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Ms. Shuttergirl
04-24-2010, 04:19 AM
I think we all agree that we love the original "aussies' thread in the Disneyland section. It is how many of us first met and started planning. I love that the Disboards kindly gave us our own area, it is such a wonderful place to be and discuss things that are relevant to Australians.

With that said, sometimes I just want to say something, share a little, make a tiny observation and just don't want to start a whole thread about it. I feel like the original "aussies" thread is massive and a little removed from this section which is where I spend most of my time.

So I thought I would just start a general thread that could keep going and going in the Australia section and we can say whatever we want in here, relevant not just to Disney stuff, but US trips in general.

What do you think?

I am also wondering if we could start a WDW specific thread and a DL specific thread. Let me know and I will start the ball rolling

heidispidi
04-24-2010, 04:21 AM
Sounds good to me. One easy place to find out all the tips, ideas, etc.

aussiegirls
04-24-2010, 04:30 AM
Oh this is such a good idea. I had a thought the other day that was totally irrelevant to anything really but it did make me think of the DIS :confused3 (I wonder if that makes me either obsessed or insane).

We went to Taronga Zoo last Sunday (to see Mr Shuffles - so unbearably cute). Anyways, the girls wanted to look in one of the souvenier shops before we left, so we did. I was looking at the prices of the stuff in there and the first thought that came to me was how expensive it all was compared to Disneyland merchandise. I mean a small stuffed giraffe was almost $30 and I remember buying a stuffed Mickey and Minnie from DL (about 3 times the size of the giraffe) for about $15.

I know they have to feed animals and all so I guess there is a reason for the high prices but it did make me think.

xxx

Ms. Shuttergirl
04-24-2010, 04:40 AM
Oh yay, I am glad other's feel the same way.

PrincessInOz
04-24-2010, 05:30 AM
Yeah we should do this. I've had absolutely no response from the Webmasters to the original request for subforum sections. We had originally agreed on:

West Coast (and DL)
East Coast (and WDW)
Canada
Other

But if we're doing threads under Australia, we can probably expand out a separate DL and a separate WDW one. What do you think?

hjd0411
04-24-2010, 05:33 AM
Oh this is such a good idea. I had a thought the other day that was totally irrelevant to anything really but it did make me think of the DIS :confused3 (I wonder if that makes me either obsessed or insane).

We went to Taronga Zoo last Sunday (to see Mr Shuffles - so unbearably cute). Anyways, the girls wanted to look in one of the souvenier shops before we left, so we did. I was looking at the prices of the stuff in there and the first thought that came to me was how expensive it all was compared to Disneyland merchandise. I mean a small stuffed giraffe was almost $30 and I remember buying a stuffed Mickey and Minnie from DL (about 3 times the size of the giraffe) for about $15.

I know they have to feed animals and all so I guess there is a reason for the high prices but it did make me think.

xxx

Funny you should say that - I think exactly the same thing!! The very first time I went to WDW (in the 80's ...:scared1:) I commented on the fact that to buy anything there (food, souvenirs etc) was much cheaper than here. I always feel like a "captive" when I go anywhere here - theme parks, airports etc - with the prices they charge!! :eek:

queenie82
04-24-2010, 06:10 AM
Zoo toy prices are expensive!!! Went to Melbourne zoo the other week and saw the baby girl elephant they have (also tooo cute) but agree the toys were SOOOO expensive!
Disney isn't cheap at all...but for what you get! So much better.
Plus we got various discount coupons during our stay at WDW and got up to 35% off things!

ehsmum
04-24-2010, 06:13 AM
Great idea :thumbsup2

I spent literally days reading the original thread and I took tons of notes along the way. Unfortunately DH has stripped my computer and I've lost all of my documents, including my USA notes :sad2: So I'd love some new tip threads :).

47 sleeps till we leave!!! :woohoo:

aussietravellers
04-24-2010, 06:14 AM
Zoo toy prices are expensive!!! Went to Melbourne zoo the other week and saw the baby girl elephant they have (also tooo cute) but agree the toys were SOOOO expensive!
Disney isn't cheap at all...but for what you get! So much better.
Plus we got various discount coupons during our stay at WDW and got up to 35% off things!

OMG, zoo toy prices are ridiculous!!!!! It's bizarre, but the funny thing is, it's all Zoos :lmao: It's a worldwide Zoo thing. Every Zoo I've been to around the world (and with my son's love of animals, if there is a zoo in a city we go to, then we go to the zoo! so we have been to lots of zoos), they are all the same. But none the less we always leave with something! :lmao: Usually a stuffed animal of some description to collect dust along with the rest of them once it gets home. :rotfl2:

queenie82
04-24-2010, 06:25 AM
OMG, zoo toy prices are ridiculous!!!!! It's bizarre, but the funny thing is, it's all Zoos :lmao: It's a worldwide Zoo thing. Every Zoo I've been to around the world (and with my son's love of animals, if there is a zoo in a city we go to, then we go to the zoo! so we have been to lots of zoos), they are all the same. But none the less we always leave with something! :lmao: Usually a stuffed animal of some description to collect dust along with the rest of them once it gets home. :rotfl2:
:lmao::rotfl2: Too true....it was the same at Atlanta Zoo!
I tend to collect plush animals :rolleyes1 I'm not sure HOW that penguin got into my bag!!! :upsidedow
When we went a few years back to Melbourne I brought home a Tree Kangaroo (which you gotta admit is something you don't see everywhere!)

But I now just keep reminding myself....save for Disney.....save for Disney....save for Disney...

Ms. Shuttergirl
04-24-2010, 07:43 AM
I totally agree about the price of souvies, it's crazy what we pay here.

Luisa
04-24-2010, 09:00 AM
I totally agree about the price of souvies, it's crazy what we pay here.

We've got to remember though, that virtually all souvenirs we buy here and in the US are made in China, and although the Aussie dollar is strong the US still has massive buying power in China. Also, I don't begrudge a few extra dollars to the zoo.

Anywho, back on topic, my tip is when you see something you want buy it. Don't think you'll go back and get it later because if you're anything like me you'll forget and then obsess about it when you get home and spend a fortune on Disney mail order!

Ms. Shuttergirl
04-24-2010, 05:03 PM
When we were in San Francisco my husband and son went to watch a San Fran Giants baseball game. They absolutely LOVED it. For the rest of the trip he watched the baseball whenever we were in the room.

Since returning home same thing. The US baseball season has recently started again and he is obsessed. Funny how just going once has created an obsession with him.

If only it couldn've been about Disneyland and not baseball, I'd be set. Then I would get all the trips i want :lmao:

aussiegirls
04-24-2010, 06:53 PM
But Ms Shuttergirl, that obsession is just the first step :rotfl:

All you need to do is tell him that as a gift to him you would love to take him back so he can see some more pro baseball games. Going to Disney would just be a small side trip for the kids - seeing as you are there anyways :lmao:

xxx

ehsmum
04-24-2010, 08:21 PM
We're going to a baseball game in NYC (Yankees vs Mets). I know that DH and my 8yr sports obsessed son are going to love it, but I'm worried that the other 2 kids (and myself ;) ) will get bored after awhile.

Ms. Shuttergirl
04-24-2010, 08:48 PM
We're going to a baseball game in NYC (Yankees vs Mets). I know that DH and my 8yr sports obsessed son are going to love it, but I'm worried that the other 2 kids (and myself ;) ) will get bored after awhile.

Ehsmum, I asked my hubby about this and he said "no way". He said it is quite the show. There is lots of singing and little rituals they did, and if you start chatting to the people around you they have lots of great stories about baseball and other stuff as well. It is my only regret about our trip that my DD and I didn't go to the game.

ehsmum
04-24-2010, 08:52 PM
Thanks MsShuttergirl :). That was my original thought and why I bought tickets for all of us. I thought it would be fun and a great experience. But when my son is watching baseball on tv, I have to occupy myself or leave the room cause I don't have any interest in it at all!

queenie82
04-24-2010, 11:13 PM
Any Ice Hockey fans!!
We went to a Mighty Ducks vs Colorado Avalanche game at the Honda Centre (just near Disneyland) and it was FANTASTIC!!!

