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Winter 1999 WDW Trip Reports


Michael Banks - February 1999

  • Time of Year: Winter
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: PO
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Toddler, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments:  Michael and his wife Becca (they co-wrote this report) cover their four-day stay at Port Orleans nicely.  The trip was a bit different than planned, their friends were not able to join them as planned, but Michael and Becca had a great time just the same.  They even got in a bit of a preview for their upcoming September trip.

Julie Hauer - February 1999

  • Time of Year: Winter
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: OKWR
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Toddler, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Frequent, DVC Member
  • Comments:  This is a wonderfully written report of a too-short trip in late February.  On top of enjoying the "typical" stuff that WDW has to offer, Julie and her husband Matt enjoyed a wonderful meal at Victoria & Alberts (and the description of the meal is great!).

Kim Marie Howe - February 1999

  • Time of Year: Winter
  • Travel Method: Plane, Personal Cars, Rental Cars
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Pre-School, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Frequent, Rookie
  • Comments: Kim's trip report is a wonderful description of her family's trip.   It covers just about everything...from tickets to meals from touring plans to offsite attractions.  Originally posted as a pre-trip report, Kim has followed up with one of the most detailed and helpful reports I've posted to the site in a while!

Joseph D. Ponko - February 1999

  • Time of Year: Winter
  • Travel Method: Plane, Train, Rental Car
  • Resort: CSR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: Joe traveled to WDW with friends Jay and Chuck.  None of the guys are WDW gurus, so the report is refreshing and fun to read.  If you're an adult planning a trip for yourself and other adults, this report has some great helps.  There's several great lists in the summary at the end of the report, especially.

Lisa Brown - February 1999

  • Time of Year: Winter
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: DL
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Toddler, Teen, Adult, Senior
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent, Rookie
  • Comments: Lisa's group was LARGE, with an almost even split of experienced hands and rookies.  Lisa's immediate family were joined by her brother's family and parents, mother-in-law, and niece!  The group took up four rooms at Dixie Landings.  If you're planning a trip for a large group, this one is worth reading through.

Julie Williams - February 1999

  • Time of Year: Winter
  • Travel Method: Personal Vehicle
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments: Julie and her Mom, Debbie, spent a long weekend at WDW in early February.   This is a detailed play-by-play account of the trip that covers all three parks to various extents.

Laurie Lemley - February 1999

  • Time of Year: Winter
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: ASMuR
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: Laurie and Brad are the consummate WDW trip planners....but this time they went on the spur-of-the-moment.  It was just a weekend visit, and obviously very little planning took place this time, but the trip was a wonderful mid-Winter break for the Lemleys.

Robin Myrick - February 1999

  • Time of Year: Winter
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: ASMR / PO
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: Robin's report is a fun combination of a play-by-play (she provides a good overview at the beginning of the report) and a summary style.  This report is full of details on the resorts and parks.  Don't miss it!

Andrew Della Vecchia - February 1999

  • Time of Year: Winter
  • Travel Method: Plane
  • Resort: CBR
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments: This is a masterful summary-style report.  Andrew covers a lot of detail here, but it's well organized and easy to find the material you're looking for.  If you like summary reports, here's a classic for you!

Aileen Toner - February 1999

  • Time of Year: Winter
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: PO
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent, Rookie
  • Comments: The Toner clan visited WDW for three days in mid-February.  This is a brief report of a short trip, but well worth reading.  Aileen closes with a list of comments that would be valuable for any trip planner.

Derek DeBoer - February 1999

  • Time of Year: Winter
  • Travel Method: Plane, Autotrain, Rental Car, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: BVR
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: Derek and Anne go to WDW more often than anyone should be allowed (except for me, of course!).  This was the couples eighth - I think I have the count right - since their wedding at WDW three years ago.  As dyed-in-the-wool "smellers of the roses," the DeBoers really know how to enjoy the wonders of WDW.  For that reason, this report is an excellent example of how to tour the vacation kingdom!

Timothy Haverty - February 1999

  • Time of Year: Winter
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: ASMoR
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Toddler, Preschool, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: Tim followed up his pre-trip report with this wonderful write-up of the Haverty family trip to Walt Disney World.  In addition to a fun-to-read play-by-play of the trip, Tim follows his report with a list of things he would repeat on a future, and some that he wouldn't.  Very worthwhile report to read, especially if you have kids along!

Beth Hodges - January 1999

  • Time of Year: Winter
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: FWC
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: Beth's report is an well-written summary of her family's week-long trip.   The Hodges stayed at Fort Wilderness Campground in a pop-up camper (I think this might be the first trip report on my site in which the guests stayed in a camper).   Another fun aspect of the report is the trivia questions that Molly, Beth's daughter, has laced throughout the report.

James M. Cameron - January 1999

  • Time of Year: Winter
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: PO
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Toddler, Elementary, Adult, Senior
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: James' report is a nice play-by-play of the family's three day visit to WDW.   One of the nice features of the report is a rare look at Pleasure Island.  I'm not sure why, but it seems that most folks that write trip reports seem to spend little time there.

Wendy Peacock - January 1999

  • Time of Year: Winter
  • Travel Method: Rental Car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Infrequent, Rookie, Cast Member
  • Comments: Wendy, a Florida local, spent a day at WDW (Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom) just for the fun of writing a trip report!  This is a girl after my own heart   :)  For whatever reason she wrote this up, the report is a fast-paced, play-by-play description of a handful of Disney lovers enjoying the parks together.

Alan D. Schaefer - January 1999

  • Time of Year: Winter
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: WL
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: Alan and his wife Diane spent the better part of a week at WDW in early January.  In addition to enjoying much of Walt Disney World, Alan also went on the "Hidden Treasures" tour at Epcot.  The write-up of that tour alone, is worth reading the report!

Janice Hubbard - January 1999

  • Time of Year: Winter
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: CSR
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Toddler, Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments: Janice, another addict of this web site, had a wonderful time planning her trip.  Fortunately, she had an even better time while at Walt Disney World!  A large contingent of the Hubbard family participated in the trip, so if you're curious about how to handle a trip with a crowd, this report may help. Janice ends the report with a fantastic list of comments and suggestions.  Read them, if nothing else here!

Judy Taylor - January 1999

  • Time of Year: Winter
  • Travel Method: Plane, Shuttle Service
  • Resort: SOG
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments: The Taylor's were hosted by Judy's dad at Shades of Green, the Department of Defense resort on WDW property.  The group had a wonderful time.  One of the interesting tidbits of Judy's report is that she planned what everyone would do day by day, then she provides the "reality" of what actually happened.

Frank Hagan - January 1999

  • Time of Year: Winter
  • Travel Method: Personal Car, Rental Car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent (but Disneyland Veterans)
  • Comments:  It's fun to read Frank's report, especially the comparisons of WDW versus Disneyland.  I almost died laughing when I read his comment that "For us Disneylanders, Epcot is a "weird" park," for example.  I guess it's those odd, unusual, unexpected things that make WDW different from Disneyland and any other vacation destination and worth going back to explore year after year.

 

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