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#1 Therese

Posted 01 January 2013 - 01:05 PM

New thread time original.gif  (and happy New Year to you all original.gif)

Your last thread is Here

#2 ~Kee~In~Hawaii~

Posted 01 January 2013 - 01:07 PM

GOLD!

ETA:

1) you have no idea how happy I am to have a new thread given the sad topic I shared in the last one. I feel like it's a new start now - for a new year of travels and fun original.gif

2) I just cheered myself for getting gold. I was saying "Gold, gold, gold!" and DH asked me what on earth I was doing. I told him I had the first post so I got gold. He said "so do you get a gold medal or something??" and when I said no, he seemed really confused as to why I should care then. lol .... poor thing just doesn't get it.

3) Again I am the last poster in the last thread and the first one in this thread. Someone please help me to get a life! wink.gif

Edited by ~Kee~In~Hawaii~, 01 January 2013 - 01:10 PM.


#3 Peanut

Posted 01 January 2013 - 01:20 PM

You have a life Kee, a most fantastically exciting life!  

To answer the question in the last thread, not me, I'm not going to America this year.  sad.gif

#4 Nanaimo Girl

Posted 01 January 2013 - 01:23 PM

I'm going to America this year!!!!!

The countdown is on, just 19 and a bit weeks before we start pounding the pavement at Disneyland.

The downside, I have 19 weeks to lose 25 kilos so I don't die pounding the pavement lol.

#5 Lees75

Posted 01 January 2013 - 01:27 PM

Lol, Nanaimo girl!

What are the good forums to go on to learn about Disneyworld?

#6 Nanaimo Girl

Posted 01 January 2013 - 01:33 PM

Lees75 - I love the Disboards.com site. It has so much info.

#7 Lees75

Posted 01 January 2013 - 01:37 PM

Thanks, I will have a look. The other day my SIL started talking about all the things I need to book in for up to a year in advance (ie some sort of princess makeover for DD). I hadnt even heard of anything she was talking about- lol! She said she went on forums but couldn't remember which ones.

#8 Nanaimo Girl

Posted 01 January 2013 - 01:39 PM

Yeah apparently Disneyworld is crazy like that.

Disneyland is easier, you can book up to 60 days in advance but reservations aren't always necessary.

#9 *Pebs*

Posted 01 January 2013 - 01:48 PM

I am currently in negotiation with the hotel I have booked for my NYC stay.

I booked through a third party website and the rate advised that all taxes were included. The price is very cheap.. so I have emailed the hotel, just to confirm.. and of course, they are now saying that taxes aren't included and have added about $184 to the total.

I am not traveling until August.. so I have ample time to sort this out. I am glad I did this now, not at check-in after an overnight flight from LA.

I'm also having some trouble redeeming a free reward in Vegas that I have earn't through an online facebook game (all legit). Lucky.. I have lots of time before I travel!



#10 wilson99

Posted 01 January 2013 - 03:14 PM

this is the year we head to america. some time in december, dates to be confirmed. It will be whenever we can find cheap flights over christmas, new year period.  3 weeks we will be gone for.

originally we were supposed to go in february this year but can't get time off work until end of the year.

#11 kirsty38

Posted 01 January 2013 - 03:44 PM

Yay going to Hawaii this year, bring it on im so excited.

#12 JessicaViolet

Posted 01 January 2013 - 03:51 PM

Another one going to Hawaii; DH and I will have 3 weeks there in May. We got married there in 2011 and I'm taking him for his birthday this year. Arby's will be his official present biggrin.gif
Can't wait

#13 sims11

Posted 01 January 2013 - 03:59 PM

Me, me, me I'm going this year  biggrin.gif

Lisa I also use Disboards, I also keep an eye on MouseSavers.com for discounts, and I bought a book off Amazon about WDW which I can send to you after our trip if you like?

I've booked a lot of our accommodation already but I'm going to relook and see if our dates are now available in the New York hotels I had shortlisted.  

Kee your new trip sounds awesome, bonus saving the cost of a 2nd lot of airfares.




#14 KNL909

Posted 01 January 2013 - 04:42 PM

QUOTE
Yay going to Hawaii this year, bring it on im so excited.


Me too!  Although not until December, it will come around quick enough.

#15 blackcat20

Posted 01 January 2013 - 04:59 PM

I have no idea if I'm going to the US this year. Even just a week in Hawaii would be nice, but I'm just not sure where things are at...my grandma had a bad fall before Christmas and until we see how she goes and what the living arrangements are, I cant really commit to anything. Plus there is a little part of me that really wants to go to Italy instead...

#16 Lees75

Posted 01 January 2013 - 05:09 PM

QUOTE (sims11 @ 01/01/2013, 04:29 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Me, me, me I'm going this year  biggrin.gif

Lisa I also use Disboards, I also keep an eye on MouseSavers.com for discounts, and I bought a book off Amazon about WDW which I can send to you after our trip if you like?