Ms. Shuttergirl
04-24-2010, 11:22 PM
My husband is keen on an ice hockey game on our next trip.

ehsmum
04-28-2010, 09:41 PM
My son wants to go to a Lakers basketball game in Los Angeles, but seeming as the crowd at their games seems to be made up mainly of celebrities, I'm not sure how easy it is to get tickets :lol:.

Who has done the day flight, arriving at LAX at 6.30am? Tell me honestly how much we can expect to do that day? I've requested early check in and am hoping to sleep till around midday and then start our siteseeing. Is that realistic? Or are we just going to crash and be wiped out for the whole day?

aussiegirls
04-28-2010, 10:00 PM
ehsmum, I have not arrived at LAX at that time of the morning, but this would what I would do if I did.

Arriving at LAX at 6.30am would mean that you would likely get to your Anaheim hotel at about 10am maybe. If you could check in early (or at least get the hotel to look after your bags) what about just having a take it easy, sightseeing day and get to bed early. Personally I think that might be better for the old jet lag than having an arvo nap.

If you could just keep going till about 7pm and then get to bed, you might be able to sleep for 12 hrs or so as opposed to having a few hour nap then dragging yourselves up only to go back to bed after only a few more hours. I found that a huge first sleep (about 12 hrs) was magic in ensuring the jet lag stayed well and truly away.

xxx

aussietravellers
04-28-2010, 10:21 PM
My son wants to go to a Lakers basketball game in Los Angeles, but seeming as the crowd at their games seems to be made up mainly of celebrities, I'm not sure how easy it is to get tickets :lol:.

Who has done the day flight, arriving at LAX at 6.30am? Tell me honestly how much we can expect to do that day? I've requested early check in and am hoping to sleep till around midday and then start our siteseeing. Is that realistic? Or are we just going to crash and be wiped out for the whole day?

We always seem to arrive early wether it be London, Vienna or LAX :lmao:

Our flight in December was early into LAX, like quarter to 6am. At that hour the Disneyland Express only leaves on the hour, so by the time we got through customs, got our bags, then queued to get through quarantine we must have JUST missed the Disneyland Express and waited almost an hour!!!!!! on the sidewalk!!!!! BORING. I kept thinking, we'd just go and get a taxi but would think, surely it will be here soon.

When we arrived at GCH, we had actually paid for the room from the day before so we could check in straight away. I honestly can't remember what time it was that we got there, but it was still early enough. I wanted to get into the park straight away to get my AP before the line was too long (I had a voucher from buying it online before we left). So we were in the park by about 9am or so. There wasn't anybody in the AP line so we then went and did a few rides as we were there and it was early so not many people were around, we were feeling a little shabby so went back to the hotel and had showers etc and unpacked, grabbed some lunch at white water snacks, went back to the room, then had a very small nap, like an hour, then went to Rainforest Cafe for an early dinner and a wander around DTD then went back for an early night. Woke up next morning as fresh as a daisy for our character breakfast on our first morning!

I have done more early morning arrival flights overseas than I can count and my rule is... to stay awake and have an early night. It is the easiest way to adjust to a different time zone (but LA is not much of a time difference anyway so it's not hard to adjust to it at all). But if you have a big sleep during the day, then you will not have much of a sleep at night and by the middle or afternoon of the next day you may become tired again. So my advise is to try to stay awake, if you must have a very small sleep after lunch (but only about an hour), then have an early night.

DVCAustralia
04-28-2010, 11:25 PM
Originally Posted by ehsmum
Who has done the day flight, arriving at LAX at 6.30am? Tell me honestly how much we can expect to do that day? I've requested early check in and am hoping to sleep till around midday and then start our siteseeing. Is that realistic? Or are we just going to crash and be wiped out for the whole day?

The advantage of WDW, you may arrive in LA or SFO in the morning but with the extra flight and further change in time zone you are forced to stay awake until late evening Orlando time.:rotfl2:
Seriously, to adjust you must stay awake through at least the daylight hours on that first day. It is up to you what you do but you can often get a surprising amount done even if you just do shopping and sight-seeing.

ehsmum
04-28-2010, 11:54 PM
Thanks for the replies. We're staying in Hollywood the first 2 nights, so my original plan was to stay up all day to do our sightseeing and have an early night, ready for Universal Studios the next day. However, I'm not sure if that's going to be realistic with my kids so that's why I'm now thinking that they (we) might need a nap during the day :confused3 It struck me when reading kylieh's trip report and she kept saying how tired they all were at the beginning of the trip.

Also, we are coming from Perth so it's a much longer trip for us. We leave Perth at midnight, arrive Sydney at 6am and leave Sydney at 10.15am, arriving LAX at 6.30am. Our time in Los Angeles is limited so I'm really worried about losing a day to jetlag.

queenie82
04-29-2010, 12:42 AM
Thanks for the replies. We're staying in Hollywood the first 2 nights, so my original plan was to stay up all day to do our sightseeing and have an early night, ready for Universal Studios the next day. However, I'm not sure if that's going to be realistic with my kids so that's why I'm now thinking that they (we) might need a nap during the day :confused3 It struck me when reading kylieh's trip report and she kept saying how tired they all were at the beginning of the trip.

Also, we are coming from Perth so it's a much longer trip for us. We leave Perth at midnight, arrive Sydney at 6am and leave Sydney at 10.15am, arriving LAX at 6.30am. Our time in Los Angeles is limited so I'm really worried about losing a day to jetlag.The Perth component does add a bit more complexity to it.
We always fly united from SYD-LAX (or SFO if passing through to NYC or MCO) which takes us from around 3-4pm leaving Syd to arriving at about 7am.

That day is pretty much a relax day and we go to the supermarket, check out a Kmart or Walmart and other shops and then go to bed at a regular time. You really should stay awake.
But as you say adding the perth flight will probably make you more tired.
So if you do want to nap I would do it probably in the morning for a couple hours and then have a "day" until a typical bedtime.
Of course this is tricky because you won't likely get your room until 2pm.

In short I would try and stay awake until nightfall and if you need a nap try and nap such that you still go to bed at such a time you wake up at a typical time to try and get into sync.

kylieh
04-29-2010, 01:15 AM
Thanks for the replies. We're staying in Hollywood the first 2 nights, so my original plan was to stay up all day to do our sightseeing and have an early night, ready for Universal Studios the next day. However, I'm not sure if that's going to be realistic with my kids so that's why I'm now thinking that they (we) might need a nap during the day :confused3 It struck me when reading kylieh's trip report and she kept saying how tired they all were at the beginning of the trip.

Also, we are coming from Perth so it's a much longer trip for us. We leave Perth at midnight, arrive Sydney at 6am and leave Sydney at 10.15am, arriving LAX at 6.30am. Our time in Los Angeles is limited so I'm really worried about losing a day to jetlag.

We all had a little nap on the first day, perhaps an hour or so. Definitley not two hours. We were all very tired, and we had the bulkhead on the way over. But yes, tiredness affected us all for the first few days. We were on the 2nd Qantas flight, arriving 10am?, we were at the hotel at noon and the room was fortunately immediatley available.

If your family tires easily (like most of mine do - MIL is late 60s and not in perfect health and DD7 has some problems which means she can't do too much) it's worth not counting the day you arrive. Take that as a bonus day if all goes well.

PrincessInOz
04-29-2010, 02:50 AM
My son wants to go to a Lakers basketball game in Los Angeles, but seeming as the crowd at their games seems to be made up mainly of celebrities, I'm not sure how easy it is to get tickets :lol:.

Who has done the day flight, arriving at LAX at 6.30am? Tell me honestly how much we can expect to do that day? I've requested early check in and am hoping to sleep till around midday and then start our siteseeing. Is that realistic? Or are we just going to crash and be wiped out for the whole day?

ehsmum - We always catch a flight out of East Coast at around 10 am to noon. This means getting into LAX or SFO at around 7 - 10 am in the morning.
My family travel really well and we've not had any issues with jetlag; so we stay up and can pretty much count on sightseeing/shopping as soon as we land on ground and pick up the car hire. If on the earlier flight, we're usually out and about by 10 am. We pick a spot e.g., Farmers Market/Grove or SoCo plaza or Santa Monica to visit, shop and have lunch. And then we check in to our hotel for showers.

