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  1. 2 points

    Apple Users, The APP IS BACK

    OK so working on 6-year-old code that Apple's development environment "helpfully" updated to modern times is cool and good and entirely not making my hair turn greyer at a faster rate than my teenager does already. Here's where we're at: The old, busted version of the app that was released lo these many years ago still works great- if you haven't upgraded past iOS version 10 or so. (I think that's right, might be version 8, your experience may vary, consult your dealer for details, for external use only, etc.) But nobody's using that who has anything close to a modern iPhone, so you probably don't even see it in your app store yet. So I have to figure out what is making it not work. Most of that work is so boring that even I don't want to get into it. Just clearing out digital cobwebs, mostly. But the big stopper was that we store the site images on this very site, hidden off in an obscure corner of our web space. And the URL to get to it was a plain old http:// address, just like everything else. Apple had the fabulous idea a couple of iOS versions ago to require any app that makes a call to the web to retrieve something must make it via a secure connection. Since that was failing, no images were coming through, which is a Bad Result. So I had to fix that. I think I have that working now, and I'm about to try switching it on, so we can throw two stones at one bird (to coin a phrase): As a result of all that back-end mucking around, we're going to flip the switch and make fortfiends.net light up your browser as a secure site. This is a Good Thing, because it will help our Google rank, and hey, it's secure. Secure is good, and I have it on good authority that it's at least somewhat better than Not Secure. And if all that works, one of the main barriers to having an app update out that actually works for everyone will be gone. I don't like giving myself deadlines, but I would say that before the week is out, you Apple folks should have a little gift waiting for you. Thank you, once again, for reading all the way through another episode of Chris Talks Way Over Everyone's Head About Web Stuff. I love you.
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    Not sure I’m crazy about being able to see one from the other.
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    Fort Wilderness prices for 2019

