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    Hi, my twin sister and I are thinking of coming over to Disneyland for the first wk of December. Is this a good time to come? What Xmas things will be going on then, anything special? Is it a fairly safe area to come to and what is the security like? my only concern is terrorism etc. Hope someone can help, thanks!

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    Re: Advise for some Aussies please!

    First off welcome!

    No worries about security problems. I mean if something happens it happens, you cant live life being afraid. Besides I'd be more afraid travelling to say, Detroit, than Anaheim (sorry all you Detroiters - lol). So come on and enjoy all that we have to offer here in sunny SoCal!

    Early December you'll see crowds because all of the Christmas stuff will be up. It gets more crowded the later on in the month you go so if you must come in December come early.

    Remember thats close to our wintertime (late fall) so the temps will probably be chilly unless we get a hot Santa Ana wind blowing through, then it'll be warm and dry.

    Haunted Mansion Holiday will be in full swing as will the xmas parade and if they bring it back, "snow" after the fireworks! Plus all the nummy holiday treats will be available!!

    Hope this helped a bit.

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    Re: Advise for some Aussies please!

    Just wanted to say welcome and give a shout out to a fellow Aussie

    As far as terrorism stuff goes, everything is about as safe as could be. From our end of the world, we do HEAR a lot of reports and horror stories but I can say my own trip from Down Under to Over There went very smoothly. The airports are strict, requiring bag checks, the odd shoe removal and this sometimes means long waits in line. Disneyland itself has a bag check and plenty of security (although many will remain invisible until they are needed). I rarely had more than a 10 minute wait though, and went straight through on my way back home.

    That said, the whole point of terrorism is striking where it is least expected. However, I felt nothing but safe the whole time I was there. The only danger was of maxing out my credit cards before I got back to Sydney

    Otherwise, Xmas sounds like a magical time to go! Hope you enjoy
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    Re: Advise for some Aussies please!

    Quote Originally Posted by aussiedaisy
    Hi, my twin sister and I are thinking of coming over to Disneyland for the first wk of December. Is this a good time to come? What Xmas things will be going on then, anything special? Is it a fairly safe area to come to and what is the security like? my only concern is terrorism etc. Hope someone can help, thanks!
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    Re: Advise for some Aussies please!

    The first week of December is the best time! All of the holiday decorations are up and all the holiday shows are all going on. It's also the least crowded time of the season. Don't get me wrong, it will probably still be busy, but the first 2 weeks of December are by far the least busy of the holiday season. Come on over!

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    Re: Advise for some Aussies please!

    You don't need to worry about those cowards (Terrorist, dirty pigs, etc.)

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    Re: Advise for some Aussies please!

    Quote Originally Posted by C-HOX
    You don't need to worry about those cowards (Terrorist, dirty pigs, etc.)
    Terrorists AND dirty pigs! Maybe I don't want to go back...

    So that's why they were checking me for ham at the airport as well...
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    Re: Advise for some Aussies please!

    The candle light vigil may or may not be the first week of December.

    The Resort is very slow to get info out about that. It's a special sort of solemn Christmas parade with a celebrity Grand Marshall. I don't think it's an official public event, but they sell tickets to it, with special packages.

    Unfortunately, as I say, they don't get information out about the Candle Light Vigil until sometimes less than 3 weeks advance----not exactly loads of time to plan.

    But again, it's not really an official "public" event, it's mainly for employees. But it's very special and quite a tradition for them, in early December.

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    Re: Advise for some Aussies please!

    Quote Originally Posted by Loomis
    Terrorists AND dirty pigs! Maybe I don't want to go back...

    So that's why they were checking me for ham at the airport as well...

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    Re: Advise for some Aussies please!

    welcome to mice chat yes first week in Dec is the best I think. Hope to meet you when you come


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    Re: Advise for some Aussies please!

    I went to Disneyland last May. I was told about all these stories about customs and the airport. I arrived a scared little Aussie, and got straight thru no dramas and no fears. There is nothing to worry about you will have a great time

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    Re: Advise for some Aussies please!

    First week in December is host to the Cast Member parties. Monday and Tuesday. DL will close early, 6PM. So will DCA, for some reason.
    You'll get enough to do during the day, and there will be fireworks before closing.
    You'll need only 2.5 days to experience everything.
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    Re: Advise for some Aussies please!

    Now I'm curious as to how we're portrayed Down Under! Details details!
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    Re: Advise for some Aussies please!

    Quote Originally Posted by TraceCub
    Now I'm curious as to how we're portrayed Down Under! Details details!
    No worse than we are portrayed over there, I'd imagine! "Shrimp on the barbie" and all that. We don't even call them shrimp (we call them prawns). Mind you, there are a few people here who have the whole 'Aussie bloke' thing going for them, but the majority of people that live in the city are pretty much the same as the equivalent of any coastal city. (The majority of Aussie cities are by the water).

    We are inundated with American pop culture, so most people would gather their information from that. I think our media, like your own (from the little TV I watched over there), has pounded people with the idea that terrorism is everywhere and we all need to be alert but not alarmed. People all over the world are afraid to travel, especially if you have little or no experience with travel.

    Mind you, I did see at least one guy with a "Muslim Fanatic Butcher" stencil on the back of his car while I was over there. I'm not going to buy into stereotypes though, because then I'll have to wear the Crocodile Dundee comparisons
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