We then head out again somewhere else for another hour or so (usually Frys, Best Buys or Target) and then go for an early dinner. We are back at the hotel by 7 pm and crash till the next day.

If on the later flight, we usually get out of the car hire place by about 12.30 pm. We then head to the hotel, shower and then head out to Frys, Best Buys or Target, early dinner then crash.

Every family is different and even with our travel, we stay as flexible as possible in the event that someone in the family is tired. In which case, we then take it very easy (but still shop :)).

I've found that I can even "book" experiences by negotiating directly with the operators directly. E.g., for this trip, I'm tentatively booked into a Gondola Ride at the Naples canal on the day that we land and the company has agreed to leave it flexible and not lock me into the 2 day no cancellation policy. We'll see how we are when we land and call them to confirm or cancel.

Ms. Shuttergirl
04-29-2010, 08:25 AM
Thanks MsShuttergirl :). That was my original thought and why I bought tickets for all of us. I thought it would be fun and a great experience. But when my son is watching baseball on tv, I have to occupy myself or leave the room cause I don't have any interest in it at all!

Ehsmum, we arrived at 6am into LAX and were staying in Hollywood. We arrived at our hotel at around 7.20am and had decided to pay for an extra night so we could check in then and there because we were absolutely buggered. The receptionist took one look at us and checked us in immediately :lmao:, no extra charge. We went to the room and slept for 2 hours, we all got up and showered and headed off for a full day of sightseeing LOL. We were just so excited I guess. We ended up back at the hotel at around 4.30pm. I had read that having a swim on your first day would help with your jetlag. Maybe an inner ear thing or something. So we did just that and I have to say we ate dinner at around 6.30 and went for a little wander and were all in bed by 8.30pm and none of us suffered any real jetlag.

Now once we got home from our holiday, that was a whole different thing. We were all zombies for days when we got back to Oz :rotfl2:

lovintheland
04-29-2010, 06:47 PM
Ms Shuttergirl definately can relate about being zombies on returning home, It was lucky we had to stay at home an extra week because of the whole swine flu quarantine thing because I don't think we could have done school and work for quite a few days.

On our trip last year we booked the room for the night before we arrived as our flight got in at 7.00 am and we wanted to be able to sleep for a couple of hours and then go to target, walmart, in & out burger etc. We all kind of rested but I for one couldn't go to sleep. I was tired but wide awake, just like I was during the night for the first couple of nights for some reason.

On our trip 2 years earlier, we arrived at the same time but couldn't get early check in. It was painful trying to stay awake and the kids felt sick from being so tired. We had a wander around Downtown Disney and had lunch but were really too exhausted to appreciate it. We went back and once our room was ready set the alarm for a two hour sleep. It was really hard to wake the kids after this, I think they could have slept through until the next morning, but we got them up and had a swim and then back to Downtown Disney for dinner etc and then by the next morning we were good to go. I guess everyone is different and can cope with different amounts of sleep. I need mine! :angel:

ehsmum
04-29-2010, 10:12 PM
I need my sleep too. I haven't booked the hotel for the night before, just requested early check in. Now I'm wondering if I should book an extra night.

New question - tell me about mobile phones. Which one did you buy, where from and what sort of plan?

platypus67
05-01-2010, 04:58 PM
Who has done the day flight, arriving at LAX at 6.30am? Tell me honestly how much we can expect to do that day? I've requested early check in and am hoping to sleep till around midday and then start our siteseeing. Is that realistic? Or are we just going to crash and be wiped out for the whole day?

We have always arrived in LA at 7am. All but once we have been able to check in immediately, and even that time we were in the room by 10am.
We generally plan to stay awake until late afternoon, early evening, but it never seems to happen. We usually arrive, shower, have breakfast and then head over to DTD. We walk around there until too tired to keep our eyes open and then head back to the room. DH tends to suffer from jetlag more than DD and myself. DD and DH can sleep on the plane, but I have never been able to. We never plan to visit the parks as we know we will most likely only last a short time so DTD is a good way to kick off the holiday without using up a day on our ticket.
In 2008 DD and I went on our own. We arrived and went straight to the hotel. We had a quick bite to eat and then crashed until around 4pm. We had dinner and then headed over to the park for the MNSSHP. We seemed to adjust quicker on that trip than any other.

platypus67
05-01-2010, 05:21 PM
I am also wondering if we could start a WDW specific thread and a DL specific thread. Let me know and I will start the ball rolling

I think a WDW thread would be great. We are planning our second trip there for December and I think I remember seeing a few other aussies doing the same.

Ms. Shuttergirl
05-06-2010, 04:04 AM
So does everyone only spend time on Disboards, or are there some other websites and blogs related to Disney that you visit?

Ms. Shuttergirl
05-06-2010, 06:23 PM
This is funny:-

http://www.budgettravel.com/bt-dyn/content/article/2010/05/03/AR2010050302649.html?wpisrc=newsletter

kazbar
05-06-2010, 07:15 PM
That is good. Did you read the comments?

"Please take your children by the throat ..." :laughing:

heidispidi
05-07-2010, 11:25 PM
The only 2 places I discuss Disney are here on Disboards, and with my sister (Aust) via email when we should be working :cool1:

I was after everybody's thoughts re the Aussie dollar (sorry if it's been dicussed elsewhere). If you have a trip planned, I'm sure you've watched the value of the dollar drop over the past couple of weeks. From when I started planning a good 6 - 8 weeks ago, I've seen it go from 93.5 to 88c. I've got $2K stashed away on an ANZ travel card (bought when the dollar was 93.5), have all airfares paid for, as well as our Hawaii accommodation.

What we hadn't paid for yet was our Hojo accom. We'd booked that direct through the Hojo website, and were told that they would not accept payment until we checked out. So, instead of taking the risk of our accom costing way more than it would have when we booked, yesterday, Aust and I decided to cancel our booking with Hojo, and re-booked Hojo through Expedia - for the same price. Which is interesting, given the movement on the dollar - buying in AUD, the price was exactly the same as what we would have paid weeks ago when the dollar was better.

I also bought 14 day parkhopper vouchers through Expedia yesterday. Just another lazy $1500 on the credit card, all up :rolleyes1

NOW I just have to pay for our 1 night at the Argonaut (San Francisco), pay the credit card off, and save my money for tours and more spending money (sound easier than it will be!).

Hey - today being the 8th May, there's exactly 8 months till we leave for, and arrive in Anaheim - WOO HOO! :banana:

aussiegirls
05-08-2010, 12:35 AM
I have been watching the dollar too. I know it has gone down and it is slightly concerning but I am really not going to worry about it too much. I have over 6 months to go until we leave and so I am just hoping that it won't have a sustained drop between now and then.

I have booked the Hojo at the Entertainment rate so there is no way that Expedia or any other travel site could possibly match that price.

I told the kids today. They were sooooooooooooo excited. I don't think they can believe it quite yet. So now for the dreaming and planning. That is almost as good as the actual holiday itself ;)

xxx

lovintheland
05-08-2010, 02:17 AM
Hi Aussiegirls,

how did you tell the kids?????

aussiegirls
05-08-2010, 02:30 AM
Well, I did a bit of a treasure hunt. The "treasure" was a little certificate I made that said something like "Congratulations, guess where we are going for Christmas". And I attached to it the flight confirmation thingy we got from Flight Centre. It took a few seconds for them to read it and for the penny to drop but then it was screaming and tears and hugs - one of the most amazing moments of my life :cheer2:

We then went to Gloria Jeans to drink coffee and iced chocolate and laugh and plan.

