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Summer 1997 WDW Trip Reports


Dotti Saroufim - August 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: OKWR
  • Accommodations: Two Bedroom Vacation Home
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, DVC Member
  • Comments: This is the story of the 1997 Saroufim family trip to WDW. The Saroufim family stayed at Old Key West Resort for a nine day trip and brought some relatives along for the ride. Dotti's typical play-by-play narrative is wonderfully written.

Jason Maxwell - August 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: DL
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Rookie, Infrequent
  • Comments: Jason and his Fiancee', Hope, visited WDW with Hope's Mom and Dad. This is a fun report, all the more so because it includes Hope's account of their behind the scenes tour. Besides that, the group did all the water parks and the major parks in detail.

Katie Spielberger - August 1997

  • 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: Katie wrote a wonderfully crafted chronology of her family's trip in August and September. This is one of the very, very few reports on the site written by a teen (Katie is 14). Besides the unique point of view, Katie's account provides a lot of helpful information on planning and executing a great week long trip to WDW.

Alison Boler - August 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Villa
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult, Senior
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments: Alison and her family (including her parents) traveled to Florida from the UK this summer. They visited WDW for a full two weeks and covered a lot of the complex. The Boler's stayed offsite to minimize cost. This is a detailed play-by-play account, my favorite type, but be warned that reading such reports is addicting.

Carol Kimura - August 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: Offsite, CSR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: Carol and her family travelled all the way from Hawaii to visit WDW. They spent a couple of weeks in Florida and hit several other attractions besides Disney while they were on the East Coast. This is an excellent report if you have a lot of varying interests in your family and want to know more about the other things to see and do in Florida.

Debbie Richmond - August 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Offsite, YBCR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: The Richmond's visited family in Florida on the way down to WDW, and covered the resort in detail. Debbie's report shares a lot of that detail and is particularly helpful for families with Elementary-aged kids.

Nicole LeRoy - August 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: PO
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: Nicole's group visited WDW for four days in late August and early September. This summary report covers some details about the Grosvenor Resort and Port Orleans, as well as some detailed commentary on several of WDW's restaurants.

Jack Marshall - August 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane/Rental Car
  • Resort: WL, PO
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: Jack Marshall and his family had a great two-week vacation split between Wilderness Lodge and Port Orleans. Jack's report covers a great amount of detail comparing the resorts as well as character meals and other details.

Barbara Foster - August 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: 3-Bedroom Apartment
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult, Senior
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments: The Foster's spent only a single day in a major park (the Studios) but did a lot of resort hopping and water park time to flesh out their WDW vacation. They stayed offsite at a family-owned timeshare, but seemed to enjoy their time onsite more than their time offsite.

Donna Sharick - August 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort
  • Accommodations: Two-Bedroom Vacation Home
  • Ages Represented in Group: Infant/Toddler, Elementary, Adult
  • Comments: The Sharicks are longtime visitors to WDW and have been DVC members for just about a year now. Donna is well known within the DVC chat community on AOL for her knowledge of the DVC and Disney in general and her kind willingness to share with others. This report, covering the family's trip to Hilton Head Island Resort, describes the resort and the activities in the area, in wonderful detail.

Bob Pescatore - August 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: WL
  • Accommodations: Junior Suite
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments: Bob's family took advantage of the Food 'N' Fun Plan with wonderful meals at several of WDW's nicest restaurants. The Pescatore's usually stay at the Contemporary Resort, this was their first stay at Wilderness Lodge, and Bob nicely reports on the contrast between the two. The family's only disappointment is that Test Track wasn't yet open...a common refrain this summer.

Sue Holland - August 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: ASMR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Frequent
  • Comments: Sue and her friend (both Florida residents) took their sons to WDW for a four-day visit. If you're considering the ASMR resort, Sue has some definate opinions for you to read. There's also some interesting information on Coronado Springs, Disney's newest resort.

