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#1 Therese

Posted 25 February 2013 - 08:05 PM

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#2 i-candi

Posted 25 February 2013 - 08:06 PM

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#3 i-candi

Posted 25 February 2013 - 08:08 PM

I'm set for end September/early October. I'm going to ask for 2 days off either side of school holidays  which will take it to nearly 3  weeks..

Now to madly save and work out what to do/where to go  biggrin.gif

#4 Fairey

Posted 25 February 2013 - 08:44 PM

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#5 ~Kee~In~Hawaii~

Posted 26 February 2013 - 08:48 AM

Booby Prize!  biggrin.gif

Here we go ladies ...

THE LIST


1fornow - 16 Feb-16 Mar 2013 - L.A, Vegas, Washington, NYC, San Francisco.

ellabellasmumma - 4th March - 28th March - LA, Niagara Falls, NYC, San Francisco, San Diego, LA, Las Vegas, Hawaii

lazno - 12 - 25 March 2013 - Hawaii

Fairey - 14th March - 4th April 2013 - New York, Disneyworld, Miami, Niagara Falls, Boston, Washington DC, New York

Holidaysfor8 - March 19th - April 27th, 2013 - New York, Washington, Chicago, Nashville, Orlando, Miami, LA

Supermum3 - 22nd March - 22nd April 2013 - LA, Sacramento, San Francisco, Las Vegas, New York

Jo_P - 29th March-13th April 2013 - Hawaii

samui - 29th March - 19th April 2013 - Las Vegas, NYC, Bahamas

Feelwild - April 2013 - Hawaii

Albie - April 2013 - Hawaii

oops twins - 2nd - 20th April 2013 - Mel, Anaheim, Phoenix, Grand Canyon, Sedona, Las Vegas, Mel

Madlock - May 2013 - Disney World

Mrs_Collins - 10th May-13th June, Motorhome from LA, down south, New York, Canada then back to LA

TwoTs - 21st May 2013 - 12th June 2013 - LA, Las Vegas, NYC, Washington, Canada (Vancouver & Banff)

teejay - May/June 2013 - Anaheim, Vegas, New York, Washington DC, Gillette, Yellowstone Park, LA

Bec – May/June 2013 - La-Anaheim-SanFran-NYC-SanDiego-LA

Nanaimo Girl – May/June 2013 – Anaheim, Las Vegas, Canada

kirsty38 - 26th May-4th June, Honolulu

Supermum3 - 7th June - 22nd June 2013 - Lake Tahoe, Seattle

chickendrumstick - 5 - 30 August 2013 - NYC, Washington DC

Bissett - 21st August - 26th August 2013 - LA

Pebs - 24th August - 4th September - LA, Anaheim, NYC, Las Vegas

misty85 - August/September 2013 - Las Vegas, Flagstaff, San Diego, Anaheim.

lamarque - 29th August - 18 September 2013 - NYC, Anaheim, Santa Monica

mellie kate - 5th September 2013 - 11th 0ctober 2013 - NYC, Waikiki, Cruise Hawaii to Sydney

Kristin5 - Sept/Oct 2013 - Anaheim, Denver, Vegas, San Fran

**Jilly** - Sept/Oct 2013 - LA, Anaheim, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Hawaii

UncommonSense - Sep/Oct 2013 - LA, Anaheim, San Diego

sims11 – September 12th - October 22nd 2013. Orlando, Disney Caribbean Cruise, Washington DC, Niagara Falls, and New York.

kee - September 18th - October 23rd 2013 Waikiki, Cruise Honolulu to Sydney via Bora Bora/Tahiti/NZ

Becca81 - 24 Oct - 2nd Dec 2013 - LA, Las Vegas, Cancun, Orlando, Caribbean Cruise, Orlando, New Orleans, Las Vegas, LA

jai* - October/November 2013 - Hawaii, cruise Hawaii to Sydney

*MESS* - October 2013- Hawaii, LA, San Fran, NY, DC, Boston

IVL – 2013- LA, Canada, Mexico

Fabulous - Late Novemeber 2013 - Early January 2014 - Atlanta - Charleston - Savannah - Orlando - New Orleans

Kelsta1978 - December 2013 - Anaheim, San Diego, Kansas, Colorado, Fort Worth

jumpingbeans – December 2013, LA, San Diego, Hawaii

2anewme – December 2013, Hawaii

KNL909 - 11th December - 28th December 2013 - Hawaii, Pride of America Hawaiian Islands cruise

