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Spring 2001 WDW Trip Reports


Jason Kerman - April 2001

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Personal car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Suite
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Rookie, Infrequent
  • Comments:  Though Jason may be our youngest trip report writer yet (13 at the time of the trip), he does just fine. This is another large group going to Disney World as the extended family turns out to watch his brother play in a soccer tournament.

Michael J Faas - May 2001

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Autotrain, Rental Car
  • Resort: ASMoR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments:  Michael tells the story of a five day trip to WDW in mid-May.  The supporting cast is a lengthy list, as Michael and his sister Kim met up with some friends as well as their parents during the trip.

Kevin Lillehage - May 2001

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: CBR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments:  This report documents Kevin's 8th trip to WDW (all of them since 1995).  Kevin provides a great play-by-play along with a fun-to-read trip summary at the end of the report.

Anony"mouse" - May 2001

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: BWR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room, 1 Bedroom Vacation Home
  • Ages Represented in Group: Pre-School, Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent, DVC Member
  • Comments: This family is making a habit of going to WDW now.  They've visited each of the last three years, and with a DVC membership, they're likely to keep that ball rolling for a long time to come.  This is Mom's third trip report on MousePlanet, and it's as fun to read as they come.  Enjoy!

Chris Brown - May 2001

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: PR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Pre-School, Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments: Chris and his family visited WDW for five days in early May.  They celebrated 5-year-old Anna's birthday during the vacation.  The Browns thoroughly enjoyed concierge service at the Polynesian and had a great, relaxing visit. 

Darsi Rueda - May 2001

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: ASMoR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Rookie
  • Comments:  Darsi's report provides a great amount of detail on the pre-trip planning, but just as much detail on the execution of the trip. If you like long, detailed play-by-play reports, you'll enjoy this one thoroughly.

Sheri Niklewski - May 2001

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Offsite, Swan, POR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments:  Another blockbuster trip report by Sheri.  This is a HUGE report that covers Sheri's move to Atlanta (from Nebraska) and the two and a half week WDW trip that the Niklewskis tacked-on to the whole thing!  As usual, Sheri has provided a great report, filled with details, and laced with opinions on everything they experienced.

Andrew Della Vecchia - May 2001

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: CBR, OKWR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent, DVC Member
  • Comments:  This is an interestingly-formatted report.  Andrew is the master of summary-style reports, but he waxed a bit more eloquent this time around, producing a report that is still organized as a summary-style report but with a lot more explanation about the various decisions that were made during the planning and execution of the trip.

Jeff Lawson - May 2001

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Villa Vacation Home
  • Ages Represented in Group: Pre-School, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments: Jeff's own comments on strategy states, "Maximize fun by avoiding parks on early entry days. Save money by using the nicely equipped kitchen at the condo. Dodge the off-site tourist traps altogether. Don't be anal retentive and take notes or bring a computer...our trip report would be based on collaborative recollection."  Well, here's the Lawson family's collaborative recollection.  Enjoy!

Bill Nuzzo - May 2001

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: AKL
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments:  Bill and his wife, both Premium Annual Pass holders, visited WDW for a week and stayed at the Brand-new Animal Kingdom Lodge.  Trip highlights include the Keys to The Kingdom Tour,  seeing Spectromagic again, and just enjoying the resort at a reasonable pace.

Colleen Dunne - May 2001

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: CBR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Pre-School, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments:  Colleen, her mom, and Brandon her four-year-old son will be visiting WDW in May.  She's promised to write a report after the trip, in the meantime, read this pre-trip report and let Colleen know if you have any additional comments for her!  I know she'd appreciate it.

Sue Holland - May 2001

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: OKWR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, DVC Member
  • Comments:  Sue took her second trip of the year in late May.  Sue spent some time, as usual, at the Comedy Warehouse, enjoyed some lazy time by the pool, visited DisneyQuest, and otherwise enjoyed her visit.  There are some very interesting information about accessibility in this report, too, if you need to consider that when planning your trip.

