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Summer 2000 WDW Trip Reports


Mark L. Fendrick - August / November 2000

  • Time of Year: Summer / Fall
  • Travel Method: Personal Car / Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: ASSR / Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments:  I've put these two unique reports together because they were both short visits in which Mark and his wife Sandy helped their daughter Iris get settled in as a new CM in the college program.  The first trip was the move down, the second was one in which Mark helped Iris with the purchase of a car (really just another excuse for heading down to WDW.)  Mark, Sandy, and Iris managed to get some park time in, too.

Mary Dewey - August 2000

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car (Truck, actually)
  • Resort: ASMoR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Rookie
  • Comments:  This is Mary's first trip report, and its a good, long one.  I've saved it for just after the holidays because it's long enough to enjoy in front of the fireplace with a cup of hot chocolate...and because it's set in August and we all need a warm up at this time of year.

Peg Frezon - August 2000

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Offsite, DL
  • Accommodations: Suite, Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Teen, Adult, Senior
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent, Rookie
  • Comments:  Peg opens the report with a brief review of the Holiday Inn Family Suites and Dixie Landings, where the family stayed during the trip.  Following that is a great play-by-play report of the rest of the vacation.

Roger Reini - August 2000

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: VDI
  • Accommodations: Villa Vacation Home (Tree House Villa)
  • Ages Represented in Group: Infant, Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Rookie
  • Comments:  This is a short report, but is interesting because it's one of the very few in this archive in which the author stayed in a VDI Tree House Villa.

Katie Gentile - August 2000

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: PR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room (two connecting rooms), Tokelau Building
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments:  This is a blockbuster report covering a weeklong trip to WDW by Katie and her family of eight (two adults and a plethora of kids).  If you like play-by-play reports with lots of detail, you'll enjoy this one.

Casey Morizio - August 2000

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: CBR, OKWR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room, 2 Bedroom Vacation Home
  • Ages Represented in Group: Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent, DVC Member
  • Comments:  Cool!  Another trip report written by a teen!  This one was written by 15 year-old Casey, who participated in Magic Music Days this August - her competition dance team performed on the Tomorrowland Stage.  This is a very detailed play-by-play report -- all from the teen perspective.

Andrew Della Vecchia - August 2000

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent, DVC Member
  • Comments:  No one writes a summary-style trip report like Andrew.  There are several other reports that he's provided over the last few years in the archive, and each one is jam-packed with information.  This is no exception.  If you want to really know what a trip in August is like, and you want plenty of details in an easy-to-find format, here's one for you.

Sandy Zilka - July 2000

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: PR, WL
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments:  Sandy is a relatively new WDW junkie, having now taken two trips in the last couple years with this third one planned.  After providing a great pre-trip report, Sandy followed-up with this fun-to-read play-by-play report.  It has a great list of highlights, too, if you're not into reading every stitch of a long report.

Christin Yannacci - July 2000

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: ASMoR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments:  This is a great summary style report covering Christin and Ron's summer trip to WDW.  It's billed as "The Last Hurrah" due to Christin's pending Phd program, so they did things in grand style.  An excellent list of dinners with reviews is provided, too.

Larry Wilmot - July 2000

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car, Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: ASMoR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Primary, Secondary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments:  If you've never read one of Larry's reports, read this one...then go through the archive and read his 1999 report.  Larry laces his excellent, detailed narrative with the typical dry United Kingdom humor -- including taking a few shots at those of us on this side of the Atlantic that have been over to Europe twice this century to help out Mr. Wilmot's countrymen when they couldn't deal with some scuffles they'd gotten themselves into.  (Sorry, but I couldn't resist.)

Judi Lazoff - July 2000

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: PR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room (Concierge Room on the Grand Plan)
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments:  Judi's report is a great play-by-play of a nice ten-day trip.  The best thing, though, is that Judi also posted (on the RADP newsgroup) follow-up reports on the family's dining, concierge, and "Grand Plan" experiences.  I've tacked those reports on at the end of the regular trip report.

Randy Banks - July 2000

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: ASMoR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments:  Randy's report is a shorter one, but jam-packed with helpful information for trip planning.  It covers the week-long trip in detail, but is written in more of a daily summary style than a full-blown play-by-play.

Kathy Salvie - July 2000

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: ASMoR, ASSR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments:  Kathy's family visited Florida in late July and early August.  The time that they spent at WDW was sandwiched around some time in Tampa, but the trip report covers only the Orlando time.  The report starts out as a play-by-play report, but the latter days are covered in a summary style.

Marla Jo Hellwig - July 2000

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: CR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: Marla and daughter Kara went to WDW in July for a nice ten-day visit with the Mouse. 

Gretchen Jordan - July 2000

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: FWC
  • Accommodations: Campsite (Fifth-Wheel Trailer)
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Rookie
  • Comments:  In addition to providing a great report on the overall trip, Gretchen gives some great insight to having a family vacation at one of the first WDW resorts...Fort Wilderness Campground!

