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Spring 1998 WDW Trip Reports


Carol Bloomfield - May 1998

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: YBCR
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Rookie
  • Comments: Carol and her husband Steve visited WDW in May for a nice week and a half long trip.  This was the first visit for each, so Carol's report covers a lot of the details that new visitors find so amazing (and that some of us just take for granted).

Paul Solenick - May 1998

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: WL
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: Paul and Karen visited WDW in early May in conjunction with a visit to see some friends in Jacksonville.  This is a nicely written summary-style report with some fun details and observationson Wilderness Lodge, meals, transportation, and the parks.

Lindy Higham - May 1998

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: ASMR
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Infant, Toddler, Pre-School, Elementary, Teen, Adult, Senior
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent (and working on Veteran status)
  • Comments: Lindy and her sister Della spent a great week at WDW in May, just before going on a cruise from Fort Lauderdale.  It's amazing what the sisters covered in a week!   Lindy includes alot of helpful planning information at the beginning of the report, and throughout the narrative.

Jim Hunt - May 1998

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: WL
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Infant, Toddler, Elementary, and Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments:  This was the Hunt's 6th trip to WDW in less than 4 years.  Among the trip highlights:  the family drove from Pennsylvania for the first time, bought APs, stayed at the Wilderness Lodge with an AP discount, saw the new Animal Kingdom, met lots of characters, got badly sun burnt, went to our first E-Ride night, went to the CentraCare with a sick kid, fought the Memorial Day Weekend crowds to catch a glimpse of Spectromagic, saw tons more characters, and generally had a magical time.

Carol Flynn - May 1998

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane
  • Resort: BWR, ASR
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: Carol visited WDW in May, 1998 just to scout out the Disney Vacation Club and determine if the program was something that she and Joe, her husband, really wanted to jump into.  Besides meeting with a representative for an overview of the DVC, Carol took a tour of the facilities at BWR and OKWR.  If you're considering the DVC, this will definately be an interesting trip report.   Carol and her Mom (who met her at WDW for the brief trip) enjoyed some time at the Disney / MGM Studios.

Wendy Dawson - May 1998

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: VDI, FWH
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group:  Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent, Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments:  Wendy's report is one of the most detailed I've posted in a long time.   Among the many gems is a fantastic description of the Wilderness Home that the family stayed in for most of the trip.  Also documented is alot of information about the parks andthe attractions that the family enjoyed the most.

Julie Williams - May 1998

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments: Julie and her parents spent a solid week at WDW during the middle of May.   Staying offsite, the Williams clan enjoyed the Disney parks thoroughly, but also spent some time at some of the off-site tourist attractions in Kissimmee that are rarely mentioned in Disney trip reports.

Kasey Woodfin - May 1998

  • Time of Year: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall, Holiday Season
  • Travel Method: Plane
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: Kasey's report is a summary style one with several valuable details.  The Woodfin's also took a day off to attend some sessions at the Disney Institute as day guests.  Ready for this?  The family also got a sneak tour of Test Track (even though they weren't allowed to ride it).

Jackie Reichert - May 1998

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: DL, Offsite
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments: Jackie and her husband Rick enjoyed their a one-year anniversary visit to WDW.   The report is a play-by-play style, but Jackie includes a nice list of suggestions at the end of the report for the time-challenged.  Information on the two offsite hotels that the Reichert's stayed at is also included.

Traci Mitchell - May 1998

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane
  • Resort: PBR
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Pre-School, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments:  Traci and her four-year-old son (she never did tell us the little guy's name) spent a few days at the Polynesian.  Most of their time was spent at the hotel and the Magic Kingdom, but they did get out to Downtown Disney and Animal Kingdom, too.   There's alot of good information for folks visiting with pre-school kids...

