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Fall (September - November) 2002 WDW Trip Reports


Noreen Chin November 2002

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plan, Personal car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: If you ave a business trip to Orlando anyway, why not tack on a trip to Disney World? It's just a bonus if the meeting ends up cancelled. For Noreen, this was her second consectuvie solo trip and, frankly, she'd like some company next time.

Katie Proctor November 2002

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Personal car
  • Resort: ASMoR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Rookie
  • Comments: After five years without a vacation as long as a week, Katie and her husband were in definite need of some R&R. Her husband wasn't too keen on the idea of using their time on a trip to Disney World, but eventually she won him over. And eventually the resort did the same.

Bill Martin September 2002

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle
  • Resort: POR, AKL
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Toddler, Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments: With the submission of his first trip report, Bill had this to say: "I was really glad to do it since I've read and garnered just so much information from those that others have written and that were featured on your website. Now it is my turn to pay back a bit! I also have an extra appreciation for what it takes to compile one of these as when you want to do it as best you can, it is no quick feat (especially
    when you're doing it all from memory as I did!)." That expresses our appreciation for all you report writers pretty well.

Pat Elliott September 2002

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: Downtown Disney Hotel
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Frequent
  • Comments: Pat offered this report, commenting "I've been doing this for years, for my own enjoyment and as a diary of our various trips. I hope you can use it, and I hope that it helps someone, as others' reports have helped me." We're sure it will, especially with the lesson that when thinking that "price is the most important thing" you can sometimes be surprised.

Sheri Niklewski - November 2002

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Personal Vehicle
  • Resort: Offsite, ASSR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: How did this trip come about? I'll let Sheri provide the answer, "I earned some major brownie points by just looking at him and after twenty years of marriage, knowing that the holidays with family needed to be a priority. So, in front of his parents, I suggested we go back to Maryland for Thanksgiving. I ambushed Rich with this trip as a compromise later. I am such a Disney stinker, aren't I?" In any case, this is another classic Niklewski report deep in detail and rich with information for trip planners.

Robin Goble - November 2002

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Personal Car, Plane, Autotrain, Rental Car, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: PR, YC
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Infrequent
  • Comments: Robin, her parents, and her nephew Michael took a four day trip in mid-November. This is a typical Goble report (Robin has submitted several others), with lots of detail, plenty of pre-trip planning information, plus a great conclusion / summary section at the end.

Steve Russo - November 2002

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: BWR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, DVC Member
  • Comments: Steve and Barb enjoyed a shorter, but child-less trip with their good friends Wayne and Sue Goergens. After visiting WDW many times separate and together, but always with kids, this time they decided to enjoy the parks without the kids in tow -- specifically to enjoy the Food and Wine Festival.

Mark L. Fendrick - November 2002

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Personal Car
  • Resort: ASSR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Cast Member
  • Comments: Mark provides a fantastic report on his most recent trip, including a great run down on the Food and Wine Festival at Epcot and Super Soap Weekend at the Studios. Not only that, but Mark provided pictures to illustrate his report.

Kim Howe - October 2002

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: A spontaneous trip provide Kim and Paula a chance for a long weekend away from their families. Though time was short, they hit all the hot spots, several area stores, and even Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

Sheri Niklewski - October 2002

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: Sheri took this trip solo, just to get a break from the rat race. As always for a Niklewski report, this one is voluminous... but that's the way we all like them anyway, right? There's something for everyone in this report. Besides plenty of play-by-play, Sheri provides some great summary information and personal reviews and opinions.

Sue Holland - October 2002

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Offsite, CSR, OKWR, BCV
  • Accommodations: Villa Vacation Home, Standard Room (varied depending on resort)
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Frequent, DVC Member
  • Comments: This is a typical Holland report on a twelve day trip to WDW. Sue stayed at several different resorts during the trip, and enjoyed the company of several folks that she's met online and at WDW over the years. (Note:  As Sue spent a great deal of time at Pleasure Island and in other adult venues, on this trip, this report has some information that may not be appropriate for young readers.)

Amy C - October 2002

  • Time of Year: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall, Holiday Season
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: BWR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent, Infrequent
  • Comments: Amy, Rodrigo, and Lisa visited WDW for a nice nine day trip in late October. After spending a few nights off site and visiting Sea World and Universal, the crew moved over to the Boardwalk Resort for the balance of the trip.

Elisabeth Norton - October 2002

  • Time of Year: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall, Holiday Season
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: WL, YCR, AKL
  • Accommodations: Standard Rooms
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: Here's Elizabeth's own introduction to the trip she took with Gavin, "We've both been to WDW before, but never together, and our last trips were within weeks of each other during the 25th Anniversary year. Since we met 5 years ago, we have always wanted to go to WDW together - and this is our trip!"

Jack Lebby - October 2002

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: PR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: Jack and Marie took a ten day trip to WDW. They hadn't been out East to visit the Disney resort in several years, so they thoroughly enjoyed their trip... and Jack even managed to do it without going into "commando mode," for the most part. Very clearly, Jack was wired for this trip, so if you enjoy enthusiasm, read on...

Donald Willis - October 2002

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Autotrain, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: ASMoR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: Donald, a major Donald Duck fan, enjoyed a shorter trip this time. If you're into Donald, you really should read up because this report is really a long narrative about where and how to find Donald Duck memorabilia.

Sue Holland - October 2002

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: AKL, GFRS, YCR, BCR, PR, CR, WL, VWL, OKWR, BWR, CBR, PORR, PORFQ, CSR, ASMoR, ASMuR, ASSR, FWC, FWCa, Swan, Dolphin, Downtown Disney Hotel, Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard Room, 1 Bedroom Vacation Home, 2 Bedroom Vacation Home, Villa Vacation Home, Suite
  • Ages Represented in Group: Infant, Toddler, Pre-School, Elementary, Teen, Adult, Senior
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Frequent, Infrequent, Rookie, DVC Member
  • Comments: Sue enjoyed a trip just to visit the Comedy Warehouse and spent a little time enjoying the rest of WDW, too.     (Note:  As Sue spent a great deal of time at Pleasure Island and in other adult venues, on this trip, this report has some information that may not be appropriate for young readers.)

Michael Banks - September 2002

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: AKL, ASMoR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Infant, Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Frequent, Infrequent, Rookie, DVC Member
  • Comments: Mike and Becca had intended to experience Walt Disney World without ever going into a park, but it's all about knowing the right people and that planned changed. They take a easy approach to things in this trip report and have a great time.

David Casali - September 2002

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: PR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments: The Casali clan enjoyed a week long visit over late September and early October. The family stayed at the Polynesian and really enjoyed the resort and it's facilities. David's son is autistic, so this report also explains how David and Cathy handled that situation during the trip.

Frank Andrews - September 2002

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: PORR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Toddler, Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: Frank provides a great report of his family's trip. In addition, he gives us a great summary section at the end of the report (something that I always particularly enjoy). If you're a trip planner, you'll really enjoy Frank's narrative.

Lisa Cubbon - September 2002

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: BWR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: Lisa only provides us with a single paragraph per day... but wow, what paragraphs! This is a very detailed report covering a week long vacation for Lisa and her husband Andy. Frequent visitors, the Cubbons didn't plan very many specifics for the trip... just to enjoy themselves. Of course, they did just that!

Heather Robison - September 2002

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: WL
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent, Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments: Heather, her husband, and Heather's brothers and mom all joined together to enjoy a trip to Walt Disney World. This is a VERY long report, one of the longest of 2002 so far, so plan accordingly.

John Singh - September 2002

  • Time of Year: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall, Holiday Season
  • Travel Method: Personal Car, Plane, Autotrain, Rental Car, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: ASSR, PR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments: John provides this report overture, "I realize this trip report is long, but then again it was a long (a full week) trip! :-) More than anything, I wanted to offer some thoughts on the Deluxe Magic Plan and concierge service. I hope my trip report will shed light on these areas. All things considered, I highly recommend a plan like Deluxe Magic for those who are willing to spend a little more -- it is well worth the cost (and the months of budget-conscious living we experienced to do it)!"

 

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