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This was a last minute trip, my wife has recently changed jobs, which meant that we had to rejig our plans for Thanksgiving and Christmas, which has left us with some days to use on our tickets. On a whim, I was looking at options for labor day weekend and nearly booked art of animation for two nights on offer. When I went back into the site to book it I noticed there was availability at the Fort, given this was only two weeks before the trip I was surprised.  Booked the fort for three nights figuring we could use the setup time.

Wasn't sure about a short trip so soon, but we felt like we wanted a do over from the last trip, my wife dubbed this 'Taking Back the Fort'.

We had one park day and three plusses to use, figured we would do food and wine and Blizzard Beach, none of which we'd done before.

Was a little worried about camping for a short trip, given how long set up took last time. Decided not to take the grill and any of the kitchen stuff. Still took the Keurig machine for tea and coffee. Which also meant taking mugs, washing up bowls, and the small case of kitchen tools, so not quite as paired down as I'd like. Also took a couple of plastic bowls for cereal.

Unlike last time, only took one tent. Still took the window A/C but was better prepared to rig it.

The only major change equipment wise from last time was buying a memory foam topper for my air matress.  

The plan was to pick my wife up after work on the Friday, and head straight there getting there in time for the movie. Figured we'd be losing light as we were setting up so made sure to pack my headlamp flash lights. Unfortunately, only one was working, given the plan was for my wife to take the kids to the movie while I set up it shouldn't have been a problem.

Loaded the car up on Thursday night and everything fit which was better than last time. 

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I'm in #3 woohoo!B)

I ran into you and the family on F&W opening weekend.

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Friday didn't quite go to plan, dropped my wife off at work after dropping off the kids, so that I could pick her up later.  She's hoping next year when she has some paid time off she can take half a day and we can make Not So Scary, not this year though.

Ended up collecting my daughter early because she wasn't feeling well.  Fortunately, she was feeling better after a rest, so the kids and I put the last few bits in the car, and swung into Publix before collecting my wife, needed some snacks as we'd be getting there late, and I was under orders to get  Pepsi. Kids loaded up on the free samples at Publix which was good. Head to my wife's work to wait for her, the last couple of Friday's she'd finished 30 minutes early so I was hopefull, nope she was 15 minutes late. Just as we head off,  my son need's the bathroom again, so we stop in a different Publix.  Had to make one more bathroom stop, I'm sure he only goes this often on the way to Disney.

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Around 8, we get a text saying we'd gotten 2037, I was hoping for the 1500 loop, not 2000 before but I actually liked it. Not a huge surprise but we hit serious traffic and ended up getting there after 9 pm, had done online check-in so went through returning guests.  I'd had some packages sent from Amazon straight there since this was all a bit last minute, so I stopped by the outpost. My wife and daughter got the bus up to the Settlement to watch the water pageant and get something to eat. My son insisted on helping me set up, so come and got the packages with me. The nice thing about Amazon is that I had the notification that the packages were delivered, which is nice when the CM says things like "I'll see if they have arrived yet". I did pick up a map movie schedule etc, since I was there. That is the downside of online check-in. My son showed her his toy dog when the CM asked if we had any furry friends.

Packages in hand headed off to 2037, quite a few people setting up still, I had to wait for the popup opposite me to back in, managed the minivan ok although I didn't appreciate just quite how dark those sites or until then.

Headlamp and flash lights out, and started getting the tent up. This is where two headlamps would have been useful, my son took mine and kept putting it down. A more powerful one would have helped as well.  I am glad he stayed and helped though, getting the tent up was a lot easier with some help.  We had the tent up, with the rain fly and most of the bedding down by the time my wife and daughter came back with food.  My daughter was tired and went straight to sleep, my son insisted on helping put everything up first. We got the EZ up, up and called it a night.

 

 

 

 

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Next morning my son slept late, not surprisingly. I had planned to have breakfast at Rain Forest Cafe on route to Blizzard Beach, but we've been there before, so not a big. Plus it's Landry so I didn't have a reservation made anyway. 

Could actually see the campsite, I will point out that the 7 year old staked the tent up.

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A/C better set up this time.

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Made coffee with the Keruig.

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 One of those packages was 36 pumpkin tea pods, so my wife was happy. 

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Had a nice walk around the loop, some interesting campers near us.

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And other one

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I thought this one was really neat

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I figured out the cut through to the 900 loop via the group camping area. Was surprised the group camping area was empty.  Was a little surprised about this on the edge of 900 opposite the Meqdows.

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Grabbed some muffins, and instant oatmeal pots at the meadows and headed back.  Lot's of Halloween stuff in the store but my wife was disappointed the hats weren't in adult size.

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Managed well enough using the Keurig for hot water, for the oatmeal but next time I'm buying instant oatmeal at BJs beforehand and bringing a small jug and the Keurig cleaning pods.

My son woke up a little after this, so we set up the rest of the decorations and got the various buses to Blizzard Beach.

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On 9/16/2018 at 9:19 AM, Littleolwoman.aka.Kristie said:

Following along. Your beginning brings back lots of memories of our tent camping adventures. We loved tent camping but the trip our friend let us use his pup was the weekend I would never tent camp again. 

I have a feeling if we ever camp in something else I would feel the same way, one of the reasons I decided not to rent a camper on the previous trip.

20 hours ago, Littleolwoman.aka.Kristie said:

I saw some folks wearing the pumpkin hats at Disneyland. Wonder if they have the adult sizes else where at Didneyworld or the people so saw wearing them had tiny heads. 

Maybe, the shop parks app does say youth though.

20 hours ago, CCIntrigue...aka Gwen said:

Thank you for your video of the water pageant!  I could never get tired of seeing it or hearing the music.

I've never actually seen it in person, next time!

5 hours ago, Travisma said:

That Gypsy looking trailer might be a Vardo.

http://www.amvardo.com/

They sell ready made ones, and plans to make your own.

Oh, if only they could comfortably fit four. Same problem as any of the compact nice looking campers.

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