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  1. With all the $$ spent on technology, salaries, etc, you would think by now Disney could get the transportation running smoother. It's only been about 50 years to work out the bugs. The wait time monitors were a big step in the right direction. A CM with a Walkie Talkie at each stop in contact with transportation central could fix a lot of the issues. Last time we were there, for the most part the buses worked, but when they don't, it's a major failure. We were at the outpost waiting for and internal purple/orange bus. 5 yellow line buses came and went, at one point there were 2 in line and the second left empty. We got the same soon answer you did. EPCOT has to be the worse trying to get a bus back to the Fort. We've waited 40 minutes while numerous/multiple buses to other resorts have come and gone, again some empty.
  2. Did the friend say what the drones were made of? I saw a grainy picture of them during the day, and they looked like they were just a skeleton frame and the lights at night filled them in to look solid?
  3. Did everyone see the dedication ceremony last night with the 2 X-Wing fighters "flying" around? That was the best part, the character actors and speakers were terrible.
  4. Yeah, the media and celebs eventually got to ride after the "delay". Went down again this morning. One interesting thing I saw on a FB post is that in order to ride you have to go into MDE and join a boarding group. Hope they were telling everyone in line about that. There was another FB photo that showed all the boarding groups were filled for today.
  5. Reported by the Tampa Bay Times The ride is down at a Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance preview Media members were turned back after getting most of the way through the queue. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, which opens at Walt Disney World on Thursday, is one of the most important new attractions at the park in years. The marquee ride is a long-awaited addition to the new themed land in Hollywood Studios. The park invited hundreds of media members for a sneak peak on Wednesday. So far, there have been bumps in the media preview. After reporters got most of the way through the queue featuring multiple rooms of themed content, park workers turned them back. The ride was down. Someone from the Orlando Business Journal got stuck in the Stormtrooper hangar and the group had to be escorted off. Early intel shows that the ride is loaded with cutting-edge ride innovations. It’s the kind of buzz Disney has been lacking since it opened Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in California in May and in Florida at the end of August. Disneyland has had two quarters of attendance declines, despite the opening of the 14-acre Star Wars land that was supposed to generate fan furor. Disney spent $1 billion — each — on the nearly identical lands on both coasts. In the lead-up to the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, admission prices were hiked and space was cleared for what was expected to be crushing crowds that never really came. RELATED: Disney’s Star Wars land at capacity before sunrise, thinner by daylight Some riders did indeed get on the ride, including actor Josh Gad who surprised Disney guests Tuesday at Frozen singalong (he’s Olaf). #RiseOfTheResistance is the most impressive ride I have ever been on. I do not think people are ready for the scale, the scope, the surprises & the immersiveness of this soon-to-be iconic attraction. Folks, it’s a game changer. Congrats to @strowbridge & the team of Imagineers🙌 pic.twitter.com/uZ7TamhkN0 — Josh Gad (@joshgad) December 4, 2019 As of 10 a.m. in Orlando, reporters were still waiting to ride. We will update this post with more information.
  6. By 6:15 it's getting light in Tampa (still need headlights), but we are further west than Orlando so they should be getting lighter by 6.
  7. People can always park at DS, bus to those resorts, and still use the Skyliners. Just a little extra work and time.
  8. We were able to park at Boardwalk and WL this weekend to go see the decorations. My daughter tried Beach Club and they wouldn’t let her in so she went to Boardwalk. I showed my ID and Passholder card each time. I’m wondering if the new toll booth bypass to the MK hotels is another reason they are cracking down on people parking at the hotels since it’s easier to get to them.
  9. Our biggest issue was that there were 2 dogs on a site with tents, which according to everything I’ve read and heard is not allowed. When we mentioned that, we got the lame excuse that “maybe there are service dogs and we can’t ask”. But service dogs don’t bark.
