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PrincessInOz 07-15-2012 04:57 AM

Anyone Game? It’s my Sep 2013 Blog! I'm home; with a TR link in #1189, 10/14
Anyone Game? It’s my Sep 2013 Blog!

About Me

Hello, and welcome to my Anyone Game…It’s my September/October2013 blog! This is me….

…and I have been lurking on the boards since 2004 and a member since 2010. You’ll find me hanging out with the Games, Photographers and the Aussie section of the Boards and lurking about on the CB. Contrary to popular belief, I’m really the shy and retiring kind.
My fingers, on the other hand….well…on both hands….my fingers – they’re the really sociable and chatty type.

I’m planning to head back to WDW in late September or early October 2013 with my DH and DS. The reason for the trip will be to catch up with some of the other DisGamers for a DisMeet, which is the inspiration for my title!

I’ve called this a blog rather than a PTR. Anyone who’s read one of my PTRs before (except for the 1st one) will have realized that I fill my PTRs with my outings and photographs than with actual planning. Given that we have a whole year, this will probably be more along the lines of “A Year in the Life of Melbourne” than it will be of ‘A Year of WDW Planning’. Afterall, there is really hotels, ADRS, tour plans and just about everything in between to plan for…..compared to festivals and other events, fairs, Christmas, birthdays, Australia Day, Chinese New Year, Easter, mini-breaks, scavenger hunts and whatnots to photograph.
Besides; I've just finished a TR and everyone knows that the best way to beat the post trip/TR blues is to start another one!

I hope you’ll settle in and join me in the next year on this journal. I look forward to sharing with, as well as learning from, all of you!

So let’s see….introductions, start of thread….we’ve come to the DISclaimers section.

  • Whilst this is considered a blog, there will be the standard planning discussions peppered in between.
  • Food porn is usually a feature in my posts. Anyone who feels strongly about food should be eaten and not photographed…please be aware that no correspondence will be entered into on this matter.
  • As always, deviations and deviants off-topic are usually another feature. Don’t worry…it’s not you, it’s me (although if you stick around, you could discover that it is you too….we just don’t know for sure yet).
  • Above all else….lurk if you must…but I would appreciate you posting and providing input and feedback into ‘our’ blog! Afterall…How else is this going to be am I going to get deviations and deviants? NOTE: I really do mean FUN!! FUN!! I mean FUN!!

I hope you stick around for this blog – as always – no seat belts required, feel free to keep your hands, feet and head or any other part of you outside the car – and remember….no liability will be assumed by the writer at any time!


PrincessInOz 07-15-2012 04:58 AM

Quick Links for easy Navigation

About Me
My Trip Details

Proper Planning Posts
July 26, 2012: It's An Actual Planning Post - first rough dates!
August 08, 2012: Theoretical (a)Musings about My Itinerary
August 16, 2012: Narrowing the Field of Beds for SoCal
September 09, 2012: Back to the Drawing Board for Some Parts of this Trip
September 21, 2012: The One Year Countdown Mark
October 17, 2012: Almost time to book!
November 24, 2012: We're Booked!
January 24, 2013: Playing Chicken with the Airlines
January 26, 2013: Playing Chicken with the Airlines results in the Chicken Dance and My Travel Dates
February 02, 2013: Finally! My First Firm Itinerary
February 04, 2013: The International Pre-Departure Checklist
February 18, 2013: An Honest-to-Goodness Firm Itinerary
February 21, 2013: Plans as they Stand for 13 - 16 September; SoCal
March 2, 2013: Plans as they Stand for 17 - 19 September; Sedona
March 8, 2013: Plans as they stand for September 20 - 21; Grand Canyon
March 10, 2013: Plans as they stand for September 22 - 23; Page
March 17, 2013: Plans as they stand for September 24; Monument Valley
March 23, 2013: Plans as they stand for September 25 - 28: Around Durango and Pagosa Springs
April 1, 2013: Plans as they stand for September 29: A Day for 3 Airports
April 4, 2013: Anyone remember that this was an Anyone Game? PTR?
April 7, 2013: The Post about ADRs
April 14, 2013: Plans as they stand for September 30 - October 6: Walt Disney World
April 17, 2013: Plans as they stand for October 7 - 8: The Dark Side
April 21, 2013: Plans as they stand for October 9 - 10: The Last Days
May 11, 2013: The First Countdown
May 14, 2013: Our Cookout Menu
May 27, 2013: Reports of my (Aussie Dollar) Death may or may not be Greatly Exaggerated
June 13, 2013: The 3 Month Check-In
July 14, 2013: The 2 Month Check-In
August 09, 2013: It's Time for Blissful Bites
August 13, 2013: The 1 Month Check-In
August 15, 2013: The US Domestic Check-list
August 22, 2013: Its a Whole New Broadband World - Disney Uber-Planning on a completely different level
August 31, 2013: The Two Week Check-In
September 02, 2013: My Planned DisMeets
September 08, 2013: 5 Day Countdown
September 09, 2013: 4 Day Countdown
September 10, 2013: 3 Day Countdown
September 11, 2013: 2 Day Countdown
September 12, 2013: 1 Day Countdown

