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Spring 1997 WDW Trip Reports


Derek & Anne DeBoer - May 1997

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: DL
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veterans
  • Comments: Derek and Anne took their first anniversary trip in May of 1997. They were married at WDW last year. If you're interested in knowing how to have great second honeymoon, this repot can give you some great ideas!

Barbara Blood - May 1997

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane
  • Resort: ASSR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments: Barb's report is very short, less than one page, but has some information that is useful to anyone that is planning a trip. The report was originally just an email message to me, but Barb granted permission to add it to the trip report list. Major lesson learned was that four and a half days is NOT enough time for visiting WDW...

Niel and Nancy Bratteli - May 1997

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: OKWR, DL, Offsite
  • Accommodations: Two-Bedroom Vacation Home, Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, DVC Members
  • Comments: Niel and Nancy always take nice, long WDW vacations (my favorite kind!) and always write wonderful reports to remember them. This is the first time I've been able to talk the Bratteli's into letting me post one of their reports, a wonderful documentary on their most recent visit. The family drove from their home in Texas and saw several things along the way. They also spent some time in Orlando visiting non-Disney attractions before checking into OKWR for the bulk of their trip.

Marilyn I. Gulliksen - May 1997

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: PO
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Infant/Toddler, Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments: Marilyn wrote a wonderful summary-style report that may be particularly helpful for families with toddlers and/or preschoolers. The report covers a lot of details on the attractions, restaurants, and so on.

Andrea McKenna - May 1997

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: FWH
  • Accommodations: Fort Wilderness Home
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: Paul, Andrea, and Holly McKenna spent nine (9) days at Fort Wilderness. This was a laid-back trip, not rushed at all. A lot of the McKenna's time was spent meeting and greeting other RADP newsgroup users. I enjoyed the report especially because of the critical appraisal of the Fort Wilderness Homes, which I've been considering renting for a future trip.

Mike Jones - May 1997

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: DLe
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments: Mike, Ruth, and almost five-year-old daughter Danielle had a wonderful late May trip to WDW. The trip was definitely geared toward Danielle's interests, which is an interesting twist to the usual WDW trip report. Mike and Ruth really enjoyed watching Danielle's reaction to the characters and the attractions.

Lori M. Fenton - May 1997

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: OKWR, CBR
  • Accommodations: Two-Bedroom Vacation Home, Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran - Rookie, DVC Members
  • Comments: Lori's group spent eight days at WDW. Most of the group stayed at Old Key West, but one couple was at Caribbean Beach Resort. They did a lot including several character meals, the parks, Typhoon Lagoon, and Universal Studios on their last day.

Donna S. - May 1997

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: CBR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Infant, Toddler, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Rookie
  • Comments: Donna, her husband Cliff, and 6-month old daughter were joined by Cliff's parents, sister, and 3-year-old nephew. The group stayed at the Caribbean Beach Resort and covered a lot of territory during their stay. This is an interesting report that shows how a larger group can handle a WDW trip.

Jane Preisman - May 1997

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: WL, YCR
  • Accommodations: Suite, Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent, Infrequent
  • Comments: Jane and her husband were joined on this trip by their two sons and a daughter-in-law: David, a Lieutenant in the Air Force, and Geoffrey and his new wife, Debbie. The group had a wonderful, relaxing kind of trip...just the way I like it!

Joe Cochran - May 1997

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: BWR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments: Joe and his friend Todd stayed at the Boardwalk Resort. This is another of Joe's trips without kids, and the perspective of no spouses and no kids might be very helpful if you're planning a similar excursion. Joe has a particular love for Epcot, so he spends a lot of his time there...and the descriptions he gives of the park are excellent.

Dotti Saroufim - May 1997

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Suite
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, DVC Member
  • Comments: This is another of Dotti's excellent reports. It's particularly unusual because the Saroufim family, who are DVC members, actually stayed offsite since Dotti's husband was in Orlando on business. Of course, this fact brought up a very interesting onsite vs. offsite discussion in the text describing the first day of the trip. The family is going back to WDW in August for their annual DVC trek, so the Saroufim's will get a double dose of pixie dust in 1997 (and hopefully we'll get another trip report out of the deal, too.)

