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Bennett's Own Trip Reports

Note that these personal trip reports are arranged in reverse chronological order.  Disneyland and Walt Disney World reports are intermixed.


Brian Bennett - Walt Disney World - December 2002

  • Time of Year: Holiday Season
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: OKWR
  • Accommodations: 2 Bedroom Vacation Home, Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Toddler, Pre-School, Teen, Adult, Senior
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Infrequent, Rookie, DVC Member
  • Comments: This report documents a family reunion of twelve Bennetts. It was the first time in seventeen years that we were all together for Christmas. This time, Mom and Dad sprung for an all-expenses-paid trip for the whole family. The planning started a year and a half before the trip and was the most detailed I've ever done (because of the large size of our group... and the fact that we were visiting during the Christmas holidays). I also tossed in a few pictures, just for good measure.

Brian Bennett - Walt Disney World - September 2001

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: OKWR
  • Accommodations: 2 Bedroom Vacation Home, Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Toddler, Pre-School, Adult, Senior
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Infrequent, DVC Member
  • Comments: This was our fifteenth trip to WDW.  Not as many as some folks, but not a bad number for a family that lives 1500 miles from the resort.  We visited with my parents this time, with a short stay on our own after Mom and Dad depart after a week.  We visited WDW right after the terrible events of September 11th, and the whole resort was obviously affected.

Brian Bennett - Walt Disney World - April 2001

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: VWL
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Infant, Pre-School, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Rookie
  • Comments:  Well, the annual pass bug bit us, and we decided to return to WDW for awhile in the Spring.  We planned our timing around the Flower & Garden festival at Epcot, as we usually do for our Spring trips.  This was our first stay at the new Villas at Wilderness Lodge and our first visit with Michael, the newest addition to our family.

Brian Bennett - Disneyland Resort - March 2001

  • Time of Year: Winter
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments:  I visited Disneyland more to meet up with some MousePlanet folks and to handle some business issues, but of course, I visited the parks, too.  This is an odd report from me.  It's not a play-by-play, but rather more of a summary-style report on the things I saw and did (and my impressions of the new park, too).

Brian Bennett - Walt Disney World - October 2000

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: OKWR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room / 2 Bedroom Vacation Home
  • Ages Represented in Group: Pre-School, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Infrequent
  • Comments: This is the first time I've ever provided daily updates during my trip.  Better yet, it's the first time I've ever included pictures with any of my reports!  On this trip, we brought Barb's parents along for the ride.  The pre-trip report is a long one, then it's a daily play-by-play from there.

Brian Bennett - Disneyland - March 2000

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Pre-School, Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments:  This is a description of my own family's trip to Disneyland.  Barb and Allan joined me on this trip, actually a business trip with some Disney time tacked on.  We stayed at the Best Western Park Place Inn while we were in Anaheim.  This was Allan's first trip to Disneyland, and it was a lot of fun with him since DL blows WDW's MK out of the water on great attractions for kids.

Brian Bennett - Walt Disney World - May 1999

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: OKWR
  • Accommodations: Two-Bedroom Vacation Home
  • Ages Represented in Group: Toddler, Adult, Senior
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Infrequent
  • Comments: This report is now the heavyweight champion on this web site!  The file size is over 302Kb, which means it's a long one.  The text describes the background and plans for our annual trip to WDW, then gives a detailed play-by-play of the vacation.  Taking a 2 1/2 year old was a new experience for us, but we still have the best vacation we've ever had up to know (the next one will only be better yet!)

Brian Bennett - Disneyland - March 1999

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: Holiday Inn at the Park
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: This is the documentation of my own 1999 solo trip to Disneyland.  It was a rerun to my trip last April, but I had a wonderful time with the West coast ADDers and tons of time just absorbing the atmosphere.  I hope you enjoy the report!

Brian Bennett - Walt Disney World - September 1998

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: OKWR
  • Accommodations: Two-Bedroom Vacation Home
  • Ages Represented in Group: Toddler, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Virtual Rookie
  • Comments:  This report describes the background for our annual Fall trip to WDW. This time, Barbara's parents (Allan's Grandma and Grandpa) joined us at Old Key West. We also made a brief stop in Jacksonville on the way down to visit Barb's sister and brother-in-law and a few short, just fun stops along the route for good measure.

Barbara Anne Bennett - Walt Disney World - 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.

