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Everything posted by Breezy2

  1. I think there is a societal culture change taking place with the grand kiddo's. They have become quite jaded and so over exposed to theme parks they ask to go and play at the fort or the beach not the parks. Nothing seems to excite or impress them anymore. It's the "been there, done that" syndrome. Now it's more about "experiences" that their friends haven't already done to death. Disney and other theme parks no longer have bragging rights for these kids. Have quite a few friends who have given up their Annual Passes because the kiddo's are "bored" with the parks. There will always be those kids that haven't gone and will have that Disney glow and be full of wonder but those who have been going repetitively since they were babes in strollers are done. Keep in mind for adults it's an escape from everyday life, kids are looking for new and exciting not same old same old. At what age did your kids lose interest and what replaced it? Do they still like the Disney Parks or are they just into camping at the fort? Our 's got into ziplining!
  2. Just got back from another magical stay at the Fort and curiousity got the best us due to increasing site rates. We looped 2000, the most reasonable loop at the Fort, and were amazed at all the Class B and Class C Motorhomes over there. For those of us who aren't trailering this obviously is becoming an option big time to save some bucks. Each site had 20/30/50 amp hookups along with cable and water. The only thing missing was sewer but obviously not an issue for those staying there. Concrete pads were much shorter with long/wide coquina pads for tents. But overall the sites were quite long, wide, private and very shady overall-nice for the summer. Technically this is a Tent/Camper Van loop but seems the rules are pretty loose and changing. Something to consider for the future to save some money. I wonder as the rates keep increasing will we see less tents? Is that part of the Disney plan? If so, I find that pretty sad. Your thoughts?
  3. Awesome photos @bioreconstruct. It's one thing for all of us to chat about the new construction but it's another thing to get a birds eye view. THANKS!
  4. Good point-didn't think about that. Especially when I use "My Disney Experience" throughout the day while in the park and totally run down my phone battery. I definitely need to look into those portable chargers as I see more and more options such as a digital key becoming the norm.
  5. Are you saying they made you pay $50 day for having a dog at your campsite? Or, did they charge you a flat fee rather than daily? I read they were charging for doggie cabin stays but the campsites also? There's a heck of a lot of dogs in the campground-that's some big bucks for Disney!
  6. So as we travel down this path trying to figure out if we have to pay for toads, what about golf carts. Golf Carts are motorized. What about motorcycles or scooters? As far as the Fort is concerned they will need further clarification about "complimentary standard parking" and "one (1) motorized vehicle". Our last visit a few weeks ago two adjoining full hook up sites across from us had 5 additional vehicles, 3 golf carts and two huge tents. What about all those extra family and friend vehicles? Were they rental rv's and everyone drove in? Yikes, what a mess this could be and expensive!
  7. OMG! Thanks for the wonderful sweet memories. Teachers got in for free, tickets were $11 and we surely did covet those "E" ticket coupons. I still have some of those coupons and comp tickets as keepsakes of those glory days. Ahhhhh.....how sweet it was!
  8. Seems to me like these "special events" are getting out of hand. I feel sorry for people who buy tickets to find out their time in a specific park is limited because of an "evening event." A day ticket on those special days is exactly that- doesn't mean you get night time too. They need to start charging less for limited access. That'll never happen-haha! But would be an eloquent solution, good public relations, and put the smile back on Walt's face.
  9. Hmmmmm.....is there a golf cart ban coming in favor of bikes or some other type of shuttle ? The golf carts & drivers (definitely not the Fiends) have gotten totally out of control - could this just be the first step in a major change? It certainly isn't a step forward for golf cart users otherwise they would have expanded golf cart parking. If anything its an indicator of a thought process. Just wondering......
  10. Congrats on getting a reservation for Florida's official Hurricane Week-that's why a premium site was available and more reasonable. Hurricane's historically make landfall in Florida every Labor Day Weekend a few days one side or the other of the holiday. Be prepared to evacuate - have a Plan B in place before you arrive. Just a 50 year resident offering words of wisdom. Sprinkle some Pixie Dust and hope you get in and out safely and have a magical time.
  11. Now that's an interesting thought. Makes me perspire in January just thinking about being crammed in a gondola in the hot humid summer season. I'm sure they'll also use lightning strike indicators like the other theme parks and shut it down in an approaching storm. Disney is certainly going to have its challenges on this one. This is Florida not Cali. Our thunderstorms are deadly serious. Saw lightning strike a tree in my front yard while the sun was still shining during an approaching storm-called anvil or blue sky lighning. I've had a healthy respect for it ever since!
  12. Great offer for our Canadian visitors! How about a USA marketing campaign where each month a different state was given the same opportunity? Would be interesting to see the sales numbers.
  13. Love the video of the "flooding" in the 1900 loop. For those of you not from Florida, note the trees in that loop. It was built in a Cypress Tree swamp! Whenever you buy a home in Florida the first thing you look for is Cypress Trees because that's where the water is going to be someday - SWAMP! Beautiful trees - but, look at the skirt (wide base) on the tree and see where the high water mark is - LOL! The Fort is great, no matter what, but those trees are a dead giveaway about water level - especially if you camp in the rainy summer season.
  14. Guess they can control early entry but the evening hours- LOL! Those guests have always been there at night and no one checks and asks them to leave. Yes, maybe they can' t get on rides, can't verify that, but its not always about the rides. They are just legitimizing a part of the crowd that already exists and forging their relationship with "other" branded hotels on Disney property. Once again, clever marketing.
  15. Glad to hear. We were at the Fort a week ago and since we are passholders and didn't carry any bags we weren't stopped for a security check at ANY of the parks OR even getting off the launch at the Magic Kingdom. At the launch landing we were directed to walk between the two scanners! I'm sure there is a lot of undercover security around but it sure didn't give us a good feeling knowing we were never checked, not once, entering the parks. Made us a bit uneasy especially in the massive extended hours Magic Kingdom crowd. We avoided the hub and made sure we were close to the Cast Member exit by the Crystal Palace where they directed everyone backstage to exit. Rather scary experience since Main Street was totally blocked all the way to the hub and we kept thinking about the lack of security checks. How many others just walked right in???
  16. How disappointing. Sorry to hear that. Lesson learned for all of us. When you are checking around and the dates are available - BOOK IT and make other decisions later! Unfortunately since the system has no penalties until you get in the cancellation window it has created a subculture of bookers/cancellers to hold spots and book out our favorite campground. Hopefully things will open up again for you real soon.....try booking single days. Good Luck and enjoy Spring Break - hopefully at the Fort! May the "fort" be with you.
  17. Thirsty? Need a quick salty snack? Go to Baseline Tap House and grab a beer and pretzel. Adult hideaway, limited menu (pretzels, almonds, charcuterie), not for kids. Don't see this lasting very long. Limited indoor seating but also noticed never crowded. Hmmmm-time will tell.
  18. Check out the "spa" facilities on site such as "Senses" at Saratoga Springs or Grand Floridian. https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/spas/ If you were coming in the summer I would say just step outside your camper-LOL! All kidding aside have a lovely trip from one spa lover to another.
  19. For all the local APholders that go day tripping to DW, when we don't stay at the fort, a credit card linked to the band for all visits would be awesome! Hope that day comes real soon. Maybe testing the AP discount is a positive step in that direction.
  20. Great suggestions! Fort Fiends always know how to get it done.
  21. Thanks, Tri-Circle-D, that's exactly the info I was looking for. Was wondering how all that was going to work if we were already in the park. Love our Magic Bands and the cooler weather coming in this week!
  22. Are the MNSSHP Tickets linked to your Magic Band? If so, do they give you an additional band when you get there to differentiate you from the rest of the regular guests? Looking forward to going for the first time this year and wondering how they clear out the park of regular guests by 7:00 if you don't have some visual indicator that you paid for a party ticket. Can any party goers fill us in on how this all works?
  23. Bring your own towels. If you have children traveling with you they will appreciate the pool by the Meadows Trading Post. This is the family fun pool. Lots of pool activities, food and beverages. On the other hand the Wilderness Pool by the cabins and tent camping loop is the "quiet" pool. Great place to cool off but no activities, no lifeguards, no Cast Members, no food or beverages. It's nice to have the two options.
  24. Agreed-here's our recent observations. Pictures and description Disney supplies of "Full Hookup Site" don't apply to 2100. They are misleading. Concrete pads are shorter and narrower with a Coquina pad at the back that accommodates a backpacking tent. Sites vary from backing up to small creek opposite the tent camping loop, smaller crowded wooded sites backing up to loop 1100, others backing up to a crossroads and bus stop. Saw many trucks and cars parked in the roadway as Class A's and trailers tried to squeeze by and left instead of staying. The entrance to the loop is very tight! One advantage is its close to the Wilderness Pool but be aware it has no lifeguard, no CM's or food service. This loop works well for Class B and Class C coaches under 30'. Class A's and trailers are doable but would probably be much more comfortable in another loop.
  25. I haven't been to the campfire, do they check your magic band or annual pass? If not, anyone visiting Disney Springs has access to the free buses that puts them right inside the fort where they can catch another bus to the campfire. Am I wrong in my assumption?
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