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mareeld86
08-05-2011, 04:51 AM
Hi I'm Lauren I have been on the Boards about 3 Years now. Mostly Lurking Posting occasionally. Making some Friends along the way! :goodvibes

Anyway way Since its only 3 months until My big adventure I thought it was about time i started a Pre-Trip report!

So Here are some Introductions:
On the Holiday there will Be Just the 2 of us Me Lauren and DB Ricky.

http://i808.photobucket.com/albums/zz7/mareeld86/us15.jpg

This is us at the Hobart Cup.

I have been to the USA 4 times Ricky has never been overseas so we are doing some things that are all new to both of us but also somethings I have done before so Ricky can see a bit of the states.

OK so I better fill you in on some of my Plans. We are coming to the US for a 9 week holiday (long time I know) I have saved up my holidays for 2 years and I have saved my rostered days for 18 months so I could have this trip.

OK so we Arrive in the US from Australia on the 05 November 2011 and head straight to Anaheim for 11 days of Disney and other Theme Park Magic.
I love Disneyland I have been there 4 times this has been my base for all my other holidays so I am very excited to be heading to WDW for the First time.

Then on the 16th we head to Las Vegas for 5 nights. Very exciting because Ricky turns 21 about 3 weeks before we leave I have also been to Vegas before.

Then on a Red eye flight we head to New york and are there until the 29th. I am so excited to be there for thanksgiving and the Macy's parade..:0

Then is on to WDW :cool1: we are at WDW the longest we check in for our First stint from the 29th Nov to the 10 December.

Then we Cruise on the Western Caribbean for 7 nights.

Then we are back at WDW from the 17th Dec to 5th Jan. so Christmas and New Years at WDW and hopefully some great DIS meets.

So thats the base of it I hope you all enjoy my planning and rambling on at some times lol.

Next up Just a little on the First 3 stops then onto WDW plans :goodvibes

javamom
08-05-2011, 06:28 AM
Wow, what an adventure it will be!!
:yay:

wsushocker
08-05-2011, 06:54 AM
I'm here and waiting to hear more!!!!

mareeld86
08-05-2011, 07:48 AM
Wow, what an adventure it will be!!
:yay:

Thanks Javamom.

I'm here and waiting to hear more!!!!

Hi Shocker,
I will do the next post tomorrow it 11pm at night here and I am ready for bed!

Native NYer
08-05-2011, 08:01 AM
Joining in!

mareeld86
08-05-2011, 05:32 PM
Hi Jen. welcome to the crazy adventure :goodvibes

disneyfan61
08-05-2011, 06:14 PM
I'm along for the ride!!:)

mareeld86
08-06-2011, 10:31 PM
Hi Disney Fan,
I will get onto a new post tonight had a bit of a busy weekend!!

mareeld86
08-07-2011, 05:51 AM
Ok time for an update. I started planning this trip about 18 months ago when i returned from my last holiday to Disneyland, and to begin with this was going to be a very different trip but we wont go into that.

So at the start of the year when my plans changed from a two person trip to a one person trip I planned to go on an 11 week holiday to do a contiki tour and some other things plus WDW and a Disney Cruise. But now that has all changed again, and Ricky is coming with me. :goodvibes

Ok so onto the Plans.

We booked our Flights to LA about 2 months ago I found a really good deal on flights from melbourne to LAX and coming home is Orlando to MEL so I snapped them up. They are about $500 More expensive now. :(

We are leaving for the USA on the 5th of November we live in Tasmania but we are flying out of Melbourne to LAX. We will catch the flight to Melbourne on the Friday night and spend it with my Mum the night before and she will take us to the airport.

Ok so after the 16 Hour Flight to LA we will catch the shuttle to Anaheim and probably have maybe a couple of hours sleep so we don't sit up awake all night due to jet lag.

We have 11 days in Anaheim and i know we will do a few days at Disneyland and probably do some day tours. I know I want to go back to Six Flags but its just a case of if I am confident enough to drive on the wrong side of the road! :rotfl2:

Hope fully I will be able to do a Dis meet or too at Disneyland as well.
I want to do the segway tour at California Adventure as well I have done it once before and it was great. We just miss out on the Mickey not so scary Halloween party by 4 days which makes me sad but I am thinking I may do the Mickey Very Merry Christmas party at Disneyland as we are doing it at WDW and I would like to compare.

Not much else planned for there I was hoping there might have been a ducks game on or something but i am still sussing that out. :)

Anyways Next up Las Vegas.

H20DogsNDisney
08-07-2011, 06:50 AM
:goodvibes looks like a great start can't wait to read more

Wannabinnc
08-07-2011, 02:11 PM
Can't wait to hear all about your wonderful adventure!!!!

mareeld86
08-08-2011, 03:25 AM
Can't wait to hear all about your wonderful adventure!!!!

Thank you Wanna.

:goodvibes looks like a great start can't wait to read more

I will update again tomorrow.

Villainess
08-08-2011, 08:45 AM
Your trip sounds wonderful! We will be in WDW during your first visit there (11/27 - 12/9) - what day will you be attending MVMCP?

mareeld86
08-09-2011, 04:36 AM
We are goin in the 8th december but u would love to have a dis meet if we are not going the same night! :)

disneylovin24
08-09-2011, 04:42 AM
popcorn::

This sounds like it is going to be a SPECTACULAR trip! Can't wait to read all about it!


Im going to be in WDW from December 3-11 so if I read correctly our times overlap:)

mareeld86
08-09-2011, 06:00 AM
popcorn::

This sounds like it is going to be a SPECTACULAR trip! Can't wait to read all about it!


Im going to be in WDW from December 3-11 so if I read correctly our times overlap:)

Yes this is Correct I am very luck I am getting to Double Dip WDW. :)

I am also very excited about all the DISers I will finally get to meet :cool1:

mareeld86
08-11-2011, 07:08 AM
Hey Everyone, Update for the night I finally booked Las Vegas accommodation we are going to be staying at Flamingos Hotel and Casino.We are staying in a Go Deluxe room. Its not too expensive and the rooms don't look too bad so that's a plus. While we are in Vegas I think I might surprise Ricky with a Flight to the Grand canyon.
and we are going to see Katy Perry I am so excited because I didn't get to see her when she was in Australia.
As I said before I have been to Vegas before but its Ricky's First time so it will be good for us to experience things we both never have.
I don't have too much more to update tonight cause its late at night and my brain isn't working very well so I will update you all again tomorrow.

mareeld86
08-15-2011, 04:54 AM
Ok after Vegas we are on a red eye flight to new york. We leave at 11.45pm from Las Vegas and arrive in New york at 5.10 am or something like that.
We are in new york for 7 days 6 nights.

We are there for Thanksgiving I am so excited for this holiday as we dont have it in Australia. I am also really excited for the Macy's Thanksgiving day parade.
If anyone has any suggestions of where we can eat that day it would be good because i have been told its really hard to find food lol.

We are looking also to do a day trip to Niagra falls i think there is only overnight trips though so we may not be able to do that.

I booked a day trip to Atlantic city and the woodbury common outlets for black Friday. apparently they are mad sales after thanksgiving on Black Friday it think its called so hopefully i can get some bargains.

