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Fall 1999 WDW Trip Reports


Lori E Wagner - November 1999

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: ASMuR, DL, BCR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments:  Lori visited WDW in November, and met up with several on-line friends during the nine-day trip.  She also stayed at three different resorts, so she became well-acquainted with the bell services folks at the resorts.  Written in a play-by-play style, Lori provides plenty of detail.

Roger Millen - November 1999

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: DL
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments:  Roger and his family (including a couple of barely-pre-teen boys) enjoyed a ten day respite at WDW in the Fall.  This is a fun report, filled with details, suggestions, and comments.  One of the few I've seen come along in a while that has a fresher "almost newbie" perspective.

Sandy Zilka - November 1999

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: Plaza Hotel
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Accommodations: Suite
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent (I prefer “Veteran-in-Training”)
  • Comments:  Sandy and her sister, Jean, traveled to WDW in November for a little vacation together.  This is a nicely written play-by-play report with a nice list of final thoughts and tips that punctuates it nicely.  (By the way, Sandy very nicely offered to meet Barb, Allan, and I at the Minneapolis airport with Cinnebons in hand just before our March 2000 trip to Disneyland.  As it turned out, with all the trouble we had with the airlines over Barb's ticket, I'm glad we took a raincheck...but I still owe Sandy one for her kind offer.)

Mary Virsila - November 1999

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: WL
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Pre-Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments:  Mary and Amanda, mother and daughter team, decided to visit WDW while Mary's husband went deer hunting in November.  This is a very detailed play-by-play of a wonderful trip!

Carol Kelley - November 1999

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: ASMR
  • Accommodations: Standard Rooms
  • Ages Represented in Group: Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent, Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments:  The Kelley troup visited WDW and took advantage of every cost saving trick that can be imagined.  For one thing, this report explains the "Stars & Stripes" passes that military folks and their dependants can purchase.  Otherwise, it's another typically detailed and fun-to-read report from Carol.

Kim Marie Howe - November 1999

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Personal Car, Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: WL, Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments:  Since Bill, Kim's husband, agreed to drive his mother's car to her summer home in Florida for her, a quick stop at WDW seemed to be fair compensation.  In this report, Kim finally admitted that commando touring isn't the best way to enjoy WDW.  I love it when people agree with me  :)

Gaylene Gray - November 1999

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: CR, OKWR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room, 2 Bedroom Vacation Home
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult, Senior
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Infrequent, Rookie, DVC Member
  • Comments:  This is a great play-by-play report by Gaylene, who has contributed several times in the past.  If you like detailed reports that focus on opinions and reviews, you'll be hard pressed to beat Gaylene's writings.

Diana Ball - November 1999

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane
  • Resort: ASMoR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments:  This is a wonderfully detailed summary-style report including a lot of detail about Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.  Although Diana did not write the report in a play-by-play format, there is a wealth of information and detail here.

Mickey Birt - November 1999

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: DL
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments:  Mickey and her family (including Jessica, age 8 and Jessica's Grandma, Charlotte) drove over from the Western shore of Florida for a week long stay.  This is another play-by-play that isn't too excessively detailed (like my own reports tend to get), but flavored with wonderful descriptions of a great trip.

Sharon Kalita - November 1999

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Personal Car, Autotrain
  • Resort: DL
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments:  In Sharon's own words, "I thought some of the "lurkers" may be interested in reading a trip report from the viewpoint of a more casual visitor."  This is a nice report, not too heavy on details, but presented with the intent to provide information -- without giving a daily play-by-play.

Anna Pilston - November 1999

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: PBR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent, Rookie
  • Comments:  Anna and Rich visited WDW and the unusual thing here is that the (almost) rookie in the family, Anna, wrote the trip report.  Rich, had visited five or six times in the past. This is a nicely detailed report that I'm sure you'll enjoy.

Cyrus Hedvat - November 1999

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: PO
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments:  Cyrus has written a very, very detailed report with two characteristics that are worth noting.  First, the report covers a lot of Universal Studios territory as well as the usual Disney information.  Second, Cyrus and his wife tackled the parks like Commandos (or maybe even Navy Seals, as Cyrus points out).  That's not my preferred mode of touring, but if it's your style, here's some ideas on how to do it.

Judy Fallon - November 1999

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane
  • Resort: CR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent, Rookie
  • Comments:  Judy and her family visited for a quick weekend visit in early November.  This is a play-by-play report, but since the trip was only a few days long, it's an easy one to read in one sitting.  Enjoy!

Patrick C. Carr - November 1999

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: ASMuR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent, DVC Member
  • Comments:  Patrick and his wife and daughter visited just before Thanksgiving.  During their stay, they signed up to become DVC members, not a bad idea since the family visits WDW every year.  This is a quickly-paced play-by-play report that I'm sure you'll enjoy.

