:41 AM
We took a digital travel scale with us as well. It was a lifesaver for the weight issues. Sometimes we'd have to rejig some stuff before leaving the hotel so that the weights balanced better across the suitcases but it was really fabulous to know when we got to the airport we were safe.All worship the balanzza scale :worship:
I love it when each bag gets weighed at the checkin desk and each is exactly 49.5-50.5 pounds :rolleyes1
Sometimes the person at the counter looks at you sideways thinking it all a bit suspicious :rotfl2:

Sure beats unpacking and repacking in the middle of the checkin area as well :upsidedow

Mellby
03-31-2010, 07:37 AM
Thanks for the advice. I will definately get some scales.

Has anyone purchased netbooks/laptops in the US? I know they are cheaper. I'm looking at a Toshiba which I believe has an international warranty. Any suggestions? Circuit City?

kylieh
03-31-2010, 07:32 PM
Thanks for the advice. I will definately get some scales.

Has anyone purchased netbooks/laptops in the US? I know they are cheaper. I'm looking at a Toshiba which I believe has an international warranty. Any suggestions? Circuit City?

I'm thinking of doing the same for DD's new lappy. If you're heading out to Las Vegas, Frys has a really good name http://www.frys.com/ and they are HUGE!!!! Like nothing I've seen here, and DH thinks it's the best thing in the whole world.

CompUSA is another option http://www.compusa.com/

The other option if you're staying more than a few nights in one spot is to have a look at Amazon, sign up for Amazon Prime which is free for the first month, then cancel hehehe, and most of the time you'll get two-day free shipping. Check with the hotel where you are staying if they will accept parcels for you and if any charge for doing so.

Mellby
04-01-2010, 07:57 AM
Thanks Kylieh - I'm not going to Vegas (unfortunately). I do have a $25 USD Amazon gift that I can put towards it. Good thinking.

PrincessInOz
04-01-2010, 04:21 PM
Thanks Kylieh - I'm not going to Vegas (unfortunately). I do have a $25 USD Amazon gift that I can put towards it. Good thinking.

There is a Fry's near LAX...if you are still keen on purchasing it from Fry's.

Sugarglider
04-05-2010, 02:08 AM
My favourite: Italian brand name shoes! I've bought Bally, Ferragamo etc at probably a third of the price of Australia (if you can get them here at all - most Australian shoe shops are stocking spanish or chinese discounts). Ferragamo have outlet stores in the Prime Outlet centres.:banana:
Also cosmetics - too cheap!
re: laptop plugs from a few posts back. All the laptops and mobile phones my family have purchased have variable voltage cords - so we've been able to just plug in no matter where we are in the world. I would assume that US laptops are sold with the same cord - yes?
I haven't been to look at the Frys website - but I am wondering about an ipad or iphone - can I buy one unlocked in US and then use it here?

:confused3

LittleDisneyLovers
04-07-2010, 07:52 AM
This is what I plan on doing. I'm just going to pack the bare minimum and start shopping as soon as we arrive!

We're probably going to take 6 suitcases - 2 smaller ones inside bigger ones and 2 empty ones. We get 2 bags each with QF (so that's 10 total) but I need to check the limits with UA, DL and US for our internal flights.

some airlines in the USA are partenr airlines to ours (ie: Qantas, American Airlines, British Aliways are all partner airlines), They will sometimes honour your international luggage allowance on a domestic flights, even if it's not on the same day. Just check with each airline. Also if you are in the Qantas club you get more allowance, which is also honoured through the partner airlines. ;)

ehsmum
04-07-2010, 08:42 PM
some airlines in the USA are partenr airlines to ours (ie: Qantas, American Airlines, British Aliways are all partner airlines), They will sometimes honour your international luggage allowance on a domestic flights, even if it's not on the same day. Just check with each airline. Also if you are in the Qantas club you get more allowance, which is also honoured through the partner airlines. ;)

We're not using any One World Alliance in the States as AA was more expensive then other options. Thanks for bumping this though as it's a reminder to look into the baggage allowances on UA, DL and US.

Oz-kateer
04-08-2010, 02:23 AM
I know with DL if you're an international flyer, even if you're on a domestic leg (providing it's all on the same itinerary) then you'll still be allowed an international baggage allowance.

If you book your domestic flights separately, you'll have to abide by their domestic rules.

DL international allow 2 bags up to 23kg each.

