This meet schedule was originally published on AllEars.Net and is used here with permission.
2nd Annual Holiday RADP Meet Weekend
December 6-7 1997
Folks were introducing themselves and enjoying the sunshine. From left to right here is Larisa O'Donnell, Lucy O'Donnell, gardenia , Jeff Spencer, Jim Freeman, Ed's elbow and Ron's back.
One of the things I had wanted to do, was a group picture of all the Disney Webmasters that were present and also a photo of WDWIG Team members who attended. Those of you at the meet can understand when I say it was way too big to do something like that.
Here is Craig Wingerson, who maintains the WDW Gateway, -- attending the RADP meet with his wife and daughter. Craig intentionally extended his stay so that he could attend the RADP meet on Saturday! He's got a way cool hat with Mickey ears that I don't think I have seen yet.
One of the real thrills for me was meeting two DisneyWebSite gurus -- Ed Sterret of TUDLP and Greg Orwin (ChristoperRobin on IRC) of the We're Going on Holiday to WDW site. Here are the 3 of us at the meet...Left to Right is Greg, Ed and Deb!
Other WebMasters who attended the meet include: Rick Howard (Kingdom Magic Travel), Rusty Wyatt (Illuminations), Aven Baral (Pleasure Island) and Jeff Spencer (Spencer's Disney Family Page).
More and more folks gathered and soon we were blocking the pathway in front of the Fountains. Here you see: Arlen, Person To Be Identified, Rob C., Mike Scibeta, Paul McKenna, and Pat Sklenar.
As we gathered for the group photo, it was tough getting everyone all lined up. GenieEFL stood on a wheelchair and began giving instructions to everyone to MOVE TO THE CENTER AND AS CLOSE TOGETHER AS POSSIBLE! It was unreal!
As we had everyone in a large area, I began to do GiveAways! I was so so thankful to have the help of Bruce Metcalf (Rufus) and Pam Kosko (and Pam's hubby), and Carol Koster. Everyone in attendance was asked to fill out a 3x5 card with their name and email address. All cards were placed in the Official Drawing Hat, which just happened to be a Red RADP Hat from the August 1997 CANAM meet!
The Grand Prize was donated by Rita Aero and was an autographed copy of her book WDW For Adults and Families Too! In addition, Becky Ashley had donated her unused Fall Fantasy Coupons which were shared with folks, Meli donated a NY Disney Store Minnie Liberty Pin, and the O'Donnell's contributed a boomerang from Australia! A listing of all who attended and the prizes won are on the last page of this write-up.
Rufus (Bruce Metcalf) writes: At noon, most of the EMuckers gathered at the Fountain View Cafe in Epcot to join the annual r.a.d.p meet. What a mob, there must have been 100 people there! Disney security kept trying to shoo us about so we wouldn't block the paths for the civilians, with little success. I finally ran out of patience, and, doing my best imitation of General Knowledge from Cranium Command, used my lecture hall voice to herd the group into position for the photographers. They laughed at me, but they moved.
At this point, someone asked the Disney Security folks if they would mind taking a picture of us. "Sure," they said, and were quickly passed about thirty cameras. Deb Wills also dragooned me into service as a human megaphone for the door prize giveaway. I suspect her outstanding web site on WDW will post a final total and possibly a roster of those in attendance, so I won't even try, but it was a spectacularly successful meet. Kinda scary to see the size of crowd the net can gather, ain't it?
When we'd had all the mass socializing we could stand, most EMuckers struck out for the attractions of the park. The EMuckers spent much of that day and the next prowling Epcot and MK with much gleeful jesting and in-character conversation. I believe I can safely say that a good time was had by all.
pair at the event was Rick and Carol Koster! They have been members of
RADP and RAD for what seems like ages... I call them the "elderstates(wo)men"
my husband Rich Koster, my 23 month old son Michael and I were at the
r.a.d.parks December 6th 'net meet. We've been around r.a.d. since July
1992, some might recall we started posting Disneyana Convention trip reports
on r.a.d. and eventually we became Future Disney Cabinet (FDC), Trimobios
Disney Cabinet (TDC) and EntertainMUCK (EMuck) Mickey,
We've attended r.a.d. meets (back before the newsgroup split) at WDW before. In September 1994 there was a really terrific meet, about 30 people showed up at some time during the day, one came from Scotland.
