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Getting around to doing the trip report. We only planned this a couple of months ago. My father in-law passed away in August and we figured that it would be a tough Thanksgiving so we'd go away. We looked at a few options but we wife decided the fort would have more of a Thanksgiving feel. Couldn't get a campsite booked so went for a cabin instead. Decided on just two nights due to the cost However my wife's cousin who was talking about joining us couldn't make Thanksgiving but was hoping to join us another day, so we made it three nights. The website was only letting me book a minimum of 6 nights but got it cancelled down to 3.

 

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Just as well we'd planned to get there on the Wednesday as due to hurricane Irma my kids ended up having make up days the Monday and Tuesday.

 

Saying that about a week before I'm working from home upstairs and I hear my daughter decree that they need to start packing, they did a reasonable job of packing their trunkies and made me do a test run loading up the car.

 

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Instead of stressing about a bike rack this time, I managed to get my bike and my son's in the back of the car by folding the seats do the kids were behind each other.

Wouldn't have worked for a tent camping trip.

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I did buy a new 12v cooler for this trip as we wanted to take some supplies with us. Including our new smores toolbox.

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I'll I post more in the morning.

 

 

 

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Sorry for your loss.

 

Can't tell from the pictures, but I found taking the pedals off the bikes saves a lot of room and lets you get them a lot closer to each other.

Just remember to pack the pedals and the wrenches you used to take them off!

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Sorry for your loss.
 
Can't tell from the pictures, but I found taking the pedals off the bikes saves a lot of room and lets you get them a lot closer to each other.
Just remember to pack the pedals and the wrenches you used to take them off!
Didn't take the pedals off this time may try it next time. I did pack my bike tools in case I had to adjust the height of anything on my son's bike.

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Nice start on the report.
I'd like to hear more about the S'mores tool kit.  Where did you get it, and what does it include?
TCD
We got it from BJs, it's basically an empty toolbox to hold the smores supplies.

There's an insert that holds the chocolate and crackers and the marshmallows go underneath.7811070731c20754a5af315284c22bac.jpga6c20813d959647097e9788aaec30714.jpgef59220080328e50059d8d784f66b325.jpg3170bad44ae34985f52e9baf27e7e3fa.jpg

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3 minutes ago, slices said:

We got it from BJs, it's basically an empty toolbox to hold the smores supplies.

There's an insert that holds the chocolate and crackers and the marshmallows go underneath.7811070731c20754a5af315284c22bac.jpga6c20813d959647097e9788aaec30714.jpgef59220080328e50059d8d784f66b325.jpg3170bad44ae34985f52e9baf27e7e3fa.jpg

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Someone is a marketing genius!

Pay for a plastic box to hold what the original packaging  or a cardboard box does!

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9 minutes ago, Travisma said:

Someone is a marketing genius!

Pay for a plastic box to hold what the original packaging  or a cardboard box does!

I think it's cool.

They are selling these on Amazon for $12.  It's called a Smore's Caddy there.

I kind of like it- it would be a fun thing to bring to the campfire at the Fort.

TCD

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4 minutes ago, Tri-Circle-D said:

I think it's cool.

They are selling these on Amazon for $12.  It's called a Smore's Caddy there.

I kind of like it- it would be a fun thing to bring to the campfire at the Fort.

TCD

Not saying there aren't cool or cute.

Just some people will buy ice in the Arctic!  :lol:

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8 minutes ago, Travisma said:

Not saying there aren't cool or cute.

Just some people will buy ice in the Arctic!  :lol:

I agree with you there- you can throw all of your S'mores stuff in a Publix bag and tote it to the campfire just as easily. That's what I do.  But for $12, I like this.

TCD

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Just now, Tri-Circle-D said:

I agree with you there- you can throw all of your S'mores stuff in a Publix bag and tote it to the campfire just as easily. That's what I do.  But for $12, I like this.

TCD

Whoa, big spender, shopping at Publix! :ROFLMAO-1:

Once a few craft/Etsy people see these at the Fort, there will be 100's of ones decorated for each Disney resort!

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While obviously a bit of a novelty purchase, I must say I liked it. When assembling smores for two children in the dark knowing where everything is, is nice. Also means it all goes back in the box without my bag getting sticky.

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9 minutes ago, slices said:

While obviously a bit of a novelty purchase, I must say I liked it. When assembling smores for two children in the dark knowing where everything is, is nice. Also means it all goes back in the box without my bag getting sticky.

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I'm in & Smart!! That box would be easy to clean.

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We headed out about 8 am Wednesday morning and made fairly good time, getting to the fort around 10.
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I received a text saying our room wasn't quite ready do we parked in over flow and got the bus to Epcot. We hadn't intended on doing parks at all this time, but added in Epcot because of the Christmas stuff. We had to stop at guest services to activate our tickets. Had a trip planned for the end of the year so split a four day ticket between the two. While we were there got my son's DAS pass set up, lines a lot shorter than for guest services inside the park. Will still have to go to guest services on the next trip to add the rest of the party onto the DAS though.

This was the day before Thanksgiving and it was busy, we did encounter a couple of rude people but for the most part everyone handled the crowds well.

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After stopping to watch the Muppets we tried to get into Fountain View for the Mickey Christmas cupcakes, but it was heaving.
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We went to club cool instead to try the Beverly. I can imagine it would go well with gin.

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Headed into the world showcase to to a Perry Mission. We'd done the mission in Mexico before so did the one in China. It's a fun way of getting the kids around the countries. Was approaching lunch time so ate in the Lotus Blossom Cafe, hadn't eaten here before and was impressed although the kids would have preferred noodles to rice they ate some of mine so they were happy.

Too busy eating to take photos, the Tsing Tao was nice though, been a while since I'd had one.

Wondered around world show case after that.
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Stopped for ice cream while the kids drummed for a bit.

After this the kids started getting tired and we'd gotten a text that our cabin was ready around 11 so we decided to head back the fort. Walked through some more of world show case stopping briefly to watch the Matsuriza show in Japan and a couple of photos in Canada before heading for the bus.

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Waited a while for a bus but got back to the Fort around 3. I walked to the cabin while my wife and kids moved the car. I think they may have gotten lost in overflow given I beat them there. First time in a cabin. Was nice using my magic band to open something other the the comfort stations. Unloaded, got the stuff from the cooler in the fridge, is it just me or does anyone else feel that the size of the fridge is out of proportion to the oven.

 

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Kids explored I poured myself a beer, the cabin only had mason jars.

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Then I set up the decorations, yeah should have brought more will next time.

 

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Once we settled I ask if anyone wants to go back to Epcot, when we left it was with the intention of going back. Logistically this had to involve at least one child. Nope, ok maybe its not wanting to wait for a bus, what if we upgrade to park hoppers and do MK. Nope both kids tired. This is where I wish we went often enough to justify APs since I really wouldn't care then.

 

Well my daughter wants some snacks and we need milk(Next time we're putting milk and soda in the cooler but it was the first time we used it). So she and my wife get the bus to the trading Post. My son wants to go to the pool, initially he was wanted to go to the meadow pool for the slide. But he decided to try the pool by the cabins rather than wait for a bus, so he rode his bike over. I walked he still needs some help which I can't provide if I'm cycling. He was glad he this did pool, it was almost empty. Rows of sun loungers empty and you could actually get in the hot tub. Mostly people staying in cabins judging by the towels.

My only gripe would be the cost of the vending machine, my son actually told my wife it only took card. Not true I just find it easier not to carry cash when swimming.

 

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Headed back to the cabin for a discussion about dinner, originally thought we'd eat in Epcot so not much planned. Son wants hot dogs cooked on the camp fire. My daughter on the other hand doesn't want to go out at all. I comprise and cook burgers and hot dogs on the cabin BBQ grill.

 

Now I had put my BBQ tools in the car but didn't really think we'd use them. The charcoal I'd bought from home was meant to be easy lighting and explicitly states not to use fire lighters or lighter fluid. However I had issues the last time I used it, and have been using the road trip at home recently. Didn't bring the road trip as was unsure about using near the cabin. I will say one thing I didn't need was the grill brush, was nice and clean.

 

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By the time my wife and son get back with supplies I have about 4 coals glowing. Fortunately they bought lighter fluid.

If we do this again I'm putting more stuff in the cooler trading Post is a bit limited. After dinner I did smores over the grill.

 

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I offered to take the kids to see the fireworks but my daughter was tired and ran her self a bath and went to bed. My son just flopped on the bed. We let the kids have the bedroom and took the couch.

 

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c95008a0da3b1529f315277d67462dfb.jpgBefore I start talking about Thanksgiving I feel that I should mention despite celebrating Thanksgiving for the last 13 years (strangely most of them outside of the US), I'm not American and it wasn't something I grew up with.