  10. The biggest breaker of Disney rules is Disney itself. We mentioned about that no pets in tents notice, and that's when the CM told us they couldn't ask if they were service dogs. They have been allowing all kinds and sizes of campers in the partial loops for years, even though their pages say partial loops are for tents, pop ups, and van campers. There was a picture on a Fort FB page of a Class A shoehorned into a site on the 2000 loop over Halloween. So I won't feel bad about parking my [email protected] on a partial, it's smaller than a lot of PUPs. We got exactly what we expected when we went to the Outpost office. We didn't go in complaining, we went in asking questions. Same song and dance about why they allow 2000 to be overrun like a third world country. We were having too good of a stay to take it up to the next notch and ask for a supervisor since we would get the same answer. I'm sure it's in our records that we were already comped a night a few years ago because of all the BS in 2000. So if they were smart they would've done their best not to assign us that loop again. But our last 3 stays have all been in 2000 even with faxing in a request for 1500 sites.
  11. They showed a clip from their home page and there is a pop up camper/truck bed tent available.
  12. https://finance.yahoo.com/news/tesla-cybertruck-debuts-cant-believe-045500887.html The Tesla pickup truck is here. Elon Musk presented the Tesla Cybertruck tonight in Los Angeles, putting one giant bow on this year’s L.A. Auto Show that’s already seen the reveal of the electric Ford Mustang Mach-E. Tesla played it completely straight with its reveal, but we're still struggling to believe that the whole thing wasn't one big joke. If it isn't, well, here are all the details. We don’t have everything (in fact, there's a lot missing), but Musk has still given us some big chunks to chew on. From a size perspective, the Cybertruck is similar to other full-size pickups at 231.7 inches in length. That's where the comparisons and similarities end. The exterior design is so different than anything else that it hardly even resembles a pickup. Just look at it. The "Cybertruck" name makes a bit more sense now. It hardly looks like a production vehicle at all, much more concept-like in style. It uses 1-3 electric motors among three different powertrain options. The single-motor rear-wheel drive version will hit 60 mph in 6.5 seconds and has a range of 250 miles. This base truck will be able to tow 7,500 pounds and has a payload rating of 3,500 pounds. One step up from that is the dual-motor version. It has all-wheel drive (one motor in front and one in back), will hit 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and tow 10,000 pounds. Musk claims the top level tri-motor (read: "Plaid" powertrain) Cybertruck will be capable of going 500 miles on a full charge. It’ll also accelerate to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds and complete the quarter mile in just over 10 seconds. Towing capacity for this version is 14,000 pounds. Just like your gas mileage suffers when towing heavy loads, electric range will suffer with a load in the back of the Cybertruck. The price of this truck is perhaps the most important bit of information to be revealed tonight. Tesla says the Cybertruck will start at $39,900 and go up from there – and that's before incentives, claims Musk. Its higher range and more capable trims will be more expensive, ranging all the way up to $69,900 for the fastest long-range version. The mid-range Cybertruck will be $49,900. Musk says Autopilot will be available as an option as well. Like most Tesla reveals, Musk has a bevy of neat features to show off. The Cybertruck isn’t lacking in this department. It has an adaptive air suspension with adaptive ride height. Musk claims the maximum ride height will be about 16 inches. Musk stressed the body's toughness and ability to resist damage in the reveal, taking multiple instruments of destruction to the truck. The stainless steel body is apparently bulletproof up to 9 mm rounds, according to Musk. Charging will be maxing out around 250 kW on Tesla's Supercharger network. The bed is 6.5 feet in length, but we're still not totally clear on its operation. There's a cover in place, but it does open up like a normal pickup bed. The Cybertruck's interior looks like a complete concept car right now, but it's also very similar to the Model 3. There's one large 17-inch tablet in the center and not much else. The steering wheel is more of a joystick than a full wheel at this point, too. Timing is always a question when it comes to Tesla products, as the last big car that was revealed (Model Y) still isn’t shipping to customers. Tesla claims the rear-drive version of the Cybertruck will arrive sometime in late 2021, while the faster versions will see their release in 2022. That’s still a long ways off, so expect these predictions to remain fluid. Those who are interested in buying one are totally allowed to reserve it on Tesla's website, per usual post Tesla reveal. Besides the Rivian R1T (scheduled to arrive in fall 2020) competition is lacking in the electric pickup marketplace today. Both Ford and GM have committed to producing electric versions of their trucks, but we still haven’t seen those trucks be revealed. Sound off in the comments. We're sure you all have plenty to say.