Sandy Canetti - August 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Auto Train, Rental Car (but not by choice)
  • Resort: OKWR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, DVC Member
  • Comments: Sandy's trip began with car trouble, but ended up marvelous. Sandy and his wife Judy are veterans of WDW. It's always useful to read how the vets handle their trips because you can usually find something new that you can try in your next visit. The couple also got a Hidden Treasures tour in during the week.

Beth Floro - July 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane
  • Resort: ASSR, VDI, YBCR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: Beth wrote this report in an unusual "bits & pieces" style. The actual title of the report "Beth's Chunky Trip Report" shows that she wrote it more as a series of details, rather than a play-by-play report. My favorite part of the text is her description of the Victoria & Albert's menu!

Michael J. Scopa - July 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: CBR
  • Accommodations: Studio
  • Ages Represented in Group: Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: The report Mike wrote of his 1994 trip was my first introduction to WDW trip reports. This is a HUGE report, covers every base in detail, gives many useful tips...and is a must read for the trip report aficionado (i.e. junkie).

Kristine Scott - July 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: BWV
  • Accommodations: Studio
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: Kristine, a former WDW cast member, visited the parks with her Aunt. They used the Food 'N' Fun program, dined at many of the most popular restaurants, and covered the parks in detail.

Grace Sabin - July 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: Offsite / VDI
  • Accommodations: Condo, Treehouse Villa
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: Grace, her sister, and their three sons had a huge ten-day trip to WDW. Unlike her last trip, Grace spent a lot of time preparing for this visit. In addition to using my site (I love it when people say that), she also used the published guidebooks, AOL message boards, and other resources. The report wraps up with a list of things to remember to pack and hints and tips that the group learned during their visit.

Aisha Chandler - July 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: OKWR
  • Accommodations: Two-Bedroom Vacation Home
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: This was Aisha's third trip to WDW, but the first one to include her whole family. The group covered the complex well including the major parks, water parks, and nighttime entertainment.

Geoff Jones - July 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Rookie
  • Comments: Geoff had a loooong two-week trip to WDW. The report is lengthy, covers a lot of detail, and proves -- again -- that solo visitors can thoroughly enjoy WDW. Geoff also spent a lot of time at non-Disney attractions in Central Florida, so if you're planning a side trip, this report can be of great help.

Bill Jackson - July 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: PO
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: Bill and his family visited WDW for a week in July and August. The report is written in a summary-style, and is highly critical of WDW. Bill is careful to point out both good and bad aspects of WDW and Universal Studios (a side trip during the middle of the trip). This is the kind of report that comes along only once in a while. Don't miss it! There's a lot of information that can be of extreme value as you plan a trip.

Laurie Johnson - July 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: WL
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Rookie
  • Comments: Laurie and her husband Rick visited WDW without the kids for a wonderful vacation. The couple stayed at Wilderness Lodge and cover the complex well. Laurie's report brings a fun perspective since it had been quite awhile since she'd been to the World and had never visited for such a long time.

Tom Prange - July 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: DL
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Rookie
  • Comments: Tom shares a lot of information on planning his family's trip in this report. The balance, of course, discusses how the trip itself. The play-by-play account is fun because since everything at WDW was viewed by Tom and his family in such a fresh way.

Steven Vore - July 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: CBR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: The Vore family spent eight days at WDW. Six of the eight were underwater (you'll know what I mean when you read the report). Steven's report is in the play-by-play style. I personally prefer the play-by-play style because the reader can more easily enjoy the experiences of the family.

Gregory Casimer - July 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Off-Site and CBR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Toddler, Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments: Greg and his family traveled to Florida for his brother's wedding. After the family time in Tampa, the family spent four days at WDW. Like a lot of other folks before him, Greg makes a pretty strong case for on-site Accommodations after staying off-site for the first night.

Marla Hellwig - June 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Friend's Personal Car
  • Resort: CR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments:  Marla's report covers a trip from several years ago (it's being posting to the site as of April, 2000).  Marla is returning to WDW with her daughter this summer, so hopefully we'll get a report from her on that one, too.  This is a play-by-play report with plenty of details.