    I didn't see this posted anywhere so figured I'd add it here. Mousesavers.com recently posted the 2019 prices for Disney Resorts (including Fort Wilderness). The full link is available here but I'll try to post the data (not sure how the formatting will come out). Date Range Season Tent or Pop-Up Campsite Full Hook-Up Campsite Preferred Campsite Premium Campsite Jan 1 New Years $150 $177 $190 $197 Jan 2-Jan 9 Value $79/$90 $105/$115 $112/$122 $122/$135 Jan 10-Jan 12 Marathon $94 $120 $132 $146 Jan 13-Jan 17 Value $79/$90 $105/$115 $112/$122 $122/$135 Jan 18-Jan 20 MLK Day $94 $120 $132 $146 Jan 21-Feb 13 Value $79/$90 $105/$115 $112/$122 $122/$135 Feb 14 Regular 2 $89/$120 $122/$143 $147/$166 $154/$174 Feb 15-Feb 17 Season5E $141 $171 $186 $191 Feb 18-Mar 2 Regular 2 $89/$120 $122/$143 $147/$166 $154/$174 Mar 3-Mar 7 Spring $108 $161 $179 $187 Mar 8-Apr 27 Spring 2 $150 $178 $196 $205 Apr 28-May 23 Regular $94/$120 $122/$144 $145/$165 $152/$173 May 24-May 26 Memorial Day $122 $153 $166 $176 May 27-Jun 27 Regular $94/$120 $122/$144 $145/$165 $152/$173 Jun 28-Jul 6 Independence Day $122 $153 $172 $182 Jul 7-Aug 10 Regular $94/$120 $122/$144 $145/$165 $152/$173 Aug 11-Aug 29 Value 2 $62/$83 $92/$107 $105/$112 $111/$125 Aug 30-Sep 1 Labor Day $84 $112 $125 $137 Sep 2-Sep 21 Value 2 $62/$83 $92/$107 $105/$112 $111/$125 Sep 22-Oct 10 Fall $78/$90 $105/$115 $111/$123 $122/$135 Oct 11-Oct 13 Columbus Day $94 $122 $127 $145 Oct 14-Nov 7 Fall $78/$90 $105/$115 $111/$123 $122/$135 Nov 8-Nov 10 Veterans Day $94 $122 $127 $145 Nov 11-Nov 22 Fall $78/$90 $105/$115 $111/$123 $122/$135 Nov 23-Nov 29 Thanksgiving $97 $123 $128 $150 Nov 30-Dec 7 Fall $78/$90 $105/$115 $111/$123 $122/$135 Dec 8-Dec 12 Winter $94 $123 $147 $155 Dec 13-Dec 19 Peak $105/$136 $161/$169 $176/$182 $184/$190 Dec 20-Dec 31 Holiday $146 $178 $194 $202 We usually stay in 'full hookup' and this kind of crosses a "mental barrier" where it's going to be $100+ / night pretty much anytime of the year And Xmas / Spring break are now almost $180 / night. Seems kind of crazy to see $200+ / night for Premiums at peak period.
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    Yep. They'll camouflage or hide it somehow. Here's a good example of how they handled Tower of Terror being visible from Epcot.. http://towersecrets.com/see-the-tower-of-terror-from-inside-epcot/
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    I'm not in a wheelchair, but I have to use a scooter. In MK, the only rides that I have problems on are POtC, Peter Pan, and Buzz Lightyear. They require me to park my scooter quite a distance away and walk through the queue. I know on Buzz Lightyear that wheelchairs are available through the queue. Not sure about POtC or Peter Pan. Don't remember seeing wheelchairs available at either location. No problems in EPCOT or AK. In HS there are special viewing areas for Indiana Jones and Fantasmic. Back door access at Star Tours. Special accessibility ramp at TSM. Lots of info on My Disney Experience. If you need more help, please let me know.
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    Thanks for the info, Jason
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    I have made an updated set of files designed to print the park maps on standard paper. I often see people who want to print them out to be able to easily mark them up but they file from Disney does not print well. If you know anyone who would like to have some send them to this link. I update them every so often. https://www.facebook.com/pg/JasonWithMouseCounselors/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2126204557422053
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    Thanks Jason!
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    Updated Printable Park maps

    Thank you!
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    Thank you to our #fiendsonthescene for this timely information! We love you!
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    Updated Printable Park maps

