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Old 04-19-2009, 02:05 AM   #136
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Hi all Aussie Disney planners, I am the twin of Aussiedaisy Everyones' plans look great! I am really excited to be trying the new V Australia airline in premium economy class I am glad that they have a free bar, as I really don't like flying at all! But I put up with it to go and see Mickey!
Last trip I was very brave (I don't like fast rides) and did big thunder mountain (3 times!) and tower of terror. Aussiedaisy did not accompany me as she finds even Dumbo a bit scary I am trying to convince her on this trip to try big thunder (I actually LOVED it), she did goofys barnstormer though, so she was very brave
My aim this trip is to finally get up the courage to go on space mountain....I figure that if I could do tower of terror.....I can do any fast ride (I didn't know if I was going to vomit or wet myself on that one!!) I am also trying to convince her to go on star tours (which I went on and found VERY tame...almost boring)!.
I am also looking forward to trying some yummy foods in the parks such as the corn dogs! What is everyone else looking forward to doing and eating most?
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Old 04-19-2009, 02:23 AM   #137
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Your sister sounds like my wife, she would feel dizzy on 'It's a small world'

I get the weird stares when a thirty something year old male is sitting by himself on most rides as my whole family watches on.....
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Old 04-19-2009, 02:33 AM   #138
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We're flying premium economy on Qantas also

I'm looking forward to a bit more room on the plane. Has anyone flown premium economy before? I'm soooooo not looking forward to the long flight. We've got 25 hours of travelling

What do you guys do on the plane besides sleep? I can tell I'm going to get bored very quickly!
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Old 04-19-2009, 02:40 AM   #139
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We are flying PE as well, on V australia.
A little surprise Christmas present for my kids. SSHHH don't tell.
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Old 04-19-2009, 03:09 AM   #140
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We're right down the back of the plane on V.

If anyone is interested, these are the seat specs on the plane

Premium Economy Class: 38.0" and 19.5"
Economy Class: 32.0" and 18.8'

Qantas is:

Premium Economy Class: 38.0" and 19.5"
Economy Class: 31.0" and 17.5"


On V Australia, the seat is less than an inch wider in premium and 6 inches more legroom. If you are short that won't really mean much, but to some, like me, it means a lot.

The entertainment system on V is far better than QANTAS so it should help entertain my son somewhat for 15 hours (then 5 hours to Orlando...argghhh).

I was lucky enough to go first class to London last year, so I think I will be ready to die in economy.

Go to seatguru.com to give you an idea of where and where not to sit.
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Old 04-19-2009, 04:29 AM   #141
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I am also looking forward to trying some yummy foods in the parks such as the corn dogs! What is everyone else looking forward to doing and eating most?
I remember last time I was there I had the best hot dog, strange I know but it had barbeque sauce, mustard, cheese and onions and it was and I also remember a particular ice cream.....
I also love the malls, auntie anne's pretzels MMMM
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Old 04-19-2009, 05:08 AM   #142
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Ok everyone, so I had nothing better to do this morning.
Thanks GoGo85 for your list. Really cool. And Becpee, I can't believe that someone else is planning as far out as us!!! I'm more reading and keeping my hand in, and I enjoy it. And with only 525 days to go.


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What do you guys do on the plane besides sleep? I can tell I'm going to get bored very quickly!
We flew Qantas in the Sept/Oct hols last year. We watched the inflight entertainment, got poked by my daughter, tried to make the inflight entertainment work, watch the moving map (I don't advise doing this, bad for the sanity.) We had probs with the inflight entertainment both ways. There was no ondemand on the way over, so it was on loop, like what they had in the "old days." You could choose a younger kids loop, thankfully, some movies, and I can't remember what the others were.

On the way back DH's inflight didn't work at all, to quote the flight attendant, say this with sarcasm, "It's Qantas, what do you expect," and to the people in front "it was purchased off eBay." Heres the thing, at least for 747s, even if your not watching, start playing something you might be interested in. There are only so many licences so not everyone can watch at the same time. This is is economy.

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We're right down the back of the plane on V.

On V Australia, the seat is less than an inch wider in premium and 6 inches more legroom. If you are short that won't really mean much, but to some, like me, it means a lot.

The entertainment system on V is far better than QANTAS so it should help entertain my son somewhat for 15 hours (then 5 hours to Orlando...argghhh).

Go to seatguru.com to give you an idea of where and where not to sit.
I'm 180cm and so is DH. Ooh, what I would of given for Premium Econ last trip!!! I think it's our plan for next year.

On other things...

try www.checkmytrip.com to see what seat allocation you have. Works for Qantas direct booked flights, not sure about travel agent flights or V Australia. You'll need your 6-character booking number, eg A7GE44, and surname, then drill down through the info. You will even be able to see what seats are empty, and could do what we did, ring Qantas and got moved further forward.

www.allmenus.com was a bit of a life saver for us in budgeting menus and seeing what was at a resturant before we went. It has the menu and prices listed. Type in Anaheim as the city for Disneyland, or Garden Grove which is about a km away. Or other cities if you're moving around.

