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DizOz
01-07-2010, 02:32 PM
Those travelling in December can do so why not Sept/Oct travellers.

Our family is travelling to DL,WDW and a Disney Cruise during September and October this year. :cool1: :cool1: :cool1:

Are there any other Aussie DISer's travelling at that time?? What are you plans?

See our PTR here:

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2307165

CairnsGirl
01-09-2010, 05:59 AM
Hi Diz Oz!

I am also planning our trip for September/October 2010

I will be traveling with my DD 23 and her friend as well as my DS 16.

My sister in law and my nephew are still deciding if they will be able to join us.

Our plan is to visit Las Vegas for 4 nights before heading over to Disney World for 6 nights. We will then be going on the Disney Cruise for 3 nights before returning to Disney World for another 3 nights.

After leaving the world we will be staying at the Royal Pacific Resort at Universal for 7 nights to take in all the other Orlando theme parks and also visit Kennedy Space Centre.

I am hoping to get a good deal on flights with V Australia. At the moment all the flights are cheap up till June and then go up another $400.00 for travel during September and October. I remember from last year that some of the good deals came out at the end of February into March.

I will sit tight and keep my fingers crossed!:yay:

AussiePJ
01-09-2010, 07:11 PM
We are going to Disneyworld for 6 days, UNiversal area for 3 and then driving up through the Carolinas and Georgia to New York starting late Sept and ending around the 20th of October.

Anyone in Orlando in Oct do the Halloween Horror Nights at Universal and spend the extra for the express pass.

paulasillars
01-09-2010, 07:56 PM
Hi all, we are travelling to Barcelona to bring the Disney Magic back to Florida - then we'll have a week or so at WDW and maybe a couple of days at DL on the way back.

We live for Disney :lmao:

Oz-kateer
01-10-2010, 10:21 PM
We'll be at WDW Sept 23 until Oct 4 and then in LA from Oct 5 until Oct 9

Have already booked (and paid for most of) the ground content but waiting on the cheap fares. Delta is the best way to go for us, it gets us into MCO in the evening - V Aust gets you in at the crack of dawn.

Agree with fares CairnsGirl - we went to WDW same time last year and the "cheap" fares were all announced in late Feb, you had to book and pay by end of April. Then they crept up by a few hundred dollars. But not as much as full fare - which is nearly $3000!!

DizOz
01-12-2010, 02:48 PM
Hi Diz Oz!

I am also planning our trip for September/October 2010

I will be traveling with my DD 23 and her friend as well as my DS 16.

My sister in law and my nephew are still deciding if they will be able to join us.

Our plan is to visit Las Vegas for 4 nights before heading over to Disney World for 6 nights. We will then be going on the Disney Cruise for 3 nights before returning to Disney World for another 3 nights.

After leaving the world we will be staying at the Royal Pacific Resort at Universal for 7 nights to take in all the other Orlando theme parks and also visit Kennedy Space Centre.

I am hoping to get a good deal on flights with V Australia. At the moment all the flights are cheap up till June and then go up another $400.00 for travel during September and October. I remember from last year that some of the good deals came out at the end of February into March.

I will sit tight and keep my fingers crossed!:yay:

CairnsGirl

Sounds like a pretty full on trip like ours. Wish our girls were a little older loved to go back to Vegas for a few nights.

I see Qantas is offering our US cousins $859 return ex LA or SF. I wish they would look after us Aussies as good.


We are going to Disneyworld for 6 days, UNiversal area for 3 and then driving up through the Carolinas and Georgia to New York starting late Sept and ending around the 20th of October.

Anyone in Orlando in Oct do the Halloween Horror Nights at Universal and spend the extra for the express pass.

PJ sounds great I would love to do a driving holiday through the east coast states right through to New England. Maybe one day DW and I can do it.

Hi all, we are travelling to Barcelona to bring the Disney Magic back to Florida - then we'll have a week or so at WDW and maybe a couple of days at DL on the way back.

We live for Disney :lmao:

Paul that sounds great. Often thought about doing a around the world style trip. Airfares would most probably be cheaper than what we are doing now.


We'll be at WDW Sept 23 until Oct 4 and then in LA from Oct 5 until Oct 9

Have already booked (and paid for most of) the ground content but waiting on the cheap fares. Delta is the best way to go for us, it gets us into MCO in the evening - V Aust gets you in at the crack of dawn.

Agree with fares CairnsGirl - we went to WDW same time last year and the "cheap" fares were all announced in late Feb, you had to book and pay by end of April. Then they crept up by a few hundred dollars. But not as much as full fare - which is nearly $3000!!

Ozkateer

I will keep an ear out for an aussie twang as we will be there at the same time. Last time we went only saw/heared one other Aussie.

GrazingGoat1966
01-14-2010, 10:52 PM
DizOz, We have just received our confirmation from DVC for 9 nights at the AKL at WDW from Aug30 to Sep 8. We are going for 5 weeks to the states (my wife's Mum and husband live in Arizona) so a 15 day road trip from Vegas visiting 15ish national parks through Az, Utah, Montana, Washington State, Oregon, and California before we fly to Orlando will see us home and hosed. Add 6 nights in Vegas and we are already counting the days.
Air New Zealand had a ripping fair from Perth to Vegas at the right time for us for $1700 odd per adult inc taxes. 12 hour layover in Auckland is the only major pain in the backside, but that is a bloody good rate. This will be our 6th trip to the states and our 3rd to WDW and we've never got a price as good as that.

Enjoy your trip. Seems like there will (as usual!!) be a few Australian accents floating around Disney property in Sept.

queenie82
01-14-2010, 11:25 PM
We are going to Disneyworld for 6 days, UNiversal area for 3 and then driving up through the Carolinas and Georgia to New York starting late Sept and ending around the 20th of October.Where abouts are you planning to go to in Georgia and South Carolina?
I only ask because we were just there last month.
We stayed at Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort which is beautiful :goodvibes and a wonderful relaxing resort. We did a day trip from there to Savannah which was nice enough but I wasn't impressed like with Charleston.
We spent a few nights in Charleston visiting a couple of plantations, historic homes and just walking around the beautiful city.
Macon is a smaller beautiful town.
We stayed a few nights in Atlanta as well getting the Citipass. Loved visiting Coke.

:wave:

CairnsGirl
01-22-2010, 06:00 PM
I was checking the flights for V Australia for September yesterday and all the V Promo fares are gone for the day I was hopping to travel.

I now will be paying another $200! My total fare from Cairns will be near $2000.

Does anyone think they will release any more specials for the September/October travel period?

I really did not want to book this early and know as soon as I do more specials might come out.

What does everyone think?

aussietravellers
01-23-2010, 05:52 PM
I'm joining the Sept/Oct planners.

We are going from 14th Sept to 13th Oct to NY for 7 nights then 22 nights at WDW (8 nights at AKL and 14 nights at Beach Club). So excited.

Have already booked and paid deposits on the accommodation for WDW, but just a bit unsure of where to stay in NY. Looking at the Doubletree in Times Square. Anybody stayed there?

We have our plane tickets already from here to NY return flying Qantas, got a deal through that was ending in Jan, so grabbed it. Now just have to get the internal flights and NY accom and we are set to go.

Anybody else taking their children out of school. School holidays are only two weeks and we are going for 4 :scared1: Feeling a bit nervous about taking my son out of school for that long, have done it before but only for a day or two, not 12 days :scared1: So have even been considering changing to a month in June/July because of the longer school holidays.

Anyway too excited to think about it

CairnsGirl
01-23-2010, 08:54 PM
Hi Aussietravellers,

I am taking my son (15) out of school for our September trip. He will miss the last week of school and also four days of the return week.

We feel that going all the way to Orlando would be far to rushed to cover everything in two weeks. Normally they don't do much in the last week of school and as long as all his assignments are in he should be ok.

aussiegirls
01-26-2010, 01:01 AM
Just a little tip for those going in Sept/Oct. If you get a chance to go to the Trick or Treat party, do it!!!!

We went last year and it was sooooooo awesome. We all got hundreds of pieces of candy each and the whole idea of trick or treating (which my kids had never done) was such fun. We loved DCA (maybe even more than Disneyland :scared1: ) and a night in there with trick or treating and all the characters out and about was just amazing. Definately worth the extra ticket price :thumbsup2

xxx

DizOz
01-27-2010, 02:22 PM
Just a little tip for those going in Sept/Oct. If you get a chance to go to the Trick or Treat party, do it!!!!

We went last year and it was sooooooo awesome. We all got hundreds of pieces of candy each and the whole idea of trick or treating (which my kids had never done) was such fun. We loved DCA (maybe even more than Disneyland :scared1: ) and a night in there with trick or treating and all the characters out and about was just amazing. Definately worth the extra ticket price :thumbsup2

xxx

Aussiegirls,

Did your kids get dressed up for the Trick or Trea party? My 2 DD want to get costumes for the MNSSHP when we go in Sept/Oct. I want to find out if you can hire costumes there or ifI need to take them with us.

aussiegirls
01-27-2010, 04:04 PM
DizOz, we did get dressed up - including me. My girls brought costumes with them from home. They both dressed up as Coraline which was pretty easy to bring as it was just a raincoat, gumboots, jeans and a blue wig. They actually ended up getting soooooo many compliments from the CM's for the originality of their costume.

If I were you I would try to bring one from home. Mainly because it will save you having to spend Disney time running around Anaheim trying to find one.

xxx

AussiePJ
01-27-2010, 11:12 PM
Where abouts are you planning to go to in Georgia and South Carolina?


Hi Queenie, we are staying at St Augustine (FL) then a night in Savannah and a night in Charleston. Pretty open from there on up.

queenie82
01-27-2010, 11:54 PM
Hi Queenie, we are staying at St Augustine (FL) then a night in Savannah and a night in Charleston. Pretty open from there on up.Sounds like a plan :thumbsup2
- St Augustine has an outlet mall with a Disney outlet which was good. You can even pin trade there.
http://www.primeoutlets.com/locations/st--augustine/store-directory.aspx
- Hilton Head Island is nice but most of the "beach" area is private access only so without staying there you can't see a lot.
- Savannah is VERY commercialised with a zillion trolley/tram tours which pollute the air like nothing else so we just drove around. The parking isn't too bad. We just found meter spots at various squares and streets and would stay for like 15-30mins at each one. But it is so random in the building types. There is no cohesiveness....except that every 2 feet is a "square"
- Charleston is a great city to walk around the historic part. We did that in the late afternoon. So beautiful (but watch your step...it has very historic footpaths :lmao: )
We did the Charleston Museum 3 site ticket which included the museum and 2 historic museum/houses but there is also these two (http://www.historiccharleston.org/experience/arh/)
- There are multiple plantations but I liked Boone Hall and Drayton Hall. Magnolia and Middleton are much more about the gardens and more expensive.
Have fun!
I really enjoyed traveling through here and plan to do the complete drive you are doing sometime :thumbsup2

DizOz
01-31-2010, 02:19 PM
DizOz, we did get dressed up - including me. My girls brought costumes with them from home. They both dressed up as Coraline which was pretty easy to bring as it was just a raincoat, gumboots, jeans and a blue wig. They actually ended up getting soooooo many compliments from the CM's for the originality of their costume.

If I were you I would try to bring one from home. Mainly because it will save you having to spend Disney time running around Anaheim trying to find one.

xxx

Thanks for that Aussiegirls

:worship::worship::worship:

Oz-kateer
02-02-2010, 06:06 AM
I was checking the flights for V Australia for September yesterday and all the V Promo fares are gone for the day I was hopping to travel.

I now will be paying another $200! My total fare from Cairns will be near $2000.

Does anyone think they will release any more specials for the September/October travel period?

I really did not want to book this early and know as soon as I do more specials might come out.

What does everyone think?

I'm still holding out for the fares to drop. I've been tracking them for the last few years (YEP - I'm a nerd) and the low fares normally announce about 5 mths out from travel. Last year the cheap fares for Sept/Oct were announced late Feb/March and the really low fares had to be booked paid by end of April to qualify. I don't think they'll be as low as they were in the 2009 price war but I think they're still relatively high at the moment. Give it a month.

lampardcl
02-09-2010, 09:30 PM
I can now join in this discussion as i just booked with Air Newzealand departing Oct 30th, Mel to Lax $1045.00 including tax returning on November 13th

kazbar
03-15-2010, 08:16 PM
Our family is booked for September. We are doing 6 nights HoJo's Anaheim then 4 nights in vegas and then back to Anaheim (Fairfield Inn) for another 6 nights.

This will be my third visit and hubbys 7th. It will be the first time for our kids :yay:

aussiemickeys
03-16-2010, 10:27 AM
Add us to the list! We are leaving Aus mid August. Before we get to Disneyland we have 3 days in Seattle, then a 7 day round trip Alaskan Inside Passage cruise & 4 days in Las Vegas. We get to Anaheim at the start of September (& we are using our Saratoga Springs DVC points to stay in a one bedroom villa at Grand Californian Hotel - so we are VERY excited about that). Normally accomodation like that is not in our budget & we actually didn't think we had a hope of getting one of the villas at the 7 month mark,but we got lucky!
After our (I'm sure) wonderful 5 days at the Disney resort we head home, stopping at Honolulu for 4 days, before the final 3 (yep that's right - 3) different flights to get home (Kalgoorlie if anyone is wondering).
I have not even really started counting down yet as this year seems to be just flying by - nearly Easter allready!

zaccy
04-03-2010, 01:18 AM
Hi Everyone

We are thinking a Disneyland holiday in Sept/Oct might work for us BUT..... We have not booked any fares yet:confused3 . Anyone here in the same boat or waiting for a special to come up.

There will be four of us and we will be flying from Melbourne - if we can get reasonable fares that is :surfweb:

aussietravellers
04-03-2010, 01:29 AM
Hi Everyone

We are thinking a Disneyland holiday in Sept/Oct might work for us BUT..... We have not booked any fares yet:confused3 . Anyone here in the same boat or waiting for a special to come up.

There will be four of us and we will be flying from Melbourne - if we can get reasonable fares that is :surfweb:

Qantas had a big sale on fares to LAX and NY but it ended two days ago. I can't remember what the fares were now as I didn't write them down and they have not gone from the website, but I emailed the link to a friend of mine who was looking and just clicked on the link and it's not there anymore :sad1:

I got our fares for Sept/Oct in December last year, there was a two for one sale on so grabbed it :thumbsup2

lampardcl
04-03-2010, 01:42 AM
Hi Everyone

We are thinking a Disneyland holiday in Sept/Oct might work for us BUT..... We have not booked any fares yet:confused3 . Anyone here in the same boat or waiting for a special to come up.

There will be four of us and we will be flying from Melbourne - if we can get reasonable fares that is :surfweb:

I booked for a october depature from Melbourne to LA in mid February with Air New Zealand and paid $1045.00 return. That fare is no longer!

GrazingGoat1966
04-03-2010, 03:26 AM
Try bestflights.com.au They are quoting Air New Zealand for the time we are flying, for cheaper than Air New Zealand!
And they're not dodgy either....

australiankaren
04-04-2010, 03:18 AM
hey aussies,

we too are coming over sept 25-oct 16.:wizard:
great deals on delta at the moment, check their web site.
i got my husband premium economy air new zealand syd-lax for $2700...bargain,hes terrified of flying, and I'm flying over the next day with delta....

virgin america has good deals lax-mco at the moment..and they are the only domestic carrier with inflight personal tv's....5 hrs lax-mco is too long to sit doing nothing :goodvibes

staying pop century 25 sept -3 oct...then royal caribbean cruise 7 nights [3 oct-10 oct], then straight onto Disney wonder for 4 nights [10 oct - 14 oct]......gotta cram in as much as possible.:woohoo::yay:

dont forget to do your dining resi's, fingers crossed we get free dining again this year, was awesome last year, saved us over $700 usd.

we love traveling this time of year, but it can be really hot & humid.

hiring a car, got a great deal with budget $195 usd for 7 days....:dance3:

enjoy the planning, i do!!!! :cheer2:

zaccy
04-04-2010, 08:30 AM
Try bestflights.com.au They are quoting Air New Zealand for the time we are flying, for cheaper than Air New Zealand!
And they're not dodgy either....


Have used best flights alot in the past with no problems.... The last time we used them there were lots of issues - this was probably due to the person we were dealing with more than the company as a whole but it was enough to put us off ever using them again :mad:

There is a travel expo here in Melbourne next weekend we will see if there is anything there and if not just book the best we can in the next few weeks.

zaccy
04-04-2010, 08:36 AM
hey aussies,
dont forget to do your dining resi's, fingers crossed we get free dining again this year, was awesome last year, saved us over $700 usd.

:

Have seen a bit on the boards here about free dining but have no idea how it works:confused3 Do you book a package with dining and then it is announced that certain dates are 'free' or the other way around, its announced that there will be free dining so people then book - or prehaps something else all together:laughing:

Would appreciate it if someone could explain or point me in the right direction to find out. :goodvibes

PrincessInOz
04-04-2010, 05:05 PM
Have seen a bit on the boards here about free dining but have no idea how it works:confused3 Do you book a package with dining and then it is announced that certain dates are 'free' or the other way around, its announced that there will be free dining so people then book - or prehaps something else all together:laughing:

Would appreciate it if someone could explain or point me in the right direction to find out. :goodvibes

The Free Dining chat currently applies to Walt Disney World....and I can't remember if you were going to WDW or DL. If you're going to WDW....

I assume that you are staying on-site at one of the WDW resorts. If this is the case, what most people do is make a room only booking so that they have accommodation locked in. You could make the booking using the existing discount that is offered.

You could alternatively book a package with dining today and hope for free dining...and you can use the existing room discount for this; but for the package, you'll need to add the park tickets and a dining plan.

They make a booking so that they have their accommodation all set and the earlier this is done, the earlier they can confirm the accommodation of their choice (standard, preferred, concierge lounge, etc).

Digressing slightly here - Room only bookings are booked on a separate IT system to the package bookings. So, the T&C for each are different. The major differences being that for Room only bookings you can cancel up to 24 hours before arrival without penalty and you only need to pay for one nights accommodation before arrival to secure this booking.
For package bookings, you need to have completely paid off the ENTIRE amount 45 days before arrival.
Because they are booked in separate systems, if you want to convert a room only booking to a package booking, any prepayment that you've already made CANNOT be transferred over to the package system. Disney will refund $ to your credit card; which for us Aussies, can be a pain because the exchange rate may have changed and you aren't refunded the transaction fee you've already paid and you may be charged a new transaction fee for the dollar conversion. You then need to pay the deposit for the new package booking in line with their requirements e.g., one night payment to secure booking; and then full payment before 45 days. The other requirement of a package booking is that you need to purchase a minimum of 1 day park ticket before you can purchase a Dining Plan.

There is speculation on the boards that there is a new offer coming out Monday or Tuesday American time but what the offer is no one is sure. One thing that the rumour mills seem to be "sure" about is that this offer will NOT include free dining. The speculation then seems to be that IF free dining is going to be offered, it may come out mid to late May...so that Disney can check what offers Universal Studios are going to do for HP opening...and it will give them time to see what effect HP will have on their forward bookings. The speculation is that if you are staying at a Value resort, you will be offered Quick Service Dining plan ($32 for adults per day; $10 for kids per day); and for Moderates and Deluxe, you'll be offered the Basic Disney Dining plan ($42 for adults pd; $12 for kids pd depending on when you go). There has traditionally been an upgrade fee of $10 per day per person if you want to upgrade QS to DDP.

If and when free dining is announced to the general public, you can then call up and convert your reservation for free dining. But the % discount offer for the room will be removed. Disney traditionally only allow ONE discount per reservation (with only the Brits being able to do better).
If you are staying off-site, then free dining won't apply to you.