We will also do all the regular touristy things but im not sure if I should book those now or if I should wait to im in new york. are they cheaper if you just go and see the sites for entry or should I book before?

YOur help is greatly appreciated.

Well Thats about all I know tonight other than I wish the Aussie dollar would go back up again cause I want to pay for a few more things.

Next up The first WDW stay and our plans for that so far.

tecomagirl
08-15-2011, 05:08 AM
I know you are going to have a wonderful trip :dance3:

mareeld86
08-15-2011, 05:12 AM
I know you are going to have a wonderful trip :dance3:

Thanks MUM!! :lovestruc

mareeld86
08-17-2011, 02:31 AM
Does anyone know what the best car hire places are in orlando?

I want to hire a car for a few days.

Thanks

mareeld86
08-19-2011, 06:29 PM
OK so now onto the fun stuff.

We fly into Orlando from New york on the 29th November we got a great deal on a flight from southwest for $82 each but we get in at 10.30 at night so late check in.

We will get magical express to POP where we are booked in a preferred room with free dining. I was so excited this came out. And it was for our dates so that's a plus.

I Just hope we get a king bed.

I just paid the final payment on our booking today so its all confirmed so happy I don't have to worry about that anymore.

The only thing I have to do is look at some dining reservations. I know we only have quick service dining but we want to do a couple of sit down meals while we are there any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

We have 11 nights at POP we are there until the 10th December while we are there we are going to the Mickey very merry Christmas party. On the 8th of December I think will have to look at my tickets again. lol

I still have to work out what days and what parks i am going too.

Oh I feel so unorganized.

Next up is the Cruise!

leshunlenese
08-19-2011, 06:36 PM
what an adventure! im joining in!

mareeld86
08-23-2011, 04:34 AM
OK Im back so on the december we will be heading off on a Disney Magic Western Caribbean Cruise our First Disney cruise, well actually our first cruise ever.

I am very very excited about the cruise actually I might even be more excited about that than Walt Disney world. :rotfl2:

So Im not sure if we will do a Palo dinner for fear we will miss out on something else. I think we might do Palo High Tea.

I am looking forward to the FE for our trip I already have some exciting things planned for this.

There are a couple of other Aussies on our cruise too so thats exciting!!.

We havent decided on any of the port adventures yet. But we cant book them until the 26th of September so we will work it our then.

I dont know too much else other than its only 73 days!!

I am getting excited now I just want it to be here its taking way too long!!!:headache:

jessiegirl84
08-23-2011, 05:02 AM
hello! just found your report and I m a fellow aussie heading over for xmas too!
Your plans sound so amazing - 9 weeks ! Last year we travelled the use so if you need any suggestions or tips we travelled to Anaheim, Vegas, San Diego, San Fran Boston and New York!

Where do you go on your cruise!?

Jess :)

mareeld86
08-24-2011, 02:46 AM
Hey Jessie,

We stop at 4 places on the cruise.

Key West, Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Castaway Cay.

Im rather excited about it!!

oh im going to miss you at Disney World unless we have a meet on the 17th?

Talk soon Lauren

mareeld86
08-29-2011, 03:12 AM
OK so Im a little excited today!! In the post I just got a Disney Cruise line letter that has my name on it and welcome Dykes Party!! :) I know its only little but it kinda makes me happy that i got something sent to me that i will actually receive before I leave. It also has a western Caribbean brochure in it so now I have to go and search to see if we need Visa's for Cozumel and Grand Cayman :scared1: I don't think we do because we are a Visa Waiver country but i better Check!!

Anyways Next up I will update you all on our second stay at WDW

cappucinno
08-29-2011, 03:44 AM
What a fantastic trip!! I'm a fellow Aussie and very jealous.

I just wanted to say that you need to book to go to the Statue of Liberty if you want to go onto the island(I am going next month and booked too late to go up the Crown and I think it will be closed when you are there..the Crown not the whole thing).
http://www.statueoflibertytickets.com/

shushh
08-30-2011, 04:25 AM
Wow, what an amazing trip this will be. Very excited for you! 9 weeks!!!!! Awesome.

Anne_Aus
08-30-2011, 04:46 AM
Wow it sounds like you have a fantastic trip planned.

PrincessInOz
08-30-2011, 04:50 AM
Subbing in. Sounds like a great trip!!

mareeld86
08-30-2011, 05:19 AM
What a fantastic trip!! I'm a fellow Aussie and very jealous.

I just wanted to say that you need to book to go to the Statue of Liberty if you want to go onto the island(I am going next month and booked too late to go up the Crown and I think it will be closed when you are there..the Crown not the whole thing).
http://www.statueoflibertytickets.com/

Thanks Yes I have been looking into statue of libery and ellis island tickets i need book them asap.
Thanks for the think

Wow, what an amazing trip this will be. Very excited for you! 9 weeks!!!!! Awesome.

Thanks Shushh I know I cant wait i have been planning so long and now its only 2 months away :)

Wow it sounds like you have a fantastic trip planned.

Thanks Anne It looks like you have a trip planned when do you leave?


Subbing in. Sounds like a great trip!!

Thanks Princess Do you have anymore trips coming up??

admel00
08-30-2011, 05:24 AM
What an amazing trip!!! Can't wait to keep reading :)

PrincessInOz
08-30-2011, 05:51 AM
Thanks Princess Do you have anymore trips coming up??

You mean aside from the pretend trips I'm constantly having??? :hippie:


I'm planning for 2013 to meet up with some of my Disboard friends at the World. But I'm hoping for one sooner....if only DH and I could agree on where!

battymum
08-30-2011, 07:53 AM
Ok - Just found this PTR - sounds fantastic!

But is it just me - the green typing is very hard to read!!

mareeld86
08-31-2011, 03:01 AM
You mean aside from the pretend trips I'm constantly having??? :hippie:


I'm planning for 2013 to meet up with some of my Disboard friends at the World. But I'm hoping for one sooner....if only DH and I could agree on where!

You will have to let me know dates 2013 will be the next trip I take! :cool1:

What an amazing trip!!! Can't wait to keep reading :)
Thank you im very excited

Ok - Just found this PTR - sounds fantastic!

But is it just me - the green typing is very hard to read!!

Thanks Battymum I will make the writing a bit darker it might make it a bit easier.

PrincessInOz
08-31-2011, 05:11 AM
You will have to let me know dates 2013 will be the next trip I take! :cool1:


First week in October 2013.... Going to be there with these bunch of DisGamers. Hope you came make it! http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2755674

mareeld86
09-01-2011, 04:46 AM
OK so WDW after the cruise.

I am staying at pop again from the 17 December until the 2nd of January and after that I rented DVC points for a Savannah view Studio at Animal Kingdom until the 5th which is the day we fly home.

We have planned to meet up with Wigdoutdismom for Christmas dinner so Im rather excited to be finally meeting in person.

I am pretty sure i will organize a few meets between now and then.

I am considering doing some tours in this time if its possible. But havent really worked out much else I know I am going to Chef Mickey's on Christmas morning but I am really struggling with what to do on which days I know I have to plan days but its really hard to decide.

If anyone has any suggestions please help me.

But thats about it for that.

I know we will be going to harry potter world when we are at wdw not sure if it will be the first week of the second time but somewhere in there tips for that would be good too.

