Disney Information Station Logo

Go Back   The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com > Global Neighbours > Other Lands > Australia
Find Hotel Specials & DIScounts
 
facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS UpdatesDIS email updates
Register Chat FAQ Tickers Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read





Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 03-24-2012, 02:46 AM   #31
ExcitedSam
Mouseketeer
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Canberra, Australia
Posts: 319

Thanks for the replys Alicia and Melbourne. We are staying at the Tropicana in Oct for 3 nights, didn't quite get $49 a night, but there are four of us and I think we got a pretty good price.
__________________
ExcitedSam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2012, 03:29 AM   #32
Marlea98
DIS Veteran
 
Marlea98's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 2,071

Quote:
Originally Posted by kathie859 View Post
Hello OP....I wanted to broach a few thoughts for you to mull over. (in the interest of full disclosure, as a frequent traveler to Las Vegas, I do not endorse it as a kid friendly destination)

The "hawkers" are still out on the street shoving "adult" entertainment (think girlie/escort) options in your hand. It's better than it used to be, but they're still there. Be prepared to run interference for your DS and to expect questions

Gone are the days of the .99 shrimp cocktail and the 1.99 steak. Food can be pricey--especially in the hotels.

The strip is LONG........there's maps online showing where each casino is. I'd pick one centrally located (not downtown). There is a tram that connects some of the hotels but it's easy to grab a cab at any hotel cab stand. I didn't catch
when you're going but summer is brutal---hot and dry.
Consider a trip to the Hoover Dam---it's absolutely fascinating. (I'm one of those people who love knowing how/why things work)


My personal favorite hotel is the Palazzo or Venentian. The Luxor is fun--be sure to ask for a room in the main building. It was getting a tad worn last time I was there.

Check out the indoor fountains at Caesar's---they come to "life" periodically.

Enjoy your planning.
We found food dear too, after expecting the $2 buffets we'd heard so much of as folklore. It's about tastes, though. We shared meals in some places as the portion sizes were huge. Didn't turn our noses up at one trip to Maccas, either.

We stayed at Harrah's which was central and opposite to Caesars. I felt safe walking the street at night with my two kids one night while hubby was out picking up our hire car. Hated the pushiness of the girly club card people, they didn't care that hubby had both kids with him when they shoved the cards in his face. If you're out early enough in the evening the grounds aren't as littered with discarded cards and you get to avoid most tricky questions by 10 year old boys...

My tip - pre-book your hire cars well in advance. We didn't and were flat out getting a big car at all to drive back to San Fran/L.A. And the one-way/airport to airport costs were higher than the actual cost of the car hire itself. We booked through Enterprise and they suggested booking/reserving online then paying over the counter as it was cheaper to hire at the counter. We paid $35 a day for a Dodge Ram ute in Buena Park, heaps cheaper than the $100 a day online in Aust via Avis.
__________________
Marlea98 is offline   Reply With Quote
|
The DIS
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 04-19-2012, 08:10 AM   #33
Minnie Sue Oz
DIS Veteran
 
Minnie Sue Oz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: NSW Australia
Posts: 749

Ohhh I love Vegas!!!

First time we spent our time at the Luxor. Was a good room although nothing too fancy.

Last time we stayed at Caesars Palace and we loved it! The room we had was just amazing and if you are big on having a squeaky clean bathroom, then you will be more than happy with the bathrooms here! Our room had a little dressing area and a spa bath big enough to really relax in!

The hotel itself is huge though and we did get lost once!!! There are a myriad of shops and fountains galore. We were there in December and the Christmas decorations were amazing!

We travelled with our daughter who was 13 at the time and we were also a little worried about how she would go in Vegas.
We did find loads of thing to keep us all happy though..........

Circus Circus has an indoor theme park complete with roller coaster and fun things.

Rainforest Cafe at the MGM was a bit hit.

M & M's world.......I think we spent hours in here! 4 floors of goodies and our DD really enjoyed making her own personlaised M & M's!