Jeanne Westphalen - June 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Plaza Hotel (Hotel Royal Plaza)
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Infant, Pre-school, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments: Jeanne and her husband travelled to WDW with their pre-school and infant children.  Jeanne's report is full of useful information for folks that are visiting with young kids.  The list of "do's and don'ts" at the end of the report is great, too.

Roxann - June 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: CR, CBR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments: Roxann and her family visited WDW for the fourth time in June. Her report is a play-by-play one, covers both the Contemporary and Caribbean Beach Resorts in detail, and discusses many of the family's meals (including prices) at the restaurants they visited.

Steve Marcovici - June 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: YBCR, WL, PO
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: Steve and his family made their every-third-year trip this June and July. The report is in a summary style, and covers a lot of details about the parks, restaurants, and resorts. Steve also had a particularly bad experience with the Disney Institute, so if you're considering DI for a future trip, this report can provide you with some valuable information you'll want to consider.

Bill Sears - June 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: Offsite, Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments: Bill provides a very detailed report on a week long trip with his daughter Cacie. In addition to the three major parks, the twosome visited Pleasure Island and several of the resorts. Bill's report also provides some insight in visiting WDW from a wheelchair. This is an excellent report, one of the best I've read in a long time!

David Plachta - June 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Offsite, CR
  • Accommodations: Suite, Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Rookies
  • Comments: David's report on the "Plachta family dream vacation" is an excellent one for the cost conscious. David was merciless on finding ways to stretch a dollar, without sacrificing the family's enjoyment of the trip. David is a rookie trip report writer (and WDW visitor, for that matter), but he did an excellent job of documenting the trip from a financial point-of-view.

Li-Bong Wei Lee - June 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: CBR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: The newlywed Lees spent several days at Carribean Beach Resort for their honeymoon. Li-Bong's report covers a lot of "honeymoon" information, as well as typical details and information that is useful for any WDW trip.

Cathy Bock - June 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: ASMR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments: Cathy's report covers a big family trip to WDW. In addition to Cathy and her husband and sons, Cathy's sister and her kids, and Cathy's mom all joined the caravan to the All Star Music Resort. This is a particularly interesting report if you're planning a trip with a large, diverse group of people.

Tina Cook - June 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: BIR, ASMR, Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments: Tina packed a lot of information into this summary-style report. She and her family really enjoyed their trip...and it won't be the last one this year. The Cook's stayed at the All-Star Music Resort, the Boardwalk Inn, and offsite in between.

Kevin Dunn - June 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method:
  • Resort: DL
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: Kevin and his girlfriend visited in early June. Staying at Dixie Landings, they had a great time...and share a lot of tips from their experiences in this short report.

Christopher Strange - June 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Train
  • Resort: OKWR
  • Accommodations: Studio
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Rookie
  • Comments: Chris and his parents took to the rails to get to WDW for their early-June trip. This is a short report, but gives a good idea about conditions in early June (crowds, weather) and includes several useful hints and tips.

Edward Li - June 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: BCR, BVR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room, Studio
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments: Edward and his family had a wonderful trip in June. They were able to see all of the major parks, Typhoon Lagoon, and Universal Studios, too. The weather was very, very hot, so they were forced to take frequent breaks. One last note, Edward and his family became DVC members on this trip!

Rhona L. Grumet - June 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: OKWR
  • Accommodations: Studio
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, DVC Members
  • Comments: Rhona's husband had the misfortune of having a convention in the Orlando area, so the whole family joined him in a brief DVC outing.

Connie Fortner - June 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: ASMR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Infrequent
  • Comments: Connie, her husband, and two daughters visited WDW in June. It was the families first trip by air (lots of lessons learned there) and had a fantastic time as you might expect. The Fortner's closed up their trip by staying at the beach for a day.

Jonathan Hickey - June 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: WL
  • Accommodations: Honeymoon Suite
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Infrequent
  • Comments: Jon and his new bride stayed in a Honeymoon Suite at Wilderness Lodge during their short WDW visit that they tacked onto the end of their honeymoon. Highlights of the trip included wonderful Dinners at Artist Pointe and Victoria & Albert's. The couple also took a class at the Disney Institute while they were onsite.