FluffyOscar - December 2013 - Canada, New York

traceybrown - Feb 2014, LA, San Fran, NYC, Orlando

snugglybug - February 2014 - LA, Disneyland

mards - March 2014 - Canada, USA

Jo_P – April 2014, Chicago, Orlando, Caribbean Disney Cruise

CarnivalKid - June/July, 2014 USA

Kee - Sept 11 - Oct 19th 2014 - Hawaii, Seattle, Alaska Cruise, LA (Disneyland), Miami, Caribbean/Mexico Cruise (Oasis of the Seas), NYC, Las Vegas, Hawaii

Lena - Oct/Nov/Dec 2016 - Hawaii, San Fran, Yosemite, Anaheim, San Diego, Las Vegas, Orlando, Niagra Falls, New York and Hawaii

Kabailz - Dec 2017…it’s never too early to start planning!

Lisacat - 2018 - Anaheim, LA, Vegas


If there's anyone who needs to be added or anything that needs to be updated, let me know.

Anaheim dates:

Nanaimo Girl
Disneyland Hotel
17th-25th May 2013

Madlock
Disneyland Hotel
31st August - 6th Sept 2013

Uncommon Sense
Ho-Jo's
October 18 - 23 2013

Uncommon Sense
Disney Paradise Pier Hotel
October 27 - 30 2013


Edited by ~Kee~In~Hawaii~, 08 March 2013 - 04:35 PM.


#6 ~Kee~In~Hawaii~

Posted 26 February 2013 - 08:53 AM

Wow, it's only now that I've posted the list and had a good look at it that I've realised how soon a lot of you are going! There's 7 of you lovely ladies heading off next month (and next month is only 2 days away!). 1fornow is 10 days into her trip and I didn't even realise! ellabellasmumma, 6 days and you're off too! original.gif

30 days today until my mini-break so that's 31 days until your Hawaiian escape Jo, you lucky thing!





#7 Mellie Kate

Posted 26 February 2013 - 12:52 PM

ok ladies im 19th on the list lets get this moving i want to go now LOL

nothing much happening in the planning,still need to organise transfers in Honolulu and car hire in Niagara falls but no hurry on them.

Im going to start mapping out all the things that we want to do in NYC, so that we dont spend all day running from one end of Manhattan to the other and we do all the things that are near each other to save on travelling time.


How is everyone elses planning going?

#8 mards

Posted 26 February 2013 - 01:47 PM

Ok well it looks like I'm going to have to join you!! - we are looking at Canada/US trip Late March next year..

Just wondering - WHERE do peeps stay in SanFRAN = 2 adults/2 kids - and in LAX area is it better to spread out the days SantaMonica/ Bev Hills or just stay 6 nights ANAHIEM??

would love to hear your Ideas Cheers

#9 snugglybug

Posted 26 February 2013 - 05:31 PM

Kee - add me for Feb 2014, LA and Disneyland, child free!

Oh Kee my mum leaves for Hawaii in two weeks and she wants to know what I want her to buy me? What do I want? original.gif

#10 carls888

Posted 27 February 2013 - 07:46 AM

QUOTE (mards @ 26/02/2013, 01:47 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Ok well it looks like I'm going to have to join you!! - we are looking at Canada/US trip Late March next year..

Just wondering - WHERE do peeps stay in SanFRAN = 2 adults/2 kids - and in LAX area is it better to spread out the days SantaMonica/ Bev Hills or just stay 6 nights ANAHIEM??

would love to hear your Ideas Cheers



We stayed in Fairmont Ghiradelli in SF and it was great. It  was an apartment, we were upgraded to a 2 bedroom one, it was nice to spread out for 8 nights. It is also right on the bus line and you can walk to many places, the tram line into town is a block away.

Just check their website for deals, we did a stay 4, pay three deal which worked out as cheap as a hotel.

You also get breakfast each day, a small, but yummy buffet.

In LA next time we will stay in Santa Monica but we stayed in Anaheim as we visited Disneyland and then in Beverly Hills. It was fun and fairly central to what we wanted to do.

I love planning, hopefully will be joining the ranks again soon. We are looking at either over Christmas or in March.

Is the peak season for Christmas only that week? Or is it all over December as well? I have been trying to research this and I am still stumped! I know January is low season, which could be promising...