In any case, 180 days out from your check-in date, you can make dining reservations either on line or by calling Disney:
http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/

I highly recommend you check out the Indicative Menus can be found here:
http://allears.net/menu/menus.htm

You can then work out where you might want to eat and make reservations for the days/times that you wish. Because of Free Dining, the restaurants are all BOOKED out months in advance and there are heaps of people that get up early on the 180 day mark to ring and lock in their preferences. You can always cancel a reservation at a later stage; which is why most people prefer to lock in a reservation early.
Another digression - under the Dining subforum, you'll find threads like this one here...where people post their cancellations in case someone else can use it...so you might want to see if there is one set up for the month that you're planning on going.
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2321369

I'd work out which dining plan you want to get; then check the restaurant menus and work what you might want to eat and then work out whether the dining plan is worth it or not. It would also pay to compare the average cost of the dining for you and your party (based on where you might eat and what) vs the room discount offer and make a decision based on this.

And if you haven't done so and want to eat at a particular restaurant, I'd be calling to see if you could book in an ADR.

There are also other special events that can be booked at the 180 day mark:
http://land.allears.net/reviewpost/showcat.php?cat=80

The ones that get booked out early are the (sunset) Specialty Cruises to coincide with Wishes or Illuminations...check the schedule for when these are running and book 1 hour beforehand. (If you choose to book for Wishes - make sure you book a pontoon that includes music). And the Wishes Dessert Party, which right now is only booking through the end of May.

I hope this makes sense. If not, I'm sure someone else will provide their input.

australiankaren
04-04-2010, 07:59 PM
hey,

that about sums it up.....

we think the dining plan is worth it as we love having table service...last time most table service meals cost $100 plus, so we would have saved at least $40-$50 usd a day if we paid for the plan..and with it being free it saved us $140 + a day in meals.....over 8 days that saving adds up ...

keep checking mousesavers/ allears etc for savings...

cross your fingers and sprinkle some pixie dust for me that i get free dining again:wizard:

karen

BecBennett
04-04-2010, 11:25 PM
*If* we can swing it, we're hoping to go to WDW in Oct for maybe a week.

Enjoy the food and wine festival, have a planning session for the wedding, and spend my birthday in the World :goodvibes

Probably not going to happen, but if DF's business continues the way it is at the moment, there's a great fall promotion and we stumble on cheap flights then you can ut us down too! :rotfl:

aussietravellers
04-04-2010, 11:49 PM
*If* we can swing it, we're hoping to go to WDW in Oct for maybe a week.

Enjoy the food and wine festival, have a planning session for the wedding, and spend my birthday in the World :goodvibes

Probably not going to happen, but if DF's business continues the way it is at the moment, there's a great fall promotion and we stumble on cheap flights then you can ut us down too! :rotfl:

That would be nice, I'll keep my fingers crossed for you that it all falls into place. We will be there for food and wine festival, I can't wait after seeing some of the dining reviews from last year.

PrincessInOz
04-05-2010, 12:05 AM
A request for all those heading to the Food and Wine festival this year...

please come back and start a F&W food porn thread :lovestruc.

And BecBennett, my fingers and toes are all crossed for you too.

zaccy
04-05-2010, 03:54 AM
The Free Dining chat currently applies to Walt Disney World....and I can't remember if you were going to WDW or DL. If you're going to WDW....

.

WOW Princess in OZ you sure know your stuff - thanks so much for that we are going to DL so does not look like we can make use of it were it to happen.

I find your posts really helpful and have printed a few of your replies about things and have them in the holiday folder - Thanks :flower3:

aussietravellers
04-05-2010, 04:19 AM
The major differences being that for Room only bookings you can cancel up to 24 hours before arrival without penalty and you only need to pay for one nights accommodation before arrival to secure this booking.
For package bookings, you need to have completely paid off the ENTIRE amount 45 days before arrival.


Just wanted to update this with the correct information :thumbsup2. Room only bookings can not be cancelled 24 hours before arrival if you want to receive a refund. As quoted on my current Room Only reservation with WDW is says
" Cancellation Policy
In order to receive a full refund of your deposit, notification of cancellation must be received at least five (5) days prior to your arrival date."

BecBennett
04-05-2010, 05:15 AM
That would be nice, I'll keep my fingers crossed for you that it all falls into place. We will be there for food and wine festival, I can't wait after seeing some of the dining reviews from last year.

A request for all those heading to the Food and Wine festival this year...

please come back and start a F&W food porn thread :lovestruc.

And BecBennett, my fingers and toes are all crossed for you too.

Thanks. :goodvibes

I know, how awesome are food porn threads!?! :lovestruc It's the pictures and dining reviews of F&W that make me really want to go at that time of year.

zaccy
04-10-2010, 10:42 PM
After getting a good fare at the Travel Expo in Melbourne this weekend we are offically in the Sept/Oct planning group!!

I am learing so much here... We went to Hong Kong Disney last year and just turned up!! (it was part of an extended trip away) This time though we will be prepared for our Disney time.

We are going Melbourne - LA (2 weeks in LA) then Seattle ( 9 days) hoping to catch the train up to Vancouver, then back down to San francisco for a week then home :dance3:.

aussietravellers
04-11-2010, 01:15 AM
After getting a good fare at the Travel Expo in Melbourne this weekend we are offically in the Sept/Oct planning group!!

I am learing so much here... We went to Hong Kong Disney last year and just turned up!! (it was part of an extended trip away) This time though we will be prepared for our Disney time.

We are going Melbourne - LA (2 weeks in LA) then Seattle ( 9 days) hoping to catch the train up to Vancouver, then back down to San francisco for a week then home :dance3:.

Congrats! Sounds like an amazing trip you have planned!

disneykiwi
04-19-2010, 02:59 AM
Hi there

Hope you dont mind a Kiwi joining your thread. We are going to WDW on Sept 19th 2010 until 3rd Oct 2010 and then taking two weeks to drive up to New York stopping in at a few places.

I dont many Kiwis other than my family who are disney mad so its neat to find a whole lot of Aussies who are.

PrincessInOz
04-19-2010, 03:43 AM
Hi there

Hope you dont mind a Kiwi joining your thread. We are going to WDW on Sept 19th 2010 until 3rd Oct 2010 and then taking two weeks to drive up to New York stopping in at a few places.

I dont many Kiwis other than my family who are disney mad so its neat to find a whole lot of Aussies who are.

Kiwi?? Is there's Kiwifruit on line??? :rotfl:

:welcome: to the DisBoard and it's great you found us! The more the merrier! party:

Look forward to hearing all about your trip and plans princess::upsidedow

zaccy
04-19-2010, 03:45 AM
Hi there

Hope you dont mind a Kiwi joining your thread. We are going to WDW on Sept 19th 2010 until 3rd Oct 2010 and then taking two weeks to drive up to New York stopping in at a few places.

I dont many Kiwis other than my family who are disney mad so its neat to find a whole lot of Aussies who are.

Welcome - sounds like a great trip you have planned. :cheer2:

australiankaren
04-19-2010, 05:43 PM
hey
we love the kiwi's..so welcome.

we did the food and wine fest last year, tried some kiwi wine but the funniest thing is that the guy who served us was south american and didnt seem to even know where new zealand was :)

looking forward to trying more food/wine this year and dont forget you can use the snack voucher in your dining plan to get food at the stalls....

have a great day........:cheer2:

aussietravellers
04-19-2010, 11:52 PM
Hi there

Hope you dont mind a Kiwi joining your thread. We are going to WDW on Sept 19th 2010 until 3rd Oct 2010 and then taking two weeks to drive up to New York stopping in at a few places.

I dont many Kiwis other than my family who are disney mad so its neat to find a whole lot of Aussies who are.

:welcome: Most of us here are Disney mad too, so join right in :thumbsup2

When in the US (and the UK too), most of them can not tell the difference between and Aussie and Kiwi accent anyway :lmao: to them we are all one. :rotfl:

queenie82
04-20-2010, 12:26 AM
:welcome: Most of us here are Disney mad too, so join right in :thumbsup2

When in the US (and the UK too), most of them can not tell the difference between and Aussie and Kiwi accent anyway :lmao: to them we are all one. :rotfl::rotfl2::rotfl2: the Yanks just know we are something OTHER than North American...lol...usually English in our case.
I can often pick the difference between the American and Canadian accent though after a few sentences. Which makes the Canadians feel very special :goodvibes

DizOz
04-20-2010, 04:41 PM
:welcome: Most of us here are Disney mad too, so join right in :thumbsup2

When in the US (and the UK too), most of them can not tell the difference between and Aussie and Kiwi accent anyway :lmao: to them we are all one. :rotfl:

In the US I quite often am asked in I am English. With a look of horror I quickly correct them I am from Australia.

:happytv::happytv::happytv:

kyl
04-22-2010, 07:30 AM
Hey we are going in sept/oct. We are from Sydney. We are planing on staying at WDW.....just waiting to see if we can get a discount on rooms there! We got our flights through V australia. It was cheaper to go on their net page and do it than to call them, the guy on the phone couldn't match the offer the net did! Also flight center will beat it again by only $1 per person, but they give you a $20per person voucher to use on something else like car hire. So with 6 of us going it was $120...better for us. Our fare was around $1660. Including taxes etc return to orlando. Hope this helps any of you. Glad to see some Aussie mates on here!

kyl
04-22-2010, 07:38 AM
This is funny, when we were in disneyland last year my girls got asked are they from New Zealand? They of course said "No". ( I told the lady not to swear at them like that, sorry my New Zealand friend we do love you!) she then said oh you are from England......no don't you know we are true blooded Aussies!!!!! She said we all sound the same. We did hear some New Zealand accents when we were there and it was nice, they do sound the same to us after hearing the yanky accent for over two weeks. We love our neighbours.

DizOz
04-22-2010, 04:22 PM
The clock is ticking and the days are fast running out.

It didn't seem all that long ago we had 12 months, then all of a sudden 6 months ticked by now 5.

It won't be long before we start our countdown. Last time I created a special disney calander with a different character each day all the way to Mickey Mouse on departure day. Our 2 DD took turns crossing off the days. This time we are using a disney paper chain with disney caharcters and trivia I got from a fellow DISer.

Is time flying fast for all Sept/Oct travellers?

:banana: :banana: :banana:

aussietravellers
04-22-2010, 04:43 PM
The clock is ticking and the days are fast running out.

It didn't seem all that long ago we had 12 months, then all of a sudden 6 months ticked by now 5.

It won't be long before we start our countdown. Last time I created a special disney calander with a different character each day all the way to Mickey Mouse on departure day. Our 2 DD took turns crossing off the days. This time we are using a disney paper chain with disney caharcters and trivia I got from a fellow DISer.

Is time flying fast for all Sept/Oct travellers?

:banana: :banana: :banana:

I can't believe how the time is flying. I remember thinking it was 9 months away and now it's 4 months, 3 weeks and 1 day until we leave :banana:

It is so exciting, once the ADR window opened at 6 months that made it feel a lot closer. Now with just under 5 months to go it is even more exciting. But I keep thinking that we still have June/July school holidays to get through yet before hitting September, thats another whole term and a half of school (for the kids but its the calender our family goes by) which makes it seem like ages :laughing:

cinderella8989
05-14-2010, 04:05 AM
Count me in for September arriving in LA 17th Sept (day after my b'day) travelling up the cali coast then hitting WDW on the 23rd then NY on the 30th for a few days



So so excited just over 4 months and we're there woohoo

Any shopping tips for DTD or NY

zaccy
05-14-2010, 10:38 PM
Count me in for September arriving in LA 17th Sept (day after my b'day) travelling up the cali coast then hitting WDW on the 23rd then NY on the 30th for a few days



So so excited just over 4 months and we're there woohoo

Any shopping tips for DTD or NY


There is a thread a bit further down this page (sorry I don't know how to post links) that has USA shopping recomendations - its about 4 pages long and has lots of good tips.

Hope you have a great trip.

shan08
05-16-2010, 01:09 AM
Hi Sept/Oct planners

Im new to this, so hope im doing it right!

We are a family of four travelling to the US on Sept 17th! Im having trouble deciding on accom in WDW. I have two boys aged 14 & 11 that are into sport. We looked at the sport resort but for the little extra i thought i would try a moderate resort. Any suggestions PLEASE!!!! We are there for 8 nights from sept 27th. Have been quoted prices through Dreams Unlimited. Also any help for Dining Reservations would be great!!!

GrazingGoat1966
05-16-2010, 04:10 AM
shan08, depends on what standard of accommodation that you are happy with. My family and myself have stayed at All Star Sports and All Star Music, and thanks to purchasing DVC are staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge when we travel there this Sept. The All Stars are perfectly acceptable, great value resorts with big pools, good value quick dining options and at a great price.
However if you are someone who expects a little more "comfort" around the edges, then a moderate resort may be the go. For us we couldn't justify the extra cost when we first went, as we would rather spend extra money at the parks.

Get on the excellent website allears.net if you haven't already found it. It has a good range of photos of all the resorts which should be of assistance. Also try tripadvisor.com for guest reviews and photos.

To each his own......

australiankaren
05-16-2010, 08:50 AM
hey

counting down...very excited..

re accom for teenagers..stay at the value places ie all stars/ sports, and get 2 rooms with connecting door....it will work out about the same as a mod resort and you get a bit more room..2 doubles per room, with 2 bth rooms..

or a family suite at all stars?? there is either 30% off or free quick service dining included...and they have great pools etc at these resorts, the moderates can be a little more adult...

shan08
05-27-2010, 03:58 AM
Thanks for the info guys! I recieved a quote back for two rooms at all stars and was way more than a moderate once we include fridge prices. Whats a family suite at the all stars??
What would you choose between Carribean or Riverside??

Thanks:headache:

PrincessInOz
05-27-2010, 04:04 AM
Thanks for the info guys! I recieved a quote back for two rooms at all stars and was way more than a moderate once we include fridge prices. Whats a family suite at the all stars??
What would you choose between Carribean or Riverside??

Thanks:headache:

I've just come back from Port Orleans Riverside and stayed in the Magnolia Terrace half. It was a lovely resort. I haven't stayed at Carribean...and I don't think that you'll go wrong with either resort. You just have to work out which theme you prefer.
For me, the deciding factor for POR was that it had boat transportation to DTD.

Michaella
06-16-2010, 05:20 AM
We are booked to fly out on 13th September for 2.5 weeks.. we are doing Anaheim and San Diego ...

Can't wait..

Looks like we will stay at Embassy Suites in Anaheim

Brookspayne
06-23-2010, 11:29 PM
Hi, fairly new to the disboards and love the fact there is a site especially for Aussie members. Spent the last few weeks reading all that I could find on tips for WDW, DCL & AK. Lots of great info for DVC newbies like me.

Sept / Oct we will be doing the Med Cruise followed by WBTA, 3 weeks at WDW staying at AK, and 3 days at Universal to see Harry Potter theme park.

Any words of wisdom about staying at AK.
Things I am not to sure on is buying groceries, just thought of getting the basics, tea, coffee, milk etc and maybe some snacks, hopefully we will be at the parks for lunch and dinner. From the Disboards, a lot of people order from places outside WDW, given I just want the basics is it worth going down this road?
What about rooms, any pointers on best studio savanna view room to ask for when we book in at Kidani Village?

Has anyone been to the food and wine festival? Cannot seem to find out much about this except on the Disney site, want to find out more before we go so I can do some planning.

Thanks

B

lovintheland
06-24-2010, 06:19 AM
12 weeks today for us, woo hoo!!!!! But can't do the countdown calendars this year as the kids don't know yet. Gonna be one hell of a surprise

PrincessInOz
06-24-2010, 06:53 AM
12 weeks today for us, woo hoo!!!!! But can't do the countdown calendars this year as the kids don't know yet. Gonna be one hell of a surprise

Congratulations! Won't be too long now...

I'll bite....How are you planning on telling the kids? And I'd love a blow by blow account when you do. I LOVE living vicariously like this - especially if it's good news stories. :goodvibes

lovintheland
06-24-2010, 04:26 PM
Hi PrincessinOz,

a big mickey helium balloon in a box at the front door on the morning we leave is going to tell them. while they are eating breakfast getting ready for school (so they think). I cannot wait!!!!!!!

Travel Mum
06-24-2010, 07:24 PM
a big mickey helium balloon in a box at the front door on the morning we leave is going to tell them. while they are eating breakfast getting ready for school (so they think). I cannot wait!!!!!!!

I wish someone would do that for me!!!!!!!!!! :rotfl:

lovintheland
06-25-2010, 12:57 AM
I know me too! At least doing it for them will be nearly as exciting. It's really hard for DH and I to contain ourselves though. Hopefully the the next 11 weeks will go really fast though as we're not able to obsess and talk openly about the trip like we all usually do. :banana:

Travel Mum
06-25-2010, 03:15 AM
I know me too! At least doing it for them will be nearly as exciting. It's really hard for DH and I to contain ourselves though. Hopefully the the next 11 weeks will go really fast though as we're not able to obsess and talk openly about the trip like we all usually do. :banana:

I really admire you and your DH because I know there's no way I could contain my excitement or keep my mouth shut in front of my children for that long :rotfl2:

PrincessInOz
06-25-2010, 04:23 AM
Hi PrincessinOz,

a big mickey helium balloon in a box at the front door on the morning we leave is going to tell them. while they are eating breakfast getting ready for school (so they think). I cannot wait!!!!!!!

Dang! That means we have to wait until you get back to find out their reactions :rotfl:.

This sounds great! I second TravelMum's wish......

Ms. Shuttergirl
06-30-2010, 04:17 PM
Hi PrincessinOz,

a big mickey helium balloon in a box at the front door on the morning we leave is going to tell them. while they are eating breakfast getting ready for school (so they think). I cannot wait!!!!!!!

Where did you order the helium balloon from?

lovintheland
06-30-2010, 06:09 PM
Hi MsShuttergirl. Good to hear from you. I got the balloon from Spotlight. I had seen them last year and dreamt of the doing the whole surprise thing then even though Dh had even mentioned we were going again so soon (or ever again). I had been waiting for an opportunity to get to Spotlight and get it ever since we booked and DD asked to go there to get some things for her dance costume it was kind of my chance only the kids were with me so I had to be sneaky and wait until she made her purchases and then when we got downstairs to Gloria Jeans I happened to remember I needed a couple of school supplies:rotfl: so I raced back to get it and bought a couple of plastic tablecloths for school to hide it with.
Sorry for the long story but as we left I decided to walk across the road to Ikea to get the kids a hot dog. There was a massive puddle outside the building that I for some reason not known to me, devided to walk right through the middle of (even the kids had the sense to walk around it), anyway one step and I was airborne for what seemed like an eternity and then thud...... on my tailbone. I was frozen with pain lying in a pool with strangers running from everywhere to my aide, and taking my bags off my arms. While plans where being made for ambulances etc all I was worried about was the bag with the Mickey balloon. Don't let anyone see it I thought (Oh and my beautiful Coach bag I got last year sitting in the water :sad1:

Anyway after a week off work everything was ok, especially the balloon, it was all I was worried about, oh and if my tailbone would allow me to sit on the plane for 14 hrs LOL!

I have however seen the same balloons on Ebay. It is really large so I'm going to need to get a big box to put it in from somewhere.

Ms. Shuttergirl
06-30-2010, 06:16 PM
Hi MsShuttergirl. Good to hear from you. I got the balloon from Spotlight. I had seen them last year and dreamt of the doing the whole surprise thing then even though Dh had even mentioned we were going again so soon (or ever again). I had been waiting for an opportunity to get to Spotlight and get it ever since we booked and DD asked to go there to get some things for her dance costume it was kind of my chance only the kids were with me so I had to be sneaky and wait until she made her purchases and then when we got downstairs to Gloria Jeans I happened to remember I needed a couple of school supplies:rotfl: so I raced back to get it and bought a couple of plastic tablecloths for school to hide it with.
Sorry for the long story but as we left I decided to walk across the road to Ikea to get the kids a hot dog. There was a massive puddle outside the building that I for some reason not known to me, devided to walk right through the middle of (even the kids had the sense to walk around it), anyway one step and I was airborne for what seemed like an eternity and then thud...... on my tailbone. I was frozen with pain lying in a pool with strangers running from everywhere to my aide, and taking my bags off my arms. While plans where being made for ambulances etc all I was worried about was the bag with the Mickey balloon. Don't let anyone see it I thought (Oh and my beautiful Coach bag I got last year sitting in the water :sad1:

Anyway after a week off work everything was ok, especially the balloon, it was all I was worried about, oh and if my tailbone would allow me to sit on the plane for 14 hrs LOL!

I have however seen the same balloons on Ebay. It is really large so I'm going to need to get a big box to put it in from somewhere.

Thanks for getting back to me. Sorry to hear about your accident but I did :lmao: when I read that all you cared about was the balloon.

So does it already have helium in it? Or is it a normal balloon that you have to blow up?

I might go and have a look on ebay.

lovintheland
06-30-2010, 06:23 PM
no, it's flat at the moment. Will take it to the florist on the arvo before the big reveal. Then leave in the box in hubby's car overnight. Already I worry about DH letting go of it as he's making his way to his car, or what if someone steals his car that night????? Call me a pre Disney stresser! Every time I worry we will lose one of the kids over there. Hubby reassures me we haven't yet but for some stupid reason I think like this in the middle of the night :lmao:

Ms. Shuttergirl
06-30-2010, 06:42 PM
no, it's flat at the moment. Will take it to the florist on the arvo before the big reveal. Then leave in the box in hubby's car overnight. Already I worry about DH letting go of it as he's making his way to his car, or what if someone steals his car that night????? Call me a pre Disney stresser! Every time I worry we will lose one of the kids over there. Hubby reassures me we haven't yet but for some stupid reason I think like this in the middle of the night :lmao:

Hahahaha, I think a little like that also.

I just saw some cute life size Mickey and Minnie balloons on Ebay.

queenie82
06-30-2010, 11:46 PM
lovintheland - Hope you are doing better :) Puddles are evil things...
Ms. Shuttergirl - It was a few years back but I remember Toys r us used to sell foil disney balloons. You know in the party and cards section? They also sell Halloween stuff around October etc. in that section.
As for blowing it up we have a party supplies and hire place nearby that we bought (non disney) party balloons from and got blown up at with helium for a party. They sell weights to tie it too etc. They might sell foil balloons as well?

As for that new ticker!!!!!! WOW!!!!

lovintheland
07-01-2010, 02:59 AM
Thanks Queenie, my tailbone is great now, well mostly. My ankle however is another story. Dh and I went running this afternoon which was a great chance for us to talk disney out loud, well in between catching breaths of course and the kids were walking the dogs and way out of ear shot. All was going well until I got ahead of Dh and debated whether I should wait for him to catch up as I didn't want to lose my momentum, so finally I decided to jog on the spot and wait and just as he caught up I rolled my ankle off the path. AAAAARRRRGGHHHH, I swear I thought it was broken and again my first thought was Disneyland!!!! It feels much better now though and after the initial pain and resting it. I must keep getting fitter for Disney, it's the best incentive I need :cheer2:

PrincessInOz
07-01-2010, 03:02 AM
loveintheland - I glad that your pain in your you know where is so much better. As they say in show business - "break a leg"! :rotfl2:

australiankaren
07-01-2010, 09:37 AM
hey

thank god its school hols, i can now plan to my hearts content for the next 3 weeks :) can you believe how quick time is flying by.......

roll on september...

DizOz
07-01-2010, 04:42 PM
hey

thank god its school hols, i can now plan to my hearts content for the next 3 weeks :) can you believe how quick time is flying by.......

roll on september...

Can not agree more Karen. This time next school holidays we will be at WDW.

Our count down chain I got from a fellow DISer starts today. It has 72 links for each day we have left and each link has Disney trivia on it.

Thank god just about all our planning is done except making dining reservations at DL and arranging transfers. Then I can sit back and relax.

:cool1: :cool1: :cool1:

Ms. Shuttergirl
07-01-2010, 05:06 PM
Okay so anyone who is going late Sept/early Oct to WDW, what parks are you hitting what days? I have the Crowd Calendar for Touring Plans but often they are recommending 2 parks for that day and I'm finding it hard to decide. Also, MK doesn't get much of a mention in the recommended days and the day it does is a 5 rated day, when most of the other days are 1-3 rated days.

My head hurts :lmao:.

Can you share with me what you are doing when?

aussietravellers
07-01-2010, 05:48 PM
Okay so anyone who is going late Sept/early Oct to WDW, what parks are you hitting what days? I have the Crowd Calendar for Touring Plans but often they are recommending 2 parks for that day and I'm finding it hard to decide. Also, MK doesn't get much of a mention in the recommended days and the day it does is a 5 rated day, when most of the other days are 1-3 rated days.

My head hurts :lmao:.

Can you share with me what you are doing when?

Spent ages working out all of our days (with a lot of help from Tour Guide Mike) and working out our ADR's we have planned so far.

22nd MK
23rd AK
24th HS
25th Waterpark
26th EP
27th MK
28th HS/EP - Shopping/Spare Afternoon
29th Pool/Shopping
30th AK
1st Waterpark
2nd Pool/Shopping
3rd ?
4th HS
5th EP
6th AK
7th MK (MNSSHP)
8th ?
9th Shopping
10th Discovery Cove
11th Seaworld
12th Favourite Rides (Last Day)
13th Fly Home

We have a few spare/Pool/Shopping Days so on those days we may go to Universal, shopping, hang by the pool, anything we really feel like doing.

Ms. Shuttergirl
07-02-2010, 12:48 AM
thanks Aussietravellers. I will use that to help me work out my parks. Awesome amount of time you are spending, you know already that I am blown away by that LOL. You must come back so happy and relaxed.

DizOz
07-04-2010, 04:49 PM
Just read the update on rehabs during our stay and I am a little sad that 2 rides one a favourite and the other a new one I wanted to try are closed.

Star Tours and Toy Story Mania are both closed.


:scared1: :scared1: :scared1:

aussietravellers
07-04-2010, 06:18 PM
Just read the update on rehabs during our stay and I am a little sad that 2 rides one a favourite and the other a new one I wanted to try are closed.

Star Tours and Toy Story Mania are both closed.


:scared1: :scared1: :scared1:

I have read that TSM is closed in August, (16th to 27th)

Small World will be closed too until 22nd October. I have never been to Disney and not been on Small World, very sad :sad1:

queenie82
07-04-2010, 06:52 PM
Just read the update on rehabs during our stay and I am a little sad that 2 rides one a favourite and the other a new one I wanted to try are closed.

Star Tours and Toy Story Mania are both closed.


:scared1: :scared1: :scared1:
Just some info on why star tours is closing...and what is happening
It is being replaced/updated

The Disney Parks Blog has officially announced that Star Tours will close at Disneyland in California on July 27 and at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World in Florida on September 8. The attraction will remain closed into 2011 to make way for Star Tours II, “a new 3-D, immersive experience” that promises to reinvigorate the ride with new technology, story lines, locations, and characters. The official announcement for the long-rumored change was made at last year’s inaugural D23 Expo in Anaheim, Calif.

To prepare for the closure of Star Tours, Disney is holding a “Last Tour to Endor” special event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, allowing guests to have a going away party of sorts for the attraction that has remained largely unchanged since first opening in 1987 at Disneyland and later at then-Disney-MGM Studios in 1989.

No specific dates have been announced for Star Tours’s 2011 reopening as Star Tours II.


Link (http://www.insidethemagic.net/2010/05/star-tours-closing-dates-announced-for-disneyland-and-walt-disney-world/)

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http://www.wdwmagic.com/Attractions/Star-Tours-3D/News/12Sep2009-Star-Tours-3D-concept-art.htm
http://www.wdwnews.com/viewvideo.aspx?videoid=113798&siteid=1

Travel Mum
07-04-2010, 10:03 PM
Small World will be closed too until 22nd October. I have never been to Disney and not been on Small World, very sad :sad1:

OMG, I will be devastated if Small World is closed when we are there next year! I know it's only a minor ride now but it's the one that I have the most memory of from my first trip to Disneyland when I was about age 8. Everytime I've been since then, I've been on Small World - it's somewhat of a Disney tradition for me. Whenever we ride, we get so excited when we see the Maori doll and the two kiwis - although it's very quick so you can't blink or you'd miss it! Particularly when I was a Kiwi living in L.A., it was great to see my home country represented even in such a tiny way. My two younger girls and I have recently watched a video of Small World in MK on You Tube and we sat through the whole ride watching to see if they have a Maori doll and kiwis there too. Well, very briefly we saw a glimpse of them so this is what my 5 year-old is most looking forward to seeing at MK!

aussietravellers
07-04-2010, 11:18 PM
OMG, I will be devastated if Small World is closed when we are there next year! I know it's only a minor ride now but it's the one that I have the most memory of from my first trip to Disneyland when I was about age 8. Everytime I've been since then, I've been on Small World - it's somewhat of a Disney tradition for me. Whenever we ride, we get so excited when we see the Maori doll and the two kiwis - although it's very quick so you can't blink or you'd miss it! Particularly when I was a Kiwi living in L.A., it was great to see my home country represented even in such a tiny way. My two younger girls and I have recently watched a video of Small World in MK on You Tube and we sat through the whole ride watching to see if they have a Maori doll and kiwis there too. Well, very briefly we saw a glimpse of them so this is what my 5 year-old is most looking forward to seeing at MK!

I completely understand how you would feel. I was so upset when I found out that it will be closed whilst we are there. We don't miss much as being there for three weeks, they usually only close for a week or two. The first time I went on IASW I was 5, so the thought of going to Disney and not going on it is really really sad :sad: I hope it isn't closed for you when you go, I am devastated that it will be closed for our trip!

DizOz
07-04-2010, 11:43 PM
Queenie that is bad news on Star Tours at WDW I was hoping the dates on the rehab meant it was for the day only. At least on the other closed DL rides we can make them up at WDW.

On the bright side all good reasons to go back again.

Also by that time the new Cars attractions in CA will also be open.

queenie82
07-05-2010, 12:39 AM
Queenie that is bad news on Star Tours at WDW I was hoping the dates on the rehab meant it was for the day only. At least on the other closed DL rides we can make them up at WDW.

On the bright side all good reasons to go back again.

Also by that time the new Cars attractions in CA will also be open.

I agree it is a bummer. But at least you did get to experience the original :thumbsup2 in all its jerky glory :rotfl2:
It has a retro nostalgia the original but I do look forward to the new one.

You'll still have a great time!:cool1:

Ms. Shuttergirl
07-05-2010, 03:36 AM
Okay so our trip is looking like this:-

Fly out on Wed 22 Sept to New York (wow what a long day or so this will be)

Staying 6 nights at Hilton New York:- http://www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/NYCNHHH-Hilton-New-York-New-York/index.do

These 6 days will be filled with shopping, hanging in Central Park, American Museum of Natural History, we want to spend some time wandering in Little Italy, Hells Kitchen, New Jersey (desperate to visit Carlos Bakery, love Cake Boss), and DH's favourite part, the last game of the Yankees baseball season at Yankee Stadium (we changed the whole trip around so we could be there for it LOL). And can't wait to go to Ellen's Stardust Diner again, love love love it.

28 Sept fly to Orlando for 11 nights (how DH ever agreed to my crazy plan I will never know but will be eternally grateful :rotfl:)

Staying at POP Century with free QS Dining - will be upgrading to the Regular Dining Plan though as we feel after a few character meals and a few TS meals, it will be better value to go this way.

I really wanted to stay at a Moderate but only wanted POFQ or CSR and neither were available. Pop will be a far cry from WL which is where I want to stay next December but I think it will be fun and a completely different experience.

Will probably only spend one day visiting WWoHP and probably won't do Universal, although I will investigate ticket prices and may buy the 2 days for one ticket to give us the option because we love love love The Simpsons ride LOL. I would still like to visit NASA but DH and the kids are keen to spend the time in the parks or shopping rather than a whole day away learning something interesting. I may damn well go on my own LOL. This may have to wait until next year once they have their fill of WDW.

We are very excited to take part in the Food & Wine Festival as we are total foodies. And there are a few tragically cool bands playing while we are there like Starship, En Vogue and Richard Marx LOL. I love live music, even bad 80's & 90's live music so Epcot may be where we spend most evenings.

This trip is much more about relaxing and having fun than our last mega trip. We actually want to have a "holiday" this time so I'm keen to be much more fluid about our plans. With that said, I've made some ADR's, well one for every day :rotfl2: but it remains to be seen whether we will actually continue on with that plan.

I am dying to Pick a Pearl with my beautiful DD12 and plan to buy matching Cinderella Carriage necklaces on Ebay in the next week or so to have them set while we are there.

And I am determined to see Fantasmic while we are there. There are no more dinner packages available, not lunch either so we will have to be brave and line up early. DH will be thrilled with that........NOT!!!!!!!!! :lmao:

We'll give MNSSHP a miss this year, we went to the DL one last year and whilst it was a lovely new experience, I don't think we need to go again. Although I did love the amazing costumes, some people are so very creative. Actually I didn't even click that the park would be all decorated for Halloween, we have yet to see a Disney park without Halloween decorations. My dream is to see the Christmas ones now, so fingers crossed DH doesn't change his mind about next year now that we are going this year.

I really can't wait. I'm nervous about the bus system, not convinced it works as well as I would hope but as I said, we aren't in a rush this time so I hope I can "stop and smell the roses" the whole time.

Oh and Blizzard Beach, can't wait to go here.

Fly home on 9 Oct, arrive back in Canberra on 11 Oct

Well that's where we are for now. How does it sound so far?

shushh
07-05-2010, 03:59 AM
Wonderful!

PrincessInOz
07-05-2010, 05:06 AM
Excellent Shuttergirl! So happy for you! And I can't wait to see your photos.

queenie82
07-05-2010, 05:35 AM
This trip is much more about relaxing and having fun than our last mega trip. We actually want to have a "holiday" this time so I'm keen to be much more fluid about our plans. With that said, I've made some ADR's, well one for every day :rotfl2: but it remains to be seen whether we will actually continue on with that plan.
Good luck with that :lmao::rotfl2:
That was our plan last time - which was our 4th trip to WDW - and we were rushing around on our last day trying to fit in our last round of shopping :rolleyes1
And we didn't get time to do ANY pool hopping :confused3 even though we were there for 14 nights and didn't do NASA or Universal... :rotfl:

Looks good!
I know you will have a blast! :cool1:

shan08
07-05-2010, 07:45 AM
Ms Shuttergirl

Who did you book your WDW through, and when did you book it? We are going to be there from the 27th sept thru to 5th oct! Still havent booked yet, we are hoping to stay at a moderate resort, are you saying we may have missed the boat? Dealing with Mindy from Dreams Unlimited atm!! Wanted the free dining, do you think we can still make ADRs??
:confused:

Ms. Shuttergirl
07-05-2010, 09:40 AM
Ms Shuttergirl

Who did you book your WDW through, and when did you book it? We are going to be there from the 27th sept thru to 5th oct! Still havent booked yet, we are hoping to stay at a moderate resort, are you saying we may have missed the boat? Dealing with Mindy from Dreams Unlimited atm!! Wanted the free dining, do you think we can still make ADRs??
:confused:

The only moderate that was available was Carribean Beach and only the pirate rooms or something like that. I didn't want that so decided Pop was a much better bet with the upgrade to Regular Dining. And the price was considerably cheaper.

I booked with Bob at Mouse Tales Travel. Amazing service.

I have made some adr's online but there isn't much left that's for sure.

I would recommend getting your booking in place pretty quickly.

aussietravellers
07-05-2010, 04:36 PM
Ms Shuttergirl

Who did you book your WDW through, and when did you book it? We are going to be there from the 27th sept thru to 5th oct! Still havent booked yet, we are hoping to stay at a moderate resort, are you saying we may have missed the boat? Dealing with Mindy from Dreams Unlimited atm!! Wanted the free dining, do you think we can still make ADRs??
:confused:

I would get online and make your ADR's ASAP, you don't have to have a hotel booked to make your ADR's. There are still some available, I was on last night making some changes and was able to get a few places. We couldn't get Mickey's Backyard BBQ but I've been reading since and it seems to be better for younger children so maybe it's meant to be :sad1: (trying to find a positive in missing out :rotfl: ). It will be hard to find some of the popular restaurants like Le Cellier but cancellations do happen so if you don't get what you want, book something else and keep checking back online as new bookings do come up. Chef Mickey's is usually very hard to get into and it has opened up for lunch now with Free Dining, so was able to get lunch there yesterday for September.

Ms. Shuttergirl
07-05-2010, 04:36 PM
Good luck with that :lmao::rotfl2:
That was our plan last time - which was our 4th trip to WDW - and we were rushing around on our last day trying to fit in our last round of shopping :rolleyes1
And we didn't get time to do ANY pool hopping :confused3 even though we were there for 14 nights and didn't do NASA or Universal... :rotfl:

Looks good!
I know you will have a blast! :cool1:

Hahahahaha, yes I can see where saying this time we're having a "holiday" could seem ambition and naive. I can already see myself as a crazed commando person needing to see everything. But I promise myself that since I already know I'm going to get to go back to WDW another time, that if I miss something, it's not the end of the world. I can catch it next time.

By the way, where are you guys reading what the ride closures for Sept/Oct are going to be? I've tried finding it on the website but can't seem to see it?

aussietravellers
07-05-2010, 04:43 PM
Hahahahaha, yes I can see where saying this time we're having a "holiday" could seem ambition and naive. I can already see myself as a crazed commando person needing to see everything. But I promise myself that since I already know I'm going to get to go back to WDW another time, that if I miss something, it's not the end of the world. I can catch it next time.

By the way, where are you guys reading what the ride closures for Sept/Oct are going to be? I've tried finding it on the website but can't seem to see it?

I found the rehabs notices here http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/rehab.htm and also on allears.net :thumbsup2

queenie82
07-05-2010, 06:13 PM
Hahahahaha, yes I can see where saying this time we're having a "holiday" could seem ambition and naive. I can already see myself as a crazed commando person needing to see everything. But I promise myself that since I already know I'm going to get to go back to WDW another time, that if I miss something, it's not the end of the world. I can catch it next time.

By the way, where are you guys reading what the ride closures for Sept/Oct are going to be? I've tried finding it on the website but can't seem to see it?

For the updates...this is an example.

Go here for DHS
http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/parks/hollywood-studios/calendar/
The click on the individual DAY
And you get the operational things for that day listed on the side

For example the 27th Sept
http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/parks/hollywood-studios/calendardayview/?asmbly_day=20100927

eg
Star Tours
Closed for Refurbishment (Wednesday, September 8 - Monday, May 16)
Walt Disney: One Man's Dream
Closed for Refurbishment (Monday, August 16 - Tuesday, November 2)

Ms. Shuttergirl
07-05-2010, 07:39 PM
Thanks Aussietravellers and Queenie. Off to look now.

Ms. Shuttergirl
07-06-2010, 07:19 AM
I would get online and make your ADR's ASAP, you don't have to have a hotel booked to make your ADR's. There are still some available, I was on last night making some changes and was able to get a few places. We couldn't get Mickey's Backyard BBQ but I've been reading since and it seems to be better for younger children so maybe it's meant to be :sad1: (trying to find a positive in missing out :rotfl: ). It will be hard to find some of the popular restaurants like Le Cellier but cancellations do happen so if you don't get what you want, book something else and keep checking back online as new bookings do come up. Chef Mickey's is usually very hard to get into and it has opened up for lunch now with Free Dining, so was able to get lunch there yesterday for September.