Has been an amazing day :thumbsup2

Now just have to start saving for the rest of it :scared1:

xxx

lovintheland
05-08-2010, 07:36 AM
Oh that is beautiful!!! We still talk about the treasure hunt our kids did three years ago to find out about their first trip. They will never forget that day. Neither will we for that matter. It was soooo exciting. When they find out about this trip the morning we leave they are going to flip. It will be very hard keeping everything under wraps until then though. I figure they had the surprise of the first trip and then the long 72 sleep wait until we went. Then there was last years trip which we all planned together about 6 months out. so I don't feel too bad about ripping them off with little time to get excited beforhand this time. Often one of us will say something like , "I wish someone would deliver a letter to the door telling us we needed to pack straight away as we are leaving for Disney in x hours. So to actually do that after hubby and I have contained our excitement for many months will be so fun.

heidispidi
05-09-2010, 12:59 AM
Those are great ways to tell the kids. Me, I had a kid whining b/c she wasn't going to the Easter Show this year. I told her that maybe Mummy had booked somewhere better for us to go. She guessed the US, than, with THAT look on her face, said 'Are we going to Disneyland?'. I said yes, THEN the excitement erupted! A shame we were on the way to the specialist for a follow-up appt for her tics, as she was so excited her tics were almost non-stop!

australiankaren
05-16-2010, 09:08 AM
hey ladies....

funny we all seem to take our guys to sporting events, my man and I are seeing a LA Galaxy soccer game in LA the night I fly in....he is so excited..he loves his soccer...so hopefully i will still be awake enough to enjoy it???

so has anyone gone to home depot stadium in LA???? how did you get there???oh dear, will end in costly cab ride :(

1rocky
05-18-2010, 01:03 AM
looking at the dollar and noticed it is down. Deciding if it is better to wait and hope the dollar again goes u in the next seven months or buy some now . what do others think?
Also who collects the vinylmation
thanks for your replies

aussiegirls
05-18-2010, 01:10 AM
Personally I am waiting to buy my dollars. I guess it's a bit of a gamble but :confused3 I would much rather change all my money at once instead of in dribs and drabs.

xxx

lovintheland
05-18-2010, 04:30 AM
We are going to buy some now. When we went last year in May it just kept on dropping lower and lower because for the GFC. Not going to risk that again. I figure 87c is way better than the 60 something we got last year. It's always a gamble though. We'll get some now and some later. :confused3

australiankaren
05-18-2010, 04:47 AM
we dont have that problem as I have already purchased everything in packages..ie WDW accom/ food/tickets or our 2 cruises which include everything as well..then whatever we spend we put on our key to the kingdom room key and only pay for it once when we check out on our credit card which means only one international transaction fee...so we dont really need much cash....just for the airports and 2 days in both orlando/ LA.

I loved the dollar being over 90 cents..........saved me a fortune :)

aussietravellers
05-18-2010, 06:21 AM
I have already paid for everything too except our flight from Orlando to LAX. But I stupidly have not changed any cash yet! So I am going to wait to see if it goes up and if it does go over .90 again I will be changing ASAP. I did order some disney gift cards to use to pay for meals etc when we are there when the $ was .93, I haven't received them yet but they did charge my card straight away so that was good.

I am hoping the $ goes up again :wizard:

australiankaren
05-18-2010, 06:58 AM
I hadnt thought of buying the gift cards...bugger, should have done that.
oh well, we'll see how my cash flow is in a few months:confused3

so is there any other tips you can suggest????

i'm sure I have forgotten something.......:upsidedow

Ms. Shuttergirl
05-18-2010, 04:38 PM
Bugger, I was getting used to seeing the dollar over .90 :rotfl2:. I have my fingers crossed that it goes back up at the end of the year.

queenie82
05-18-2010, 09:55 PM
Bugger, I was getting used to seeing the dollar over .90 :rotfl2:. I have my fingers crossed that it goes back up at the end of the year.Oh I know that feeling.

We booked a trip with things doing VERY nicely thankyou...
We ended up going to the US and Europe and Japan when they bottomed out at 60c for the US, 60ish yen, 50 Euro in Jan feb 09 :sad2: :sad2: :guilty:

I'm starting to think I should have bought some US cash when it was at 93 now that it is about 85-86 :confused3
We are ever optimistic of parity one day....sigh...

1rocky
05-18-2010, 10:54 PM
Also hoping the aussie dollar goes up by end of the year. I bought some when it was 88cnts and just now when it is 85.50. through ANZ. so hopefully it does not go down to much. Wondering how do people take the money overseas through travel card, travel cheques or atm or in cash for that country. thanks. i am trying for the first time the travel card in us dollars and also taking us dollars.

queenie82
05-18-2010, 11:20 PM
Also hoping the aussie dollar goes up by end of the year. I bought some when it was 88cnts and just now when it is 85.50. through ANZ. so hopefully it does not go down to much. Wondering how do people take the money overseas through travel card, travel cheques or atm or in cash for that country. thanks. i am trying for the first time the travel card in us dollars and also taking us dollars.
Call me an old fashioned 20 something :rotfl2: But I still like travellers cheques.
The nice thing is that
1 - you can split the money up and carry them in various locations such that should you lose one lot you have more (and as opposed to losing cash there is a security to it) But it is also like carrying cash.
With the cards they hold EVERYTHING.
2 - If the electronic systems go down you still have something OTHER than a card!
3 - you can use them like an atm. Say you have a $50 one and buy something for $8, you get $42 cash in hand.

They are accepted nearly everywhere major and universally across Disney.

aussietravellers
05-18-2010, 11:24 PM
I just saw too that the US$ is at .85 :scared:

As long as it goes up before September! If this is going to be it's down time this year then that is fine with me..... as long as it goes back up!!!!!

My rant is over :rolleyes1

aussietravellers
05-18-2010, 11:27 PM
Call me an old fashioned 20 something :rotfl2: But I still like travellers cheques.
The nice thing is that
1 - you can split the money up and carry them in various locations such that should you lose one lot you have more (and as opposed to losing cash there is a security to it) But it is also like carrying cash.
With the cards they hold EVERYTHING.
2 - If the electronic systems go down you still have something OTHER than a card!
3 - you can use them like an atm. Say you have a $50 one and buy something for $8, you get $42 cash in hand.

They are accepted nearly everywhere major and universally across Disney.

OMG, do they still do travellers cheques :laughing: I haven't used those for so many years, all those years of standing there in the bank, signing every cheque with my signature changing by the end of the pile :laughing:. The last time I used them was in London and I was charged to cash them on several occasions so I just carry cash now and credit card. I wouldn't mind using them again, but get worried about being charged to cash them after it happening all over London.

PrincessInOz
05-19-2010, 12:42 AM
Just back from the US this morning and YIKES!! Dollar at 85 cents!

We took cash, traveller's cheques, debit cash card and credit cards. We changed money in dribs and drabs. My friendly bank don't charge me any commission/fees if I'm changing in cash and in lots under $500; so I worked the system to save the 1% or $8, whichever was the higher.

I'm with Queenie...I'm definitely old fashioned where TC are concerned. But in my experience, we've never had a problem using TC anywhere in the US, not just Disney (Europe - yes; but never the US). Every shop, restaurant, hotel in the US will take the TC without any additional fees and they treat it like cash.

queenie82
05-19-2010, 02:02 AM
OMG, do they still do travellers cheques :laughing: I haven't used those for so many years, all those years of standing there in the bank, signing every cheque with my signature changing by the end of the pile :laughing:. The last time I used them was in London and I was charged to cash them on several occasions so I just carry cash now and credit card. I wouldn't mind using them again, but get worried about being charged to cash them after it happening all over London.Europe and UK aren't quite so friendly.
There were some places that did but almost NOONE in Italy would take Euro ones. Certainly not small shops (which lets face it...that is where you go in Europe mostly.) There seems to be a few issues with AMEX and Italy now. :scared:
I would probably still take some Euro TCs and go to an AMEX office to exchange them commission free for cash when there was one available.