C  biggrin.gif

#11 lamarque

Posted 27 February 2013 - 08:08 AM

QUOTE (mards @ 26/02/2013, 02:47 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Ok well it looks like I'm going to have to join you!! - we are looking at Canada/US trip Late March next year..

Just wondering - WHERE do peeps stay in SanFRAN = 2 adults/2 kids - and in LAX area is it better to spread out the days SantaMonica/ Bev Hills or just stay 6 nights ANAHIEM??

would love to hear your Ideas Cheers

Hi Mards  original.gif  We are staying in Anaheim (Hojo) for a week doing Disneyland etc (kids are 10 and 8) and four days in Santa Monica (Ocean View) before we fly out of LAX home.

QUOTE (FluffyOscar @ 26/02/2013, 05:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi, add me too!

We're going to Canada and New York for a month over Christmas. DH's family is in Canada (conveniently spread out) and they have agreed to host us!! We are very lucky.

So, tell me, what is the best way to get from the airport in NY to the hotel with a 5 and a 7yo in tow? I'm thinking hiring a car might be too much to worry about, but not sure about child restraints in taxis.


FluffyOscar - the girls in here put me onto Dial 7 a car service from JFK to our hotel in Manhattan.  I've already booked and they were great.  I thought about a shuttle but we arrive at 10pm after 20 something hours of flying from Sydney and I don't want to loop around picking up extra passengers and seeing everyone else's hotel before our own!  I think the kids will be too exhausted (and me to be honest) so I'm looking forward to just calling the number and have our own car and driver pick us up and take us straight there.  It wasn't that expensive either.  

I know in California the car service we mentioned there said car restraints are needed for kids 8 years and under.  DD is pretty tall so the owner said he will bring one just in case.  For Dial 7 I mentioned this and they replied that child restraints aren't needed in hire cars in NY so you would need to discuss this with them when booking (or bring your own) - I know safety for me is a number 1 priority and just because that is the way they do it in NY doesn't mean I want that for own my children.  

Mellie Kate - that's such a good idea!  Are you getting a NYC pass or hop on, hop off pass??  I have to buy the NYC pass today with the price increase happening next week.  I'll have to study a map a bit more I think.  

Carls - goodluck with your decision - you've been so helpful to me in this forum - thank you.  original.gif

Snugglybug - jealous!  


#12 ~Kee~In~Hawaii~

Posted 27 February 2013 - 08:35 AM

snuggly: What do you want ... the list could be endless (if I change the name at the top of MY list from Kee to Snugglybug!)

There's so much good stuff over there, even the littlest things (like deodorant, must get onto sending you that info Jo!) plus there's the Hawaiian treats on top of what you could already buy on the mainland, such as Caramacs - YUM!

I guess I'd be heading down the path of bags, clothes, jewllery, chocolates ... gosh I want to go shopping NOW! I miss the place so bad! Everyone going there needs to send me a postcard so I can feel a little Aloha! wink.gif

I hope your Mum has an amazing time, it's sure come up quick!

P.S The list is updated too. Got sidetracked with all the Hawaii shopping talk! biggrin.gif





#13 rob6712col

Posted 27 February 2013 - 11:39 AM

FluffyOscar - child restraints are not used in Taxi's in NYC and it is actually legal to have a child under 7 sitting on your knee in a taxi.  We actually had to do this once in a taxi n NYC (don't flame me!!). We had walked 59 blocks to Times square with our kids aged 5,5 & 7 and were going to take the subway back, however this was the day after Hurricane Sandy hit and the subway was not working on the line we needed. There was no way our kids could walk home. We jumped in a taxi (finally getting one as we had small children and a lovely off duty taxi driver picked us up) and one of my 5yr olds sat on my knee. Mind you it took 25 minutes to go 2 blocks so we weren't going at speed thats for sure.

#14 UncommonSense

Posted 27 February 2013 - 11:40 AM

Kee Can I get my details added pretty please?


Oct 16-18
Crown Plaza Beverly hills

18-23
Ho Jo's
Anaheim

23-27
Handlery Hotel
San Diego

27-30
Disneys Paradise Pier Hotel.



#15 Carnival kid

Posted 27 February 2013 - 01:52 PM

QUOTE (lazno @ 25/02/2013, 03:27 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
We are 2 weeks out from our 1st trip to Hawaii and getting very excited!I don't post much but have been reading everyday!
Kee do you have a post on your blog about shopping in Hawaii? I swear I saw one but can't find it now!
Are there any luaus on Oahu anyone can recommend? I've heard it's probably not worth doing...
I'm sure ill have more questions before we leave!