The Lion King and the Mandalay Bay...........this was DD's favourite part as she is obsessed with Simba and friends and I have to tell you it was probably the best show I have ever seen! There is just something special about Disney AND Vegas!!!

The Hoover Dam is also amazing. We stopped off here on the way to the Grand Canyon. Next time we will definitely do the Hoover tour.

Margaritaville restaurant has great meals and you can have your pic taken with real macaws which were just so beautiful!

You can also pet and have a pic taken with a real lion cub at MGM! My DD is an animal lover ( especailly the big cats! ) and this was just wonderful AND it was only $20.00!!!

I have pics of most of the things listed above in my TR and here is the link with the Vegas portion if you would like to check it out!

http://www.disboards.com/showthread....2661251&page=2

Cheers

Sue
__________________
Minnie Sue Oz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2012, 08:45 AM   #34
GrazingGoat1966
Mouseketeer
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Perth Australia
Posts: 229

Been to Vegas almost a dozen times over the years so hopefully I can share some info.
Stayed at the Excalibur a few times over the years, most recently in Nov 2010. Refurbed rooms are very nice and comfortable. Easily a 4 star standard room. Hotel is old, but scrubs up pretty well for a hotel that's been around since the 80's. Kids would quite enjoy it. Payed $29 a night in September.
Same trip stayed at the Luxor. Starting to look a bit worn in places, but definitely great value for the money. We payed $49 a night for early September.
The MGM can be hit and miss, and since they got rid of the theme park out back (and built more rooms), it's nowhere near as kid friendly as it used to be. $79 is best price i've ever payed at MGM.
Hooters is a blast for "big" kids. Need we say anymore!! Maybe when your kids get to 21!!
Flamingo was mentioned earlier. We stayed in a Go room that had been refurbed only 6 months earlier and it already looked tired. Problem is the paint is white, and so it shows up all the marks around the kickboards where feet have scuffed. Up and down the hallways as well as the rooms. Wouldn't stay there again.
Mirage is a top pick for kids IMO. Great pool area and the "zoo" is pretty good too. Probably be my number 1 pick for the youngsters.
Bally's is pretty good but not really anymore or anyless kid friendly than most. Good location.
Paris is a ripping hotel with pretty good rooms. Kids ....maybe, maybe not.
Circus Circus is a pit. Dont stay there. Hovel. Really bad experience. Never again. Enough said.
Could go on, but all up most hotels are kid friendly. There is no hotel devoted to families as such, but most will suffice. Probably the only hotel that Ive stayed in where kids were frowned upon (in a manner of speaking) was the Wynn. Number 1 choice would be The Mirage for kids for me.
All in my opinion only of course!!!
__________________
DVC MEMBER SINCE '08
1992 Apr Disneyland Anaheim
1995 Nov Disneyland Anaheim
1997 Dec Disneyland Anaheim and WDW Florida
2006 Sep Disneyland Anaheim
2008 Sep Disneyland Anaheim and WDW Florida
2010 Sep WDW Florida
2013 Sep WDW Florida
2016 Dec WDW Florida (Already planning for the big 5oh)
GrazingGoat1966 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-20-2012, 06:59 AM   #35
aussietravellers
who LOVE disney holidays!
 
aussietravellers's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Australia or Austria... they are the same place aren't they?
Posts: 3,681

Thanks everyone for those amazing reviews and suggestions.

I am just wondering where you got those super cheap prices from?

After reading of some $39 or $59 etc rooms, I have been looking for the beginning of December and there doesn't seem to be much other than around $100 (some just under, some just over) for many that some of you seem to have really cheap prices from and I was wondering where you booked?

I have been looking direct and through Expedia and they all seem to be not that cheap . When were you booking to get those cheap prices? A long time in advance or close to the trip?

