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PrincessInOz
06-08-2010, 04:39 AM
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Ehsmum - I think you're flying out this weekend or soon! Safe travels and have a great time!

:wave:

princess::upsidedow

queenie82
06-08-2010, 05:58 AM
Safe and Happy travels to all.
And here's hoping the dollar doesn't plummet any more!!!

shushh
06-08-2010, 06:31 AM
And here's hoping the dollar doesn't plummet any more!!!

Amen to that!!!!

Always eagerly awaiting the trip reports. I LOVE LOVE to hear how everyone's Disney trips went.

ehsmum
06-08-2010, 09:08 PM
Thanks everyone! We're leaving tomorrow night! :cool1: And I'm sick :sad2:. One of my friends has been sick with a virus for the last couple of weeks and I've been telling her to stay away from me. But it looks like I've got it. It seems to be just a cold at the moment - runny/stuffed nose, cough, headache - but my chest is feeling kind of heavy today. I'm thinking about going to the After Hours GP tonight (cause I'll never get in to my dr now) and see if they will give me some antibiotics just in case.

Other then that, we're excited! :banana: Last night my 6 year old was talking about footy training next Tuesday and I said "we'll be at Disneyland next Tuesday" and he squealed! Later on he told me that he "nearly fainted" when I said that :rotfl2:

I just went to change some cash at Harvey World and their rate was 76c so I held off. I'll try again at Sydney Airport on Friday. We've got our travel cards all set but I want some cash for day one so I don't have to try to find an ATM asap.

heidispidi
06-08-2010, 09:26 PM
Your son sounds SO excited, and with good reason!!! I hope your flights are good and that you have the best family holiday possible. Feel better soon.

Ms. Shuttergirl
06-08-2010, 11:11 PM
Thanks everyone! We're leaving tomorrow night! :cool1: And I'm sick :sad2:. One of my friends has been sick with a virus for the last couple of weeks and I've been telling her to stay away from me. But it looks like I've got it. It seems to be just a cold at the moment - runny/stuffed nose, cough, headache - but my chest is feeling kind of heavy today. I'm thinking about going to the After Hours GP tonight (cause I'll never get in to my dr now) and see if they will give me some antibiotics just in case.

Other then that, we're excited! :banana: Last night my 6 year old was talking about footy training next Tuesday and I said "we'll be at Disneyland next Tuesday" and he squealed! Later on he told me that he "nearly fainted" when I said that :rotfl2:

I just went to change some cash at Harvey World and their rate was 76c so I held off. I'll try again at Sydney Airport on Friday. We've got our travel cards all set but I want some cash for day one so I don't have to try to find an ATM asap.

WOOOHOOO, have the most wonderful time. I'm completely jealous and can't wait to hear all about it.

cola
06-08-2010, 11:52 PM
I just went to change some cash at Harvey World and their rate was 76c so I held off. I'll try again at Sydney Airport on Friday. We've got our travel cards all set but I want some cash for day one so I don't have to try to find an ATM asap.Try a bank, they usually do better than any exchange place. I've always found the fees at the airport pretty high and the fees at a currency exchange to be much higher than a bank. Last time I changed $1000AU to US I think my local Commonwealth only charged a $10 fee, and the exchange rate was better than expected.


Have a wonderful trip :)

lovintheland
06-09-2010, 04:57 AM
Ehsmum, have the most precious holiday ever! I too am envious ours isn't sooner. Enjoy every moment!!!!!:cheer2:

jenshell75
06-09-2010, 07:24 AM
Ehsmum, Have a fantastic holiday and a safe return to the land of oz. :thumbsup2

PrincessInOz
07-10-2010, 05:48 PM
Shushh - I'm looking forward to meeting you on Friday. I'm not sure if this is too late...but safe travels to MELBOURNE!!

Ms. Shuttergirl
07-11-2010, 04:54 PM
How long until Ehsmum is back? I need to see some recent photos :)

Travel Mum
07-11-2010, 05:00 PM
How long until Ehsmum is back? I need to see some recent photos :)

I was wondering that too! :)

PrincessInOz
07-14-2010, 05:51 AM
Kalice - Have a GREAT time in Bali! I'll be envious thinking of you sipping cocktails by the pool!

PrincessInOz
07-23-2010, 04:31 AM
GrazingGoat1966 and Shaz105 - Have a great and safe trip!

http://smileys.on-my-web.com/repository/Transports/montgolfiere-034.gif

Remember the photos....and the food porn.

shaz105
07-23-2010, 05:46 AM
Thank You

Cant wait it has come up so quickly, we have had a few down with my husbands work and with the money situation we will have a bit of a tighter budget now but we will still have a great time. As I saw a quote on the board "You don't have to spend money to have a great trip"

i am going to start packing tomorrow is that too soon.

Grazing Goat has a wonderful trip you are leaving a day before me :banana:

aussiegirls
07-23-2010, 06:46 PM
Hey shaz, just wondering if you have been collecing vouchers (coupons). Last year I took a stack of them that I had printed off online and it really did end up saving quite a bit of money.

This time I have also been printing them out if I find any and already have quite a collection.

Definately worth doing, especially if you are on a budget, I reckon :thumbsup2

xxx

zaccy
07-23-2010, 07:32 PM
Hey shaz, just wondering if you have been collecing vouchers (coupons). Last year I took a stack of them that I had printed off online and it really did end up saving quite a bit of money.

This time I have also been printing them out if I find any and already have quite a collection.

Definately worth doing, especially if you are on a budget, I reckon :thumbsup2

xxx


Aussiegirls would you mind sharing what types of coupons you are collecting? We are going to Disneyland in September and I have printed some for rainforest cafe which I found on a link on these boards but I am not sure what else I should be looking out for - if you could point me in the right direction that would be great :yay:

aussiegirls
07-23-2010, 08:39 PM
No prob zaccy :thumbsup2

Tonight I will post links to the coupons I have collected so far!!!
:dance3:

xxx

ehsmum
07-23-2010, 08:44 PM
We're back!

Got home yesterday and the jetlag hit hard. I'm trying to unpack and do 6 weeks of washing today :eek: but will hopefully get some time to update soon.