We went to the one inside the Hilton Hawaiian Village as that is where we stayed... but im sure others can attend as well. Included dinner and drinks and the show. It may not be considered the best one but we enjoyed it biggrin.gif

#16 Carnival kid

Posted 27 February 2013 - 01:53 PM

DH has finally agreed with me that it would be good to include a Disney cruise on our next trip.

Who have people booked through?? I have used DCL website for the info but wondered if there was somewhere better/cheaper to book through.

#17 snugglybug

Posted 27 February 2013 - 06:12 PM

Kee, that's my problem, I have no idea!! Too many things to narrow down to a few! Which reminds me need to go look up some stuff online.



#18 chickendrumstick

Posted 27 February 2013 - 06:22 PM

Add me please! I'm booked for August 5-30, arriving at JFK and taking the train to Washington for 6-12, then staying in Brooklyn 12-19 and then I have a studio apartment I've booked via airbnb for 19th-30th. So excited!

#19 New_display_name

Posted 27 February 2013 - 09:28 PM

I have booked most of our accommodation.

And upon rechecking just got $410 refunded as the prices for one of our rooms had dropped. They have gone back up again now.

Just to monitor for our car hire as it is still quite high.
October seems soo far away.

I do have my cruise in 5 weeks time so that will be good. Need to organise our day trips for that and our drink packages.

Kee - What are the drink package prices like on the US ships?

#20 lamarque

Posted 28 February 2013 - 09:01 AM

QUOTE (rob6712col @ 27/02/2013, 12:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
FluffyOscar - child restraints are not used in Taxi's in NYC and it is actually legal to have a child under 7 sitting on your knee in a taxi.  We actually had to do this once in a taxi n NYC (don't flame me!!). We had walked 59 blocks to Times square with our kids aged 5,5 & 7 and were going to take the subway back, however this was the day after Hurricane Sandy hit and the subway was not working on the line we needed. There was no way our kids could walk home. We jumped in a taxi (finally getting one as we had small children and a lovely off duty taxi driver picked us up) and one of my 5yr olds sat on my knee. Mind you it took 25 minutes to go 2 blocks so we weren't going at speed thats for sure.

Flames aren't allowed in the travel forum!  I would have done the same thing.  So you were there for the hurricane??  What was that experience like?

So excited for all of the above booking their trips.   biggrin.gif

I made one mistake yesterday booking my NYC City Pass.  They're only valid for 6 mths which means I would have to exchange them 2 days before we arrive.   I thought they were valid for 12mths but must be mixing it up with Disneyland tickets.   ddoh.gif   I arranged them yesterday as the prices are going up from tomorrow I think.  Anyway I emailed them straight away and they've sent me an extension form to fill out so hopefully all should be okay.  They were very helpful though.

Edited by lamarque, 28 February 2013 - 09:04 AM.


#21 Mellie Kate

Posted 28 February 2013 - 09:27 AM

QUOTE (lamarque @ 27/02/2013, 09:08 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Mellie Kate - that's such a good idea!  Are you getting a NYC pass or hop on, hop off pass??  I have to buy the NYC pass today with the price increase happening next week.  I'll have to study a map a bit more I think.



yep going to get the 7 day new york pass,havent decided on the hop on hop off yet.

where did you see that the price is going up on the pass?

#22 lamarque

Posted 28 February 2013 - 09:35 AM

QUOTE (Mellie Kate @ 28/02/2013, 10:27 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
yep going to get the 7 day new york pass,havent decided on the hop on hop off yet.

where did you see that the price is going up on the pass?


On their website Mellie Kate - from 1 March 2013.  Big enough jump to make me buy now.  It's in small writing underneath the main picture on the home screen.  Click on the + sign to see price increase.
QUOTE
- Price Increase on March 1

Beginning March 1, New York CityPASS attractions will remain the same, but our price will increase: Adult, $106; Youth 6-17, $79. Buy online today to get the lowest price on New York CityPASS, valid through February 28, 2014.


Haha - that's why I thought it lasted a year!!  It bloody said so... was wondering how I could stuff up like that.

Edited by lamarque, 28 February 2013 - 09:38 AM.


#23 sims11

Posted 28 February 2013 - 10:02 AM

OK 3rd time lucky trying to post this.

QUOTE (Carnival kid @ 27/02/2013, 02:53 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
DH has finally agreed with me that it would be good to include a Disney cruise on our next trip.