PrincessInOz
09-01-2011, 05:08 AM
:cool1: for DisMeets!


I assume you'll have park hoppers.
How do normally go about planning?

Somedays I plan around ADRs....which kinda dictates which park I hit.
Somedays I plan around EMH....whether you're a fan or not will either pull you into the park with an EMH (am or pm) or away from that park.
Somedays I plan around park events....and especially at Christmas; whether you want to a CP or MVMCP.


And I assume that you're talking about tours in the World and not tours outside? If in the World, then you can book in for the tour and stay in the same park.

What about Dessert Parties or Cruises? Are you planning them? Have you booked?

mareeld86
09-05-2011, 03:41 AM
well I actually have AP's long story about them but we will worry about that another time. so we really are able to go anywhere at anytime.

I wanna get in some other non wdw parks as well :rolleyes1

So i am struggling to decide where and when to eat. I havent been overwhelmed with any other part of the planning bar the eating lol and normally I amfine with that its just wdw has so many options and i dont want to miss anything thats really good.

On the Plus side this time in 2 months I will be on the plane and would have been for about 7 hours!! Halfway through the flight :) :cool1:

mareeld86
09-06-2011, 02:19 AM
Agh so excited this time in 2 months I will be in Anaheim!! Probably ready for a sleep but at least I would have arrived! Excited!!! :cool1:

PrincessInOz
09-06-2011, 04:36 AM
Are you down to 2 months??? OMG. The time will really fly.

Have you worked out where you want to eat yet?

mareeld86
09-06-2011, 06:39 AM
Nop still havent worked out what I want to eat. we are easy on meals pretty much eat everything. I know i want to do Hoop de doo revue and the tomorrow land terrace fireworks dessert buffet but who knows what else. DB says just book anything lol:scared1:

mareeld86
09-09-2011, 05:37 AM
OK So I am looking at getting the 14 day pass for Australian's I think UK visitors can get it too. Because we will be right across from disneyland for 11 days and its cheaper than buying a 6 day hopper pass.

And I know we can just pop over of a night time. I am still contemplating if i am going to hire a car or if I am just going to book tours to knotts berry farm. The last time I was away i didnt do any driving so I am kinda scared this time.

mareeld86
09-12-2011, 03:28 AM
Ok so I kind of feel like im talking to myself but thats ok.

I am contemplating changing my 11 days at Disneyland to 5 days at Disneyland and a Disney Mexican Rivera cruise has anyone done this cruise before? Is it worth it??

I am just trying to get in a surprise for DB as he has never been overseas and i want to have something that he doesn't know about!!!

Any Ideas??

Thanks

Mum from oz
09-12-2011, 04:57 AM
I ended up ditching my PTR and just blogging instead. Pretty much PIO was my only reader....

Anywho, I'd do the Mexican Riviera Cruise. 11 Days in Disneyland is a lot. We only spent 3 days there and while a few extra days would have been nice after 11 days I would be craving something new. Just my 2 cents. ;)

mareeld86
09-12-2011, 05:08 AM
We will be doing a trip up to six flags and other places not spending the whole time at Disneyland.

Oh im so torn there is a band playing at downtown disney at house of blues we will have to miss that if we go on the cruise. OH its so Hard. :confused:

Anne_Aus
09-12-2011, 06:15 AM
I think i would weigh up what I would see over those 11 days vs what I would be experiencing and seeing on the second cruise.

It sounds like it is all coming together really well.

As for your question before, I head off in mid January, so still in the planning stages

Caroline NZ
09-13-2011, 02:37 AM
11 days is eay to fill on land. Are you going to Universal Studios? How about an LA / Beverly Hills tour?. You could also do a day trip down to San Diego to Sea World or the Zoo. And then ofcourse there is shopping as well. You trip sounds awesome, a 9 week trip would be a dream come true for me. I hope you have an awesome time.

PrincessInOz
09-13-2011, 04:41 AM
Ooooh.....I have other subscribers to keep me company! :thumbsup2


Lauren - don't look at me for any ideas on the cruise. I only have to see waves and I throw up. Its the only form of travel that I get sick from. :confused3

11 days in ANAHEIM is easy to fill in. Shopping, going to LA proper...lots to do there....San Diego....shopping, shopping, beach, shopping....House of Blues.....shopping....

PrincessInOz
09-13-2011, 04:42 AM
And if you were looking for days to fill, there is a place that does gondola rides out at Naples. I really wanted to do it...but the wind got the better of me.

Plus, you could always make a side trip out to Catalina Island, instead of the cruise.

Wannabinnc
09-13-2011, 08:06 PM
Don't worry Lauren you are not alone!!!!! I stop in everyday to see if you have written more for me to enjoy!!!! Keep up the good work and I'm so happy about your trip!!!!

mareeld86
09-14-2011, 03:40 AM
Thanks Wanna,

Ok So Have decided to sat in Anaheim for the 11 days, Will do a few days Disneyland and then a day trip to Mexico, six flags etc. Plus some shopping trips to the citadel. :) I love shopping But being that its 9 weeks I cant get too carried away in the first few weeks.

We are flying southwest for most our flights except the Las Vegas to New york flight. Only because delta has a red eye flight. So will have to keep to one suitcase until then :)

Nothing else exciting happening at the moment but its down to 51 days so im under 8 weeks!! Well Friday will be 7 weeks YAY. Getting so much closer now!!:cool1:

becpee
09-14-2011, 04:49 AM
Subbing here :thumbsup2

Sounds like a great trip!

becpee
09-14-2011, 04:54 AM
OK So I am looking at getting the 14 day pass for Australian's I think UK visitors can get it too. Because we will be right across from disneyland for 11 days and its cheaper than buying a 6 day hopper pass.

And I know we can just pop over of a night time. I am still contemplating if i am going to hire a car or if I am just going to book tours to knotts berry farm. The last time I was away i didnt do any driving so I am kinda scared this time.

I would hire a car, it's fun! It gives you so much freedom!

Wannabinnc
09-15-2011, 05:07 PM
Thanks Wanna,

Ok So Have decided to sat in Anaheim for the 11 days, Will do a few days Disneyland and then a day trip to Mexico, six flags etc. Plus some shopping trips to the citadel. :) I love shopping But being that its 9 weeks I cant get too carried away in the first few weeks.

We are flying southwest for most our flights except the Las Vegas to New york flight. Only because delta has a red eye flight. So will have to keep to one suitcase until then :)

Nothing else exciting happening at the moment but its down to 51 days so im under 8 weeks!! Well Friday will be 7 weeks YAY. Getting so much closer now!!:cool1:
Just a thought, don't know if it's possible, but what if you take the things you buy shopping and ship them home or to a neighbor or family member. This way you could shop more and not fill up your suitcases!!! :)

mareeld86
09-16-2011, 04:43 AM
Yes I am thinking of shipping them home to my mum. She is coming over on the boat from Melbourne to Tasmania with us when we get back because it costs us about 800 extra per person to add on our flights to connect to tassie. Which sucks its not our fault that the stupid airlines dont fly international from here. To get from melb to tassie on the boat its about 500 total including car for 2 of us so we are thinking we will send stuff back to mum then shove it in the car and sail on home.