Thanks
__________________
1975 - 1990 - Many Trips - Disneyland California - Disneyland Hotel
1995 - Walt Disney World - Yacht Club Resort
2004 - Disneyland California - Grand Californian
2008 - Walt Disney World - Animal Kingdom Lodge & Disneyland Paris - Hotel New York
2009 - Disneyland California - Grand Californian
2010 - Walt Disney World - Animal Kingdom Lodge + Beach Club + Yacht Club Resorts My 2010 Trip to NY and WDW Trip Report
2013 - We lived at Disneyland for 4 months! - Residence Inn Garden Grove, Grand Californian & Disneyland Hotel
aussietravellers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-20-2012, 08:08 AM   #36
Kangarucci
Mouseketeer
 
Kangarucci's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Mt Martha Australia
Posts: 321

I have never found cheap deals either. Joined up for the hotels' newsletters. If
I recall correctly they wanted to charge for our girls who were 15 and 13 at the time.
Agree with Circus Circus- not nice.
__________________

Alaska Wonder DisneyCruise2014 Disneyland2014 Bahamas Dream DisneyCruise 2013 Hong Kong Disneyland 2013
B2B Eastern/Western Caribbean Fantasy DisneyCruise 2012 Disneyworld 2012 Disneyland 2012
Westbound Transatlantic DisneyCruise 2010 Disneyland Paris 2010
Western Caribbean DisneyCruise 2007Disneyworld 2007
Disneyland 2005
Disneyland 2004
Disneyworld 1994
Disneyland 1989
Kangarucci is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2012, 08:36 PM   #37
Marlea98
DIS Veteran
 
Marlea98's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 2,071

Quote:
Originally Posted by aussietravellers View Post
Thanks everyone for those amazing reviews and suggestions.

I am just wondering where you got those super cheap prices from?

After reading of some $39 or $59 etc rooms, I have been looking for the beginning of December and there doesn't seem to be much other than around $100 (some just under, some just over) for many that some of you seem to have really cheap prices from and I was wondering where you booked?

I have been looking direct and through Expedia and they all seem to be not that cheap . When were you booking to get those cheap prices? A long time in advance or close to the trip?

Thanks
I couldn't find any of the cheap rooms either. We paid just over $100 a night for Harrah's for the 4 of us and that came with a 'breakfast' voucher for Starbucks to a $ value each day - enough really for a coffee and hot chocolate and a little snack to share.

I signed up to the hotel's websites, checked out TripAdvisor, Wotif, and read lots of tips on various boards.
__________________
Marlea98 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2012, 08:55 PM   #38
Aust
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Sydney, Australia
Posts: 578

On the weekend I booked our 1 night at Paris at the end of September - I compared prices on a few different websites, there were only a few dollar's difference between them and I ended up using Expedia, we get a voucher booklet on check in (which we probably won't use but it may have something useful in it).

Paid $97 for one room (husband plus 3 year old) and $130 fo the other (me plus 8 and 11 year olds).

Some of the other hotels had cheap prices on Expedia for the same date, can't remember exactly but between $50 and $100, and some under $50.

Still cheap compared to here though - yesterday I booked a motel room in the suburbs of Brisbane for a work trip next week for $180!
__________________
2014 DL Paris
2012 DLR (PPH)
2011 DLR (GCH)
2007 DLR (DLH)
1991 DL Tokyo
Aust is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2012, 01:16 AM   #39
Caroline NZ
DIS Veteran
 
Caroline NZ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: New Zealand
Posts: 886

We are not going until Sep/Oct 2013 ( but ofcourse I am already planning!).
I am thinking that we will stay at Platinum Hotel & Spa in Las Vegas. Suites have a kitchen & seperate bedroom.
__________________
From New Zealand.
May 2009 First family trip to Disneyland - we had an amazing time
May 2011 - Disneyland - another awesome holiday Included San Diego and San Francisco
Sep/Oct 2013 - 5 weeks California & surrounds road trip, ending of course in Disneyland
Jan 2015 - First trip to WDW planned!
Caroline NZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
GET OUR DIS UPDATES DELIVERED BY EMAIL



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:32 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 1997-2014, Werner Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved.