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Old 08-21-2011, 06:21 PM   #16
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OMG! I have one week less than I thought for Christmas shopping.



That 4 months is going to fly by real quick Mia. By the time the Sep/Oct Aussie travellers come home and we're in the midst of reading TRs, it'll be your turn to go.

And I'm hoping that you're going to take lots of pictures of Aulani. I wanna see before I try.
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Old 09-08-2011, 05:28 PM   #17
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13 Weeks to Go which is 91 sleeps.

The girls passports have arrived so we are all set. Organized our esta visas.

On my to do list today is to book our airport transfers in LA.

I know that these weeks will fly by. They are some of the busiest work weeks I have. I am trying to get as many little things done now as I know I will be running around like a headless chook until I put my bottom on the plane.

I have marked my diary with dining reservation dates. Love that I can already book dining at Aulani. Thinking a spa visit may also be needed.

It is definitely just going to be the six of us on this trip now which is a little sad but we are still really looking forward to going. It just meaner arrowy the track we will have to do it all again with everyone.

It has been quite a horrible 2011 for us all (except for our other little holiday this year) and we are all emotionally tired. This is going to be a great way to end the year and to cone home ready for a fantastic 2012 .
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Old 09-08-2011, 05:31 PM   #18
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OMG! I have one week less than I thought for Christmas shopping.



That 4 months is going to fly by real quick Mia. By the time the Sep/Oct Aussie travellers come home and we're in the midst of reading TRs, it'll be your turn to go.

And I'm hoping that you're going to take lots of pictures of Aulani. I wanna see before I try.
Shall take lots of photos and road test lots of things, on behalf of my disboards friends of course. Some Hawaiian food porn may be involved to
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Old 09-09-2011, 06:42 AM   #19
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Sorry that you've had a bad year so far. Maybe this end of year trip will make up for it.

Yes.....Hawaiian Luau food porn will be greatly appreciated...especially as the roast comes out of the pit, being split open with all the goodies inside!
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Old 09-11-2011, 05:53 AM   #20
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LA Airport Transfers booked and paid for.

An email sent to the hotel with random questions about our booking. Concierge Level, when will the laundry reopen, making sure those room requests are on my reservation.

DD2 has completed her countdown calendar and written a letter to Santa to tell him where we will be. She is very worried he won't visit although with her list I wonder if he hires out his sleigh for deliveries after Christmas in the down time. Surely their is an elf or two who would like a bonus for their post Christmas holidays.

I have also been reading reviews and menus of sit down restaurants in DL. We often grab counter service in the park and eat in Downtown Disney for our main meal. I want to try River Belle Terrace, Blue Bayou and Cafe Orleans. I remember eating at Carnation Cafe a long long time ago, I think a refresher is required.

This trip will be about catching the little things rather than fighting the crowds. The parks should be open from 8am to 12 midnight based on last years hours so we have lots of time. It is fun to stop and smell the roses (or poinsettia's)
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Old 09-15-2011, 05:53 PM   #21
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12 weeks or 84 sleeps to go. We check into Aulani in 13 weeks and then fly on to Disneyland.
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Old 09-28-2011, 08:06 PM   #22
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Grandma was visiting for the weekend from interstate and so we sat down to look at our days away.

In the middle of this my DB phoned to say that he, his DG and her immediate family will join us in Hawaii for our last two days. They will stay there for Christmas. We had just been looking at Aulani dining, so we have now booked a Character Breakfast on Saturday before they arrive and then all of us for lunch on Sunday at ama ama. We shall see how that goes. A grand gathering of 10.

DG has also had me book a swim with Dolphins for the girls while we in Waikiki at the Sea Life Park in Honolulu.

Now for the important Disney decisions. We have booked a day trip to LA to do the Warner Brothers Studio Tour and visit Hollywood and the Chinese Mann Theatre.

We are also going to book:
  • A Holiday Tour
  • Fantasmic Package
  • World of Colour Dinner
  • Goofy for Breakfast and Dinner
  • Chip and Dale Breakfast at GCH
  • Blue Bayou
  • Storytellers for Christmas Day

Weaving these into the days was fun!