 

The plans for Thanksgiving probably changed the most. Originally we had Raglan Road booked and had to have breakfast while resort hoping. Resort hoping got dropped in favour of the Thanksgiving activities and Raglan Road got cancelled as I was able to get a reservation at Backyard BBQ.

 

Started off the day with cinnamon roll Turkeys cooked in the cabin. The oven may too small for a real Turkey but perfect for these.

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After breakfast no one was interested in the scavenger hunt so I took my daughter down to the corn hole game after walking down to the outpost to get our tickets for lunch, she then lost interest so we shopped.

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I decided to walk back to the cabin rather than wait for the bus, even cutting through the group camping area I got complaints of my feet hurt.

 

My son was happy doing crafts.

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We headed to the pool to soak tired feet, my wife and son joined us after doing crafts before we got dried off and headed to the settlement.

 

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Kids played for a bit while I shopped.

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Then to lunch, this was the 2.30 seating my prefference would have been earlier do I was hungry.

 

I stuck to the Turkey, Ham and sides with a but of salad and some beer of course.

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My wife started about the same before getting a plate of Mac N Cheese and ham.

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The kids, well one had a burger and Turkey.

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The other one had Mac N Cheese and Turkey with gravy.

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I think I got both kids up for to dance once but they weren't that keen.

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We jumped a bit when the trick roper came on but that was fun to watch.

 

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Mickey Ice Cream bars and pumpkin pie before we left.

 

 

We had a carriage ride booked so later so we killed some time taking the boat to the contemporary.

 

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We got the monorail to the Grand Floridian

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This was mostly just to buy gingerbread

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Back on the monorail.

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Taking the MK boat this time.

 

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We let the kids play on the beach for a bit before getting our carriage tour.

 

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This is a really nice way of looping. I got what photos I could but it was dark I was using my phone and moving.

 

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Quite a few of these inflatable Turkeys.

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We had a few people come out of their campers and wave. My daughter said she felt like a celebrity.

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I did see a Fort Fiends sign but couldn't make it out.

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On 11/30/2017 at 1:26 PM, slices said:

We got it from BJs, it's basically an empty toolbox to hold the smores supplies.

There's an insert that holds the chocolate and crackers and the marshmallows go underneath.7811070731c20754a5af315284c22bac.jpga6c20813d959647097e9788aaec30714.jpgef59220080328e50059d8d784f66b325.jpg3170bad44ae34985f52e9baf27e7e3fa.jpg

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Okay... I need to make a run to the dollar store.  Don't think they'll have a "S'mores" box, but I bet I could find something that would work.   That's a great idea.  We just use a big gallon zip bag, but I like this idea much better.

Love all the Christmas decorations... such a fun time of year at the Fort (and the resorts!).

The BBQ is a favorite for us.  Expensive, but super fun.

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Okay... I need to make a run to the dollar store.  Don't think they'll have a "S'mores" box, but I bet I could find something that would work.   That's a great idea.  We just use a big gallon zip bag, but I like this idea much better.
Love all the Christmas decorations... such a fun time of year at the Fort (and the resorts!).
The BBQ is a favorite for us.  Expensive, but super fun.
First time we'd done the BBQ, think I actually prefer it to HDDR certainly for younger children. Yep was expensive and no TIW discount on Thanksgiving. My wife said it was like no Thanksgiving she's had before which was kind of the point of the trip.

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What a fun Thanksgiving you had!  Good job getting those reservations.

One thing you forgot to mention is how lucky we were with the weather.  The forecast called for heavy rains on Thanksgiving day.  Except for a brief drizzle, the rain never came.  That was a big win.

Keep up the good work on this report. You're doing great.

TCD

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Yeah good point about the rain. After the carriage ride we debated hanging out on the beach but kids wanted to do the movie, got to the campfire part way through the the sing along. Didn't have the smores box with me. Did consider going back for it and cycling over with it, but considered it was easier to buy a kit this once. Got a smores kit, popcorn for my daughter and chicken nuggets for my wife.

 

 

Lots of spare seats. Once we'd had smores, and the movie Dinosaur had started. I went back to the food truck to get myself something to eat, and chicken nuggets for my daughter who now decided she was hungry.

 

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First time I'd eaten at the food truck, got the pork belly burger, very nice. Also got a beer.

 

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Didn't stay for the whole movie this time. Had quite a wait for the bus back to 2700, getting yo and from the camp fire is probably the one thing that made me regret not getting a golf cart. If we did cabins again I'd probably get one.

 

 

Snapped some photos of done decorations on the way back from the bus stop.

 

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Then put our feet up the with ginger bread.

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