Sugarglider
04-15-2010, 06:19 AM
last year flying Qantas they were really strict on the carry ons. they had the carry on unit out with the scales and made everyone put their bags in and get a stamp on their boarding pass. The transferred all bags over 7kilos into the hold. This is different from the US domestic carriers who allow a heavier carryon.
there was no exception for anyone and they took a lot of bags off people.

kylieh
04-21-2010, 10:34 PM
I'm in the Qantas Club lounge in LAX waiting for the flight home. Some of my favourite purchases.

All in US$$ including tax...

Not Your Daughters Jeans - in my plus size - $118 at Nordstroms. Probably could of got them cheaper, but given they are over twice that price at home I'm pretty happy anyway.

Sketchers for Miss 7 - 2 pairs, from a Sketchers store total $92. I found another pair at an outlet for $38.

Dance Shoes - Bloch, and other associated dancing gear. My DD dances, and shoes are a major cost. In Anaheim there is a shop called "Discount Dance Supplies." You'll need a car. Her Dance Sneakers, used for hip hop around $43, so I got the next four sizes, that's around 60% cheaper than home. I also got her some more jazz shoes, I remember at the time paying about 40% cheaper than home, but can't remember the exact price. Also got hair nets, sprays, and associated dancer's gear for around 50% cheaper. Spent nearly US$300 there. They have a web site, have a look before you go, but it has almost everything! Adults and Children.

Tiffany - yep, well, not a lot cheaper, maybe 20%. I brought DD a cross pendant.

Eco Watches - MIL said the one she purchased was around 1/3 cheaper at some random jewellery shop we went to. It was near the Disney Character Outlet.

Moet. Too hard to bring home. :rolleyes1

New Balance Sneakers. For children were around US$45, compared to $80+ at home for her type. But they didn't have her size and colour in stock and I was too tired to keep searching. They need white or white/navy only for school

We came to the US with 4 suitcases, coming home with 7 :scared1:

Mellby
04-27-2010, 01:59 AM
Is it worth going to the Citadel Outlets on the freeway between LA and Anaheim?


Also, is it hard to get to Westfield Culver City if using public transport?

TIA

lovintheland
04-27-2010, 02:18 AM
Hi, I am also interested to find out about Citidel. We drove it a couple of times last year but didn't have time to stop. If it's worthwhile we will go there for sure this year. Does anyone know which are the best outlets to do from Anaheim?

Is that the Westfield about ten mins from Anaheim? If it is we got a cab there once for I think $10 and we just rang the same guy to pick us up when we were finished. I think it's called Main Place Mall? and it's owned by Westfield. We always pick up bargains from there :woohoo:

aussiegirls
04-27-2010, 02:58 AM
We went to Citadel on a shopping tour. I loved it. Bought lots of Converse for cheap, I think they were 2 pairs for $30. There was also a few surf brand outlets like Roxy and stuff. Toys R Us, Guess and a few others.

Definately worth a stop I reckon.

xxx

Mellby
04-27-2010, 03:12 AM
Thank you :cool1:

queenie82
04-27-2010, 03:26 AM
Does anyone know which are the best outlets to do from Anaheim?


The best outlets are the Disney Character Outlets.
We go to them multiple times as the prices change each week and the stuff they have changes.
It is all the real deal theme park merchandise and heavily discounted.
It is a GREAT place to get discounted disney pins to use for trade (or even keep, we got some beautiful limited edition nemo pins for over half off) :)

These are the main ones we go to

Disney's Character Warehouse Outlet Store
Orangefair Marketplace
243 Orangefair Mall
Fullerton, CA 92832

Disney's Character Warehouse Outlet Store
2780 B Reservoir Street
Close to Mattel Toy Store
Pomona, CA 91766

Find them all listed here
http://www.ams-liquidation.com/listings.aspx

1rocky
04-27-2010, 05:00 PM
Are these outlets close to Disneyland Hotel. Is it easy to get a taxi to them. thanks .

aussiegirls
04-27-2010, 06:38 PM
1rocky, the Disney Outlet store at Orangefair is not far at all. It is about a 10 minute bus trip. I found it really worth going to and would definately stop in there again next time. We didn't spend too much money in there but came out with bags and bags and bags of stuff :thumbsup2

xxx

queenie82
04-27-2010, 06:44 PM
Are these outlets close to Disneyland Hotel. Is it easy to get a taxi to them. thanks .The one in fullerton is just down the road.