But it says that Chef Mickey's doesn't have characters at lunch on the reservation. Is that correct?

aussietravellers
07-06-2010, 07:27 AM
But it says that Chef Mickey's doesn't have characters at lunch on the reservation. Is that correct?

I don't think it is correct (you are correct that it doesn't say characters online though :rotfl: ). In the past whenever they have had lunch open they always have had characters. Apparently people are calling to make the ADR's and the Cast members are saying there are characters and I am sure somebody has said they have been told by somebody at the restaurant that there will be characters. There is a thread over on the restaurants board about it. I'll see if I can find it :thumbsup2

Found one of the threads, can't find the other...
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2500307

Ms. Shuttergirl
07-06-2010, 07:49 AM
Cool, thanks for that. Off to have a read through.

aussietravellers
07-06-2010, 07:57 AM
Cool, thanks for that. Off to have a read through.

I found the other thread...

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2500084

That was driving me crazy :lmao: I knew I had read two threads and I could not find the second one. But I found it :thumbsup2

australiankaren
07-06-2010, 01:42 PM
just checking my countdown:rotfl2:

shan08
07-06-2010, 07:38 PM
Thanks for the info everyone! I had been holding off as my Travel agent (here in oz) was trying to source WDW package in Aus dollars, but wholesalers couldnt offer the free dining past the 2nd of october ( although i see now its been extended to dec). I was trying to save a bit $$$, but i should just bite the bullet and book, at least the US TA are more experienced with this. I find alot of Travel agents here know very little about WDW ( and how huge it is).:confused3

When booking your package, do you go for the park hopper option? We only have 7 full days, one of those we are going to Kennedy space station. We will get the water parks though. Should we just plan 1 park per day?

Also what site do i book the ADR's on?

Starting to panic now!!! Oh how i wish i was more organised!!:eek:

Thanks everyone!!
:flower3:

aussietravellers
07-06-2010, 07:53 PM
Thanks for the info everyone! I had been holding off as my Travel agent (here in oz) was trying to source WDW package in Aus dollars, but wholesalers couldnt offer the free dining past the 2nd of october ( although i see now its been extended to dec). I was trying to save a bit $$$, but i should just bite the bullet and book, at least the US TA are more experienced with this. I find alot of Travel agents here know very little about WDW ( and how huge it is).:confused3

Oh thank goodness you did not book your WDW through an Aussie TA :woohoo:, they are SO expensive so what little you would have saved on free dining would have been taken up with the ridiculous prices they charge for the accommodation. EG: Our Disneyland accom at Grand Californian for a standard room through an aussie TA was over $600 a night!!!!! We got a Theme park view, through a US TA (or direct with Disney, same price) for just over $300 a night!!!!!

When booking your package, do you go for the park hopper option? We only have 7 full days, one of those we are going to Kennedy space station. We will get the water parks though. Should we just plan 1 park per day?

If you find a good TA in the US (we use www.magicaljourneystravel.com ) then they will help you with the best option to suit your family. US TA's do not put any mark up, they charge the same as booking direct.

If you are well organised with your dining, then you really don't have to take the park hopper option. We are and always have taken the park hopper option (although this time we are upgrading to an AP), but also we might be in a park for the morning, then have dinner and the evening at another park but you don' t have to do this. With waterparks and more, then those are extra ticket entries. If you have waterparks and more they give you the number of visits that your ticket has, so if you have a 6 day ticket, you have 6 theme park days and 6 entries to waterparks or disney quest etc (but 6 single entries, a waterpark and a visit to disney quest on the same day would take up two of the waterparks and more tickets) (so in effect 12 days if you wanted to do 6 days at waterparks :rotfl:) So you could get a 5 day ticket with waterparks and more (which is valid for 14 days from it's first use), do 5 days at the parks and one at waterpark, one at KSC. If that makes sense :laughing:

Also what site do i book the ADR's on?

http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/reservations/dining/

Starting to panic now!!! Oh how i wish i was more organised!!:eek:

Once it's all booked it will be easy. Organising it half the fun, I love it. :goodvibes
Thanks everyone!!
:flower3:

.

queenie82
07-06-2010, 08:34 PM
When booking your package, do you go for the park hopper option? We only have 7 full days, one of those we are going to Kennedy space station. We will get the water parks though. Should we just plan 1 park per day?

I ALWAYS go with Hopper option.
It is great in theory one park per day...and if you were there 4 days then maybe it would work.
But we always run out of things to do at Animal Kingdom....and leave by around 2pm.
[Note with younger kids you will take longer on your first day with the parade, rafiki and the stamps and Mickey Minnie...but it still isn't a full day park without this]

The flexibility of a hopper it just absolutely worth it. Parade times and fantasmic times can change. Plus the crowds at one park may differ to expectations etc.

It is COMPLETELY worth it.

Ms. Shuttergirl
07-06-2010, 11:20 PM
Thanks for the info everyone! I had been holding off as my Travel agent (here in oz) was trying to source WDW package in Aus dollars, but wholesalers couldnt offer the free dining past the 2nd of october ( although i see now its been extended to dec). I was trying to save a bit $$$, but i should just bite the bullet and book, at least the US TA are more experienced with this. I find alot of Travel agents here know very little about WDW ( and how huge it is).:confused3

When booking your package, do you go for the park hopper option? We only have 7 full days, one of those we are going to Kennedy space station. We will get the water parks though. Should we just plan 1 park per day?

Also what site do i book the ADR's on?

Starting to panic now!!! Oh how i wish i was more organised!!:eek:

Thanks everyone!!
:flower3:

I can highly recommend Bob at www.mousetalestravel.com too. He has been beyond amazing, even with me going backwards and forwards on dates etc. Just give him or one of the other USA TA's the opportunity to come up with a price for you, I think you'll be shocked at the saving.

PrincessInOz
07-07-2010, 06:32 AM
Thanks for the info everyone! I had been holding off as my Travel agent (here in oz) was trying to source WDW package in Aus dollars, but wholesalers couldnt offer the free dining past the 2nd of october ( although i see now its been extended to dec). I was trying to save a bit $$$, but i should just bite the bullet and book, at least the US TA are more experienced with this. I find alot of Travel agents here know very little about WDW ( and how huge it is).:confused3

When booking your package, do you go for the park hopper option? We only have 7 full days, one of those we are going to Kennedy space station. We will get the water parks though. Should we just plan 1 park per day?

Also what site do i book the ADR's on?

Starting to panic now!!! Oh how i wish i was more organised!!:eek:

Thanks everyone!!
:flower3:

Definitely do the hopper option. You then have the flexibility to come and go to different parks. You may find that you will more likely park hop at night, depending on shows, parades and firework schedules.

With ADRs, you can also call Disney (in their time zone). There is a number on the WDW website.

I went with smallworldvacations for my US TA. Carrie was fantastic and she booked all my ADRs for me.

paulasillars
07-08-2010, 03:53 AM
Hi, fairly new to the disboards and love the fact there is a site especially for Aussie members. Spent the last few weeks reading all that I could find on tips for WDW, DCL & AK. Lots of great info for DVC newbies like me.

Sept / Oct we will be doing the Med Cruise followed by WBTA, 3 weeks at WDW staying at AK, and 3 days at Universal to see Harry Potter theme park.

Any words of wisdom about staying at AK.
Things I am not to sure on is buying groceries, just thought of getting the basics, tea, coffee, milk etc and maybe some snacks, hopefully we will be at the parks for lunch and dinner. From the Disboards, a lot of people order from places outside WDW, given I just want the basics is it worth going down this road?
What about rooms, any pointers on best studio savanna view room to ask for when we book in at Kidani Village?

Has anyone been to the food and wine festival? Cannot seem to find out much about this except on the Disney site, want to find out more before we go so I can do some planning.

Thanks

B

Hi, I've sent you a PM as we are also doing the WBTA and I don't think you have found our cruise thread yet - there are a few Aussies on that sailing and we are flying the flag for NZ.

You mention Kidani village, thats the DVC resort, I did hear that all DVC studios are fully booked for parts of Oct due to Food&Wine being on so you should request Savannah view now - you may already be too late.

I find a better WDW resource personally is the Podcasts - the Dis Unplugged which is affiliated with these boards. They usually have a show on the F&W festival each year so it would pay to go back through the archives and find the shows relating to it.

Hope to meet you on the cruise ;)

aussietravellers
07-08-2010, 04:37 AM
Hi, fairly new to the disboards and love the fact there is a site especially for Aussie members. Spent the last few weeks reading all that I could find on tips for WDW, DCL & AK. Lots of great info for DVC newbies like me.

Sept / Oct we will be doing the Med Cruise followed by WBTA, 3 weeks at WDW staying at AK, and 3 days at Universal to see Harry Potter theme park.

Any words of wisdom about staying at AK.
Things I am not to sure on is buying groceries, just thought of getting the basics, tea, coffee, milk etc and maybe some snacks, hopefully we will be at the parks for lunch and dinner. From the Disboards, a lot of people order from places outside WDW, given I just want the basics is it worth going down this road?
What about rooms, any pointers on best studio savanna view room to ask for when we book in at Kidani Village?

Has anyone been to the food and wine festival? Cannot seem to find out much about this except on the Disney site, want to find out more before we go so I can do some planning.

Thanks

B

AKL is fantastic, last time we stayed there it was for three weeks and we loved every minute. On this trip we will be staying for 8 nights. For groceries we ordered from garden grocer (www.gardengrocer.com) they deliver to the hotel and it was fantastic. If you are not there to receive the groceries they will be stored will by Bell Services and if there is fridge stuff then they store it in the fridge of freezer. If you choose a delivery time before you check in then they can bring the groceries up with your luggage. I will be using them again on our upcoming trip for basics like water and snacks.

From memory the room did have a coffee machine though, not sure about the studios though. You could also get one of the refillable mugs and then you don't need to worry about buying the tea and coffee. At the resort gift shop they do have a small grocery section with basic grocery items and at Mara the quick service they have fruit and other snacks. It is just a matter of working out which is the cheaper way to go for your family. I am not sure if there is a refillable mug station at Kidani or if it's only at Mara at Jambo, it will be a bit annoying refilling your mugs if there isn't one handy to your studio.

The info isn't up yet for the food and wine festival, there is a sticky thread over on the restaurants board. There is this website from Disney that will be active any day, but you can bookmark it for info once it becomes active
http://www.foodwinefest.com/

queenie82
07-08-2010, 05:55 AM
Hi, I've sent you a PM as we are also doing the WBTA and I don't think you have found our cruise thread yet - there are a few Aussies on that sailing and we are flying the flag for NZ.

You mention Kidani village, thats the DVC resort, I did hear that all DVC studios are fully booked for parts of Oct due to Food&Wine being on so you should request Savannah view now - you may already be too late.

I find a better WDW resource personally is the Podcasts - the Dis Unplugged which is affiliated with these boards. They usually have a show on the F&W festival each year so it would pay to go back through the archives and find the shows relating to it.

Hope to meet you on the cruise ;)Just thought I would clarify that with DVC you BOOK a particular view. You don't REQUEST it.
You can within a category request a location but at Kidani it is either savannah view or something else (pool view, standard view etc...)
I would after choosing the view you want...ask for near the LIFT. It can be a loooong walk to some rooms in Kidani.

At Kidani you can get mug refills at the pool but there isn't a CS (like Mara) there at all. This is a major bummer and something that nearly every DVC member wants rectified.

We go to the off site supermarket and buy our own supermarket supplies as we always rent a car as it is far simpler so I can't comment on delivery or that stuff.

The studio comes with a small under counter fridge. Not teeny tiny but limited. You can't fit a pint of Ben and Jerry's into the freezer part easily...you kinda need to crush it.
But you can fit milk in the door etc.
There is a coffeemaker but NO kettle in the studios :headache:
Microwave is good and handy.
:wave:

paulasillars
07-08-2010, 03:03 PM
Just thought I would clarify that with DVC you BOOK a particular view. You don't REQUEST it.
You can within a category request a location but at Kidani it is either savannah view or something else (pool view, standard view etc...)
I would after choosing the view you want...ask for near the LIFT. It can be a loooong walk to some rooms in Kidani.


I'm not sure if you do a cash reservation at Kidani if you book or request a view type? I know with points you pretty much make a choice based on how many points you wish to use but is it different with a cash booking (I assumed she meant she wasn't a DVC member and paying cash - I figured that would work as per any other hotel request)?

We are staying at Kidani in September for 10 nights in a savannah view studio and I can't wait!

queenie82
07-10-2010, 12:01 AM
Disney on Ice brings ‘Toy Story 3′ to Orlando, Lakeland in September

Have you heard the buzz? The toys will be back in town.
The newest Disney on Ice production, Toy Story 3, comes to Central Florida in September. Preferred customer tickets are available now and those for the general public go on sale at 10 a.m. July 23.
The show follows Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Jessie and the rest of the Toy Story gang as they escape from Sunnyside Daycare, and Lotso Bear and Barbie’s Ken join the cast this time around. There also will be memorable moments from Toy Story 1 and 2, such as Buzz’s galactic battle with Emperor Zurg and a hoe-down at Woody’s Roundup.
Show times for Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 at Orlando’s Amway Arena are 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10; 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11; and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sept. 12. The production also travels to The Lakeland Center for shows at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sept 3; and 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 4.
Tickets will be sold through Ticketmaster and other ticket brokers, and the arena box offices.

PrincessInOz
07-10-2010, 12:13 AM
I'm on the list for Sept/Oct 2010 Planners!

Hubby will be heading to WDW from 23 Oct - 27 Oct for a 3 day conference, staying at CSR. Afterwhich, he'll be heading to Silicon Valley from 27 - 29 Oct. Arriving home on the 31 Oct.

My equation is 2 days flying for 6 days in the US :woohoo:.

I just need to buy a plane ticket for me....but I'll have to wait to see which flights hubby books on....

Now. I. just. need. to. tell. the. young. boy. he's. not. going!

Anyone know a good way to spring this "surprise" on to him??? :teeth:

(Just kidding....I've already broken the bad news to him...he took it surprisingly well).

aussietravellers
07-10-2010, 12:48 AM
I'm on the list for Sept/Oct 2010 Planners!

Hubby will be heading to WDW from 23 Oct - 27 Oct for a 3 day conference, staying at CSR. Afterwhich, he'll be heading to Silicon Valley from 27 - 29 Oct. Arriving home on the 31 Oct.

My equation is 2 days flying for 6 days in the US :woohoo:.

I just need to buy a plane ticket for me....but I'll have to wait to see which flights hubby books on....

Now. I. just. need. to. tell. the. young. boy. he's. not. going!

Anyone know a good way to spring this "surprise" on to him??? :teeth:

(Just kidding....I've already broken the bad news to him...he took it surprisingly well).


Woo Hoo, congrat's. Gosh there are going to be a lot of Aussies and Kiwi's at WDW in Sept/Oct! It's the place to be :thumbsup2 Anyone who is anyone will be at WDW in Sept/Oct :lmao:

I'm glad that your DS took it well :) Maybe he has visions of a pretty good welcome home/from the trip gift when you get home :rotfl: Is he making a list?

Ms. Shuttergirl
07-10-2010, 01:51 AM
What great news Princess in Oz. I'm glad your son took it well.

PrincessInOz
07-10-2010, 05:05 PM
Woo Hoo, congrat's. Gosh there are going to be a lot of Aussies and Kiwi's at WDW in Sept/Oct! It's the place to be :thumbsup2 Anyone who is anyone will be at WDW in Sept/Oct :lmao:

I'm glad that your DS took it well :) Maybe he has visions of a pretty good welcome home/from the trip gift when you get home :rotfl: Is he making a list?

Yes. Just as well I'm planning on being in Epcot for some of my time...

1. Bakugan from Japan
2. Bakugan from Japan
3. Bakugan from Japan

:rotfl2:

zaccy
07-10-2010, 07:03 PM
I'm on the list for Sept/Oct 2010 Planners!

Hubby will be heading to WDW from 23 Oct - 27 Oct for a 3 day conference, staying at CSR. Afterwhich, he'll be heading to Silicon Valley from 27 - 29 Oct. Arriving home on the 31 Oct.

My equation is 2 days flying for 6 days in the US :woohoo:.

I just need to buy a plane ticket for me....but I'll have to wait to see which flights hubby books on....

Now. I. just. need. to. tell. the. young. boy. he's. not. going!

Anyone know a good way to spring this "surprise" on to him??? :teeth:

(Just kidding....I've already broken the bad news to him...he took it surprisingly well).

Congratulations Princess in Oz :banana::banana::banana:

Happy offical planning for the now happening trip :rotfl:

aussietravellers
07-10-2010, 09:02 PM
Yes. Just as well I'm planning on being in Epcot for some of my time...

1. Bakugan from Japan
2. Bakugan from Japan
3. Bakugan from Japan

:rotfl2:

Yes I completely understand this. My DS loves Bakugan too. I showed him the photo of your son at Japan with the Bakugan display from your trip report when you posted it and he said "oh sick". When we were at DL in December we had to take a special trip to Toys r us and he filled his trolley (well almost). They are just such ridiculously expensive things for what they are (I think anyway :rotfl: but my DS does not seem to think that). He loves gormitis too, which we haven't found here, he bought them in Europe and also in the US and there is a new DS game for the gormitis coming out when we are in the US so he's excited about that.

So we will be stocking up on Bakugan and Gormitis. He's been saving his money to stock up :lmao:

Brookspayne
07-11-2010, 12:46 AM
Thanks all for the great info. Booked AKL early in Dec (DVC member and home resort) requested a savannah view with points. Queenie, thanks for the advice on asking for a room near the lifts, first thing I will do when we arrive. As to the groceries, decided we will buy on resort, only 2 of us and we plan to spend most of the time at the Epcot for Food and Wine Festival, booked a few restaurants, Rose & Crown twice, DH favorite. As to the cruises, just started to explore. thanks for the links, there is so much to read on the DISBoards for info on the excursions, planning to do a lot of them by ourselves, DCL excursions booked are one in Florence and Tunis, going to cancel Naples, from the boards it seems easy to do Pompeii by ourselves. Only disappointment so far is not being able to book Brunch at Palo on WBTA. Thanks to everyone on your tips makes planning these Disney trips so much easier.

paulasillars
07-11-2010, 03:57 AM
Only disappointment so far is not being able to book Brunch at Palo on WBTA. Thanks to everyone on your tips makes planning these Disney trips so much easier.

My understanding is that its typical for the longer cruises but you shouldn't have any issues booking once on board.

Brookspayne
07-11-2010, 05:43 AM
I hope so, also want to try and book High Tea but not sure if this is being done on the WBTA. Annual pass for WDW, last item on my list - finally sorted and paid for tonight (just in case the aussie dollars drops again this week). Nothing else to do except finish planning the excursions and of course how am I going to fit all my clothes and shoes into one case.

paulasillars
07-12-2010, 02:19 AM
I hope so, also want to try and book High Tea but not sure if this is being done on the WBTA. Annual pass for WDW, last item on my list - finally sorted and paid for tonight (just in case the aussie dollars drops again this week). Nothing else to do except finish planning the excursions and of course how am I going to fit all my clothes and shoes into one case.

If you figure that out, let me know - I've packed and repacked already and still have stuff to go in. We are away for 4 weeks and I keep having to remind myself I'll simply have to do some washing while we are away :rotfl:

Do you find the WBTA cruise thread (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2495551)? They are a very friendly bunch so just feel to jump in any time! There is still time to sign up for the FE gifts and other activities such as a chocolate/candy swap (lots of countries represented).