Brian Bennett - Disneyland - April 1998

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: Holiday Inn at the Park
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: This is the documentation of my own solo trip to Disneyland in April.  I took the "Walking in Walt's Footsteps" tour on Saturday, met up with some of the West coast ADDers, and spent tons of time just absorbing the atmosphere.  I hope you enjoy!

Brian Bennett - Disneyland - March 1998

  • Time of Year: Winter
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: Holiday Inn, Fullerton
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: This is my own report on my March 1998 trip to Disneyland. As usual, this is a verbose, play-by-play style report with a lot of details. I hope you find it entertaining and helpful as you plan your own West coast visit.

Brian Bennett - Walt Disney World - October 1997

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Personal Car, Plane
  • Resort: OKWR / WL
  • Accommodations: 2 Bedroom Vacation Home / Standard Room / Studio
  • Ages Represented in Group: Infant/Toddler, Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Infrequent, DVC Members
  • Comments: This is my own 1997 "Remember the Magic" trip report. I hope you find it helpful as you plan your own trips. Except for Mike Scopa's report from July 1998, this is the most lengthy one in this collection.

Brian Bennett - Walt Disney World - Oct/Nov 1996

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: OKWR
  • Accommodations: 2 Bedroom Vacation Home
  • Ages Represented in Group: Infant/Toddler, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Infrequent, DVC Member
  • Comments: This report covers my latest trip to WDW. We started the trip with a weekend in Charleston, South Carolina -- then spent twelve days at OKWR and WDW. Besides Barb and I, our newborn son Allan, and Mom and Dad (Allan's namesake) Bennett joined us for this trip. The report covers day-to-day activities, but also focuses attention on the trip planning process and WDW touring with an infant (a new experience for us).

Brian & Barbara Bennett - Disneyland - September 1996

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: Disneyland, September of 1996. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Anaheim Center again. We spent part of five days in the parks on this trip.

Brian Bennett - Walt Disney World - November 1995

  • Time of Year: Late Fall
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: OKWR
  • Accommodations: 2 Bedroom Vacation Home
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Rookie, DVC Member
  • Comments: This was our annual trip to Old Key West Resort. At the time, OKWR was stilled called the Vacation Club Resort. Our good friends Mike and Stacey joined us on this journey. One of the features of the trip was our use of the Food 'N' Fun program, so I spent alot of words describing our meals at many wonderful restaurants at WDW.

Brian & Barbara Bennett - Disneyland - September 1995

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: Disneyland again, in September of 1995. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Anaheim Center again on this trip. This is a much longer report than the ones of the previous trips.

Brian Bennett - Walt Disney World - September 1994

  • Time of Year: Early Fall
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: PBR, OKWR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, DVC Member (at the end of the trip anyway)
  • Comments: This is a relatively short report of our trip in 1994 when we went to WDW to celebrate our 5th anniversary and ended up buying into the Disney Vacation Club. The trip also included a Premier Cruise.

Brian Bennett - Disneyland - August 1994

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: In August 1994, Barb and I visited Disneyland again. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Anaheim Center on this trip, after our less than thrilling experience at Maingate the previous time. Holiday Inn Anaheim Center is a keeper! It's a very nice hotel, close to the park, with hourly shuttle service...and as a Holiday Inn offers Priority Club Points (a major issue for me).

Brian Bennett - Disneyland - April 1994

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: Another business trip took me to LA in the Spring of 1994, and Barb and I were able to spend some time at Disneyland again. This time we stayed at the Holiday Inn Maingate.

Brian Bennett - Disneyland - April 1993

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments: In 1993, Barb and I were able to spend some time at Disneyland after a business trip to Southern California. This brief report covers most of the details. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Buena Park on this trip.

Brian Bennett - Walt Disney World - Pre-1994 Trips

  • Time of Year: Spring, Early Fall
  • Travel Method: Personal Car, Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: CBR, DL, WDW Hilton, Offsite
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments:
  • This is a compilation report of several trips that Barb and I took in 1988 1989 (our honeymoon) 1990 1991, and 1993. The reports are all relatively short, but cover information that is useful for planning trips even if the trips were quite awhile ago.

Brian Bennett - Disneyland - The Early Years (1967, 1974, 1985, 1987)

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car, Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: Offsite
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Misc.
  • Disneyland Experience Represented in Group: Infrequent
  • Comments: This short report covers general impressions and thoughts about my first few trips to Disneyland.

 

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