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Old 10-04-2012, 05:02 PM   #211
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YAY you are sooo close! We are back now from ours, and had fun, it was soooo HOT there though.
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Old 10-04-2012, 05:08 PM   #212
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YAY you are sooo close! We are back now from ours, and had fun, it was soooo HOT there though.
Oh Wow, you are back already!!!! Glad to hear you had fun and can't wait to hear all about it and I hope you took loads of photos!!!

I have been watching the weather every single day................I sure hope it cools down a bit over the next 2 weeks! It is starting to get very warm over here leading up to our summer and I was hoping to avoid the heat when we get to the States!!! Fingers crossed!

So, how was Carsland and was it as good as I have been reading about for the last few months?! I can't wait to get some fab night time shots of all the neon!

So, a trip report is on the way???!!!
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:22 AM   #213
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Heeeerrrrrrreeeee weeeeeeeee goooooooooooo!!!!!!!!

MEGA UPDATE ( as promised! )

Strap yourself in folks, you are in for a ride of mega proportions with pic overload!!! ( Kinda like a Disneyland ride without the motion sickness!!! )

So, it has been a very busy household around here lately with getting the few last minute things organised. I have successfully done all our ADR's and have some new places in the itinerary where we haven't eaten before!

I have also had to make a major change in that we will not be catching the train out to Simi Valley for the Walt Disney archives exhibition. The main reason is that DH does not want his 2 leading ladies getting off a train in the middle of nowhere with no attendant, no phone, no anything! There are also no connecting buses out to the museum and it would have cost $40.00 each way in a cab. I knew there was nothing but just a platform, but what I didn't know is that Amtrak are not known for their reliability in running on time and we didn't want to be stuck at the station on our own in the dark for the return trip. I am a little disappointed as I was looking forward to catching the train, but am not willing to risk our safety.
So, I have met a wonderful lady on a Facebook group I belong to who has offered to drive us if she can get a sitter. I can get my money back on the train tickets and so in the event we don't make it out there I will be only be out of pocket for the tickets. So, hopefully we can still make it out there........fingers crossed


Now, onto the itinerary. This is it, the final one, set in concrete.......etc etc!!!!

DAY 1 - Depart Sydney 2:40pm Wednesday 24th October
Arrive LAX 10:25am Wednesday 24th October
After we have collected bags and got through customs etc we will ride shuttle to the fabulous Ho Jo. Hoping to arrive some time between 1 -2pm give or take with traffic. I am hoping our room will be ready so will unpack what we need to, freshen up and then head straight to DISNEYLAND
We will then proceed to exchange paper for Annual Passes, pick up Photopass and of course will be heading right for the new home of the the favourite spud, the Harbor Galley for a DD special...............a big loaded baked potato!
Will then just take it all in and go until we run out of puff!!!! Disneyland closes at 6pm so we may head into DCA for a bit as it is open til 8pm. I am sure we will be tired so may just grab a bite to take back to the Ho Jo!

DAY 2 - Thursday 25th October - Sleep in!!! We will have had a big flight with not much sleep so I want to make sure we get our energy back for our big days ahead! So it will be Mimi's for breakfast and back to the park for a whatever we want to do day!!! We have an ADR for the Carnation Cafe at 5pm for dinner.

DAY 3 - Friday 26th October - Full day shopping either at Westfield Santa Ana or Brea Mall. I am leaning toward Brea as we have never been there before! Dinner is at Rainforest Cafe and we will hang in Downtown Disney for a bit and probably hit up Build A Bear.

DAY 4 - Saturday 27th October - 9am bus to Hollywood. Madame Tussauds first, then our wonderful movie session at the El Captain theatre for the 12:15 screening of The Nightmare Before Christmas in glorious 4D! Then to the Disney Soda Fountain and a bit of souvenir shopping. Bus arrives to take us home at 4pm. We then have a 7.30 ADR for the Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue and then off to the 10.30 Fantasmic show.

DAY 5 - Sunday 28th October - Character breakfast this morning at the Paradise pier with Mickey and Friends at 7am. Fireworks are on the agenda at 9.30.

DAY 6 - Monday 29th October - Our first Halloween party today!!! I have booked us the Ultimate Experience so have the Happiest Haunts tour ( surprise for DD ) at 3.00pm and then the party at 6pm. No costumes for this one as we are going to take pictures like mad and video too!!! Party wraps up at 11.00pm and we will be staying right til the end!!!

DAY 7 - Tuesday 30th October - Knotts Berry farm today and dinner at the Cheesecake Factory upon our return to Anaheim!

DAY 8 - Wednesday 31st October - Happy Halloween! The big Halloween party at Disneyland for us tonight. Can't wait to trick or treat with Snow White!!!

DAY 9 - Thursday 1st November - Walt Disney Treasures Exhibition if possible. If not, wow, I don't know, maybe Disneyland

DAY 10 - Friday 2nd November - Breakfast with the Princesses at Ariels Grotto at 9.20am. DD day at DCA.

DAY 11 - Saturday 3rd November - Character breakfast at Story Tellers Cafe 9.00am. DD day at Disneyland today.