  13. We had it both ways. My wife sewed on 2 different sets of tabs. Before the picture we had it staked down.
  14. Site is acting odd, freezing up and won't let me add to the previous post. While I was taking pictures my wife was talking to one of the bakers. He said the cabin was about 50% finished. They were going to add stonework around the base similar to the chimney, along with poinsettias and Humphrey Bear stringing lights. I've seen pictures of the finished cabin and it's pretty great for it's first year. Also after we got home Monday night I saw that there are limited edition pins for each of the resorts showing their gingerbread creations. And I did not know that Saratoga has some sort of display. We grabbed the bus back to the Fort then back to the campsite and turned in. Before I went to bed I hooked up the cable TV and got a load of different channels on our little 17 inch wall mount TV. Of course the majority were Disney related including tons of advertising stations. Next morning I took a couple of pictures of our new home before breaking down the site. My wife made the awning and the widow shades. When she did the @T symbol she didn't realize it matched the @ in the [email protected] until we put the shades on. We finished up breaking down everything and loading/hitching up. It was a lot easier and quicker than breaking down our old PUP. Overall we had a great trip besides the party people and not getting to relax as much as we had planned. Originally it was going to be just the two of us, but then we were joined by my daughters and granddaughter. When my oldest goes to WDW, she makes sure she fits in as much as possible, so we did a lot more park visiting than we had originally planned on. I brought walkie talkies with me and my granddaughter had one of them, so we were in constant communication with her in the Fort and at the parks. It was really enjoyable seeing her have so much fun with them. Bus transportation was so-so. A few times we waited forever for a bus to arrive, and other times we hardly waited. And it was the same old thing, a purple bus never arrived, tons of people waiting, and 3 yellow busses come in, two right together and one leaves empty. But it beats driving or walking. So another successful Fort trip under our belts. Now to get the holidays out of the way so we can go camping again!!
  15. Time to continue with the TR. Had life interrupt it. Let me back up, Saturday night my daughters stayed a while longer at MK. They came back to the site around 9:30 and said they were going to head back over in a while because one of our favorite performers Lindsey Sterling was supposedly going to be performing at 11. A CM told them as long as they were back in the park before closing at 11 they could stay. They ended up not going back, because they said that each act was multiple takes, and they weren't 100% sure that she was really going to be there. Sunday after breakfast we all got cleaned up and headed to AK. My two girls and granddaughter drove over since my oldest was going to fly out Sunday afternoon. My wife and I hung out a little while longer and started to pack up things we weren't going to need when we got back or Monday morning. We had discussed what to do with the leaky tent, whether to invest the $$ on loads of seam tape and sealant or get rid of it. Getting rid of it won out, so we took it down and posted it for free pick up on a couple of Fort FB pages. Someone replied they would come by around 6 to get it. So off we went via bus to AK. They had some new puppets/muppets/ whatever you want to call them. They also had some different meet and greets These were all over in the Dinoland area. While we were there, my daughter wanted to try some special deserts at the Dino Bites snacks. They had this crazy huge peppermint ice cream sandwich. It was two large chocolate cookies and each was 1/2 dipped in thick peppermint bark candy. In between was a massive amount of hard ice cream then they rolled it in crushed peppermint. It was $6.99 and it was more than enough for 2 to share. They also had a Scrooge McDuck sundae for $7.99. I got it with chocolate ice cream, then it had whipped cream, gold mini chocolate chips, and bacon pieces. It was really good, but the ice cream sandwich was way better. We took a walk around the park went on the Wilderness Trek and ended up in Pandora, before we got ready to leave. The park was crowded, but I've been there when it was worse. We said goodbye to the kids, they were going to head to the outlet before taking my eldest to the airport and my wife and I headed to the bus stop to go back to the Fort. Decorations in the rafters at the bus stop Bus came, and we were the only riders back to the Fort. When we got to the Fort we walked over to the Outpost to talk to a CM about our future options. We told her about our after midnight drum playing neighbors and their two dogs in a tent. We were given the normal story about rangers can't be everywhere and that they cannot ask if the dogs are service dogs. She also said they were aware of the 2000 loops reputation as a party loop. We said if they know about the issues, why don't they have the rangers patrolling that