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Summer 1998 WDW Trip Reports


Joseph Riccitelli, Jr. - Summer 1998

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Services, Disney Transport, friend's car and the occasional taxi
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Infrequent, soon to be frequent!
  • Comments: This is so unusual a report that I'll just quote Joe's own description of it:   "This ‘trip report’ will cover the 3 months that I spent as part of Walt Disney World’s College Program. It covers everything I did in the parks, at my apartment, places outside Walt Disney World, and…of course…the reason I was there, the work!"

Sharon Burcie - August 1998

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: PO
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments: Sharon and her son Evan (now billed as a "fellow Disney fanatic") enjoyed a four day visit to WDW in August.  The two covered the complex like experts, boating down the Sassagoula on their first night, enjoying the parks, and just having a blast!  I'm looking forward to Sharon's future reports, too!

Chrisie Dahl - August 1998

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: FWC
  • Accommodations: Preferred Site (Tent Camping)
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Rookie
  • Comments: The Dahl's camped at Fort Wilderness on this trip.  I have very few trip reports on the site, so this one is a gem!  Katie, the Dahl's six-year-old daughter thoroughly enjoyed her first visit to WDW.  The report is laced with suggestions and comments that are sure to help folks plan their own trips to WDW (and especially to FWC.)

Denise Adams - August 1998

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Offsite, Westgate Villas
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments: This trip report covers only the first three days of a one week trip because the unfortunate author, Denise, had to return home before the rest of the family.   Still, it's a fun report with some helpful information -- especially for those folks that travel to WDW during the hot summer months.

Helen Ryder - August 1998

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: ASMR
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Toddler, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments: I'll include Helen's own comment here, "I'd be honored to be included in your website! I used it a lot in planning our trip, though I did find that I couldn't match a lot of our circumstances with the reports I read. So here's to variety!"   I'll just add that the common thread among almost every trip report I've read is the wonder and magic that being at Walt Disney World brings...and the wonderful joy of enjoying it as a group of family and friends.

Tara Pyle - August 1998

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: DL
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Rookie
  • Comments: This report describes a short four day trip by Tara and her sister Jillian.   It was Jillian's first trip to WDW, but Tara's second in two months!  Tara includes some helpful tips for folks that are planning a shorter trip.

Gretchen Valianti - August 1998

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane
  • Resort: DL
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group:  Elementary, Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: Gretchen's report is nicely detailed and includes a daily financial summary.   As I wax older and more fiscally responsible (and with another costly adoption around the corner), I'm beginning to appreciate the cost and expense information that folks are providing in trip reports.  Another nice feature of this document is the wonderful list of trip ideas and suggestions with which Gretchen ended.

Dotti Saroufim - August 1998

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: OKWR
  • Accommodations: Grand Villa Vacation Home
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Infrequent, DVC Member
  • Comments: Dotti and Tony took a whole bunch of people to WDW and stayed in a Grand Villa at Old Key West Resort.  The group was huge, so various sub-groups of folks were going to various parks and resorts to enjoy different things.  Dotti does a great job of capturing the comings and goings...and provides a lot of fun and helpful information for the trip planner (as always).

Grace Sabin - August 1998

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car, Plane, Autotrain, Rental Car, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: BWR, Offsite
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Frequent, DVC Member
  • Comments: Grace, her 7-year-old son Alan, and cousin Ben all met up for a nice visit to WDW in early August.  Grace and Alan got to Orlando a few days early and spent a few nights offsite before joining Ben at the Boardwalk Villas Resort.  Besides spending some quality time at WDW, Alan dragged his Mom to Universal Studios and Seaworld! The report also features descriptions of Animal Kingdom and DisneyQuest.

Sue Holland - August 1998

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: OKWR, CSR
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult, Senior
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, DVC Member
  • Comments: If anyone that's posted a trip report on this site is a veteran of Walt Disney World, Sue and Chris are.  The mother and son combo met up with a co-worker of Sue's on this trip.  As always, Sue's report is a wonderful description of a fantastic trip!

