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Summer 2001 WDW Trip Reports


Mary-Ellen Marks - August 2001
  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Autotrain, Rental Car, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: PORFQ
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Rookie
  • Comments:  Mary-Ellen's son, Andrew, is autistic.  She submitted this report, in part, to encourage those families with autistic children to go ahead and enjoy a trip to WDW!  In fact, Mary-Ellen has learned that vacations have really helped Andrew develop, so travel is a high priority for the family. This is a great report, especially if you have a child with special needs to consider as you plan and execute your trip.

Eva Greguski - August 2001

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: FWC
  • Accommodations: Villa Vacation Home
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: In this report, Eva describes the goings-on during her trip -- a four night affair including several friends and family members.  This is a pretty lengthy report for such a short visit.  There is a ton of detail here, so if you like your reports with all the trimmings, you'll enjoy this one.

Mark L. Fendrick - August 2001

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Personal Car
  • Resort: CBR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments:  Mark and his wife Sandy flew down to spend a long weekend at WDW with their daughter, Iris, who happens to be a cast member.  The trip was leisurely, without any evidence of commando touring at all.  Still, the Fendrick's covered all four parks as they had a nice, leisurely vacation.

Laurie Lemley - August 2001

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: ASMoR, ASMuR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: Laurie provides a great narrative of her family's trip in late Summer.  This is an excellent, detailed report with lots of helpful hints and tips for trip planners.  Plus, the report has a great "you are there" feeling that makes it a great fix for WDW junkies.

Michelle Costello - August 2001

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: PORR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: In Michele's own words, "My family and I just came back from a wonderful unplanned WDW trip. We weren't planning to go until next year sometime, but I couldn't pass up the $68.00 round trip airfare I spotted one night while surfing the Internet. We only stayed for a couple of days, but we packed in a lot. We also got to try the water parks this trip which was a first for us."  Enjoy!

Sheri Niklewski - August 2001

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: Ah, another fantastic report from one of the veterans.  Sheri's report, her third of this year, is a great play-by-play report covering Sheri and Rich's trip.  I only wish that my annual pass got the workout that Sheri's does each year.

Billie Medoff - July 2001

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: OKWR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Toddler, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent, DVC Member
  • Comments: In Billie's words, "This trip was primarily the result of me not being able to stand waiting 15 months between trips to WDW. We were there in January 2001 and weren't planning to go back until March 2002, but that was far too long and we had annual passes burning holes in our pockets."

Steve Picard - July 2001

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: GFRS
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: In this report Steve tells us all about his first solo adventure to Walt Disney World.  This is a fun-to-read play-by-play report with lots of first impressions (although Steve has been to WDW before, there's so much to see that some things were still new for him).

Lisa Cubbon - July 2001

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: AKL
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments:  Lisa and Andy were in Tampa and decided to spend a few days at Animal Kingdom Lodge while they were in the neighborhood.  This is a shorter report, but fun to read -- note the frequent references to small or no crowds throughout the report... very unusual for July at WDW!

Scott Raynor - July 2001

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: ASMoR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments:  Scott and Julie tacked on a few days at WDW since they were down in the Ocala area for a family wedding.  This is a very lengthy, detailed and entertaining report for such a short trip.  Enjoy!

Sheri Niklewski - July 2001

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Offsite, Swan
  • Accommodations: Suite, Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Infrequent
  • Comments:  In Sheri's words, "This is the story of how one totally insane Disney fan happened to convince her in-laws to make a couple of night time visits to the Mouse."  As Niklewski reports go, this is a short one due to the fact that it covers only two days in the parks... but it's as detailed as ever.

Julie Lawrence - June 2001

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: ASMoR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Teen, Adult, Senior
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: Julie gives a very detailed play-by-play of her trip to WDW. In addition to Julie and her son and daughter, several members of Julie's extended family tagged along on the trip. The report is an interesting narrative on how to deal with a large group on vacation.

Sandy Schubert - June 2001

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: ASMuR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Infrequent
  • Comments: Sandy's family spent a nice week at All Star Movies Resort in late June.  This is a fun play-by-play report with a great summary at the end with final comments that I'm sure you'll enjoy.

Wendy MacGregor - June 2001

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Train, Rental Car, Cruise Ship
  • Resort: Several during the trip
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: Ok, so let's say you're a teacher, you have the summer off, you have a travel companion, and you want to spend some time in the US visiting the Disney parks.  So what do you do?  How about visiting Walt Disney World, go on a Disney Cruise, see Disneyland Resort and visit some other US cities and attractions along the way for good measure?

Lance Caros - June 2001

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: 1 Bedroom Vacation Home, 2 Bedroom Vacation Home
  • Ages Represented in Group: Pre-School, Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments:  In this report, Lance provides a GREAT tutorial on planning a trip to WDW... then follows that with an even greater play-by-play description of the entire trip.  If you like 'em detailed, print this one out, start a pot of coffee, curl up in the easy chair, and enjoy!

Dan Crider - June 2001

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: Downtown Disney Hotel
  • Accommodations: Suite
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Rookie
  • Comments: The most interesting feature of this trip report is email and newsgroup postings that Dan provides at the end of each section of the report.  He originally posted the trip report in the rec.arts.disney.newsgroup, and the feedback is very fun to read through.  This is also a rare trip report in which the author stayed at a Downtown Disney Hotel, the Doubletree Guest Suites in Dan's case.

Lori Ross - June 2001

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Van
  • Resort: YCR, PR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room (Concierge at PR)
  • Ages Represented in Group: Toddler, Elementary, Adult, Senior
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments:  Lori's report provides a day-by-day description of what the group did.  This was a large, extended family trip.  If you're planning such a trip, this is a good trip report to read through.  Also, Lori provides daily "tips of the day" which were fun to read and informational, too.

Darin Meadows - June 2001

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: ASMuR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments:  The Meadow family drove down to WDW from Georgia for a short visit in late June. This is a play-by-play report, but short in length.  Still, it gives some great information that can help anyone plan a trip.

Eva Greguski - June 2001

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: 2 Bedroom Vacation Home
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult, Senior
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments:  In Eva's own Words, "We sort of took a Zen-approach to touring on this trip. When it is just Bryan and myself, we go commando. With a large, three-generation group, we knew this wasn't possible...Our touring plans may not make a lot of sense if you were to map them out, but we sort of went were our moods took us. If a ride had a long line, then we would skip it and move on the something else, even if it was on the other side of the park...We enjoy looking at flowers, watching the ducks and searching for Hidden Mickeys as much as the attractions."

Tami Farmer - June 2001

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: AKL
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Infrequent
  • Comments:  Tami, her sister, and sister-in-law dropped down to WDW for a three-night visit at the new Animal Kingdom Lodge.  The report is a nice one in play-by-play style covering all of the goings-on of the trio as they enjoyed their brief time away.

 

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