Robin Goble - May 2001

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Travel Method: 
  • Resort: AKL, POR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments:  Robin and her sister spent some time at both Animal Kingdom Lodge and Port Orleans Resort Riverside during their six day visit to WDW in early May.  They enjoyed an IllumiNations cruise at Epcot during the trip, too, but there's quite a story about it that you'll want to check out!

Grace Veach - May 2001

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: CSR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments: Grace, Steve, and son Vincent visited WDW for a week in early May.  This is a fun-to-read play-by-play style report with tons of money-saving ideas.  Sounds like Grace fell in love with Coronado Springs Resort, too.

Roseanne McKeever - May 2001

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Many
  • Resort: Various, the wedding was at the Polynesian Resort
  • Accommodations: Various
  • Ages Represented in Group: Toddler, Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veterans, Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments: Says Roseanne, "This is not a traditional WDW trip report. There isn't a lot of emphasis on rides, and we didn't spend too much time in the parks. We did spend a lot of time with family and friends, and of course the emphasis of the report is my daughter and son-in-law's Fairy Tale Wedding last Saturday, May 5."

Ruth Smith - April 2001

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Dolphin
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments:  In Ruth's words, "We went down in a rush specifically to see Lausanne Live, a High School Band and Chorus from Memphis perform and compete in Disney's Magical Music Days... We did four parks in two days and managed to see the performances. Here is a recap of the best and worst of our trip. Kids went down on a bus. Me and my 10 year old drove down by ourselves."

Julia McCrone - April 2001

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: PORR, Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard Room, 2 Bedroom Vacation Home
  • Ages Represented in Group: Pre-School, Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Rookie
  • Comments:  Julia provides a great commentary on the planning of the trip (flying all the way from California with school-aged kids requires some thought, after all).  The remainder of the report gives a Disneyland vets (but WDW rookie) perspective on WDW.  There are tons of final comments (lessons-learned) that would be valuable to anyone planning a trip.

Dennis Coleman - April 2001

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: OKWR, ASMuR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments:  In this report, Dennis provides a "Reader's Digest" version of the trip.  It's a compact description, given day by day, and laced with lots of ideas and opinions on the park attractions and restaurants.

Susan Cole - April 2001

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: BCR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Pre-School, Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent, Rookie
  • Comments:  This is a great summary-style report.  Sue has another trip report here on MousePlanet (there's a link to her earlier one in the beginning of this report).  If you want to know what to plan on if you're taking a couple of younger kids to WDW, this report covers it.

Kevin Lloyd - April 2001

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: ASMoR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Rookie
  • Comments:  Kevin and his family spent a sold couple of weeks at WDW, and visited just about every other central Florida attraction while they were on our side of the pond.  This is a great report to catch initial impressions of what there is to see and do in the area.

Dawn Hickman - April 2001

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Personal Vehicle
  • Resort: FWC
  • Accommodations: Campsite
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments: Dawn, Mike, and daughter Sara stayed at Fort Wilderness Campground for their April/May visit.  The Hickman clan covered WDW well in the days they were on site.  It's always interesting to read an FWC report, because they're fairly rare on MousePlanet.

Brian Bennett - Walt Disney World - April 2001

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: VWL
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Infant, Pre-School, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Rookie
  • Comments:  Well, the annual pass bug bit us, and we decided to return to WDW for awhile in the Spring.  We planned our timing around the Flower & Garden festival at Epcot, as we usually do for our Spring trips.  This was our first stay at the new Villas at Wilderness Lodge and our first visit with Michael, the newest addition to our family.

Jim Pertierra - April 2001

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: PORR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments:  Jim has provided several trip reports to MousePlanet over the years.  This one is another blockbuster, written in a very detailed, play-by-play fashion.  The report includes lots of pre-trip planning details, too.

Mark Fendrick - April 2001

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Personal Car, Plane
  • Resort: CSR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Cast Member
  • Comments: Mark and Sandy drove down to see Iris, their daughter, who works at WDW.  The trip was a week long.  For the most part, the Fendricks just enjoyed the parks and spent time with Iris.  Mark's reports are always fun to read.

 

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