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Retired and Happy (Ken)

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  1. I am looking for some suggestions on finding a campsite in the Smoky Mountains/ Gatlinburg/ etc area that might have an open site for next week, say June 13-20, or so. It needs to be somewhere close to the activity area, but not afraid to drive a few miles to the Parkway. Our old standby, River Plantation, seems to be full as is KOA. 37 foot MH and van. 5-6 people and a small dog.
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    So how many...

    In addition to my post about 12 in a 28 footer above, we also once towed a teardrop which we put sideways at the rear of the site for a daughter's family. It had an air conditioner, a B&W TV, and a dinette/bed for two. They were put on notice that whoever used the bathroom had to empty and clean the toilet. No one used it.
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    Fort site app.

    Anyone heard from Shanta lately?
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    Thanks, Nacole. It's just a little something to keep us busy in old advancing years. We're out of the fostering business now, but our 38th one is in his room and turned 5 when we were at the Fort last Christmas. That's three at home now, with one graduating from high school this May.
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    Site Size Wheelchair Access

    We have gone to WDW for 17 years with one, two, three and once four wheelchairs. The larger boat from the left side of the Marina dock(to either MK or Wilderness Lodge then MK) can usually accommodate 5-6 wheelchairs and scooters. The Smaller boat (to the Contemporary) on the right side of the dock cannot handle anything but folded strollers. We have always used Disney transportation once we were in our site....which has mostly been a premium site. Plenty of concrete, and as already mentioned, often space for a tent either on the concrete to the rear of the RV or just off the concrete on what is usually pine straw these days. Our MH is a 37 footer and we usually park the van in the lot at the Outpost, so we can put up more Christmas decorations. Check on the site dimension on the app. We usually have room for our RV and a cargo trailer that carries a lot of medical needs and our golf cart. Edit: We usually have room for a canopy alongside the RV to park the wheelchairs and/or the GC under.
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    When we were fostering we were required to have and keep current CPR and life saving training and certification. We were trained on AEDs as a part of the training (Bi-annually). They didn't mention shaving, but we were pretty much training for infants, who usually didn't need to shave yet. I do remember there were different sized pads for the little ones. We never bought an AED, but we did have to do CPR a couple of times. I don't like to think about that.
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    Over 55 Verizon Customers

    I received a message on my Verizon smartphone last week outlining the $40 per line plan. I'm in GA, so maybe it's not just for FL anymore.
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    Golf cart parking...

    What are the new hot-plate picnic tables for? Who would be eating over there? Especially in the sun!
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    Question about Power Pole Location

    Now I have to go measure my cord. Last time we were there, water was up front and power was at the rear. We had to compromise on the parking location, but we made it work between cord and hose lengths and location of slide out clearances. I can't recall what site we were in...my mind only goes back to just before lunch today... but there was the back side of a joint use CS behind our site and a paved walkway one side. Some day I need to go back and figure what sites we have been in over the years and make a list or spreadsheet.
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    Christmas reservations

    Jason, We hope we are still on your upgrade-for-Christmas list. You know how Judy is with her decorations. :)
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    Help! Supposed to arrive Friday!

    Assuming the previous posting was Tuesday the 12th, what is the update on the Fort and gas availability?
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    Did I just pay $175 for a campsite?

    I haven't been on here in some time, but I saw this thread and read through all 6 pages. We may be an exception to some of the problems discussed here, but we will likely be coming back for several years...if we have several remaining years left. With our three kids in wheelchairs we don't do the thrill rides, and we seem to visit the same attractions and eating places every year. These are things the kids can participate in and can recognize from previous visits. We used to come down a couple times a year, but skipped last year entirely in favor of the Dollywood area. We're back at the Fort this December and hope (with Jason's help) for a really good campsite. I'm not sure where we would go besides Pigeon Forge for attractions within the interest of our kids. And it's the kids we go for. We have had APs for several years at both Dollywood and WDW, but might cut back there. Dollywood is closer but there is less to do there and there are a LOT more hills to push the wheelchairs UP (never seems to be DOWN). For the past few years we have brought our van and MH to the Fort, but I'm not sure Judy is up to driving this year, so we are going to try the trip with only the MH and trailer (with GC). I'm not sure if there is a price cutoff for us, but we are not happy with the high level it has gone to in the past few years, especially with the difficulty in getting decent reservations. For now we will endure and come enjoying watching the kids enjoy WDW while we stay in our own RV with kitchen bathroom, and bedroom. Edit: And the Fort and our MH is the only practical way for us to travel with the kids with their equipment.
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    Just want to introduce myself.

