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Sue Holland - March 2006

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Personal Car
  • Resort: Boardwalk Villas and Hilton Head
  • Accommodations: Standard room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent, DVC Member

Sue Holland - May 2005

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Saratoga Springs and Vero Beach Resort
  • Accommodations: Standard room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, DVC Member
  • Comments: Four days at a beach resort all alone seemed too long to Sue (especially when wishing for some particular company) so she split the trip between Walt Disney World and the Vero Beach DVC resort.

Sue Holland - April 2005

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Hilton Head Resort
  • Accommodations: Standard room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, DVC Member
  • Comments: It has been almost two years since our last DVC trip report, but this week-long trip report from Sue, should provide some information for those interested in joining..

Evelyn Brewer - August 2003

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Vero Beach Resort
  • Accommodations: Inn Room, ocean view
  • Ages Represented in Group: Toddler, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, DVC Member
  • Comments: Living in Orlando, Evelyn and her husband never thought they'd regularly stay at Disney resorts, but they enjoyed themselves so much during an anniversary stay at Wilderness Lodge that they ended up joining the Disney Vacation Club. This report is their first use of that membership, with a visit to the Vero Beach Resort.

Sue Holland - March 2003

  • Time of Year: Winter
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Hilton Head Resort
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, DVC Member
  • Comments: Sue's return to Hilton Head is defiantly pleasurable despite persistently bad weather. A great resort and good company are more than enough to overcome other negatives. (Note:  As Sue spent a great deal of time at Pleasure Island and in other adult venues, on this trip, this report has some information that may not be appropriate for young readers.)

Sue Holland - July 2002

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Offsite, VBR, OKWR, AKL
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Frequent, DVC Member
  • Comments: As usual, Sue provides a fantastic narrative of her recent trip. As she states, "Overall this vacation was a great time, and the "not so magical" moments were very minor compared to the good stuff! DVC is terrific, and made it so easy to share great lodging with our friends the Wilmots." (Note:  As Sue spent a great deal of time at Pleasure Island and in other adult venues, on this trip, this report has some information that may not be appropriate for young readers.)

Sue Holland - March 2002

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Offsite, HHR, BWR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room, 2 Bedroom Vacation Home, Suite
  • Ages Represented in Group: Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, DVC Member
  • Comments: Besides answering the question, "why the heck do you go to WDW so often?," Sue's latest report gives all of the details on her latest trip to Disney's Hilton Head Island resort along with a short additional stop at the Boardwalk to enjoy a night at the Comedy Warehouse.     (Note:  As Sue spent a great deal of time at Pleasure Island and in other adult venues, on this trip, this report has some information that may not be appropriate for young readers.)

Sue Holland - July 2001

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: VBR, OKWR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, DVC Member
  • Comments: Sue and her son Chris visited Vero Beach, then stopped back at WDW for awhile.  Chris was only with Sue during the first part of the WDW stay.  In any case, this is another patent-Sue Holland report -- full of details and lots of unusual (not typically touristy) things.

Laurie Johnson - June 2001

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: VBR, VWL
  • Accommodations: 2 Bedroom Vacation Home
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent, Infrequent, Rookie
  • Comments: After having a great time when they visited WDW in June of 2001, the Johnson clan made plans to return both Spring and Summer of 2002.  The family first spent some time at Disney's Vero Beach resort before moving over to the Villas at Wilderness Lodge to wrap up their trip.

Sue Holland - April 2001

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: offsite, HHI
  • Accommodations: Two Bedroom Villa
  • Ages Represented in Group: Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, DVC Member
  • Comments:  Sue and her son Chris visited Hilton Head Island again.  This was an eight-day trip, and the report, as usual, is filled with details. If you want to know more about Hilton Head Island Resort, this report (and Sue's December 2000 report) will provide a lot of information.

Sue Holland - December 2000

  • Time of Year: Holiday Season
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: DL, OKWR, HHI
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, DVC Member
  • Comments:  Sue and her son Chris spent their traditional Christmas break at WDW and Hilton Head Island.  This is a great report, although Sue whines too much about the cold (I live in Michigan and have no patience for those Floridians that can't stand it below 70 Fahrenheit.)  Seriously, this is a great report with plenty of details...a Sue Holland classic.

Kevin Stringer - October 2000

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: BVIR, VBR
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Frequent
  • Comments:  Kevin now has several trip reports in the archive.  This one covers the family's blockbuster trip to WDW with a mid-course side-trip to Vero Beach.  Kevin has a very personal style that I'm sure you'll enjoy...and in between laughs, you'll learn a ton about WDW as you read, too.

Sue Holland - July 2000

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Disney's Vero Beach Resort
  • Accommodations: Standard Room (Ocean View Inn Room)
  • Ages Represented in Group: Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments:  This is the first trip report I have from Sue in which she stayed ONLY at the offsite resort (although I have several reports in which she's split time between Vero and one of the WDW DVC resorts.)  The report gives a tremendous amount of information about the Vero Beach Resort and how to best enjoy a stay there.

Kathy Kula - March 2000

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Disney's Hilton Head Resort
  • Accommodations: 2 Bedroom Vacation Home
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, Frequent
  • Comments:  Kathy and Stan visited Hilton Head Resort for a week in early March.  They planned around a trip they were making to Washington D.C.  One of the main objectives for the trip was to investigate buying into the DVC.  I'll let you read the report to see how things came out.