I have seen on the ups site you can get large international pre paid boxes for $55 i think I will do that and get a few of them just put them in my suitcase then we can just send it whenever and postage is already paid!!

PrincessInOz
09-16-2011, 05:00 AM
Still here and catching up.


Are you planning on going to Tijuana for the day or a bit further down? Tijuana used to be a great day trip from LA/San Diego....it still can be....but be aware that there are drug wars down there and stick to the main streets.


Pity there aren't any cheap flights from Tassie to Melbourne!!!

mareeld86
09-16-2011, 06:15 AM
Yeah we are planning on doing the day trip with grayline anaheim.

The cheap flights are ok its the excess baggage they try to charge you! :rolleyes1

I argued black and blue 2 years ago and managed to get on the flight with no excess charged but last year they wanted to charge us $1400 so we walked around to the air express terminal and sent it home for $400 and it was on the same flight we just picked it up the next day!

PrincessInOz
09-16-2011, 06:31 AM
Yeah we are planning on doing the day trip with grayline anaheim.

The cheap flights are ok its the excess baggage they try to charge you! :rolleyes1

I argued black and blue 2 years ago and managed to get on the flight with no excess charged but last year they wanted to charge us $1400 so we walked around to the air express terminal and sent it home for $400 and it was on the same flight we just picked it up the next day!

WOW!! I had no idea it was this bad for you. Wonder if it is the same for anyone travelling from any city that isn't Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane! :sad2:

mareeld86
09-21-2011, 02:12 AM
WOW!! I had no idea it was this bad for you. Wonder if it is the same for anyone travelling from any city that isn't Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane! :sad2:

I presume it would be the same. It really sucks!!



Anyways update for new york we are going to do a dinner cruise on the harbour! Im excited about that, and Guess whats even better ricky found it he looked all by himself lol :lmao: I have been doing all the planning so I was surprised that he was looking.

On the downside one of my Friends I have know since I was four House burnt down on Monday! :( :sad1: I dont know if any of the aussies saw it on the news.

Anyways off to cook some dinner :) And then play netball in our Semi Finals if we win tonight we are in the grand final next week :yay:

PrincessInOz
09-21-2011, 05:54 AM
Sorry to hear about your friends. I hope that they were fully insured. :hug:

I didn't catch it on the news; but I expect that it might have only made Tasmanian news???


That dinner cruise in NYC sounds great. Take food porn!

mareeld86
09-22-2011, 05:18 AM
No it was in Upwey Victoria it made it all the way to the perth news. Yes they were insured but my friend lost all her visa documents and passport for her usa exchange trip.

Yes I will be a food porn addict i think Ricky might think im crazy when i bust out the camera everywhere we eat lol :lmao:

Dont have too much more of an update but I got our suitcases down from in the roof so thinks are starting to get real!!!

6 weeks to go!!

Lauren

Sara1Babe
09-22-2011, 08:24 PM
I'll play along! This really does sound like the trip of a lifetime!

sitting back and enjoying your planning

becpee
09-23-2011, 01:49 AM
No it was in Upwey Victoria it made it all the way to the perth news. Yes they were insured but my friend lost all her visa documents and passport for her usa exchange trip.

Yes I will be a food porn addict i think Ricky might think im crazy when i bust out the camera everywhere we eat lol :lmao:

Dont have too much more of an update but I got our suitcases down from in the roof so thinks are starting to get real!!!

6 weeks to go!!

Lauren

My friend from works lives around the corner and could see it from her kitchen window :eek:

Your poor friend :guilty:

I used to live in the next suburb down the hill...

mareeld86
09-23-2011, 03:15 AM
I'll play along! This really does sound like the trip of a lifetime!

sitting back and enjoying your planning

Welcome thanks for reading :goodvibes

My friend from works lives around the corner and could see it from her kitchen window :eek:

Your poor friend :guilty:

I used to live in the next suburb down the hill...

Really Where abouts becpee I used to live in Tecoma? My mum still lives there.

becpee
09-23-2011, 03:24 AM
Really Where abouts becpee I used to live in Tecoma? My mum still lives there.

In The Gully (or as it's known now, The Ghetto :laughing:)

We've moved to Pakky now :)

I've probably served your mum at Woolies :laughing:
Might work with some of your old school friends LOL

PrincessInOz
09-23-2011, 03:39 AM
Well I probably drove right past your old happy haunting ground last week. Went up to Tesselaars to see the tulips and took Wellington Road up to get to it rather than Burwood Highway.

mareeld86
09-23-2011, 03:46 AM
Hahah isnt it a small world lol

Yes or Safeway as it used to be called haha

My mum goes out to Pakky all the time!! There is some big scrapbook place out there or something.

Princess you probably did.

i cant believe how small of a world it is. The Dis has people from all over the world and we find people who live literally down the street!!:rolleyes:

becpee
09-23-2011, 03:58 AM
Well I probably drove right past your old happy haunting ground last week. Went up to Tesselaars to see the tulips and took Wellington Road up to get to it rather than Burwood Highway.

Did you get the poffertjes?

Haven't been up there for about 3 years! Now there's an idea!

Pakky is huge now! I'm transferring to Kooweerup, new shop, smaller ghetto :thumbsup2

PrincessInOz
09-23-2011, 04:20 AM
Hope you don't mind....if you do, let me know and I'll take them down.

Tiptoe-ing through the tulips.....like a baby elephant!

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Did I get the poffertjes? Is the pope catholic????


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princess::upsidedow


I'm hoping to make it back up there next week! And we probably should do a Melboure DisMeet sometime. Just been waiting for the right opportunity.

becpee
09-23-2011, 04:56 AM
Hope you don't mind....if you do, let me know and I'll take them down.

Tiptoe-ing through the tulips.....like a baby elephant!


Did I get the poffertjes? Is the pope catholic????


http://i816.photobucket.com/albums/zz82/PrincessInOz/2011%20September%2015%20Tulip%20Festival/2011September15TulipFarm054.jpg


princess::upsidedow


I'm hoping to make it back up there next week! And we probably should do a Melboure DisMeet sometime. Just been waiting for the right opportunity.:thumbsup2

Think I better go there next week :laughing:

mareeld86
09-23-2011, 05:10 AM
Oh YUM. I always get them from Caribbean Gardens when I go. I am in Melbourne the 14th and 15th Oct for my best friends wedding :cool1:

Those Tulips are beautiful and of course I dont mind :)

PrincessInOz
09-23-2011, 11:20 PM
Oh YUM. I always get them from Caribbean Gardens when I go. I am in Melbourne the 14th and 15th Oct for my best friends wedding :cool1:

Those Tulips are beautiful and of course I dont mind :)

Enjoy the wedding!

:scratchin Might be too soon to organise a full-blown DisMeet...especially given the peak Aussie travel period of Sept/Oct....but if you have time, maybe we 3 can catch up??? It's fine if you don't.

Are you likely to be in town again sometime soon or in Jan?

becpee
09-23-2011, 11:23 PM
Enjoy the wedding!

:scratchin Might be too soon to organise a full-blown DisMeet...especially given the peak Aussie travel period of Sept/Oct....but if you have time, maybe we 3 can catch up??? It's fine if you don't.

Are you likely to be in town again sometime soon or in Jan?