    Welcome. We usually travel with three "kids" in wheelchairs and a dog. We spend Decembers at the Fort except for this past December (our first miss in 16 years), but will be back this year. I haven't been on the forum much this past year, but we do have some experience. So if we can answer any questions, give us a holler. There are others who know more than I do, but Dave and FWG are both very knowledgeable and the SNARKYest. I noticed you War Eagled back to Jen. Do you have an Auburn connection? We are a house divided with a War Eagle and a Roll Tide.
  14. We were using the program for the first time. Judy used Option 1 and got gift certificates the same day. We're just hoping those bar codes really mean something when we go to use them (3 paper printed "cards", I believe). It was being tried as a convenience for us to have the site paid for when we got there, but we'll never know now. The plan now is to take the gift "cards" when we check in. if Disney won't take them, we know no one will.
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    Fort Wilderness needs a pool like this

    I saw a tiny house show recently where a family bought 20 acres with 17 being a flooded rock quarry. They had a large house for the family, but the family had expanded and outgrown it. They added a tiny house next to the quarry with a golf tee, a diving board and slide that emptied into the quarry. The house with kitchen and bedroom would sleep any visiting family comfortably. I also saw the 20 year project. I spend too much time with the TV and Facebook.
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    Emoji Movie

    Is the movie better than that new emoji game show on GSN? I personally can't watch the game show.
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    In 68 Days

    About 135 days for us. A long time since we missed this past December after 15 years of Decembers. Since i don't drink and my doctor would frown on the Dole Whip, I guess I'll just relax with a caffeine free diet coke (generic, most likely). Ah! That's the life... We're in a Preferred so far, but hope to upgrade to a Premium before we get there. Although a site close to the Settlement would be convenient for us to avoid a few busses.
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    Complete Fire Ban at the Fort

    Lots of rain around here, but it is encouraging my bamboo to spread into the yard. Anyone got a panda that needs feeding? And for those familiar, River Plantation in Sevierville TN posted a picture showing the river at the top of its bank a couple days ago.
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    Trails End Hula Hoops are Gone :-(

    So, do I understand right: even the donated hoops are gone? Then surely archery is gone? What about falling off a pony or getting trampled by a horse? I already know one lady who fell out of a golf cart a few years back...
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    Free Parking at the Parks?

    We never drive to any of the parks. We always take the boat or bus. If we drive we have to load the three wheelchairs in the van, then unload at the park then reload to return to the Fort. On the boat, one stays up front and the other two go to the newer handicapped seating on the front row of seats. On the bus during our last visit, the CM let us strap two chair is the two positions and one of us would hold Blake and the other hold his chair in the aisle. I don't know if we will always get away with that, but we have had to take two busses at times. Often the CM would call and get some priority seating for whoevwer in taking the second bus. At any rate, we would be on vacation and a few extra minutes does not bother us.
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    New Camper...1st Time at the Fort

    And unless they have changed things, 6 passenger carts cannot be reserved, but you can be put on a waiting list in case there are none available when you check in. Enjoy.
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    Did Disney build Fort Wilderness?

    But the Lawnmower Tree is no more. The lawnmower Stump is no more. So many changes...
  23. I'd hate to see all that interstate traffic whizzing down Hotel Blvd. And we occasionally stop in Crossroads late in the evening for something to take back to the MH.
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    Free 9 month old German shepherd

    What a great story. A storybook ending (or chapter) for everyone, and quite informative to all of us.