I'm with Queenie...I'm definitely old fashioned where TC are concerned. But in my experience, we've never had a problem using TC anywhere in the US, not just Disney (Europe - yes; but never the US). Every shop, restaurant, hotel in the US will take the TC without any additional fees and they treat it like cash.I agree that the US almost everywhere was fine. And as I say they treat it like cash...and I used them like an ATM :thumbsup2 :woohoo:

aussietravellers
05-19-2010, 02:39 AM
I agree that the US almost everywhere was fine. And as I say they treat it like cash...and I used them like an ATM :thumbsup2 :woohoo:

Well that sounds good :thumbsup2, you may have converted me back to travellers cheques. If the $ goes back up I will get some after hearing both yours and PrincessInOz's good experiences in the US. You won't get me back to them in the UK or Europe though, I had so many trips when they were just a pain which is why I ditched them the last 4 or so Europe/Uk trips. But the US I will give them another go! Thanks :goodvibes

aussietravellers
05-19-2010, 04:33 AM
The $ has now dropped to .84 :sad2:

Gosh it's dropping fast!

hjd0411
05-19-2010, 07:56 AM
Let me jump on board the TC band wagon! I won't use anything else, certainly for the US. I jsut cash them as I go. There was only one place that wouldn't accept them and that was at Golden Corral restaurant! Lucky I had some cash!!! ;)
I'm glad I was able to get my TC's at the 90c +/- mark! Wow - it has dropped quite quickly, hasn't it? I do know that it did that early this year I think, but came back again (not that history means it will do it again!!)

Welcome home PrincessinOz - hope you had a great time away!! I'm still in Orlando - the weather is still hot, hot, hot and humid!! Had a couple of good storms over the last couple of days though! I look forward to hearing how your trip went!

Good luck with the dollar for everyone else! Hope it goes up soon...

Ms. Shuttergirl
05-19-2010, 04:31 PM
I've never actually seen let along used a Travellers Cheque :lmao:. Since last year was my first ever overseas trip we just used the ANZ travel card and it was super convenient and I loved it. Might have to investigate the TC's for next time although I'm kind of a "if it ain't broke don't fix it" kinda gal so will probably stick with the travel visa :rotfl2:

lovintheland
05-19-2010, 07:29 PM
Hi, another vote for the old fashioned TC's. We are coming up to our fourth trip and never use anything else. Accept the trusty CC for some things. The dollar is dropping at a scary rate, and I really think it will keep dropping and take a long time to recover. :eek:

queenie82
05-20-2010, 01:17 AM
The dollar is down to 83 :scared1::eek::sick:

That's 10 cents :sad2:

PrincessInOz
05-20-2010, 01:49 AM
The dollar is down to 83 :scared1::eek::sick:

That's 10 cents :sad2:

It's heading to sub 80's.... :scared1:

aussietravellers
05-20-2010, 01:52 AM
The dollar is down to 83 :scared1::eek::sick:

That's 10 cents :sad2:

:scared1::scared1::scared1::scared1:
:eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:
:sad::sad::sad::sad::sad::sad:

I just saw that and was coming to post the news.

aussietravellers
05-20-2010, 06:25 AM
The $ is down to .82 :scared:

Its dropping .02 a day for the last couple of days, whats going on????

PrincessInOz
05-20-2010, 06:39 AM
PIIGGS!!

(Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece, Germany, Spain).

Just having a look at my sharechart software. If it breaks the 81 cent barrier, the next resistance/support line for the AUD is at 77-80 cents.

Aussie to Euro is heading up and into uncharted resistance/support lines. I'd be buying Euro in small lots and planning a European vacation.

aussietravellers
05-20-2010, 04:01 PM
PIIGGS!!

(Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece, Germany, Spain).

Just having a look at my sharechart software. If it breaks the 81 cent barrier, the next resistance/support line for the AUD is at 77-80 cents.

Aussie to Euro is heading up and into uncharted resistance/support lines. I'd be buying Euro in small lots and planning a European vacation.

:scared1: Just looked at xe.com and its at .80 now!!!!

BecBennett
05-20-2010, 08:56 PM
I just want to say that I hate winter... It's so hard to organise a winter getaway.

Does anyone know anything about The Entrance, DF and I are thinking about going there for the long weekend, but I can't find anything on it. I've been there before for a day, but can't really remember anything about it.

Is there any good shopping? how about Day Spas? What else is there to do during winter

aussiegirls
05-20-2010, 09:10 PM
Yep, I know The Entrance. My family has a holiday house there and we go often.

To be honest there is not a lot there. It's just a smallish beach suburb. It's relatively nice and quiet, so good to go for a bit of a chillax. Not a great deal of shopping there that is not anywhere else. Just the normal Westfield type shops that are everywhere, although I think there is an outlet mall there but I have never been - my mum always goes though and she loves it.

Not too sure about the day spas but I would guess that there would be some there as it is a bit of a touristy place. They have markets on every weekend too.

Personally I like it there. I just spend a lot of time doing nothing much, which I reckon is pretty good :thumbsup2

xxx

kazbar
05-20-2010, 10:46 PM
What else is there to do during winter

Have you considered the Hunter Valley (wineries, art galleries, restaurants etc)

Canberra, Cooma and surrounds? (day trip to the snow, museums, War memorial, Parliament house, the Mint etc)

How about Berry or Bowral (curl up in front of an open fire, visit some lovely shops and the markets)

BecBennett
05-20-2010, 11:06 PM
We're meeting a friend at The Entrance for the weekend, by the sounds of it it's for a bit of a piss up, I'm not a drinker so that doesn't appeal to me, so I thought I'd look into things that do, ie: day spas and shopping :lmao:

Personally I've always found the Hunter Valley over rated, too expensive for what it is. :confused3 that's just IMO though.

queenie82
05-20-2010, 11:44 PM
Personally I've always found the Hunter Valley over rated, too expensive for what it is. :confused3 that's just IMO though.I agree with that. The accommodation in and around the hunter is seriously overpriced. (Having said that accommodation ANYWHERE near Sydney is a rip off. :headache: )
However it is still nice to go to on occasion. I'm not a big drinker but the tyrells free tour is interesting.

Anyway places that are nice for weekend trips are the Blue Mountains and Leura, and Kiama. Leura is a nice shopping strip to look around and I believe they do have markets sometimes. We stumbled upon one but I don't know if it is regular.
And of course the three sisters are lovely. You need to rug up a bit but heck...it's winter so whats a few degrees cooler when there is a lovely destination to visit. :rotfl2:

Bowral is nice and would have day spas. Berrima is a nice town to look around similarly to Leura.

Other than Canberra and the Hunter we do these places as day trips though. The Hunter and Canberra are a bit further out.
As I say accommodation is a rip off. I don't know why and how they get away with it given I can get FAR superior quality accommodation for less in the US...even with the dollar in the toilet :confused3

As for The Entrance we used to go there when we wre kids. I wouldn't call that a winter destination though. There really isn't anything to do there.
We really don't even bother going there anymore. But I would only go there in summer and spring if I had younger kids.

Ms. Shuttergirl
05-31-2010, 05:26 PM
The online Disney store has some great sales on at the moment, most esp for clothing.

I just bought far too many things on there for the family. I was esp pleased to find some Men's "grumpy" t-shirts for so cheap. My hubby is a bit bah-humbug about Disney at times but I knew I had him hooked when on our last day at Disneyland last October, he walked into a shop and came out with a Grumpy T-shirt. Previous days he had been bagging us about our Mickey & Tinkerbell ones :lmao:. Anyway, he wears that Grumpy t-shirt around the house alot. It seems that Grumpy has become his Disney persona (and ain't that the truth sometimes LOL) so I was happy to be able to pick up a few gems for $5-$8US. I think he will get a kick out of them, but if he doesn't it wasn't much money to spend.

I got 11 items:-

3 boys t-shirts for DS8
1 girls t-shirt for DD12
1 small woman's Tink hoodie for DD12
1 small woman's 3/4 sleep top for DD12
2 men's t-shirts for DH
1 men's 3/4 sleeve top for DH
1 woman's t-shirt for me
1 Pluto Christmas decoration on sale

For $136US which is about $160 Australian I believe, price includes the postage. Considering there is a hoodie and 2 long sleeve tops in there, I think an average of $14.50 per item that is good value.

queenie82
05-31-2010, 06:18 PM
Grumpy t-shirts are the one thing that are always in over supply. :lmao: :rotfl:
The ams outlets (http://www.ams-liquidation.com/) are always stuffed full of them.
It is the Stitch t-shirts that are hard to find discounted :sad2:

Having said that...if you found stuff you all liked those prices aren't too bad including postage. Was this the regular disney store stuff (disneystore.com) or the actual Disney park merchandise online store (http://www.disneystore.com/disney-parks/c/70992/) ?