Sue Guindon - May 1997

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: DL
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent, Rookies (children)
  • Comments: Sue and her family spent a wonderful time at Dixie Landings. Sue's report covers a lot of territory. It's written from the perspective of a very infrequent visitor, so a lot of "newbie" issues are addressed here.

Michele Warner - May 1997

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: ASR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Infant/Toddler, Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veterans (and one former castmember)
  • Comments: Michele, Caleb, and their children go to WDW far too often. They make me quite jealous. After a wonderful holiday trip in December, the Warner's followed it up with another this Spring. Michele's reports are always chock full of useful information...

Jim Ford - May 1997

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: OKWR, BWR, Vero Beach Resort
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Rookie, DVC Member
  • Comments: Jim and his wife spent several days checking out their new "home" at the Disney Vacation Club resorts at WDW and Vero Beach. This trip was a scouting preliminary for an upcoming family trip in November...now all I have to do is get Jim to write another report for that trip...

Brenda Fellows - April 1997

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Offsite, CBR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Rookie
  • Comments: The Fellows family visited WDW in April for the very first time. This report is actually the journal that Brenda wrote throughout the trip. It wasn't intended to be published, but it certainly captures a lot of useful information for any family that is traveling with several young children (including a baby).

Michael R. Houx - April 1997

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: YBCR, WL, DL
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult, Senior
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments: Michael took his family and parents for an eleven day trip to WDW in early April. They stayed at Dixie Landings for the first part of the trip, then moved to Wilderness Lodge (his parents) and the Beach Club Resort (Mike and his family) for the last few days. They covered a lot of territory and Mike certainly did his homework. I especially enjoyed reading about his visit with a Disney architectural project manager that he'd arranged through a friend before leaving home.

Patricia Sheahan - April 1997

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: WDW Swan
  • Accommodations: Concierge Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult, Senior
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Rookie
  • Comments: Patricia's report is certainly NOT the typical blow-by-blow, minute-by-minute WDW trip narrative. Instead, she treated her report as a wonderful collection of anecdotes and observations. This is certainly written in a unique style, but full of full for the veteran -- and useful information for the rookie.

Ruth Smith - April 1997

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: CBR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: Ruth and her family tried CBR this time after a couple trips to WL. I must admit that this style of trip isn't my favorite. The Smith's spent almost every waking hour in the parks and covered a HUGE amount of territory during their stay. On the other hand, if you really want to see a lot in a short time, Ruth's report can show you how to do it well. The family even squeezed a day in at Universal if you're interested in seeing Disney's Orlando competition.

Lisa B. Potter - April 1997

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: FWC
  • Accommodations: Camping
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments: Lisa and her family (husband, daughter - 8 and twin sons, 6) stayed at Fort Wilderness Campground during their lengthy trip to WDW. This is a fun report because it focuses attention on FWC (trip reports to the campground are rare, for some reason) and a lot of attention on the "minor" parks.

Michelle Haffer - April 1997

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: CBR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments: Michelle and her husband Jim visited WDW for their third anniversary. The trip was planned on the spur-of-the-moment, so they only had 3 1/2 days to get ready. The couple stayed at their favorite resort, CBR.

David E. Talaga - April 1997

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Unknown
  • Resort: ASR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Unknown
  • Comments: David's report is a short one, but it covers a lot of the bases. The hints and tips that he has spread throughout the narrative are of particular interest, even for the WDW veteran.

Liz Jennings - April 1997

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Personal Car, Plane, Autotrain, Rental Car, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: PBR, WL, BWR, Offsite
  • Accommodations: Unknown
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Unknown
  • Comments: Liz and her husband Art moved from resort to resort more often than a WDW bus on this trip. They stayed at three on-site resorts and had one night off-site for good measure. I really like Liz's conclusion about on-site versus off-site, but you'll have to decide for yourself if you agree, too.