I'm in, just say when :thumbsup2

mareeld86
09-29-2011, 06:38 AM
I will be in melb the 7th jan when we get off our flights from the states.

I booked some cruise things yesterday. I got palo Brunch and Dinner but no High tea at the moment and we are going to see the Mayan ruins in Cozumel. Not sure about the other ports yet..

Sorry I have been a bit quiet its been so busy here plus now we have something on every weekend until we leave im having a bit of a panic attack. And for all the Aussies Reading Go COLLINGWOOD on Saturday :)

becpee
09-30-2011, 02:47 AM
I booked some cruise things yesterday. I got palo Brunch and Dinner but no High tea at the moment and we are going to see the Mayan ruins in Cozumel. Not sure about the other ports yet..
You've inspired me to book our cruise! :thumbsup2
Just a West Coast one though :)

Sorry I have been a bit quiet its been so busy here plus now we have something on every weekend until we leave im having a bit of a panic attack. And for all the Aussies Reading Go COLLINGWOOD on Saturday :)
NNooooooo!:scared1:

mareeld86
10-06-2011, 09:52 PM
OK so sorry I have been missing for a week! Has a few health Issues etc but im back now.

i have decided im going to to buy the Australian 14 days disneyland pass as ts $4 cheaper than the 6 day pass online and we can just pop over to the parks of a night if we feel like it without having to worry about using up one of our park days!

I wish the dollar would get back up a bit bcuase Ricky has just got his payment so He can cash it in for USD!!

But on the Plus side we are under a month now well to be exact 28 days and 17 working days!!

Im getting so nervous as i have so much to do! It feels like im so unorganized yet I know im just OCD!

PrincessInOz
10-06-2011, 10:43 PM
I will be in melb the 7th jan when we get off our flights from the states.

I booked some cruise things yesterday. I got palo Brunch and Dinner but no High tea at the moment and we are going to see the Mayan ruins in Cozumel. Not sure about the other ports yet..

Sorry I have been a bit quiet its been so busy here plus now we have something on every weekend until we leave im having a bit of a panic attack. And for all the Aussies Reading Go COLLINGWOOD on Saturday :)

How long are you in Melbourne for?


I hope you enjoy the Yucatan Peninsula. It's a lovely part of the world. Are you seeing the ruins in Tulum or heading to Chichen Itza?

mareeld86
10-11-2011, 04:53 PM
I'm in Melbourne for just 1 night on each side. trying to work out if we can hire a car from Melbourne to Hobart one way but apparently its not that easy!!

A little while ago I finished My FE gifts and I wanna show you all so anyone who Is on the 10 December western cruise DON'T LOOK!!!

Will post them next!!.

Mum from oz
10-14-2011, 06:24 AM
Just caught up. I'm sure you will have plenty to do in Anaheim for the 11 days. I can't believe how quickly your trip is creeping up! As for your BF thinking your a nut job for taking photos of your food, don't worry. Steve constantly rolls his eyes at me but still hands me the camera, pushes his plate forward and moves his hands from the shot. :lmao:

Can't wait to see your FE gifts. I am still undecided if we are doing them again.

aussietravellers
10-15-2011, 10:46 PM
Have just found your PTR and have just caught up.

You go so soon :cool1: So exciting and for such a long time. I would love to do a trip like yours, amazing!

We had the 14 day DL passes. We loved them as even when we did a tour to say Legoland or San Diego, we could pop into the park at night, so I think you will be pleased you got the longer passes.

I hope you love AKL too, it is our favourite resort, well it's my son's favourite resort and it also has our favourite restaurants on property. I have lots of pics of the resort in my TR.

mareeld86
10-17-2011, 04:16 AM
Have just found your PTR and have just caught up.

You go so soon :cool1: So exciting and for such a long time. I would love to do a trip like yours, amazing!

We had the 14 day DL passes. We loved them as even when we did a tour to say Legoland or San Diego, we could pop into the park at night, so I think you will be pleased you got the longer passes.

I hope you love AKL too, it is our favourite resort, well it's my son's favourite resort and it also has our favourite restaurants on property. I have lots of pics of the resort in my TR.

Thank you I will go an have a look. I looked on the resorts board but they are the same picture over and over again.

Its getting very close now I am so excited!

Just caught up. I'm sure you will have plenty to do in Anaheim for the 11 days. I can't believe how quickly your trip is creeping up! As for your BF thinking your a nut job for taking photos of your food, don't worry. Steve constantly rolls his eyes at me but still hands me the camera, pushes his plate forward and moves his hands from the shot. :lmao:

Can't wait to see your FE gifts. I am still undecided if we are doing them again.

Thanks. I am sure by the time we hit half way he will do it automatically too!

Yes thats exactly what we want to do head over to the parks of a night.

18 days now!

PrincessInOz
10-17-2011, 05:04 AM
I'm in Melbourne for just 1 night on each side. trying to work out if we can hire a car from Melbourne to Hobart one way but apparently its not that easy!!

A little while ago I finished My FE gifts and I wanna show you all so anyone who Is on the 10 December western cruise DON'T LOOK!!!

Will post them next!!.


Just catching up.


Looking forward to your FE gifts.


Do you wanna try to catch up on the 7th Jan or do you want to just take it easy? If you're just arriving back, you might want to rest up.

I can PM you and becpee my mobile number and that way, you can play it by ear.

mareeld86
10-17-2011, 05:36 AM
Just catching up.


Looking forward to your FE gifts.


Do you wanna try to catch up on the 7th Jan or do you want to just take it easy? If you're just arriving back, you might want to rest up.

I can PM you and becpee my mobile number and that way, you can play it by ear.

PM me your number I will probably just pay it by ear. I know we get in at about 11am and i dont know if we are boating it home or flying with my mum bring our excess baggage.

Adrienne
10-17-2011, 05:50 AM
Where do u buy the 14 day passes from? thats the first time i have heard of aussie ones?

mareeld86
10-21-2011, 05:15 AM
OK Im back from the wedding and everything else that has been happening and as I promised FR Gifts.

I went with things that I thought were Kinda or very Australian.
The front tells everyone whats inside the pack.
EG. Vegemite , Minties, a few Cadbury Favorites, Chuppa Chups, Old fashion Pascalls Bonbons, and of course Tim tams.

I just got free postcards of Vista print and put an explanation of everything on them then just put everything in a plastic candy bag. and the on the back is just some Vista Print return address labels that say Thank you. I also got some business cards to put with my tips as well and it came to a grand total of $14.00 posted, I got everything for free and only paid for postage I was very stoked with that.
Anyways without further a-do the FE Gifts.

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I hope everyone Likes them!
Everyone is getting the same its just too hard for me to do different ones for different ages.

aussietravellers
10-21-2011, 05:24 AM
Where do u buy the 14 day passes from? thats the first time i have heard of aussie ones?