Brookspayne
07-12-2010, 03:30 AM
If you figure that out, let me know - I've packed and repacked already and still have stuff to go in. We are away for 4 weeks and I keep having to remind myself I'll simply have to do some washing while we are away :rotfl:

Do you find the WBTA cruise thread (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2495551)? They are a very friendly bunch so just feel to jump in any time! There is still time to sign up for the FE gifts and other activities such as a chocolate/candy swap (lots of countries represented).
Found the WBTA thread - thanks for the link, so much to read, moment I go back there another 5 pages have been added. Don't think we will be doing the FE gifts, no time as we are leaving for our holidays in August. Finally decided on getting another suitcase because no matter how much I try, all my stuff will not fit into one.

paulasillars
07-12-2010, 04:54 AM
Start at page one of the thread - there is all sorts there. It does move pretty quick. There are a lot of activities planned but you can pick and choose what suits. I really recommend you see if you can jump in a bit as I've found on previous cruises, its been the people that have been more the lasting memory than the trip itself.

kyl
07-16-2010, 03:38 AM
Hi all, we are travelling to orlando on the 19th sept now after our flights had to be changed due to delta changing their flights which would of made us stop over in Atlanta and added a few hours to our time! Never mind we get to leave a day early now:goodvibes:goodvibes Just woundering if anyone else has done the long flight with v australia:confused3. We leave Sydney at 8.30pm arrive in LAX at 5.10pm then have a wait until 9.15pm and arrive orlando at approx 5am. We will have three children with us ages 3yrs, 7yrs and 11yrs. I guess I am a little worried about how they will hold up, any suggestions on what to do with our four hour wait in LAX would be greatly appreciated. And any one who has done this flight any input about it would be great. Many Thanks my fellow disney lovers.......p.s. we couldn't help it we have also booked disneyland for a couple of days prior to going home:rotfl::rotfl:

aussietravellers
07-16-2010, 04:17 AM
Hi all, we are travelling to orlando on the 19th sept now after our flights had to be changed due to delta changing their flights which would of made us stop over in Atlanta and added a few hours to our time! Never mind we get to leave a day early now:goodvibes:goodvibes Just woundering if anyone else has done the long flight with v australia:confused3. We leave Sydney at 8.30pm arrive in LAX at 5.10pm then have a wait until 9.15pm and arrive orlando at approx 5am. We will have three children with us ages 3yrs, 7yrs and 11yrs. I guess I am a little worried about how they will hold up, any suggestions on what to do with our four hour wait in LAX would be greatly appreciated. And any one who has done this flight any input about it would be great. Many Thanks my fellow disney lovers.......p.s. we couldn't help it we have also booked disneyland for a couple of days prior to going home:rotfl::rotfl:

I think the hardest part of your journey will be arriving in Orlando at 5am and not being able to check into the hotel until 3pm after about 24hrs of travelling :scared1: You won't get to your resort until maybe 6.30am and if you are lucky maybe they will have your room ready early but if not then you will all be tired and having to hang around until 3pm, :upsidedow . Is the Magical Express service operating at that hour? Or are you taking a town car or taxi or renting a car? We usually pay for the hotel room from the night before so that the room is ready when we check in when we arrive that early in the morning as that is the hard part for us.

The 4 hours in LAX will go quickly as you need to get off the plane and go through customs, then you may need to change terminals as VAustralia usually arrives at the Tom Bradley terminal (departs from terminal 3 usually) and Delta usually flies out of terminal 5. So you can take some time up by taking the shuttle between terminals or you can walk, it isn't very far. Then when you get to the other terminal you will have to go through security, then maybe get some dinner. Hopefully you will get some sleep on the flight from Sydney, my son usually sleeps the whole way on the plane, I on the other hand do not sleep at all (even on a long flight to Europe).

lovintheland
07-16-2010, 04:21 AM
HI Kyl,

I really don't think you will have to wait that long by the time you get off and the next boarding time etc. Maybe time to get something to eat, stretch etc. There really isn't much to do at LAX and you don't have enough time to go anywhere. I feel like I deserve a gold medal just surviving the 14 hr flight with my 3 without travelling any further.

Think that's why I'm not interested in WDW at this point in time. But really your wait is bearable in the scheme of things :confused3

kyl
07-16-2010, 06:38 AM
Thanks guys, yes I think you are right about the early morning arrival. I will call disney now and try and organize at least one of our rooms for early check in at pop century. I hope the magical express is running at that time didn't even think of that. Must call now. Thanks guys appreciate all your help.:thumbsup2:thumbsup2

kyl
07-16-2010, 07:06 AM
O.K so just called disney and paid for one of our rooms from the 19th so that when we get there at around 6.30am we will have at least one room and cross our fingers that the second is also ready:worship:Husband very kindly offered to sleep on the floor until it does:lmao::lmao:Yeah right!:rotfl2:Also the magical express does operate at that time of the day:thumbsup2 So all is good. Just that wait at LAX concerns me, but as you have all said by the time we get our bags and go through customs then onto terminal 5 at least an hour would of gone by.

DizOz
07-17-2010, 07:25 PM
Kyl,

The last 2 times I have flown into LA I have had to wait around for a connecting flight. The first time was 5 1/2 hours and last time 3 hours. I got through immigration and customs and dropped my bags off at the transfer area in around 45 minutes. The newly designed immigration area seems to move people through a lot quicker. Insetad of one line it is designed like a shopping centre checkout with many smaller lines. Trcik is the pick the right one.

LAX is a pretty boring and uncomfortable place to wait. Suggest you have plenty of things to do for the kids and yourself as walks and eating takes up surprising very little time. It seemed to me like the clock ticks two minutes forward and one back.

Great move bocking the room early, you would have kicked yourself when you got there and you chose not to.

kyl
07-17-2010, 08:03 PM
Thanks DizOz, yes I am thinking of taking colouring in books etc..We went to LAX last year but got off there for a week before going to NYC. So no where near as long a wait. But even waiting for our flight home to Sydney there I remember thinking Sydney airport has more to do than LAX! Just thought if there was a kids play area around somewhere in the airport it would of been a god sent. Never mind

Oz-kateer
07-31-2010, 07:50 AM
Hi all, we are travelling to orlando on the 19th sept now after our flights had to be changed due to delta changing their flights which would of made us stop over in Atlanta and added a few hours to our time! Never mind we get to leave a day early now:goodvibes:goodvibes Just woundering if anyone else has done the long flight with v australia:confused3. We leave Sydney at 8.30pm arrive in LAX at 5.10pm then have a wait until 9.15pm and arrive orlando at approx 5am. We will have three children with us ages 3yrs, 7yrs and 11yrs. I guess I am a little worried about how they will hold up, any suggestions on what to do with our four hour wait in LAX would be greatly appreciated. And any one who has done this flight any input about it would be great. Many Thanks my fellow disney lovers.......p.s. we couldn't help it we have also booked disneyland for a couple of days prior to going home:rotfl::rotfl:

I have done both the Delta SYD-LAX-ATL-MCO (leave SYD in the morning, arriving MCO in the evening) and a flight that left SYD in the evening and arrived at MCO at the crack of dawn.

Even with a extra couple of hours layover in ATL, which by the way isn't a bad airport at all - much nicer than LAX with lots to look at including the Martin Luther King exhibition - it was far more comfortable arriving in Orlando in the evening and going straight to the hotel, knowing I would definitely be able to check in, have a shower, have dinner, then go to bed and hit the parks fresh the next day. Trying to drag yourself and the kids around the parks for a whole day after stepping off a 24 hours flight without much sleep and no shower and feeling skuzzy was no fun. Never again. What a wasted day that was.

A 3 to 4 hour layover at LAX isn't 3 to 4 hours of sitting around, as you have to clear immigration and customs and then take your bags to the transfer area, and then go back in through security for the domestic flight to MCO. That takes awhile. Once you're back inside, if you have any spare time you can always sit in a cafe, or look in the shops, even with the kids in tow.

However this year, in Sept we are going Delta again but aren't going via ATL as there is a connecting direct flight to MCO that leaves LAX about 3 hours after we land. I am surprised that you weren't offered this option? It was actually cheaper than the route via ATL. Leaves SYD at about 9.45am and gets into MCO at about 6pm local times.

By the way the Magical Express runs all day and night - it's just that late at night into the very early morning there is no luggage service. Personally, I've never tried the luggage service option as I find it easy enough to just collect my own bags from the carousel and take it with me on the ME. That way when you arrive at the hotel you've got your stuff.

Hope things pan out for you.

aussietravellers
08-01-2010, 03:30 AM
So exciting! Sept/Oct Planners we are getting so close :yay::yay::yay:

One thing we always do when we are getting close is check out what movies will be playing during our flights. Have just checked Qantas and they have the September schedule up already :cool1:

kyl
08-01-2010, 04:14 AM
:thumbsup2I have done both the Delta SYD-LAX-ATL-MCO (leave SYD in the morning, arriving MCO in the evening) and a flight that left SYD in the evening and arrived at MCO at the crack of dawn.

Even with a extra couple of hours layover in ATL, which by the way isn't a bad airport at all - much nicer than LAX with lots to look at including the Martin Luther King exhibition - it was far more comfortable arriving in Orlando in the evening and going straight to the hotel, knowing I would definitely be able to check in, have a shower, have dinner, then go to bed and hit the parks fresh the next day. Trying to drag yourself and the kids around the parks for a whole day after stepping off a 24 hours flight without much sleep and no shower and feeling skuzzy was no fun. Never again. What a wasted day that was.

A 3 to 4 hour layover at LAX isn't 3 to 4 hours of sitting around, as you have to clear immigration and customs and then take your bags to the transfer area, and then go back in through security for the domestic flight to MCO. That takes awhile. Once you're back inside, if you have any spare time you can always sit in a cafe, or look in the shops, even with the kids in tow.

However this year, in Sept we are going Delta again but aren't going via ATL as there is a connecting direct flight to MCO that leaves LAX about 3 hours after we land. I am surprised that you weren't offered this option? It was actually cheaper than the route via ATL. Leaves SYD at about 9.45am and gets into MCO at about 6pm local times.

By the way the Magical Express runs all day and night - it's just that late at night into the very early morning there is no luggage service. Personally, I've never tried the luggage service option as I find it easy enough to just collect my own bags from the carousel and take it with me on the ME. That way when you arrive at the hotel you've got your stuff.

Hope things pan out for you.

Thank you so much for your replies, they have been very helpful especially you oz kateer! ;) We have got the early flight now so will arrive at around 5am orlando time:scared1: But I am happy because it means less travelling and hours spend at the airport:thumbsup2 Flight center finally changed our flights so we don't have to go via Atlanta ya....so we will only have four hours now to fill in at LAX. Just hoping the kids hold up, we have booked our room one day early so we can check in straight away and sleep. I plan to sleep until around midday then have a swim late lunch. I have booked whispering canyon for dinner at around 8pm, don't know if that is a good idea or if we should just hang out around POP for the day. Any tips on that would be good! We then plan to start a fresh the next morning and do epcot:thumbsup2. Has anyone tried to ajust their body clock prior to leaving? I am thinking I might try it with the kids as we leave late on Sunday night. So thinking after school on friday they can stay up all night:laughing: Well as late as their little bodies will let them and then let them sleep in on Sat. Doing the same again on Sat night, well thats the plan anyway. Thinking about getting the train into the airport. Has anyone done this or do you think it would be safer via taxi? We live about 45min train ride away from the international airport at Sydney with six of us I thought this might be exciting for the kids and wear them out a little maybe just maybe it might:worship: Loving this thread and sharing some magic with my fellow Aussies.

kyl
08-01-2010, 04:18 AM
So exciting! Sept/Oct Planners we are getting so close :yay::yay::yay:

One thing we always do when we are getting close is check out what movies will be playing during our flights. Have just checked Qantas and they have the September schedule up already :cool1:

Good advice I am going to V australia right now:thumbsup2 Just hope you didn't get a row in 77 economy. We did last year with qantas on the A380. Only four t.v. not to work you guessed it ours. They tried to re-boot it a thousand times but it didn't work. So I guess if your in that row by an chance just change it just in case. Although I am sure they have fixed the problem by now;)

Oz-kateer
08-01-2010, 10:45 AM
Kyl - with regard to getting to the airport - a train might be a hassle with kids and luggage, you will have to change trains at some point - and it's not really all that cheap. A taxi would be a good option but a 45 minute ride might break the bank. Have you thought of a shuttle service? They will pick you and your luggage up from your house and drop you at the airport, for a set price, so no shocks and no messing about changing trains, hauling luggage etc.

I am lucky I live just a few minutes from Sydney airport - oftentimes I end up "babysitting" friends cars as they drive and park at my place and I drop them at the the terminal!

I have found there's not a whole lot of use trying to beat jetlag early by adjusting your body clock before you leave. The long haul 24 hour flight will screw things up anyway. Just wing it until you get there. For some reason when travelling to the US from Australia it isn't all that hard to hit your stride and adjust to the time difference pretty quickly. It's part physical yes, but also part psychological - when it's daylight and things are jumping you want to be awake, when things are dark and quiet you slow down.

Ms. Shuttergirl
08-03-2010, 08:41 AM
So excited. The dates for the Dessert party have been extended until December so I was able to get tickets for Wed 29 September. I'm really thrilled as this is our first night in WDW and I think it will be a lovely way to enjoy the fireworks and to celebrate being there.

aussietravellers
08-03-2010, 03:34 PM
So excited. The dates for the Dessert party have been extended until December so I was able to get tickets for Wed 29 September. I'm really thrilled as this is our first night in WDW and I think it will be a lovely way to enjoy the fireworks and to celebrate being there.

:woohoo: That is so exciting!!!! Congratulations.

I tried last week for the 24th and the 27th September and there wasn't anything available :sad1: So I was planning on trying again this week. But I may call tonight and see about the 24th and 27th again but if they are full try for the 29th if there was space there. We just have a 6.50pm dinner at Le Cellier on the 29th so will either have to cancel that or run from there over to MK to make dessert, oh boy would we have full tummies that night :rotfl2:

Ms. Shuttergirl
08-03-2010, 04:27 PM
:woohoo: That is so exciting!!!! Congratulations.

I tried last week for the 24th and the 27th September and there wasn't anything available :sad1: So I was planning on trying again this week. But I may call tonight and see about the 24th and 27th again but if they are full try for the 29th if there was space there. We just have a 6.50pm dinner at Le Cellier on the 29th so will either have to cancel that or run from there over to MK to make dessert, oh boy would we have full tummies that night :rotfl2:

I would definitely try and call them again. I must admit to being surprised that we got in so easily. I can't wait.

aussietravellers
08-06-2010, 06:50 AM
Have just make ADR's for the new restaurant at Epcot, Via Napoli. It has just opened and ADR's can be made online from today :cool1:

The food looks delicious, can't wait to try one of their pizzas, they don't look like the typical american pizza, they look like italian pizzas, YUM!

queenie82
08-06-2010, 07:42 AM
Have just make ADR's for the new restaurant at Epcot, Via Napoli. It has just opened and ADR's can be made online from today :cool1:

The food looks delicious, can't wait to try one of their pizzas, they don't look like the typical american pizza, they look like italian pizzas, YUM!
yes they look lovely!!!
I'm confused about how things work with the dining plan some of the pastas are quite expensive...and then there are the individual pizzas...but then could you get a bigger one between 2???
I'm very confused...

But is does look GREAT. I was a bit hesitant reading the first release of the menu.. but the pizzas look like PIZZAS!!!

Some links for those interested in what we are talking about...lol
http://www.wdwmagic.com/Dining/Via-Napoli/News/02Aug2010-Via-Napoli-opening-day-report-and-photos.htm
http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2010/08/via-napoli-at-epcot-now-thazza-pizza/
http://allears.net/menu/menu_vianap.htm

More links with food porn...
http://land.allears.net/blogs/jackspence/2010/08/via_napoli_1.html
http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2010/08/a-grand-opening-for-via-napoli/

aussietravellers
08-06-2010, 07:57 AM
yes they look lovely!!!
I'm confused about how things work with the dining plan some of the pastas are quite expensive...and then there are the individual pizzas...but then could you get a bigger one between 2???
I'm very confused...

But is does look GREAT. I was a bit hesitant reading the first release of the menu.. but the pizzas look like PIZZAS!!!

Some links for those interested in what we are talking about...lol
http://www.wdwmagic.com/Dining/Via-Napoli/News/02Aug2010-Via-Napoli-opening-day-report-and-photos.htm
http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2010/08/via-napoli-at-epcot-now-thazza-pizza/
http://allears.net/menu/menu_vianap.htm

It's owned/run by the people who have Napoli at Disneyland and they have the best pizzas!
I read somewhere (can't remember where) that one dining credit will cover the individual pizza, the next size up will be two dining credits and the giant pizza will be 4 dining credits. On the WDW dining site it just says lunch one credit and dinner one credit. So don't know how they will work it for the larger pizzas. We are not on the dining plan, we will be using TIW, dining plan doesn't work for us.

I'll update once we've been :thumbsup2

Ms. Shuttergirl
08-06-2010, 05:52 PM
I am very nervous about how hot it is actually going to be:-

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2525810

queenie82
08-06-2010, 06:35 PM
I am very nervous about how hot it is actually going to be:-

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2525810and that is why we go in December :rolleyes1

Ms. Shuttergirl
08-06-2010, 08:09 PM
and that is why we go in December :rolleyes1

Oh absolutely. That is when I want to go too. Hence the "dream ticker" at the bottom of my signature :lmao:.

But when my DH said yes to this impromptu trip for September, who was I to say no and disappoint him :rotfl2::rotfl2:

Ms. Shuttergirl
08-09-2010, 03:25 AM
Wow, not long to go now for so many of us. It's going to be awfully quiet in this section through Sept/Oct :rotfl:

kyl
08-09-2010, 06:26 AM
I know Ms. Shuttergirl, We are counting down the days here. 40 days to go tomorrow! I love the lead up to going on holidays. Wow you are going again next year....how long are you planing on going for? Thats the only problem with disney once you have experienced the magic its hard not to start planing.

kyl
08-10-2010, 03:49 AM
I am very nervous about how hot it is actually going to be:-

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2525810

Oh no I just read that link Ms. Shuttergirl:scared1: Although I thought I would post on here that someone on that link suggest for kids in strollers to buy a stroller fan. Since I am going to hire a double stroller I just brought two, from the sounds of things it sounds like money well spent. I got them from gear4baby.com.au if anyone wants to get one. They were only $12.95 each plus p&h. I will be happy if I have wasted my money and we don't need to use them though;) The cm I talked to on the phone last said that is should cool down a little by the time late Sept is here:confused3

Ms. Shuttergirl
08-10-2010, 04:18 AM
Oh no I just read that link Ms. Shuttergirl:scared1: Although I thought I would post on here that someone on that link suggest for kids in strollers to buy a stroller fan. Since I am going to hire a double stroller I just brought two, from the sounds of things it sounds like money well spent. I got them from gear4baby.com.au if anyone wants to get one. They were only $12.95 each plus p&h. I will be happy if I have wasted my money and we don't need to use them though;) The cm I talked to on the phone last said that is should cool down a little by the time late Sept is here:confused3

Gosh I hope so.

Oz-kateer
08-10-2010, 08:50 AM
I know Ms. Shuttergirl, We are counting down the days here. 40 days to go tomorrow! I love the lead up to going on holidays. Wow you are going again next year....how long are you planing on going for? Thats the only problem with disney once you have experienced the magic its hard not to start planing.

We're about 42 days out now and the kids are super-excited. The youngest has already packed his in-flight bag.