I'm hoping that we'll get to the Cheesecake Factory and Bubba Gumps on our next trip.

We went to the Farmer's Market /Grove as part of a day trip. We had the best ever CornDog from one of the vendors. I'll find the name if anyone is interested. I found the CornDogs in DL a bit thicker in batter than the ones we normally get here at the Easter Show.
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Old 04-19-2009, 05:18 AM   #143
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I'm 180cm and so is DH. Ooh, what I would of given for Premium Econ last trip!!! I think it's our plan for next year.
I'm 197cm, but my son is 115cm, so guess where my legs end up! I always end long haul economy flights with bruises shaped like tray table hinges on my knees.
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Old 04-19-2009, 05:29 AM   #144
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YoungAussieNurse you will loooooove Space Mountain!!!! It is the reason we are returning with our three kids in 3 weeks 5 days after our June 2007 once in a lifetime trip (LOL!). Hubby and I had our first visit to Disneyland 20 yrs ago and he and my sister dragged me on Space Mountain. I was absolutely terrified and closed my eyes and screamed the whole ride. Rode again in 2007 with Dh and DS 10, DD's 13 & 7 were too scared, I was trying to be brave for terrified DS, but once the ride started I actually opened my eyes's and loved it sooooo much. DS was screaming and I screamed back "are you ok?" to which he replied "this is the most awesomest ride". It was what I would call "fun" not "scary" and I'm a big wus! We unfortunately ran out of time to ride it again but will be very soon thanks to V Australia. By the way my niece works for Virgin and she got a special staff rate of $100 return to LA in Premium Economy. She said it was very nice but was a little bummed as she had actually put in for business class. That was her only disappointment as she said service/entertainment etc., were excellent!

I can't wait to go! still doesn't feel real that it's so close. About to book Disneyland Express. Yay!
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Old 04-19-2009, 06:14 AM   #145
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Youngaussienurse, you have to do space mountain, it is a very smooth ride, very fast but really smooth, you don't get rocked around at all.

Premuim economy sounds great, we are in regular economy as our flights were all booked with AirNZ points, we find their inflight service and the tv system fine so far.

ColB - i know what you mean about going solo on rides. my wife won't do any coasters or haunted mansion, and i try to do every ride i can. At least at WDW they had a lot of single rider lines, not sure about DL haven't looked into the rides that much yet.

BUtterflykisses - we will be there exactly the same dates in a king room!!
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Old 04-19-2009, 06:39 AM   #146
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Hello to all the other Aussies on here!

We're heading over at Christmas time, and after spending 3.5 weeks doing family & friends, will finish up at Disney 3-6 Jan, staying at the HOJO.

I just wanted to add two things to the ongoing conversations.

1. We booked our travel insurance through worldcare.com.au. We found them by searching all the standard ones, and saw that they were actually the underwriter for somebody (flight centre or webjet). Anyway, we went directly to them and saved $100 over the premium that was originally offered. aus$300 for 30 days cover for family of 4 in the states.

2. For those who miss having some of the best american food, you can try usafoods.com.au. They've got all the good stuff, like candy bars and pop tarts. In addition to more standard 'cooking' foods if you ever got into that type of thing

In terms of restaurants to visit over there, we're going to have to visit Arby's for their roast beef, waffle fries & shakes, as well as taco bell. it's fast food, but you have to do it once a trip.

Our kids will be 5 and 2 and they really haven't gotten into disney movies, or movies in general yet. We tried to watch Toy Story today, and got about half way through before the oldest got bored. The youngest was bored after 10 mins and spent the next half hour walking around banging the tamborine, sitting on his sister, and otherwise looking for attention.

Finally, can i just put some of these silly icons on which otherwise, wouldn't get used. they're apropos of absolutely nothing:
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Guess I need to do more posting and less lurking. Please copy the links above into web if interested. not associated with either.
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Old 04-19-2009, 08:17 AM   #147
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Ok everyone, so I had nothing better to do this morning.
I have read through the thread and tried to get as much info as possible.
If the information is incorrect or if you would prefer not to have your name in the list please let me know.

We should be able to update this as we go,
I will also look at adding useful links to help with the planning etc.