DAY 12 - Sunday 4th November -My day at DCA today with dinner at the Carthay Circle and we will be catching World of Color

DAY 13 - Monday 5th November - My day at DL. Character breakfast first with Minnie and Friends at 9.40am, Haunted Mansion, Haunted Mansion, Haunted Mansion...... Hope DD can keep up

DAY 14 - Tuesday 6th November - Universal Studios

Day 15 - Wednesday 7th November - DCA again today and then off to Ralph Brennans Jazz Kitchen for dinner.

DAY 16 - Thursday 8th November - Disneyland day today with lunch at the Blue Bayou at 11.50am.

DAY 17 - Friday 9th November - As much time as we can spend in Disneyland as we fly home at 8:25pm and will arrive home at 6:25am on Sunday 11th November.

................and this is how it looks on paper!!!!!





















I have made these pages to go in my journal with matching pictures and I will be writing in them daily so I can keep accurate details for the trip report

These arrived in the mail today...............



I know what I will be doing over the weekend!!!

And now for the grand unveiling of the costumes! To start, my shirt front and back!





And Snow White herself...............





Please excuse the crinkles and I am sure she will actually do her hair the day of the party It does have a wig too, but she is not too sure if she will wear it. I think if we can get it to fit properly she may, but not if it's hot!

So, that's about it! The only thing to do now is wait!!!

Let me know what you think!

Oh and.......................

19 sleeps to go!!!!
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:28 AM   #214
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Just a quick reply in the car, we're both going to the Halloween party on Monday the 29th! We have Belle, Alice, Mad Hatter & an unknown in our party I'll keep an eye out for you guys!
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:05 AM   #215
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So excited for your trip. I really need to get on with making my horns. I cant wait to read more!
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Old 10-05-2012, 12:29 PM   #216
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Oh Wow, you are back already!!!! Glad to hear you had fun and can't wait to hear all about it and I hope you took loads of photos!!!

I have been watching the weather every single day................I sure hope it cools down a bit over the next 2 weeks! It is starting to get very warm over here leading up to our summer and I was hoping to avoid the heat when we get to the States!!! Fingers crossed!

So, how was Carsland and was it as good as I have been reading about for the last few months?! I can't wait to get some fab night time shots of all the neon!

So, a trip report is on the way???!!!
Carsland at night was amazing... I am working on the TR today, just uploading pics and such. We had camera malfunctions (battery would not hold charge...) so we have a lot with our phones so not the best quality! It was a good time, lots to do, and I can't wait to go back at the end of next month.
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Old 10-05-2012, 08:11 PM   #217
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Had to share this with you Minnie Sue! Apparently its for sale on eBay

http://www.11alive.com/news/photo-ga...storyid=259510
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:59 PM   #218
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I love your journal - what a great idea! Can't wait for your TR already

And your t-shirt looks so awesome! I think I've already seen DD's costume somewhere but she looks very pretty in it. I think since she already has pretty dark hair she probably wouldn't need the wig if it's too uncomfortable.

I hope you still get to go to the archives exhibition. What a shame the train won't work out. But hey, worst case, who's complaining about an extra day at DLR
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Old 10-14-2012, 03:09 AM   #219
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Ok, I am excited. No, wait, I am very excited. No, that's not right. I am this



excited!!!!!!!

Have been finishing off some last minute things. I made DD her pressed penny tubes. One for the quarters and pennies and one for the actual pressed pennies themselves. They came up quite well!

Printed off our tickets to the El Captain theatre as I had them sitting in the holiday folder and hadn't printed them yet! Also scanned our passports so I have an electronic copy, just in case!!!

The suitcases are being dusted off and will be starting to receive items real soon! Packing lists have also been printed to ensure we do not miss anything

DD is off for a hair cut this week and we will be out and about to buy the essentials next weekend. I have some money to cash in this week so hoping the dollar goes up a tad!

So, the travel folder is all packed and ready to go. I keep looking at it in anticipation!

Just 10 more sleeps....................can't wait to do the single digit dance!!!
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Yay! How exciting

I can't wait to read your TR
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Old 10-14-2012, 05:50 AM   #221
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Yay! How exciting

I can't wait to read your TR
Thanks so much! I am glad someone out there is still reading along!

Yep, the trip report should be a goodin'!!!
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Old 10-14-2012, 06:53 AM   #222
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Yay I am so excited for you!! Sounds like you have an amazing trip planned! 2 more days where you're at, right?

We are at DL today. It is our first day and I woke up entirely too early as usual We left unseasonably cool weather in Arizona to come to unseasonably warm weather here in California, pretty crazy! Hopefully it cools down for you!
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Old 10-14-2012, 07:00 AM   #223
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I'm still here too! I'm so excited for you both and can't wait to hear all about your trip. All your plans seem to be in place, all you have to do is enjoy now!
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How exciting. I am that excited as well. I can not wait for our trip.
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Old 10-14-2012, 03:49 PM   #225
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I had to do it, I just had to.......................


9 sleeps to go!!!

Let's hear it for the single digit dance!!!!!

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