loop more than the premiums (with all those rowdy people in their $250,000 RV's). She didn't have a good reply, and also when we said if they were service dogs they wouldn't be barking and growling. We said we have Halloween 2020 booked, and that we were going to be very upset if we end up in 2000 again. She found our reservation and added notes to that effect. We shall see if it make a difference. I think for future bookings we are going to look at full hookups since the Fort can't clean up 2000. Went back to the site had something to eat and packed up the rest of the items we weren't going to use like the screen room, extra bedding the girls had, etc. I wanted to go back to the MK to get a pin that I wished I had gotten the day before. It took a long time to get there, a person was on a scooter and wanted to go to WL, so they took him on the big boat. When we got near the lodge we had to wait about 15 minutes because the dock was full. We finally made it over to the MK and I got the pin. After that we left and grabbed a bus to HS. We hopped on the Skyliner and went over to Art of Animation just for the ride. At Art of Animation we grabbed a bus back to the MK, then grabbed another bus to WL. We saw the new, but unfinished Gingerbread Cabin.
  16. Hmmm, I had read just the opposite, can't remember where. When we were there Veterans weekend, the sign for the carriage ride was still up, but the one for the wagon ride was missing.
  17. You know these will sell out, anything with the word Princess in it and the Mommy Bloggers freak out!
  18. If you're at the Fort for an extended time and are getting bored, the below article has about a 100 things to do in and around the Orlando area this holiday season. Everything from drinking games, festive runs, block parties, movies, concerts, listings for the theme parks events, and who could forget Corsets & Cuties Holiday Kick-Off Show Start the season with a little teasin' and Merry Tuba Christmas Enjoy the rich sounds of Christmas as tuba, euphonium, sousaphone and baritone players give a free concert!! Who says everything revolves around the mouse... Happy Hot-lidays, Orlando! Our annual preview of everything to look forward to this holiday season Sleigh bells ring, are you listening? In the lane, snow is ... well, at least we got a cold snap this year. The holidays in Central Florida may not have all the natural accoutrements of late fall/early winter as other regions, but Jesus Christ (pun intended), do we make up for it by throwing festive lights on literally anything. In our annual preview of the holiday season, you'll find lights on trees, lights on boats, lights on bikes, and lights on the remains of prehistoric bird-lizards. Along with the lights, there are plenty of reasons to dress up like a jolly old elf, drink hot cocoa (or something stronger), give back to the community and just generally make merry. Even the Scroogiest secularists among us have to admit that it's the most wonderful time of the year. https://www.orlandoweekly.com/orlando/happy-hot-lidays-orlando-our-annual-preview-of-everything-to-look-forward-to-this-holiday-season/Content?oid=26331794
  19. It's getting to the point, that unless you want to spend extra $$$ you won't be getting any extra times in the parks! Disney Early Morning Magic Gets a Royal Treatment at Magic Kingdom Park! A dream is a wish your heart makes… and my heart is wishing to go to Magic Kingdom Park to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the release of the animated film “Cinderella.” To commemorate the platinum anniversary of Walt Disney’s classic movie, Disney Early Morning Magic at Magic Kingdom Park will receive a royal treatment perfect for princesses and princes of all ages! For eight magical event dates February 11, 2020 through March 3, 2020, guests who reserve Disney Early Morning Magic will enjoy early access to Prince Charming Regal Carousel in addition to other favorite attractions throughout Fantasyland. Other attractions available during the event are Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Peter Pan’s Flight, Princess Fairytale Hall, “it’s a small world,” Mad Tea Party and Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid. As an extra special treat, guests may see some of their favorite characters from “Cinderella,” such as Suzy, Perla, Fairy Godmother, Drizella and Anastasia, and Prince Charming popping in to celebrate this special occasion. The special Cinderella enhancements will also include themed food and beverage offerings that will be added to the all-you-care-to-enjoy breakfast at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café. Breakfast is available from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. Disney Early Morning Magic requires a separate reservation – $89 for adults and $79 for children (standard theme park admission is required). Admission will be limited, so be sure to book your reservation as soon as possible! You can book this experience today by visiting the Walt Disney World Resort website or calling the Disney Reservation Center at (407)WDW-PLAY / (407)939-7529. (Note: Disney Early Morning Magic will be offered on different dates than Extra Magic Hours.)