Sue Holland - July 2000

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Offsite, OKWR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments:  If you've never read one of Sue's reports, read this one...then go through the archive (you can do a simple search for "Holland" in the report titles) and read her other ones.  You can't read one of these reports without learning something new...and getting jealous that Sue can pop a four-day trip into her schedule at the drop of a hat.  Sue's pedometer readings (a feature of every trip report) give you a good idea of how much walking you really do when you're at WDW.)

Ryan Seal - June 2000

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Vehicle
  • Resort: ASMoR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments: When a couple of teens decided to go to visit WDW as a college "road trip" in the Summer of 2000, a great vacation resulted.  A highlight of the report is Ryan's incredibly detailed description of the Backstage Magic tour that he and Cam took.  Unfortunately, the report remains unfinished, but the first several days worth of play-by-play is well worth reading.

Doug Corey - June 2000

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: CR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments:  I just have to quote Doug, "Some great things I didn't know about, even though I have been to WDW probably 8 times" and then he lists several things.  This is why WDW is such a great vacation place, in my opinion.  It's so expansive that it's impossible to do everything in one trip.  That leaves a bunch of stuff for next time...

Anne Croyden - June 2000

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: WL
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: "Anne" is the pseudonym for this trip report author.  The report describes a trip that "Anne" and her husband and daughter took in late June and early July.  It's written in a play-by-play style and has a nice summary, too.

Li-Bong Lee - June 2000

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: CSR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments:  This is the second trip report by Li-Bong in the archive.  This one, like the one from July 1999, is a very detailed play-by-play report.  It has a lot of helpful trip planning information, as well as a great description of the trip itself.  Enjoy!

John T. Brock - June 2000

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: 2 Bedroom Vacation Home
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent, Infrequent
  • Comments:  John and his family enjoyed the Millennium goings-on for week in June.  one of the best features of this report is the excellent hints and tips that John includes throughout the narrative.

Amy Bradley - June 2000

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: PR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Infant, Elementary, Adult, Senior
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments:  This is a short report, but Amy provides some interesting perspectives on going to WDW when YOU'RE the grandparent.

Carol Kelley - June 2000

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments:  Carol zipped down to WDW in June for four days just because, her words, "she could."  Since she had an AP, and the kids and her husband had other things going on for those days, she decided to drive down and do an inexpensive visit.  She stayed offsite to save money, enjoyed the longer Summer park hours, and had a ball!

Jill Schaefer - June 2000

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: CBR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent, Infrequent
  • Comments:  Jill's report is a very detailed play-by-play describing her visit to WDW with her 13-year-old cousin.  If you like long, detailed reports you'll love this one!  Jill also has a great summary section at the end of the report that you'll enjoy reading through, too.

Juliana Calhoun - June 2000

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: PO, CR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Frequent, Infrequent, Rookie, DVC Member
  • Comments:  This is a very rare treat...a trip report written by a teen!  Juliana (13) has put together a fantastic description of her family's trip.  It's always great to read reports with unique perspectives, and a teenaged girl certainly qualifies there.  Besides covering WDW like a glove, the Calhoun clan also visited USF and IOA.

Greg Casimer - June 2000

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: DL
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments:  Greg's family visited WDW in June and had a less-than-awe-inspiring experience at Dixie Landings (you'll have to read the report).  Along the way of this well-written play-by-play, you'll find lots of information about how to best enjoy your stay.

Andrea Rollins - June 2000

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: GFRS
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments:  Andrea and her Mom stayed at the Grand Floridian for a four-day trip.  They also met up with Andrea's sister and her family during the visit.  This is a rare trip report in the archive that includes staying at the Grand.

Lisa Zaleski - June 2000

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: 2 Bedroom Vacation Home
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Rookie
  • Comments:  Lisa and her family (including Grandma and Grandpa) visited WDW in June.  This report provides daily descriptions of what happened, without getting into the detail of a typical play-by-play.  A nice summary of hints and tips is provided at the end, too.

Sheri Niklewski - June 2000

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car, Personal Car
  • Resort: BCR, CR, Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veterans, Frequent
  • Comments:  Can you say "Blockbuster?"  :)  This is a huge report!  It's 14th in size in the whole archive and filled with tons of information that any trip planner (or trip report junkie) can use and enjoy.  If you've been hungry for a fix, consider yourself covered for a few days.

Deborah Callahan - June 2000

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: BVR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room (studio)
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent, DVC Member
  • Comments:  The Callahan's spent ten days at BVR in early June.  This play-by-play report covers each day, and although it doesn't go into excessive detail, it does cover the highlights well.  Deborah also provides some great hints and tips throughout the report.  The report is written to compare the plans for the vacation with the actual events.
 

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