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  1. For me, we've actually lost some interest in Disney and the Fort. The uptick in prices, the fact that we can no longer buy an annual pass at present, and the pandemic, has put a damper on our enthusiasm for things Disney. (Especially since we just traveled cross country for three weeks, for less than a week at the Fort)
    6 points
  2. I’m glad to read that your girls have landed on their feet. I would have expected nothing less. I wish them the best in their post-Mouse lives. Anna is 13 years old. Yes, we’ve combined Anna’s trademark Russian attitude with teenage angst. Life in the DIT household is pretty active. While most of our friends are now empty nesters, we’re still firmly in Disney princess territory, which is really annoying for me being the anti-Disney guy I long have been. Like the country song said...I was anti-Disney before anti-Disney was cool. Lol. So all of these changes at
    4 points
  3. Is there a full day exciment at typhone lagone?
    4 points
  4. Also a big Wawa fan, when I drove tractor trailer for UPS it was at least twice a night stop for coffee. On a side note I am even a bigger fan of Wawa as my dad was a delivery driver back in the VERY early days to houses when I was born so I tell everyone I am the milkman's baby
    4 points
  5. I'd love to attend but I'd have to drive a whopping 45 minutes just to see some Fort Fiend knuckleheads. For those who remember me, I retired from Disney and now live north of Atlanta. I will show up at Stone Mt. to annoy as many of you as I can. It'll be just like old times at the Fort. And you thought you had gotten rid of me. I expect some apple pie.
    3 points
  6. I know for myself that when I first joined Fort Fiends I was a SAHM. My children were between the ages of 8-14. I had more time after they went to bed to post and comment. As they got older and as I started working part time my time became more limited. I also agree with Carol about the ease of posting pictures for Trip Reports is gone. Sadly, I don’t have a solution for that. My thought is this rather than focus on the past, why not continue to just post when we feel called. When I need prayers or positive thoughts I know I can turn to Fort Fiends. If I need advice on places to eat either
    2 points
  7. You are correct. I do not do Facebook either. I only follow three forums and this is one of them. I would be very sorry to lose this one. Even though I do not post very often I check it regularly just to follow the news of WDW and the Fort. Although we haven't stayed at the Fort in years, largely due to the cost, we always do several visits there when we are in the area if only to chat to the CMs we have met over the years or catch a meal or visit with friends who might be staying there. I would be sorry to see this forum migrate to Facebook.
    2 points
  8. There is already a page on Facebook for Fort Fiends. If you have not already liked the page here is the link. https://m.facebook.com/fortfiends/ Also, it is imperative that we “like” the posts and comment on them. I have been slacking in this area.
    2 points
  9. Some counties have lifted bans, but the larger companies have not stopped requiring masks in those counties, WalMart, Costco, Lowe’s, etc.
    1 point
  10. Desantis wanted local control when it suited him as a means to avoid a decision on a mask mandate. I thought local control was a good idea. Then he pulled the rug out from everybody when it was politically expedient to do so by telling local governments they cannot enforce the very rules he said they are the best to decide on. He also required bars to incorporate very expensive precautions in order to reopen and then one week later issued a huge "never mind" and told everybody they could fully open. Bar owners were not happy and most continued to adhere to some level of precaution.
    1 point
  11. Well, being 1400 miles away makes it hard to do a weekend trip. 😀 We will be there in 41 days, so will probably be posting sometime after that.
    1 point
  12. Desantis never had a state wide mask mandate. When he was still of a somewhat sane mind, he said that because Florida was so large, each county should decide if they should mandate masks. Then, he reopened the state, and made the ruling that no county or local government could level any punishment for violating a local mask mandate, persons or businesses. Very hypocritical in the sense that he used local jurisdiction as a means to avoid being the person mandating masks and then turns around and bans the enforcement of any local decisions regarding masks. The only thing that has limited the
    1 point
  13. As a long time AP holder I paid for unlimited, unrestricted access to all 4 parks. With the ability to park hop as I please. Because of the pandemic those items, which I paid for, were taken away. I get it. Things had to change to accommodate as many guests as possible. But why is it the AP seems to be hurt the most? disney choose to sell new tickets to the parks. (Regular tickets.). Therefore limiting the access to people like myself that had already paid for tickets. What would you tell someone who bought a 7 day pass last month but when they arrived at WDW were told
    1 point
  14. From my point of view, how Disney treats CMs/retirees now is not much different than they've been treated during normal times. They've always gotten the leftovers. Disney gives them stuff when it doesn't cost them anything. They're allowed into the parks when the parks are not overly busy. Disney loses nothing by letting them in. They give them discounted cruises and resort stays if they know they won't sell out. In all cases Disney still makes out because as guests, CMs and retirees go to the restaurans and buy Disney crap. IE, it's the same old, same old. The treatment didn't bother me
    1 point
  15. The corruption and malfeasance has been from the Governor’s office and Legislature more than it has been from local governments. So we now have horrible roads, schools, and our environment is a disaster. But at least we don’t have a State income tax, and you can go wherever you want without a mask. Paradise. TCD
    1 point
  16. More poor treatment of castmembers and reneging on retirement benefits. Park entry is part of the compensation and retirement packages that castmembers were promised. Except when Disney reneges so they can sell tickets to day guests. Pure greed. TCD
    1 point
  17. I agree with what you all are saying. Good to 'see' you Lou and TCD so glad your girls have found other jobs. Their youth and education probably helped them. I know former cast members with years at WDW in salaried and 'helping' Tigger positions and they still trying to find a new job. Two in my neighborhood went ahead and retired, at least that freed up a couple jobs. I haven't even tried to get a reservation to get in a park yet. Now have learned I need to navigate that system to make, if possible, resies for out of town friends coming in Sept. rats I hate not being able to ju