The Pomona one requires a drive down the freeway (so not a quick taxi ride) which means it has better prices usually and a bigger range. If you have a car and the time then it is worth the trip.
[Just because these are the same company the prices are NOT the same at each outlet. We found some things considerably cheaper at one than the other]

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DVCAustralia
04-27-2010, 07:50 PM
Originally Posted by 1rocky
Are these outlets close to Disneyland Hotel. Is it easy to get a taxi to them. thanks.

Orangefair Marketplace is a very easy straight drive about 10 - 15 minutes north on Harbour Boulevard, the road next to DL which Hojo and other hotels are on. From Disneyland Hotel it would be about the same time, using Ball Road to go across to Harbour or using I 5 as shown in the Google map directions above. A taxi would be one option, and as stated by Aussiegirl there is also a bus.
Pomona is a relatively easy drive of about 30 to 45 minutes, taking Ball Road (or 91 E) east to 57 N which becomes 60 E, off which you take exit 30 and you are there (it is right next to the freeway).

1rocky
04-27-2010, 09:52 PM
that is great news thanks everyone.
this is a definite on the trip.
We are not planning on hiring a car but since there are three of us we split everything three ways so that is good for the taxi.
sorry another question is the one at pomona closer to LA as we are also staying at the sheraton Universal in LA. Thanks once again everyone.

queenie82
04-27-2010, 10:15 PM
that is great news thanks everyone.
this is a definite on the trip.
We are not planning on hiring a car but since there are three of us we split everything three ways so that is good for the taxi.
sorry another question is the one at pomona closer to LA as we are also staying at the sheraton Universal in LA. Thanks once again everyone.No it is closer to Disneyland.
To give a geographical association see below
A - Universal
B - Pomona
C - The home of the mouse.
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While the bus is a possibility I think the taxi would be a good idea for a party of 3 or more.
Have fun! And leave room in your luggage for goodies :)
If you were driving I would probably suggest Harbor Blvd as the route...although I must say Anaheim doesn't seem to be very friendly in terms of coordinating traffic lights so it can be interesting with a boot of groceries ;) I5 gives you less traffic lights

DVCAustralia
04-27-2010, 10:22 PM
Originally Posted by 1rocky
sorry another question is the one at pomona closer to LA as we are also staying at the sheraton Universal in LA. Thanks once again everyone.

Unfortunately not, whilst 60 E does go all the way from LA to Pomona and from this hotel you would take 101 S to get onto 60 E, it would take about an hour and you are more likely to be stuck in traffic making it even longer.

1rocky
04-28-2010, 12:27 AM
thanks very much .
this forum has given me so many ideas. now to tell the others we will be visiting the disney outlet as well. Better saving hard now.
i can see how heavy our bags will be when we head for home:rotfl2::rotfl2:

rossip
04-28-2010, 05:08 AM
. Does anyone know which are the best outlets to do from Anaheim?



We went to Cabazon about 2 1/2 hours from Anaheim but we combined it with a trip to Palm Springs and the Aerial Tramway - simply awesome that was.

Cabazon was great - huge is an understatement.

We hit Quiksilver , Roxy , Billabong , Oakley , Rip Curl , Nike , Levi's and CK hard !! We spent about 3 hours there and still didnt see everything next time we will spend a full day shopping there !

Be warned it's in the middle of the desert and the day we went there was scorching hot !!

PrincessInOz
04-28-2010, 05:45 AM
Hi, I am also interested to find out about Citidel. We drove it a couple of times last year but didn't have time to stop. If it's worthwhile we will go there for sure this year. Does anyone know which are the best outlets to do from Anaheim?

Is that the Westfield about ten mins from Anaheim? If it is we got a cab there once for I think $10 and we just rang the same guy to pick us up when we were finished. I think it's called Main Place Mall? and it's owned by Westfield. We always pick up bargains from there :woohoo:

There is an outlet in Carlsbad near Legoland.
There's also an outlet in Ontario Mills, which is HUGE! If you have a look at the map posted by Queenie with the Disney Outlet in Pomona, you'll see Ontario listed. Ontario Mills is where the 10 and the 15 intersect (or close enough to).
If in San Diego, there is the San Ysidro outlet right on the border with Mexico.

I also like Lake Elsinore but this is a bit out of the way and you're best driving there yourself.

The Citadel is the closest, but not necessarily the one with the best bargains or range.

Yes, Westfield Main Place Mall is 10 mins from Anaheim.