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Summer (June - August) 2002 WDW Trip Reports


Noreen Chin - August 2002

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, rental car
  • Resort: YCR, BCR, Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: Pat Sajack doesn't play a role in many trip reports, but he does in this one. Noreen's husband was called up to be on Wheel of Fortune the day they were supposed to return from WDW, and thus visiting WDW and Disneyland in a single trip came to be.

Jeneice Seagraves - August 2002

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, shuttle
  • Resort: ASMuR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: When you're making your third trip to Disney World in the same year, apparently your extended family might start to wonder about you. But expiring annual passes and a business conference are all the excuse needed by Jeneice and her family to risk that familial doubt.

Lisa Rourk- August 2002

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: PORFQ
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Frequent, Infrequent, Rookie, DVC Member
  • Comments: After visiting WDW back in February, Lisa and Keith decided to visit kid-less for a few days in August. Lisa's summary states, "Walt Disney World is great for people of all ages. Some of my friends think we are crazy for spending adult time at Disney World, but we had a wonderfully exciting trip, and got to see so much of everything." Short trip, short report, but fun to read.

Wendy Nelson - August 2002

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car, Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: BCR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room, 1 Bedroom Vacation Home, 2 Bedroom Vacation Home, Villa Vacation Home, Suite
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments: Wendy's intro to her summary comments states, "WDW was so wonderful. This was definitely the best family vacation we've ever had. Considering the fact that this was WDW, it was surprisingly stress free and relaxing. And, it was stinkin' FUN! I did learn a few things about touring in August, and had one "aha!" moment." I'll let you read to find out the details.

G. Christopher Folke - August 2002

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: PR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room (concierge/lagoon view)
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Infrequent
  • Comments: Chris provides a great report on his family's trip. Not only does Chris describe what happened during the vacation, he provides excellent opinions and reviews of what he and his family liked and disliked -- extremely valuable information for trip planners to be able to refer to.

Fred Willemsen - August 2002

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: Downtown Disney Hotel
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments: Fred visited his friend in Tampa and they drove over for a full day at the Disney MGM Studios while he was in town. This is a very detailed report of a whirlwind trip.

Daryn Coleman - August 2002

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: GFRS, ASSR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent, Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments: Daryn won a bid on an "Ultimate Day of Magic" at the Magic Kingdom on Ebay. Daryn focuses his report on that day. If you enjoy behind-the-scenes information about WDW, you'll definitely enjoy this report.

Sheri Niklewski - August 2002

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: AKL
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: Sheri wrote me and said, "I hesitated to send this one to you because I feel I might be overloaded at mouseplanet. So if you don't use it, that's fine. But we did a lot of nature watching and enjoying Boardwalk entertainment and meeting friends. I do promise you I'll leave you alone until the Thanksgiving trip." I certainly don't think that any trip report writer is "overloaded" here at MousePlanet! The more trip reports the better!

Charley Hannon - August 2002

  • 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: Rookie
  • Comments: A concise summary, in Charley's words, "While I'm still amazed at the people who visit Disney four times a year or even yearly, I have to admit that WDW makes for a great vacation, and I think that you get your money's worth... I had initially wondered what we would do at the parks for 6 days, but actually we didn't get to a lot of things."

Sue Holland - August 2002

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: OKWRR, Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard Room, Suite
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, DVC Member
  • Comments: Sue stretched a long weekend into an eleven day trip when she found that she had to attend a business meeting in the Orlando area. As usual, Sue spends a significant amount of time at Pleasure Island on this trip. (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.)

Margaret Weatherford - August 2002

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: FWC
  • Accommodations: Campsite (Tent)
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: Margaret and her parents "roughed it" by staying in a tent. This is a rare Fort Wilderness Campground trip report, so the additional details of how to enjoy a WDW visit while staying there makes this a relatively unique report.

David Olson - August 2002

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: ASMuR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments: David provides a great report of his family's five day visit to WDW in early August. This was the first trip for daughter Marie, and David and his wife Amy hadn't been to WDW in years, so this is almost an all-rookie report.

Larry Wilmot - July 2002

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: ASMoR, VBR, OKWR, AKL
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments: This is "Larry's A to Z of a Trip Report." I'll leave Mr. Wilmot to explain that designation, but in any case, this is another classic Wilmot blockbuster. In a classic -- although alliterated -- summary style, Larry provides all of the details of his family's Summer visit to Central Florida from the United Kingdom. Long live the queen and her English language, right Larry?

Kevin Hardman - July 2002

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: CBR, Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Vacation Home, Suite
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments: Kevin provided this summary, "Comments: A lengthy play-by-play of ten days at WDW. We enjoyed numerous sit-down restaurants, all four theme parks, both water parks, and a touch of Downtown Disney (mostly for shopping)." This is a fun report that I'm sure you'll enjoy too.

Samantha Pappas - July 2002

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: ASMoR, Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Toddler, Adult, Senior
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Frequent, Infrequent, Rookie, DVC Member
  • Comments: Samantha and her family (including her parents who flew over from the UK), enjoyed a trip that included the Disney Magic Plan. The plan includes park admission media and also a couple of "wishes" for each person each day.