I've booked a lot of our accommodation already but I'm going to relook and see if our dates are now available in the New York hotels I had shortlisted.  

Kee your new trip sounds awesome, bonus saving the cost of a 2nd lot of airfares.

Thanks, Sim, that would be great!

I am considering bringing our trip forward from Sep 2015 to Sep 2014. I want to go while the kids can still really appreciate WDW. And I am just not sure I can wait nearly 3 yrs! I figure if I am a few thousand short, I will just put it on my low interest credit card.  Possibly not the smartest move, but definitely the most fun- lol!

#17 kirsty38

Posted 01 January 2013 - 05:18 PM

Going in May as well the 26th to the 8th June,  get to be there for my 45th birthday on the 28th of May and have a Polynesion show booked for that night.

#18 sims11

Posted 01 January 2013 - 07:36 PM

Lisa - If you can I would do it in 2014 - P will be what 10 by then? Disney is great at any age but you are right about the magic. Also I was speaking to Lyndal about WDW so she might have some tips for you also.



#19 Lees75

Posted 01 January 2013 - 07:44 PM

Sim, he turns 10 in Oct this year!!!!  So if we went in Sep 14, he would be almost 11 and C would be almost 8. If I leave it to 2015, he will be nearly 12 and she will be nearly 9. Too late, I think.

However.....I just checked the school holidays for the. Ext few years and Sep doesn't really work as well as what I thought. They would essentially miss the whole 4 weeks and get home in time for school holidays- not that they would complain- lol! I can't put it back 2 weeks, as I need to have DD back in Aus for her birthday. So I am thinking the April school holidays?? Is this a good time for WDW and the east coast/Niagra? Essentially it will be spring instead of autumn.

#20 ~Kee~In~Hawaii~

Posted 02 January 2013 - 11:53 AM

For those who have been talking about Christmas/NYE in Hawaii this year, if you're interested in staying at Ohana Waikiki West then they have now released dates up to the 4th of January 2014.

I just made a second booking for the 21st December to the 3rd January and those 13 nights came in at $1740 usd. I think that's pretty great for that time of year. I have still kept my other booking for the Christmas dates only and once Jetstar release flights that will determine which dates we go for - just Christmas or Christmas and New Year. I know the flight prices jump to nearly double after New Year's day so if they are too over the top, we'll just go for Christmas only.

Lees75: Not that I went to Niagra but I did do some places on the East Coast in April last year. Miami was nice enough weather-wise, it wasn't hot or cold and was comfortable in t-shirt and shorts. NYC however was FREEZING at that time of year and it took a lot of effort to want to get on the double decker tour busses after being frozen solid on the first one. We ended up buying a beanie, scarfe and gloves each. There is still quite a chill in the air at that time of year, even when not on the East Coast - we froze out you-know-what's off at the Grand Canyon too. We still did everything we wanted to but it was a shock as we were of the same mindset - it's spring, it should be beautiful. I enjoyed it once I got over the shock of the cold though.



#21 kristin5

Posted 02 January 2013 - 02:24 PM

I'm going to the USA this year! And still impatiently waiting for airfares to come down in price...

#22 baf65

Posted 02 January 2013 - 03:51 PM

another good disneyworld forum is thedibb.co.uk its predominantly uk people, few aussies in there, but i found it invalauable for disney info...they are as full on as on the Dis contributors..but less american!!  there are a lot of villa owners on there as well and we found our great villa thru that site as well for a really good price
i used the brit guide to WDW as our reference book and also the unofficial guide to WDW which was great but full on!
also easywdw.com has really good info month by month to crowd levels and best parks to visit on which day
am so hoping to get back there again later this year

#23 Lees75

Posted 02 January 2013 - 04:08 PM

Thanks baf65 and kee:)

#24 KNL909

Posted 02 January 2013 - 06:46 PM

QUOTE
For those who have been talking about Christmas/NYE in Hawaii this year, if you're interested in staying at Ohana Waikiki West then they have now released dates up to the 4th of January 2014.


Thanks for the tip-off Kee.  Hopefully the prices will be similar in about a month.  I just paid for our Easter cruise today so need to save up some more $$$.  Will pay for it all while the $ is good.

#25 ~Kee~In~Hawaii~

Posted 02 January 2013 - 08:06 PM

KNL909: The great thing about Ohana West is that there's no deposit required. You enter your credit card number to make the booking but it doesn't cost a cent until you check in when you arrive biggrin.gif That's why I did it today, I have to pay off our Easter cruise next week too so if I had to pay the Hawaii accommodation now, I wouldn't have been able to do it. No cost to book and you can cancel charge-free up to 3 days before you are due to arrive. You can however contact them to pay in full when the dollar is good and you have the cash to make the payment but in the meantime at least you'd have locked in the price by booking it now.






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