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Old 08-19-2012, 05:47 PM   #1
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"I choose to be Amused!"-An Epic Trip to DL with a side of Oz(3/17-4 NEW POSTS pg17)

Hello everybody and . It is official, I am starting the TR for our Epic Adventure.

Here we are at DL.



The members of our trip:

Me - SkierPete - Like most here a hard-core Disney fanatic that does enjoy traveling elsewhere as well. First went to WDW in 1972. Been many, many times. Never been to DLR.

DW - Also infected with the Disney obsession, I took her for her first trip in 1997. We've done 9 trips total to WDW since. Never been to DLR.

DD (9) - Of course seriously into Disney. She also loves Animals but has three major flaws when it comes to traveling. (1) She is stubborn as all hell, (2) she doesn't like to try new rides, and (3) these traits get worse when she's tired. Also, never been to DLR.

So - for those that are just joining, DW has a close friend that married a guy who was from Australia, and in her younger days traveled there 3 times. Since we met, I agreed I wanted to go, but only when our kids were old enough, and only if we could go for a longer trip. Our original plan was a six week sojourn that got cut back due to time and budget constraints to four weeks. Because of the flying time from Buffalo, NY to Sydney, I insisted we have a stopover in California in both directions. And if we are going to stop in California for a few days, well, what better opportunity to take a look at the "other" park - Disneyland!

So, this TR will start out talking about DL, but will go on significantly longer - 26 days in fact. So, you can join in for the short version where the WDW vet looks at DL, or you can stay for the whole ride, up to you.

I want to right now give a shout out to all the Australian DISers that helped us plan this trip. I've been posting on the "Other Lands" board for more than a year getting lots of great information from the "natives". I'll say right now that our trip was absolutely spot-on, and it was in large part thanks to the advice from those DISers, so for any of you reading along - THANK YOU!

I will try to update once or twice a week as I can, the TR may go on for a while, but I do always finish my TRs, so that's at least a good thing, first "real" update will be later this week.
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November 11-20, 2011 - Free dining at CBR! PTR! and Trip Report
July/August 2012 Disneyland / Australia TripPTR "I choose to Be Amused" TR
The Disney Trifecta - a PTR for 2013. LINK Trip Reports - ABD: "A Fistful of Fastpasses" WDW: "For A Few Fastpasses More" DCL: "Once Upon a Time in the Carribean"

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Old 08-19-2012, 05:49 PM   #2
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2nd Post - Table of Contents

For those that join late, or come back infrequently, here I will post direct links to the various posts in which I make ACTUAL updates. Please feel free to correct me if a link is wrong, as happens frequently.

Day 1 - Traveling to California

Day 2 - Disneyland - Early Entry is EARLY!
Day 2 - Disneyland - Nemo and Toon Town
Day 2 - It's a Small World
Day 2 - Fantasy and Adventure
Day 2 - Lunch @ the Hungry Bear
Day 2 - Dinner @ Cafe Orleans
Day 2 - Critter Country and Enchanted Tiki Room
Day 2 - Wrap-up

Day 3 - Carsland!
Day 3 - Bugsland and Disney's Hollywood
Day 3 - Back to Radiator Springs
Day 3 - Carthay Circle Lunch
Day 3 - Aladdin and Paradise Pier
Day 3 - World of Color and Nighttime Carsland

Day 4 - Morning in DL / DTD
Day 4 - Mid-day at DCA
Day 4 - Afteroon on a hop

Day 5 & 6 - Travel to Sydney

Day 7 - Sydney Aquarium & Darling Harbor
DAy 7 - Sydney Harbor & Luna Park

Day 8 - Sydney tour, Bondi Beach, and southern outskirts

Day 9 - Pancakes, Church, and the Aroma Festival

Day 10 - Sydney Opera House Tour
Day 10 - Opera House Tour (cont) and travel to Melbourne

Day 11 - Melbourne Zoo
Day 11 - Melbourne Zoo (cont) and DISMeet

Day 12 - Skiing @ Mount Buller

Day 13 - Downtown Melboune and DIS meet with Princess In Oz & Family

Day 14 - Phillip Island Wild Animal Park
Day 14 - Penguin Parade

Day 15, 16 and 17 - Weekend with friends / travel to Cairns (NEW Nov 27th)