I bought ours from Expedia.com.au but you can get them from Aussie Travel agents (flight centre, etc).

aussietravellers
10-21-2011, 05:26 AM
The FE gifts look fantastic! You have done an amazing job and everybody will LOVE them!

mareeld86
10-21-2011, 06:06 AM
Thank you. they were rather easy really. Yes I am just going to go to flight center to get my 14 day pass because at the moment Expedia don't have them. :(

PrincessInOz
10-21-2011, 06:24 AM
Just catching up. The FE gifts look great. Very kinda Aussie. ;)

nannette
10-27-2011, 07:28 PM
Hey Lauren,

Just found your PTR... Just finished reading it.. your trip sounds amazing!! I wanted to let you know about your NYC part of the trip. I live in NYC and shop at Woodbury often.. that said Black Friday is very crowded!! There are lines to get into every store! You will get good buys but it is almost miserable to shop that day. Hope that helps a little. While you are in Cali you should go to Hollywood, Burbank and take the tours they are amazing. Also while in WDW take your BF on the Around the World at Epcot segway tour... AMAZING tour!!

Have an amazing time and be really careful in Mexico not a safe place anymore!!

~Nannette

mareeld86
10-28-2011, 06:01 AM
Hey Lauren,

Just found your PTR... Just finished reading it.. your trip sounds amazing!! I wanted to let you know about your NYC part of the trip. I live in NYC and shop at Woodbury often.. that said Black Friday is very crowded!! There are lines to get into every store! You will get good buys but it is almost miserable to shop that day. Hope that helps a little. While you are in Cali you should go to Hollywood, Burbank and take the tours they are amazing. Also while in WDW take your BF on the Around the World at Epcot segway tour... AMAZING tour!!

Have an amazing time and be really careful in Mexico not a safe place anymore!!

~Nannette

Hi Nannette ,

Thanks for reading,

Yes I was thinking more and more about black friday and have decided against it will just go the day after or something.

And we have decided not to go to Mexico anymore.

Thanks Lauren

nannette
10-28-2011, 09:32 AM
Hi Nannette ,

Thanks for reading,

Yes I was thinking more and more about black friday and have decided against it will just go the day after or something.

And we have decided not to go to Mexico anymore.

Thanks Lauren

Good decision!! Also Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade... LOTS of fun! I did this 2 years ago. I had a great spot around Columbus Circle. I arrived at my spot at 5:30 am and by 10 it was 5 rows of people deep. Just figure out the route and where you want to stand and PRAY it isn't cold. It really is a fun time! After the parade we made our way to the village and had an early dinner at a place called the little owl... mmm mmm good!

Have a great trip and think about the Segway tour at Epcot.. another good one is the Keys to the Kingdom Tour... you'll learn so much about Walt Disney and Disney World and see lots of stuff you don't get to see otherwise!

My trip is in 20 days and I can't wait!! DD and I will be going for 11 days 10 nights!! Staying the first 2 nights at BLT (we own DVC together) and then on to 6 nights 7 days of the Platinum plan!!! And to wind down we will stay at our home resort AKL for the last 2 nights!! Nothing beats a GREAT Disney trip!!!

Have Fun!!

~Nannette

mareeld86
11-02-2011, 02:58 AM
OK so update for the last week.

I have been getting everything organised for my holiday I am one of these people that is an over planner so everything has to be right. I have been having mini panic attacks about everything i need to get done and what if i haven't organised everything, things to do while we are away etc etc.

Have been having some tests (lady Issues) etc etc. All the fun stuff to get out of the way before you leave the country for 9 weeks.

Anyways I quit my Job Yes you heard it I quit! Last Tuesday to be exact!
I got a visit from the area managers secretary about my sick leave well my manager knew that I have had alot going on but he didnt stand up for me. So I sit there while she yells at me about having time off. I burst into tears and yell at her You have no idea what I am going through. (I just found out that I may have some alot of troubles having Children but that's another story), and she proceeds to say to me I understand well at this point I was over her she isn't a very nice person at the best of times and I just want in the mood for her so I told her in a not so politely way that she has 2 children and has no idea what I am going though. This is where my manager really p*****d me off excuse the french. He sat there and said we are here to support you and understand what your going through. Well he has no idea either because his wife is due this Saturday. After all of this I walked out of the office very upset and they told me they wanted me to sign a letter saying they can speak to my doctor. I said NO to this. What a breach of Privacy. I have given them a certificate for everyday I have had off even when I dont have lunch and leave 45 mins early I get a certificate.

So I rang my good friend who is a manager of another branch and had a chat to her. Sent a text and called Ricky and said I want to quit and his words made me so happy He said what ever will make you Happier and less Stress. So I went out the back printed my letter of resignation and handed it to them then and there. After 8 years you thought they would have tried to stop me but no!
So I will be trying to find a job when i get back.

On the plus side I will have no stress when I get back and my mum will be coming over for a couple of days and I will get to spend it with her!

So That's the Story Of me Quitting lol.

I have had a bit of a hard time with them. Its one of those places that if your not sucking up to the right person it doesnt matter how good you are at your job they dont care and wont promote you!

PrincessInOz
11-02-2011, 05:07 AM
*sigh*

Aw Lauren. I'm sorry you're having lady issues and that it may be difficult for you to conceive. No one wanting kids should ever hear things like that or even go through the stress of it all. :hug:

Congratulations on quitting your job...especially when it seems like you're in an environment that doesn't show any compassion or real sympathy to an employee that's going through tough times.

I wish only the best for you and hope that you have a great holiday.

Here's to a much better workplace when you return. :hug:

Mum from oz
11-02-2011, 03:55 PM
If your workplace is going to have that attitude then you are better off not there. I was having issues at work before my trip so I finally bit the bullet and quit a week before I left. It was a huge stress relief. Good on you! :thumbsup2 you are free to only think about your trip now!, :cool1:

mareeld86
11-02-2011, 04:10 PM
Thanks everyone For your Support.:grouphug:

I am much more relaxed now that i don't have to go back!

I am focused on getting everything organised now.

I feel like I have so much to do but I really don't!

I cant wait to get on this plane!!

Bring on 12 Saturday!

Kangarucci
11-02-2011, 07:06 PM
Thank you for taking the time to write your PTR. I have enjoyed reading about your plans and look forward to reading your TR. :)

aussietravellers
11-03-2011, 04:00 PM
I'm an over planner too :lmao:

Sorry about the problems with your health and that you have had the problems at your former workplace.

You have a wonderful trip ahead of you, you will come home relaxed and refreshed (or like me, needing a holiday to get over my holiday :rotfl2: )

Have a fabulous trip :wizard:

mareeld86
11-04-2011, 02:33 PM
OMG the day has finally arrived. I am typing this from mi iPhone so sorry for any mistakes! Just about to get up ad hVe a shower then head to the airport! :) I can't wait to finally arrive ad start the big adventure!if you want to add me on face book pm me an I will give you a link to my profile! When you ads me make sure you put your dis name lol or I will wonder who these people are! Anyways tall soon
Lauren:cool1:

PrincessInOz
11-04-2011, 03:27 PM
Lauren - Thinking of you! Have a great trip. I don't have a FB account; so I'll catch up when you get back to the Dis.

mareeld86
11-06-2011, 06:01 PM
I'm here I'm here! At Disneyland It pored with rain all morning! But we came back to the room had a bit more sleep all was good!

Haven't taken too many pictures yet mostly our food!

Had to wait 4 hours after we got off the plane to check in but that has been the only down side of the hotel so far!

Well we are off to best buys to get a phone. ended up getting a Tmobile internet stick works really well here in Anaheim hopefully the same everywhere else.


