Disney World Trip

Sunday, January 27, 2002

The A.D. Hoffman family is no stranger to Walt Disney World after four visits to the Orlando, Fla., theme park.

A. D. Hoffman, his wife Judy and three children, Danielle, 13, Emily, 11 and Graham, 9, of Jackson, Mo., recently visited the park during the Christmas holidays.

The Hoffmans are owners of Wib's Drive-In in Jackson.

"We spent five days inside Disney World," said Judy Hoffman. "We started early and stayed late, and did the entire package -- Magic Kingdom, Epcot Center, MGM, etc.

"We really liked it. There seems to be something new every time you go down."

The Hoffmans especially liked the candlelight procession held at Epcot each evening. Celebrities read stories, and an orchestra was on hand, said Hoffman.

The family spent their evenings at Epcot Center. "We had our evening meals at Epcot, and the fireworks were gorgeous each night," said Hoffman.

Overall, the park was crowded," said Hoffman. "But, we didn't have to stand in too many lines."

Many visitors were in the park to help Disney World wind down its 15-month celebration of founder Walt Disney's 100th birthday.

The group had an opportunity to see many of the Disney characters -- Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Winnie the Pooh and others.

Graham, the youngest, enjoyed the Indiana Jones part of the park, and the two girls, liked the roller coaster, and the "Tower of Terror" ride. A.D Hoffman liked the rides, and Disney Quest game.

"Everybody liked the Thunder Mountain and Splash Mountain rides," said Judy Hoffman. The entire family agrees that the trip was important for family memories.

If you have a great vacation story or favorite weekend getaway, the Southeast Missourian would like to know about it. Send photos and up to 250 words about your trip or favorite retreat to Laura Johnston at P.O. Box 699; Cape Girardeau, Mo. 63702-0699. You can also e-mail her at ljohnston@se missourian.com or phone 335-6611, extension 126.

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