A Pre-Trip Report ,First trip to The USA.

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  1. AussieJess

    AussieJess Earning My Ears

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    This is my very first PTR for my first ever trip to the USA.
    I started planning this trip early last year and I have done a lot of research by reading stuff on the DIS. On my trip I will be staying in Anaheim,CA for 9 nights and then spending 6 nights in Nashville,TN


    The Dates: September 15th- September 30th 2012

    Who: It is a solo trip so just me Jessica I'm 22 years old and have been a Disney fan since i was a kid and ever since i first heard about Disneyland on a travel show as a kid i have always wanted to go there and this year I will finally get to. Besides from going to Disneyland during my trip i will be going on a few tours of Hollywood/Los Angeles as I have always liked watching Movies & TV and been interested in the world of celebrities i have been lucky enough to meet a few celebrities in my life I've met Taylor Swift 3 times,Miley Cyrus 1 time and Lady Antebellum 1 time as well.The 2nd part of my trip will be in Nashville,TN because I'm a big fan of country music.

    So far for my trip I have booked/paid for almost everything only things left to pay for is travel insurance,my train ticket between my town and Melbourne (i will be staying in Melbourne the night before my flight since i live about 4 hours away from Melbourne,shuttle to the airport ticket and a backstage tour of the Grand Ole Opry ticket as you can't book until 2 weeks before your tour at the earliest and the remainder of my spending money.

    I'm not sure how often i will post in my PTR but in the next post i make i will post my itinerary for my trip.

    Only 67 days to go. :)
     
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  3. becpee

    becpee I see sock puppets

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    Congratulations on booking your first trip :thumbsup2

    It's so exciting setting off on your own, nobody to tell you what to do :lmao:

    Can't wait to hear all about it :coffee:
     
  4. alicia1506

    alicia1506 DIS Veteran

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    congrats on your first trip. sounds like you have an amazing time planned.

    can't wait to read more about it :)
     
  5. AussieJess

    AussieJess Earning My Ears

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    thanks, I'm definitely looking forward to sharing all about it.

    Itinerary:
    September 14th - Travel to Melbourne by Train,arrive in Melbourne late afternoon & check in at Hotel
    September 15th - Flight at 11am From MEL arrive at LAX 8:30am ,shuttle to Anaheim Hotel then check-in ,Spend some time in Downtown Disney
    September 16th - Disneyland
    September 17th - Warner Bros Studio/Home of Stars Tour
    September 18th - Disney California Adventure Park
    September 19th - LA/Hollywood Experience Tour
    September 20th - Universal Studios Combo Deluxe Tour
    September 21st - Disneyland
    September 22nd - OC beach Bus tour (will be choosing Newport beach as the beach to hop-off at) ,after i get back from beach tour going to Disneyland
    September 23rd - Disney California Adventure Park
    September 24th - Check out of hotel and catch flight from SNA to Nashville arriving at 6:10pm catch shuttle from airport to the hotel i will be staying at and check-in.
    September 25th - Self-guided tour of The Ryman Auditorium and hopefully The New Johnny Cash Museum will be open by the time of my trip as i will visit that museum that afternoon. That night Grand Ole Opry.
    September 26th - Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum , Studio B Tour
    September 27th - Backstage Tour of the Grand Ole Opry in the morning and Shopping at Opry Mills Mall in the Afternoon.
    September 28th - Music City Trolley Hop (haven't decided yet which stop i will hop-off at) that night i will be going to Martina McBride Concert at The Ryman
    September 29th - Nashville Home of the stars tour in the morning and Grand Ole Opry at night
    September 30th - flight back to LAX to wait for my flight back to Australia
    October 2nd - Arrive back in Australia
     
  6. australiankaren

    australiankaren I do love me my free H20...thank you Mickey.....DV

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    what a great trip..
    nashville is a def on my bucket list of places I want to see....make sure you take plenty of food porn photos....the food in the south is awesome.
    looks like a great itin, just dont forget to breathe:thumbsup2
     
  7. WAMUMOF4

    WAMUMOF4 DIS Veteran

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    Congrats on your first trip we liked Nashville and will go back 1 day not sure if your hiring a car or not but if you are it's well worth the 2 hour drive to Lynchburg to do the Jack Daniels tour our kids are disappointed we don't go near there this trip to do it again:). I should add I was stunned by the size of it I expected Nasville to be a little town.
     
  8. AussieJess

    AussieJess Earning My Ears

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    im definitely planning on taking food photos hopefully when im on my trip i don't forget to take the food pics

    No i wont be hiring a car while in Nashville but i have looked up that tour and it sound like it would be a great tour to do i wont be doing that tour this trip but it's something i would consider doing if i go back to the USA someday after this years trip .
     
  9. meandmygirl

    meandmygirl Mouseketeer

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    Sounds like a great trip. Nashville is on my wishlist. I look forward to reading more about your trip.
     
  10. Andona

    Andona Destroyer of the Aussie Dollar

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    Sounds like a fantastic trip! I'm sure you'll have an amazing time :thumbsup2

    We're also heading to the "Deep South" for the first time in September and I'm also looking forward to the food.

    Looking forward to hearing more of your plans :wave2:

    Andona
     
  11. miss.potatohead

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    Sounds like a great trip :) Good on you for going solo as well. I'm considering (more-so trying to get the courage) to go solo next year, but as a 20 year old I'm a little weary. 67 days is so soon, I can't wait for the 99% of the Australian board who are going to the land of the mouse in September to get back so I can indulge in some food porn and trip reports!
     
  12. Minniemum

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    What a fantastic trip. Be sure to drop in and say hello to Keith and Nicole! I especially love the independence and self confidence you must have to do this at such a young age.
     
  13. hjd0411

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    Sounds like a fabulous trip! When I was younger I did a lot of travelling on my own and loved it! Looking forward to hearing more about your trip and also when you get back!!
     
  14. shushh

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    Congratulations! It sounds like an amazing trip that you've got planned. Nashville is also on my list so will be following carefully. I wish I was a bit more adventurous when I was younger and had the courage to go solo. Good for you!!!

    We are planning to do the southern states next year so please do a TR when you return! Or even better, write a live one!
     
  15. AussieJess

    AussieJess Earning My Ears

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    I'm planning on posting some updates while I'm on my trip and then once i get back from my trip I will write up a full trip report.
     
  16. AussieJess

    AussieJess Earning My Ears

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    62 days to go until my trip

    Here's a photo of my Disneyland ticket it was the very first thing i bought for my trip ,I bought it middle of last year but i thought I'd post a pic anyway.


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  17. AussieJess

    AussieJess Earning My Ears

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    50 days to go :)

    Since the last time I posted I have bought my train tickets t Melbourne and also bought my airport shuttle ticket to Melbourne airport and I just bought my Travel Insurance.

    hoping that the next 50 days go by very quickly.
     

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