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Old 02-19-2011, 11:32 PM   #1
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Trip of a lifetime.....Disney Christmas, Birthday, Food * BIG & final update!

PTR for 2012 Halloween trip started.............http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2907858




Well folks...............here we go!

Let me introduce myself if I may! I am Sue and I am a Disneyholic! Minnie and DL itself have been obesessions of mine since I was too young to remember!!!

Living all the way over here in Australia does have it's draw backs when it come to the Happiest Place on Earth but boy oh boy is it exciting when the day finally rolls around and you know that soon, very soon, you will be walking into Main Street for the start of a holiday of a lifetime!!!

And that is just what happened!!!

So, come with me and share in what was THE best time I have ever had in my 43 years and celebrate with my family and I................

November 29th 2010............Sydney International terminal.

Here we have 3 people just about jumping out of their skin in anticipation! After all the saving and all the waiting, the day has finally arrived to board our jumbo to the USA!
We started our month long journey in San Fransisco. Absolutely loved it and boy is their Disney store a beauty!!! 2 stories of wall to wall Disney...........I was in heaven. I will be brief for the first weeks actvities and get to Disneyland where I will be go into loads more detail!!! I am not too sure if people will be interested in our other non Disney activities so feel free to let me know and I can always add some pics! We did 3 days in Las Vegas after San Fransisco including the Grand Canyon!!!

Disney store merchandise - San Francisco


DD inside Disney store


On the stairs leading to the first floor with yet more goodies!!!




View from stairs looking into the downstairs section


We bought soooooooooooooo much stuff in here!!! They had a 2 for 1 plush deal on and as we haven't had Disney stores here in Australia for many years, it was like we had died and gone to heaven! And this was just day 1!!!

So, I do hope I have appealed to a few of you out there and will continue on with the rest of journey soon!

We were actually in Anaheim for 3 fabulous fun filled Disney weeks including Christmas and a very special Birthday in the park for yours truly so I have some wonderful moments with pics to share!

So, keep an eye out as I will be posting again soon! Oh, I have lots of food porn too!!!!

Thanks so much for coming along for the journey!!

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Old 02-20-2011, 02:09 AM   #2
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Can't wait to hear more! Love the pics of the Disney store. We are off soon on our trip of lifetime to DLR and we are also going to San Francisco and Hawaii, so definitely interested in hearing about all your destinations.
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Old 02-20-2011, 02:40 AM   #3
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We also made a trek that started Christmas Day and look forward to your impressions of DLR at Christmas! I have found I really love the Aussie TRs so I am onboard and totally willing to see/hear about ALL of your trip not just the DL part.

While you were in the Bay area did you get to go to the Disney Family Museum? I have not been there but hear it is amazing!
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Old 02-20-2011, 03:55 AM   #4
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OMG *LOVE* the pics from the Disney Store! Even when they were over here, they were more like normal stores with Disney merchandise, none of that great theming like they seem to have in the US.

We are heading off on our once in a lifetime trip as well in 6 days! We'll also be going to San Francisco, Vegas and the Grand Canyon, so definitely interested in hearing about those destinations as well

Can't wait to hear about your THREE WEEKS in Anaheim!
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Just what I need!
An Aussie pick-me-up TR from the post holiday blues.

Marking my spot in the queue .
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Old 02-20-2011, 06:54 AM   #6
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Welcome everyone!!!

Ooh, I am soooo excited to know that I can share with everyone our wonderful trip!

I will be updating each night and here is just a little sample of what you can expect!!! And did I mention I took close to 3000 photo's so we have plenty to choose from!? I am very happy with the pics and I had the most memorable photo of my Disney life taken on this trip!!!

So, I will be starting from day 1 and taking you on a magical journey through San Francisco, Las Vegas and of course Disneyland. We will also be visiting.......San Diego Zoo, San Diego Seaworld, Knottsberry Farm, Los Angeles ( where we met a real live movie star!!! ), Universal Studios and Medieval Times!!!

Donald and friend!!!


The bridge.....


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Love the bridge photo
3000 photos!!!! Amazing effort!
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Old 02-21-2011, 05:32 AM   #9
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Day 1 - San Francisco

Hi everyone!

Time to get started!!!

Day 1 saw us arriving in San Francisco after a 14 hour flight from Sydney Australia. The flight departed Sydney at 2:10pm and we actually arrived in San Francisco just after 10am...................on the same day!!!


We actually stayed in Sydney the night before we left as I wanted to make sure there was no way we were going to miss that flight! The morning of our depature, we surprised DD with a goodies bag with some Disney related holiday items.................Cars tissues, Minnie PJ's, a Princess pen and other items! She also had a letter from Minnie herself to tell her she couldn't wait to meet her and some Disney dollars that were redeemable for real money! ( thanks ever so much to those wonderful Disigners for those!!! )
And speaking of real money, Mum and Dad had thrown in some real money too!! Yay!!!