July 2012
Wild On at the Werribee Zoo
A Rather Special Birthday Dinner
Adventures with the Firework Gods
Friday night non-routine Date Night

August 2012
I haven't been to Cars Land yet but I have a set of Cars Land fridge magnets!
Food Porn courtesy of another four-letter word: W-O-R-K
Indian Delights
Spring is in the Air - The Wattle Festival Parts 1, 2

September 2012
Johnathan Livingstone Seagull - A Life Lesson
Tiptoe thru' the Tulips
The Royal Melbourne Show Parts 1, 2, 3, 4

October 2012
Where on earth did that first 50,000 go?
Cordially bo-RED
The Passing of Time in Real Life
A Glow-rious Day in Melbourne
Another Major Birthday Bash
Trunk or Treat Parts 1, 2

November 2012
November Bits and Pieces

December 2012
O Christmas Tree
Bollywood Christmas Parts 1, 2
If it's December, it must be another Birthday
Melbourne City Christmas Parts 1, 2
Christmas Eve Dinner Food Porn Parts 1, 2
Christmas Day Lunch
About Christmas Catch-Ups and yet more Food Porn

January 2013
New Year 2013 and fun with the Firework Gods
A Mini Staycation in Geelong Day 1; Parts 1, 2, 3, 4
A Mini Staycation in Geelong - Day 2; Parts 1, 2, 3, 4
A Mini Staycation in Geelong - Day 3; Parts 1, 2
Happy Australia Day with the Firework Gods

February 2013
Chinese New Year 2013 Parts 1, 2
White Night Parts 1, 2

March 2013
More Fireworks - Moomba
Breakfast Food Porn
A School Carnival - Food, food, food
Guess What? It's The 60,000 Postmark
Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show 2013 Parts 1, 2

April 2013
Let's Go Dim Sum!
Mickey Micro Cosmos #1 - Chocolate Cake in a Mug
Mufasa....Driving Mrs Potts

May 2013
It's another PTR from one of the Gamers!
Its the May the Fourth Be with You DisMeet
Mickey Micro Cosmos #2 - Special Fried Rice
It's Just Normal Routine Around Town here
Mickey Micro Cosmos #3 - Agaricus bisporus

June 2013
It was a Dark and Stormy Night
The Start of Winter DisMeet
If it's Winter, it must be time to go to the Seaside - More Bird in Flight
The Light in Winter Festival Winter Solstice
Number 66,666

July 2013
Fireworks in July
Melbourne Comicon 2013
Fireworks in July - Part 2
Melbourne Open House
It was a VERY busy last Weekend in July - Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
And now for something Different - More Food Porn! (Did I mention it was a VERY busy last Weekend in July??)

August 2013
Fireworks in August
A Little Disney Magic at Home - Mickey Pancakes

September 2013
A Morning with the Zoo Life
A Walk Around Town


PrincessInOz 07-15-2012 05:01 AM

My Trip Details
My Trip Details

This page is reserved for details regarding the trip as it develops.

My travel dates:

As at 26 Jan 2013, these dates are locked in as the long haul flights have been bought and paid for.

13 Sep- Travel from Melbourne and arrive LA. As I will be crossing the International Date Line, I will be arriving in LA on the same day.

10 Oct - Travel from LA and head home to Melbourne. As I will be crossing the International Date Line, I will be arriving in Melbourne on 12 Oct.

My travel companions:

DS: He is 12 and he shows every sign of being a Disnophile, providing rollercoaster thrill rides are included.

DH: He is not 12. He understands my love of Disney and happy to let me plan Disney vacays providing we pepper it with other activities.

My DisMeet companions:

franandaj. Her PTR for this trip can be found here.
luvchefmic. Her PTR for this trip can be found here.

....and ANZAC Dis-sers


.....for DLR:


My itinerary:

As at 18 Feb 2013, here's the firmed up itinerary:

13 Sep: LA/Anaheim (4 nights)

17 Sep: Sedona (3 nights)

20 Sep: Grand Canyon (2 nights)

22 Sep: Page (2 nights)

24 Sep: Monument Valley (1 night)

25 Sep: Durango (4 nights)

29 Sep: WDW (8 nights)

7 Oct: Universal (2 nights)

9 Oct: LA (1 night)

10 Oct: Depart for Melbourne.

Previous plans that have fallen by the wayside:

26 Jan 2013: New York and Hawaii are no longer in the picture. But hey......this is a PRE-trip report. Anything is still possible.

02 Feb 2013: First firm itinerary proposed -
13 Sep: LA (4 nights)

17 Sep: Sedona (3 nights)

20 Sep: Grand Canyon (2 nights)

22 Sep: Monument Valley (1 night)

23 Sep: Durango (3 nights)

26 Sep: Albuquerque (1 night)

27 Sep: Universal (2 nights)

29 Sep: WDW (8 nights)

7 Oct: LA (3 nights)

10 Oct: Depart for Melbourne.

18 Feb 2013: Extra time in LA at the end has been culled. We are fitting in additional time in the Four Corners area and also shifting time at Universal at the end of the Orlando leg. We had previously thought to head there at the start of the Orlando section before WDW. And we are no longer taking the left fork at Albuquerque!

