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Fall 1997 WDW Trip Reports


John Thompson -- November 1997

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: WL, ASMR
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Infant, Pre-School, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: John and his family visited WDW to celebrate the family patriarch's (that would be John) 40th birthday.  In five days, the family had a wonderful time.    John's report provides alot of help for families that visit with younger children.  It also describes some of the strategies that John worked out to maximize everyone's enjoyment during the trip.

Peggy Morgan - November 1997

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: DL
  • Accommodations
  • The Ages Represented in Group: Senior Adults
  • WDW Experience in Group: Rookie (previous WDW experience limited to three days in 1988)
  • Comments: I'll simply let Peggy's own comment suffice here...."I have enjoyed reading the WDW reports at your web site. I haven't seen many from people my age. I am certainly in favor of destroying any ideas that older people may have that WDW is only for people with children; maybe my trip report will help do that."

Becky Ashley - November 1997

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: ASMR
  • Accommodations
  • The Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience in Group: Frequent
  • Comments: Becky and her kids flew to WDW around Thanksgiving time to take advantage of the school break. Becky's husband, unfortunately, wasn't able to join the others for this trip. Daniel, Catherine, and Becky saw alot during their trip...and most of it was focused on the kids (an interesting perspective for a trip report).

Elaine Penpek - November 1997

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: VDI
  • Accommodations
  • The Ages Represented in Group: Toddler, Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: Elaine's family visited WDW around Thanksgiving time and stayed in a tree house villa at the Disney Institute! If for no other reason, this report is notable for that fact. Elaine laced the text with wonderful meal descriptions both on- and off-site. Traveling with kids is another theme of this report.

Mary Ferguson - November 1997

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: SOG - Shades of Green
  • Accommodations
  • The Ages Represented in Group: Toddler, Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience in Group: Rookie
  • Comments: This will be an interesting report for all of those DOD and military folks out there...Mary and her family stayed at Shades of Green, the Department of Defense - operated resort at WDW. The Ferguson family did WDW like troopers. In just a few days, they saw and did a lot.

Lisa B. Potter - November 1997

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: DL, BVR
  • Accommodations
  • The Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience in Group: Frequent
  • Comments: This trip was just a little Thanksgiving fix for Lisa, a bonafide WDW junkie, and her family. The family stayed at Dixie Landings and Boardwalk Villas Resorts -- and took in all of the wonderful holiday atmosphere that WDW offers at the end of each year.

Paul Bittorf - November 1997

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane
  • Resort: ASMR
  • Accommodations
  • The Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult, Older Adult
  • WDW Experience in Group: Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments: This is Paul's first ever trip report, but it's very well written. Besides covering the day-to-day activities of the family, Paul gives a great list of good and bad things to keep in mind when planning a trip. It's that kind of information that makes reading trip reports helpful -- even to WDW vets!

Steve Simmons - November 1997

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations
  • The Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience in Group: Unknown
  • Comments: Steve and his wife went for a long weekend trip in late November. It was a whirlwind trip, but the twosome covered a lot of territory. Especially interesting is Steve's descriptions and opinions of the West End, Pleasure Island, and the Boardwalk. A trip report with detail in those areas is pretty rare, so if you're curious about Disney's shopping and nightlife venues...this is the report for you.

Doug Smith - November 1997

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: BCR, FWH
  • Accommodations
  • The Ages Represented in Group: Infant/Toddler, Elementary, Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience in Group: Rookie
  • Comments: Doug and his family visited WDW in mid-November. During the first part of the trip the Smith's stayed at the Beach Club Resort, then they moved over to Fort Wilderness to stay in a Fort Wilderness Home when they were joined by Doug's mother-in-law. Doug gives a lot of details about their visit...

Candace Golden - October 1997

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane
  • Resort: CBR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Pre-School, Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments:  As I post this report (in October, 1999) this is a "golden oldie" - pun intended.  Candy has submitted a fun report of a trip during WDW's 25th Anniversary year.  I'm sure you'll enjoy this one.

Darla Rice - October, 1997

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: OKWR
  • Accommodations: Grand Villa
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: Darla, her son Steven, and friend Dave, and a whole villa full of friends stayed at OKWR for a week in October. Like Darla's report from last year, this one was originally written and posted to AOL's DVC message board, so it definitely gives you that "you are there" feeling.

Mary Miller - October, 1997

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: Offsite (Quality Suites Maingate)
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult, Teen, Elementary
  • WDW Experience in Group: Rookie
  • Comments: Mary and her husband Bob took their whole family for a "once in a lifetime" trip to WDW. Like most newbies, the Miller's are now planning their second "once in a lifetime" trip. The family stayed offsite, and Mary explains why that was a good option for them -- and may be for you.

Brian Bennett - October 1997

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Personal Car, Plane
  • Resort: OKWR / WL
  • Accommodations: 2 Bedroom Vacation Home / Standard Room / Studio
  • Ages Represented in Group: Infant/Toddler, Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Infrequent, DVC Members
  • Comments: This is my own 1997 "Remember the Magic" trip report. I hope you find it helpful as you plan your own trips. Except for Mike Scopa's report from July 1998, this is the most lengthy one in this collection.

Cathy Bock - October 1997

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: WL
  • Accommodations: Handicapped Accesible Room because we requested a king-sized bed
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments: Cathy and her husband, Bryant, visited WDW in October (for the second time this year!) to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary. In Cathy's words, "Since we had been before, this trip was focused on the three r's - rest, relaxation and romance!" This is a wonderful report on a laid-back trip. Another bonus is Cathy's description of the Backstage Magic tour the couple enjoyed.