    1 point
  18. All of the above plus unmitigated government corruption and malfeasance. It is absolutely shocking to see the amount of unchecked development that has been allowed along the I-4 corridor with no improvement in infrastructure or provision for the astronomical traffic that logically flows from the unchecked development. But if you have enough cash and know the right crooked politicians, you can build a toll road going to nowhere on or near land that you own and then build all kinds of residential units that will dump out onto the overcrowded interstates. TCD
    1 point
  19. Good to see you here, Dave. I bought my camper when my oldest daughter was 8, and the twins were 4, and those first 10 years were the best. Like you, we made many last minute weekend trips, and never had a problem getting a site or feeling ripped off. I didn’t like what came next, but I accepted it, and we just camped less, but still enjoyed it when we did. What finally did it for me is seeing how opportunistic and greedy Disney has been during the pandemic. The park pass system blocks out passholders so they can sell those spaces to day guests at a higher price. Even though park atten
    1 point
  20. Andrew, great to hear from you. When you of all people are parting ways with Disney, everyone needs to realize there is a problem..lol. Like we spoke years ago, Disney has changed so much. For years it was just an attraction that a family could vacation at. Disney was not battling for world domination back then like they are now. It seems the majority changed when they bought MARVEL. Everything was looked at to make more money. They didn’t just want to make more money, they wanted to become a powerhouse and make a HUGE amount of money. With acquisitions like ABC,ESPN and eventually Lucasf
    1 point
  21. OK so I got my shots, I'm retired but we still need to wear a mask out in public and we can't get into the Magic Kingdom because of it being the Easter Season. I had to get out of the house. You know you are bored silly when the only thing you can think of doing is going to a new gas station that's 45 miles away. And that's how we found ourselves at Buc-ee's. If you are traveling south to I-4 you will drive right by it. Exit onto LPGA Blvd which is just a few miles north of the I-4 turnoff. The place is huge. It has 104 fueling pumps and 53,000Sq ft of retail space inside the store. Ga
    1 point
  22. Like I said in the initial post, there used to be posts about the Fort, Disney, the evil Universal, food, characters, and ones that went off the track so far you had to go back to the original OP to find out what everyone was talking about. There was always something to read and reply to. I miss those days.
    1 point
  23. Huge WaWa fan here in Maryland. My mom also lives near Salisbury.
    1 point
  24. From WESH 2 Mask mandate in Orange County could be relaxed, mayor says https://www.wesh.com › article › orange-county-mask-..
    1 point
  25. We have felt safer on Disney properties with their rules then most other places.
    1 point
  26. But apparently they are already "relaxing" the rules. You can take it off for a photo.. the rumor is out that the rule is being relaxed at the FORT in certain areas. We were at DS Thursday and many people were sitting, no food or drink, with their masks off, no CM commented. We will see....
    1 point
  27. Disney doesn't have to follow relaxed guidelines. We have a county just N of Tampa that did away with the county ordinance about wearing masks last week. I noticed a couple independent stores took down their signs, but Lowes, Dollar Tree, Wal-Mart etc still enforce mask wearing.
    1 point
  28. I have enjoyed all the Trip Reports and fun posts from everyone that posted them, whether it was Disney related or not. And I appreciated the time and effort they put in them. A big Thank You! I hope more people will come back and share their trips and other interesting info going forward. This forum has always had the most friendly and respectful people. I am honored to be a part.🙂
    1 point
  29. When I joined Fort Fiends my girls were still in elementary school. My son was just starting high school. They are all grown now. It’s difficult even trying to plan a weekend away sometimes where we can all go. Like I mentioned in the Defeated Creek GG thread. Our lives are moving in different directions. I was thinking the other day about it and I was thinking it is like a neighborhood. When my family moved in to our neighborhood it was brand new. Like just a few streets done and most of us had small children. You would constantly see children playing and lots of neighborhood planned act
    1 point
  30. Thanks Gretchen I do too. Been about 6 days since i contacted them and still no answer. With all the room on their locations just the safety factor for us is a plus, then they are usually cheaper on fuel but after we would get done shopping in their store whatever we saved on diesel would probably be left in their store.
    1 point
  31. Even the Facebook groups related to Fort Wilderness have really slowed down. I think the pricing and the difficulty getting reservations while there are so many new RVs has taken some of the appeal away.
    1 point
  32. I think the biggest problem with trip reports is the huge increase in Photobucket's pricing. They were the easiest to use Photo hosting and linking service. Nothing else since has compared.
    1 point
  33. I'd put it down to a natural ebb and flow, compounded by COVID issues. As things return to normal, and people start camping at the fort again, I bet there will be an uptick. For those of you going to the Fort, be sure to advertise the site with your snarky signs and magnets. 😃 I'm one of the folks who came here through the great trip reports that show up. I don't even camp, but I do love hearing about all things Disney. With a number of the older poster's not as active anymore, we just need an infusion of new-to-the-Fort folks to get the board rocking again.
    1 point
  34. It might be better to go next year but our family situation requires us to go this year. Last Family Vacation with all the family. Last child graduating from high school and the rest are starting to scatter. Can't wait until next year because we don't know where a couple of them will be by then. Thanks @katman1356...Jason! You are the man!!
    1 point
  35. ORLANDO (WFLA) — Walt Disney World has updated their website to say guests can begin taking outdoor pictures at their parks without having to wear a face covering. Walt Disney World has had one of the most strict mask policies among private businesses in Florida since reopening last year during the pandemic. Guests aren’t even allowed to enter the park or walk around if their mask is below their nose. Exceptions to Disney’s mask rule have been if guests were swimming or dining. Now, the park is going to allow its guests to temporarily remove their masks to take an outdoor photo, but
    1 point
  36. dblr....Rennie

    Predictions

    So the old saying is true, when one door closes another opens!!!
    1 point
  37. Grumpy and Grandma

    Predictions

    Sorry, but I have no sympathy for the prima donnas who say "NO" because they aren't getting their "OLD" job back. Many years ago I changed jobs and took a cut in pay because cuts were coming. Best thing I ever did....the new position opened up a great opportunity and I never looked back..
    1 point
  38. Buc-ees is a tradition for all us okies heading south into texas. No matter what else you get there you have to try their homemade potato chips. thick cut with just the right amount of salt.
    1 point
  39. It is probably a reflection of my age but an item about expanding the Main Street Confectionary caught my eye and I couldn't help but wonder if maybe, if they take over the hat shop, if it wouldn't be a lovely opportunity to bring back a certain cinnamon bun? A small revival of the Main Street Bakery? Perhaps in honour of the 50th As I said, it's a probably a reflection of age but that WOULD be a reason to celebrate ! (PS I know a certain large corporation up the street would likely not be happy about that)
    1 point
  40. LOL!! How's that joke go "first you say it..."
    1 point
  41. Yep! And those little buggers are the itchiest. It helps me a wee bit, but not much. I eventually found out out that if I pop an antihistamine it works better.
    1 point
  42. The bean counters would probably have them use the Pillsbury ones in a can!
    1 point
  43. That sounds like completely insane shopping amusement park... annnnnnnd I'm writing it on my list for our next trip.
    1 point
  44. Here it is, and it's pretty darned snazzy! https://www.facebook.com/doctordisney/posts/4188357094521687
    1 point
  45. The Magic Returns to the Village We are thrilled to announce that nearly 10 months from the day that we said goodbye to our last wish family in March, we will be getting back to our mission of spreading joy and creating the happiness that inspires hope for critically ill children and their families by reopening our beloved Village beginning on January 17, 2021. https://www.gktw.org/covid19/
    1 point


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