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Holiday (Late November - December) 2002 WDW Trip Reports


Sam Price - November/December 2002

  • Time of Year: Holiday Season
  • Travel Method: Personal car
  • Resort: ASMoR, WL
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: Sam and his wife always planned to honeymoon at Disney World, it just took eight years to get there. But get there they did and had a wonderful time, though a pregnancy added an unexpected element.

Richard Keller - December 2002

  • Time of Year: Holiday Season
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental car
  • Resort: CSR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Toddler, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments: This repart came in a little bit later than they usually do, but as Richard said when submitting it, "better late than never." It is written with a good sense of humor, covers some ove the issues for visiting while pregnant (his wife, not Richard), and confirms why I'm always scared when someone asks me to take their picture.

Rob Steere - December 2002

  • Time of Year: Holiday Season
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shutle
  • Resort: PORR, ASMuR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: Rob experienced more than a few roller coasters for this trip, and that was even before he left home! A highlight of this trip, though, was participating in the annual rec.arts.disney.parks Scavenger Hunt.

Dennis O'Donnell - November 2002

  • Time of Year: Holiday Season
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: ASMuR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: Dennis, a former cast member, and his quasi-rookie, four-month pregnant vegetarian wife Robyn embark on a fiscally mindful, weeklong trip for their 2nd Anniversary during the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

Bill Nuzzo - December 2002

  • Time of Year: Holiday Season
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: ASSR, CSR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Teenager, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent, Veteran
  • Comments: Following his one-day trip in November, Bill had a scheduled trip with his kids in December. A 10-day road trip to Disney World from New York provided. Particularly interesting in this report is a tale of teenagers run amok.

Bill Nuzzo - November 2002

  • Time of Year: Holiday Season
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: AKL
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Rookie, Veteran
  • Comments: It's not often we get a one-day trip report for Walt Disney World. Even less often has that person visited from out of state. But that is just what Bill and Mike were able to do when work sent them to the Sunshine State for a quick trip.

Mark Goldhaber - November 2002

  • Time of Year: Holiday Season
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: OKWR
  • Accommodations: 2BR
  • Ages Represented in Group: Pre-School, Adult, Senior
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent, Veteran, DVC Member
  • Comments: Mark Goldhaber and family finally made it back to Walt Disney World after two-and-a-half years, and Mark finally writes a trip report. The joy of family and the magic of Disney shine through in this detailed trip report.

Carolyn Ritchie - December 2002

  • Time of Year: Holiday Season
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: WL
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: Carolyn and friends wanted to see Disney World at Christmas, and so they did. As always, it was relearned that flexibility is the path to happiness, even among adults. Warning: There be tales of cheerleaders in here.

Lance Caros - November 2002

  • Time of Year: Holiday Season
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: Offsite (Oak Plantation in Kissimee)
  • Accommodations: 2-bedroom condominium
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: Lance's fifth trip report is about his shortest visit to Disney World (only 8 days) and is therefore his shortest trip report so far (only 20 pages). As always it well written and contains all the details that provide insight for our own trips.

Linda DiSturco - November 2002

  • Time of Year: Holiday Season
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle
  • Resort: AKL
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Infrequent
  • Comments: Experiencing withdrawals just months after her last trip, Linda knew she would be quickly returning to Walt Disney World. Proving it never hurts to ask, she soon had this trip in the works with a co-worker who would be making her second visit ever. As always, though, it is just a temporary fix, as Linda is already itching for another trip.

Glenn Vines - December 2002

  • Time of Year: Holiday Season
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle
  • Resort: ASMoR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Pre-School, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments: Glenn and his family are all Disney novices compared to some of our regular report writers (Glenn is the most experienced with six trips to Disneyland and a 1971 trip to WDW). But that's what we like to read most: park reports through fresh eyes.

Anne Rice - December 2002

  • Time of Year: Holiday Season
  • Travel Method: Plane
  • Resort: FWC
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments: Anne is still waiting for the chance to fulfill her dream of working at Disney World. Until then, she has to be satisfied with the infrequent trip from Texas. On this, her third trip, she finally gets to bring her kids along and share the magic.

Michelle Kosloff - December 2002

  • Time of Year: Holiday Season
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: PR, FWCa
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Infrequent, Rookie
  • Tickets: 7-day Canadian buy one get one 1/2 price passes
  • Comments: Disney World in December may be a bit on the chilly side, but when you're coming from Canada as Michelle and her family were, it isn't bad. A surprise answer from her husband, let Michelle finally revisit a place of fond childhood memories.

