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Just back from Disneyland & Las Vegas

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Just back from Disneyland & Las Vegas

We have just come back from our 16 days in America. We had the best family holiday that we have ever had. Disneyland was fantastic (we had 5 day passes) and were lucky enough to win dream fastpasses on one of those days. We stayed at Howard Johnson - there were a few checking in issues but once that was sorted out the room itself was clean and of a decent size.

We rented a car from Anaheim, spent 3 nights in Hollywood at Orchid Suites (pleasantly surprised given the mixed reviews), went to Universal Studios and did some sightseeing and then drove to Las Vegas where we stayed at Paris Casino for 7 nights. We loved Las Vegas and so did the kids, they enjoyed the neon lights, the trip to Hoover Dam, etc and of course the great shopping. We found the best shopping at Primm Outlet Shops.

Thanks to everyone who helped us plan our trip. We are already planning our next trip to the US next year!

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1. Re: Just back from Disneyland & Las Vegas

Glad to hear you had a great trip! I am heading off to do the same on September 21st with my family. I am thinking about hiring a car in Las Vegas to go to Red Rock Canyon and Hoover Dam. A question for you? How did you manage the driving on the right side of the road and how were the freeways around Vegas? I think i can handle the driving on the right hand side off the road but getting on and off the freeways scares me a bit.

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I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at the roads. Almost all roads are 4 lane, even in town. Many are more. So, unlike in the U.K. where you are generally on narrow two lane roads, as long as you don't cross the center divider (usually concrete or bushes) you won't really have to worry about the side of the road much. I suspect that you'll really have to remind yourself only on right/left turns, and even there, since there will generally not be on-coming traffic, it isn't as stressful as it is for us when we have to drive on a two-lane road and face traffic coming at us.

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3. Re: Just back from Disneyland & Las Vegas

How do you win dream fast passes?

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4. Re: Just back from Disneyland & Las Vegas

driving on the wrong side of the road takes a little getting used to. I spent three months there, and drove from LA to NY and back.

As long as you have someone in the passenger seat, making sure you don't sideswipe anything (That was my biggest problem, allowing enough room on the passenger side, which is normally my side) and really concentrating on turning corners (you tend to go straight to the wrong side LOL LOL LOL) take it easy and take your time!!

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5. Re: Just back from Disneyland & Las Vegas

awww soooo glad you had a great time in USA!

What did you do with your kids in Las Vegas? Im curious because everyone on the Vegas boards always complains about kids in Vegas, and you were here with yours for 7 days.....interesting : )

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6. Re: Just back from Disneyland & Las Vegas

Congrats on your fun vacation, Disney2007! Our family vacation in one week also consists of Las Vegas and Disneyland and we can't wait!

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7. Re: Just back from Disneyland & Las Vegas

Hi Disney2007. I was really interested to hear feedback of your trip. We are from New Zealand and are flying to the USA next weekend doing Anaheim, Las Vegas and Grand Canyon. With all the negative feedback of kids in Las Vegas I was beginning to wonder if we were doing the right thing taking them - glad to hear you all had a great time.

A Question for you - what sort of things did you buy at the outlet stores and were they cheaper than home taking into account the exchange rate? kids are keen on buying shoes i.e Vans, Sketchers etc also would love to know how much you budgeted for food each day. our kids are 9 and 11 yrs, our 11 yr old eats adult portions when we go out to dinner here.

Would love any other advise you could give!

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8. Re: Just back from Disneyland & Las Vegas

WE are heading there in Nov....just LA though...do you have any 'must do and see' advice for us?

We are definitely putting DL and Universal in but tossing up about Knottsberry...we will be there for 8 days.

Also did you find any great outlet shopping areas?

Appreciate any help you may have.

Shuki

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9. Re: Just back from Disneyland & Las Vegas

For outlet shopping we hit Ontario Mills - it took us about an hour from Anaheim. Plenty of stores there - you'd need the whole day though.

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10. Re: Just back from Disneyland & Las Vegas

Hi

We did the Anaheim and Las Vegas trip last November.

For the shopping my game husband hired a car and with our 17 year old navigating for him manged to get us to a few shopping malls etc. We really liked the Citadel Outlet Mall..........it was about 30 mins drive from Anaheim and lots of brand name shoes there .......our son got a pair of globes for about $45 ........alot of brand name shops there as well...........billabong t shirts for pressies for boys were $10 each...........the bigger sizes were a bit dearer..........We also went to the Block of Orange and enjoyed there as well. We decided that when we went we weren't going to try and convert the money and if we saw something that we liked we bought it especially for our 15 year girl. Lots of stuff there that she can't get here.

We went to Knotts Berry farm and enjoyed that as well.

As for Vegas we were there for 5 days and filled the days in easily. Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam and wandering up the strip our days flew by and no problem with having the kids with us at all. Didn't do alot of shopping there as it was November and mostly all winter clothes were on sale. It was very cold at night and a chill in the day time.

enjoy your trip...........you will have a ball

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