Dotti Saroufim - August 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: OKWR
  • Accommodations: Two Bedroom Vacation Home
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, DVC Member
  • Comments: This is the story of the 1997 Saroufim family trip to WDW. The Saroufim family stayed at Old Key West Resort for a nine day trip and brought some relatives along for the ride. Dotti's typical play-by-play narrative is wonderfully written.

Jason Maxwell - August 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: DL
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Rookie, Infrequent
  • Comments: Jason and his Fiancée', Hope, visited WDW with Hope's Mom and Dad. This is a fun report, all the more so because it includes Hope's account of their behind the scenes tour. Besides that, the group did all the water parks and the major parks in detail.

Katie Spielberger - August 1997

  • 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: Katie wrote a wonderfully crafted chronology of her family's trip in August and September. This is one of the very, very few reports on the site written by a teen (Katie is 14). Besides the unique point of view, Katie's account provides a lot of helpful information on planning and executing a great week long trip to WDW.

Alison Boler - August 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Villa
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult, Senior
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments: Alison and her family (including her parents) traveled to Florida from the UK this summer. They visited WDW for a full two weeks and covered a lot of the complex. The Boler's stayed offsite to minimize cost. This is a detailed play-by-play account, my favorite type, but be warned that reading such reports is addicting.

Carol Kimura - August 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: Offsite, CSR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: Carol and her family traveled all the way from Hawaii to visit WDW. They spent a couple of weeks in Florida and hit several other attractions besides Disney while they were on the East Coast. This is an excellent report if you have a lot of varying interests in your family and want to know more about the other things to see and do in Florida.

Debbie Richmond - August 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Offsite, YBCR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: The Richmond's visited family in Florida on the way down to WDW, and covered the resort in detail. Debbie's report shares a lot of that detail and is particularly helpful for families with Elementary-aged kids.

Nicole LeRoy - August 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: PO
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: Nicole's group visited WDW for four days in late August and early September. This summary report covers some details about the Grosvenor Resort and Port Orleans, as well as some detailed commentary on several of WDW's restaurants.

Jack Marshall - August 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane/Rental Car
  • Resort: WL, PO
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: Jack Marshall and his family had a great two-week vacation split between Wilderness Lodge and Port Orleans. Jack's report covers a great amount of detail comparing the resorts as well as character meals and other details.

Barbara Foster - August 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: 3-Bedroom Apartment
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult, Senior
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments: The Foster's spent only a single day in a major park (the Studios) but did a lot of resort hopping and water park time to flesh out their WDW vacation. They stayed offsite at a family-owned timeshare, but seemed to enjoy their time onsite more than their time offsite.

Donna Sharick - August 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort
  • Accommodations: Two-Bedroom Vacation Home
  • Ages Represented in Group: Infant/Toddler, Elementary, Adult
  • Comments: The Sharicks are longtime visitors to WDW and have been DVC members for just about a year now. Donna is well known within the DVC chat community on AOL for her knowledge of the DVC and Disney in general and her kind willingness to share with others. This report, covering the family's trip to Hilton Head Island Resort, describes the resort and the activities in the area, in wonderful detail.

Bob Pescatore - August 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: WL
  • Accommodations: Junior Suite
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments: Bob's family took advantage of the Food 'N' Fun Plan with wonderful meals at several of WDW's nicest restaurants. The Pescatore's usually stay at the Contemporary Resort, this was their first stay at Wilderness Lodge, and Bob nicely reports on the contrast between the two. The family's only disappointment is that Test Track wasn't yet open...a common refrain this summer.

Sue Holland - August 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: ASMR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Frequent
  • Comments: Sue and her friend (both Florida residents) took their sons to WDW for a four-day visit. If you're considering the ASMR resort, Sue has some definite opinions for you to read. There's also some interesting information on Coronado Springs, Disney's newest resort.