I remember when they first started selling park merchandise online I went and put one ear hat in my shopping cart and it said the postage was $49.95!!! :lmao:
I would LOVE the 2010 graduation eat hat...but not at those prices :eek:

Also - I noticed a christmas decoration on your list ;)

1rocky
05-31-2010, 10:50 PM
I put in a couple of vinylmation small ones and i also got the huge postage of $49.95. More than the items cost.

glara
06-02-2010, 04:13 PM
Your shopping has inspired me - however mine was books from a local site, www.fishpond.co.nz.

I got the Lonely Planet LA/SoCal guide, but my great find - and I only came across it by searching 'Disneyland' was the Hidden Mickey's book.

I'd also read on here that some people take an encyclopedia of Disney characters to use as an autograph book - each character has their own page with a little bio. I'd intended to buy it over there, but apparently it's kind of hard to get - so I thought I'd try my luck and search for it - and it was on the website! So I have ended up with that too...here's the link if anyone is interested:

www.fishpond.co.nz/Books/Childrens/Fiction/General/9781423116707/?cf=3&rid=1490467782&i=1&keywords=Disney%27s+Junior+Encyclopedia+of+Animate d+Characters

No doubt I could have got the Hidden Mickey book at DLR - but this gives me time to read through and get my fix!

aussietravellers
06-02-2010, 04:39 PM
I'm going to visit Amazon this week. I am going to get the books about the kids that are at WDW after dark, Kingdom Keepers I think the series is called, for my son to read (he is not a big reader, so hoping to find a new series of books that he may like, he needs to move on from Zac Power :lmao:).

Has anybody read those or their children read them?

queenie82
06-02-2010, 06:17 PM
I'd also read on here that some people take an encyclopedia of Disney characters to use as an autograph book - each character has their own page with a little bio. I'd intended to buy it over there, but apparently it's kind of hard to get - so I thought I'd try my luck and search for it - and it was on the website! So I have ended up with that too...here's the link if anyone is interested:

www.fishpond.co.nz/Books/Childrens/Fiction/General/9781423116707/?cf=3&rid=1490467782&i=1&keywords=Disney%27s+Junior+Encyclopedia+of+Animate d+CharactersThat's so cool!!! :thumbsup2
What a wonderful idea.

The third Kingdom Keepers book came out recently and I'm told it has a great ending.
I haven't read them myself as they aren't in the library and I haven't seen them here....and I have to refrain from going to amazon for a few weeks after my last shopping trip.... :rolleyes1
Which included -
Sherman Brothers Songbook
The Disney Songbook
A Musical History of Disneyland
The Lion King (Original Broadway production)(Special 2-Disc Edition)
Enchanted
The Disney Theme Park Songbook: Remember the Magic (Piano/Vocal/Guitar Songbook)
amongst other things

Must.....stay......away......:idea:

Ms. Shuttergirl
06-02-2010, 06:18 PM
I ordered the following from Amazon last week:-

1 "Inside the Dream"
Katherine & Richard Greene; Hardcover; $37.80

1 "The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World: Over 600 Secrets of the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom"
Susan Veness; Paperback; $9.32

1 "Disney Parks: The Secrets, Stories and Magic Behind the Scenes (Six-Pack)"
Mickey Mouse; DVD; $26.49

The DVD is the one I am most excited about. It was on preorder but I got an email that it shipped yesterday so I'm looking forward to the parcel arriving. Will save it for when the kids and I have time to curl up together with hot chocolate and watch. DD12 will esp love it.

Aussietravellers, I haven't heard of those books before? Tell me more....

queenie82
06-02-2010, 06:23 PM
And my previous order included these WONDERFUL books:

Jeff Kurtti, Bruce Gordon "Walt Disney's Imagineering Legends and the Genesis of the Disney Theme Park"
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0786855592

Jason Surrell "The Haunted Mansion: From the Magic Kingdom to the Movies -- Updated"
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1423118952

Kristin Lund, et al "The Complete Locations of Star Wars: Inside the Worlds of the Entire Star Wars Saga"
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0756614198

John Hench "Designing Disney"
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1423119150

zaccy
06-02-2010, 06:24 PM
For those of you interested in books there is a great company in the UK that includes the postage of all your books in the price - so the price you see for the book is all you pay - no additional postage. They also have very good prices, we brought the latest lonely planet USA book form them for half the price you would pay here and their range is HUGE. The place is [URL="www.bookdepository.co.uk"]they also have a US based site which has the same books at slightly different prices some times a little cheaper, some times a little more expensive.

BE WARNED..... it can get very expensive 'looking' at this site ;)

aussietravellers
06-02-2010, 06:41 PM
1 "Disney Parks: The Secrets, Stories and Magic Behind the Scenes (Six-Pack)"
Mickey Mouse; DVD; $26.49

Oh how exciting! That's what I am going to order too... :cool1:
I can't wait to hear what you think of it.

Aussietravellers, I haven't heard of those books before? Tell me more....

I haven't read them, but they get very good reviews. From what I can gather, they are about a group of 5 teenagers who are at WDW after dark. I think the first two books are about the Magic Kingdom and the new book that has recently been releasd is about Epcot and Hollywod Studios. I think they sound great, so thought as I would really like the books for my son I may as well order the DVD set also :rolleyes1 :lmao:

Here's a little bit about the books
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Kingdom_Keepers

.

Ms. Shuttergirl
06-02-2010, 06:47 PM
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Damn, now I want to order those too :rotfl:. Since it's my daughters birthday today and presents are already done LOL, I might get them for her for Christmas. She loves to read and she loves everything Disney so it should be a hit.

Ms. Shuttergirl
06-03-2010, 07:26 AM
I finally got around to having our photos printed from our Sept/Oct 2009 trip. I took around 6000 photos and narrowed it down to approx. 1600 images to print. I could've probably culled it some more but decided that I was just not going to. I of course printed lots of images that would mean nothing to other's but everything to us LOL.

Unfortunately they are all jumbled up and not in the order they should have been printed in so I am drowning in images, trying to put them in order. I may have to pay one of the kids to put them in the 6 photo albums I bought today to hold them :rotfl2:.

Anyway, let me know if there are any photos of particular things you want to see, esp Disneyland stuff, I may have lost my mind there, I swear at least 1000 of the photos are of DL.

heidispidi
06-03-2010, 09:45 PM
Can I ask your opinion on how to best spend a day away from DL? The choices are a day at Universal Studios, or a 1 day tour of LA. Neither myself or my daughter (8) have ever been to LA. We're in LA for 7 nights, excluding the 1 night/day we'll be flying to San Francisco, and will be spending the rest of our time at DL. The way I see it:

Universal
Pros: I'd like to see everything there that I've seen on TV for as long as I can remember - the trolley tour, Jaws, etc.
Cons: Is it just an other theme park?

LA tour
Pros: I'd like to see the sites, and a guided tour I've found takes you past movie star houses, the La Brea tar pits (excuse spelling), Rodeo Drive, and to the Warner Bros studio tour.
Cons: I've been told my girl will get bored on the WB tour. And that driving past movie star homes is like me taking any of you on a tour through my suburb, showing you where my friends live LOL.

What are your thoughts?

aussietravellers
06-03-2010, 09:58 PM
LA tour
Pros: I'd like to see the sites, and a guided tour I've found takes you past movie star houses, the La Brea tar pits (excuse spelling), Rodeo Drive, and to the Warner Bros studio tour.
Cons: I've been told my girl will get bored on the WB tour. And that driving past movie star homes is like me taking any of you on a tour through my suburb, showing you where my friends live LOL.