As for the heat - we were there last year at the very end of Sept and the first 10 days of October and it was hot hot hot! In the 90's most days. I was surprised. We were able to swim well into the wee small hours of the morning and the weather was great - very sunny. Only rained once, for about half an hour one afternoon. But if you plan your day carefully, there are a lot of indoors things to do during the heat of the day.

kyl
08-10-2010, 04:16 PM
We're about 42 days out now and the kids are super-excited. The youngest has already packed his in-flight bag.

As for the heat - we were there last year at the very end of Sept and the first 10 days of October and it was hot hot hot! In the 90's most days. I was surprised. We were able to swim well into the wee small hours of the morning and the weather was great - very sunny. Only rained once, for about half an hour one afternoon. But if you plan your day carefully, there are a lot of indoors things to do during the heat of the day.

Thanks Oz-kateer, its good to know that I brought those stroller fans then sounds like we will need them:thumbsup2. I am planning on doing early mornings like when the parks open leaving the resort one hour prior. Then staying until lunch straight after lunch going back to the resort for a swim and sleep for mr three year old. I thought then we can head back into the parks around the 4pm mark or so and stay until closing. This way the main heat of the day we should be either in the pool or in our air-con room. Well thats the plan......

Ms. Shuttergirl
08-10-2010, 07:16 PM
Thanks Oz-kateer, its good to know that I brought those stroller fans then sounds like we will need them:thumbsup2. I am planning on doing early mornings like when the parks open leaving the resort one hour prior. Then staying until lunch straight after lunch going back to the resort for a swim and sleep for mr three year old. I thought then we can head back into the parks around the 4pm mark or so and stay until closing. This way the main heat of the day we should be either in the pool or in our air-con room. Well thats the plan......

This is pretty much our plan too, although we all plan to nap :rotfl:.

I think we may be leaving the same day as your Oz-kateer, we go 22 Sept

Oz-kateer
08-10-2010, 07:23 PM
We're flying out early in the morning of 23rd, get to Orlando about 6pm on 23rd. That flying day is like groundhog day, it just goes on and on and on - from when you get up at 5am or whatever on 23rd to get to the airport on time, fly and fly 24 hours, and arrive and it's only just early evening and you still have a whole night ahead of you.... very weird.

Not as bad as Hawaii thought - that really is groundhog day. You get out of bed on, say, Monday morning, go to the airport and fly for 9 hours and arrive in Honolulu and it's Sunday evening, you go to the hotel, have dinner, go to bed, have a full night's sleep and then you wake up again - on Monday morning. :rolleyes1

Ms. Shuttergirl
08-10-2010, 07:51 PM
Hahahahaha, I love that movie. Bill Murray cracks me up.

Yep, we fly out of Canberra at 6am and arrive NY at 5pm the same day LOL

Ms. Shuttergirl
08-11-2010, 04:49 PM
I'm not sure what I was thinking. We hate the heat and humidity. Yikes:-

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2530640

Travel Mum
08-11-2010, 05:16 PM
Wow, it sounds awful and we'll be there the first two weeks of October next year so the beginning of October sounds just as bad as September! I wasn't really expecting that weather for October :scared1: However, we are really looking forward to the waterparks and I certainly want it to be hot enough to enjoy them so I guess we can't have it both ways :)

aussietravellers
08-11-2010, 06:06 PM
I'm not sure what I was thinking. We hate the heat and humidity. Yikes:-

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2530640

I honestly don't think it's going to be that bad. I have had friends who have been at that time of year and they said that yes, its warm but no worse than here in the summer and it's just like a nice summer day here. June July and August are their hottest months so September I think will be quite bearable. They also have afternoon storms which cool things down.

Remember that a lot of what you are reading from people posting there are from those who live in cooler climates and not be used to humidity, like I have been reading over the months of planning that September in NY is "warm". Well I did some research about a month ago to see exactly how "warm" NY was going to be. I knew Orlando would be "warm/hot" so I was not planning on taking any clothes for cooler weather, I was planning on us all wearing shorts and capris, tshirts/polos in both places. I was only going to take one pair of jeans each for the plane there and back. Well "warm" in NY is a top of 24 degrees with lows of down to about 10 degrees :lmao: That for me is not warm, that is cool :rotfl: It isn't freezing (well 10 degrees is) but it's certainly not shorts and tshirt weather, it's jeans and a long top, maybe a cardigan or a light jacket in the shade and evenings.

When we last went to Orlando it was May again "warm" and I had heard and read how hot and humid Orlando was. Well about four days we had a TOP of 12 degrees :lmao: in Orlando. We were FREEZING. We only had shorts other than one pair of jeans and it was miserable.

I just looked on weather underground and average top temp for late september is 28 degrees, maximum recorded for late September has been 32. So it's really not going to be that bad I don't think. We are expecting it to be hot but not unbearable heat. Maybe for those who live in areas where it doesn't even get to 28 degrees in the summer may have a problem but we have summer temps in the 30's and the mid to high 30's in the summer.

It will be great waterpark weather :thumbsup2

I am preparing to take a jumper or coat for the buses :rotfl2: The aircon on the buses is FREEZING. We would run to the back of the bus because the back seats are warmed by the engine, the buses were SO cold. They do have the aircon on pretty cold around the resorts too, so you will run from the hot outside to the freezing inside :lmao:

kyl
08-11-2010, 06:45 PM
I honestly don't think it's going to be that bad. I have had friends who have been at that time of year and they said that yes, its warm but no worse than here in the summer and it's just like a nice summer day here. June July and August are their hottest months so September I think will be quite bearable. They also have afternoon storms which cool things down.

Remember that a lot of what you are reading from people posting there are from those who live in cooler climates and not be used to humidity, like I have been reading over the months of planning that September in NY is "warm". Well I did some research about a month ago to see exactly how "warm" NY was going to be. I knew Orlando would be "warm/hot" so I was not planning on taking any clothes for cooler weather, I was planning on us all wearing shorts and capris, tshirts/polos in both places. I was only going to take one pair of jeans each for the plane there and back. Well "warm" in NY is a top of 24 degrees with lows of down to about 10 degrees :lmao: That for me is not warm, that is cool :rotfl: It isn't freezing (well 10 degrees is) but it's certainly not shorts and tshirt weather, it's jeans and a long top, maybe a cardigan or a light jacket in the shade and evenings.

When we last went to Orlando it was May again "warm" and I had heard and read how hot and humid Orlando was. Well about four days we had a TOP of 12 degrees :lmao: in Orlando. We were FREEZING. We only had shorts other than one pair of jeans and it was miserable.

I just looked on weather underground and average top temp for late september is 28 degrees, maximum recorded for late September has been 32. So it's really not going to be that bad I don't think. We are expecting it to be hot but not unbearable heat. Maybe for those who live in areas where it doesn't even get to 28 degrees in the summer may have a problem but we have summer temps in the 30's and the mid to high 30's in the summer.

It will be great waterpark weather :thumbsup2

I am preparing to take a jumper or coat for the buses :rotfl2: The aircon on the buses is FREEZING. We would run to the back of the bus because the back seats are warmed by the engine, the buses were SO cold. They do have the aircon on pretty cold around the resorts too, so you will run from the hot outside to the freezing inside :lmao:

Thank you so much for posting this info, you have put my mind at rest. You are right we went to NYC in June last year their summer. It was jeans and t-shirt weather, certainly not shorts for us Aussies. I would of said the temp was around the 24 degree mark. It more that it will be humid from what I have read in orlando that scares me:scared1:But like you said it will be great swiming weather, we can't have it all.

Ms. Shuttergirl
08-11-2010, 07:04 PM
I agree, New York won't be a problem at all. We were there in Oct last year and it was mild weather. 3/4's and t-shirts everyday.

It's the humidity of Orlando I'm nervous about. We don't get humidity here in Canberra but when we have been to the Sunshine coast we have experienced it a little and when I was younger spent a fair bit of time over on the Central coast of WA and felt HUMIDITY :eek:.

I don't want to feel like it's so hot and humid that we can't move and do things. That sort of humidity scares me. But yeah, if it's just 30 degrees and sunny I can handle that.

Oz-kateer
08-11-2010, 07:06 PM
If you live in Australia (maybe except Tassie) then you'll survive Florida no worries.

It's just that going directly from our mild-ish spring straight into the heat can be a bit of a shock for the first couple of days. But Florida is well air-conditioned. And the crowds were not too bad, making it bearable. We had a couple of days where it was 98/98 (degrees, humidity) in early October - I was there the same week as the poster in the other thread and it was mighty hot - but on both these days we went to a water park one day, and on the other it was EMH at Epcot until midnight so we delayed leaving the hotel until about 3pm and that did us just fine. The rest of the time it was hot, but nothing more than summer here gets.

Just drink drink drink and you'll be okay. There are plenty of air-conditioned places to go to escape if things get too much.

One weird thing I did notice though was that the sun doesn't seem to burn you as much or as quickly as it does down here - the heat is definitely there but it doesn't scorch you like it does here. I'm seriously fair skinned and can get burned hanging out the washing - one day in FL I just simply forgot to put sunscreen on myself and all I got was a bit pink around the shoulders. At home I would have been fried.

kyl
08-11-2010, 07:17 PM
Is the water o.k to drink at WDW? I have seen that a lot of people are ordering water to be delivered to their resort. I have ordered 7 cases now thinking how hot it might be between the six of us for 2wks I think we will go through it. Each case has 24 bottles, so worked it out to be two bottles each day plus our resort mug. Oh and I just ordered the DVDs from Amazon! They look great. I hope they get here soon though, I ordered priority shipping (the second option). Anyone know? It has been great sharing in the excitement with you ladies.

Oz-kateer
08-11-2010, 08:07 PM
The water in Florida is ok, and there are dozens of chilled filtered water fountains at the parks - we just took one empty plastic bottle each and filled them up. Also, any food outlet will give you a cup of iced water for free, any time.

I really don't know why the Americans buy water by the truckload to take to Florida, because if you take the water to the parks you have to consider two things - first, water is heavy. Second, the water gets very warm being carried in your bag all day and tastes awful.

If you want a few bottles for your hotel, that's okay, but I wouldn't get obsessed with buying caseloads to take into the parks. You can use your resort mug to get iced water when you're at the hotel.

PS: Just got an email from Amazon, my DVDs have been shipped.

kyl
08-11-2010, 08:12 PM
Thx oz-kateer, I thought there must of been something wrong with it the way people order it? I am happy to take my resort mug and get it filled at the hotel. I think maybe I will change my order to just one case to have in the room. You just saved me about $30USD. Thanks!

kyl
08-11-2010, 08:14 PM
O.k so I have read this book called birth order, and I am thinking that most of us on here must be first born due to how organised we like to be am I right?

Oz-kateer
08-11-2010, 08:23 PM
Yes, guilty. Oldest child.

I'm relatively organised in real life, but when it comes to travel, I go all out. I don't plan the toilet breaks (I'm not that OCD about it) but I have found if you plan ahead a bit you have a better time. I have tried travelling by the seat of my pants and while that's ok if you're an adult on your own, if you have kids in tow, planning works better.

Plus it's so FUN to plan for holidays like this! YOu get exciting reading about it.

kyl
08-11-2010, 08:35 PM
I am so with you on that one. Once you have kids you really need to organise everything prior to leaving so that everyone has a good time. My hubby is a last born, easy going non planing type. We all know that type! If he booked this holiday we would just show up with no ADRs no park tickets oh I could only imagine it! The difference is like you guys I get excited about doing this stuff (typical eldest child ). I had to laugh when I saw Ms. Suttergirls list of things to take away, this is so me to a tea. I even have word documents made up with what we are doing on what day and printed them off and given them to those who can read going with us (mr three can't read yet). I have printed of information and posted it to my mother in law on the north coast as she is coming with us. Its FUN ! What will I do when we get back......plan another I think although the bank balance may say something different.

Travel Mum
08-11-2010, 08:58 PM
O.k so I have read this book called birth order, and I am thinking that most of us on here must be first born due to how organised we like to be am I right?

Ha, ha, yes, I'm an oldest child too :rotfl:

Ms. Shuttergirl
08-11-2010, 09:18 PM
It's too complicated a story but I'm kind of a 1st born.

I am definitely a planner and really find spontaneity overrated :rotfl2:.

When I came back from our trip last year I had the blues so bad because I didn't have anything to plan. I stayed away from the Dis until January. Then I just decided to start planning a trip that didn't exist yet and I knew somehow the universal would just give me one :lmao:. And now look at me, 41 sleeps to go.

Kyl - how have you set out your per day sheets? Care to share?

kyl
08-11-2010, 09:30 PM
It's too complicated a story but I'm kind of a 1st born.

I am definitely a planner and really find spontaneity overrated :rotfl2:.

When I came back from our trip last year I had the blues so bad because I didn't have anything to plan. I stayed away from the Dis until January. Then I just decided to start planning a trip that didn't exist yet and I knew somehow the universal would just give me one :lmao:. And now look at me, 41 sleeps to go.

Kyl - how have you set out your per day sheets? Care to share?

I knew you would of been a first born or eldest child figure in the family:lmao:What I did was one sheet with all our flights and dates to different places, after disneyworld mother in law is going home and we will fly back with her to LAX. See she gets the plane and stay o/night then onto san-fran and yosmite national park from there we plan on driving back to anaheim and spending a few nights at disneyland at the Howard johnson hotel. I have two plastic sleeve folders one with our disneyworld stuff and the other with all our other part of the holiday. O.k so you will all laugh.....I have in my disneyworld folder. Page one is a printed sheet with each day dated and what park and ADRs we have for that day I also typed in the park hours for that day and if there are magic hours. I also printed of my confirmation reservations and put them in daily order so I can prove our reservations if need be:surfweb:. I couldn't sleep at night about a week ago thinking how many bits of paper I have in the filing draw so had to put it into a folder in order and now feel much better:rotfl:
We have two days on our way back from yosmite to anaheim were I have not booked anything:scared1:This is so not me but DH wants to leave it that way so that if we see some town we like we can stay there overnight. Plus we want to do the drive on the coast so it will be nice but I am hoping we will find hotels along the way:confused3 I have booked the car though so I guess if worse comes to worse we will be sleeping in it:rotfl2:

Ms. Shuttergirl
08-11-2010, 09:42 PM
I totally keep everything a folder.

Last time, we were doing so many pre-organised things it was crazy. I had everything in it's own plastic sleeve, and everything in the exact order that we were doing it down to the smallest detail :lmao:.

I have a folder again this time but since our trip isn't quite as "micro-managed" I don't have quite as much in it but I haven't started planning out in detail in day of WDW yet :rotfl:.

kyl
08-11-2010, 09:49 PM
I noticed on one of your post Ms.Shuttergirl that you have ordered some washing sheets, have you used them before. I saw them on green grocer and ordered some but don't know how well they will wash:confused3 Great idea though saves risking power all through the bag;)
Yep like you each day is a new sleeve in my folder. We have some friends coming along at the same time as well. She booked there accomodation and up graded to the ddp. Then that was it:scared1: I was like noooooooo you need to make ADRs she was up all night a few weeks back booking it all she had no idea she just though you showed up to where ever you wanted to eat and got in:scared1: Boy I was nearly having a heart attack and it wasn't even my ADRs I had already booked ours:thumbsup2

Oz-kateer
08-11-2010, 09:54 PM
When I came back from our trip last year I had the blues so bad because I didn't have anything to plan. I stayed away from the Dis until January. Then I just decided to start planning a trip that didn't exist yet and I knew somehow the universal would just give me one :lmao:. And now look at me, 41 sleeps to go.

Absolutely agree - treat trips to Disney like the basball team in Field of Dreams - build it, and they will come.

Our trip last year was a bit like that, I just had a thought out of the blue one day - I'd like to take DS to Disney. I had no idea how much it would cost or what was what as it had been so long since I'd been there. So I started to look into it, had to find out about costs, flights, bookings etc. The Sept/Oct school holidays seemed lilke the best time to go. But I have just bought a house and didn't have enough money right then to do it.

And then suddenly it all locked into place - Delta started flying to SYD and created a huge price war, fares went way low, Disney announced free dining and overnight it all became very affordable. And I alreday had it planned, so a few phone calls and online bookings was all it took and we were off!

This one we are about to embark on was pretty much the same - I thought since I now have all the kids with me full time I'd like to take them ALL, so I played around wondering "I wonder how much?" and the jump in cost from 2 to 5 really wasn't as much as I thought. Free dining was more economical than a room discount. So I thought I'd maybe keep it in the back of my mind to do it next year, but I was worried as the kids are in high school and will be nearing HSC exams in Sept 2011.

Then the tax man sent me a nice surprise in April as my tax agent had been making an error for the last three years, and so my return was about 8 times as much as I was expecting. Suddenly - we could go. And again, because I'd alreday done the planning, going ahead and booking was just a matter of a few calls.

Ms. Shuttergirl
08-11-2010, 10:00 PM
Oz-kateer, glad to hear someone else thinks like me and so excited for you that it all came together. Yay!!!!

aussietravellers
08-11-2010, 11:53 PM
Just arrived home after being out all day (and am about to leave again for school pickup) and guess what was waiting for me. The DVD's :cool1: I also got the Kingdom Kingdom books for my DS.

I'm a first child too and Ms.Shuttergirl that is so funny that you mention the folder. This morning whilst I was waiting for a friend to go out, I printed up everything (etickets, booking confirmations, letters from Disney (we have some free vip fastpasses because of a problem we had, so need the letter with the details) etc). I got out my little folder and have organised it all. I will do a separate folder with all of my dining printouts (just incase one is autocancelled I will take along the proof that I made the ADR) and then I'll do another folder with printouts for coupons, maps, any other touristy info I may want, like lists of stores I may want to go to, or places to buy prepaid phones etc).

What's funny about that bottled water, is most of it that is sold in the parks isn't even spring water. It's like a treated water (can't remember the exact term), like that Dasani that is everywhere, you are paying for a bottle of basically purified tap water, I'd just sooner drink it from the tap. But I will be buying some bottled spring water for delivery in the room. But there isn't anything wrong with the Florida tap water :thumbsup2

kyl
08-12-2010, 05:24 PM
O.k so I am just as bad as you guys, I want to go on a disney crusie next time. But have kept this hush hush because DH would die if he knew I was even thinking it. I know it wont be for a couple of years but the new disney dream cruise looks so amazing. I think we all have disney fever. Its just so beautiful to see the childrens faces I love it. Haven't told them yet that I have ordered the DVDs will just surprize them when they turn up! Another good read from Amazon that I ordered like 9mths ago was the unoffical guide to WDW and I also ordered and read the unoffical guide to WDW with kids. They have some great advice you guys most likely have all read it if you are anything like me ......he he he

Travel Mum
08-12-2010, 08:21 PM
Yes, whilst I love Royal Caribbean cruises and we will be on Freedom of the Seas next year, I suspect that once I receive my DVD's from Amazon and watch the Disney cruise one, I'll be keen to try it too. With them now going to be cruising on the West Coast, it makes it far more realistic for us to get up to L.A. sometime in the next few years than it would be for us to get back to Florida. Plus Disney has some cabins that fit families-of-five so sounds good! :rotfl:

kyl
08-12-2010, 08:37 PM
I know getting it from LA will be much better than having to travel to orlando. Although I think disney should do an Australian cruise, then we could get on from here while everyone from America most likely will fly home..he he he

aussietravellers
08-12-2010, 08:42 PM
Although I think disney should do an Australian cruise, then we could get on from here while everyone from America most likely will fly home..he he he

Oh wouldn't that be FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!! :dance3:

kyl
08-12-2010, 09:16 PM
Was it you yesterday aussietravellers that got the dvd set, I can't keep up! We all seem to be getting it at once. Anyway if it was did you enjoy?

