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Old 06-16-2012, 06:14 AM   #1
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MY Febuary trip

now after having a mini melt down, i realised we are only 4 hrs away from WDW, so why not just fly the rest of the way after LAX......

so in 14 days i find out if we can get GCV @ DLR or plan B.....8 nights at WDW using my DVC points and our annual passes....

had a look on hipmunk....Blo^^y Hell..they are at $500 rtn lax-mco....bugger bum pooh bear

so budget ..if WDW
$2300 syd-lax
DVC points/accom $0 @ BLT
annual passes (if WDW) $0
MCO airfare $1000
dining plan $800
car hire $250
total..ish $4350

Budget for GCV @ DLR
$2300 air
$0 DVC Villas
$700 tickets
$800 food
$100 shuttle
$400 day tours universal/ sea world
total $4300

what am I to do????? I am so depressed I cant even do a poll.....

but i am excited to be able to do a WDW trip under $5000 for 8 days...I normally pay 3X as much

oh dear...first world problems

Today was a bad day to give up bungie scrapbooking
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Old 06-16-2012, 06:25 AM   #2
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Why don't you hire a car in LA and have the freedom of going to the other parks, shopping and a bit more sightseeing?
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Old 06-16-2012, 06:27 AM   #3
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now after having a mini melt down, i realised we are only 4 hrs away from WDW, so why not just fly the rest of the way after LAX......

so in 14 days i find out if we can get GCV @ DLR or plan B.....8 nights at WDW using my DVC points and our annual passes....

had a look on hipmunk....Blo^^y Hell..they are at $500 rtn lax-mco....bugger bum pooh bear

so budget ..if WDW
$2300 syd-lax
DVC points/accom $0 @ BLT
annual passes (if WDW) $0
MCO airfare $1000
dining plan $800
car hire $250
total..ish $4350

Budget for GCV @ DLR
$2300 air
$0 DVC Villas
$700 tickets
$800 food
$100 shuttle
$400 day tours universal/ sea world
total $4300

what am I to do????? I am so depressed I cant even do a poll.....

but i am excited to be able to do a WDW trip under $5000 for 8 days...I normally pay 3X as much

oh dear...first world problems

Today was a bad day to give up bungie scrapbooking
Hold out on the fares and book the accom

And maybe do a 2 day Disneyland jaunt?

Carsland, you gotta see it
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Old 06-16-2012, 06:45 AM   #4
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clown car perhaps???

i do want to go to DL but am nervous re DVC villas..only 48, and I have the luck of the Dodo......

but I would rather not have to fly more with cranky toddler, oops meant lovely DH

and the crowds are less at DLR at this time, its "dream " season at WDW...2nd busiest season...

OK DLR it is....I really dont want to have to leave the resort except to waddle over to taco bell
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Old 06-16-2012, 06:51 AM   #5
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clown car perhaps???

i do want to go to DL but am nervous re DVC villas..only 48, and I have the luck of the Dodo......

but I would rather not have to fly more with cranky toddler, oops meant lovely DH

and the crowds are less at DLR at this time, its "dream " season at WDW...2nd busiest season...

OK DLR it is....I really dont want to have to leave the resort except to waddle over to taco bell
Cheesecake factory is around the corner
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Old 06-16-2012, 06:53 AM   #6
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you had me at chee...................

why am i so scared to try DLR???? maybe i just think its small, over crowded and not WDW.......

I'm a ninja firefighting pirate.....I can do anything.....then why cant I bring myself to want to go to DLR?????

ok, taco bell and cheesecake factory......stomach pump when i get home
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Old 06-16-2012, 07:00 AM   #7
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why am i so scared to try DLR???? maybe i just think its small, over crowded and not WDW.......

I'm a ninja firefighting pirate.....I can do anything.....then why cant I bring myself to want to go to DLR?????

ok, taco bell and cheesecake factory......stomach pump when i get home
I've not been to WDW...yet

But I love DLR, it hasn't been crowded when i've been there, no ADR's needed and not as much time needed so you can have trips to other places as well.
Hire a clown car and head down the coast to SD and do a little harbour cruise, or drive up the coast and head to SF and stop in Carmel.
Then go to the Napa Valley like you half planned
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why am i so scared to try DLR???? maybe i just think its small, over crowded and not WDW.......

I'm a ninja firefighting pirate.....I can do anything.....then why cant I bring myself to want to go to DLR?????

ok, taco bell and cheesecake factory......stomach pump when i get home
Don't compare.

But I do prefer DLR over WDW.
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Old 06-16-2012, 08:59 AM   #9
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Same.
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Old 06-16-2012, 05:12 PM   #10
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I've not been to WDW - but I have been to DLR in January and walked onto almost everything for a week, I imagine Feb would be similar - and Universal on a weekday in January was practically deserted. DLR is smaller, but that makes it easier to get around...no less attractions..and Carsland looks fantastic. But I feel the same way about WDW as you do about DLR, I love DLR so much that I don't want to go to WDW and be comparing it the whole time and feeling let down.
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Old 06-16-2012, 06:27 PM   #11
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One of my co-workers spent 3 months in the States last year and visited WDW and DL. I asked her which park was her favourite and she told me that you can't compare one to the other - they're so different. To be honest, once I visited DL I thought there was no way I would want to go to WDW, but after reading the views of those on the Dis our next trip will be to Orlando. (now to find a way to have DH think it's his bright idea to go on another holiday )

I'm pretty sure I've seen clown cars in Anaheim too


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Old 06-16-2012, 07:41 PM   #12
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Well many of you know me, the one who feels like the biggest traitor of all because, after years of visiting and being totally in love with DLR, visited WDW for the first time last year and have now pushed DLR back to my second love because WDW wins hands down!! However, that is probably partly because we stayed onsite and I loved the total Disney immersion.

Sadly (because I desperately want to go back) it was our once in a lifetime trip but, if I was you Karen, who seems to be able to go back to WDW quite regularly, I'd stick to the West Coast on this trip and enjoy all that it has to offer
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Old 06-16-2012, 07:43 PM   #13
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I'm so happy because now I know you can say Bugger on the Disboards. I've been trying to refrain myself on the US threads in case its taken wrongly. And we all know how difficult it is for an Australian to refrain from saying bugger!!

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Old 06-16-2012, 07:55 PM   #14
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Hi, What happened to the ski option?
If you are going to WDW this Sep, then I would definitely go to DLR in Feb.
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Old 06-16-2012, 07:56 PM   #15
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I'm not entirely sure what the problem is? Are you concerned that Disneyland will disappoint you because it's not like WDW? I've never been to either of them yet. HOWEVER, I'm doing both resorts at the end of the year (8 nights at WDW and 4 nights DLR) and I'm FAR MORE excited about Disneyland!!! It just seems cute, cosy and perhaps a little less industrial. Plus, it has such a magnificent history. The landscaping also looks much better.

I understand how you feel about comparing your favourite park with a new experience. I've only been to Disneyland Paris (several times) but our last trip was so magical. Walked on to everything and we were 2 of 6 people there first thing in the morning. I have photos of the entire park without a single person in the shot. We saw the sun rise on Dumbo....MAGIC! Do I think the Disney parks in the US will top that? No, we will never have that experience in the US parks. It's not possible. They'll be different and new memories. I am really keen to see different versions of the magic kingdom parks and I think that adds to the experience. Heck, I want to do Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea in the next couple of years!

If you are finding that you just want to return to a destination because it's familiar, I think you're missing out on a lot. A new experience whilst traveling is part of the fun. And if DLR isn't like WDW? Well, surely that's a positive!
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