We did an LA/Hollywood tour in December. It was with Grayline tours so it picked up at Disneyland (GCH). We loved it. First stop was something like little mexico. We had the best Churro we have ever eaten, it was SO good. We then drove around LA and then the next stop was around the Chinese Theatre and the Kodak theatre it was for about an hour and was exciting as the street was closed off to traffic (not pedestrians) for the Avatar Hollywood premier that night. We saw Ted Dansen and somebody else doing some sort of interview with photographers everywhere. Talk about weird, there are some weirdos in Hollywood I tell you :lmao: But it was great seeing the stars on the sidewalk. We then were back on the bus for more driving, through Beverley Hills and next stop was The Grove/Farmers Markets for lunch and a shop. I can't remember how long we had there, maybe an hour and a half/two hours (thats where the America Girl shop is).

Back on the bus and off to Santa Monica, had about an hour there. It was lovely, we walked along the pier and had a look at the shops.

Then we stopped at Venice Beach. Well we were off the bus for about 15 minutes then returned. It was just to weird for us and I wasn't that impressed with having my young son there near dark with people selling Marajuana everywhere :scared1: Yes it is for medicinal purposes they were saying :rotfl: But we got back to the bus and everybody else started to arrive back too, so nobody else was very impressed.

We didn't go past any stars home although he would point places out all the time. The driver (Charles I think his name was) was just amazing, knew so much and didn't stop with facts as he was driving around. He pointed out that's where Hugh Grant was caught, thats the nightclub where so and so died, that's where so and so lived for a while....

My son didn't get bored. Mind you he did take his DS with him and one of the other young boys on the bus had his DS too. It was funny, the bus was full of Aussies aside from one US couple.

But it was a fun day. I'm glad we did it.

Ms. Shuttergirl
06-03-2010, 10:50 PM
We did an LA/Hollywood tour in December. It was with Grayline tours so it picked up at Disneyland (GCH). We loved it. First stop was something like little mexico. We had the best Churro we have ever eaten, it was SO good. We then drove around LA and then the next stop was around the Chinese Theatre and the Kodak theatre it was for about an hour and was exciting as the street was closed off to traffic (not pedestrians) for the Avatar Hollywood premier that night. We saw Ted Dansen and somebody else doing some sort of interview with photographers everywhere. Talk about weird, there are some weirdos in Hollywood I tell you :lmao: But it was great seeing the stars on the sidewalk. We then were back on the bus for more driving, through Beverley Hills and next stop was The Grove/Farmers Markets for lunch and a shop. I can't remember how long we had there, maybe an hour and a half/two hours (thats where the America Girl shop is).

Back on the bus and off to Santa Monica, had about an hour there. It was lovely, we walked along the pier and had a look at the shops.

Then we stopped at Venice Beach. Well we were off the bus for about 15 minutes then returned. It was just to weird for us and I wasn't that impressed with having my young son there near dark with people selling Marajuana everywhere :scared1: Yes it is for medicinal purposes they were saying :rotfl: But we got back to the bus and everybody else started to arrive back too, so nobody else was very impressed.

We didn't go past any stars home although he would point places out all the time. The driver (Charles I think his name was) was just amazing, knew so much and didn't stop with facts as he was driving around. He pointed out that's where Hugh Grant was caught, thats the nightclub where so and so died, that's where so and so lived for a while....

My son didn't get bored. Mind you he did take his DS with him and one of the other young boys on the bus had his DS too. It was funny, the bus was full of Aussies aside from one US couple.

But it was a fun day. I'm glad we did it.

I agree with Aussietravellers. The LA tour idea would be great for you and your daughter. You will already be doing the theme park thing and whilst I had a ball at Universal, if i had to choose between the LA tour and that, I'd definitely go LA tour. Your daughter will forever more be able to say how she saw the Hollywood Walk of Fame and other hotspots. Farmers Market was wonderful and a quick glimpse at Santa Monica and Venice Beach is fun. I totally agree about Venice Beach, blech but glad I saw it once.

GrazingGoat1966
06-04-2010, 03:45 AM
Grayline also do a half day LA City tour combined with a half day at Universal if you wish. We did it in 2006 as we were short of time. About $92US from memory (at the time). An option to extend your time at Universal is to make your own way back to your hotel afterwards. Will cost more depending upon where you are staying but it allows you to stay until closing rather than 6pm when the bus arrives to pick you up.

Just a thought....

PrincessInOz
06-04-2010, 04:25 AM
You might like to go on line and have a look at the American Girl Dolls and see if your daughter might like to get herself a doll. If so, then it would definitely be worth heading to the Grove/Farmer's market and spending some time there for her to get a doll.

I would do an LA tour over going to another theme park. This way, you get to see the unique things of LA...that you see in the movies or on TV.

aussiegirls
06-04-2010, 07:55 PM
I agree with PP's that a tour of LA is the go. There is so much to see and do and seeing as you have an 8 yr old DD you really can't not go to American Girl Place. We spent the bulk of an entire day there and will be doing the same thing this time around.

There is also the La Brea Tar Pits (awesome) and the walk of fame is interesting and the Disney Soda Fountain is across the road from it, which is super fun.

Personally I think the only thing that was worthwhile at Universal was the trolley tour but it was definately not worth the cost of an entire day's entry. I would definately give Universal a miss.

xxx

aussiegirls
06-04-2010, 08:01 PM
Ok, you know what I did with my photos, I made a gorgeous photo book with Snapfish. The kids and I love, love, love it. One of my DD's took it everywhere with her for about 6 months :lmao:

The best thing was that you can adjust the sizes of the photos in the book so I didn't have to leave out as many as I thought I would. It took a while to put together (although you can get the site to put it together for you but I wanted to do it) but it is so amazing now. And the cost was probably no more than if I had have printed them all off. :thumbsup2

xxx

Ms. Shuttergirl
06-05-2010, 02:45 AM
Ok, you know what I did with my photos, I made a gorgeous photo book with Snapfish. The kids and I love, love, love it. One of my DD's took it everywhere with her for about 6 months :lmao:

The best thing was that you can adjust the sizes of the photos in the book so I didn't have to leave out as many as I thought I would. It took a while to put together (although you can get the site to put it together for you but I wanted to do it) but it is so amazing now. And the cost was probably no more than if I had have printed them all off. :thumbsup2

xxx

I plan on doing something similar to this, mainly because I want to include journalling. Both the kids and myself kept a travel diary on the trip and I want to incorporate some of our thoughts too. I had of course fully intended to have it done by now but life is too hectic. I must get to this as I know the kids would adore it.

glara
06-05-2010, 04:21 PM
Snapfish is great, I've made a couple of books for my Mum, and each year I do a calendar for the relatives for Christmas, featuring my DS - each month has photos from the corresponding month of the last year, so they can see how he's changed in 12 months.

Have also got a bit carried away in the last few days...not only did I get those books mentioned earlier, but we realised we have only one suitcase between us and whilst we can borrow a couple, we're still short - so managed to get one in the long weekend sale yesterday, it's great - really light so at least we're not using precious kg on a hefty set of luggage!

Then I ordered the Entertainment book, hoping that HoJo's will open up our dates closer to the time - hey, if they don't then no great loss as we'll make use of plenty of the vouchers in the book anyway.

And I've made a growth chart which shows what height DS (4 at the end of next month) needs to be to go on the rides with height limits - he's got 2cm to grow in 11 months to be able to go on Big Thunder Mountain, Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, etc.

Was also interested to read your comments about Universal - I went when I was 5 so don't remember it and was thinking of skipping it as I don't think DS would be into it, he won't quite be 5 when we go. I thought I could send DH on his own if he is keen. Coach tour sounds good though.

heidispidi
06-10-2010, 11:33 PM
Off topic, is anyone doing anything good this long weekend? (Not sure if it's a country-wide thing or not?). We're driving to Dubbo, visiting Western Plains Zoo and the old Gaol, etc. A 5 hour drive from Sydney, I'm guessing it will be a decent precursor to a 12 hr 40 min flight to LA in January! I haven't been there in over 20 years, so I'm really looking forward to it. :yay:

I've printed off plenty of games from the net for the drive, and written my list of things we need to pack tonight...it all helps to take my mind off our DL trip for a couple of days! I know my sister is having a similar issue, where all you can think about when you're not working hard or tending to the kids etc is your trip. I'm sure we're not alone! It's like when you're getting married, or pregnant LOL. :cheer2:

shushh
06-10-2010, 11:41 PM
heidispidi, that sounds nice! Dubbo and the zoo is on our long to do list. Unfortunately, DH is on call for most of the next 7 days... :(

Oh well, I guess someone has to earn the money to pay for our Disney holidays!