Amanda Parr - December 2002

  • Time of Year: Holiday Season
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: AKL
  • Accommodations: Suite
  • Ages Represented in Group: Pre-School, Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Infrequent
  • Comments: Amanda assures us that she had "the vacation of a lifetime with two teenage girls in tow" and that they were a lot easier to travel with than her husband or father. This very detailed trip report will let you judge for yourself.

Michael Wolf - October 2002

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane
  • Resort: PR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments: Michael and Melissa learned on this trip that being seasoned pros doesn't necessarily make the trip planning easier, and something new always comes up. Six days in the parks and a trip to Sea World make for many good memories, but unfortunately there is a lowlights list at the end.

Kirk Harrod - December 2002

  • Holiday Season
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments: Kirk and his family only visited for a day, but what a day it was: New Year's Eve at the Magic Kingdom. Plenty of good tips here for getting the most out of such a busy day.

Stephen Wale - December 2002

  • Time of Year: Holiday Season
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: CR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Infant, Toddler, Elementary, Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: A five year gap between visits meant two additional children Stephen and his wife. Eight days at Walt Disney World aren't always easy with four children along, but as Stephen says, c'est la vie!

Sue Holland - December 2002

  • Time of Year: Holiday Season
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: OKWR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, DVC Member
  • Comments: Sue took her son Chris along on this trip, a rather short weekend trip over New Years that also included visits with several good friends. This was a shorter trip, but the report is still a Sue Holland classic. (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.)

Sheila D'Agostino - December 2002

  • Time of Year: Holiday Season
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Suite
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments: A non-Disney attraction gave Sheila and John and opportunity to experience Orlando from off-property. The international car show didn't prevent them from experiencing the holiday treats of Disney World, though.

Jeff Sjoquist - December 2002

  • Time of Year: Holiday Season
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: CR, Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Infant, Toddler, Pre-School, Elementary, Teen, Adult, Senior
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent, Infrequent
  • Comments: The Sjoquist clan, including Jeff's Father- and Mother-in-Law, flew down for a late December visit to Walt Disney World. Jeff planned the trip in great detail, and shares all of the details here of both the planning an execution of a great family trip. Just for kicks, there are a few pictures from the trip tossed in for good measure.

Sue Holland - December 2002

  • Time of Year: Holiday Season
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, DVC Member
  • Comments: This late December trip was planned rather late, because of a Thanksgiving trip already under Sue's belt and a New Year's trip just a week off. Living in Fort Myers allows for a spur of the moment weekend trip, though, so off Sue and Chris went for a little R&R. (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.)

Brian Bennett - Walt Disney World - December 2002

  • Time of Year: Holiday Season
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: OKWR
  • Accommodations: 2 Bedroom Vacation Home, Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Toddler, Pre-School, Teen, Adult, Senior
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Infrequent, Rookie, DVC Member
  • Comments: This report documents a family reunion of twelve Bennetts. It was the first time in seventeen years that we were all together for Christmas. This time, Mom and Dad sprung for an all-expenses-paid trip for the whole family. The planning started a year and a half before the trip and was the most detailed I've ever done (because of the large size of our group... and the fact that we were visiting during the Christmas holidays). I also tossed in a few pictures, just for good measure.

Dave Stewart - December 2002

  • Time of Year: Holiday Season
  • Travel Method: Personal Car, Plane
  • Resort: CR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: Dave and George met up for a quick weekend visit to WDW. Dave's conclusion for the trip? "All in all, this was the best trip I've made to WDW, despite the fact that George and I didn't visit many rides. My recommendation: Try visiting WDW sometime during the first two weeks of December. The Christmas decorations are out, and the crowds are manageable!"

Erika Pribanic-Smith - November 2002

  • Time of Year: Holiday Season
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: PORFQ
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments: Erika and Jason visited WDW during Thanksgiving week. In Erika's words, "All in all, we really had a magical, dream vacation. Although the best-laid plans usually fall apart and high expectations typically are dashed, the trip was pretty much everything we wanted it to be. We're already talking about going back sometime in the not-so-distant future." This is a very detailed report, and well worth the read!

Sue Holland - November 2002

  • Time of Year: Holiday Season
  • Travel Method: Personal car
  • Resort: VWL, ASMuR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Frequent, Infrequent, Rookie, DVC Member
  • Comments: Sue introduced this trip like so, "This trip started as just a Thanksgiving getaway (Tues-Fri), but then my friends Nancy & Clinta announced they were getting married that Sunday! I extended the trip so I'd be going home on Monday, and then 2 business trips came up immediately following. So, although my Disney trip is only 7 days, I go directly to Gainesville for 2 more nights and then from there to Tallahassee for another 2 nights. This report will end with the last Disney day."     (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.)

 

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