Who have people booked through?? I have used DCL website for the info but wondered if there was somewhere better/cheaper to book through.


We booked our cruise through Dreams Unlimited it was the same price as booking through DCL but we received on board credit, $150 I think. We do ours in October but so far so good, all emails are replied to over night and our agent seems to know what she is talking about. We have to July to pay it off, after a deposit is paid. Sometimes deals pop up on vacations to go but never really for the newest ship Fantasy, and it's last minute bookings.


Our NYC hotel won't price match our rate of $250 a night for our date change request and is now $375 so we have decided to do WDC 1st then up to NYC. It means we only have 4 full days in DC and 6 full days in NYC but we just couldn't justify the price difference.

So I've spent the last couple of days trying to work out what to do each day and was wondering what do you do (or what would you do) 1st in NYC? When we were planning on going to NYC 1st we were just thinking a really light day wondering around Time Square, Toys r us etc as we would be jet lagged but now with doing NYC 2nd I'm not sure if we should do something more.



#24 ~Kee~In~Hawaii~

Posted 28 February 2013 - 10:20 AM

List is updated, welcome to our new additions!  waves.gif

Carnival Kid: Not that I've booked one but Vacations To Go do cheaper prices on Disney Cruises so they may be worth having a look at.

Becca: I've previously only done the unlimited soft drink package (when I used to drink soft drink) on US cruises and then simply bought the cocktail of the day when I wanted a drink as they are usually only about $5 each anyway and I'm not a huge drinker. The soda package is about $6 per day. On my cruise in October with Celebrity, I've purchased the drinks package that includes fresh juices, smoothies, soft drink, cocktails and spirits and it's $900. That's about $47 per day for 2 adults but I believe we got it as a 2 for 1 deal for the inaugural sailing of the ship in Australia and some sweet talking from our cruise consultant has resulted in us being able to take that discount with us to our new booking for the October sailing. Otherwise I think it's around $900 per person for the 19 days - that is all you can drink for everything though so even though I'm not usually a big drinker, I'm planning on making that cruise the exception! wink.gif On our last cruise together in Hawaii, my Dad didn't buy an alcohol package and at the end of the cruise had about $1000 to pay for drinks and that was only a 7 days cruise. If you like wine with dinner, an evening beer, the pub crawls, champagne breakfasts etc then it's definitely better to see what packages your cruise does and buy it. At least you know for certain what the final amount will be when you complete your cruise. Who are you cruising with soon? Hope you have a great time! original.gif






#25 lamarque

Posted 28 February 2013 - 10:22 AM

QUOTE (sims11 @ 28/02/2013, 11:02 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
So I've spent the last couple of days trying to work out what to do each day and was wondering what do you do (or what would you do) 1st in NYC? When we were planning on going to NYC 1st we were just thinking a really light day wondering around Time Square, Toys r us etc as we would be jet lagged but now with doing NYC 2nd I'm not sure if we should do something more.

I'm trying to work it out too Sims!  I'm thinking of just getting on with it the first day.  We want to do the 3 day hop-on hop off bus so I think for the first day we will concentrate on the loop that involves the Empire State so the kids can get some perspective of the city.

From there, who knows?  I think we have to use the 3 day hopper tickets consecutively so we will be pretty busy!  'What's that kids?  You have jet lag?' - not on this trip you don't.   cool.gif  

Once I get the vouchers for the NYC Pass and book my hopper tickets I think I will get a map and work it out from there.  I know that if I don't organise it before we go we will just wander around aimlessly or trek back and forth between burroughs exhausting everyone.  

We'll be in NYC for 7 days too so we should bounce our itineraries off each other along the way.




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Announcing that you're expecting can be a time to express your creativity, sense of humour and imagination. Check out how other parents and parents-to-be have broken the news to friends and family.

IKEA hacks for the nursery and kids' rooms

Are you one of those that know the whole IKEA catalogue by heart? Love their stuff but want to personalise it? Here's some inspiration to help you realise the potential of IKEA furniture and fittings.

36 baby names inspired by food and drinks

A French court may have ruled out Nutella as a baby name, but that doesn't have to stop you from taking inspiration from the supermarket (or bottle shop). See what parents in the US have chosen for their delicious little ones.

Clever breastfeeding products

Check out this range of products designed to help make your breastfeeding journey more enjoyable, manageable and convenient.

 

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