  20. It's a shame with all the $$ that is charged for going to the Fort that they don't have better information available at check in about the sites. When we went last weekend the CM showed me the book with a hand drawn map of the 2000 loop. No site information, no landmark references, etc. There were a couple of drawing of the comfort stations but not the sidewalks leading to them between some of the sites. Fort Fiends has better info then Disney has. Same thing when we went to the front counter before we left asking about different types of sites. The CM went into the back room and came out with a map just for them. It was the regular handout map, but they had color coded the different types of loops and had a front desk contact phone number at the bottom. But we could only look at the map, not keep it. But as we all know for every one family that has said they won't be back, there are 10 ready to go in their place.
  21. Break open your piggy bank and pack your bags! https://www.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archives/2019/11/18/disney-auction-offers-vintage-gear-concept-designs-and-a-few-creepy-items-that-wouldnt-fly-today?utm_source=feature&utm_medium=home&utm_campaign=hpfeatures&utm_content=HomeTopFeature The Disney-fication of Orlando is so thorough that Walt's second theme park is not just a point of regional pride but constitutes a good deal of Central Florida's own identity. Landmark moments in Walt Disney World history essentially become noteworthy parts of Orlando's city history, and Disney collectables become valuable artifacts of the region's last 50 years. As true Disney fans know, however, that magic originated from faraway California, at Disneyland in Anaheim. That's where much of Orlando's most beloved WDW memorabilia was designed for the first park. So it's fitting that a massive auction of collectables, called "A History of Disneyland & Walt Disney World" take place just 50 miles away in Sherman Oaks. Photo courtesy of Van Eaton Galleries That's where Van Eaton Galleries is hosting an exhibition of the goods to be auctioned through early December. The catalog is split into the two parks, with the Disneyland auction on Dec. 7, and the Walt Disney World auction on Dec. 8. The 1,500 item collection offers buyers the opportunity to spend ungodly sums of money on Disney history. Considering oneself a local collector 'round these parts is partly saying "I have a bunch of Disney stuff." Many of the items are fun time capsules, like promotional posters and visitor badges from the 1970s and 80s that would fit perfectly in an over-decorated family bar and grille (with an "e") or your grandma's saturated she-shed. Photo courtesy of Van Eaton Galleries A chunk of the offerings are not just historical but insider stuff, from employee gear to company concept paintings and maps. Take the bomb bomber jacket worn by employees of Disney Imagineering, the company's research and development wing, that's expected to bring in between $200 and $400. It was worn by a real employee, Candy, whose name is still stitched on the front of the women's medium-sized jacket which also rocks a resplendently 80s technicolor Mickey Mouse logo on the back. Photo courtesy of Van Eaton Galleries There's a mid-90s era World of Disney construction hat ($100-$200), if you want to hit the site in retro amusement park chic, and a collection of security badges and patches ($300-$500) ranging from the 70s-90s. Photo courtesy of Van Eaton Galleries The decades-spanning memorabilia also includes old-school designs for visitor merchandise. A 70s era off-white (used-to-be-white?) bucket/sun hat ($100-$200) is available and will likely be placed in a collector's glass case, rather than be used to complete a teenage aesthete's expensively eclectic wardrobe. Photo courtesy of Van Eaton Galleries Photo courtesy of Van Eaton Galleries There's also stuff from previous generations that simply wouldn't fly today, like