Talk soon Lauren

jessiegirl84
11-06-2011, 10:52 PM
Hi Lauren, I'm sorry I missed you leaving but yah your holiday has finally arrived!
I'm really sorry to hear about your health problems a good friend of mine is going through similar things so I know how hard it is and its really about your former employer you would think about 8years they would look after you.
I hope when you come back you can find a great job!

Hope your holiday is going well, pity it rained at Disneyland.
Look forward to reading more updates.
Take care and have fun
Jess :)

mareeld86
11-23-2011, 11:39 PM
Hey everyone,

Just thought I would drop in and say Hi.

Its the night before Thanksgiving and I can just see Times Square from our room,. They are blocking off streets etc.

Anyways I will upload some photos of the parade if I get a chance!!

Talk soon
Lauren

PrincessInOz
11-23-2011, 11:53 PM
Happy Thanksgiving! :thumbsup2

alicia1506
01-02-2012, 02:00 AM
lauren i'm so sorry for your troubles. i've experienced the same thing myself (in both the troubles and the work situation) and when i quit, it was the happiest moment i'd had in a long time... you don't work for westpac, do you? i only ask as that's the exact same thing they did to me after working there for 4 yrs straight.

anyways, i just discovered your TR and want you to know this sounds amazing!! can't wait to hear how your trip turned out, especially your cruise -- we have a 7 night western caribbean planned for the fantasy in nov/dec of 2012.

mareeld86
01-23-2012, 02:49 PM
lauren i'm so sorry for your troubles. i've experienced the same thing myself (in both the troubles and the work situation) and when i quit, it was the happiest moment i'd had in a long time... you don't work for westpac, do you? i only ask as that's the exact same thing they did to me after working there for 4 yrs straight.

anyways, i just discovered your TR and want you to know this sounds amazing!! can't wait to hear how your trip turned out, especially your cruise -- we have a 7 night western caribbean planned for the fantasy in nov/dec of 2012.

Thanks. No it wasnt westpac But it was a big Competitor lol!! Which Bank?

mareeld86
01-23-2012, 02:56 PM
Hey Everyone Im back!! Yes the 9 weeks is over and I have actually been back for 2 weeks getting over my post holiday depression and looking for a job lol.
We had an amazing time away and learned some tips and ticks for everywhere lol but i will post them as I go. :goodvibes

Ok so On with the Show!

mareeld86
01-23-2012, 04:02 PM
We had flown to my mums place on the Friday. So we got up on Saturday morning at around 6.30 although I hadnt really slept all night because i was too excited and kept going through my mind over and over to make sure I had anything. We made it to the airport without a Hitch and Checked in. The lady at the counter was lovely and asked us all about our trip.
Our Flight Details.
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Well our flight was uneventful it wasn't completely full but we ended up with someone next to us. wasn't too bad we didn't have to get up too often.
We had lunch and breakfast on the flight I only got pics of lunch i was too busy when breakfast came.
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We got off the plane and went through customs without a hitch and our bags came through with no problems. (and Fast)
We hopped on a super shuttle and headed off to the Desert Inn. When we arrived we were told that we couldn't check in yet. I had rang and spoken to them about early check in because the flight is so long. The man was rude and just kept saying your room isn't ready and so I showed him the email i sent to confirm and he still said 3 o'clock. All we wanted to do was have a shower but off we went me almost in tears because that guy was a jerk and I was tired. ( no early check in seemed to be a theme for our trip!)
We had to store our bags so that cost us $4 lucky I had collected a heap of quarters before we left Australia. (perks of working in a bank they get rid of foreign coins.)

So off to Denny's we went for some Breakfast. Oh how I missed Denny's. I had the Breakfast Skillet and Ricky had the Breakfast Burger.
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After we had breakfast we went over to Anaheim Garden walk. I refused to go to Downtown Disney because I didnt want Ricky's first impression to be crap because he was tired.
We wandered around the garden walk four about an hour by this time it was around 12 and we still had about 3 hours wait. So we went and sat with our feet in the pool with 2 other family's who had children who couldn't check in.
Pictures of the Pool.
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we went back to the desk around 2.30 after almost falling asleep with our feet in the pool. and there was 50 people in the lobby. When we finally got up to the desk we got another gentleman and he was lovely. He said our room was ready and got all our keys all organised. Ricky and I then walked all the way to the back of the hotel found our room on the third floor and went in. We put our bags down and had collapsed on the bed by this time we were exhausted we both hadn't had any sleep for 2 days and were ready for a shower. So we both had showers and had 2 hours sleep. I wouldnt let us have anymore because i knew we would be awake all night (Which we were anyways.)

We got up got organised and went to the block at orange for dinner.
We went to the Alcatraz Brewing Co. It was nice but we were tired. Ricky had an Asian noodle salad and I just had a Margarita pizza.
Ricky had is First American Beer. The Annihilator Doppleblock.
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After dinner we headed back to the hotel. But not before I got a which chocolate raspberry from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory :)

wigdoutdismom
01-23-2012, 05:59 PM
Reading along! Do you think you will get this finished before your next Disney adventure?

becpee
01-23-2012, 06:40 PM
Thanks. No it wasnt westpac But it was a big Competitor lol!! Which Bank?

I hate that bank!

My happiest moment working for them was when a customer told me I was something that rhymed with witch and my boss stood right behind me and didn't say a word.
He walked into his office and I followed and told him where his job would fit mighty nicely :thumbsup2

mareeld86
01-23-2012, 06:43 PM
Reading along! Do you think you will get this finished before your next Disney adventure?

I hope so Anita. We are putting an offer on a block of land in the next few days so no trip this year :(

wigdoutdismom
01-23-2012, 06:54 PM
Sometimes real life gets in the way. Good luck to you and Ricky on the purchase!

uncw89
01-23-2012, 07:03 PM
I'm here! Ready to hear about your adventures!
Real life does get in the way of our vacations sometimes! But when you get your house it will be worth it!:)

mareeld86
01-23-2012, 07:10 PM
Ok Day two was pretty Boring we both still didn't feel to good as we didn't have too much sleep the night before so we just chilled in our room dozing in and out of sleep until about 11.30. I didn't take any pictures today, but I know we went for a walk to downtown Disney to have a look and show Ricky around. I'm pretty sure we has dinner at IHOP and just relaxed for most of the day.

Day 3
Day 3 was Our First day at Disneyland. We walked around for a while before we found something to eat. I am pretty sure we had burgers from hungry bear restaurant. We weren't game enough to go on splash as it wasn't warm enough but it was really quiet so we rode every ride at least once. Ricky liked space mountain but wasn't sure about it being in the dark. It broke down while we were waiting in line! It wasn't so bad though people decided that they didn't want to wait so they all left and then it was only a 5 min wait.