We're finally going to get to see Melbourne though. Going for 5 days in the July school holidays. DH has been twice and both times only got to see the college building where he sat his exams before flying back home!

Staying at the Swanston Hotel. Hope its good as we got the rooms half price so can't complain!

aussiegirls
06-11-2010, 01:29 AM
I think half of Australia is coming up the mountains here. The tourist traffic on the way home from work was a shocker :eek:

xxx

PrincessInOz
06-11-2010, 03:39 AM
A quiet weekend at home relaxing and lots of :surfweb:. I have a trip report to try to complete...;)
And I might be watching the soccer.

queenie82
06-11-2010, 05:44 AM
A quiet weekend at home relaxing and lots of :surfweb:. I have a trip report to try to complete...;)Minus the trip report that's my plan :goodvibes

And I might be watching the soccer.
Soccer???? Pardon???? Do you mean football? :rotfl2::rotfl2:

sigh....the world cup
Yes we did a sweep/draw at the office because the boss is a HUGE football fan. I got North Korea and Mexico :headache:
So I won't be watching it...but I will watch the highlights of the first match tomorrow to see how quickly Mexico go down :lmao:

I hope people have a nice long weekend :thumbsup2

PrincessInOz
06-11-2010, 05:51 AM
Minus the trip report that's my plan :goodvibes


Soccer???? Pardon???? Do you mean football? :rotfl2::rotfl2:

sigh....the world cup
Yes we did a sweep/draw at the office because the boss is a HUGE football fan. I got North Korea and Mexico :headache:
So I won't be watching it...but I will watch the highlights of the first match tomorrow to see how quickly Mexico go down :lmao:

I hope people have a nice long weekend :thumbsup2

For us Melbournians, football is that blood sport played all weekend masquerading as a game. Soccer is that game played with the round ball that some French players think that they need to hit with their hands. :lmao:

North Korea is an outside chance; so don't throw away your ticket just yet.

Have a good weekend.

areweindisneyyet
06-11-2010, 06:04 AM
When we were in San Francisco my husband and son went to watch a San Fran Giants baseball game. They absolutely LOVED it. For the rest of the trip he watched the baseball whenever we were in the room.

Since returning home same thing. The US baseball season has recently started again and he is obsessed. Funny how just going once has created an obsession with him.

If only it couldn've been about Disneyland and not baseball, I'd be set. Then I would get all the trips i want :lmao:

I have the ice hockey bug - I take someone new every trip so that it becomes infectious. Go Canucks!:happytv:

areweindisneyyet
06-11-2010, 06:06 AM
My husband is keen on an ice hockey game on our next trip.

I should have kept reading. If you can see a game between a Canadian team and an American team. The anthems are spine tingling. Atmosphere great!
I have been to AFL Grand Finals and the ice hockey is right up there.

glara
06-11-2010, 05:06 PM
Enjoy your long weekend - we had ours last weekend. Mind you, EVERY weekend is a long one for me as I don't work on a Monday - mind you, that means I usually get short changed on the public holidays! :rotfl2:

Two of my three Disney/SoCal books arrived on Wednesday so I plan on hiding myself away and reading them - weather is meant to be pretty awful all weekend over here.

Travel Mum
06-11-2010, 05:39 PM
I have a trip report to try to complete...;)
And I might be watching the soccer.

Oh, yes please PrincessinOz :banana:

glara
06-18-2010, 04:18 PM
:yay: EXCITEMENT! I just called HoJo's and reserved our room for next May!

Imagine how delighted I will be when I actually book the flights! (Thought I'd start with HoJo's as I can cancel that without penalty if the savings plan takes a dive). ;)

lovintheland
06-18-2010, 04:52 PM
Congratulation Glara :thumbsup2 HoJo's is the best!

I am desperately trying to book HoJo's for this September. Just waiting for someone to cancel :sad1:

GrazingGoat1966
06-18-2010, 08:22 PM
Got to agree with previous posters about Baseball and Ice Hockey. Until you have experienced LIVE the atmosphere and hoopla surrounding a Major League Baseball game you are missing out big time. It is incredible!! And considering that it was a non descript regular season game between the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Seattle Mariners, it was even more remarkable.
And the pre-season Ice Hockey game that I attended was one of the most enjoyable evenings of sport that I've attended. The skill of these blokes on skates is something to behold, especially when you see what seriously large units some of them are. And the fights are a treat.

Considering how sanitized and non-contact the once great game of Australian Rules has become, it was a pleasure to see some good old fashioned biff. And guess what? Not one of the players was injured. And people still turn up in their thousands to watch the games. Imagine that Andrew Demetriou!!!

Couple that with seeing the Chicago Bulls LIVE back in the day when Jordan, Pippen, Rodman and Longley were still banging the boards, a Gridiron game is the only thing left on my USA sports "bucket list" still left to do.

If you have even a remote interest in American sport, then do what you can to attend a game. You WILL NOT be disappointed....I guarantee.

Travel Mum
06-19-2010, 07:07 PM
How would watching an Orlando Magic basketball game be? The reason I ask is that I think there may be a basketball game when we will be there but unfortunately it won't be during the baseball or ice-hockey season. I've been to both major league baseball and ice-hockey games before which I agree are great but never to basketball. :confused3 If worthwhile, I'd love to include a game for my DH's sake :thumbsup2

Saskiwi
06-22-2010, 06:18 PM
I can't remember who was asking for tips on New York - or even what thread it was in, but I just found this great page of links on ideas for kids in NYC http://nymag.com/family/kids/

Hope it helps someone!

Ms. Shuttergirl
06-29-2010, 07:07 PM
I love it when I stumble across sweet Disney stories in threads on the DIS. Thought you might enjoy this one:-

http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37176902&postcount=75

aussietravellers
07-01-2010, 03:29 AM
I can't remember who was asking for tips on New York - or even what thread it was in, but I just found this great page of links on ideas for kids in NYC http://nymag.com/family/kids/

Hope it helps someone!

Thanks for that, what a fantastic website :flower3: I am interested in New York as we are due to go in a couple of months for our first visit.

aussietravellers
07-01-2010, 03:30 AM
I love it when I stumble across sweet Disney stories in threads on the DIS. Thought you might enjoy this one:-

http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37176902&postcount=75

That is such a sweet story!

Ms. Shuttergirl
08-09-2010, 12:39 AM
This would be a fun gift for the kids:-

http://www.oneshare.com/stock.aspx?stock=disney&AID=517458&PID=3685103

BrisWesty
08-09-2010, 07:53 PM
Aussie dollar back over 90c. Likely to be going to LA end of the month. Woo hoo. The kids don't know yet.

Ms. Shuttergirl
01-10-2012, 09:36 PM
My DH got me a desk calendar for 2012 that has stupid things men say.

Today's quote is from Roy Disney:-

"He's passe. Nobdy cares about Mickey anymore. There are whole batches of Mickeys we just can't give away. I think we should phase him out."

Roy Disney, 1937 referring to Mickey Mouse.

:rotfl2::rotfl2:

Ms. Shuttergirl
01-10-2012, 09:40 PM
http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad115/ms_shuttergirl/390788_805627480761_185000598_37620043_1433704619_ n.jpg

Who knew Neville would grow up like this :rotfl:

Travel Mum
01-10-2012, 10:24 PM
Oh wow, I never even recognised him! I thought it was a good-looking fan having a photo with the stars :rotfl2:

Lulu83
01-11-2012, 04:38 AM
Wow! I too didn't recognise him at all!

I couldn't resist Googl-ing him to see a "before" photo http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2014932/Harry-Potter-star-Matthew-Lewis-transformation-geeky-Neville-hunk.html