Day 18 - Kuranda Scenic Railway (NEW Nov 27th)
Day 18 - Kuranda / Birdworld (NEW Nov 30th)
Day 18 - Skyway and Tjapakia (NEW Nov 30th)

Day 19 - Relaxing in Cairns (NEW Dec 4th)

Day 20 - Mossman & Daintree (NEW Dec 12th)
Day 21 - Travel to Airlie Beach(NEW Dec 12th)

Day 22 - The Great Barrier Reef (Part 1) (NEW Dec 21st)
Day 22 - The Great Barrier Reef (Part 2) (NEW Dec 21st)

Day 23 - Travel to Eungella (NEW Jan 11th)
Day 23 - Eungella and the wild Platypus! (NEW Jan 11th)

Day 24 - Fly to Brisbane and the Glasshouse Mountains (NEW Jan 24th)

Day 25 - Australia Zoo - Pt 1 (NEW Feb 12th)
Day 25 - Australia Zoo - Pt 2 (NEW Feb 12th)

Day 26 - Buderim Ginger Plant plus last day! (NEW Feb 12th)

Day 27 - The Longest Day EVER! (NEW March 5th)

Sidebar - Downhill Cosume Parade and PTR announcement

Day 28 - Legoland Pt 1.
Day 28 - Legoland pt 2.
Day 28 & 29 - Legoland Pt 3 and wrap-up
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December 12-20, 2009 - 40th Birthday trip! Trip Report April 20-25, 2010 - Short surprise trip for DD! Trip Report
October 15-25, 2010 @ AKL Trip Report!
November 11-20, 2011 - Free dining at CBR! PTR! and Trip Report
July/August 2012 Disneyland / Australia TripPTR "I choose to Be Amused" TR
The Disney Trifecta - a PTR for 2013. LINK Trip Reports - ABD: "A Fistful of Fastpasses" WDW: "For A Few Fastpasses More" DCL: "Once Upon a Time in the Carribean"

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Day 1 - First of many travel days.

Day 1: Our first day started out with us doing the last minute packing preparations for the trip, though most was done the night before. This was because we had invited a few friends over to have a brief celebration, for today was DW’s birthday! We got a pizza and a cookie cake and had a combination birthday/bon voyage party with two other couples and their multitude of kids.

After that we were given a ride by one of our friends to the airport and we were off on our adventure.
A statue of a Buffalo by the entrance to our beautiful airport:

I took the title of our trip report from something I said that first day: “I am not going to get stressed out about all this traveling – instead, I am going to Choose to be amused.” We sort of took “Choose to be amused.” as our mantra when things occasionally got frazzled, though I can’t say we were always successful at it!
After 8 hours, and stops in Chicago and Las Vegas, our plane arrived in Orange County. We got our bags and found the super shuttle, which left within minutes of us getting on. We traveled to the Tropicana, which would be our home base for the next three nights.
I have to say that I really liked this hotel. It was nothing fancy, but it was clean, the staff was very friendly and helpful, and the location was practically to die for. This shot was taken from front of the Tropicana. Right in the middle of the picture is the street corner where you cross to get to the entrance to Disneyland. On the right is the Tower of Terror.

It was pretty late by the time we got in about 8:00 PM (11:00 PM East Coast Time). DD wanted to take a short swim, and while DW was putting her down to bed, I wanted to go over and pick up our tickets. As I headed over, the first thing I noticed was that as soon as you cross the street to get into the park, they placed large hedges at angles such that it doesn’t restrict movement into the Disney area, but as soon as you get through them, the outside world has been quickly “sealed” away. I was able to pick up my passes after some confusion about where to go. In the meantime, the fireworks in DL had started, and were booming through the plaza. I got back and did a quick swim with DD, and then we all headed to bed. A big day in the parks was coming tomorrow.