Sandy Canetti - August 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Auto Train, Rental Car (but not by choice)
  • Resort: OKWR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, DVC Member
  • Comments: Sandy's trip began with car trouble, but ended up marvelous. Sandy and his wife Judy are veterans of WDW. It's always useful to read how the vets handle their trips because you can usually find something new that you can try in your next visit. The couple also got a Hidden Treasures tour in during the week.

Beth Floro - July 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane
  • Resort: ASSR, VDI, YBCR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: Beth wrote this report in an unusual "bits & pieces" style. The actual title of the report "Beth's Chunky Trip Report" shows that she wrote it more as a series of details, rather than a play-by-play report. My favorite part of the text is her description of the Victoria & Albert's menu!

Michael J. Scopa - July 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: CBR
  • Accommodations: Studio
  • Ages Represented in Group: Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: The report Mike wrote of his 1994 trip was my first introduction to WDW trip reports. This is a HUGE report, covers every base in detail, gives many useful tips...and is a must read for the trip report aficionado (i.e. junkie).

Kristine Scott - July 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: BWV
  • Accommodations: Studio
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: Kristine, a former WDW cast member, visited the parks with her Aunt. They used the Food 'N' Fun program, dined at many of the most popular restaurants, and covered the parks in detail.

Grace Sabin - July 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: Offsite / VDI
  • Accommodations: Condo, Tree house Villa
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: Grace, her sister, and their three sons had a huge ten-day trip to WDW. Unlike her last trip, Grace spent a lot of time preparing for this visit. In addition to using my site (I love it when people say that), she also used the published guidebooks, AOL message boards, and other resources. The report wraps up with a list of things to remember to pack and hints and tips that the group learned during their visit.

Aisha Chandler - July 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: OKWR
  • Accommodations: Two-Bedroom Vacation Home
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: This was Aisha's third trip to WDW, but the first one to include her whole family. The group covered the complex well including the major parks, water parks, and nighttime entertainment.

Geoff Jones - July 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Rookie
  • Comments: Geoff had a loooong two-week trip to WDW. The report is lengthy, covers a lot of detail, and proves -- again -- that solo visitors can thoroughly enjoy WDW. Geoff also spent a lot of time at non-Disney attractions in Central Florida, so if you're planning a side trip, this report can be of great help.

Bill Jackson - July 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: PO
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: Bill and his family visited WDW for a week in July and August. The report is written in a summary-style, and is highly critical of WDW. Bill is careful to point out both good and bad aspects of WDW and Universal Studios (a side trip during the middle of the trip). This is the kind of report that comes along only once in a while. Don't miss it! There's a lot of information that can be of extreme value as you plan a trip.

Laurie Johnson - July 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: WL
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Rookie
  • Comments: Laurie and her husband Rick visited WDW without the kids for a wonderful vacation. The couple stayed at Wilderness Lodge and cover the complex well. Laurie's report brings a fun perspective since it had been quite awhile since she'd been to the World and had never visited for such a long time.

Tom Prange - July 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: DL
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Rookie
  • Comments: Tom shares a lot of information on planning his family's trip in this report. The balance, of course, discusses how the trip itself. The play-by-play account is fun because since everything at WDW was viewed by Tom and his family in such a fresh way.

Steven Vore - July 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: CBR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: The Vore family spent eight days at WDW. Six of the eight were underwater (you'll know what I mean when you read the report). Steven's report is in the play-by-play style. I personally prefer the play-by-play style because the reader can more easily enjoy the experiences of the family.

Gregory Casimer - July 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Off-Site and CBR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Toddler, Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments: Greg and his family traveled to Florida for his brother's wedding. After the family time in Tampa, the family spent four days at WDW. Like a lot of other folks before him, Greg makes a pretty strong case for on-site Accommodations after staying off-site for the first night.

Jeanne Westphalen - June 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Plaza Hotel (Hotel Royal Plaza)
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Infant, Pre-school, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments: Jeanne and her husband traveled to WDW with their pre-school and infant children.  Jeanne's report is full of useful information for folks that are visiting with young kids.  The list of "do's and don'ts" at the end of the report is great, too.