Now I just have to wait a couple of weeks to start booking the dining reservations. It was very exciting to be planning this all face to face. We now will meet at Sydney airport before flying off to Hawaii altogether in just 71 sleeps.
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Old 09-29-2011, 12:04 AM   #23
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Your plans are definitely coming along. How cool that your DB, his GF and her family will be meeting you all in Hawaii!

Nice to have LA all mapped out....but when are you shopping.....and where?
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Old 09-29-2011, 08:48 PM   #24
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It is very exciting that they are meeting us in Hawaii. The girls are very excited about it.

We are planning on doing most of our shopping in Hawaii when we are a little more relaxed. If I have to I will do a trip for Anaheim. In the past I have been to the South Coast Plaza and to the Westfield. I quite like the Westfield and we had a great Orange Chicken in the food court which DH and I still think about, and given that it was in a food court I am sure I could find even better I have even had a taxi wait for me in the carpark of Toys R Us which I did like a supermarket game show. Have trolley and legs, fill it up as fast as you can. The cab driver was impressed with the shopping ability, not with the time it took as I guess he was expecting a longer waiting fee. I tipped him nicely.

Am open to suggestions on the best place for a hit and run shopping extravaganza if required. I am thinking of ordering a tree from Target online and having it delivered straight to the hotel. I have also decided against taking wet weather gear - I am just asking for it to rain. I would have to buy new stuff for us all anyway, so if I have to get some I shall just jump in a cab to Target or somewhere and pick it up if the day looks bad.

I am also doing all my Santa shopping over there so I only want empty cases going over.

It is 10 weeks today until we fly out. Back to school next week so time will fly very quickly as it is such a busy term. One of the reasons why I really sat down to get organised now, I even have when to phone to book dining and tours in my diary. Can't have me missing any of those.
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Wow, I feel so excited for you and your family. .I can't wait to here what Aulani is like. We are toying with the idea of going next October-ish.

remember too, if you are planning on bringing home more than you take, you can always buy cheap luggage over in the States, saves you lugging empty suitcases over there.

Enjoy on the home run of your countdown
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Old 09-30-2011, 08:09 AM   #26
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Wow, I feel so excited for you and your family. .I can't wait to here what Aulani is like. We are toying with the idea of going next October-ish.

remember too, if you are planning on bringing home more than you take, you can always buy cheap luggage over in the States, saves you lugging empty suitcases over there.

Enjoy on the home run of your countdown
Thanks Craftymama71.

It is getting exciting. Suddenly it is seeming very real. Even DH is getting excited. And to think he never wanted to visit DL.

I will certainly be taking lots of photos and reporting in on Aulani. We are also spending sometime in Waikiki so will be able to compare the experiences.

To buy more bags and luggage, I like your thinking. DH not so much, bags are just a little fetish of mine that he still doesn't quite get.

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Old 10-05-2011, 07:42 AM   #27
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Phoned the DLH direct this morning and added club level to our reservation.

Got a little . The CM old me that I am staying at the GCH. A little part of my mind went awesome, but I told her that I had changed he reservation a couple of months ago. While she checked with reservations my heart skipped a little beat, please let me still have a room, I am imagining the grand Californian cancelled and no DLH. But with a little all fixed.

We also cancelled our hire car I Hawaii and will just get transfers to and from Aulani. There will be so much in such a short space of time we just wont need to leave, plus my brother will have a car so if I am desperate for something he can take us.
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I just sat and read your trip report. You led me on a wild ride so far so I figure I am here to stay. I have to know how it is going to end.
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Less than 10 weeks to go now. Better get organised SOON!

We normally shop at SoCo Plaza and the Westfield Main Place. We also like the outlets down by Carlsbad (near where legoland is). The outlets there are a little further afield and quieter than most other.
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I just sat and read your trip report. You led me on a wild ride so far so I figure I am here to stay. I have to know how it is going to end.
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Thanks for reading along. I believe that half the fun is planning so I am always tweaking my DH just smiles and nods his head. Since everyone always ends up having a great time they just let me make the arrangements and we all are go with the flow type people once we are there.

I had to laugh when my dad got the final itinerary. A couple of days in LA would have been good, hello, have been asking for your ideas for months. hence our day trip to LA. He wants to show the granddaughters Hollywood.

Our girls finish school in just under 7 weeks and new sports seasons are starting, so the normal family chaos will be around. I work full time and I have my own business and DH works full time so we are looking forward to stopping.
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