Morning!!!


Main meal on Qantas!!!


Arriving for the first time for DD on US soil!!!


We collected our bags with no trouble at all and made our way out to find our shuttle to our hotel! we were just too excited to worry about jet lag at this point..................we had arrived!!!

So, it was off to Sheraton Fishermans wharf. Check in was easy and the staff were quite friendly! So, up to our room for a quick unpack and a much needed shower!!!

Sheraton Fishermans wharf room


It was then time to wander down to the famous pier we had heard so much about. I think I fell in love with San Francisco right then. I just love the place!!! We made a bee line for Bubba Gumps for lunch as we had all heard about it and looked forward to trying it for ourselves. And as promised............food porn!!!

DH had Shrimpers Heaven with Hand Breaded Coconut Shrimp, Chilly Shrimp,
Fried Shrimp, and Japanese style Tempura Shrimp with Fries.


I had the Dumb Luck Coconut shrimp


And the DD had the traditional shrimp cocktail


The drinks were just amazing and DD got hers in a glass that lit up!!!


And, what is a visit without the trying out to see if those signs really work???!!!





Outside the restaurant they have a Forest park bench ( complete with the box of chocolates!!! ) so we took turns in trying on Forests shoes!!!! The waitress then offered to take a pic of the 3 of us on the bench!





So, after we lunch we headed on out to wander around the pier. Just taking in ll the American sights was just too good to be true!!! DD and I rode the 2 story carousel and we did some shopping.

2 level carousel!


Hot Dog stand


There is one thig that I love nearly as much as Disney and that is Christmas! So to have to the two together was just magical. This was the tree at pier 39



We then went for a stroll along the street and came across a chocolate shop. Now, you must remember that we had never seen candy apples like the Americans have them, so you can just imagine our delight when we found these!!! And those chocolaote covered marshmallows on sticks are just heavenly!!!





So, we relieved them of some of their goodies and headed off. By this time we were all starting to feel somewhat exhausted so we popped into Johnny Rockets for a coffee and a brownie and then headed back to the motel.

Johnny Rockets brownie


I actually couldn't eat it all and I must say it was just delicious!!!

So, I hope you have enjoyed Day 1 and I look forward to showing you around some more!

Oh, and because I have just sooooo many photo's from Disneyland, I thought it might be nice to finish each post with a different Disney picture....................after all, that is why we're here!!!!





Stay tuned................!!!

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Minnie Sue!! Them some SERIOUS sugar porn. How am I gonna stay good if you keep posting pics like that? I can just feel the sugar slapping themselves on my thighs now!

Keep it comin'


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Minnie Sue--this looks like a great start!! I'm so looking forward to all of your adventures in the USA!

Your family looks so lovely and fun-loving!!

Lovin' the pictures so far--your pink Minnie shirt is soooo cute!!!

Can't wait to hear more!!
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What an awesome start to your holiday! I too love Christmas and thinking when we do the east coast (which we WILL do lol!) we'll go in December.

Unfortunately I can't the pics on these boards on my work computer, so I will have to wait until I get home now to check it out properly - can't wait!
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Wow those pictures are great! And are those seriously apples in that store??? What the???
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We also made a trek that started Christmas Day and look forward to your impressions of DLR at Christmas! I have found I really love the Aussie TRs so I am onboard and totally willing to see/hear about ALL of your trip not just the DL part.

While you were in the Bay area did you get to go to the Disney Family Museum? I have not been there but hear it is amazing!
Hi there Sherri and thanks for joining in!!!

Unfrtunately we did not get to the Disney museum. It was way over the other side from where we were staying and on the day we had it in our schedule, it would have been closed before we got there

But, it is definitely a must see on our next trip. Not sure when we will get to San Francisco next as our trip coming up in October doesn't allow for visiting San Francisco.

I never thought we would get back to DL so soon, but as we bought Premium AP's, they will be still be current for Halloween and we thought...............why not!!!!

We actually have tickets to Universal and Six Flags that we didn't get to use last trip, so have them up our sleeve as well!!!

I will be posting more this evening! Never realised just how long it would takeme to upload all the photo's into photobucket!!!

Cheers for now
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Wow those pictures are great! And are those seriously apples in that store??? What the???
Yep, they sure are real apples!!! Sort of like our toffee apples, but with caramel instead of the toffee!!! AND if you think those look good, just wait until you see the Disney themed ones!!!

You can buy sooooo many yummy treats at DLR. Make sure you check out Marcelines in Downtown Disney..................amazing and you can even stand and watch through the window to see what they are making!!

I am glad you are enjoying the pics........................loads more to come!!!

Cheers for now!

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