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    A mini EPCOT report

    I took off work early yesterday to beat the traffic heading towards WDW on the dreaded I-4. Things went pretty smoothly. There was a slight slowdown as soon as we got onto I-4 from I-75. Once that cleared up, it was smooth sailing all the way to WDW. Not even a slowdown at 27. My wife and I wanted to enjoy our extended Silver Pass time bonus time before it expired on the 29th (yeah, we cut it close) and go see the Guardians show and try to score some Donald passholder magnets. We got to the American stage a few minutes after 5:30 and it was empty. The CM said there was lightning within 5? miles so the show had been cancelled and to come back at 6:45. So we went over to Morocco and ate at the Tangerine Cafe. We had the pita slider plate that we split. It was really good and filling enough for the two of us. We were able to catch the boat from the World Showcase over to FutureWorld. It's been years since we rode on one of those. We got to Mouse Gear, went to the register where they had sold passholder items in the past and asked for the magnets. The CM said we needed to head over to the fitting rooms. We figured there was a register there, but when we walked up there was a CM with a tablet and a carpenters type apron around her waist. We asked about the magnets, she scanned our bands and pulled the magnets out of her apron pocket. It was time to head back to see the Guardians show. We got up to the bridge between China and the outpost and they were starting to shut the gate because the firework barges were coming out. We scooted around the one barrier and got thru before it was totally blocked off. They bring those barges out early, it was only 6:30. We made it to the show a couple minutes after it started. Overall it was a good show. The music and special effects were great. The banter/acting was a little hokey, but overall it was a show you should definitely see. Afterwards it was a trip to France to get ice cream, then a walk over to Canada to see their newest musical show. It was the Blueberry Grass Band. They covered a lot of rock songs bluegrass style. Again it was a great show and worth taking the time to see. This was the second or third time we've done a late afternoon trip to WDW and it's definitely a nicer experience. It's not as crowded and the temps did drop a little. If I get a chance I'll try to upload some pictures of the Guardian show.
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    This is why as soon as I hit the Fort, the clothes come off.
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    Long stories so I'm only posting the links.... and I didn't know what category to put them under... It really looks like Busch Gardens Tampa will be getting a new roller coaster next year https://www.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archives/2018/06/19/it-really-looks-like-busch-gardens-tampa-will-be-getting-a-new-roller-coaster-next-year?utm_source=widget&utm_medium=articleblog&utm_campaign=endofarticle&utm_content=MorebyThisAuthor SeaWorld goes all in with new high-tech raft ride but will it ever open? https://www.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archives/2018/06/25/seaworld-goes-all-in-with-new-high-tech-raft-ride-but-will-it-ever-open?utm_source=widget&utm_medium=articleblog&utm_campaign=endofarticle&utm_content=MorebyThisAuthor
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    Let me lead with what you all want to know. Campsites are not included. With that out of the way... Walt Disney World released an unanticipated discount this morning. You can save up to 20% on rooms at select Walt Disney World® Resort Hotels! Book through Oct. 7, 2018 for stays most Sunday through Thursday nights Oct. 8-Nov. 8, 2018. Book through Dec. 24, 2018 for stays most nights Nov. 11-Dec. 24, 2018. The number of rooms available for this is limited. Offer excludes the following room types: 3-bedroom Grand Villas, Cabins at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, Campsites at Fort Wilderness, and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort—The Little Mermaid standard rooms. 20% savings is for select Moderate, Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts; lower savings may be available at other select Disney Resort hotels. You can request a Free No Obligation Quote at [email protected]
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    Mickey, Minnie & Pluto lamps

    Donald is now ready to join Mickey, Minnie, and Pluto.
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    Tiered Pricing?

    Interesting article. https://www.disneytouristblog.com/dynamic-pricing-disney-world-disneyland/
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    Apple Users, The APP IS BACK

    Update: The app is uploaded to Apple and we are awaiting notifications. We will let you know as soon as we do. (It was uploaded late last night)
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    Still working, folks. Good news: I have a working version under iOS 11.4 and below now uploaded to the App Store. Bad news: I have to update all the screenshots that go into the App Store page and write all the update copy, and then we have to wait on Apple to review the whole business and post it. I have no idea how long that takes these days. Used to be at least a week or so, but that was back in the day, and this is an update and not a brand new app, so things may be different. I'll keep everyone posted.
  21. 1 point
    I know I am in the minority but I enjoyed his description of the battle he has been waging. I like learning new things. I am always happy to battle trolls. :-)
  22. 1 point
    Disney needs to repurpose the drones into drink delivery drones.
  23. 1 point
    I would be amazed if Disney had that level of organization or even has access to that information. Actual Police Agencies have to jump thru hoops to get and keep access to State and Federal Firearms databases. Any abuse of that access is a Federal Offense and can get your entire Dept kicked off the net. And don't forget that this is the same outfit that can't train it's Security Guards to give the same answer twice let alone enforce rules evenly. I mean, what are they going to do if you say "No" to any of their questions? Are the Security Guards going to bring out the portable Lie Detector? Are they going to start waving RV's into a TSA type vehicle search? There's a reason most of us in Law Enforcement call this stuff "Security Theater".....
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    I'm surprised Disney would be at all in favor of that Gooding's being demolished. It's the only store in the region that makes the grocery prices in Disney's trading posts and resort gift shops look reasonable. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I337 using Tapatalk
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    Clearly the greatest advantage to a MOHO over a TT is that in the MOHO, you can set the cruise and go back, make a sandwich, go to the bathroom, take a nap, watch Dr Phil.