My camera:

Canon EOS 7D dSLR and a whole bunch of lenses


PrincessInOz 07-15-2012 05:32 AM

Wild On at the Werribee Open Range Zoo
Wild On at the Werribee Open Range Zoo

If it is July in Melbourne, it is the heart of winter. This year has been particularly cold and wet thus far. Our winters do not get as cold as the mid-west as we don't have snowfall in the city (except on rare occassions) but wind chill in Melbourne takes it into Antarctic proportions.

(Okay, I might be exaggerating the Antactic proportions a little...but there really is nothing but the stray Emperor Penguin between us and the Antarctic!).

It is also winter school holidays in Melbourne and there is a ton of holiday activities for us to drop a bundle of cash on.

I love animals of any description and my family have been Friends of the Zoo (FOTZ) members for quite a while now. Our FOTZ membership provides with free entry to the 3 zoos in Melbourne all year round. The three zoos include the Melbourne Zoo, the Werribee Open Range Zoo and the Healesville Sanctuary. So far this year, we've been to Healesville once, the Melbourne Zoo twice....and in July this year, we headed out to the Werribee Open Range Zoo.

You winter and during the school holidays, the WORZ has Wild On nights where the zoo is opened late. Much like being at Animal Kingdom, it is really an EMH between 5.30 pm - 8.30 pm; every night for the 2 week period. BYO torch, blanket and warm clothing.

We arrived there shortly after 4 pm; we got there too late and missed the last safari run. But the zoo includes a walking track round and we took the opportunity to check out some of the residents.

I rather think they were checking us out! Afterall, they are used to having the run of the facilities this late in the day. This was especially true of the big cats!

For the Wild On nights, the zoo runs special programs. One of them was a close up encounter with the serval cat.

The lucky ranger gets to work with the lovely servils and she showed us some of the behaviours and hunting tendencies of these cats.

This particular serval wasn't behaving properly on this night. It might have had something to do with about a couple of people in the audience eating during the show! The servil was looking in their direction until the zoo keeper told them to put the food away.

I also caught the fire dancers' show on this night.

DS likes the Wild On nights as the zoo provides free marshmallows to toast around an open campfire. Plus the zoo cafe makes a decent hot chocolate...*sweet*.

Me? I'm always thankful for the opportunity to pull my camera out and practise shooting....particularly at an Open Range!


queenie82 07-15-2012 06:32 AM

shushh 07-15-2012 08:27 AM

No you're not exaggerating. It's antarcticly cold in Melbourne!

I always learn something new reading your PTR/TR/blog. I didn't know about the open range zoo!!! Perhaps it's a reason to go down to Melbourne again along with that fishbowl noodle soup.

Gorgeous capture of the animals by the way!

dgbg100106 07-15-2012 09:56 AM

I am here and ready for the blog....

franandaj 07-15-2012 12:46 PM

How do you expect your followers to get to the first page if you post so many updates first off? :rotfl2: Going back now to read.....

kmedina 07-15-2012 02:48 PM

Excellent start. I am hoping to take a trip next October, but it would be the end if we did. One day, I will meet some or all of you gamers. Your trip sounds awesome and like my next three or four trips all in one. I am glad you are checking out Cars Land. New York and Hawaii are both on my list, so you cannot go wrong whether you or DH win on that topic. I've been to New York, so I would rather go to Hawaii first.

Excellent pictures of the zoo. Granted, they are very small on my phone but they still look awesome. Sorry you missed the last safari run, but glad you made "extra magic hours."

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usnuzuloose 07-15-2012 05:02 PM

Holy smokes I haven't caught up yet with all the other stuff. I am in.

zanzibar138 07-15-2012 06:45 PM


Sounds like it will be an awesome trip :thumbsup2

Can I put in a request for you to go to Hawaii so I can see Aulani :rotfl:

I love the Werribee Zoo (especially the meerkats) - would have had our wedding there in a second if it wasn't so far away!

As usual you got some awesome pics! And I finally know which big cat my little cat Oliver takes after with his markings - it's the servil!

DisneyFirefly 07-16-2012 03:28 AM


I'm here! Nice start :) The zoo trip looked like fun!

Nancyg56 07-16-2012 05:31 AM

I'm in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TXTink 07-16-2012 08:28 AM

PrincessInOz, please forgive me if this has been asked of you dozens of times (I just stumbled on this thread), but what camera are you using for your photography? Your photographs are stunning!

By the way, we will be in WDW shortly after you leave. Our trip is planned for the end of October. MNSSHP, here we come! I look forward to reading your blog, I'm glad I stumbled in! :)

ACDSNY 07-16-2012 11:28 AM

Hopping on board...

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