Kitty Smith - November 1999

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: DL
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments:  I just smiled when Kitty responded to my request for permission to post her report with the following note, "Gosh, don't know if my report is worthy of your wonderful website, but you asked if anyone had recently posted one. You are certainly welcome to add mine to your most excellent site, if you think it's okay.  Thanks for keeping up such a great website. It's a big part of the reason I wrote this - I have enjoyed so many of the reports on your site myself. Please let me know if and how to send this to you, if you'd like. :-)"  How could I not include this one?  :)  All kidding aside, this is a wonderfully written and detailed play-by-play report.  You'll want to get a fresh cup of coffee before you start reading this one.

Scott K. - November 1999

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: CBR, Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Infrequent
  • Comments:  Scott tacked some personal time onto a business trip for this visit.  It was a quick trip, but he and his girlfriend had a great three-day visit to the parks and resorts.

Sue Holland - November 1999

  • Time of Year: Fall, Holiday Season
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments:  Sue went on yet another business trip and managed to get several days in at WDW.  If you're not yet a fan of Sue's reports, you really should read this one....then back track and read her previous submissions.  Sue packs incredible detail into her reports, and laces them with information that everyone can use in planning their own trips.

Andrew Della Vecchia -  November 1999

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Autotrain, Rental Car, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: YCR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room, 1 Bedroom Vacation Home, 2 Bedroom Vacation Home, Villa Vacation Home, Suite
  • Ages Represented in Group: Infant, Toddler, Pre-School, Elementary, Teen, Adult, Senior
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Frequent, Infrequent, Rookie, DVC Member
  • Comments:  Andrew writes the best summary style trip reports I've ever seen.  They are so jam-packed with information, that it's fun to read them just for the statistics and details.  If you don't like summary style reports, give this one a try...Andrew just might convince you that you're wrong  :)

Bob Cook - October 1999

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Personal Car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments: My recent calls (in the Summer of 2002) for trip reports in my Notes From the World column prompted Bob to dust off this report from three years ago. I'm glad he did, because it's fun to read older reports sometimes just to remember what it was like even just a few years ago now.

Timothy Brown - October 1999

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: PO
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Rookie
  • Comments:  Timothy and his new bride Cathy spent a wonderful honeymoon at Port Orleans.  This is not a terribly detailed play-by-play, but is actually an after the fact "remembrances" report.  Even so, it's a fun to read report with great information about WDW and some other Orlando area attractions.

Tara Whittle - October 1999

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: ASMoR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Frequent, Rookie
  • Comments:  Tara's report is a bit on the late side, but jam-packed with information.  There's a fantastic write-up of the All Star Movies Resort, plus a detailed play-by-play of the trip.

Sandie Morthen - October 1999

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Toddler, Pre-School, Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments:  Sandie and their family traveled all the way from Australia to visit Florida.  They took a cousin along for fun, stayed offsite (you can read about Sandie's opinion on that), and thoroughly enjoyed their holiday.  This is a very detailed report.  I'm sure you'll enjoy it!

Julie Price - October 1999

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: Offsite, OKWR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments:  Julie "had" to go to the Orlando area on a business trip, so her husband and some family friends joined up for the trip.  This is a play-by-play style report that is dripping with detail, so beware.

Tom Gryn - October 1999

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: ASMoR
  • Accommodations: Standard Rooms
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent, Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments:  Tom's summary report covers a week long trip with his parents, brother, and girlfriend.  What makes this interesting is that a week later, Tom visited Disneyland, so you can read his reports "back-to-back" if you'd like.

Debbie Brant - October 1999

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: GFRS
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Rookie, DVC Member
  • Comments:  This trip included Debbie, her mom, and her nine-year-old niece.  It's a nicely written report that covers the issue of how to get the most out of WDW for an upper elementary aged kid very well.  The report is in a play-by-play style, and has tons of details.  It's also the first report I've had in a long time where the group stayed at the Grand Floridian.

Carol Amick - October 1999

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Personal Car, Plane
  • Resort: OKWR, CSR
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Infrequent, Rookie, DVC Member
  • Comments: This report describes the plans for a

Cora Armenio - October 1999

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: 2 Bedroom Vacation Home
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult, Senior
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent, DVC Member
  • Comments:  Cora provides a great play-by-play of the family's four day trip to WDW.  In this nicely detailed report, Cora describes how to deal with a 5 1/2 year old and grandparents on the same trip.  The family was able to enjoy Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, as well as the rest of the Millennium goings on.

Jon Hickey -- October 1999

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane
  • Resort: GFRS
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: Jon went

Anne Campbell - October 1998 

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: ASR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Frequent
  • Comments:  Anne and Drew visited WDW for their anniversary (they honeymooned at WDW, too).  This is an excellent report with plenty of details.  There's a wonderful summary section at the end of the report, for those folks that don't like to wade through the play-by-play details.

Amanda Parr - October 1999

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: 2 Bedroom Vacation Home
  • Ages Represented in Group: Infant, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent, Rookie (the infant!)
  • Comments:  Amanda and her husband took Miles, their soon-to-be-one-year-old and Miles' grandparents for a weeklong trip to WDW in early October.  They stayed at Cypress Palms, an offsite timeshare, and learned the lesson that future trips will include on-site accommodations.

