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Sue Holland
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There's so much more to do at Walt Disney World than just the parks. Join Sue and learn how you can expand your vacation options.

Don't forget to enjoy Sue's trip reports, available here at MousePlanet.

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Everything but the Parks

Table of Contents

4/22/05 A Farewell – Life moves on and Sue has to give up writing a regular column for MousePlanet.

4/8/05 Changes at DTD – A run through of recent chnages at Downtown Disney.

3/25/05 Concourse Steakhouse – A restaurant review for the Contemporary Resort's forgotten restaurant.

3/11/05 The Half Marathon – Sue recounts her experience running the Walt Disney World half marathon.

2/25/05 All Star Sports – Sue takes a look around the All Star Sports resort area.

2/11/05 Wolfgang Puck Cafe – A tour of the Downtown Disney restauranat.

1/28/05 Surviving the Crowds – Strategies for beating the crowds at Walt Disney World (or going with the flow, at least).

1/14/05 Holiday Cruising – Sue talks about taking a cruise during the holidays.

12/17/04 Pools at “Home” – Sue shows us around the pools and related amenities at WDW's Home Away From Home resorts.

12/3/04 WDW A-Z, Part 2 – Part 2 of the A-Z list of special places at Walt Disney World.

11/12/04 WDW A-Z, Part 1 – An A-Z list of special places at Walt Disney World.

10/22/04 Portobello Yacht Club – A review of this Downtown Disney restaurant.

10/08/04 Deluxe Pools, Part 2 – A look at the pools at Animal Kingdom Lodge, Boardwalk, and Yacht and Beach Club resorts.

09/24/04 Deluxe Pools – A look at some of the deluxe resort pools.

09/10/04 The Panama Canal – With Disney cruises through the Panama Canal on the way, Sue tells us what to expect.

08/27/04 50's Primetime Cafe – A visit around this Disney-MGM Studios restaurant.

08/13/04 Saratoga Springs, Part 2 – A continued photo tour of the Saratoga Springs Resort with the common areas.

07/23/04 Saratoga Springs – A photo tour of the guest rooms at Saratoga Springs.

06/25/04 Moderate Pools – A tour of the swimming pools of Disney World's moderate resorts.

06/11/04 Value Pools – A tour of the swimming pools of Disney World's value resorts.

05/28/04 French Quarter – A tour of the Port Orleans French Quarter resort.

05/14/04 Relaxing at WDW – On some ways to relax while on your vacation.

04/23/04 Earl of Sandwich – A look around Downtown Disney's newest eatery.

04/09/04 Chefs de France – A signature restaurant of Epcot's France pavilion.

03/26/04 Warehouse Alumni – Former Comedy Warehouse cast: Where are they now?

03/12/04 Disney Cast – Learn about the cast at Comedy Warehouse.

02/27/04 Disney's Comedy Warehouse – The details of the Pleasure Island staple.

02/13/04 The Pop Century Resort – A look around Walt Disney World's newest resort.

01/23/04 Evening Fun, Part II – Another list of fun things to do when the parks close early.

01/09/04 Evening Fun, Part I – At this time of year it may seem Disney rolls up the sidewalks early, but that isn't quite true.

12/12/03 Laugh It Up – Sue Holland gives the details of an improv alternative to Pleasure Island's Comedy Warehouse.

11/14/03 Wonderful Weekend – Sue Holland finally takes a short cruise and finds out if her pre-conceived opinion was correct.

10/24/03 Off-Site Dining – Sue Holland offers a couple of off-site dining recommendations.

10/10/03 Orlando Outlet Center – Sue Holland looks over this off-property shopping mecca.

9/26/03 Bike Ride for AIDS – A follow-up of Sue's story of a cast members work for charity.

9/12/03 Hotel Royal Plaza – A tour of this off-property hotel option.

8/22/03 Captain Jack's – A review of this Downtown Disney restaurant.

8/8/03 Getting Around – A look at the transportation options at Walt Disney World.

7/25/03 Staying in “Grand” Style – A tour of the DVC resorts rooms.

7/11/03 500 Miles, 6 Days – The work of a dedicated cast member towards a cure for AIDS.

6/27/03 Olivia's Café – A review of this Old Key West Resort restaurant.

6/13/03 Disney Dining, Private Chef – Sue Holland and her party experience a personal dining experience with Hilton Head's Chef Gordon.

5/23/03 Mailbag – Sue answers a wide range of questions in her final solo mailbag.

5/9/03 Orlando Fringe Festival – All the key information for this entertaining off-property performing arts festival.

4/25/03 Fort Wilderness Recreation, Part 2 – A look at the recreation options at For Wilderness Resort & Campground.

4/11/03 Fort Wilderness Recreation, Part 1 – A look at the recreation options at For Wilderness Resort & Campground.

3/28/03 Fort Wilderness – A tour of the resort and campground.

3/14/03 WDW Without Kids – How to enjoy WDW as an adult destination.

2/28/03 Caribbean Beach Resort – The first moderate resort is also one of the prettiest.

2/14/03 DVC Members-Only Cruise – About the 2003 Disney Wonder voyage.

1/24/03 Meets at WDW – Planning get togethers of online friends at WDW.

1/10/03 Old Key West Resort Grand Villa – A photo tour of one of the largest villas at WDW.

12/27/02 Boma – A review of a unique resort restaurant.

12/13/02 Celebration, Florida: Part II – A centerpiece of Walt's vision finally comes true.

11/22/02 Celebration, Florida: Part I – A centerpiece of Walt's vision finally comes true.

11/8/02 Food Court Rehab – The Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory is updated!

10/25/02 Reader Feedback – Sue responds to some of reader e-mail.

10/11/02 International Food and Wine Festival – Details the Festival and the scheduled events!

9/27/02 Disney's Cottage at the Beach – It's located two hours East of WDW on the Atlantic coast.

9/13/02 The Wide World of Sports – The ultimate sports complex at WDW.

8/23/02 Le Cellier Steakhouse – Tracing the history and reviews this World Showcase restaurant.

8/9/02 Beach Club Villas – Walt Disney World's newest resort is highlighted in this photo tour.

7/26/02 Comparing the Cruise Lines: Part II – A wrap-up of a comparison of the cruise line competitors

7/12/02 Comparing the Cruise Lines: Part I – Contrast the staterooms, amenities, and services aboard the ships.

6/28/02 All-Star Movies Resort Photo Tour – A photo tour of Disney's All Star Movies Resort.

6/14/02 Boating at WDW - Transportation and Recreation – About the water craft and the lakes, lagoons, and canals all over WDW.

5/24/02 DCL without Kids – Taking a Disney cruise without kids... pain or gain?

5/10/02 DCL with Kids – What special things make the Disney Cruise Lines so great for kids?

4/26/02 Reader Feedback – Sue responds to some of reader e-mail.

4/12/02 Annual Passholder Perks – A tour through a new lounge just for AP Passholders.

3/22/02 Downtown Disney Marketplace – At the northern end of WDW, the Marketplace offers shopping and dining.

3/8/02 Holidays - Stay Home or Go To WDW? – The good and the bad about visiting during the busy Holiday seasons.

2/22/02 Coronado Springs Resort Photo Tour – A great photo tour of this Mexican-themed resort.

2/8/02 The Concierge Life at Animal Kingdom Lodge – Lots of photos accompany this excellent report on the concierge service at ALK.

1/25/02 Blizzard Beach - A Florida Ski Resort – A photo tour of Blizzard Beach, WDW's largest water park.

1/11/02 Wilderness Lodge Resort Photo Tour – The tour covers one of Walt Disney World's loveliest resorts.

12/28/01 New Year's Eve at WDW – The scoop on New Year's Eve festivities at Walt Disney World.

12/14/01 Christmas at the WDW Resorts – A Holiday tour of the WDW resort hotels.

11/21/01 Christmas in the Parks – Holiday decorations and events are all over Walt Disney World!

11/09/01 Epcot's Food & Wine Festival – All the details about the annual event at Epcot!

10/31/01 Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party – The annual event at the Magic Kingdom

10/26/01 Walt Disney World as a Solo Traveler – Have a fantastic trip to WDW all by yourself!

10/12/01 Animal Kingdom Lodge Photo Tour – A tour around WDW's newest themed resort hotel.

9/28/01 Pleasure Island – A photo tour of the clubs on Pleasure Island.

9/14/01 Disney's Vero Beach Resort: Oh, the Fun You Can Have! – Find out about the activities at the Vero Beach Resort!

8/24/01 Disney's Vero Beach resort – A walk around Disney's first resort off WDW property, with plenty of pictures.

8/10/01 Typhoon Lagoon – All about Walt Disney World's first thrill water park, with plenty of pictures!

7/27/01 Disney's Contemporary Resort Photo Tour – A photo tour of Walt Disney World's most recognized resort hotel.

7/13/01 Disney Cruise Lines' Eastern Caribbean Itinerary – A report on Disney Cruise Line's ports-of-call in the Eastern Caribbean.

6/22/01 Disney Cruise Lines' New Western Caribbean Itinerary – What to expect when cruising Disney Cruise Line's new Western Caribbean Itinerary.

6/1/01 Downtown Disney's DisneyQuest – What goes on in that odd-looking, aqua building with purple trim?

5/25/01 Enjoying Hilton Head Island Resort – Activities at the Hilton Head Resort that aren't just for kids.

5/23/01 Gorilla Dies at Animal Kingdom

5/11/01 Fun for Kids at Hilton Head Island Resort – Activities available at the resort.

4/27/01 Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort – Learn about the only Disney Vacation Club resort outside of Florida.

4/13/01 Hello There! – Sue Holland joins the MousePlanet team! Read Sue's welcome letter, with a hint of what's coming in future articles...


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sue Holland
Sue Holland

Sue has been hooked on Walt Disney World since her first visit in 1972 with her parents and younger brother. She kept returning more frequently until she moved to Florida in 1986.

After joining the Disney Vacation Club (DVC) in 1997, she now visits about six to eight times a year. She also spendd time at the DVC's non-WDW locations, and id experienced with the Disney Cruise ships.

Sue takes many of these trips on her own, but she has also toured WDW with large groups of people, including families, the elderly, and people with disabilities.

Sue works as a finance and accounting director for a large residential facility administered by the Florida Department of Children and Families. She currently resides in Southwest Florida with her teenage son.

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