What does everyone think??
PS I hope I haven't forgotten anyone

Aussie trip planners 2009


May

BecBennett -
Renderman7-
lovintheland-

June

July

August

September

Marvel -19-27/9 – Hojo’s
Czardas
Butterflykisses- 21-28/9 - Hojo
rossip

October

Platypus67 -14-18/10 -Hojo
Ihaveamickeymousekid – 18-26/10 - Carousal Inn
Flea 18/10-1/11 Hojo’s

November

Aussiemickeys 15-17/11
Aussiedaisy & youngaussienurse - 17-24/11 - Hojo

December

ColB
Gogo65 25-30/12 - Carousal Inn


Aussie trip planners 2009 WDW

Sharkmeister
Dollarmite
ColB 8/12



Aussie trip planners 2010
alyssacameronsdad - 3-6/1 - Hojo
KylieH Oct 2010
Becpee Oct 2010
Mareeld86

Other helpful links:

Disney DVD for Aussies:
http://www.disney.com.au/disneyland/disneyland_dvd.html

Menus for anaheim:
www.allmenus.com

Flight seat allocation:
www.checkmytrip.com
www.seatguru.com

Travel insurance:
www.suresave.net.au
www.travelinsurancedirect.com.au
www.worldcare.com.au.

Time/clock converter:
www.timeanddate.com

ANZ travel card:
http://anz.com.au/aus/promo/Dont-Get...as/default.asp


Added a bit more info.
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Old 04-19-2009, 09:12 AM   #148
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Hi everyone!
I am new to disboards.com and am loving it so far. i am a person who has a dirty little secret with being obsessed with all things disney. none of my friends and family seem to be interested with disney....seriously.......WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!! oh well, their loss, am i right guys?
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Old 04-19-2009, 11:29 AM   #149
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Been a while since I posted in this area, but thought I'd poke my head in at this ridiculously late hour. (Actually, we leave first thing in the morning for a week's holiday up the coast, and I've been up packing).

We travelled to DL in Sept./Oct. last year, and I'm happy to say I very successfully converted my DH into a "Disney-a-holic".

As such, we're treating ourselves to a an all-submersive Disney experience for our fortieth birthdays next year - we're doing DL, WDW, and a week-long cruise in Dec./Jan. I think I'm the longest term planner here thus far ! (But planning it all is half the fun !)

We too will be travelling premium economy this time (as DH seems to rack up FF points quite nicely). Will hopefully be anice change from "cattle class" (as my parents call it ).

The kids don't know about the trip yet, and from last year's experience, probably won't until the second half of next year. It will be a whole new ball game next time, as our eldest will have hit teenagehood with gusto LOL.

Lots of exciting months to look forward to planning, and saving as many $$ for the trip as we can.

I look forward to catching up when we arrive home in a week's time.

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Old 04-19-2009, 04:04 PM   #150
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Hi all - another Kiwi Dis fan here
This thread is a great idea - we just got back from our trip to LA which included a 6-day Park Hopper at DL/DCA. I will post a full trip report when I get my act together and finish unpacking, but though I'd check in anyway.
Accomm: We stayed at Hojo's which was perfect - easy, easy walking distance to the park and great pool area for kids. I'd read on some boards that people thought it was too far for their kids to walk, (The Unofficial Guide makes a BIG deal about how much walking you will do at the parks and how to prepare your kids for it) but our 6 and 9 year old found it a breeze - I don't want to make too many assumptions, but I think maybe the average Aussie/Kiwi kid probably walks a bit more than US kids in their daily lives (e.g. ours walk to school around 3 days a week), so they were fine with all the walking at the parks - they were so excited most of the time, there was very little moaning about tired legs at all!
Transport: We flew with Qantas, which was fine - very basic service from the cabin crew who seemed pretty unenthusiastic about their job, but the flights were on time and the kid's meals were good, and we survived that hellish long trip (I know, - even longer from Oz!)
We have driven a lot in the US in the past, and were confident about driving in LA, so hired a car from Budget (wouldn't recommend them - poor service, nearly an hour's wait at their LAX office to get our car -sneaky upgrading insurance costs etc. etc) as we wanted to do some trips after our DL stay, but a car is definitely NOT essential if you are staying close to the parks.
Crowds: We were worried about being at DL during Spring break and Easter, one of the busiest times of the year with all the crowds, but thanks to these boards and HydroGuys's tips (READ THEM!) we learned the TWO MOST IMPORTANT TIPS for getting the most out of DL:
Get there early (at least half an hour before opening) and learn how to use FastPass!
We did this and the longest we waited for any ride in 6 days was 30 minutes one morning for Toy Story Midway Mania (no FP) - the rest of the time it was waaaay less, with many rides we just walked straight on - despite the big crowds and wait times of over an hour for non-FP holders. I almost felt guilty breezing past the long lines of parents and kids waiting for Splash, Soarin, Grizzly etc. - but it seems many locals a) don't bother turning up to the parks early and b) haven't learnt how to use FastPass. I guess if you have an Annual Pass and can rock up any time, it's not such a big deal to maximise your time at DL, as it is for us on the other side of the world!
Anyway, if any Kiwis/Aussies planning a trip shortly want to PM me with any queries I'm happy to answer them
cheers, Sarah
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