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Old 10-01-2012, 03:17 AM   #1
Earning My Ears
Join Date: May 2012
Location: New Zealand
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PTR: First family holiday to the U.S.A-loving the tiny queues!!!!

Hi all,
I first found these boards earlier this year when we decided we were going to travel to California for 3 weeks this coming Christmas. Since then, I've checked in most days and even commented and asked questions on some posts.
However, I've now decided that since I am on school holidays at the moment, and now that our trip is now less than 3 months away, that I should start a PTR. I know how much I enjoy reading everyone else's reports, and how much information I have gathered from them, so I figure that if I can help anyone in any small way, then that'd be great!

So, here goes....

We are a family of 4...myself, DH and 2 DD's (10 & 7) from New Zealand. Before husband, I did the typical OE and lived in both London and San Francisco for a year...and have never quite lost the travelling bug. While in London I made it over to EuroDisney (only a year after it opened) and then Disneyland while I was living in San Francisco. I've never made it back...until now!
We have travelled to Queensland a few times, most recently last year.

For this trip my Mum will be joining us. Like the others, she has never been to the USA.

What started out as a 3 week road trip from San Francisco to LA has increased slightly to a 5 week road trip, also taking in the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Palm Springs and San Diego. We figure that since we are spending so much on airfares, we might as well make the most of it.

Here's the 'almost set in concrete' itinerary...

Day 1- arrive SFO from Auckland
2- San Francisco
3- San Francisco/ Marin County
4- San Francisco- "Alcatraz" booked
5- San Francisco
6- Travel to Cambria, via Monterey and Carmel (We have several long driving days ahead of us, but DH more than happy with that- gets us to places we otherwise wouldn't visit. Kids are also used to long days in the car)
7- Maybe Hearst Castle, then drive to Barstow
8- If no snow, drive to Williams on Route 66.
9- Grand Canyon, then drive to Las Vegas
10-Las Vegas- staying off the strip, but will definitely be taking in the nightlife...remember, we have a built in babysitter with us
11-Las Vegas
12-Las Vegas
13-Las Vegas- husband has mountain bike tour organised, so SHOPPING for the girls!!
14-Las Vegas
15- Las Vegas
16-Drive to Palm Springs- Cable Car
17-Drive to San Diego-visit Coronado, Gaslamp Quarters
18-San diego- we have a Go-San Diego card, so will be busy! Seaworld, Old Town
19-San Diego-Legoland, USS Midway
20-San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park and then drive to Anaheim
Days 21- 32...Anaheim/LA/OC etc

We have purchased 14 Disney passes and plan on spending lots of time at the parks. Being off-season, the hours will obviously be reduced, but we're fine with that. We'll have access over 2 weekends, so will do the night shows then.

We'll head into LA several days to do Universal Studios, Santa Monica, Hollywood etc.

Now that we (I!!!) have organised most of what I can from this end, it's time to sit and wait..and plan, plan, plan! I don't want to have each and every day organised, but definitely need a rough outline of what we want to do so that every thing gets covered. That's where this board comes in so handy...so many great ideas.

Can't wait!!
First Family visit to Disneyland January 2013

First visit to Disneyland Easter 1994

First visit to Disneyland Paris 1993

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