After Disneyland we walked back to downtown Disney and caught a taxi back to the block. We had TGI Fridays for dinner and started our massive amount of shopping. OMG This was like unleashing a monster lol.
Ricky had the Ribs and steak combo.
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And I had the Half serve Ribs and Baked Potato.
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We then went Back to California Adventure and walked around Paradise Pier. I know we also went on California screaming. Its awesome at night.:cool1:

alicia1506
01-24-2012, 02:10 AM
yay i'm subbing in too. sorry to hear about your experience at desert inn.we're planning on staying there after our cruise in nov/dec and hope they return to being awesome like i remember from our last trip :confused3

PrincessInOz
01-24-2012, 04:16 AM
You've finally started! :thumbsup2

I was going to give this a bump but then realised that you were probably not checking the Dis; so there was no point! :laughing:

Glad you're over the post-holiday blues enough to start our entertainment. popcorn::


Sounds like you had a quiet couple of days before hitting DLR.....although (and I never thought I'd be saying this)......:scratchin I'm loving the food porn...but where are the pictures of The Happiest Place on Earth??? :confused3



princess::upsidedow

mareeld86
05-30-2012, 06:07 AM
OK so I have been missing but I am going to try and get some more of this written i have been in a big disney depression slump! I havent looked at the dis for months because i felt like i was going to cry but alas now i am going though purchasing a home the next trip look like it wont be until September next year so its time to get over it and get on with telling you all about this one!! :) so In my next post we begin again!!

PrincessInOz
05-30-2012, 06:41 AM
Glad you're back. :flower3:

mareeld86
05-30-2012, 07:26 AM
Day 4
We went to breakfast at Ihop. It was pretty good I got a fruit salad and Ricky got Pancakes and they were huge we both didnt finish our meals I don't think, they were huge!
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I know we then walked around downtown Disney for a while we were both not feeling too well I think we still had a little jet lag and we were really tired.

We went to Disneyland for a little while and explored toon town and just took out time we caught the train and explored toon town.
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We went back to Down Town disney for lunch and went to Rainforest cafe for lunch.
Ricky had the Beef wrap I had the Chicken we also had some type of frozen cocktail.

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Next up Part 2 of Day 4!!

mareeld86
06-02-2012, 07:50 AM
Day 4 Part 2.

We went back to the hotel for a little rest. before we headed to world of colour!
We were in the yellow section and got a spot on the rail in the second tier it was a good spot until the people next to us who were saving spots pushed us along because there family of about 40 people want to sqish in too!
So we ended up with still a good view but a light post in come of the pics, but here you go i got some ok shots of the WOC it moves so fast that i do have a couple of blury ones!

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I absoluty loved WOC it almost made me cry. I teared up a little! Im pretty sure Ricky liked it too but he isnt as emotional as I am so who knows lol,

We went to Anaheim garden walk for a late dinner and had California Pizza Kitchen. After dinner we walked back to the hotel but decided to get Cold Stone I had some Strawberry Banana Ice cream and it was was i stuck with for the rest of the trip!! I think this was the night Ricky had an Oreo Choc something or other....

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PrincessInOz
06-02-2012, 08:11 AM
Loving all the food porn. That's a great picture of Ricky kissing you on the cheek. You both look so happy. :goodvibes

Thanks for sharing the WoC. Brings back memories for me.

mareeld86
06-06-2012, 05:59 PM
Day 5

We went to Knotts today and as much as I liked it, it is going down hill a little. Not all of the rides were going and its getting a little bit more and more run down. However we caught the Greyline bus just did the knotts day trip and got there before opening. So Ricky and I shared a Cinnabon!! Oh god how I love cinnabon!

We wandered in and go in line to go through the gates and get our bags checked.
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I think Ricky enjoyed the park although he really doesnt like pictures so I have to force him to have them and as you can probably gather im the person behind the camera....Ricky thinks I love having my photo taken but I just like being in and catching the moment :goodvibes
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We walked around the park for a few hours and then went out and had lunch at Mrs Knotts Chicken dinner restraunt. It was about a 45 minute wait but i really wanted it so we just waited in the line. It moved rather quickly.
Here is our lunch!
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We both had the same the chicken dinner with potato and corn. We also both had sprite.

After Lunch we wandered around some more and rode a few Rollercoasters we went on the Xccelerator every other time I had been to the USA this ride had been closed. Now I love coasters but I was scared about this one watching everyone else on it and coming off with jelly legs made me nervous.

Well we walked right on and sat down and for the First time ever I got sweaty palms and my hear was beating about 200 beats a minute lol.
I dont have a scanner at the moment so will have to put the ride picture up later its Hilarious.

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And here are just a few other rides and pics.
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This last picture is a picture Ricky and I took while sitting in the ricking chairs outside the park.

I love the way we made the light looks on the black and white!!

When we left the park we both fell asleep on the bus on the way home! we were meant to be going over to House of blues in Down Town Disney but we were both exhausted.

So we got some dinner watched some tv :happytv:and went to bed.

Caroline NZ
06-09-2012, 03:43 AM
I'm reading along, keep it coming :thumbsup2
We are going back in Sep/Oct 2013 as well, I'm sure the time will go by quickly enough.

mareeld86
06-09-2012, 05:02 AM
OK Day 6.
We Started the day off by having breakfast at Goofys Kitchen. We had our Customary photo with Pluto then headed in.Breakfast wasn't as good as I had remembered it actually it was quite average. Here are some photos.
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After Breakfast we went back to disney for the morning! Ricky Tried a dole whip for the first time and I had another one after longing for it for 18 months :lmao:
Then we headed into the Tiki room:
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I love the Tiki room and continued to sing the song for the rest of the day. (actually I have started singing it again now! :rotfl:)

After we wandered around Disney for a little longer it was time to go an pick up our hire car.
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I hired the car for 3 days so we could drive around and have a look.:goodvibes
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We only booked the cheapest car from Alamo anaheim. Well didnt that turned out to we wonderful because we got to Alamo and they didnt have any economy cars there so we ended up with some giant luxury car Buick Lacross..

It had heated seats and electric everything it was amazing!! Although I was very scared driving it because it was bigger than my car at home and it was so luxury that i didn't want something bad to happen plus I was also nervous about driving on the wrong side of the road again!

I think we went back to the block for dinner tonight and had TGI fridays but I cant remember because i dont have pictures of dinner :(

mareeld86
06-10-2012, 05:52 AM
Hey guys here is my photo pass album if anyone is interested in lookin or wanting to have a look at my other albums
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Talk soon :
Photopass Photos (http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151018455752359.487189.645732358&type=3&l=d3a6a4d670)

mareeld86
09-29-2012, 05:06 AM
Day 7,

Ricky and I headed to Six flags. We spent a few hours here and I ended up with a Migraine so we had to go home.
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We stopped at Citadel for Dinner at Ruby's Diner and did some shopping.
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We love outlets. I think we ended up leaving around 7pm.

Then we got stuck in a horrible traffic jam trying to get back to Anaheim.
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Not a very exciting day we only got to go on a couple of roller coasters before I got sick :(

Onto day 8.....

PrincessInOz
09-29-2012, 04:22 PM
Lauren - looks like I missed a couple of updates....not sure how.
Sorry you were sick on Day 7. Hope Day 8 was much better!


Your recount of the trip shows what a great trip it was so far. Hope to see more...and I haven't yet managed to get to your PP pictures. Link isn't working for me.

mareeld86
10-17-2012, 11:56 PM
OK Hopefully the photo pass link works now :)

PrincessInOz
10-18-2012, 12:07 AM
Thanks Lauren. Love the one of you two on EE.

Your PP pics turned out great. You have some lovely ones of the two of you there.

Thanks for sharing.