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Old 05-17-2012, 09:47 PM   #1
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A naive Aussie's PTR

**Now that I've got a solid itinerary, thought I would put up some links so people can just jump straight to that if they want to**
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This adventure started life as a short mother/daughter trip to Hong Kong. It was then hijacked by Dad and turned into a 2 week sojourn to Europe...

Our adventure begins in Melbourne, on a Thursday night after work (specifically, Thursday 14th Feb), with me taking a 4 hour flight to meet up with my parents in Perth. For those unfamiliar with Australian geography, Melbourne is on the east coast of Australia and Perth is on the west coast.

Friday morning, my parents and I will get on our flight to Paris, via Hong Kong, eventually landing at 5:35am Saturday morning.

The adventure will finish for me on Friday 1st March, when I board my flight home to Melbourne, via Hong Kong. I've timed it so that I arrive on a Sunday morning, ready to go back to work on the Monday. My parents are staying on for an extra couple of weeks touring France.

The space in between is currently looking a bit vague lol!

We do plan to visit Switzerland, and will probably do this early in the trip, just for a few days. I'm open to suggestions for destinations in Switzerland. I just really want to see the amazing scenery in the alps.

As far as Paris goes, I'm not really sure exactly what there is to see and do there apart from the Eiffel Tower, and have no idea how long I should I plan to stay there.

I plan to transfer out to a hotel closer to Disneyland after the weekend, and see out the rest of my trip there. Mum is also keen on spending a few days in Disneyland. Dad, not so much. But we figure it's close enough to Paris that he can always go into the city if he wants to.

At this stage I'm going in pretty blind lol! I'd love to know what kind of weather to expect. I know it will still be winter, but unsure of exactly HOW cold it will be - can I expect snow? And will it be rainy?

Am also unsure of where to stay around DLRP, so any suggestions gladly welcomed. The three of us will probably be sharing a room for the most part.

One of the most exciting parts of the trip... DH will be coming a bit later and joining us for a few days at DLRP before heading off on his own tour of Europe. AND, while we will miss our actual anniversary by a couple of days, it's close enough that we will be able to celebrate our first wedding anniversary in Paris!

While DH is with me, I'm hoping to splurge a bit and stay at one of the actual Disney hotels. Any suggestions for this part would be gladly welcomed too.

That's probably enough for now... So excited and I can't wait to read people's suggestions!
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Old 05-18-2012, 01:27 AM   #2
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What an exciting trip for you.

Which Disney hotel depends on your tastes and budget really. Have a look on the official DLRP site and see which ones take your fancy.

I'm not sure which other Disney parks you've visited but be aware that you really only need 3 or 4 days at DLRP to have done it all. Especially so in winter as it'll be very quiet.

You could have snow in Feb. So pack for that. Anything warmer is a bonus that time of year.

Look forward to hearing your plans unfold. X

EDITED TO ADD: I just saw your signature. Seeing as you've been the HKD and DLR DLRP is bigger than HK and smaller than DLR. so base the time you need on those two. And I'll
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Old 05-18-2012, 02:12 AM   #3
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I'll come back later on for the Paris/Suisse bit but I'll leave you to have a look at this http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2870816 which will give you an idea of this Febs weather...it can be very very cold, we get the wind from Siberia, snow and wet.
The worst thing even if it's dry is the wind chill especially at DLP which is full of open spaces.

Suisse will feel warmer as they get less wind and the heavy snow insulates better than the wet loose stuff we get.
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Old 05-18-2012, 03:29 AM   #4
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Thanks for the heads up on the weather - I would have never expected it to be THAT cold! Will know to stock up on snow gear in the post winter specials It would be so awesome if it snowed while we were there!

I'm not concerned about how long to give myself at the park - just as long as possible! For someone who managed to spend 4 days at the '1/2 day park' in Hong Kong, I think I can keep myself occupied I plan to get either a 5 day pass or an annual pass for myself. It's just my parents I'm not sure about really.

Will have to do a bit more research on the Disney hotels. All I know is that they're expensive and that's why I didn't bother looking But I figure if it's for such a special occasion as our 1st wedding anniversary we can probably splurge for a couple of nights.
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Welcome aboard PIO!
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I'm not concerned about how long to give myself at the park - just as long as possible! For someone who managed to spend 4 days at the '1/2 day park' in Hong Kong, I think I can keep myself occupied I plan to get either a 5 day pass or an annual pass for myself. It's just my parents I'm not sure about really.
Just to let you know - this year, a 5 day/2 park pass has gone up to 213E, which is (ridiculously!) 14 euros more expensive than a Dream Annual Pass which would also offer you restaurant and shopping discounts.
The Fantasy annual pass is only 159E, if you are not going on any of the blackout dates.
This is a very exciting trip and you've got lots of time to plan! You are right that DLP is close enough to Paris that even if you all stay at DLP your parents could spend more time in the city if that's what they would prefer. There are other sights to take in in the area, e.g. they could do a day tour of Versailles.