April Bishop - May 1998

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: YCR
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Rookie
  • Comments: April and her husband left the kids with relatives and zipped from one coast to another to see Walt Disney World.  The report covers alot of details, especially an ongoing comparison of Disneyland and Walt Disney World, and some of the lesser reported on venues such as Pleasure Island.

Nancy Stickel - May 1998

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: CSR
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent, Rookie
  • Comments: Nancy and her family had a variety of experience at WDW before their latest visit.  Since the family arrived in Orlando in two shifts, Nancy had the "privilege" of going to Orlando International Airport in a taxi.  Besides the lessons-learned, Nancy's report has alot of other helpful tidbits.

Matt Soerens - May 1998

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: ASMR
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Infrequent
  • Comments: Matt and his sister visited WDW to see the new Animal Kingdom park.  They spent some time in the other areas of WDW, too, but concentrated their efforts on the newest park.  If you're interested in the thoughts and impressions of a teen regarding WDW, Matt is a good one to use as a reference.

Barbara Anne Bennett - May 1998

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: BVR, Offsite
  • Accommodations: Studio
  • Ages Represented in Group: Toddler, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, DVC Members
  • Comments: My wife, Barbara, is the author of this brief trip planning summary for our trip to the Boardwalk Villas Resort. The main reason for the trip is to enjoy the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, so Barb's report covers alot of the details of that show. We also visited the new Animal Kingdom park, which opened just before our arrival in Florida.

Kathy Kula - April 1998

  • Time of Year: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall, Holiday Season
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: GFRS
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: This is a tremendous report on Kathy and Stan's honeymoon trip to the Grand Floridian.  There is alot of detail in this one, so print it out...and curl up with a cup of coffee to fully enjoy the Kula's visit.

Danielle Thomas - April 1998

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Charter Bus
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Teen, Adult and Senior Chaperones
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Frequent, Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments: Danielle went to WDW with her high school band.  The band performed in the annual spring break performance at Epcot.  The trip report is more of a teenaged soap opera set against Walt Disney World.  It certainly is an account you won't soon forget.

Bruce A. Metcalf - April 1998

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: N/A (Bruce lives in the area)
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: This wonderful, if short, report covers OPENING DAY at the new Disney's Animal Kingdom park.  Bruce wrote this "first glimpses" report back in April, and I savored it in planning my own May trip a few weeks later.  I just now got around to asking Bruce for his permission to post it on the site.  It's short, but if you're curious about the newest park in Orlando, here goes...

Craig - April 1998

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: PO
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Toddler, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: Craig's family attended a resort preview of the new Animal Kingdom park just a week or so before it opened to the general public.  Before leaving on our own trip to WDW in early May, I enjoyed Craig's report and used it for my own planning.  The report is brief, but covers the new park in detail.  Wonderfully written (check out the paragraphs about the "Festival of the Lion King" show) and packed with info...

Gaylene Gray - April 1998

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: OKWR
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Infant, Toddler, Pre-School, Elementary, Teen, Adult, Senior
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, DVC Member
  • Comments: Gaylene and Bob had a great trip in late April.  They enjoyed the International Flower & Garden Festival at Epcot, as well as alot of everything else Disney has to offer in Florida.

Leslie Clevenstine - April 1998

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: YBCR, CSR
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Pre-School, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments: This summary style report is exceptional if you plan to visit WDW with pre-school kids.  Leslie's daughter Grace, 3 1/2 during this trip, provided that special magic that kids always add to any trip to Walt Disney World.

Darla Rice - April 1998

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: OKWR, CSR, BVR
  • Accommodations: Studio, Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: Darla and her son Steven visited WDW around Easter time.  They managed to stay at three resorts (they were at Coronado Springs for only one night) and enjoyed the entire atmosphere of the vacation kingdom...including Animal Kingdom.

Brian & Chris Russell - April 1998

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: ASMR
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Toddler, Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Rookie
  • Comments:  Brian and Chris took their sons to WDW for a surprise trip.   Seriously, the boys didn't know that they were going to WDW until they got to Florida.  One of the choice moments in this report is when Brian was finally able to convince them that they were really going to WDW for the rest of their vacation!   This is an excellent report for folks that are traveling with young familys.   It has alot of valuable information and is a fun report to read.