Sheila D'Agostino - July 2002

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: AKL
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Senior
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: Sheila and John enjoyed their stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge. They took in this trip to WDW in a very laid-back style. Oh, one other neat detail about this trip is the time that the D'Agostino's spent over at Celebration just enjoying the small-town atmosphere (they had breakfast over there a couople times).

Sheri Niklewski - July 2002

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: PR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: This is the fourth trip report this year from Sheri. Fortunately for all of us, she's still willing to write them and send them in for posting! As always, this report is laced with detail and is punctuated with a great trip summary.

A.J. Barela - July 2002

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: PORR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments: A.J. provides a great narrative of his trip. He also provides a fantastic list of "lessons-learned" that can be helpful to any trip planner. Last, he gives his opinions on the relative quality of Disney versus other parks around the country. Very interesting reading.

Mark L. Fendrick - July 2002

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: CBR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: Mark and Sandy enjoyed a ten day trip (including drive time) in early July, a time of year that the Fendrick's usually avoid like the plague. Here's Mark's concluding remarks, "We did manage to do some new things, with no lack of new things available for our future trips. Not bad for a place that I have been coming to regularly since December, 1971 - often multiple times a year!"

Ron Mattioli - June 2002

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: ASSR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: Ron provides a concise play-by-play of his family's trip to WDW in late June. The report, although a bit terse, is still quite detailed. Ron ends the report with an interesting summary.

Jane & Dave Clay - June 2002

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: CSR, PR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments: Jane and Dave, along with a few friends and family members, made the trip to WDW. During the fortnight visit, the Clay's got married! This is a fast-paced report that covers the wedding and all of the trip details, too.

Anne Howard- June 2002

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: BCR, AKL
  • Accommodations: Standard Room, 2 Bedroom Vacation Home
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments: Celebrating a personal "capital gain," Anne and her family visited WDW and splurged on concierge service at the Beach Club and Animal Kingdom Lodge Resorts. This is a great report with lots of detail (including Anne's own list of abbreviations at the end of the report.)

Lisa Wilber - June 2002

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car, Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: PORR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments: Lisa and Brian enjoyed a week at WDW in early June. Lisa's report covers the highlights of each day. This is a shorter report that also includes a list of "hits" and "misses" that can provide direction to other trip planners.

Gary Rosenbalm - June 2002

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car, Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: WL
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Infant, Pre-School, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments: Here's a very eloquent quote from the end of Gary's report: "Everyone feels that Disney is responsible for supplying us with an overabundance of magic because we paid our $50 dollars. That is a feeling that can ruin your whole vacation and should be left at the entrance gates. Here is my take on it. We know Disney is all about magic, but the magic itself isn't only in the show that Disney provides. I believe some of the magic is in us and Disney is the vehicle that allows us to feel it."

Steve Picard - June 2002

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: 2 Bedroom Vacation Home
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: Steve and Pam enjoyed a long weekend at WDW to celebrate their July birthdays a few weeks early. In this report, Steve shows us how to enjoy a whirlwind tour of WDW in just a few days.

Sheri Niklewski - June 2002

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Vehicle
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: Sheri took two weekend trips in late June and combined them into a single report to compare and constrast the two visits. She also provides a combined list of "the good, the bad, the ugly and the exceptional" which is a common feature of Sheri's reports.

Jonathan Shain - June 2002

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Autotrain, Personal Car
  • Resort: PORR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Pre-School, Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments: Jonathan and his family enjoyed a week at WDW using the Autotrain to get from home to WDW (in addition to the car, of course). This is a very detailed report of a great family vacation, so sit back and enjoy!

Suzanne Reardon-Mulhall - June 2002

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: ASMoR, ASMuR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Toddler, Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent, Infrequent
  • Comments: Susanne does a fantastic job of narrating her family's trip to WDW in mid-June. The Reardon-Mulhall crew visits WDW a couple of times a year, so the pace of the vacations they take is typically relaxing. Fun report, I'm sure you'll enjoy it!

Robin Goble - June 2002

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: PR, BCR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Infrequent
  • Comments: Robin has provided several great trip reports over the years, and this one is no exception. She provides a detailed explanation of all that went into planning the trip, a detailed play-by-play, and a great sumary and lessons-learned list at the end. Robin's overall conclusion? "...despite the wretched heat, we had a great time overall."

Rosie Kay - June 2002

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Vehicle
  • Resort: GFRS
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Pre-School, Elementary, Adult, Senior
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent, Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments:  If you want to know how to do WDW the way you've always wanted to, check out Rosie's report!  Staying at the Grand Floridian, her troupe enjoyed the Discovery Magic package which includes lots of extras including meals.  Rosie also provides an incredibly detailed pre-trip count down with all of the details of how things came together.

Jean Pugh - June 2002

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: CSR, BCR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Toddler, Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments:  Jean and her family visited WDW for a solid week of vacationing Disney style.  The family enjoyed stays at Coronado Springs and Beach Club resorts, and Jean ends the play-by-play report with a great summary.

Sue Holland - June 2002

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: AKL
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Frequent, DVC Member
  • Comments:  This trip started out as a non-Disney trip, but as is typical for Sue, it evolved and expanded into quite the weekend jaunt.  Staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge and enjoying (as usual) the Comedy Warehouse on Pleasure Island, Sue also enjoyed her time to see some friends in an off site show.  (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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