Roxann - June 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: CR, CBR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments: Roxann and her family visited WDW for the fourth time in June. Her report is a play-by-play one, covers both the Contemporary and Caribbean Beach Resorts in detail, and discusses many of the family's meals (including prices) at the restaurants they visited.

Steve Marcovici - June 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: YBCR, WL, PO
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: Steve and his family made their every-third-year trip this June and July. The report is in a summary style, and covers a lot of details about the parks, restaurants, and resorts. Steve also had a particularly bad experience with the Disney Institute, so if you're considering DI for a future trip, this report can provide you with some valuable information you'll want to consider.

Bill Sears - June 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: Offsite, Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments: Bill provides a very detailed report on a week long trip with his daughter Cacie. In addition to the three major parks, the twosome visited Pleasure Island and several of the resorts. Bill's report also provides some insight in visiting WDW from a wheelchair. This is an excellent report, one of the best I've read in a long time!

David Plachta - June 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Offsite, CR
  • Accommodations: Suite, Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Rookies
  • Comments: David's report on the "Plachta family dream vacation" is an excellent one for the cost conscious. David was merciless on finding ways to stretch a dollar, without sacrificing the family's enjoyment of the trip. David is a rookie trip report writer (and WDW visitor, for that matter), but he did an excellent job of documenting the trip from a financial point-of-view.

Li-Bong Wei Lee - June 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: CBR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: The newlywed Lees spent several days at Caribbean Beach Resort for their honeymoon. Li-Bong's report covers a lot of "honeymoon" information, as well as typical details and information that is useful for any WDW trip.

Cathy Bock - June 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: ASMR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments: Cathy's report covers a big family trip to WDW. In addition to Cathy and her husband and sons, Cathy's sister and her kids, and Cathy's mom all joined the caravan to the All Star Music Resort. This is a particularly interesting report if you're planning a trip with a large, diverse group of people.

Tina Cook - June 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: BIR, ASMR, Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments: Tina packed a lot of information into this summary-style report. She and her family really enjoyed their trip...and it won't be the last one this year. The Cook's stayed at the All-Star Music Resort, the Boardwalk Inn, and offsite in between.

Kevin Dunn - June 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method:
  • Resort: DL
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: Kevin and his girlfriend visited in early June. Staying at Dixie Landings, they had a great time...and share a lot of tips from their experiences in this short report.

Christopher Strange - June 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Train
  • Resort: OKWR
  • Accommodations: Studio
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Rookie
  • Comments: Chris and his parents took to the rails to get to WDW for their early-June trip. This is a short report, but gives a good idea about conditions in early June (crowds, weather) and includes several useful hints and tips.

Edward Li - June 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: BCR, BVR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room, Studio
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments: Edward and his family had a wonderful trip in June. They were able to see all of the major parks, Typhoon Lagoon, and Universal Studios, too. The weather was very, very hot, so they were forced to take frequent breaks. One last note, Edward and his family became DVC members on this trip!

Rhona L. Grumet - June 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: OKWR
  • Accommodations: Studio
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, DVC Members
  • Comments: Rhona's husband had the misfortune of having a convention in the Orlando area, so the whole family joined him in a brief DVC outing.

Connie Fortner - June 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: ASMR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Infrequent
  • Comments: Connie, her husband, and two daughters visited WDW in June. It was the families first trip by air (lots of lessons learned there) and had a fantastic time as you might expect. The Fortner's closed up their trip by staying at the beach for a day.

Jonathan Hickey - June 1997

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: WL
  • Accommodations: Honeymoon Suite
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Infrequent
  • Comments: Jon and his new bride stayed in a Honeymoon Suite at Wilderness Lodge during their short WDW visit that they tacked onto the end of their honeymoon. Highlights of the trip included wonderful Dinners at Artist Pointe and Victoria & Albert's. The couple also took a class at the Disney Institute while they were onsite.

 

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