Dennis Koga - April 1997

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: PO
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Unknown
  • Comments: Dennis and his family stayed at Port Orleans during their recent visit. This is a shorter summary-style report, but it does give a lot of details about Port Orleans and the attractions the family enjoyed the most.

Daniel M. Barton - April 1997

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: ASR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: Daniel and his girlfriend spent several days at WDW in April. They did several things to keep costs down (Dan does a great job of describing those tactics) but didn't skimp on fun. They stayed at the ASMR and used Mears to move them around Orlando.

Virginia Flynn - March 1997

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Airplane, Rental Car
  • Resort: WL
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: Virginia and her family visited WDW during the Easter season this year. In addition to an informative daily account of the trip, Virginia includes a useful list of trip planning tips for Spring visits to Walt Disney World.

Prim Polk - March 1997

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Shuttle Service
  • Resort: ASR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Rookie
  • Comments: Prim and her friend Ginger spent a wonderful week at WDW. They stayed at ASMR, kept track of their daily spending, and maintained a running total of the number of squished coins they collected. This is a wonderful report, well written, and full of tips, summary information, and details on trip planning.

Rick Chase - March 1997

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: WL
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments: Rick and his family visited WDW again after having such a great time on last years family vacation. Rick is a professional photographer, so his report has a lot of detail on how to photograph and videotape the sights and sounds of WDW. The report format is "summary-style", but the details are rich and informative. Wilderness Lodge is about to be officially dubbed "the Chase family Florida vacation home."

Sue Bani - March 1997

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: CBR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: Sue and her family (including two sons) visited WDW in March for ten days. In addition to a nice blow-by-blow trip report, Sue wrote an itemized restaurant review. Lots of useful details in this report.

Viki Bankey - March 1997

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Suite
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Rookie
  • Comments: Viki and her family spent several days aboard Premier's Oceanic, then added a few more days at WDW and other land-bound attractions. One of the neat aspects of Viki's report is the many tips that she points out during the narrative.

Chris Caines - March 1997

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: Chris's report is unique because he is a part-time Cast Member. Much of the report details his meeting with friends from the past few summers of working at WDW (at the MK and the Studios).

Beth Floro - March 1997

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane
  • Resort: YBCR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: Beth's report is an excellent treatise on "how to visit WDW when you're physically-challenged." This report is a summary-style report that focuses, not surprisingly, on the issues of dealing with attractions, restaurants, and so on...when wheelchair bound. Excellent report!

J. D. Stearns - March 1997

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: ASR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Rookie
  • Comments: J.D.'s report is a wonderfully written document on "how to visit WDW alone." A surprising number of folks have emailed me over the last few years asking about going to WDW alone. J.D.'s report will be my recommended reading for such inquiries in the future. Another neat feature of J.D.'s report is that he visited Busch Gardens on the trip. His description of that park could be very useful to anyone that is considering a side trip.

Stephen Wales - March 1997

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: CBR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Infant/Toddler, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments: Stephen and his family drove all the way from Colorado to visit WDW this trip. Stephen's narrative is especially wonderful because he describes all of the character experiences that his almost 4 year old daughter Nicollette had. I'm not usually very sentimental, but Stephen had me misty-eyed. I just kept thinking about those years ahead when Allan will experience those same things. I can't wait!

Gaylene Gray - March 1997

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: OKWR
  • Accommodations: 1 Bedroom Vacation Home
  • Ages Represented in Group: Infant/Toddler, Elementary, Teen, Adult, Senior
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, DVC Member
  • Comments: Gaylene and Bob took a wonderful trip to WDW. They stayed at OKWR since they are DVC members. One really unique thing about this report is that Gaylene used a pedometer (walking mileage meter) to measure how much walking she really did do each day in the parks. You'll probably be as surprised as I was that the mileage is so low...it seems so much more when it's YOUR feet that are tired...A couple side trips to Universal Studios and the DVC resort at Vero Beach rounded out the trip.

 

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