Highlights - Disneyland of course :love: (we were chosen as the family to open DCA one day and made Honorary Citizens of Disneyland!! :banana: ), NYC (absolutely amazing), WDW, Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I loved Washington DC and San Francisco, wish we had more time in both places. I am not a fan of Las Vegas, definitely won't rush back there in a hurry.

Will update more soon. Safe travels to everyone leaving soon, you will have an absolute ball!

aussietravellers
07-23-2010, 09:41 PM
We're back!

Got home yesterday and the jetlag hit hard. I'm trying to unpack and do 6 weeks of washing today :eek: but will hopefully get some time to update soon.

Highlights - Disneyland of course :love: (we were chosen as the family to open DCA one day and made Honorary Citizens of Disneyland!! :banana: ),
NYC (absolutely amazing), WDW, Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I loved Washington DC and San Francisco, wish we had more time in both places. I am not a fan of Las Vegas, definitely won't rush back there in a hurry.

Will update more soon. Safe travels to everyone leaving soon, you will have an absolute ball!

:welcome: Home

Oh my goodness, that is SO exciting about being chosen as the family to open DCA and to be honorary citizens of Disneyland :cool1:

I can't wait to read your report, particularly NY (we will be there in 52 days :banana: )

Have fun doing the unpack and all of the :laundy: I hate that massive pile of washing when we get home :sad2: But it's one of the side effects of travelling I suppose :rotfl:.

shaz105
07-23-2010, 10:00 PM
Hi Aussiegirls

i have been collecting coupons didn't know you could I will wait for you to post up the link as I will definatly be interested in saving a bit of money

aussietravellers
07-23-2010, 10:09 PM
I'm a big coupon collector when we go to the US.

There are websites where you can print up printable coupons. I just go through and find stores and restaurants that we like to shop and eat at and print them up. You can get them for all sorts of things from clothing stores to food, tours, restaurants etc.

A couple I have used in the past are...

http://www.coupondad.net/
http://printable-coupons.blogspot.com/
http://www.wow-coupons.com/printable-retail-coupons.php
www.couponcabin.com

I haven't started looking yet as many have an expiry date, I'll start printing in a few weeks.

If you sign up to some of the outlet shopping centers (prime and premium outlets) you can print up a coupon to get a coupon book when you arrive at the outlet center on the day. Also if there are certain shopping centers you will be going to, have a look on their website as they have different specials sometimes that you can print up a coupon for and get discount coupon books or a free bag etc.

Ms. Shuttergirl
07-23-2010, 11:52 PM
I was wondering when you would be back. How exciting. Cannot wait to hear more and see pics, lots of pics please luv.

PrincessInOz
07-24-2010, 02:32 AM
We're back!

Got home yesterday and the jetlag hit hard. I'm trying to unpack and do 6 weeks of washing today :eek: but will hopefully get some time to update soon.

Highlights - Disneyland of course :love: (we were chosen as the family to open DCA one day and made Honorary Citizens of Disneyland!! :banana: ), NYC (absolutely amazing), WDW, Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I loved Washington DC and San Francisco, wish we had more time in both places. I am not a fan of Las Vegas, definitely won't rush back there in a hurry.

Will update more soon. Safe travels to everyone leaving soon, you will have an absolute ball!

Welcome back! Settle back in (quickly) and you know we're all hanging out here waiting to hear more .... and about being HC for Disneyland! Well done!

aussiegirls
07-24-2010, 04:42 AM
Hi all,

So these are some of the coupons that I have collected so far.

http://www.glscrip.com/download/240910GLSCCouponBook.pdf

http://www.anaheimoc.org/Articles/Archive/Webpage10153.asp

http://www.facebook.com/mimiscafe?v=app_139372682739751

That last one is from Mimi's cafe (awesome restaurant). Also if you go to their website and sign up to get their emails they will email you a voucher for a free breakfast. But only sign up a few days before you go because the vouchers are only valid for about 14 days.

I think if you sign up to get Millies emails they will also send you a voucher for a free meal. I know that if you have a kid that is having a birthday around when you are going and sign them up for the Millie's kids club they will send them a voucher for a free kids meal.

Denny's will also email you a coupon for a free breakfast on your birthday if you are having one whilst you are there.

I also have lots of coupons from Getaway Today. They used to have all their coupons available on their website but apparently too many people were using them (duh, that's what they are for :confused:). So now they have them hidden away somewhere out there in cyberspace and I think they only give the link to people who buy an package from them. You can find them if you do an advanced Google search, but they are quite difficult to find. I can't post a link because it is a PDF, but I do have a copy stored on my computer :rolleyes1. So if anyone wants them just PM me with your email address and I will send them to you. Personally I think these ones are the best of all that I have - lots and lots of discounts

Finally there is Restaurant.com. You can buy gift certificates for very cheap. I bought a $25 gift certificate for House of Blues for $2. If you sign up to get their emails they will send you (almost on a daily basis) promo codes that you can use on their website to get discounts off the prices they have on there. If you wait about a week or so they should come up with an 80% promo code that would allow you to get a $25 gift card for $2. You can pay in USD if you have a travel card or something similar. Just one thing to be wary of, in the fine print, it says that you can't use more than one voucher in one restaurant per month. So no point getting multiples for the same restaurant.

Anyway, that's all that I can think of at the moment. Hope that helps some. If I find (or remember) any others I will definately post. Hope it saves you a few $$$$ guys.

xxx

zaccy
07-24-2010, 05:55 AM
Thanks Aussiegirls and Aussietravellers for the coupon links :cheer2:

Off to have a look :surfweb:

shaz105
07-25-2010, 12:37 AM
thanks i have been busy printing off

Toy Story
07-25-2010, 02:16 AM
Do you think we should start a specific thread for coupon links? I know there is also the one on the main Disboards, but since this 'Other Land' section started, I always check in here first.

shaz105
07-25-2010, 04:04 AM
i think we should like yourself i always check here first

lovintheland
07-25-2010, 04:08 AM
Thanks Aussiegirls. Will check them out :thumbsup2

GrazingGoat1966
07-25-2010, 07:18 AM
I appreciate the kind thoughts of the Disboarders!!!!!