cartoonish art of vaguely indigenous people made by a white lady. Mary Blair, the "Disney Legend," as the auction brochure calls her, made the murals at the Contemporary Resort and, for $10,000-$20,000, you can have the 1971 template for the culturally nondescript, low-key-minstrel scene of happy brown people. Photo courtesy of Van Eaton Galleries Sure, Disney World is a sentimental place for nearly everyone in the area, but it's also just an outpost for the world's rich kids on vacation, so there will be some cartoony artwork for kids who like cartoons. By contrast, the concept artwork on sale from the 80s-era France Pavilion is comprised of regal stained-glass-style paintings of France, including the city of Paris and an image commemorating the French annexation of Corse. There's no sign here of goofy, lazy French caricatures of couples in bonnets carrying satchels of baguettes. If you want the respectful French stuff, it'll run ya upwards of $2,000. Photo courtesy of Van Eaton Galleries Disney's auction also offers a few functioning characters from its park over the years, sure to spark nostalgic wonder. The original, working, eight-foot pair of animatronic birds from the Enchanted Tiki Room is hard to beat, and could cost a cool $100,000. An air compressor is included to operate the show, says the catalog, for the collector who wishes to have an experience "as close to having the Enchanted Tiki Room in your own home as one could possibly have." Photo courtesy of Van Eaton Galleries Also in the $100,000 price range is an original stretching portrait from the Haunted Mansion from the 70s, of a woman sitting on the tombstone of her clearly murdered husband, with a look of sheer contentment upon her countenance. It's wickedly macabre in a way that you can't imagine a marketing firm today would dare to aspire. Photo courtesy of Van Eaton Galleries For far less money ($15,000-$20,000), but far more legitimately horrifying, are the well-worn, hollowed-out Figment props of the bulgy-eyed dragon from Journey into Imagination. Photo courtesy of Van Eaton Galleries And of course, there's a million items with various likenesses of Micky, Daffy Duck and other Disney-family regulars like characters from Pirates of the Caribean and Country Bear Jamboree. In 2018, a Disneyland auction netted over $8 million. As always, Disney is going to get their money. If you want to give them yours for stuff they made 40 years ago, the public exhibition is Nov. 12 through Dec. 6, except when the auction house is closed Nov. 28 and 29. Visit vegalleries.com for more information.
  22. We were there Veterans weekend and were assigned the 2000 loop. We asked about 1500 and the CM called someone. I think it was to inside the building because he said the persons name when he called. Maybe they called central from in there.
  23. Good start. It's really a shame that the 2000 loop has turned into the party/no rules apply loop. If they cracked down on the rule breakers maybe they would get the hint and go to another campground. There are some really nice sites on the loop. What they need to do is create a dedicated path from 2000 over to the group camp area and to the bridge to the 900 loop so you don't have to walk between a couple of sites.
  24. The big issue I had with this entire process, is a lack of communication. I signed up back with the D23 special, got a confirmation I paid, and that was it. No instructions on what my account/password was, no notifications on how to get logged in etc. My login/password was the same as all of my other Disney accounts (MDE, Disney Go, Disney movie rewards). So I guess if you change your PW on Disney + it'll change it on everything?
  25. We signed up with the D23 special a few months ago go 3 years for the price of 2. When I went to watch the Imagineers the first morning it said it wasn’t available. Guess it was a part of their start up issues.
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