Which Disney hotel you might want to go for depends on your budget, but I can thoroughly recommend the Hotel New York (second luxury hotel, but about half the price of the beautiful-as-it-is-extortionate-Disneyland Hotel). And I'd also recommend Sequoia Lodge as a beautiful moderate option, it was refurbed last year and I think its not far off the Hotel New York now.

That's just my tuppence worth, I'm sure you'll find all the help you need on this section of the boards. Happy planning
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Just to let you know - this year, a 5 day/2 park pass has gone up to 213E, which is (ridiculously!) 14 euros more expensive than a Dream Annual Pass which would also offer you restaurant and shopping discounts.
The Fantasy annual pass is only 159E, if you are not going on any of the blackout dates.
This is a very exciting trip and you've got lots of time to plan! You are right that DLP is close enough to Paris that even if you all stay at DLP your parents could spend more time in the city if that's what they would prefer. There are other sights to take in in the area, e.g. they could do a day tour of Versailles.

Which Disney hotel you might want to go for depends on your budget, but I can thoroughly recommend the Hotel New York (second luxury hotel, but about half the price of the beautiful-as-it-is-extortionate-Disneyland Hotel). And I'd also recommend Sequoia Lodge as a beautiful moderate option, it was refurbed last year and I think its not far off the Hotel New York now.

That's just my tuppence worth, I'm sure you'll find all the help you need on this section of the boards. Happy planning
Oooh thanks for that info. Looks like I'll be a double annual pass holder for a couple of weeks (I already have an annual pass for HK) How does one go about getting an annual pass for DLRP? I can't find any information on the website. I was hoping I might be able to get an AP discount on accommodation too!

As much as I'd love to stay at the DLH, I do think it's going to be out of our price range, unless we can find a great deal somewhere. The HNY and SL have been looking like good back up plans.
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Old 01-12-2013, 01:32 AM   #9
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Opening times are up!

Not for the Friday though since that's part of March

I'm thrilled to see that it will still be open until 8pm - that will really help get more out of our first day! Opening at 10am, but there's extra magic hours from 8am. I might be tempted to do a couple of EMHs but if the crowds are low we may not bother.

Closures seem to be POTC as mentioned before, the Studios Tram tour, and Snow White. Everything else seems to be back up and running for the end of the month

The program for shows and parades isn't up yet, and I don't think it goes up until the week prior. From what I can gather though, the parade will be on at 5pm and Dreams will be on at park closing.
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Have you worked out your must-do rides?
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Old 01-12-2013, 01:56 AM   #11
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All of them

But seriously...
Big Thunder Mountain
Phantom Manor
Indiana Jones (I know a lot of people say it's not a highlight, but I love a rollercoaster!)
Castle walk-through and dragon's lair
Peter Pan
Pinocchio (I didn't do this in Anaheim and can't do it in HK)
Alice's Curious Labyrinth
Space Mountain Mission 2
Star Tours (this is more a must-do for Dad)
Buzz Lightyear (Mum loves computer games, I think she'll enjoy this)
Cinemagique
Animagique
Tower of Terror
Rock N Rollercoaster
Crush's Coaster

With 5 mid-week days in low season, I'm expecting to be able to do pretty much everything that isn't closed for maintenance.
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:06 PM   #12
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4 weeks to go!

The magical countdown is on!

During the week I booked our arrival transfers and bought the Paris metro passes

The most exciting thing that's happened this week is that my accountant FINALLY got my tax return finished (yes, he's a little slack...) and for the first time in the 10 years that I've been doing tax returns, I'm actually due for a decent refund This will cover my spending money in Europe

I've added a few little last minute things to my to-do list...

Print off information I have gathered
Gather paperwork together, make copies of important docs to leave with DH
Book in for a hair cut and eyelash tinting
Make sure I have enough of any prescription meds
Check out options for motion sickness meds
Waterproof my boots (bought the waterproofer weeks ago, just need to use it )
Get a few pairs of decent socks
Paint my Disney nails
Start packing!

Mum and I saw some jeans in an outlet store years ago that we were a bit tempted to buy, but didn't know if we'd get enough use out of them. They're fleece-lined so just like wearing a pair of trackies under your jeans! We've decided that they might be worth purchasing given the circumstances, and I'll definitely wear them in Melbourne in winter (I always complain of having cold legs). I called the outlet store in question and they have them in the right sizes for me and Mum, so I'm going to try to swing by there this afternoon.
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Awww...Love it when I hear that the taxman returned money! Even better when it covers your spending money.
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Have a great time. Can't wait to read along. Safe travels.
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