Noreen Chin - September 1999

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: Offsite, BCR
  • Accommodations: 2 Bedroom Vacation Home, Suite
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments: Noreen and Paul enjoyed a week, spliting their time between their Vistana timeshare and the Beach Club Villas. Noreen's report is really detailed, and since I'm posting this three and a half years after the trip occured, it's fun to read back to see how things have changed.

Amy Hathaway - September 1999

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: PO
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult, Senior
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Rookie
  • Comments:  Amy's two best friends were getting married, and decided to do it at WDW!  This is a fun report that includes, besides the information on the wedding itself, a great play-by-play report of a trip that also featured hurricane Floyd.  A great summary wraps things up.

David Yeh - September 1999

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane
  • Resort: CSR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments:  David's report, from a trip in September of 1999, is a summary-style one with a lot of detail.  David provides a lot of detail, and many, many comparisons between Walt Disney World and Disneyland where he is a cast member.

Mike Banks - September 1999

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: SoG
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent, Infrequent
  • Comments:  This was Mike's second trip to WDW in 1999.  Mike and Becca stayed at Shades of Green with Becca's mom and dad (Bill is retired military, thus the SoG connection).  This is a great play-by-play report, with details about a rarely-heard-about resort.

Michelle Hopkins - September 1999

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car or Shuttle Service
  • Resort: PBR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments:  In Michelle's words, this is an "excruciatingly long" trip report.  Actually, that has a negative conotation...and this is anything but a negative report.  This was a honeymoon trip that the Hopkins' enjoyed two months ahead of schedule (I'd love to do that with one of my trips some time).  Lots of details and magic.  Michelle, note that I've honored your request to change the header "to Michelle Hopkins from Michelle Wrightsman? (This was honeymoon trip, after all.) :)"

Ronda Sprick - September 1999

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: ASSR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments:  Ronda and Kelly visited WDW in late September.  This was a weekend trip to celebrate Ronda's birthday.  The report is a well-written play-by-play one, with plenty of detail.

Donna Sharick - September 1999

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Autotrain, Rental Car, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: ASMuR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent, Rookie, DVC Member
  • Comments:  Donna talked her two sisters into joining her for a quick trip.  The girls had a great time, and this report covers everything they did!  Girl night out?  no way, Donna had to make it a trip to WDW...

Adam Pedersen - September 1999

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Autotrain, Rental Car, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: ASMoR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments:  Adam's report is a summary style one in which he describes his opinions of each park attraction (including many at Universal and Islands of Adventure) that he and his friend enjoyed.  This is a shorter report, but packed with first hand experience from the interesting perspective of two computer game programmers.

Carole Annette Fila - September 1999

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: BCR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room  (Water View)
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Infrequent
  • Comments:  Carol and her friend Sondra spent four days at WDW in late September.  Originally, Carol had planned a solo trip.  When Sondra decided to join her the plans changed significantly.  Some of the report discusses the trade offs when planning a short trip.  There's an excellent summary list at the end of the report, and Carol even gets in some ads for her own website (check it out, it has a lot of valuable information).

Sheri Niklewski - September 1999

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Personal Car, Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: VDI
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Infrequent
  • Comments: Quoting Sheri, "This was anything but an uncomplicated trip. Throw in medical conditions and hurricanes and you have one heck of a complicated vacation! I learned a lot about flexibility and how not to be a tour guide. In fact, I probably will never plan another Disney trip. I will still go to Disney but I will not plan things to death. This report is a lesson in changing plans and going with the flow. If you are an intense planner ("at 8:30 we will be on Peter Pan"), this report will shock you. The report is long and has the good, the bad, and the ugly. Sit back, relax, and hold on while the hurricanes wail."

Kimberly Turberville - September 1999

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car, Personal Car (Friend's)
  • Resort: DL
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments:  Kimberly and her husband David met up with some friends for a week long stay at WDW.  This is an excellent report (even if Kimberly didn't mention my site when she listed the resources she used to plan the trip -- even though she told me she used my site as a resource when she planned the trip.)  If you want to read a detailed, interesting report with some out-of-the mainstream information, this is one for you.

Peter Stepniewicz - September 1999

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Area Resident
  • Accommodations: n/a
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Infrequent
  • Comments:  This report was written by a student at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.  I'm hoping Peter will continue to provide updates like this, it's a short report....but filled with details about the new IllumiNations 2000 and other millennium goings-on.

Sue Holland - September 1999

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Personal Car, Plane, Autotrain, Rental Car, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: ASSR, Offsite
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments:  Sue and Chris, her now-teenaged son, visited WDW just for a few days to celebrate Chris' birthday.  As always, Sue has done a wonderful job of describing the play-by-play and summarizes with a nice list of special things that made the trip especially nice.

Julie Price - September 1999

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: CR, OKWR
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent, DVC Member
  • Comments:  Julie sent me this report several weeks ago, and I'm only now getting it on the site.  Julie's trip report describes a six day trip in a play-by-play style.  I'm sure you'll enjoy this one...give it a try!

 

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