Yes we leave next Saturday night from Perth via Brisbane to LAX. A short flight to Vegas with 7 nights at the Luxor before a few days with the in laws who live a couple of hours outside of Vegas. A 3 week roadtrip through the National Parks of the West (Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Arches, Canyonlands, Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, Glacier, North Cascades,Olympia, Mt Rainier, Crater Lake, Lassen Volcanic, Yosemite, Zion and Bryce). Upon arrival back in Vegas we fly to Orlando for 10 days at Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Our family is Me, the bloke at 43, The Boss....she's 40, and the Big Boss...well she's going to celebrate her 3rd birthday with her Grandma. The temperatures are touching an average of 43C in Vegas. The in laws home base touched 47C last weekend, and Orlando is sitting on the low 30'sC with the usual intense humidity. By the time we get there to Orlando on the 28th August, hopefully the temps may be a touch cooler, but the humidity will still be way up there.

But I wouldn't have it any other way. As we all know, the Disney holidays are magic for creating memories for ourselves and our youngsters for the years to come. As DVC members, they are our major overseas destination. We therefore limit our travel outside our US trips to allow us stateside trips every couple of years.

We are indeed fortunate and blessed. Who knows if I get my you know what together I may well try and do a trip report for the 6 weeks.....if people are interested and if I can work out how!!

PrincessInOz
07-25-2010, 07:27 AM
I appreciate the kind thoughts of the Disboarders!!!!!

Yes we leave next Saturday night from Perth via Brisbane to LAX. A short flight to Vegas with 7 nights at the Luxor before a few days with the in laws who live a couple of hours outside of Vegas. A 3 week roadtrip through the National Parks of the West (Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Arches, Canyonlands, Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, Glacier, North Cascades,Olympia, Mt Rainier, Crater Lake, Lassen Volcanic, Yosemite, Zion and Bryce). Upon arrival back in Vegas we fly to Orlando for 10 days at Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Our family is Me, the bloke at 43, The Boss....she's 40, and the Big Boss...well she's going to celebrate her 3rd birthday with her Grandma. The temperatures are touching an average of 43C in Vegas. The in laws home base touched 47C last weekend, and Orlando is sitting on the low 30'sC with the usual intense humidity. By the time we get there to Orlando on the 28th August, hopefully the temps may be a touch cooler, but the humidity will still be way up there.

But I wouldn't have it any other way. As we all know, the Disney holidays are magic for creating memories for ourselves and our youngsters for the years to come. As DVC members, they are our major overseas destination. We therefore limit our travel outside our US trips to allow us stateside trips every couple of years.

We are indeed fortunate and blessed. Who knows if I get my you know what together I may well try and do a trip report for the 6 weeks.....if people are interested and if I can work out how!!

GrazingGoat1966 - Now I'm really envious!! The only NP in your list that I haven't visited is Grand Tetons. If you haven't done this trip before, you're in for a great time.

There's a zigzag (dirt) road from Mexican Hat near Monument Valley into the Southern Utah National Parks. Not sure if you're planning on taking this road. It's in the middle of nowhere; but a lot of fun!!

But if you're heading into Colorado towards Grand Tetons, and you have time for a detour, try heading towards Mesa Verde....It is worth the detour.

I'd love to see pictures - I only have the film variety and keep meaning to head back....someday!

GrazingGoat1966
07-25-2010, 07:48 AM
GrazingGoat1966 - Now I'm really envious!! The only NP in your list that I haven't visited is Grand Tetons. If you haven't done this trip before, you're in for a great time.

There's a zigzag (dirt) road from Mexican Hat near Monument Valley into the Southern Utah National Parks. Not sure if you're planning on taking this road. It's in the middle of nowhere; but a lot of fun!!

But if you're heading into Colorado towards Grand Tetons, and you have time for a detour, try heading towards Mesa Verde....It is worth the detour.

I'd love to see pictures - I only have the film variety and keep meaning to head back....someday!

Thanks PIO!! Have done all the way up to Yellowstone before but North of there is all new territory for me. Also taking an uncle of mine who has never been to the states before, who will be my travelling companion for the roadtrip while the two bosses spend time with Grandma.
Look forward to posting some photos!!

PrincessInOz
07-29-2010, 06:15 AM
GrazingGoat - I forgot to mention it and assumed that you will travel this way...but the Going to the Sun road into Glacier NP (from Yellowstone direction) is just spectacular. If it isn't on your travel map, I highly recommend you try this road. I'd love to see your photos from the top....

GrazingGoat1966
07-29-2010, 10:15 PM
PIO, are definately traversing the Going to the Sun road at Glacier. Am actually booked into the St Mary's campgrounds right at the entrance to the road, the night before we cut across it from East to West before we head towards Washington State.

PrincessInOz
08-17-2010, 06:18 AM
We are about 14 days away from the start of September.

:dance3: :dance3: :dance3:


For all of those travellers in September 2010, I thought I'd kick this one off earlier than normal as there are a heap of you:


AussieTravellers - WDW
DizOz - WDW
Loveintheland - DLR
Ms. Shuttergirl - WDW
Ozkateer - WDW
Kyl - WDW
Zaccy - DLR (Sorry to have missed you in the first pass!)
Shan08 - WDW (Sorry to have missed you in the first pass!)


If I've missed anyone, I apologise. PM me and I'll update the list; or post in this thread so that we can all be envious :sick: and happy :yay: for you at the same time.

And with so many of you going, at least ONE of you (if not more) should come back with food porn for F&W!

princess::upsidedow

shushh
08-17-2010, 06:29 AM
PrincessInOz, you are so sweet. Thank you so much for being so thoughtful and organanizing farewells for all on everyone's behalf. Its nice to be "looked after".

Bon voyage to all you lucky ducks leaving in September! Safe travels and have a fabulous time.

Ms. Shuttergirl
08-17-2010, 07:04 AM
Thanks PrincessinOz. We are at 36 sleeps and everyone is so excited. And since I have been pouring over the food trip reports for weeks now, you know I will so be taking food porn pics.

I had to remind myself today to stop and smell the roses on this trip. I was already starting to get all anxious about getting in and out of adr's quickly to get to parks, back to the resort, etc. I need to remember to just go with the flow, we will see much of what we want to and do much of what we want to and if not, hopefully there will be a next time.

Oz-kateer
08-17-2010, 07:20 AM
Thanks for the thoughts! We are 37 sleeps out and the kids are excited. Youngest DS has already packed his in flight bag.


I ALWAYS take food porn. Only way I can recall what I ate. And I don't know about anyone else but a significant thing for me anywhere I go on holidays is the food. I just let fly and eat whatever comes in my direction. I can always walk it off. Well that's my excuse.

aussietravellers
08-17-2010, 07:30 AM
Thanks PrincessInOz :hug:

4 weeks (28 days) today :yay: This time in 4 weeks we will be on the plane about 3 hours out of LAX :woohoo:

I will certainly be returning with food porn. We are such big TS eaters, so with that and F&W festival, I should have plenty to share :thumbsup2

DizOz
08-17-2010, 04:20 PM
Thanks PrincessInOz for the farewell to everyone.

We are 3 weeks, 4 days and 3 hours from takeoff.

I see the weather forecast is

Orlando - 34C with 52% humidity (Hovering in low to mid 30's with thunderstorms)
Anaheim - 32C with 35% humidity (Hovering between 28-26C for rest fo the week)

Heat like that will be a shock to the system after our weather in Melbourne.

kyl
08-17-2010, 04:40 PM
Thanks princess oz, I am glad I am not the only one counting the days down and wishing them away. You guys are all great, like one big family on here xx. Only 32 sleeps away!!!!!!!!

aussiegirls
08-17-2010, 05:54 PM
Bon Voyage to all the September Disers pixiedust:

Hope you have an amaaaaaazing time, and yes, don't forget the food porn :lmao:

We are now down to our double digit dance :dance3::dance3::dance3: Only 99 more sleeps for us :thumbsup2

xxx

lovintheland
08-18-2010, 03:37 AM
29 sleeps for us :yay::yay::yay::yay::yay::yay::yay::yay::yay:
Thanks PrincessinOz xx

zaccy
08-18-2010, 03:37 AM
We are about 14 days away from the start of September.

:dance3: :dance3: :dance3:


For all of those travellers in September 2010, I thought I'd kick this one off earlier than normal as there are a heap of you:


AussieTravellers
DizOz
Loveintheland
Ms. Shuttergirl
Ozkateer
Kyl


If I've missed anyone, I apologise. PM me and I'll update the list; or post in this thread so that we can all be envious :sick: and happy :yay: for you at the same time.

And with so many of you going, at least ONE of you (if not more) should come back with food porn for F&W!

princess::upsidedow

Thanks for the good wishes PrincessInOz - we are off the Disneyland in September too.

Do you think it would be ok to add where people are traveling to (ie DLR or/and WDW) I think most or you are off to WDW.

shan08
08-18-2010, 04:33 AM
Dont forget me PrincessInOz. We leave in 30 sleeps.:cheer2:
Ms Shuttergirl, Im like that too. Im over trying to sort out which park and when and fit in with ADRs. What would be an average time to get from a park back to resort then onto another resort/park for ADR, by bus. I know it must vary a bit.

Oz-kateer
08-18-2010, 04:48 AM
Depends on which park and which resort, but allowing for walking through the park, possibly lining up at the restaurant for a bit, waiting for buses and actually travelling - and the time of day (it is "peak hour"?) I'd allow at least an hour and a half.

Also investigate the option of other modes of transport if you can - buses are not always the quickest.

I used taxis sometimes, just to make life easier. Average taxi ride from any point to any point in WDW was $10-$15, and it can shave hours off your travel time.

PrincessInOz
08-18-2010, 06:59 AM
Thanks for the good wishes PrincessInOz - we are off the Disneyland in September too.

Do you think it would be ok to add where people are traveling to (ie DLR or/and WDW) I think most or you are off to WDW.

:wave: Hi Zaccy! Hope you've been well!

Dont forget me PrincessInOz. We leave in 30 sleeps.:cheer2:
Ms Shuttergirl, Im like that too. Im over trying to sort out which park and when and fit in with ADRs. What would be an average time to get from a park back to resort then onto another resort/park for ADR, by bus. I know it must vary a bit.

I've added both of you to the list. Sorry for missing you in the first pass and I hope that I've gotten everyone's parks correctly listed as well! :rolleyes1

It's going to be very quiet on the Aussie Boards in September!

Ms. Shuttergirl
08-18-2010, 08:11 AM
Depends on which park and which resort, but allowing for walking through the park, possibly lining up at the restaurant for a bit, waiting for buses and actually travelling - and the time of day (it is "peak hour"?) I'd allow at least an hour and a half.

Also investigate the option of other modes of transport if you can - buses are not always the quickest.

I used taxis sometimes, just to make life easier. Average taxi ride from any point to any point in WDW was $10-$15, and it can shave hours off your travel time.

I think the taxi idea is a good one. We have decided that we will catch a taxi to all of our dinner adr's to save having to catch 2 buses from resort to park to resort. After dinner we will then just catch a bus to the park we wish to go to. If for some reason we are going back to our resort, we will consider a taxi again. If my feet are hurting the money will be well spent :rotfl:

Travel Mum
08-18-2010, 04:08 PM
Are the taxis that operate in WDW all standard size 5-seater cars? As a family-of-five, we cannot fit into one of these as, with the driver we need a 6-seater, so hailing cabs in cities is really tricky.

kyl
08-18-2010, 06:20 PM
Very good question we will have six of us, I wonder if you can order like what we have here called a "maxi taxi"? Anyone know?

Oz-kateer
08-18-2010, 07:04 PM
Yep - maxi taxis are available. LOTS of taxis available around the resorts and around the parks. If there doesn't happen to be a maxi taxi hanging around at the taxi rank, get the hotel concierge to call you one. If yu like the maxi taxi driver (or even the taxi driver) you get, get a card from hima ndthen call on him every time you get a cab.

DON'T FORGET TO TIP! Overall you'll find taxis less $$ than we pay here (well, in Sydney at least) but it's expected you'll tip about 20%, which sort of makes up for the lower fares.

Having said that however, Disney employees and people around Orlando in general are used to Australian tourists and are aware of our tip-less culture, and don't usually get too bent out of shape if you don't tip correctly, or at all.

Ms. Shuttergirl
08-18-2010, 07:48 PM
I thought it was 15% tip for taxis, yikes! I only tipped 15% when we were in the US last time.

I've been boogieing on down to a bit of Taylor Dayne this morning. I am very excited to see her at the F&W Fest. If you see a crazy chick with frizzy blond hair (my hair doesn't "do" humidity well) dancing up the front, you'll know it's me :rotfl2:.

Na na na na na na
Na na na na na na
Na na na na na na
Na na na na na na

Sing it with me:lmao:

Oz-kateer
08-18-2010, 08:03 PM
I have curly hair as well and the Florida Frizzies damn near drive me INSANE.

It sounds very vain but if the excitement over what I'm going to EAT at WDW is anything to judge by, the anxiety about what I am going to do with my hair is right at the other end of the scale.

Before I go this time I'm going to have a Keratin treatment done to see if might help things stay under control.

Otherwise it will be hats, clips, combs and elastics again.

I want at least ONE photo of me in Florida with reasonable hair. We're doing breakfast one morning at MK so I'll see if I can get one shot early in the day, the traditional castle shot.

aussietravellers
08-18-2010, 08:55 PM
I thought it was 15% tip for taxis, yikes! I only tipped 15% when we were in the US last time.


Standard tipping for a taxi is 15% so you tipped fine :thumbsup2 If they are super helpful, help you with luggage, shopping, stroller etc into the boot then you can up it to 20% but 15% is fine and it's the expected amount from a taxi driver.

GrazingGoat1966
08-27-2010, 11:46 AM
PIO, we are 2 days from flying out from Vegas to WDW. Leave Sunday morning for 10 days at AKL. Already been here in the states for 4 weeks before WDW.

Hope the Ockers all have a great trip to their Dis destination of choice

PrincessInOz
08-27-2010, 05:55 PM
PIO, we are 2 days from flying out from Vegas to WDW. Leave Sunday morning for 10 days at AKL. Already been here in the states for 4 weeks before WDW.

Hope the Ockers all have a great trip to their Dis destination of choice

GrazingGoat - Have a great time in Vegas (don't lose too much money) and WDW! Hope your trip has been great and some of us will still be here when you get back, eagerly waiting on your pictures and TR!

zaccy
08-31-2010, 12:33 AM
One week today until we leave :banana::cheer2::banana:

Loveintheland - when will you be there??

lovintheland
08-31-2010, 04:24 AM
Hi Zaccy, 15 sleeps for us!!!!! I can't wait to be one week out like you!!!!! but tomorrow I can say " We are going THIS month". :rotfl::rotfl::rotfl:

Enjoy your week of anticipation!

aussiegirls
08-31-2010, 04:36 AM
zaccy and lovintheland, I am so excited (jealous) for you :yay:

Have the most amazing time ever. Lovintheland, good luck with the surprise for the kids. Make sure you report back about how that went, I am soooooo excited for them :cheer2::cheer2::cheer2:

xxx

aussietravellers
08-31-2010, 04:42 AM
Two weeks today for us :cool1: This time in two weeks we will be on the plane, over half way there :woohoo:

Oz-kateer
08-31-2010, 07:10 AM
Two weeks today for us :cool1: This time in two weeks we will be on the plane, over half way there :woohoo:

WOOHOO!!!!!! :banana:

lovintheland
09-01-2010, 03:38 AM
thanks Aussiegirls :flower3:

I am beside myself with excitement at the thought of telling the kids. They really are going to go nuts :rotfl2:

and it really is getting quite difficult not being able to have conversations out in the open about it.

kyl
09-01-2010, 03:57 AM
O.K the clock is ticking ticking ticking. HURRY UP already, I am ready to go like yesterday!

lovintheland
09-01-2010, 04:15 AM
Kyl I feel your pain. I'm sure that the clocks have all slowed down. I have found myself very impatient and can't concentrate on anything else. Bring it on I say :woohoo:

OzCath
09-01-2010, 04:26 AM
You guys are so lucky!!! I've got 6 months to go!!
Hope you all have an amazing time, can't wait to hear all about it when you get back.

shushh
09-01-2010, 04:29 AM
Please spare a thought for those of us who have to wait for a bit longer before we can leave...sigh

But very excited for you all!!! :goodvibes

PrincessInOz
09-01-2010, 05:38 AM
*Sigh* I'm so happy for those of you travelling this month. I wish you all safe travels!

http://smileys.on-my-web.com/repository/MSN_Emoticons/MSN-Emoticon-051.jpg

kyl
09-01-2010, 07:48 PM
I can't believe we are 17 sleep out now!!! The clock has definately slowed down big time, so for each day it feels like two. Never mind I am sure the last week will go really quickly thats what happened last year so lets hope it happens again. So who is off first? Loving the land have you told your children now? What a lovely lovely exciting surprise for them. Far out I wouldn't of been able to contain my excitement and not tell them for this long. You have great will power and I am sure the excitement of finding out so close to going will only add to the magic in there little lives. xx

lovintheland
09-01-2010, 08:14 PM
Kyl it's been so hard but it will be worth it. Dh & I have to keep making sure we delete our text messages. (we text each other at work each morning with the how many sleeps countdown). I'm so paranoid about them finding out now when we've kept a secret this long. There have been so many times when we've nearly let it slip. DS 12 keeps growing out of his shoes rapidly as he's having a major growth spurt and I so wanted to say "in 2 weeks we will get you new basketball shoes in America". Then he found some he loved on sale and wanted to buy them with his own money and we wanted to say "no, save your money and don't get the shoes yet", but we couldn't so we will give him that money and extra money back the day we leave. He will just get some over there in the next size up which will probably fit him next month anyway, hehe. But there have been so many times when it would be so much easier if they knew.
Now we are trying to find a box big enough to put the helium balloon in. It's 69 x 53 cm.

lovintheland
09-01-2010, 08:16 PM
Kyl, have you packed yet? What are you doing to prepare/pass the time? Any good ideas? I have been putting together surprise boxes which has occupied me a little.

kyl
09-01-2010, 09:19 PM
Oh wow surprise boxes do tell.....I ended up buying some new clothes yesterday to take away. I am going to do a full pack this weekend. I have brought bits and pieces over the last couple of weeks now just to put altogether. How long are you going to disneyland for? We are going to do our last few nights in the states there and I just got accomodation at 25% off in the disney hotel. So exciting isn't it!
Well to pass the time, ummmm being on here is a way. I had to laugh last night DD(7) has no underpants left in her draws. I couldn't understand and asked her where on earth have all your nickers gone? Next thing she pulls out a secret bag she had packed for herself. It was so cute. Lots of undies, swimmers and two PJs oh and one jumper. Thats it she said I'm packed mum. What a sweet heart hey. Children can be so funny. Last year when we went to disneyland she again had packed a bag and came to me with it and said is this alright? It was full of her toys and a box of tissues go figure???

aussiegirls
09-01-2010, 09:28 PM
Ooooooh, I wanna know about the surprise boxes too :cheer2:

xxx

lovintheland
09-01-2010, 10:49 PM
Well, at the bottom of the big box at the front door containing the helium balloon with note attached is going to be 3 boxes (1 each). I got really nice gift boxes from Disney store online and I also got a few items of disney clothing each and disney pyjamas and other bits and pieces. a Mickey bead for DD15's pandora bracelet. I also have little disney gift boxes to put inside them which will contain some $US cash. Then I also purchased some Mickey shopping bags from Disney shop which I will do like show bags for the plane with lollies, chips, chocolate, diaries, pens and a magazine each. Kyl, how precious of your daughter. Their excitement is so cute and makes you realize why you do it all. Not like you didn't already know, but you know what I mean? anyway, we have 14 day passes to Disneyland. Not sure how many days out of the 14 we will be there that we'll actually go. Want to play it by ear a bit this time. I also booked the Disneyland hotel for the last 2 nights because it was really cheap. Not sure I will love the idea of changing hotels when the time comes, but at least most the packing will be when it comes time to fly home two days later.
Aussiegirls just think, when we're all home we'll be wishing we were you. But at this point in time I seriously don't think I could contain myself for any longer then 2 weeks.:yay::yay::yay::yay:

kyl
09-01-2010, 11:02 PM
Oh what a clever idea how exciting to see their faces when they open the boxes and the bags for the plane. Great idea! I am going to copy the plane bag idea.....14 Days disneyland. Wow thats so exciting I think I could of done 14 days we did I think 6 Days but stayed 7 nights last year in the GCH. Beautiful hotel, can't afford to do it this time though. But I think the disneyland hotel looks nice as well. You will get to see everything for the 14 days how nice not to feel rushed, you can just stroll and enjoy. Then you can also relax at the pool midday and not feel like you are going to miss out. Very smart I say! O.K so today is nearly over...he he he. Another day down well nearly.

Oz-kateer
09-01-2010, 11:36 PM
We are exactly 3 weeks out today and I have just finished packing my carry-on. I'll also start packing the proper bags this weekend.

Are you going to video the kids finding out about the trip Lovintheland?

aussiegirls
09-01-2010, 11:41 PM
Lovintheland I will just live vicariously through your stories at the moment and then when you come back you can relive it vicarioulsy through mine :lmao:

I love the idea of the plane bags, I might just steal that one too.

One question though lovintheland, when you have ordered from Disney online, have you had to pay billions of $$$ in postage? That has been the one thing that has really put me off buying from there.

xxx

lovintheland
09-02-2010, 12:03 AM
Yes Oz-Kateer, the plan is for DH to leave the house for work (cough cough) he will go to his car and get box and place it at front door, knock on the door and then hide at the front of the house with video camera in hand. The boxed will be addressed to them and as always when their aunty sends them gifts in a box I make them all open it together. so DH will capture it all. fingers crossed it will all go to plan.
Aussiegirls when I ordered there was a deal with free shipping which of course didn't apply to Aus. But I ordered some absolute bargains and got a big box delivered only a four working days later for only $36. I was truely amazed and actually wished I'd ordered more. The weird thing was DH had happened to come home before us that day and lucky he did because the box was sitting on our outdoor table when he got home. We are still not sure how it got there as we have two dogs who bark crazily when anyone enters the front of our yard let alone the back. But the box had Disney right across it so lucky the kids didn't see it.

aussietravellers
09-03-2010, 05:22 PM
We are all getting so close now Sept/Oct Aussies.

10 days today for us :cool1:

Tomorrow will be the single digit dance :woohoo:

zaccy
09-03-2010, 11:58 PM
We have 3 sleeps!!!


The kids clothes are all organised (and packed) - what we are taking is all washed but no other packing done.

We are having the house painted (inside) while we are away so we are still really busy packing everything away taking pictures down and cleaning in those corners you (well me....) usually just ignore cause no-one looks there anyway!!

Has turned into a really horrible time this last week with my husband finding out he is to be retrenched in November. So we can't wait to just run away from it all for a while - and what better place to go.

Happy organising everyone - will keep in contact while we are away with some on site reports as we will have the lap top.

aussietravellers
09-04-2010, 12:05 AM
We have 3 sleeps!!!


The kids clothes are all organised (and packed) - what we are taking is all washed but no other packing done.

We are having the house painted (inside) while we are away so we are still really busy packing everything away taking pictures down and cleaning in those corners you (well me....) usually just ignore cause no-one looks there anyway!!

Has turned into a really horrible time this last week with my husband finding out he is to be retrenched in November. So we can't wait to just run away from it all for a while - and what better place to go.

Happy organising everyone - will keep in contact while we are away with some on site reports as we will have the lap top.

Oh I am so sorry about your DH's bad news :hug:

Woo Hoo though to three sleeps. Single Digit Dance for you :dancer: Have a wonderful trip.

We should think of something for us to put on our bags or something around the park and if we see another Aussie Diser we can wave and say Hi

PrincessInOz
09-04-2010, 12:22 AM
We have 3 sleeps!!!


The kids clothes are all organised (and packed) - what we are taking is all washed but no other packing done.

We are having the house painted (inside) while we are away so we are still really busy packing everything away taking pictures down and cleaning in those corners you (well me....) usually just ignore cause no-one looks there anyway!!

Has turned into a really horrible time this last week with my husband finding out he is to be retrenched in November. So we can't wait to just run away from it all for a while - and what better place to go.

Happy organising everyone - will keep in contact while we are away with some on site reports as we will have the lap top.

Zaccy - So sorry to read about your husband. I hope that things work out for you and that he finds a job quickly!

On a more positive note, have a great trip away and enjoy every moment. I will definitely be waiting around my PC for your site reports!

shan08
09-05-2010, 03:03 AM
We have 12 sleeps to go.:yay:
Our first stop is San Fran. Any suggestions for places to go for our first meal there? Staying at The Handlery in Union square. Arrive around mid avo, so hopefully we can push on and do some shopping, then have dinner and an early night!!:woohoo:

PrincessInOz
10-01-2010, 05:41 AM
It's the start of Halloween Month.


Please let me know if you're travelling in October and I'll update this post. Bon Voyage all!


princessinoz (WDW and SF)
queenie82 (California and Chicago - not sure if there is anywhere else!)
melbarkwith (DLR?)
lampardcl (WDW)
AussiePJ (WDW)


princess::upsidedow

aussietravellers
10-01-2010, 06:03 AM
It's the start of Halloween Month.


Please let me know if you're travelling in October and I'll update this post. Bon Voyage all!


princessinoz (WDW and SF)
queenie82 (California and Chicago - not sure if there is anywhere else!)


princess::upsidedow

Have a great trip Princessinoz and Queenie

PrincessInOz
10-01-2010, 05:28 PM
I've updated the October list with a few other travellers....picked them up from their tickers or from the Sep/Oct thread. :goodvibes

Ms. Shuttergirl
10-01-2010, 09:12 PM
Have fun everyone

PrincessInOz
10-21-2010, 04:09 AM
November is ThanksGiving and Black Friday month!

Please let me know if you're travelling in November and I'll update this post. Bon Voyage all!


Darren123
AussieGirls
Lindsey_clare
Platypus67
SnowWhite09



princess::upsidedow

BecBennett
10-24-2010, 06:45 AM
lol, I read the new title of this thread and thought to myself "wow, they're getting a bit ahead of themselves in that thread!" then I realised Holy Sh*t!! It almost is November!!!

To everyone that is jetting off in Nov, have a great time! I'm jealous, but my time seems to be getting here faster then what I thought!

PrincessInOz
11-21-2010, 11:27 PM
December is Silly Season and the time to have a Jolly Christmas!

Please let me know if you're travelling in December and I'll update this post. Bon Voyage all!


jacs1234 (late November)
Snickals (although this may be very late November)
Tracy72
Willow25
Syddis
Shushh
AussieTink



princess::upsidedow

jacs1234
11-22-2010, 03:03 AM
We leave on the 29th of November. :banana:

PrincessInOz
11-22-2010, 03:10 AM
We leave on the 29th of November. :banana:

:thumbsup2 Have fun! Lots of food porn and pictures. :goodvibes

jacs1234
11-22-2010, 03:13 AM
:thumbsup2 have fun! Lots of food porn and pictures. :goodvibes

for sure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

darren123
11-22-2010, 03:18 AM
November is ThanksGiving and Black Friday month!

Please let me know if you're travelling in November and I'll update this post. Bon Voyage all!


Darren123
AussieGirls
Lindsey_clare
Platypus67
SnowWhite09



princess::upsidedow

Thank you we fly out on Friday finished packing today and rechecked all our paper work. Will have a busy next few days with work, looks like we are in for some cold weather, looking forward to seeing Disneyland in the Christmas season as well as Knotts Berry Farm, Universal Studios, Magic Mountain, Anaheim and LA.

I have been looking at some of the Black Friday specials so we have 3 1/2 suitcases to fill.

Snickals
11-22-2010, 05:17 AM
I'm leaving 30 November :scared1:

platypus67
11-22-2010, 04:32 PM
We leave at noon on the 30th.:banana: After 12 nights at WDW we fly to Syracuse NY. Driving back down to PA from there for a few days then back up to Canada where we will spend Christmas with my family.

aussiegirls
11-22-2010, 04:51 PM
We are leaving on Thursday (2 more sleeps :banana:). We haven't even started packing yet - well the kids kind of have but I haven't. Have so much to do between now and then.

Tonight I have to drive down to the big shops to pick up a few more things as there are no shops where I live (in the bush :lmao:) and we have to do my DD's project that is not due yet but tomorrow is her last day so I guess she should probably hand it in :lmao:

Hey Darren, where are you looking at the Black Friday specials at?

2 more sleeps to go :scared1:

xxx

darren123
11-22-2010, 05:10 PM
We are leaving on Thursday (2 more sleeps :banana:). We haven't even started packing yet - well the kids kind of have but I haven't. Have so much to do between now and then.

Tonight I have to drive down to the big shops to pick up a few more things as there are no shops where I live (in the bush :lmao:) and we have to do my DD's project that is not due yet but tomorrow is her last day so I guess she should probably hand it in :lmao:

Hey Darren, where are you looking at the Black Friday specials at?

2 more sleeps to go :scared1:

xxx

you can download the catalogues from here

http://www.theblackfriday.com/

Target Kmart Walmart JC Pennys etc etc

and if you want the buy sheets bathroom dinning etc check out

http://www.annaslinens.com/

there is a shop near Knotts we got some good deals last time like $20 USD for a set off queen size fitted sheets with pillow cases very good quality

I think we are going to be in for a treat.

Travel Mum
11-22-2010, 05:26 PM
Looks like we will have heaps of new trip reports to look forward to reading :cool1: Have a great trip everyone! :banana:

Snickals
11-22-2010, 09:30 PM
I washed, ironed and packed my clothes today...my bag is so heavy, not over the limit but hopefully whatever I buy won't be too heavy for the return trip lol :scratchin Hope I haven't forgot anything (am sure I have)
I leave for my adventure in exactly a week, I am excited and scared all at once :mickeyjum

shushh
11-23-2010, 03:55 AM
To those leaving soon, safe travels and have a fabulous time!

I myself am not sure whether I want time to go faster or slower. I have so much to do yet I can't wait to be in the states! We have 15 days to finalise plans for our house. :scared1:

heidispidi
11-23-2010, 07:44 PM
I'm looking forward to seeing all of the trip reports from you guys over the next month! I am so excited for you all, and hope you have a great time on your Disney adventures!!!

PrincessInOz
12-19-2010, 05:22 AM
January 2011 - the start of a new year and deep into the heart of the US winter.

Wishing all the travellers Bon Voyage


kwonyong (although you might be travelling at the very end of December...)
HeidiSpidi
Aust
Luisa
emilyd
PrincessInOz



Please let me know if you're travelling in December and I'll update this post.


princess::upsidedow

heidispidi
12-28-2010, 04:00 PM
Only 10 more sleeps to go! Wow! Where did the past 9 months go? We booked in March, and Jan 8 was SO far away - and now it's right around the corner! I can't sleep, and when I dpo, I end up waking up an hour or 2 later thinking about the trip. I did a trial suitcase pack on Monday, which got me depressed as I can't take anywhere near enough clothes with me, and my tendonitis in my elbow has already flared up from dragging suitcases from room A to room B.

DD8 will be distracted from our trip by her father arriving for a week's visit tonight - she's driving with him up to her Nan and Pop's place and I don't get her back until Jan 6 (giving me no time to track down the things that will undoubtedly get left behind up at Port Maquarie). Me, I do't know what I'm doing during that week! There's only so many times I can re-pack my winter gear LOL. DH and I were going to the Hunter Valley for 3 nights but decided we could use that money better elsewhere, although he did say that I am NOT to take that as go-ahead to spend another $2K shopping in Hawaii :rotfl:

So do you want a run-down of what we are doing and when? If so, I'll let Aust take over from here, as she's the planner of the DL part of my trip!

PrincessInOz
12-28-2010, 04:56 PM
Are you promising us a Pre-Trip Report/Trip Report? If so, bring it ON! popcorn::

heidispidi
12-29-2010, 03:18 AM
You know, Princess, now that I have just dropped off my DD, I just might have time to write one! Aust, you'll have to help me out by emailing me the latest DL plan though - or we can take turns in the PTR!

PrincessInOz
12-29-2010, 03:50 AM
You know, Princess, now that I have just dropped off my DD, I just might have time to write one! Aust, you'll have to help me out by emailing me the latest DL plan though - or we can take turns in the PTR!

Mine's already started on the DLR Trip Report section....:rolleyes1

Aust
12-29-2010, 04:53 AM
Heidi I'll email you the latest version tomorrow from work - you can do the report, SOME of us still have to go to work!!

ehsmum
12-29-2010, 05:14 AM
I hope the crowds die down for you girls! My friend tried to go to DL today but they were turned away as both parks were at capacity! Hopefully it won't be so bad after New Years :).

heidispidi
12-29-2010, 08:12 PM
OK, I'll get started on a PTR over in the DL TR section now.

battymum
12-29-2010, 11:43 PM
$A is at an all time high - go forth and spend travellers! :cool1::cool1:

I am not going until September but put $1000 on my travelcard today -:woohoo:
(probably better off to pay off my credit card - but that is a different column in the budget)

heidispidi
12-30-2010, 12:13 AM
Yep, no complaints here about the exchange rate, Battymum! I'm wondering whether I should put just $1K more on my travel card...

Speaking of travel cards, just so I make sure I've got this right (I have an ANZ travel card)...all I have to do is press credit and type in my pin at either a POS or ATM? Nothing else? (The last thing I need is to dream about THAT tonight!).

Luisa
12-30-2010, 04:56 AM
Not long for me now either, I leave on the 12th!

PrincessInOz
12-30-2010, 06:00 AM
Not long for me now either, I leave on the 12th!

:thumbsup2

ehsmum
12-30-2010, 06:06 PM
Yep, no complaints here about the exchange rate, Battymum! I'm wondering whether I should put just $1K more on my travel card...

Speaking of travel cards, just so I make sure I've got this right (I have an ANZ travel card)...all I have to do is press credit and type in my pin at either a POS or ATM? Nothing else? (The last thing I need is to dream about THAT tonight!).

I think we pressed savings, not credit. Not that it would matter, it's only one account so if one doesn't work, try the other one!

So many upcoming trips! Very exciting for you all :cool1:

PrincessInOz
01-05-2011, 03:47 AM
Just added EmilyD to the January departure lounge! Safe travels!!

Toy Story
01-05-2011, 05:33 AM
Have a safe trip January travelers, I wish we were spending or summer vacation at WDW.

shushh
01-05-2011, 10:14 PM
Safe travels to all those going in Jan. Have a fabulous time!!! I am sure you all will...

heidispidi
01-06-2011, 12:56 AM
Thanks everyone, only 2 days to go here.

Shushh, good to hear that you are enjoying your holiday - I hope your time on the cruise is relaxing ;)

PrincessInOz
01-16-2011, 01:32 AM
February 2011 - Valentine's month for http://bestsmileys.com/valentine1/1.gif


I know I'm early - but I won't be back for a while!


Safe travels to:


Queenie82 (early Feb and aiming for 5 castles!)
BecBennett (mid to late Feb??)


May the Valentine month be a happy and romantic travel for you both!

Bec Bennett - not sure when you're leaving; but I hope that your Wedding goes according to plan and better! Congratulations and Best Wishes!
http://bestsmileys.com/valentine1/12.gif


If anyone is going in Feb, please post so that we can share in your excitement.

battymum
01-20-2011, 05:30 AM
And dont forget we are all thinking of YOU, princess, :lovestruc

Hope you have a great time

The boards are very quiet without you

heidispidi
01-23-2011, 07:51 PM
Hi all. I am back from our trip now, my daughter and I flew in from Honolulu on Saturday night. Aust has updated the trip report I started over in the DL trip report area, if any of you are interested in reading what we got up to. We had a really good time :thumbsup2 We rarely had more than a 5 min wait for a ride, the GCH was AMAZING, and it was wonderful to relax in Hawaii after the week in Anaheim!

We caught up with Chesire and family for dinner one night, and my sister did a tour with Luisa the day my girl and I flew out for Hawaii. So plenty of Disboards interaction :rotfl: