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  1. Oh and even if you use a travel agent such as myself you still have control, we just do the tedious work of sitting on the phone with Disney for you. Yes any changes or payments have to go through us after we book for you but we work for you. At least I do. I try to respond to all of my clients in as quick of a timeframe as possible.
    8 points
  2. I bet when you return to the cabin in the evening, there will be a QR code on your bed to scan and see pictures of towel animals.
    7 points
  3. Say what you want. Blame it on COVID. Blame it on greedy executives. Blame it on politicians. But I'm here to settle the argument. Blame for the decline of Disney can be placed with one group, and one group only. The bakers. My proof? Circa 2010 Circa 2015 Circa 2019 Circa 2021 I rest my case.
    7 points
  4. I know that camping gatherings are on hold until all this junk is behind us, but I still wanted to thank each and every one of you for sticking around and keeping the "dream" alive of one day getting together again. On this day, 10 years ago, a couple of minutes after midnight, this forum began. (I then, 10 minutes later, was unceremoniously banned from Voldemort, lol) We recently had our Wild Womenz Weekend 2021, with COVID restrictions of course, and it was one of the best evah! Some of our regulars couldn't make it at the last minute, but we knew they were there in spirit. CO
    7 points
  5. 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
  6. I randomly popped on to FF and this was the first thread I noticed. I have a lot of catching up to do around here but am delighted to see so many familiar names contributing! When I was a "regular" here, I lived outside of Jacksonville, FL and my kids were in elementary school. We started camping at the Fort in a tent when they were 3 and 6, then a pop up, then a TT. In 2013, we relocated to a suburb of Philadelphia. Sold our TT to another family on this board right before we moved. We did get a new one, though we do not tow it down there. Now when we visit WDW we stay in a cabin. Expe
    5 points
  7. The fact that it sounds even remotely reasonable for the price to have doubled in 6 years is proof that we’ve lost our collective minds. Housing prices have doubled. The price of a steak has doubled. The price of a Disney vacation has doubled. Has your income doubled? If it has, good for you. But I bet most people would answer no. I know we all make decisions and prioritize spending based on what’s important to us, and I am not criticizing anyone for choosing to spend their money at WDW. I just don’t see how this is sustainable in the big picture.
    5 points
  8. I'm going to touch on a few topic that i've read in this multi page thread. 1. Is FF slowing down? Answer yes, I think other social media consumes peoples free time online. I think they get most of their breaking news / updates there and come here just to see if anyone they know has something going on. I'm not a social media user I only use Discord and involved in several topic servers there. 2. There are no moose in Great Smokey Mountains National Park, they would be Elk very very big elk. 3. The cost, and frustration of going to DW or the Fort. My wife, our son (now
    5 points
  9. I can't get any answer anywhere, but my biggest concern is that it seems to be based on having to use a guest-provided smartphone to use the system. I REALLY hope that they revamp the FP kiosks to use the system with a card or Magic Band. I HATE using my phone in the parks, and have gone so far as to telling Guest Services and CMs that I don't have one. In the three or four times I've tried, I have NEVER even been able to get my phone to recognize the RoR queue. I've tried all the tricks. It merely goes from not time, not time, not time, not time..... full. It really started rubbing me th
    5 points
  10. On the Wonder for the East bound Panama Canal. Only 850 guests on board, 27 kids and outnumbered by the crew, 920.
    4 points
  11. Right back at you friend. This place (and the Fort) really were a lot of fun back in the day. My Disney days would also be behind me but for the fact that the TCD twins still live right outside WDW and one of them just landed her dream job in DCL HR. We all just arrived back yesterday from the first Fantasy test cruise with guests (albeit all DCL CMs and their friends and family) and the twins are heading back out on Saturday for another test cruise. So our Disney journey will continue. TCD
    4 points
  12. Hmmmm, stuff like this just makes me go into passive aggressive mode and play dumb old person. If and when I go back and have tickets, I'll just have to go to guest services and find out how to use this Genie+ thing without a smart phone. That's how we got RoR boarding passes.
    4 points
  13. In other Disney news, guests visiting Mickey's Backyard Massage Parlor and Casino are strongly encouraged to be up to date on their tetanus inoculation, and have a current prescription for penicillin on hand.
    4 points
  14. I imagine pricing will be determined in real time in the app using algorithms based on crowd size and location, date, time, and whether Chapek has met his quota triggering bonus and restricted stock grants.
    4 points
  15. I've heard of Fort Fiends being called many things over the years, but polite company isn't one of them.
    4 points
  16. Sorry Lou I never tire seeing the EWP. It is one of the oldest things that hasn’t changed. I pray it lasts at least till my future grandkids are old enough to watch and remember it. First saw it in 1992 and all my kids love it.
    4 points
  17. My brother was in journalism his whole life and he always said, "There are no more journalist, only copy writers, nobody researches the story".
    4 points
  18. 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.
    4 points
  19. 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
  20. Is there a full day exciment at typhone lagone?
    4 points
  21. 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
  22. Am I the only one that likes to wing it? who knows what I'll be in the mood for to eat or what ride I want to try 3 months or more ahead of time let alone that very morning.
    4 points
  23. Yvonne, this is a difficult question to answer quickly. I think I'm gonna do a mini trip report because I have a lot of pros and cons resulting from this trip that I'd like to share. Unfortunately our annual passes expired at the end of our 2019 trip, and since we thought we wouldn't be back for nearly a year we didn't renew. So we were stuck paying nearly half what the AP would have cost for just a 7-day ticket. But what a wonderful time you will have not camping! Such a special time in your lives! ROFL! Gretchen, we had an accumulation of freezing
    4 points
  24. Last week I was finishing planning our upcoming Florida trip and went to the My Disney Experience site. I entered the first week of our trip and we are in the Fort, October 24 thru the 29th! First time in 3 years we've been able to get reservations. We cancelled the RV park we were in for those dates and changed the other reservation we had to match. Wow! I guess it pays to never give up!
    3 points
  25. I said all along that working for the Disney company is a love hate relationship. Loved the actual work but hated how day to day things were managed. For me it was an occasional and temporary escape from my actual profession for the first twelve years and then a retirement job for the last ten, I never had to climb the corporate ladder. And when they did offer me an interview for a full time position in the Ride & Show group, I declined because I knew I wouldn't last when it became real. Now after having received my Mickey gold watch from Disney and retaining all my benefits, I look
    3 points
  26. How is that any different than a vast majority of CO-OP jobs at any college? You get to work for slightly above minimum wage for College Credits and no other benefits and there is no guarantee that you will be hired after graduation. I have a good friend who swears by the College Program and he "Loves DIS" for the doors that the program opened for him. He is currently the Director of Ticket Operations for an NFL team.
    3 points
  27. Thanks. We will hope for the best. Both of the girls were treated poorly by Disney during the pandemic, and both had previous offers to return to lesser roles that they rejected. Working for DCL, though, comes with some next-level perks and opportunities, so this will hopefully go well for her. TCD
    3 points
  28. I'm purchasing the "Hard Pass" this time around
    3 points
  29. That's the important point, right there. I love when pictures from our many trips to the Fort pop up, with all of my family together. Sometimes I like to go back and read my old trip reports and relive those moments. As much as I enjoyed writing those reports for all of you to read, and bantering back and forth about things on here (and the DIS before)...and I very much DID enjoy that!....I also wrote the reports in part to memorialize the trips for my own enjoyment in the future. I'm sure others who have written reports have also enjoyed re-reading their own reports from time to time, and
    3 points
  30. bettcha my flip phone won't make the cut
    3 points
  31. Blood suckers - this will be brutal for the average family for 4 -
    3 points
  32. One of those diseases we aren't supposed to mention in polite company?
    3 points
  33. I will have a longer review on my page most likely but here it is, and the buffet lovers may disagree/hate me for it. This was the best dinner I have had at Trails End in years. Sure I missed some minor elements (bread pudding) but the ability of the food was superior and it was hot and fresher than the buffet. Having it served vs. buffet was nice as well. Anything we wanted more of they were happy to bring. The andouille, brisket, rotisserie chicken, breads, and salad and really everything was great. I am not a fluff piece kind of person. I showed up expecting to be really
    3 points
  34. I cannot believe that they’re going to serve rotisserie chicken and not fried chicken. And ribs and shrimp are add ons? Sad. TCD
    3 points
  35. It’s always after hours at Mickey’s Backyard Massage Parlor and Casino.
    3 points
  36. I will get to the area July 18th and I have a new lens and microphone for my DSLR to work on recording the shows. Looking forward to it.
    3 points
  37. My sources tell me they will be offering special trauma services for people who’ve just received their Disney hotel bill.
    3 points
  38. 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.
    3 points
  39. We're in NH and right now are booked for a few weeks in November. Really hoping things are a lot more "normal" by then. As much as we love hanging out at the Fort, it's too far for us to go and too much for us to spend if so many things in the parks are still weird/closed. We had hoped to be there for the 50th, and it's our 25th anniversary to boot, but if things aren't more open by then we may shorten our time at WDW and maybe head to the coast or Keys for the rest.
    3 points
  40. I think you guys are "baiting me" to click on the link to watch and listen to this guy's hot air, all just to make my blood pressure increase! And I am about the most laid back person around... but I just can't abide by outright lies and mis-truth!
    3 points
  41. Hey, y'all! I'm back! And my little finger is working better now, as you can tell. I have about 4" of incisions on my elbow, I had a severe case of ulnar nerve entrapment in my elbow that was corrected. Basically I had the same thing as carpal tunnel syndrome, only it was in my elbow. I ignored it too long, and it was to the point that it was either surgery or lose the use of my hand. I'm 10 days post surgery, and you wouldn't believe how well I'm healing. I was unbelievably blessed with a wonderful surgeon, no pain, not even having to take pain pills after surgery, just everythin
    3 points
  42. Or just take a little laundry detergent with you, smear it on all your clothes and hop in a shower at a comfort station
    3 points
  43. Yikes... that is off-the-charts wrong. By that logic, if I pull up with my tent gear strapped to the back of a motorcycle I should be able to get a Premium Meadows site for next to nothing! A good argument for not taking the word of a self-proclaimed "expert" on YouTube as gospel.
    3 points
  44. As much as we like Disney we were getting a bit annoyed on having to book almost everything well before we got there as by the time we got there things or just what we wanted to do could change We would prefer the old paper fast passes even if we had to hustle early to try to get what we wanted then add on as we could. I am even at the point where selling our DVC would not bother me at all.
    3 points
  45. Gwen they didn't card him because of his age, they probably wanted to do a credit check so you could complete the mortgage papers on what that wine was gonna cost!
    3 points
  46. The weather must really hate me! I've been miserably cold the entire time we've been here. Wishing I'd brought my heavy coat. Yesterday I wore thermals, a turtleneck sweater, a sherpa-lined hooded sweatshirt, and still froze. I just hope you're enjoying this, Gretchen! My aunt and uncle lived in Lakeland before they passed away. They never admitted to having cold weather down here. They just called us whenever we had snow and laughed and told us how warm their weather was! If you all need a good laugh, my 72 year old husband just got carded at the trading post when he tried
    3 points
  47. Hey all, I usually do not post here anymore for a few reasons. Mostly because we are not campers any longer and as I am not anti Disney, we have been saddened by the changes (even pre Covid) the mouse has made. Our daughter is now 15. We started camping at the fort when she was 2. Unfortunately, Disney priced us out of the fort around 2016/2017. Our daughter is still a huge Disney fan and will stay up to date with all things Disney at the parks. She wants to go back so bad, and honestly, the wife and I wouldn’t mind a little bit of happy place after this past 15 months working in the medical
    2 points
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