(Note: my DW wrote the following note…she was going to type notes on each day, but this was the only one she actually ever wrote: Reflections of the day - traveling on 7/21 was ok. only a 10 minute delay departure out of Buffalo. We were at the back of the plane. I got a free birthday drink (Bailey's on the rocks). When we stopped in Chicago, so many de-planed we could've sat in the front row. We chose the second row so that we could keep some carry-ons under the seat vs storing all in the bins. I didn't try to get any more free birthday drinks, but as we landed in Vegas, the crew had everyone sing Happy Birthday to all of the Birthday People. They did not mention me by name, but DH pointed to me as the stewardess made the announcement, so that she understood it was mine too & grouped me in as a 'couple of others' in the greeting. Vegas to Orange County was quick, obviously no seat change. OC airport wasn't crazy full of people so we caught our shuttle to the hotel pretty quickly. We almost lost The Binder, but we realized it on the way to the shuttle but DH ran back to get it before it was truly lost. DD held up well during the flight.)
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November 11-20, 2011 - Free dining at CBR! PTR! and Trip Report
July/August 2012 Disneyland / Australia TripPTR "I choose to Be Amused" TR
The Disney Trifecta - a PTR for 2013. LINK Trip Reports - ABD: "A Fistful of Fastpasses" WDW: "For A Few Fastpasses More" DCL: "Once Upon a Time in the Carribean"
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Did you check to see which way the toilet drained?
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You did well to keep going so long after the long flight! and I feel like apologising on behalf of the airport dude giving you such a bum steer on the cab-we would have been ropeable he "neglected" to mention the cost of tolls on top. Your hotel room looks nice. I am not overly impressed with the Rocks area now though our first visit 20 or so years ago we liked it so not sure if its just age, familiarity and expectations or its lost some of its "soul". It used to have lots of good unusual shops, buskers etc; our last visit it seemed very quiet and just souvie shops. I do like the weekend markets there if we are there at the right time and the Opera House around to the Botanical Gardens. We also really like the Darling Harbour area and exploring the parks and walks around the north shore and other areas around the bay. Looking forward to hearing more about your experiences. Keep up the good work.

We really liked the rocks. I would agree the shops weren't the greatest - actually I only noticed a lot of really high end suff, but am not much of a shopper and we had VERy little weight in our suitcases for purchases. But the weekend we were there they had the Aroma Festival, which was a cofee/food tasting festival and made it very bustling. There were also lots of different restaurants to choose from. The location was very convenient to the train/ferries, so for someone without a vehicle that was a major plus.

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You know, the toilets all are so powerful flushing I couldn't use them to spot the different direction. Even the sinks drained very quickly, so I had to stop up the sink and get some water in it. I have to say, while you can see it, it's not really a super noticable difference. The sun being in the northern portion of the sky took a lot longer to get used to, and probably only because "Cola" pointed it out to us!
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December 12-20, 2009 - 40th Birthday trip! Trip Report April 20-25, 2010 - Short surprise trip for DD! Trip Report
October 15-25, 2010 @ AKL Trip Report!
November 11-20, 2011 - Free dining at CBR! PTR! and Trip Report
July/August 2012 Disneyland / Australia TripPTR "I choose to Be Amused" TR
The Disney Trifecta - a PTR for 2013. LINK Trip Reports - ABD: "A Fistful of Fastpasses" WDW: "For A Few Fastpasses More" DCL: "Once Upon a Time in the Carribean"
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When we were in the USA we found it really difficult to walk on the right side of the pavement! We knew about driving on the right side - but forgot about the courtesy of keeping right when you are walking as well, it is so ingrained to keep left down here!
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When we were in the USA we found it really difficult to walk on the right side of the pavement! We knew about driving on the right side - but forgot about the courtesy of keeping right when you are walking as well, it is so ingrained to keep left down here!

yes! We noticed that too after a few days! At first it was like: "Holy Moly these streets sure are busy!" Then we were realizing we were walking into everyone. We had to really think to walk on the left.

I had less trouble with crossing the street and the traffic coming from the opposite direction. DW kept saying "Look left", but I just did a "Left-right-left-right-left-right-left-right" the whole time I was crossing.

There really were a lot of opposites! Day is Night! Right is Left! Winter is Summer! Hot is Cold! North is South!

And don't even get me started on those hook turns in Melbourne! Those are definitely not designed with foreigners in mind. All I could think of was Doc Hudson telling Lightnin McQueen "Turn Right to go Left"
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December 12-20, 2009 - 40th Birthday trip! Trip Report April 20-25, 2010 - Short surprise trip for DD! Trip Report
October 15-25, 2010 @ AKL Trip Report!
November 11-20, 2011 - Free dining at CBR! PTR! and Trip Report
July/August 2012 Disneyland / Australia TripPTR "I choose to Be Amused" TR
The Disney Trifecta - a PTR for 2013. LINK Trip Reports - ABD: "A Fistful of Fastpasses" WDW: "For A Few Fastpasses More" DCL: "Once Upon a Time in the Carribean"
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