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Old 04-01-2012, 04:19 AM   #1
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Talking 7 flights, 6 hotels, 1 cruise ship and a major stuff up...brace yourself UPDATE!

Well, the countdown is at 23 weeks and 2 days

Too early for a PTR? Hope not

The plans so far are to leave Melbourne on Sept 11 and will be arriving back into Melbourne on Oct 11.

The trip will take us to places we've never been before, and quite honestly places I never thought we'd go, and an almost total immersion in all things Disney

Orlando, The Caribbean, New York City and LA for a second time as a family.

Our trip will take us to WDW, a Fantasy Cruise, the biggest Macy's in the world and Magnolia Bakery (My Disneylands ) and Walt's Disneyland.

All this and as yet our DS5 is not in on the secret

This trip started as a trip back to Disneyland and has evolved into something bigger!
Expensive flights made me rethink our plans, bringing our trip forward and flying further for the same price, why not?
The excitement of The Fantasy almost forced me to change our Wonder cruise, DH didn't need any encouragement.
A drop in flight prices and a credit from the airline made me add in a stop, NYC here we come
I don't know which part is more exciting, our first cruise, NYC, WDW?
DL is still there because I just couldn't bring myself to fly all that way and not go there, i'd feel like a traitor

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Old 04-01-2012, 04:57 AM   #2
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Old 04-01-2012, 07:53 AM   #3
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The Fantasy is fabulous!

So, I guess i'll start with the itinerary.

Flying out on the 11th Sept, and arriving in Orlando on Sept 11, about 22 hours in transit (not allowing there for any delays, and i'm hoping there aren't any).

11-13 Orlando
14 Port Canaveral
15-22 Fantasy Western Caribbean Cruise
22-1 Oct WDW Coronado Springs with prak hoppers and free dining
1-5 NYC hotel here is unknown
5-9 LA and Disneyland

Arrive home on the 11th as we lose a day coming home

I always cry coming home.

The only flights i'm yet to book are the JFK to LAX, and am still deciding where to stay for all our hotel stays except for WDW.
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Old 04-01-2012, 05:40 PM   #4
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i'm subbing in -- i love a good PTR and TR and this is a great time to start

i can't wait to hear more about your trip.

we're doing a scaled down version on your trip when we go: fantasy cruise to the caribbean for 7 nights, then 11 nights at disneyland with a side trip to san diego/zoo etc and some shopping.

good for you for being able to take advantage of the great prices
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Old 04-01-2012, 07:21 PM   #5
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Hi WAMUMOF4 and Alicia

Exciting times ahead!

So here I am adding to my PTR when I should be ripping through my house with The Dyson, my floors need a really good vacuum, it's been a few days

Flights!
We've booked a direct Delta but operated by V-Australia MEL-LAX, then Delta domestic LAX-MCO.
No Sydney stopover which is great!
Pretty sure we'll clear customs at LAX? Yes?
2 hours between getting off one and getting onto the next, not too bad, I guess the time will go fast and from what I can gather we'll be landing and departing from the same terminal in LAX

After travelling for so long I think the extra $ spent to stay there will be money well spent.
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Old 04-02-2012, 01:02 AM   #6
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Arrive home on the 11th as we lose a day coming home

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Old 04-02-2012, 05:52 PM   #7
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Well, DS5 last night informs me he wants to go to Disney on ice

We've been the last couple of times and this year I deliberately didn't mention it (thinking he'd never know) and he wants to go, I was so close to telling him about our plans

DH told me not to, we wouldn't be able to stand the buildup to the actual getting on the plane.
DH thinks we just shouldn't tell him LOL i'm still torn.

Wondering if we should start booking accom? I don't know, it's been a while since i've done this

This time in 23 weeks we'll be checking in (at the airport)
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Old 04-02-2012, 06:15 PM   #8
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Very exciting Becpee.

I think you could start looking around for some accom deals, see what you can find. If something jumps out at you, book it.
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Old 04-02-2012, 06:37 PM   #9
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Twenty- three weeks will go in no time.

Keep your eye out for the Double Tree specials for NY - I booked our travel back in October I subscribed to there e-newsletter and have not seen a better price come out.

Have fun planning.
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Old 04-02-2012, 06:51 PM   #10
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This time last year i had all our accommodation booked and paid for this year the only thing i have booked is the Disney cruise which is not paid for and i am not even sure we are keeping that cruise

NY Doubletree times square have you been looking you just cant beat that location.
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Old 04-02-2012, 07:05 PM   #11
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i waited until the last minute to book our accommodation (as we were saving along the way) -- and by last minute, i mean i booked in october for our trip in november -- and this year, i'm booking as i go along.

so far i have the cruise and disneyland hotel booked & have a reservation for our disneyland accomodation for the other days. i'm placing our order for our 14 day park hopper tickets in a few days. this way i'm finding keeps me less stressed than last year when i was budgeting based on the advertised prices, but sudden price hikes right before we went, combined with the us dollar increasing before we left meant that we ended up with less play money than we wanted

i'm finding that if i book certain things now... i get to take advantage of the higher aussie dollar and save a few $$ along the way

just a thought
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Old 04-02-2012, 11:35 PM   #12
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Never too early for a PTR and never too early for accommodation. I tend to book as I go along and if I see a better rate I cancel and rebook. I find most hotels in the USA have a very generous cancellation policy, usually 24-48 hours out.
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Old 04-03-2012, 12:52 AM   #13
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me tagging along as well.....
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Old 04-14-2012, 07:22 AM   #14
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Hi everybody

Trying to start booking accom, but I am a serial procrastinator

Trying to book Hyatt Orlando Airport for our first night, just the whole thought of not having to leave the airport to go to bed after being in transit for 24 hours appeals but $208 a night
Tried looking for codes and can't find anything, if anybody can point me in the right direction i'd appreciate it.

We're also under the 5 month mark until departure, makes it seem alot close (well, ok, a little closer).

DH taped another thing on Austar about Disneyworld and Disneyland and i'm still amazed that we're going there!

Also looking for another hotel in Orlando for 2 nights close to some good shopping , please direct me if you can.

Not much else to add, still need to book our JFK to LAX flights, the prices haven't really moved over a few weeks, like I said, serial procrastinator...
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Old 04-15-2012, 08:28 AM   #15
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Becpee

I would consider one of the Universal hotels for your first few nights -, there are cheaper off site options, but seriously WWOHP is awesome, I know you mentioned you werent into Harry Potter, but it would be a shame to go all that way and not go there. There is also the city walk area with restaurants and shopping - They are also reasonably close to the outlet and regular shopping malls (although it would require a taxi).

I wouldnt bother staying at the airport - you will have to check in and muck about - and then have to do it all again the next day.

If it were me, jump in a cab, head to Hard Rock Hotel, its only 20 mins from the airport and wake up to the beautiful pool area there in the morning, ready to start your holiday!!!
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