Disney Trip Summary

We have quite a bit of experience going to Disney World and Universal Studies in Orlando, Florida.  We’ve also branched out to do a Disney Cruise and Disneyland in California.  This section is intended to provide some historical perspective on our experiences. We’ve experienced Disney with our kids, with our extended family of 24 people, and as a romantic getaway with just Mark and Jeanne.


DisneyWorld Disneyland Disney Cruise
Mark 22 2 1
Jeanne 19 2 1
Ty 11 1 1

Trip History

This is brief summary of our trips, where we stayed, who went and one or two of the memories that made the trip stand out.

Year Special Happenings Summary Where we stayed Who went
2019 It was very hot.  We took our time just walking around the parks and sitting by the pool.  Very relaxing. Boardwalk Mark & Jeanne
2019 Jeanne has an “episode” and ends up in the ER on our first night.  We get to see Toy Story Land Boardwalk Mark, Jeanne, Eric, Johanna
2017 Mark rode Avatar Flights of Passage three times through good fortune while others endured an average 3-hour wait. Boardwalk Mark, Jeanne, Ty

Matt, Stacy, Xander, Lena

2015 Very large crowds at Disney Studios for the last showing of the Osborne Family Dancing Lights.

We stayed on the top concierge floor of the Contemporary for three nights in a massive suite.

Contemporary and Beach Club Mark, Jeanne, Ty

Phillips: Dave, Bev, Martha, Margarette, Clara

2015 DisneyLand – Kids got some awesome balloon sculptures during dinner at Downtown Disney. Marriott Courtyard Mark, Jeanne, Ty, Matt, Stacy, Xander and Lena
2014 We were surprised to be upgraded from Coronado Springs to the Animal Kingdom Lodge. Animal Kingdom Lodge Mark, Jeanne, Ty, Greg, Matt, Stacy, Xander and Lena
2013 Our first time at the Beach Club and we LOVE IT Beach Club Mark, Jeanne, and Ty
2012 This was our first trip to Disney Land and California Adventure Grand Californian Mark & Jeanne
2011 We spend a full week doing SeaWorld, Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and the four DisneyWorld Parks Animal Kingdom Lodge Mark, Jeanne, Kelsey, Ty, Matt, Stacy, Xander
2011 Disney Cruise Our first Disney Cruise!!!
Dave, Bev, Martha, Margrette and Clara Phillips join us for the entire vacation.
Disney Dream Cruise Ship and Port Orleans Riverside Mark, Jeanne, Ty
2010 Ty was sick and it poured rain for two days.  Out of our five-day visit we only had two decent days.  Not exactly our best trip.  Beverly Phillips, Martha and Margrette join us for the first two days. Carribean Beach Mark, Jeanne, Kelsey, Greg, Ty
2008 Our flights get cancelled and we need to quickly make other arrangements.  We have a great time with the families of a number of Jeanne’s brothers and sisters Port Orleans Riverside The entire family (24 people including Mark, Jeanne, Matt, Stacy, Kelsey, Greg, and Ty)
2007 We try taking the Travel Agency approach from Boscov’s.  One important benefit is the direct flight from Avoca to Orlando – no layovers!!! Wilderness Lodge Mark, Jeanne, Greg & Ty
2007 Mark goes solo as part of a business trip.  Its no fun this way Carribean Beach Mark
2006 One of the best ever.  Matt & Stacy join us and we get a chance to spend a day with Frank, Nancy, Elizabeth, and Brian Melliand.  Wyndham Palms Resort Mark, Jeanne, Kelsey, Greg, Ty, Matt, & Stacy
2004 We have a great time with Dave, Beverly, Martha, Margaret, Diane, Riki, Ali and Ericka.  Ty gets sick towards the end of the vacation (we suspect the water in the kids play area at Universal) and ends up in the hospital. Animal Kingdom Lodge and Wyndham Palms Resort Mark, Jeanne, Kelsey, Greg & Ty
2002 We have a great time with Dave, Beverly and Martha.  We also learn that there’s no place like the Disney resorts – and we move spontaneously in mid-vacation Homewood Suites and Port Orleans Riverside Mark, Jeanne, Kelsey & Greg
2000 We discover Narcossi’s. This is opening year for Islands of Adventure. Coronado Springs Mark & Jeanne
1998 We discover Steak & Shake. We get separated from kids at Typhoon Lagoon during a terrible hailstorm. Boy’s discover turkey legs.  This was opening year for Animal Kingdom. Rented a house in Kissimmee Mark, Jeanne, Brian, Eric, Kelsey, Greg & Ryan Corrigan
1996 We discover Rainforest Cafe and evening drinks by the lake. Carribean Beach Mark & Jeanne
1995 Matt breaks leg week before we leave – we get to enter many attractions via disabled entrance.  This is the first time we visit Universal Studios WestGate Villas Mark, Jeanne, Matt, Scott, Brian, Eric, Kelsey & Greg
1989 First plane trip for everyone except Mark.  Jeanne is pregnant and visits every restroom in park.  This was opening week for MGM Studios FantasyWorld Villas Mark, Jeanne, Matt, Scott, Brian & Eric
1978 Ate in Cinderella’s Castle, but there was something wrong with their kitchen and it was awful. Quality Inn Mark, Mary
1976 Polynesian Mark, Beth and their parents