Marcia Head - August 1998

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: ASSR
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments:  Marcia and her daughters Mallory and Hannah enjoyed a ten day trip in early August.  The style here is definitely play-by-play, and is very brief (so you won't get bored), but Marcia includes a lot of details about the resort and her (and the girls') opinions about things.

Betty Aline - August 1998

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car, Plane, Autotrain, Rental Car, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: ASR
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments: Betty's report describes the wonderful trip that she, her sister, and her boyfriend took from Paris to WDW.  There's enough detail for the "play-by-play" folks to be happy, but the text isn't bogged down in minutia.   Even so, the report has a lot of tips and fun opinions.

Laurie Johnson - July 1998

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: BCR
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: Laurie and Rick ditched the kids for a six day stay at WDW in late July.   The couple enjoyed the time and covered WDW thoroughly.   Laurie's description of their experience at the Beach Club Resort will be extremely useful for any upcoming visitors.

Ginger Gruver - July 1998

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: CR
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Infrequent
  • Comments: Ginger and her family spent a week at the Contemporary Resort in mid-July.   The weather was hot and stormy, but the group still had a great time.  The Gruver's are veterans, and Ginger's report gives a lot of insight on how they enjoy their time at WDW.

Mike Arceneaux - July 1998

  • Time of Year: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall, Holiday Season
  • Travel Method: Personal Car, Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: WL
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments: This started out as a family reunion, but due to circumstances, only Mike, two sisters, and a nephew were able to make the trip.  Even so, the family had a wonderful stay at Wilderness Lodge.  Mike's report provides a lot of helpful information and provides criticism that can help you avoid pratfalls on your upcoming trip.

Lisa and Jason Burkhardt - July 1998

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: SoG, DL
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: In addition to just having a great birthday weekend at WDW for Lisa, the Burkhardts (and Lisa's parents) enjoyed a Backstage Magic Tour -- definitely a highlight of the trip.  The foursome stayed at Shades of Green, so there's a nice description of that resort here too.

Elizabeth Awerbuch - July 1998

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: ASSR
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Teen
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent, Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments: Elizabeth, Kelly, and Rachel enjoyed a mid-summer visit to WDW.  This is an interesting report because it's so normal -- even though the girls are all in their teens.  One might have expected there to be concerns with three teens traveling to WDW alone, but there wasn't.  They had a blast!

Tim Hughes - June 1998

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental car
  • Resort: ASSR, Offsite
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments: Tim's report is very detailed.  It covers the planning and execution of a family vacation that focused on WDW, but covered other Florida attractions, too.  The family also had a little experience with Florida's wildfires that broke out in the summer of 1998.  Fortunately for the Hughes, it was only a minor inconvenience.

Tara Pyle - June 1998

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: WL
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult (Honeymoon Trip)
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Rookie
  • Comments:  This report, written in a summary-style, describes Tara and Joe's honeymoon trip.  Tara has provided a lot of great information and opinions that can help anyone with their trip planning.  Definitely a fun report to read.

Andy McCullough - June 1998

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car, Plane, Autotrain, Rental Car, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: DL, WL
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult, Senior
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Rookie
  • Comments: This is a summary style report with lots of opinions and tips.  Andy's grandmother, the rookie in the group, used a wheelchair for most of the trip, but Andy didn't mentioned it except in passing.  Also, the report features A LOT of specific DAK opinions.

Sue Holland - June 1998

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: VBR/OKWR
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, DVC Member
  • Comments: This was a relatively short trip, intended to satisfy two things - to see Vero for the first time, and to somewhat appease the WDW withdrawal that Sue and Chris have had since their last trip in late March/early April (poor dears).  The report is a play-by-play style, but doesn't get too bogged down in detail.  Also, the boys (age 11 and 12) were given some latitude in being by themselves in the parks...it's a hard thing to do when the kids are in that in-between stage, and Sue's report gives some good insight about what works and what doesn't when the kids are growing up.

 

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