Travel Mum
08-12-2010, 09:46 PM
Oh wouldn't that be FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!! :dance3:

Yes it would (easy for us Kiwis to get to Oz)!! And, it's maybe even a possibility because the Disney boats aren't all that big compared to RCCL's mega liners who will never come all the way down here. Fingers crossed! :rotfl2:

aussietravellers
08-13-2010, 08:22 PM
Was it you yesterday aussietravellers that got the dvd set, I can't keep up! We all seem to be getting it at once. Anyway if it was did you enjoy?

Yes it was me :cool1:

They are just great. We have watched three of the six so far, we have watched the WDW behind the scenes, the WDW thrill ride one and the Animal Kingdom one.

They really get you all excited about the trip.

Thanks Ms.Shuttergirl for mentioning them :flower3:

Everybody waiting for theirs, I am sure you will love them.

kyl
08-13-2010, 09:21 PM
Can't wait to get the dvds now aussietravellers. Thats so funny you are first born as well, the book I read is so true. I think that 90% of us on here would be first borns as we love to be organised! We all actually enjoy it, which of course my last born husband just really doesn't get.

Ms. Shuttergirl
08-14-2010, 12:05 AM
Oh I'm so glad you loved it Aussietravellers. That makes me relieved :rotfl: and happy.

Didn't you just love all of the bits of info about when WDW was being built and the interviews with the Imagineers.

aussietravellers
08-14-2010, 12:24 AM
Oh I'm so glad you loved it Aussietravellers. That makes me relieved :rotfl: and happy.

Didn't you just love all of the bits of info about when WDW was being built and the interviews with the Imagineers.

Yes I really loved the interviews with the Imagineers! What was great too was that my DS does not like rollercoasters and he has it in his head that dark rides are scary rides. Last time we were there I could not get him on quite a few rides, including Dinosaur, the signs outside made him run away. Anyway after seeing the DVD's he can't wait to go on Dinosaur. Even splash mountain he would not go on through fear and seeing that on the DVD, he can't wait to go on that either, he said "thats not scary" and I said "I KNOW! thats what we were telling you!". So it's great we have lots more rides to go on this trip thanks to the DVD's. Annoying thing is, now he will go on these rides and I can not because of my neck :sad2: Oh Well!

What they need to do next is one for the resorts. I would love a resorts DVD or DVD's to see around the different resorts and how they were created.

I'm about to watch undiscovered Disney Parks :cool1:

Ms. Shuttergirl
08-14-2010, 12:30 AM
Yes I really loved the interviews with the Imagineers! What was great too was that my DS does not like rollercoasters and he has it in his head that dark rides are scary rides. Last time we were there I could not get him on quite a few rides, including Dinosaur, the signs outside made him run away. Anyway after seeing the DVD's he can't wait to go on Dinosaur. Even splash mountain he would not go on through fear and seeing that on the DVD, he can't wait to go on that either, he said "thats not scary" and I said "I KNOW! thats what we were telling you!". So it's great we have lots more rides to go on this trip thanks to the DVD's. Annoying thing is, now he will go on these rides and I can not because of my neck :sad2: Oh Well!

What they need to do next is one for the resorts. I would love a resorts DVD or DVD's to see around the different resorts and how they were created.

I'm about to watch undiscovered Disney Parks :cool1:

OMG, I totally agree about the Resorts one. I was really disappointed that there wasn't one. Now that would be awesome.

And I agree about seeing inside the rides, my kids have agreed to do splash this time, and Dinosaur as well as Big Thunder Mountain all from those DVD's

kyl
08-14-2010, 01:49 AM
I am so scared of heights, but love disney mainly because of the atmosphere and seeing my children enjoy the rides. I am thinking of doing big thunder mountain when we go as looking at my hubbys video he took while on the ride it doesn't look to bad. Any advice?

aussietravellers
08-14-2010, 01:52 AM
I am so scared of heights, but love disney mainly because of the atmosphere and seeing my children enjoy the rides. I am thinking of doing big thunder mountain when we go as looking at my hubbys video he took while on the ride it doesn't look to bad. Any advice?

Big Thunder isn't too bad :thumbsup2 There are not a lot of great heights in that ride. Go for it, its great fun :thumbsup2

Ms. Shuttergirl
08-14-2010, 02:39 AM
Kyl, you and I both. I have decided I will be giving Big Thunder a try this time. In fact I have decided to push myself slightly out of my comfort zone each day. When I was younger I used to go on roller coasters, nothing like Lethal Weapon at Movieworld but I've done the rollercoasters at Luna Park etc. But as I've gotten older it's almost like I've gotten more scared :lmao:.

This time my new rides will be BTMRR, Dinosaur, Test Track, Mission Space (the easy side), and if my confidence builds over the first week I will try Expedition Everest and Space Mountain.

aussietravellers
08-14-2010, 03:09 AM
Kyl, you and I both. I have decided I will be giving Big Thunder a try this time. In fact I have decided to push myself slightly out of my comfort zone each day. When I was younger I used to go on roller coasters, nothing like Lethal Weapon at Movieworld but I've done the rollercoasters at Luna Park etc. But as I've gotten older it's almost like I've gotten more scared :lmao:.

This time my new rides will be BTMRR, Dinosaur, Test Track, Mission Space (the easy side), and if my confidence builds over the first week I will try Expedition Everest and Space Mountain.

Thats one thing that I learnt on the DVD's.... that Mission Space has an easy side :cool1: I didn't know that. I am thinking I may be able to do that, I had almost ruled out most of the exciting rides. I won't get to do test track though because of my artery :sad1: and I really want to ride that, I will have to see how i feel as to wether I will give it a go. I just don't know what's classed as a not safe ride for me and what isn't :confused3.

Another really fun one is tower of terror. I was terrified but I have to say it was absolutely amazing! I virtually lost my voice from screaming so loud :rotfl2:

Ms. Shuttergirl
08-14-2010, 03:28 AM
Ummmmm, TOT...............not so much :rotfl2:

aussietravellers
08-14-2010, 03:38 AM
Ummmmm, TOT...............not so much :rotfl2:

Funny how things change as we get older. When I first went on TOT, I was... about 20. Now at almost 40...... not so keen to go on it. Although my excuse now is my torn artery, TOT has been said to have been the cause of a couple of torn arteries so won't be rushing on that this trip :lmao:

But when I was a child, we went to Disneyland a few times (first time was when I was 4) and my favourite rides were Matterhorn and Space Mountain, I would ride them over and over again. Now many years on, my favourite rides are Toy Story, Soarin and It's a small world :lmao:

kyl
08-14-2010, 10:13 PM
I saw a thing on test track on utube. I think I might just might be brave enough to try that as well. Anyone else done it?

PrincessInOz
08-15-2010, 04:34 AM
Test track is uber fun and not as bad as it seems. You accelerate very quickly from 0 to 60 mph in a very short time.

kyl
08-15-2010, 07:44 PM
It doesn't look like a rollercoaster kinda ride Test track that is so I think I will brave it princessinoz. It doesn't have any major drops in it does it? Thats what I hate, I was even in a panic on the pirates ride at disneyland last year when it dropped....I know I am a big baby.

PrincessInOz
08-16-2010, 04:48 AM
No major drops in Test Track. You sit in a 'car' and it goes over some bumps and curves before it hits the accelerator button. It's one of the few rides that takes a photo that you can add to your photopass.

Oz-kateer
08-16-2010, 05:18 AM
Test Track is great - not a rollercoaster at all.

You sit in a roofless simulated car, two rows of three and put on a seatbelt. There is room at your feet for a bag. Make sure you remove your hat and sunglasses and put them in your bag (or sit on your hat) before the ride starts as they will both fly off when the car goes on to the outside track and suddenly accelerates.

The story of the ride if that you are in a car being run through various methods of factory testing. You go around tight bends, go over bumpy "road", sudden braking, swirving around witches hats, extreme cold and heat etc. This all takes place indoors, and the speed of the ride varies. The car is on a track, which is reasonably flat.

At the end of the ride you go outside on to a track where the car accelerates very fast - it's exhilarating! The wind in your hair etc. Feels fantastic. The car then slows down and you go back down into the ride loading area to exit the vehicle.

My son and I rode TT over and over again and he was only 6 at the time - it's not scary.

Added: Try riding TT at night as well as during the day - the lights going by really fast look great.

Oz-kateer
08-16-2010, 05:28 AM
This time my new rides will be BTMRR, Dinosaur, Test Track, Mission Space (the easy side), and if my confidence builds over the first week I will try Expedition Everest and Space Mountain.

Take care with children on Dinosaur - it's dark and VERY loud. My son, who is a real daredevil and will give anything a go (including ToT), started crying towards the end and this is the only ride he has vowed never to go on again.

PrincessInOz
08-16-2010, 06:12 AM
Take care with children on Dinosaur - it's dark and VERY loud. My son, who is a real daredevil and will give anything a go (including ToT), started crying towards the end and this is the only ride he has vowed never to go on again.

Ditto!

The Dinosaur ride uses the same ride technology as Indiana Jones in DLR. It is the one ride that my 10 yo son did NOT enjoy!

I have to admit that both DH and I remembered it differently from 2005 to 2010. Not sure if they changed the ride in between but we didn't enjoy it as much as we did in 2005. Indiana Jones at DLR is a much better ride experience.

Ms. Shuttergirl
08-16-2010, 06:38 AM
So it is similar to Indiana Jones but not as good?

My DS8 loves dinosaurs but I said my DD12 and I would ride the Dinosaur ride first to see if it was something he would like. He is a little bit of a fraidy cat so now I don't know what to do..

Ditto!

The Dinosaur ride uses the same ride technology as Indiana Jones in DLR. It is the one ride that my 10 yo son did NOT enjoy!

I have to admit that both DH and I remembered it differently from 2005 to 2010. Not sure if they changed the ride in between but we didn't enjoy it as much as we did in 2005. Indiana Jones at DLR is a much better ride experience.

Oz-kateer
08-16-2010, 06:43 AM
I think it was just the intensity of the whole thing that got to my DS, not the bumping of the ride.

It's indoors, the dinosaurs are roaring, and mean ROARING, and moving close to the cars, that are jerking about, while the time travellers are yelling instructions to each other..... after a few minutes he was over it. I would have loved to have ridden it again without him to see what the ride actually had to offer but I spent my ride cuddling him and fretting about how worked up he was getting.

Maybe this time I can ride with an older child while DS gets babysat!

PrincessInOz
08-16-2010, 06:48 AM
So it is similar to Indiana Jones but not as good?

My DS8 loves dinosaurs but I said my DD12 and I would ride the Dinosaur ride first to see if it was something he would like. He is a little bit of a fraidy cat so now I don't know what to do..

It is dark and LOUD in places. If your DS doesn't like either, then this is not a good ride for him.
My DS10 HATES both; but loved the RnRC ride and Space Mountain. :confused3
He did NOT like the Dinosaur ride!
He also loved EE, Kali, BTMRR, Splash, Soarin', Test Track. He used to not like PoTC but found that really mild this trip. He wasn't happy about Maelstrom - it didn't have enough spills and excitement for him. :rotfl2:

DizOz
08-16-2010, 04:16 PM
Its funny about Dinosaur, DW is afraid of just about every ride and gets motion sickness easily but she went on Dinosaur last time and loved it. So we went on it again and again and again. No queues when we went so we could just jump back on. DD who was 8 at the time hated it and we have pictures of her head buried under my arm at the end of the ride.

Dinosaur is loud, very loud and dark. You get bounced around a lot and the fact you can not see where you are going you can not brace yourself for the sharp turns.

PS Less than 4 weeks to go and the excitement is starting to build. Days seem to be going a little slower as well.

:banana: :banana: :banana:

kyl
08-16-2010, 05:12 PM
Oh dinosaur sounds like it is not for me! I went on indiana jones last year and nearly ......well lets just say I felt like I needed to sit down after it. I was on the outside off the row and felt that if I let go I would of been thrown out for dead. Oh I really did not like it. But hey DD(10) at the time loved it and so did DH. But then again I am a big baby.

Ms. Shuttergirl
08-16-2010, 05:46 PM
Indiana Jones was our families favourite ride, except we didn't take DS who was 7 at the time on it. We felt it might've been too much for him but he has growled at us about it since saying we should have taken him on.

I don't think we'll take him on Dinosaur but I'm definitely going to ride it.

kyl
08-16-2010, 06:00 PM
Oh you are all braver than me, but hey thats not hard. We will be at the mouses house the same time as you Ms. Shuttergirl and oz-kateer, we leave on the 19th though....so exciting isn't it. Just wishing the days would pass a little faster now..........

aussietravellers
08-17-2010, 07:37 AM
Is Dinosaur really rough? I am sure that last time there was one of those blood pressure/pregnant/neck/back problem warning signs. We didn't go on it but I am wondering about this trip. If it isn't too rough the I may be able to go on it. A friend of mine said she didn't remember it being rough but then I thought I read somewhere ages ago about it being so rough that the person had a sore neck from the ride :confused3

Would love to hear from those who have been on it.

Oz-kateer
08-17-2010, 08:28 AM
It's rough, Aussie. Very jerky and bumpy and dark and very, very L O U D!!! Very intense.

And because it's dark you can't see what's coming up so it feels jerky indeed!

The contraindications of the ride in my WDW Bible here says it comes with a "Health Warning" so that usually means pregnant mums, people with back and neck problems, broken bones, motion sickness issues etc shouldn't ride.

kyl
08-17-2010, 05:18 PM
aussietravellers if its like indiana jones like everyone says it is then yes it is VERY BUMPY. When we lined up for indiana jones an america lady in the line said "oh its fun its a little bumy". Holy cow a little I felt like I was going to fall out of my seat and held on for dear life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

aussietravellers
08-17-2010, 06:02 PM
It's rough, Aussie. Very jerky and bumpy and dark and very, very L O U D!!! Very intense.

And because it's dark you can't see what's coming up so it feels jerky indeed!

The contraindications of the ride in my WDW Bible here says it comes with a "Health Warning" so that usually means pregnant mums, people with back and neck problems, broken bones, motion sickness issues etc shouldn't ride.

aussietravellers if its like indiana jones like everyone says it is then yes it is VERY BUMPY. When we lined up for indiana jones an america lady in the line said "oh its fun its a little bumy". Holy cow a little I felt like I was going to fall out of my seat and held on for dear life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks, that's what I was afraid of :headache: I really wanted to ride it. Loud I can cope with but I am not allowed any rollercoasters or rough rides with the torn artery in my neck :sad1:

:sad1: Looks like I may have to give that a miss :sad1: So looks like I will be sitting outside whilst everybody else goes in and has a fun ride :sad1:

Oz-kateer
08-17-2010, 06:26 PM
Hey Aussie, now I think about it I seem to recall that they run the ride a few times a day on "chicken mode" (for want of a better term) for people who can't handle the intensity of the rough ride but still want to expereince the attraction.

Let me try and see if that was maybe just a thought I had or if it was real.... I'm prett sure it's real.

There was a schedule, I'm sure - will dig out my brouchures from last year and etc and have a look.

aussietravellers
08-17-2010, 06:34 PM
Hey Aussie, now I think about it I seem to recall that they run the ride a few times a day on "chicken mode" (for want of a better term) for people who can't handle the intensity of the rough ride but still want to expereince the attraction.

Let me try and see if that was maybe just a thought I had or if it was real.... I'm prett sure it's real.

There was a schedule, I'm sure - will dig out my brouchures from last year and etc and have a look.

Oh that would be awesome! Mind you the rest of the family (and our friends who are going) will want to go on the real ride, but I would still go on the tame one. I know they do have that for Mission Space.

What's annoying is that I do love rides like that, but it's just my stupid medical condition that's stopping me :headache:

Kalice
08-17-2010, 10:33 PM
We hated dinosour, felt too jerky and was not at all like a roller coaster. Also did the mission space orange, and felt sooo sick. would not recommend this at all. The ride was not great either.

aussietravellers
08-17-2010, 10:40 PM
We hated dinosour, felt too jerky and was not at all like a roller coaster. Also did the mission space orange, and felt sooo sick. would not recommend this at all. The ride was not great either.

Mission Space orange? Is that the tame version of the ride or the full normal version?

Oz-kateer
08-17-2010, 11:19 PM
Team Orange is the original ride that includes the g-forces.

Team Green is the less intense version - there's a bit of bumping around when the shuttle "lands" and soforth, like a bumpy plane landing, and you "feel" the pressure of the "takeoff" and when they apply the brakes but it's nowehere near as bumpy or rough as Dinosaur.

Aussie - I have been through all my stuff and can't find anything about them running chicken rides so I've put it to the boards - maybe someone will know.

Aside of this, calling Guest Services at WDW may give us an answer.

I am so sure I saw it though - it was like a sign saying they run a special version at (for example) 11.20am and 1.20pm.

kyl
08-18-2010, 12:34 AM
I hate to scare you guys but I read in the unoffical guide to disney that two people have had heart attacks and died following mission space. This is why disney now offers the less intensive ride (green). That was enough for me to read. Although DH said he doesn't care he is on it!

Oz-kateer
08-18-2010, 01:30 AM
I have been on MS both versions and it was great.

The Orange version is not for the faint hearted and it clearly notes before you enter that if you suffer from any of a whole list of medical conditons, if you're just not sure about the whole thing, then DON'T ride. I understand that a few people have died after riding the Orange version of MS, a small boy and a middle aged woman. Neither died JUST because they rode MS, both had pre-existing medical conditions.

Thousands of people have ridden it without incident. The Green version is for people who prefer the non-spinning sensation. The ride is essentially the same as the Orange version - the shuttle you are sitting in still pitches and bumps around a little bit, but nothing worse than a bumpy plane ride. But it doesn't spin, so there are no g-force sensations.

It's like the guy who died after riding Dinosaur - his parents did admit he had a pre-existing heart condition and a pacemaker fitted.

aussietravellers
08-18-2010, 01:48 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incidents_at_Disney_parks

Most people do have a pre existing condition which riding the ride can bring on their reaction but some would not know they had that condition. Just make sure you have your blood pressure checked as the scary thing is you don't realise you have high blood pressure very often, then you ride a scary ride and have a serious problem :thumbsup2

kyl
08-18-2010, 02:08 AM
Yes being a registered nurse I understand that the ride its self can not kill anyone, thats silly. Its just something to be aware of if you have an exsiting condition. I read on here I think it is you aussietravellers that has some medical considerations just thought you should know what I read about MS. Didn't mean it would kill those that ride it!

PrincessInOz
08-18-2010, 06:52 AM
We love rollercoaster rides but MS orange is about the only ride that both DH and I came out off feeling green. I loved the G Forces but the visuals of going through the lunar landscape coupled with the G Forces was just something else again. And closing your eyes during the ride does not help.

AussieTravellers - with your condition, I would hope that you do not get on MS, Dinosaur, EE, RnRC, TOT, Space, Splash or BTRR Mountains. Take care of yourself!

Ms. Shuttergirl
08-18-2010, 08:06 PM
Queenie shared a great blog on another thread earlier today and when I went to check it out there were many gems on there.

For those staying at POP Century soon, this is a great read:-

http://land.allears.net/blogs/jackspence/walt_disney_world/resorts/pop_century/

Oz-kateer
08-18-2010, 08:33 PM
I liked the Pop article - it gets it right.

I get a little annoyed about people writing bad reports on the Pop, based on the "garish colours", the "small rooms", no fridges, the lack of an a-la-carte restaurant, the kids everywhere, the fact it's far from the MK, has only buses for transport and no monorail etc. None of this is news to anyone who does a bit of research on the resort before they choose to stay there. Disney promotes this as a value resort, not a luxury resort, and makes no secret of whats on offer.