Julie Price - November 1999

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method:  Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: Disney's Hilton Head Resort
  • Accommodations: 2 Bedroom Vacation Home
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • Comments: This is one of Julie's patented reports about a Thanksgiving Holiday trip to Hilton Head Resort.  The Prices are bonafide addicts of their DVC membership, and enjoy taking advantage of every moment they can at a Disney resort.

Sue Holland - July 1999

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: OKWR, VBR, Offsite
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, DVC Member
  • Comments:  On this trip, Sue and her son Chris visited WDW, Vero Beach, and did some off-siting for a couple of weeks -- a very long trip for the Hollands.  As always, Sue's report is well-detailed and full of great information.  I really, really have to get to the Comedy Warehouse someday  :)

Donna Sharick - June 1999

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Disney's Hilton Head Resort, OKWR
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Pre-School, Teen, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, DVC Member
  • Comments:  Donna had a wonderful trip with her family that was punctuated with the surprise arrival at WDW of several of her on-line friends for her 40th birthday!  This is a nicely written report, detailed and play-by-play in style that I'm sure you'll enjoy reading.

Cora Armenio - June 1999

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Rental Car
  • Resort: Disney's Hilton Head Resort
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • Comments: Cora's report is shorter, but still has a lot of great information on the resort and the family's trip.This is a fantastic report of a great week-long trip to Hilton Head.  The report has a lot of details about the resort and the family's trip.

John Thompson - March 1999

  • Time of Year: Spring
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: VBR
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Toddler, Elementary, Adult
  • Comments: John's report includes a wonderful description of Vero Beach Resort, as well as a summary style report on the family's trip.  The VBR descriptions include the overall themeing, the rooms, the pool area, and the restaurants.

Cora Armenio - February 1999

  • Time of Year: Winter
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: VBR
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Pre-School, Adult
  • Comments: In Cora's first trip to a DVC resort as a member, the family spent a few days enjoying the sun at Vero Beach.  This was a short trip, but with a nice report to give a flavor of Vero Beach Resort.  The trip was a nice golf and relaxation getaway.

Julie Price - February 1998

  • Time of Year: Winter
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Disney's Hilton Head Resort
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • Comments: This is a fantastic report of a great week-long trip to Hilton Head.  The report has a lot of details about the resort and the activities that are available there and on the Island.  If you're considering a trip here, this is a fantastic report to read to get some good details about what to expect.

Patti Pozella - December 1998

  • Time of Year: Holiday Season
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Disney's Hilton Head Resort
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • Comments: In this, Patti's first ever trip report, she describes a wonderful trip over new years to Hilton Head Island.  Besides a nice running commentary, Patti describes many of the activities that the family participated in.  If you're at all interested in HHI, don't miss this report!

Sue Holland - December 1998

  • Time of Year: Holiday Season
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Disney's Hilton Head Resort, BWV, CSR
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, DVC Member
  • Comments:  The seventh trip to WDW in one year.  Sue makes me so stinking jealous that I want to scream.  Even so, it's fun to read her wonderful reports because she does such a nice job of describing the trip -- while being particularly helpful for those of us that are planning (perhaps perpetually) future ones.  This report is particularly interesting because, in addition to a trip to WDW, Sue and her son Chris visited Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort, too.

Jim Kimball - November 1998

  • Time of Year: Fall
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Disney's Hilton Head Resort
  • Accommodations
  • Ages Represented in Group: Infant, Toddler, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran, non-DVC Members
  • Comments: Jim and his family spent a weekend at Disney's Hilton Head Resort.  They thoroughly enjoyed the resort and the many activities that are available there.  It's been a long time since anyone has provided a report for Hilton Head, it seems (from this report) that the resort is really hitting it's target audience.  This is a short report, but a great update on Disney's most recently-added DVC property!

Sue Holland - June 1998

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Disney's Vero Beach Resort/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 lattitude 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.

Darla Rice - December 1997

  • Time of Year: Holiday Season
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: Disney's Vero Beach Resort/OKWR
  • Accommodations: Studio
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • WDW Experience Represented in Group: Veteran
  • Comments: Darla and her son Steven visited Vero Beach and OKWR for a few days early in December. Besides having a nice stop by the ocean, the family also enjoyed the holiday goings-on at WDW.

Bill Speicher - September 1996

  • Time of Year: Early Fall
  • Travel Method: Plane, Rental Car
  • Resort: Disney's Hilton Head Resort
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Adult
  • Comments: This is a report that Bill wrote about his 1996 stay at Disney's Hilton Head resort. It's not WDW, as Bill points out, but it's Disney. Disney Vacation Club members especially will be interested in this report.  Be aware that Bill's report is a bit critical, as it was written when the resort was just opening for business.

Holly Franklin - June 1996

  • Time of Year: Summer
  • Travel Method: Personal Car
  • Resort: Disney's Hilton Head Resort
  • Accommodations: Standard Room
  • Ages Represented in Group: Elementary, Adult
  • Comments: Holly reports that they have been back to Disney's Hilton Head Resort twice since this first trip. The last time they joined the family that they met on this first trip. The Franklin's and the Purcell's have become good friends since that trip and have stayed in touch...only at Disney...The Franklin family are not DVC members, but should be...they've stayed in Vacation Club resorts 6 times...the ultimate Disney Vacation Club Wannabees!

 

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