Patti Cassalia - April 1998

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: YCR
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group:  Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Rookie
  • Comments:  Patti and her son Bryan visited WDW for a nice, lengthy visit.   They stayed at the Yacht Club Resort and did it all (except the shows).  Mom and Son also had a chance to visit Animal Kingdom during the preview opening.

B. Zall - March 1998

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: FWH, Offsite
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: This is a unique trip report because its' focus is to document the Zall family's quest to find The Best Burger in the "World."  It's a relatively short report, but a fun one...especially for burger lovers.

Al Schaefer - March 1998

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort:  DL
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments:  Al and his wife went to WDW, staying at Dixie Landings, for a five day visit in March. The Schaefer's flew from Newark to Orlando and rented a car, then enjoyed all of the major parks during their visit. Al's report has alot of opinions about the parks, and about Dixie Landings. This is a good report to read if you're considering staying at one of the bayou buildings at that resort.

Janet Schrock - March 1998

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: FWH, BVR
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Rookie
  • Comments:  Janet's report is tremendous for several reasons. First, the Schrock family hails from Souther California, so they have extensive experience with Disneyland.   The report is filled with fun comparisons between the two Disney enclaves.   Second, Janet and company stayed in two WDW resorts, the Fort Wilderness Homes and Boardwalk Villas.  The comparisons and descriptions of each resort are wonderful.   Last, the report covers alot of what WDW has to offer: the parks (including Animal Kingdom), the waterparks, and Pleasure Island.

Andrew Baker - March 1998

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: DL, Offsite
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Toddler, Pre-School, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: Andrew's summary style report gives alot of great help from veteran WDW visitors. Andrew and Lee have been to WDW twenty-six times!  The Baker's tend to take very laid back trips to better enjoy their time with the kids.

Ronnie O-Rourke - March 1998

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: DL
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Infant/Toddler, Elementary, Adult, Senior
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments: Ronnie spent just a few days at WDW (her husband "had" to go there on business) and she made the most of it by meeting up with friends and family over the six day trip.  It's amazing how much she did in just four days onsite.  One other thing, if you're interested in the Bayou rooms at Dixie Landings, this report gives a nice description of the rooms and that part of the resort.

Michael Kerr - March 1998

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: PO
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult, Senior
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Park Veteran, Resort Rookie
  • Comments:  Paraphrasing from Michael's report, "We lived in southern California in 1995-1997, so naturally we had Disneyland annual passes. This would be our first trip to WDW after "living" at DL so we were anxious to compare and contrast. So, Although we are Disney vets, this was a rookie visit for us on several fronts. First, we had not visited WDW since March of 1994 (although I had visited downtown Disney and fantasia golf last summer). Also, this was our longest visit (usually we would only stay 2 or 3 nights) and the first time we had ever stayed on property."

Sue Holland - March 1998

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: OKWR
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Infrequent, DVC Member
  • Comments: Sue continues to share the wonderful DVC membership with her friends.   Sue did her usual fine job of documenting the trip.  Everyone can learn from the reports of such a veteran WDW visitor!

Kim Lucas - March 1998

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: ASMR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Rookie
  • Comments:  Kim enjoyed a wonderful spring break trip with a friend from college.   This report covers their trip in detail.  It's a classic tale of a veteran WDW visitor indoctrinating an innocent rookie to the wiles of Disney.  Enjoy!  I did.

Donna Staffanson - March 1998

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: PO
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Toddler, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: I think Donna's report is particularly helpful for folks that are traveling with toddlers.  She does a great job of sharing the tips that she's learned in traveling to WDW with her 16-month old daughter.  Otherwise, the report is a fun one to read just because it covers the trip so nicely.

 

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