I expected "several people" on December 6th but how many actually showed up blew me away! Not only that, but the luminaries of not just r.a.d.parks but as well one person from alt.disney.disneyland (Sue) were there.
As it was,
it was a spectacular meeting! The hugeness was apparent when the Group
Photo session was trying to be organized. Barb aka gardenia kept trying
to marshal everyone into Group Photo organization, shouting to everyone
to bunch up, get organized, a scene a little reminiscent of the Green
Army Men in "Toy Story". ;-)
I urged some
who were within earshot to sing "Happy Birthday" to Walt Disney,
his birthday having been the previous day (December 5th) and some did,
which was a fitting tribute to the man who really made this r.a.d.parks
Thank you, r.a.d.parks and those members of the newsgroup attending that day, for a lovely and fun time. Folks who "lurk" (read only, they don't post) on r.a.d./r.a.d.parks and who came up to my husband and I to say hello, and to _all_ who were there -- I bow to you (as I did there, actually more like falling to one knee in tribute ;-)) and hug all of you! Thank you for a lovely time. Much happiness to you at Christmas, Hanukkah and for the 1998 New Year and beyond!
success is also a tribute to r.a.d.parks itself. It has
Kristi Sabin introduced herself to me and generously donated a $50 Swan/Dolphin coupon (which was given out at Sunday's Brown Derby meet). Kristi also told me a wondrous story of how she checks WDWIG every Friday and when she has looked at all the RADP meet photos, hoped that one day she would be in them. Well Kristi -- I wish I had a picture of you to include right here (want to send me one?)...but you are IN the official RADP Meet photo and you're here in WDWIG! WOO HOO!
DCDeb writes: The number of folks at this get-together was absolutely overwhelming! I *never* expected to see so many RADP'ers in one place at one time! The best part was that everyone was so welcoming and warm -- it was really true... there were no strangers, just friends you hadn't met yet. I definitely encourage anyone thinking about attending a RADP meet -- either at WDW or at home -- to do it! Here's Pat Sklenar, Kristi Sabin, DCDeb enjoying the day.
Lots of folks I wish I had gotten photos of and didn't...but I do have some great memories. At one point Janet Saunders came up to me...we'd been emailing off and on for a very long time.
Janet writes: I only caught the tail end of the meet, I arrived at 12:30 while all the pictures were being taken. Gee some of you thought that I was just trying to get past and was told to come on through, but I was trying to find Deb in the crowd!! I stayed till I finally was able to introduce myself to her and then I had to leave the party, it was good to see everyone even from a distance. I hope to be able to spend some time at the next RADP meet next year. (If I can talk my husband into going again)
And so the Official part of the meet winded down and as the group dispersed, some folks lunched at the Land, others in Mexico, still others drank their way around World Showcase.
Meli writes: We went to Mexico with Rusty (EC Fan) and Jennifer while gardenia went to the front gate to meet her friend Susan and Debbie told us she'd catch up with us. Eventually we were joined by Scrappy and Jeff, and then Kenny and Sam and Rob and Rob's brother showed up, as well as Larisa, her parents and Mike (5pin). It was kind of cold with the breeze blowing on us, but it was wonderful just being there with so many friends. gardenia and Susan in style!
John and I ended up walking around World Showcase with Rusty and Susan, taking in Maelstrom (but not the movie) as well as the American Adventure (Susan's first time). Rusty had to leave, and we continued our stroll around World Showcase, eventually going to see Horizons, Figment and Spaceship Earth, as well as some of the shops. We ran into Karen and the McKennas in the passageway near Innoventions and Horizons and exchanged a quick group hug. Eventually we left Epcot and went to our separate cars and met up again at Wilderness Lodge for an intimate dinner at Artist's Point.
Karen writes: I had fulfilled a lifelong dream, and made lunch arrangements with Eureka, Jim, and the McKennas. Off we went to the Garden Grill. It was witty conversation, more hugs, and mucho explaining from me, as we inhaled our meal, and looked in the second story window of the house in the ride there. I had details pointed out to me, stuff I had never thought about before. Then we all went on the Land ride, which I had never been on before. It was so cool!
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