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Winter (January - March) 2002 WDW Trip Reports


Suzanne Payne - March 2002

  • Time of Year: Winter
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: BWR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Rookie
  • Comments: According to Susanne, "Overall it was a fantastic trip. We had a plan, but were flexible enough to change it when necessary. Weather, crowds, behavior (adults included) was perfect! I've already started my list of to do's for our next trip!!"

Sheri Niklewski - March 2002

  • Time of Year: Winter
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: CBR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: In Sheri's words, "Just got back from an Easter trip. I managed to do another report so here it is. Next trip will be over Memorial Day. I'm getting spoiled living so close now. It's another long one. I honestly don't think I'm capable of a short one!"  So here begins another classic Niklewski tale.  Enjoy!

David Wickwire - March 2002

  • Time of Year: Winter
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: ASMoR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Toddler, Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments:  David provides a very informative narrative of his family's trip to WDW in March.  At the end of the report, he expands on several things including his impressions of the All Star Movies Resort, Fastpass, and so on.  This is a very valuable report to read for trip planners that are infrequent visitors, as it covers a lot of the basics extremely well.

Stephane Morrell - March 2002

  • Time of Year: Winter
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: ASSR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Pre-School, Elementary, Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments:  In this first ever trip report, Stephane shares about his family's trip to WDW.  Stephane provides a great play-by-play of the trip and ends the report with a list of lessons-learned.

Sue Holland - March 2002

  • Time of Year: Winter
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Offsite, OKWR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, DVC Member
  • Comments: Despite less than ideal weather, this was a fantastic trip! So many things just happened out of the blue to make it special... the trip was pretty close to perfection :-) (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.)

Doug Maden - February 2002

  • Time of Year: Winter
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: BWR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments: Doug provides a great play-by-play narrative of a weeklong visit in early February.  He visited all the parks, Pleasure Island, and some of the resorts and provides a fun summary list at the end of the report.  If you're wondering what it's like to do WDW solo, read this one!

Alan Taylor - February 2002

  • Time of Year: Winter
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments:  In the interest of spending as little as humanly possible on this trip, Alan states, "... for this trip I'm not even staying at the All Stars, I'm going to be off-site. And no rent-a-car for convenience either; I'm doing all the parks with shuttles. And even a shuttle bus from the airport, no limo for me."  If you want to get a different view of WDW, you'll enjoy this report.

Gary Gresham - February 2002

  • Time of Year: Winter
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Offsite, ASMoR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Toddler, Pre-School, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Rookie
  • Comments:  Gary provides a short and sweet report on his family's visit in February.  Driving down from Kentucky, the family enjoyed nice travel days... and then five park-packed days at WDW.  The crowd levels were way high for this time of year, but the Gresham clan thoroughly enjoyed their vacation.

Mark L. Fendrick - February 2002

  • Time of Year: Winter
  • Travel Method: Plane, Personal Car
  • Resort: ASMuR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments:  Mark and his wife flew down to WDW to visit their CM daughter once again.  As usual, Mark provides a great narrative on the happenings during the trip.  As usual, the Fendrick clan maximized their in-park touring time.  If you enjoy the parks and lots of details, you'll enjoy a Mark Fendrick trip report. 

Steve Russo - February 2002

  • Time of Year: Winter
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: BWR
  • Accommodations: 2 Bedroom Vacation Home
  • Ages Represented in Group: Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Rookie, DVC Member
  • Comments:  I'll quote Steve to intro this report, "I can be somewhat prolific - attested to by those with the endurance to read last year's trip report. That said, if you're looking for a quick and easy, summary style report please move on. If, however, you enjoy visiting WDW vicariously and would enjoy immersing yourself in the finer details, sit back, put your feet up, grab a favorite beverage and read on."

Lisa Rourk - February 2002

  • Time of Year: Winter
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: ASMuR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Toddler, Pre-School, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments:  Lisa's family visited WDW during the Millennium Celebration and decided to visit again during the 100 Years of Magic Celebration this year. The trip lasted for just over a week and Lisa documents the vacation well.

Sue Holland - February 2002

  • Time of Year: Winter
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Offsite, OKWR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, DVC Member
  • Comments: As Sue puts it, "Some people might wonder how I can come so often and not get bored with WDW. While there is no doubt there are many things I skip time after time, there is usually something unique to the season going on. This time it's Mardi Gras at Pleasure Island."  (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.)

Victoria Kahler - January 2002

  • Time of Year: Winter
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: ASMoR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Rookie
  • Comments: Victoria and her sister Mae met up at WDW for a thoroughly enjoyable trip. In addition to providing a great play-by-play of the vacation, Victoria closes the report with a great list of trip planning tips.

David Hastings - January 2002

  • Time of Year: Winter
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: ASMoR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: David and his wife Debbie and daughter Caity enjoyed a week and a half trip to WDW. The Hastings considered staying at Wilderness Lodge or Animal Kingdom Lodge, but a fantastic Winter room rate pulled them into the All Star Movies Resort. This is a fantastically detailed report. Enjoy!

Karen Seemuth - January 2002

  • Time of Year: Winter
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: ASMoR, AKL
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Toddler, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Frequent, Infrequent
  • Comments:  Karen, her sister Alane, and her niece Katie stopped in for a five day stay at WDW in late January.  This report features some great information on touring the parks with a toddler, as well as a fantastic summary section at the end of the report.

Mike Banks - January 2002

  • Time of Year: Winter
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: WL
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Infant, Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Rookie
  • Comments:  Ok, I just dare you to read about the practical joke that Mike pulled on John (the one with the walkie talkie) and not laugh out loud.  Go ahead, I dare ya.  Besides that piece of information, Mike gives a great narrative of a great trip.  It's good to have one of MousePlanet's veteran trip report writers back in the saddle!

Glenn Gillen - January 2002

  • Time of Year: Winter
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: SOG
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Infant, Toddler, Pre-School, Elementary, Teen, Adult, Senior
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Frequent, Infrequent, Rookie, DVC Member
  • Comments:  This report is unique because the Gillen family stayed at Shades of Green, the Department of Defense resort at Walt Disney World.   Glenn provides some information about the resort as well as some other details about DOD perks that are available to military and DOD employees.

Steven Varble - January 2002

  • Time of Year: Winter
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Offsite (Hard Rock Hotel at Universal)
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments: In Steven's email to me he wrote, "What I feel is unique about the report is I am a very frequent Disney World visitor and former cast member, and yet we did not set foot in any Disney parks (I can't believe I did that!). I have often told my friends that you could enjoy a trip to Disney doing all the non-park activities, and on this trip I came pretty close to doing just that. Instead, we concentrated on Universal's parks, SeaWorld, and the Space Center, with visits to Disney restaurants, entertainment, and shopping areas on a near daily basis. We also spent a day at Celebration, which was very enjoyable."

Sue Holland - January 2002

  • Time of Year: Winter
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Offsite, AKL
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, DVC Member
  • Comments: This was a shorter trip in which Sue and her son Chris visited WDW with Chris's dad.  They only stayed for three nights, but two of them were in a concierge room at Animal Kingdom Lodge.  They enjoyed a Sunrise Safari, a special event only available to AKL concierge guests.  (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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