Darren Foster - October 1997

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: WL
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments: This report is nicely detailed. It's written by a very infrequent visitor (Darren hadn't been to WDW since 1975), and covers the trip well. I often enjoy reports written by folks that are rookies or close to it. This is no exception. Darren gives a magical narrative full of useful trip planning information.

Carol Kelley - October 1997

Matthew Kelley - October 1997

Kevin Kelley - October 1997

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: ASSR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Rookie
  • Comments: This is really a treat. Carol Kelley and sons, Matthew (11) and Kevin (10), all wrote trip reports of their family's visit to WDW. Carol's is filled with hints and tips, and there's an extensive list of lessons-learned to summarize. Matthew and Kevin each wrote their reports from their own perspectives. You'll enjoy all three, and if you have kids in the elementary/middle school years, you'll gain some insight about what your kids will like, too.

John T. Brock - October 1997

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: 2 Bedroom Villa
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Rookie
  • Comments: John's report covers the planning and the details of his family's October trip. Besides giving a well-written play-by-play account of the visit, John laced the report with many useful trip planning tips. If you're a consummate trip planner like many WDW visitors seem to be, you'll enjoy John's account -- and the planning information.

Sue Holland - October 1997

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Personal car
  • Resort: CSR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, DVC Member, Rookie
  • Comments: Sue and her friend Nancy stayed at Coronado Springs Resort for a nice trip early in October. Besides providing some details on Disney's newest resort, Sue's report gives her impressions of several of WDW's restaurants, too.

Carol Gould - October 1997

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: WL, Offsite
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group:  Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: Carol and Mark spent their honeymoon at Wilderness Lodge.  Besides enjoying the Disney parks, they also visited Busch Gardens and Universal Studios during the trip.  On top of everything else, the couple became DVC members during their stay.  That alone makes this a memorable trip!

Diana Stassen - September 1997

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: PBR
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Pre-School, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments: Diana's report is in the play-by-play style, and covers the family's 1997 trip.  The Stassen's booked a "Fall Fantasy" package, and thoroughly enjoyed the visit to WDW with their four-year-old daughter, Karen (who really had fun with the various characters during this trip.

Bruce Metcalf - September 1997

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: Bruce wrote a fantastic report on the trip he and his wife took in September, 1997.  The report was written in a mix between a play-by-play and a summary style.   It's dripping with useful information, and is very fun to read.

Fernando Duque - September 1997

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: ASMR / Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult (Pregnant)
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: Fernando and his wife, veterans of Disneyland and visitors to all of the Disney parks (including Tokyo and Paris), visited WDW this Fall. The report is written in a play-by-play style. The Duque's did a lot during their visit, including two dinner shows (the Murder Watch dinner at the Grosvenor was one of them, if you're curious about it).   Fernando's wife was pregnant during this trip, so the fact that they covered as much as they did is amazing!

Joe Cochran - September 1996

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: PO
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments: Joe decided to get away from it all and take a solo trip to WDW for an extended weekend. He's a single 28 year old fellow, and stayed at Port Orleans. Joe also met up with his friend John, an Orlando area resident, and several RADPers.

Michelle Haffer - September 1997

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: CR / PBR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veterans
  • Comments: Michelle and her husband took a nine-night trip to WDW to "celebrate" Michelle's 30th birthday. The report is a play-by-play style one and covers all the details of the trip. The report covers the restaurants, an E-Ticket Express night, and a lot of other hints and tips that everyone can learn from. Michelle also reported on a couple of RADP meets that she and Jim attended.

Lisa Cubbon - September 1997

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: BIR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments: Lisa and Jenny, her college student daughter, visited WDW just to "get it out of their system" for a little while. Lisa is another WDW CM wannabee, so obviously she enjoys the magic as much as most die-hard Disney fans. The report is a brain-dumb of what happened, which was written after the trip was over, filled with lots of details worth checking out, too.

Patti and Don Karriker - September 1997

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Personal car
  • Resort: Port Orleans/Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Virtual Rookies
  • Comments: Patti and Don collaborated on this report. It's fun to read because even though the Karriker's haven't visited WDW frequently, they certainly caught the magic during their visit. Lots of helpful details...and just a fun report...enjoy!

Derek & Anne DeBoer - September 1997

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: PBR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veterans
  • Comments: Derek and Anne's second visit of the year took them to the Polynesian Beach Resort. These guys do WDW the way a true veteran does...never waiting in line, enjoying the restaurants, noticing all the little details...and just enjoying the wonderful ambiance of Walt Disney World. If you want to know how to do WDW with all the tricks of the trade, the DeBoer's have it down pat!

Edwin Hendriks - September 1997

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service, Rental Car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Honeymoon Suite
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Rookie
  • Comments: Edwin and his new bride Linda visited WDW in September for their honeymoon. I personally think September is a great month to honeymoon in Florida :) The Hendriks hail from the Netherlands, so this report has great information for the European travelers. Also, Edwin and Linda have both been to Disneyland Paris, so their comparisons of the two resorts is particularly interesting.

Andrew Langley - September 1997

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Personal Car (the group split up on their travel down to WDW)
  • Resort: DL
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Frequent
  • Comments: Andrew's report documents a trip of a whole bunch of folks. They all stayed at Dixie Landings, which Andrew found to be a very good value. He also concluded that five days is far too short of a time for a thorough visit to WDW.

Lisa B. Potter - September 1997

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: ASMR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments: Lisa went to visit WDW solo this trip. During her time at Walt Disney World, Lisa spent some time meeting up with fellow RADPers, visiting the parks, resort hopping, and checking out the DVC. This is a fun, even though short, report.

 

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