As for small rooms - overall by world standards, American hotel rooms are quite large. People who complain about a 260sq foot room being too small have possibly never been to Europe, where you often have to share a bathroom even. The rooms are fine. There is enough space. And truly, your room is a sleep, shower and luggage story facility most of the time anyway.

I really like the Pop.

Having said that though, in 2011 am going to give POFQ a shot.

aussietravellers
08-18-2010, 09:12 PM
Yes being a registered nurse I understand that the ride its self can not kill anyone, thats silly. Its just something to be aware of if you have an exsiting condition. I read on here I think it is you aussietravellers that has some medical considerations just thought you should know what I read about MS. Didn't mean it would kill those that ride it!

I'm :confused3 (It doesn't take much to confuse me though :lmao: ) My reply wasn't actually directed at you, it was for whomever may be interested and I didn't say anything in my post about a ride itself killing anyone or impling that you were silly :confused3 Sorry I may have misinterpreted your reply above, maybe the top part and bottom part of your reply was not directed at me, but I didn't say or imply anywhere that you meant that a ride would kill those who ride it :confused3

I wrote below, which was to everybody, I didn't quote or reply specifically to you, just letting people in general know about high blood pressure and no symptoms :goodvibes
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incidents_at_Disney_parks
Most people do have a pre existing condition which riding the ride can bring on their reaction but some would not know they had that condition. Just make sure you have your blood pressure checked as the scary thing is you don't realise you have high blood pressure very often, then you ride a scary ride and have a serious problem

So I'm sorry that you think I was implying that you were silly, I honestly didn't think that, it didn't even enter my mind :goodvibes

aussietravellers
08-18-2010, 09:18 PM
AussieTravellers - with your condition, I would hope that you do not get on MS, Dinosaur, EE, RnRC, TOT, Space, Splash or BTRR Mountains. Take care of yourself!

I was planning on going on Splash Mountain, I didn't think that was that bad, just a drop at the end. But no, the rest of them I do have to give a miss :sad1: and I do love them. I was hoping that Dinosaur wasn't jerky, that is was just scary, but from reading the reports now, I won't risk it :sad1:

But as some of those rides have been known to cause torn arteries, I really have to just sit and watch as my friends and family get to enjoy them :sad1:

kyl
08-18-2010, 09:37 PM
I'm :confused3 (It doesn't take much to confuse me though :lmao: ) My reply wasn't actually directed at you, it was for whomever may be interested and I didn't say anything in my post about a ride itself killing anyone or impling that you were silly :confused3 Sorry I may have misinterpreted your reply above, maybe the top part and bottom part of your reply was not directed at me, but I didn't say or imply anywhere that you meant that a ride would kill those who ride it :confused3

I wrote below, which was to everybody, I didn't quote or reply specifically to you, just letting people in general know about high blood pressure and no symptoms :goodvibes


So I'm sorry that you think I was implying that you were silly, I honestly didn't think that, it didn't even enter my mind :goodvibes

Oh aussietravellers I was not directing that at you at all. I re-read my statement and thought it sounded like I was saying that if you ride it you might die:scared1: I just thought I should warn you because I know you have health concerns:hug: but at the same time I didn't mean to scare you guys its only what I read in my book "the unoffical guide to WDW" which by the way is GREAT. You all should get one if you don't have one already. I love you guys you have been such a great help and I appreciate it a lot:grouphug:

Ms. Shuttergirl
08-18-2010, 09:39 PM
I really need to reread my UOG book before I go too.

Not sure if you guys are all planning on a water park or not. We have decided on Blizzard Beach and I just read this blog post about it and the photos are sensational. It gives you a complete rundown of the different slides and options, who should ride what etc. And did I mention tons of photos. I am in heaven since I am such a visual person.

Check it out here:- http://land.allears.net/blogs/jackspence/walt_disney_world/water_parks/

kyl
08-18-2010, 09:42 PM
I'd love to go but I don't think it would be worth it, as Mr 3yrs and Miss 7 can't swim so mucking about in the resort pool will have to do. But if I had older children I think it would be such a great day out, I love waterslides!

Ms. Shuttergirl
08-18-2010, 09:44 PM
I haven't had my big butt on a waterslide for about 20 years but you better believe I'll be sliding my way down as many as I can. I feel like WDW is a place to just "go for it" so I will. :lmao:

Plus I don't need to worry about running into anyone I know in my bathing suit :rotfl2:

kyl
08-18-2010, 09:54 PM
Its great isn't it while over there you drop a couple of dress sizes without even lossing a kg. I love getting clothes for myself it feels great when I am a size 16 over here and a 14 to 12 over there. Gotta love it! All the more reason to go down a waterslide if you haven't been on one for 20yrs, oh you will love it. Plus you will get to use the slide at Wilderness Lodge as well. I am planning on using the one at CSR it is 123meters long and I can't wait.

aussietravellers
08-18-2010, 09:59 PM
Oh aussietravellers I was not directing that at you at all. I re-read my statement and thought it sounded like I was saying that if you ride it you might die:scared1: I just thought I should warn you because I know you have health concerns:hug: but at the same time I didn't mean to scare you guys its only what I read in my book "the unoffical guide to WDW" which by the way is GREAT. You all should get one if you don't have one already. I love you guys you have been such a great help and I appreciate it a lot:grouphug:

You're sweet :hug: I was worried thinking that I had offended you :flower3:.

I have a vertebral artery dissection, which has luckily been healing well. Even though my right artery is now about 1/4 of the size of the left, it's an even flow now which is good. It's scary that some rides can actually cause an artery dissection (although mine was from a chiropractic adjustment), but still it's scary and if somebody has undiagnosed high blood pressure (even mild high blood pressure with no symptoms) then riding one of those scary rides it can happen in a flash. So I will be avoiding ALL scary rides :sad1:

aussietravellers
08-18-2010, 10:05 PM
I really need to reread my UOG book before I go too.

Not sure if you guys are all planning on a water park or not. We have decided on Blizzard Beach and I just read this blog post about it and the photos are sensational. It gives you a complete rundown of the different slides and options, who should ride what etc. And did I mention tons of photos. I am in heaven since I am such a visual person.

Check it out here:- http://land.allears.net/blogs/jackspence/walt_disney_world/water_parks/

Another great blog post!

Blizzard Beach is our favourite. I love the lazy river, just sitting there in the tyre floating around the river. They have photopass photographers at the waterparks too. It gave me a bit of a :scared1: last time as I was thinking I didn't want to be photographed looked like Seaworld was about to come and take me (the beached whale) back out to sea :lmao:

But it's great, in the lazy river you just flag them down (they were in the river) and they would grab your tyres and take a family shot or single shots. The used to have tiny little photopass cards on a cord, so you could wear it dangling around your wrist. But I think I read that they stopped those (which is sad). But we got a cool thing that we hung around our necks that had our room key (for lunch and snacks) and our photopass card in it and it's watertight.

Oz-kateer
08-18-2010, 10:35 PM
I went to both BB and TL last year and loved them both - it's going to be a tough decision this year as they both have their own best bits.

One thing I did do at BB (did that one first) was to wear long (womens) boardshorts and a tankini top. Thinking it would hide all my cuddly bits. Must say - didn't care for the boardies. They were hard to walk in while went and very uncomfortable.

A few days later at TL I just wore my regular pants that matched the tankini top and it was so much better. Felt a bit strange walking about all exposed as I am so not used to that - even at the beach I love my towel as long as possible to the waters edge - but after awhile I didn't care. The Americans were way bigger than me!

Also - if you want to cover up on the slides, don't wear a regular t-shirt - when wet it will get heavy and wrap around you, and is in danger of catching on things. A rash vest is better.

If you have too many buckles, press studs or zips or metal accessories on your cossie, on the really high fast stuff the CM's sometimes won't let you ride.

Before leaving Australia we bought some aqua shoes, that were made of wetsuit material with rubber soles - GREAT for walking around the water parks on a hot day as the cement will fry your feet. Lots of people were wearing them. You're allowed to wear them on the rides.

At BB take the ski-lift to the top! Great view.

We got to both parks early in the day when the lines were non-existent and got to ride just about everything - by mid morning the lines were pretty long. But when we were there the weather was HOT.

Take your bath towels from your room - if you rent a towel at the park it costs $$. Then when you get back to the hotel call housekeeping to take your wet towels and bring fresh dry ones - or what we did on the day we went to TL was to leave housekeeping a note to leave lots of extra towels when they made up our room and they did, so when we came back we had dry towels ready to go. We put the wet ones in the collection bins downstairs by the pool on our way out to dinner.

Have fun - the water parks are GREAT!! You can also play mini golf at the course right beside BB.

aussietravellers
08-19-2010, 01:29 AM
Just when I thought the holiday was pretty well organised (except a few prepurchases for NY).

Received a phone call from my TA (Aussie one) about our travel insurance. My Dr had made an error on the preexisting medical form and had answered the question "is this person fit to travel without medical assistance" with a NO :scared1: Actually it was a tick the box question, he had ticked yes, crossed it out and ticked no! So even though I had provided a letter from my neurologist stating I was fit for travel, because the GP had filled in the form at a later date, they would not accept the statement from the Neurologist.

So off i toddled to the Dr again today, form in hand, so that he could fill in and make a declaration that he had ticked the wrong box. That has now been faxed off so hopefully I will be covered by travel insurance for this trip :rolleyes1

PrincessInOz
08-19-2010, 02:32 AM
.....you better believe I'll be sliding my way down as many as I can. I feel like WDW is a place to just "go for it" so I will. :lmao:

Plus I don't need to worry about running into anyone I know in my bathing suit :rotfl2:

Shuttergirl - There are a LOT of you going in September. You really never know who you might run or slide into ;)


Just when I thought the holiday was pretty well organised (except a few prepurchases for NY).

Received a phone call from my TA (Aussie one) about our travel insurance. My Dr had made an error on the preexisting medical form and had answered the question "is this person fit to travel without medical assistance" with a NO :scared1: Actually it was a tick the box question, he had ticked yes, crossed it out and ticked no! So even though I had provided a letter from my neurologist stating I was fit for travel, because the GP had filled in the form at a later date, they would not accept the statement from the Neurologist.

So off i toddled to the Dr again today, form in hand, so that he could fill in and make a declaration that he had ticked the wrong box. That has now been faxed off so hopefully I will be covered by travel insurance for this trip :rolleyes1

:sick: Not long to go now....hopefully this will be the last of the admin stuff you have to do before PACKING and FLYING! :yay:

Ms. Shuttergirl
08-19-2010, 06:14 AM
Shuttergirl - There are a LOT of you going in September. You really never know who you might run or slide into ;)


I thought we were friends PrincessinOz :rotfl:

aussietravellers
08-19-2010, 03:53 PM
Shuttergirl - There are a LOT of you going in September. You really never know who you might run or slide into ;)


I thought we were friends PrincessinOz :rotfl:

It is funny, whenever we have been away overseas, most trips we do actually run into somebody we know from home and once I literally did run into them. We were in Hawaii, walking along one of the main shopping malls there and as we were walking, somebody walked out of a shop and neither of us were looking where we were going and we literally ran into each other, when we gathered ourselves and looked at each other we all yelled "OMG" They were friends that I had known since I was a child, although we don't see each other much any more other than a hello, how are you, in the street. But it was so funny, such a small world. :rotfl2:

Have seem somebody we knew from home too at the baggage claim at Orlando airport too.

Such a small world!

Ms. Shuttergirl
08-19-2010, 07:47 PM
Does anyone know what rides operate during EMH at Magic Kingdom?

Oz-kateer
08-19-2010, 09:08 PM
Pretty much the most popular attractions operate, but it depends if it's a morning EMH or an evening EMH, and it sometimes changes depending on crowd levels.

Did you have a specific date in mind?

Guest Services

Here's the list from the brochure from my trip last Oct:

GENERAL EMH ATTRACTIONS:

Buzz Lightyear
Cinderella’s Golden Carrousel
Dumbo
Winnie the Pooh
Peter Pan’s Flight
Space Mountain
Tomorrowland Speedway
It’s a Small World (though this will be under refub when we are there)
Mickey’s Philharmagic
Stitch
Splash Mountain
Thunder Mountain
Haunted Mansion
Jungle Cruise
Priates of the Caribbean
Aladdin's Magic Carpets

PrincessInOz
08-20-2010, 03:36 AM
I thought we were friends PrincessinOz :rotfl:

OOH! Excuse the tip of the slongue! I hadn't even looked at it that way or from that angle until you posted! So, I have to ask....if there are a lot of you going, which bits of you are you leaving behind???? :rotfl2:

ps. I'm NOT looking to fill Queenie's BIG shoes either and am happy to be friends. :rotfl2:

Travel Mum
08-20-2010, 11:16 PM
Oh gosh, I'm really going to miss this thread that has all the chatter when you all go away next month. I do hope though that you all come back with trip reports and heaps of photos for us to drool over :thumbsup2

kyl
08-21-2010, 12:19 AM
Just letting anyone know who may be interested in getting some new luggage bags. I just picked up a couple of BIG suitcases for 30%off, at strand-bags Making them only $94. They are good qualitly. The last ones we had I brought at the markets and they are now falling to bits! We only paid $40 for them so I guess I shouldn't complain. I also got a carryone that has wheels and hooks onto the big bag for $48! Worth a look if anyone needs new bags. The only complaint I have is that they didn't have any storage cubes that you all love and talk about. I guess that will be a internet purchase for me. Hope this info helps someone?

aussietravellers
08-21-2010, 12:34 AM
I have ordered some really cute new tags for our bags and thought I would share for anybody interested.

I got bright ones to help make our bags stand out or look a bit different (after having my suitcase collected by somebody else once I try to make our bags have things that make them look different so nobody will take our bag in error). We each got different designs and they are great quality and my DS got two extra ones for his school bag and golf bag too.

http://www.bagtagstudio.com.au/

They have some really gorgeous designs :thumbsup2

Ms. Shuttergirl
08-21-2010, 03:41 AM
Travel Mum - you will want me to shut up once i get started on talking about our trip when we get back :lmao:. Promise to take lots of pics and food porn, I'm your girl.

Kyl - I'm thinking about buying bigger carryon bags. We couldn't get over how large the "suitcases" that people took on the flights in the US. Might pop into Strand Bags. Thanks for the heads up.

Aussietravellers - those tags are gorgeous. Quick question for you, can you walk from AKL to AK? Or do you need to catch a bus?

aussietravellers
08-21-2010, 03:51 AM
Aussietravellers - those tags are gorgeous. Quick question for you, can you walk from AKL to AK? Or do you need to catch a bus?

No, it is so close, a couple of minutes by bus, but you can not walk. Wish you could, we waited 60 minutes for a bus at AK back to AKL one afternoon, there was a line for AKL that went for metres, outside of the AKL bus line and up the bus stop area and we were second in line! No buses came for an hour and what was infuriating is we could have walked if walking was possible.

kyl
08-21-2010, 04:03 AM
Travel Mum - you will want me to shut up once i get started on talking about our trip when we get back :lmao:. Promise to take lots of pics and food porn, I'm your girl.

Kyl - I'm thinking about buying bigger carryon bags. We couldn't get over how large the "suitcases" that people took on the flights in the US. Might pop into Strand Bags. Thanks for the heads up.

Aussietravellers - those tags are gorgeous. Quick question for you, can you walk from AKL to AK? Or do you need to catch a bus?

The carryon I got is very good quality and comes with a pull out handle and wheels but is the shape of a duffle bag so I can put nappys etc and get easy access. They had quite a large range of stuff I am sure you will find something:thumbsup2
Aussie travellers I am going to look at your tags....haven't got those yet;)

Ms. Shuttergirl
08-21-2010, 04:14 AM
I finally finished the first draft of our WDW intinerary today. It took quite a few days to get it together and I know it needs more work yet but I am pleased that I have the basics down.

I need to do more research on tips and tricks for Islands of Adventure and WWoHP yet.

How are you girls going with your WDW planning?

aussietravellers
08-21-2010, 04:28 AM
I finally finished the first draft of our WDW intinerary today. It took quite a few days to get it together and I know it needs more work yet but I am pleased that I have the basics down.

I need to do more research on tips and tricks for Islands of Adventure and WWoHP yet.

How are you girls going with your WDW planning?

Nothing on TV tonight except Election results..... So it's Holiday organising time :rotfl2:

I need tips and tricks for Universal too. I am really not sure that we will go. I want to go, but I am not sure if there are any tame rides that will be ok for me with my neck, so with WDW we will park in the morning, back to resort or DTD or mini golf etc in the afternoon, then back to park at night. So I am just not sure about Universal. I keep trying to read but can't picture it and I like to be able to visualise what I am organising (which sounds a little crazy :rotfl2: )

But aside from that, our park days are organised, our Seaworld and Discovery Cove days are organised. Then I have 5 days that are classed as shopping/waterpark/disneyquest days. So will play just play those days by ear. If there is a rainy day, it will be a Disney Quest or Shopping day.

I'm waiting to get NY organised. I have a rough itinerary, but am hoping to get the Martha Stewart tickets so that leaves two days up in the air. They said three weeks out we should get an email if we are getting tickets and three weeks is this week, so I'm hoping that email will come any day. Wanting to book Wicked tickets too but just have to wait for Martha to lock everything in and buy tickets for that and TOTR etc.

Ms. Shuttergirl
08-21-2010, 04:31 AM
Have you got all of your ADR's organised?

Our NY days are fairly fluid but we have discussed what days are best for the museum/central park/hoboken/etc. for least crowds.

kyl
08-21-2010, 04:38 AM
I know I keep mentioning this book but the unoffical guide to wdw has day plans in the back of it. Letting you know what ride to go on first etc. It gives you all different plans, those with kids, those without, those that want to do a park in a day and those that will do a park over two days. It is really useful. I am going to take it with us and use it as a rough guide as to what ride attractions etc to do in what order. That with my disney folder and all our ADR's printed off with what park for what date and park hours for that day I am all ready. Now just counting off the long............29 sleeps. Oh please it is taking for ever or am I the only one that feels this way?

aussietravellers
08-21-2010, 04:47 AM
Have you got all of your ADR's organised?


Yes, had all of those booked at 180 day mark, although I did make one change when Via Napoli opened, booked a lunch or dinner there (can't remember which).

How about you? Are all of your ADR's done.

I do have a few that I have to cancel. A friend of mine who was going with her family are not going now, well they don't think they are (it's 3 weeks out, surely they would have decided by now). Anyway I have to cancel all of her ADR's. So I was going to list them here before I cancel them incase anybody wants them, they are not transferrable but I'll cancel and somebody who wants them can book at the same time :thumbsup2

aussietravellers
08-21-2010, 04:50 AM
Now just counting off the long............29 sleeps. Oh please it is taking for ever or am I the only one that feels this way?

No it's going really quickly for me now. I have just had my travel insurance for my torn artery declined, so I'm not covered for a stroke or any heamorrage problems or any blood clot problems which is a bit annoying. I am now not sure wether to try another insurance company or just hope that nothing happens :headache: So I need the time to get this organised and time seems to be running out and going really quickly.

Ms. Shuttergirl
08-21-2010, 05:26 AM
No it's going really quickly for me now. I have just had my travel insurance for my torn artery declined, so I'm not covered for a stroke or any heamorrage problems or any blood clot problems which is a bit annoying. I am now not sure wether to try another insurance company or just hope that nothing happens :headache: So I need the time to get this organised and time seems to be running out and going really quickly.

I hope you can get this sorted out. It must be very stressful for you.

I have my 11 ADR's in place, plus one we will pay OOP for.

Would love to hear where you are going?

Am I the only one who has looked at the menus and kind of already know what I want to order?

And is it wrong that my DD12 has done the same :rotfl2::rotfl2: