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Tri-circle-D
12-02-2008, 10:56 AM
Well, we couldn't resist.

The TCD gang made it to the Fort for Thanksgiving after all.

We arrived on Wednesday, November 26th, and left on Sunday the 30th.

The Fort was full, but there were a few scattered open sites here and there.

No construction was going on over the week, but the 1200 loop was empty again on Sunday, the 30th, and the workers were already moving in.

As of Nov. 30th, the 400, 500 and 800 loops have been fully converted to premium loops. It looks like the 1200 loop will be next, and I would suspect that the 1300 loops will go right after that.

Cable is now installed and operating on the 1500, 1600, 1700, 1800 and 1900 loops. It does not look operational on the 1100 loop yet. Doesn't look like it has been installed on the 900 and 1000 loops, and definitely not yet on the 2000 loop.

The weather was very cool at night, but nice during the daytime. We had no rain all week, but a big storm moved in on Sunday right after we got packed up and pulled off the site. There were tornado warnings on Sunday.

I finally got to meet Stacktester, and Goingtoseethemouse. Saw lots of Disboard signs, but did not get to meet anyone else.

We were on the waiting list for a golf cart all week, and didn't get one until Saturday. No spymobile for TCD :(

So, enough yakking, here are the photos:

This is our site on the 300 loop. We had site 360, which is the last site on the inside of the loop. Great location!

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008001.jpg

Isn't that a nice Albert the Alligator inflatable? I couldn't believe that no one else was representing their teams this past weekend. Saw a bit of Gator gear, almost no FSU displays, and no other team spirit. An LSU fan did arrive on Saturday, and he put out his gear, despite his team's loss on Saturday to Arkansas (again!). But at least he was a true fan.

A couple more shots of the TCD set-up on 360:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008002.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008003.jpg

On Thanksgiving morning, I took a spin on the TCD spy bike to see what I could see. I headed around the 100 loop, and saw this decoration:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008004.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008005.jpg

It looks like all the Christmas decorations are up. Here is the Settlement Trading Post:

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http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008007.jpg

The old River Country/new Backyard BBQ entrance is decorated. This is new for 2008:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008008.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008009.jpg

Did I mention how cold it was on Thanksgiving morning this year? Low 40's. And I mean low. The poor ponies over at the TCD ranch had their blankets on:

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http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008011.jpg

Do you see the steam billowing from this pony's nostrils?:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008012.jpg

How about now?:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008013.jpg

These guys were enjoying their breakfast:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008015.jpg

The TCD ranch horse barn is decorated for Christmas:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008014.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008016.jpg

Looks good, doesn't it?

I love this shot:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008017.jpg

Hey, did someone leave the gate behind Pioneer Hall open? Looks like it doesn't it? Wonder what is back there?:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008018.jpg

Before we snoop, one more pony picture:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008020.jpg

Before we leave the former petting farm, let's remember that this is Thanksgiving morning. You know what I didn't see? Another person! Quiet and peaceful. Meanwhile, at the busiest amusement park in the world, people were lining up for rope drop and a stampede into the park.

As I head over to Pioneer Hall, I snap a photo of the decorated Backyard BBQ sign. In this photo, you can see a Magic Kingdom boat heading toward the Fort dock to bring another load of folks over to the MK:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008022.jpg

It has already been a magical morning.


TCD

2goofycampers
12-02-2008, 11:29 AM
:thumbsup2

Shan-man
12-02-2008, 11:30 AM
Great pics as always TCD. Looking forward to the rest of the report. For those John Deere fans out there, this:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008005.jpg

...is available at Tractor Supply Company.

clkelley
12-02-2008, 11:43 AM
Can't wait to see the rest of the pictures!!!!

Tri-circle-D
12-02-2008, 12:16 PM
Great pics as always TCD. Looking forward to the rest of the report. For those John Deere fans out there, this . . .

...is available at Tractor Supply Company.


Tractor Supply Company. Got it. Wait a sec., not sure we have one of those at our local mall.


Can't wait to see the rest of the pictures!!!!

Some more are coming up right now!

TCD

Tri-circle-D
12-02-2008, 12:33 PM
OK, continuing on . . .

Here is a shot of the Fort Wilderness Pavilion. Home of the Backyard BBQ. Nice weather vane:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008023.jpg

Since someone left the gate behind Pioneer Hall open, I might as well take a peak, right?

So, here is where the chef parks. Wow. Who knew that Trails End had a chef? As far as I know, the food hasn't changed in years. I notice that he had Thanksgiving off . . .

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008024.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008025.jpg

Here is what they hide behind the gate. Looks like a big delivery area, no? Well that is what it is. This is where all of the food for the Hoop Dee Doo, Trails End and the Backyard BBQ gets delivered:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008026.jpg

I then head around the building toward Pioneer Hall. Here is a view of the petting farm:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008028.jpg

And, here is Pioneer Hall, all decked out for Christmas:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008029.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008030.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008031.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008032.jpg

Trails End is decorated, too:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008033.jpg

There is something new on the porch . . .

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008035.jpg

What the heck is that? . . . .

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008039.jpg

OMG! It is a giant, ferocious bear, rearing up to attack me!!!!:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008036.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008038.jpg

What the heck is a ferocious bear doing on the porch at Crockett's Tavern?

(I think he has been temporarily relocated to make room for a Christmas tree inside).

The Christmas tree is up, and looking good . . .

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008034.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008040.jpg

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A few shots looking toward the Settlement Trading Post:

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http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008043.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008044.jpg

OK, my work is done here, time to head out and check out what is happening in some of the loops . . .

TCD

ynottony99
12-02-2008, 01:00 PM
Word is that the bear has been moved to the porch to scare off characters such as this guy.......................................


http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/FW10308135.jpg

Us3
12-02-2008, 01:18 PM
Word is that the bear has been moved to the porch to scare off characters such as this guy.......................................


http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/FW10308135.jpg

:lmao:

2goofycampers
12-02-2008, 01:30 PM
:thumbsup2 Tony.


I think the bear needs a Santa Mickey ears hat.:santa:

Tri-circle-D
12-02-2008, 01:30 PM
Word is that the bear has been moved to the porch to scare off characters such as this guy.......................................


http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/FW10308135.jpg


Tony- You might be right about that- I didn't see that guy (who the heck is he, any way?) around the Fort at all on this trip.

TCD

Tri-circle-D
12-02-2008, 03:33 PM
After checking out the Settlement area, it is time to check on the loops.

The folks in the 700 loop have been working hard on their Christmas displays.


The site closest to the Settlement area is extensively decorated, both in front, and in back of the site. Here is what you see as you approach the loop:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008045.jpg

The folks on the last inside site were featured on Samantha Brown's Travel Channel special last year. Looks like they have even more decorations this year:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008046.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008047.jpg

This is the site immediately across from that one (we saw the back of this site in the photo of the approach to the 700 loop above):

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008048.jpg

I remember these folks from last year, too. The Christmas tree with the sewer hose garland. Love it!:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008050.jpg

Those Mickey shaped "ornaments" are disposable kids meal dishes that they use in the restaurants on the property.

Back to the other side of the loop, here we have one of those tiki Mickey statues:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008049.jpg

And still more decorations on the 700 loop:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008051.jpg

We will be back to visit the 700 loop later in this report, for now, there is something else that I want to see.

So, I ride around the 700 loop, to the pet walk, and take the bike down the pet walk behind the 800 and 900 loops to the bridge to the group camping area, where I see the Native American invasion!!!

Ti Pi's (that is how they roll)!!:

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http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008054.jpg

Do you know that this group camps at the Fort for Thanksgiving every year?

And that they cook turkeys in a big fire pit that the Fort management digs for them every year?

Here is the pit (covered with safety plywood, and protected by cones):

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008055.jpg

You see that rolled up piece of aluminum sheeting? They use that to cover the pit after the turkeys are on the coals.

Another view of the cooking area:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008056.jpg

Do you know how they get the coals?

The same way as the Native Americans did.

Charcoal, of course.

Do you think they have enough?

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008057.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008058.jpg

I think they do.

A few more ti pi shots:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008059.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008060.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008061.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008062.jpg

Time to move on.

Next up, around the 2000 loop, and on to the Meadow area.

TCD

Mmketeer
12-02-2008, 05:05 PM
Very cool, ahhh the memories. :) Looks like we were at FW at the same time and I do remember seeing your site now, but I don't remember seeing your Dis'er sign or Mickey lamp post. ???

Wilderness Wookies and I had our corner covered on 800 loop and we even had two other sites that joined in and were decorated as well. Seems to me though that there were lots of folks that didn't even bring some icecycle lights or something to hang off their awning.

PS
Wish I had known that the Teepee tribe was only a Thanksgiving thing. I knew I hadn't seen them from my earlier stays this year on the 800 loop, but I didn't realize the whole story till I read it on the boards here. I would have taken a picture of them before I left on Sunday. :)

pell
12-02-2008, 06:19 PM
TCD,
You're the best spy around (I especially liked the TE "Chef Parking" shots)!! We'll be at the Fort in 22 days, and your photo-journalism skills have really built up our anticipation. Thanks so much for sharing everything from sewer hose decorations to pony nostril steam.

mdoc
12-02-2008, 11:10 PM
Oooh, I walked right past the TCD site on Saturday morning! I distinctly remember your alligator because I was explaining to my daughters what the Gator, the 'Noles flag (in the 500 loop), the Auburn golf cart and a few other decorations were. My Big Ten girls needed an education on the SEC.

kpatrick74
12-03-2008, 03:14 AM
Come on now TCD. We were repping the Gators and we were even on the same loop as you. How funny is that and I never saw you? I remember your Gator. We were on the way in though about 10 sites in - site 322. We were the ones on the Blue Golf Cart with a Gator Head on front. And my father-in-law (he had a yellow NASCAR golf cart) had his blow up Gator out and he was right across from FSU fans. :rotfl:

During half-time we took out the golf cart and put my cousin on the back waving our Gator flag and flagpole and did a half-time victory lap while playing the Gator Fight Song from the Ipod. We looked for you (well, at least for anyone at your site) since we could tell you would enjoy our antics!!! You had that screen up and didn't see anyone outside. Heck, it was halftime, potty time probably!

GO GATORS -- ROLL PAST TIDE!

des1954
12-03-2008, 06:15 AM
TCD.....field reporting at it's finest (as usual)! You are the master of finding the out of the way places & have my utmost respect!:worship:

Site 360 was one we requested (and got) for many years. Easy in, easy out site! When we stepped up to a 45' MH in 2002, it would no longer fit in that site, and 300 loop in general was a little tricky to navigate in such a long MH. (I think you noticed in Oct. we no longer have that rig.:laughing: )

I'm glad you had a great weekend! Thanks for the pics.:thumbsup2

PolynesianPixie
12-03-2008, 08:24 AM
GREAT TR! Looking forward to more!

Tri-circle-D
12-03-2008, 09:49 AM
Wilderness Wookies and I had our corner covered on 800 loop and we even had two other sites that joined in and were decorated as well. Seems to me though that there were lots of folks that didn't even bring some icecycle lights or something to hang off their awning.

Stay tuned- I think that I have pictures of your site. I remember the Wilderness Wookies sign from my inspection of the 800 loop. Those pictures will be showing up in just a bit.

TCD,
You're the best spy around (I especially liked the TE "Chef Parking" shots)!! We'll be at the Fort in 22 days, and your photo-journalism skills have really built up our anticipation. Thanks so much for sharing everything from sewer hose decorations to pony nostril steam.

Glad you like the pictures so far. I have quite a few more, so be sure to check back.

Oooh, I walked right past the TCD site on Saturday morning! I distinctly remember your alligator because I was explaining to my daughters what the Gator, the 'Noles flag (in the 500 loop), the Auburn golf cart and a few other decorations were. My Big Ten girls needed an education on the SEC.

Big Ten? That's the conference that sends a team for a SEC team to beat for the National Championship each year, right? Didn't see any Brutus inflatables at the Fort for some reason. :confused:

Come on now TCD. We were repping the Gators and we were even on the same loop as you. How funny is that and I never saw you? I remember your Gator. We were on the way in though about 10 sites in - site 322. We were the ones on the Blue Golf Cart with a Gator Head on front. And my father-in-law (he had a yellow NASCAR golf cart) had his blow up Gator out and he was right across from FSU fans. :rotfl:

During half-time we took out the golf cart and put my cousin on the back waving our Gator flag and flagpole and did a half-time victory lap while playing the Gator Fight Song from the Ipod. We looked for you (well, at least for anyone at your site) since we could tell you would enjoy our antics!!! You had that screen up and didn't see anyone outside. Heck, it was halftime, potty time probably!

GO GATORS -- ROLL PAST TIDE!

We were also out on patrol at half time. I'll post some photos of what we saw a little later. I did see the other Gator inflatable on the 300 loop. Since we were right near the exit, I didn't go around the loop much, but on Saturday, I heard someone say, "Oh, look, it's another Gator," so I had to go out and investigate. Your FIL's inflatable is old school, and I always wanted one of those. I took a photo, which I will post later. I noticed that he took it down right after the game. Probably a smart move-especially with FSU fans across the street.

TCD

Donna
12-03-2008, 10:27 AM
great pictures as usual! we all need to see this now, up north, lol. How does 303 look? i bet that site looks great for the holidays too!

Tri-circle-D
12-03-2008, 10:37 AM
great pictures as usual! we all need to see this now, up north, lol. How does 303 look? i bet that site looks great for the holidays too!

Donna- You know that I have some photos of 303. So stay tuned. The man in 303 had Thanksgiving decorations up, and did not start with the Christmas ones yet. From our site, we could look across and enjoy the decorations on 303. I hope someone can get some good photos of the Christmas decor on 303 once that gets done.

The entrance to the 300 loop was just not the same without the Howards in site 301. It made me quite sad, actually.

TCD

Tri-circle-D
12-03-2008, 10:52 AM
Here are a few more pictures from Thanksgiving morning.

This is the first site on the inside of the 1100 loop. On Friday, Stacktester and his daughter checked in to this loop. I have some pictures of this site at night time, which I will post a little later on, so here it is in the daylight:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008063.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008064.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008065.jpg

For the past few Christmas season, there has been a big display on a site on the 1600 loop. These folks are back again this year. Here is a photo of the site taken from the 1300 loop. I will have some more photos of this site, as well as some background on the folks who decorate it, a little later in this report:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008066.jpg

The campfire area is nicely decorated for Christmas:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008067.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008068.jpg

As I was heading back to the 300 loop, I cut through the 1400 loop by the campfire area. As I was passing the first site on the outside, just past the comfort station, I heard the distinct sound of a champagne cork popping. Remember, this is Thanksgiving morning, before 9 am. I turned around to look, and sure enough, there were folks on this site breaking into the bubbly before 9 am. I made a mental note to keep an eye on these folks. Probably would get a little hairy there on that site later in the day. This was a big group of tent campers who occupied a couple of sites there on the 1400 loop. Here is what things looked like early in the morning. I will have some photos of how things looked that night a little later on in this report:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008069.jpg

As far as I could tell, these folks were not Disboard members, but something tells me that they would fit right in. ;)

Anyway, I head back to the 300 loop.

Here is a site in the 500 loop that overlooked the dog park:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008070.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008071.jpg

The bus stops are all decorated. Here is the 300/500 bus stop:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008073.jpg

Here is a photo taken from the entrance/exit of the 300 loop, looking toward the TCD site #360:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008072.jpg

I really liked the location of our site. It was easy to get in and out of the loop for my surveillance missions. ;)

TCD

loveDmouse
12-03-2008, 11:01 AM
Awesome reporting as always TCD. :thumbsup2

It is making me so excited. We will be there next week. I can hardly wait! :cool1: :cool1: :cool1: :cool1: :cool1: :cool1: :cool1:

:santa: :santa: :santa: :santa: :santa: :santa: :santa: :santa: :santa:

stacktester
12-03-2008, 11:26 AM
My daughter really liked the site right inside 1100 loop. The carport part was her favorite decoration they had.

TCD said he didn't really see much to do a TR about this trip. See how sneaky he is? :lmao:

Shan-man
12-03-2008, 11:53 AM
As I was passing the first site on the outside, just past the comfort station, I heard the distinct sound of a champagne cork popping. Remember, this is Thanksgiving morning, before 9 am. I turned around to look, and sure enough, there were folks on this site breaking into the bubbly before 9 am. I made a mental note to keep an eye on these folks. Probably would get a little hairy there on that site later in the day.

Uh, ever hear of a Mimosa? OJ and Champagne, Yum! Auspicious start to the day of thanks if you ask me!

Tri-circle-D
12-03-2008, 12:01 PM
My daughter really liked the site right inside 1100 loop. The carport part was her favorite decoration they had.

TCD said he didn't really see much to do a TR about this trip. See how sneaky he is? :lmao:

Donnie- I really don't have any big revelations to make in this report. But, I will do the best I can with the material I have. ;)

It was good to finally meet you.

How bad did the weather get on Sunday?

I drove home to the west in some really bad storms.

TCD

Tri-circle-D
12-03-2008, 12:04 PM
Uh, ever hear of a Mimosa? OJ and Champagne, Yum! Auspicious start to the day of thanks if you ask me!


Well, even though I have never been accused of being sophisticated, I have heard of a Mimosa.

But, did I say anything about orange juice?

These folks were slugging it right out of the bottle!

Just wait, they were only getting started. I think Stacktester can back me on this one- these people were there to party!

TCD

stacktester
12-03-2008, 12:46 PM
Donnie- I really don't have any big revelations to make in this report. But, I will do the best I can with the material I have. ;)

It was good to finally meet you.

How bad did the weather get on Sunday?

I drove home to the west in some really bad storms.

TCD

It got really nasty for a while. It was almost like one of the storms that hit in the summer. We went to Disney Quest and had a great time. It was dead when we walked in but it got busier as you can imagine everybody got the idea to get out of the rain.

It was nice talking to you and Miss TCD. Looking forward to more pics.

stacktester
12-03-2008, 12:55 PM
Well, even though I have never been accused of being sophisticated, I have heard of a Mimosa.

But, did I say anything about orange juice?

These folks were slugging it right out of the bottle!

Just wait, they were only getting started. I think Stacktester can back me on this one- these people were there to party!

TCD

I saw that site a lot and yes, there was always a big party going on. They had a huge firepit that was roaring at times. One thing I didn't like was there were a lot of kids on the loop road in front of the site unattended.

Donna
12-03-2008, 02:18 PM
Donna- You know that I have some photos of 303. So stay tuned. The man in 303 had Thanksgiving decorations up, and did not start with the Christmas ones yet. From our site, we could look across and enjoy the decorations on 303. I hope someone can get some good photos of the Christmas decor on 303 once that gets done.

The entrance to the 300 loop was just not the same without the Howards in site 301. It made me quite sad, actually.

TCD
if no one can get over there from here, i have someone going over friday for pictures so i will post those here!
i knew you'd have some from your thanksgiving trip! thanks!:banana:

Tri-circle-D
12-03-2008, 03:20 PM
Now let's see . . .

I don't think I have posted any photos from the 200, 400 or 500 loops yet, have I?

Well, here you go.

On the 500 loop, the first two campers had Mickey head lights with arms:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008037.jpg

This camper had to make careful use of his limited space between his expanded site and the next:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008076.jpg

On my way to the 400 loop, I saw this display behind someones site on the 300 loop. All the clearing gives folks the option of displaying their decorations in front or back of their site. A lot of folks do both.

These inflatable turkeys were quite the rage during the week(we just saw one on the 500 loop, remember?):

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008077.jpg

Here we are on the 400 loop (I think). I believe that this might be the campsite of Disboard member mdoc, based on a description that she gave in a previous post:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008079.jpg

At least this turkey is sitting down!

Some more decorations:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008080.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008081.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008082.jpg

This is either the 200 or 100 loop:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008083.jpg

Check out this Fort Wilderness version of Santa and his reindeer (only at the Fort!):

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008084.jpg

A closer look:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008085.jpg

I love it!

Moving along the loop:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008086.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008087.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008088.jpg

Here we are at the sidewalk in the back of the 100 loop. This is the one that leads out to the Settlement Trading Post. The same campers were on this site on Halloween weekend. They do a great job with their decorations:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008089.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008090.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008091.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008092.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008093.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008094.jpg

Now, back out into the loop, and heading out.

This site is across from the one that we just looked at:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008095.jpg

Even the folks in one of the VIP cabins on the 100 loop joined in the decorating frenzy:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008096.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008097.jpg

Not bad for cabin people!

On our way out the loop:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008098.jpg

Next, another run past the 700 loop, on my way to check out the 800 loop.

TCD

Donna
12-03-2008, 03:48 PM
holy smokes - it's like INFLAT-A-FORT!

i wouldn't see this any better if i were there myself! keep em coming!!!

RvUsa
12-03-2008, 03:52 PM
popcorn::popcorn:::banana:

kpatrick74
12-03-2008, 04:19 PM
We were also out on patrol at half time. I'll post some photos of what we saw a little later. I did see the other Gator inflatable on the 300 loop. Since we were right near the exit, I didn't go around the loop much, but on Saturday, I heard someone say, "Oh, look, it's another Gator," so I had to go out and investigate. Your FIL's inflatable is old school, and I always wanted one of those. I took a photo, which I will post later. I noticed that he took it down right after the game. Probably a smart move-especially with FSU fans across the street.

TCD

Actually he didn't take it down because of those fans (but who knows what they might have done) but b/c we cleaned up everything around our sites in case that storm blew through earlier than planned. And like you, even though we drove south, we ran into some nasty(!!) wind and rain on our way home Sunday. Glad you made it home ok too.

Tri-circle-D
12-03-2008, 04:20 PM
holy smokes - it's like INFLAT-A-FORT!

i wouldn't see this any better if i were there myself! keep em coming!!!


When you think about it, it is pretty amazing that so many folks go to the trouble that they do to decorate their campsites.

It is just another wonderful thing about staying at the Fort.

And, there is more.

I think these next photos are from Friday morning.

You know, Black Friday.

While some of you were getting trampled at your local Walmart. The TCD gang was chilling at the Fort.

So, here I am heading down to check out the 800 loop.

BTW, I am still on the TCD spy bike. The Bike Barn people claim that I am now #22 on the waiting list for a golf cart. Is that any way to treat one of the Fort's biggest fans?

Oh well . . .

Here comes some more! :

The exit area of the 700 loop just never gets old:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008099.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008100.jpg

As I am engaging in my photo journalism, this young whipper snapper comes cruising by on the Hummer cart. Show Off! Must be Roy Disney's nephew or something. How did he get that cart?

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008101.jpg

Seriously, I later happened upon his site. His family was tenting it on the 1500 loop. In one of the Fort's rented tents. Didn't look like VIP's to me. I guess they do assign this cart randomly.

So, it's on to the 800 loop!

Here is a nicely decorated site:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008102.jpg

And, I believe this is Disboard member's Mmketeer's site:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008103.jpg

I didn't notice it at the time, but I believe there is a Disboard sign hanging from the lamp post.

This site must have been near Mmketeer's site, as it was the next photo on my camera:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008104.jpg

The sign on this site tells us that this is the set up of Disboard member Wilderness Wookie. I don't remember seeing him or her around here on the boards too much, but he or she was proudly representing the Disboards:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008105.jpg

Good show, Wilderness Wookie, whoever you are!

Check out this traditional Christmas display. The standard inflatables, and the classic "It's 5 O'clock Somewhere" banner (complete with parrot):

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008106.jpg

Another site on the 800 loop:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008107.jpg

And, another Christmas classic. The Rudolph the red nose reindeer cart with Confederate Flag roof:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008108.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008109.jpg

On the 600 loop, these folks went with more of a Fall theme:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008110.jpg

And these folks went with a timeless classic look:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008111.jpg

And, these Gator fans also went with the Fall look:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008112.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008113.jpg

So, we have covered a lot of ground, haven't we.

But, what about the 1600-1900 loops?

Well, that will be what we take a look at next . . .

TCD

stacktester
12-03-2008, 04:39 PM
TCD, even though I was there and saw most of what you're posting you really give the people who weren't a front row seat only the way you can.

mdoc
12-03-2008, 07:28 PM
Now let's see . . .


Here we are on the 400 loop (I think). I believe that this might be the campsite of Disboard member mdoc, based on a description that she gave in a previous post:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008079.jpg

At least this turkey is sitting down!



TCD, you're good! That is indeed our site (and there's another turkey sitting down inside the camper). The 400 loop wasn't as festive as many, but there were a few sites with some nice decorations. I love your photos, and I'll be looking at them from now until Christmas for a "Fort fix."

Tri-circle-D
12-05-2008, 07:57 AM
OK- on with the report.

Here are some shots of the 1600-1900 loop area.

There has been a lot of work done on these loops, and they look pretty good.

Here we go on the 1700 loop:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008114.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008115.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008116.jpg

Here is another one of those JC Penney Mickey Lights. These are a popular item at the Fort this year:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008117.jpg

Some nice Fall decorations on the 1800 loop:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008120.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008121.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008122.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008123.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008124.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008125.jpg

I'm not sure exactly what this is. Looks like a rubber chicken dressed like Elvis. Doesn't it?

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008126.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008127.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008128.jpg

I remember these folks from last year at about this time. The license plate on the front says "E-Ticket."

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008129.jpg

Now the 1600 loop . . .

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008131.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008132.jpg

This is the front of the heavily decorated site on the 1600 loop. I spoke to the lady camper on this site. She and her husband work in the amusement industry, and travel the country about 10 months a year. In November, they come to the Fort and "park-it". They will be at the Fort until just after New Year's, so anyone visiting between now and then will be able to see these decorations. I have some more photos of this site, which I will post in a separate post.

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008133.jpg

On the way out of 1600 . . .

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008134.jpg

TCD

ynottony99
12-05-2008, 08:12 AM
Great job. I never see this much when I'm actually there. But then if it isn't on the route between my site and Mickey Waffles.....

des1954
12-05-2008, 08:15 AM
TCD....thanks for taking the time to do this report!!

I'm glad to see many of the winter folks back at the Fort. The people in this site didn't seem to think they'd come back this year, but obviously they did & I'm happy for them!:thumbsup2

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008124.jpg

Born 2 Fish
12-05-2008, 08:24 AM
TCD....thanks for taking the time to do this report!!

I'm glad to see many of the winter folks back at the Fort. The people in this site didn't seem to think they'd come back this year, but obviously they did & I'm happy for them!:thumbsup2

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008124.jpg


We have a sweetie named Bailey !
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.
If only I was Bill and Denise was Nancy,,we'd be all set !

Tri-circle-D
12-05-2008, 08:26 AM
This is a view of the back of the 1600 loop, heading back out to the main road:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008135.jpg

And, this is the back of the site that has the most decorations on the 1600 loop. These are the folks who will be here until January:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008136.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008137.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008138.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008139.jpg

Advertisements for Thanksgiving meal options were posted in all of the bus stops, and on the comfort station bulletin boards. The options were Thanksgiving at the Fort, which was served in the Fort Wilderness Pavilion, or the Trails End Buffet. As you can see, the menus were pretty similar, but the outdoor option was much more expensive. They had a band, and entertainment at the Pavilion, but the price was a bit steep, if you ask me:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008141.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008142.jpg

The 1500 loop bus stop:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008143.jpg

Heading back to the 300 loop . . .

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008144.jpg

I know that I already posted some pictures of the campfire area, but here it is from another angle:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008145.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008146.jpg

This is a site on the 1400 loop. I like the little art gallery that they set up on their site:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008147.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008148.jpg

Don't worry- there's still more to come.


TCD

Tri-circle-D
12-05-2008, 09:46 AM
TCD....thanks for taking the time to do this report!!

I'm glad to see many of the winter folks back at the Fort. The people in this site didn't seem to think they'd come back this year, but obviously they did & I'm happy for them!:thumbsup2


Deb- You are welcome! I didn't know that you knew these folks, but then you probably know everyone who camps at the Fort! :rotfl2: They added to their decorations over the weekend, and put up something that was very cute. I will post a photo of it later in this report.

TCD

Tri-circle-D
12-05-2008, 11:13 AM
I have a small bit of disappointing news.

On our last two visits to the Fort, the hammocks have been missing from the beach.

The poles that used to hold the hammocks were still there, but the hammocks were not.

On this visit, we noticed that the poles are now gone, too.

So, if you want to lie in a hammock at Fort Wilderness, you will need to bring your own. Like we did:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008149.jpg

I have had this hammock forever. I think I got it for Father's Day before my twin DD's were born. They are 13 now. I think I laid in it once. On the day I got it. Then I rolled it back up, and put it in its box. It then sat in the corner of my garage for the last 13 or so years. Until this last trip to the Fort. One of my DD's suggested that we bring it, since they love the hammocks for some reason, and then we could have our own personal hammock at our site. It turned out to be one of the highlights of our trip. I even laid in it again. That makes twice in 13 or so years. At this rate, I may lay in that sucker six or so times before I go to the great Fort in the sky. Seriously, though, this hammock is coming with us from now on. Since there has been so much clearing, I think there will be a place for it on almost any loop, and it was quite enjoyable to catch a quick nap in the great outdoors.

Since I still was golf-cart-less, I took a ride up to the Outpost area on the old bike. I got to ride on this sidewalk that borders the main road. This sidewalk was poured over the old railroad right of way. You can still see the gravel base that was there when the ties and rails were in place. The lamps have been added in the last year:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008151.jpg

I rode all the way up front for a photo. This was going to be used for the new Then and Now thread started by Ynottony, but he already posted his version:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008152.jpg

My comment about this photo is that this was Friday morning. It must have been between 9 and 10. This was a busy weekend. A lot of folks were trying to check in. And, they only had one of the check-in lanes open. These folks were in for a long wait.

Even the check-in lanes are decorated for Christmas:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008154.jpg

Inside the reception building, it was bedlam. I wanted a photo of the decorations, so here you go. Sorry for all the people in the way. The stockings on the mantle belong to Chip and Dale:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008155.jpg

Back at the campsite, we got to watch the sky writer writing inspirational messages for us.

I tried to get a photo of Albert and the Snowman looking up in the sky, but all I got was this:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008159.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008160.jpg

On this day, our plan was to head over to Animal Kingdom Lodge to see the Christmas decorations. It is our second favorite resort. Then, we were going to head to the Poly for lunch.

The AKL lobby:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008171.jpg

On the boat back to the Fort later that morning:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008175.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008176.jpg

If you look closely, you can make out the WL "bear face" in this photo. Look for the two spots of light that are the eyes, and the oval feature just below, which is the snout:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008179.jpg


The old ship wreck on Discovery Island:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008180.jpg

Now back to the Fort-

Check out this turkey golf cart. Good show!!!:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008181.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008182.jpg

Here we are back at our site, with the TCD dog:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008190.jpg

Believe it or not, there is still more to come.

TCD

mrsscooter
12-05-2008, 01:43 PM
OMG!!! Turkye is hysterical...I love it!!!! All of your pictures are great and makes we more anxious then ever for our trip in October!!!

Tri-circle-D
12-05-2008, 02:56 PM
Man, we have looked at a lot of pictures on this TR, haven't we.

There can't be much left to look at, can there?

Yes there can!

We haven't even taken a look at the 300 loop yet. Join me, won't you?

Here we go at site 303. The camper on this site has been on this very same site for a long time. He didn't get around to decorating for Christmas by the time we had to go on 11/30, so you just get to see the Thanksgiving decorations:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008192.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008193.jpg

Continuing around the loop . . .

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008194.jpg

Here is another of those JC Penney lamps. Is anyone keeping a count? All I know is that there were a lot of these:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008195.jpg

I guess someone at this site is a hockey fan?:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008196.jpg

I love this inflatable!:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008197.jpg

Let's see, what else do I have?

I know, how about the Meadow Trading Post?:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008198.jpg

This is the back of a site in the 700 loop:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008199.jpg

Here is yet another shot of the exit to the 700 loop. I think they put more decorations up as the weekend went on:


http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008200.jpg

Here are a couple of shots of the TCD dog in the dog park:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008201.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008202.jpg

This was the only other Albert the Alligator that I saw all weekend. I now know from this thread that this Albert belongs to Disboard member kPatrick74's Father In Law. I always wanted one of these, but the manufacturer stopped making them. Now, a new company is making them. Through top secret information provided by Gatordad, I was able to score one of the new ones:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008204.jpg

I like mine better:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008075.jpg

Here is another site on the 300 loop. Have we seen enough of these standing turkeys yet?

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008205.jpg

This site is on the 200 loop:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008206.jpg

And here is my nominee for the real man of genius award on this trip. He had his whole site covered with one of those portable carport type structures:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008207.jpg

Here is a site on the 100 loop:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008208.jpg

Yes, there is still more . . .

TCD

Donna
12-05-2008, 05:22 PM
Love all of it! you can never take too many! Thanks!

Us3
12-05-2008, 06:21 PM
Thank you TCD for sharing the pics! :thumbsup2 I sure would like to drive down and see these decorations in person!!

RvUsa
12-05-2008, 09:29 PM
Hey I didn't know Shanta had an inflatable made of himself!!!

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008197.jpg

DznyRulz
12-06-2008, 12:50 PM
One of these years I want to see all this in person. Until then, thanks TCD!

FlaFortCampster
12-06-2008, 05:10 PM
Love the photos, BUT........
Where's the 2000 loop, don't tell me they didn't decorate? I'll have to do something about that in 10 days. :banana:
YEE HAW! :dance3:

Mmketeer
12-06-2008, 06:47 PM
Wow great photos TCD and thanks for posting my site on loop 800. :) I think those of us along the back and end of the loop really did a good job and the carraige ride came through every night. :)
I would love to get the Dis size poster that I've seen Wilderness Wookies and Stacktester with as alot of folks miss my little Dis sign hanging off my lamp post. :(
My goal next year to hubby's disamy is to bring even more decorations and do both sides of my site!! Not bad though for my first time back at Christmas time in 4 years. :)

fldisneymommyto2
12-07-2008, 09:16 PM
On my way to the 400 loop, I saw this display behind someones site on the 300 loop. All the clearing gives folks the option of displaying their decorations in front or back of their site. A lot of folks do both.

These inflatable turkeys were quite the rage during the week(we just saw one on the 500 loop, remember?):

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008077.jpg

HEY!!! This was our site!!! Did you see the sign in front of our loop like the one below??? I didn't have my dis sign with me. We weren't at our site much.. we spent a lot of time in the parks.

pell
12-07-2008, 10:43 PM
TCD,
I hope that you aren't heading to the "Fort in the Sky" anytime soon because you crack me up! This time my favorite segment was the young whipper snapper with the souped-up golf cart... very sly of you to follow him back to the rented tent area so as to enlighten us about the random cart assignments!!

My DH built our very own Mickey Ears Lamp today, and he's been using your photos to analyze the ones with bright vs. dim ears. (We're having trouble getting our ears to light equally with the head.) Anyhow, he doesn't want to bring shame to our family should you go on another surveillance mission during our upcoming stay.

Thanks again for sharing!

Tri-circle-D
12-08-2008, 08:49 AM
Love the photos, BUT........
Where's the 2000 loop, don't tell me they didn't decorate? I'll have to do something about that in 10 days. :banana:
YEE HAW! :dance3:


I don't think that I have any 2000 loop pictures, sorry. I didn't get a golf cart until the last day of my stay, so I didn't visit the 2000 loop much. There were not a lot of decorations on this loop when I did visit.

TCD

Tri-circle-D
12-08-2008, 08:53 AM
HEY!!! This was our site!!! Did you see the sign in front of our loop like the one below??? I didn't have my dis sign with me. We weren't at our site much.. we spent a lot of time in the parks.

I must have seen your sign, but I did not actually go around the 300 loop that much. Since we were the last site on the loop, we just went in and out of the exit most of the time.

TCD,
I hope that you aren't heading to the "Fort in the Sky" anytime soon because you crack me up! This time my favorite segment was the young whipper snapper with the souped-up golf cart... very sly of you to follow him back to the rented tent area so as to enlighten us about the random cart assignments!!

My DH built our very own Mickey Ears Lamp today, and he's been using your photos to analyze the ones with bright vs. dim ears. (We're having trouble getting our ears to light equally with the head.) Anyhow, he doesn't want to bring shame to our family should you go on another surveillance mission during our upcoming stay.

Thanks again for sharing!

I hope that I am not going to the Fort in the Sky anytime soon, too. I like the Fort here better (so far).

I will keep my eye out for a Mickey lamp with dim ears. Then I will know it is you.

J/K. My favorite Mickey lamps are the ones that use color changing bulbs. Those always look cool.

TCD

Tri-circle-D
12-08-2008, 09:48 AM
OK, let's see, where was I?

Oh yes, as I mentioned, we were on the "wait list" to get a golf cart during our entire stay.

We booked this trip late, and when I called to reserve a cart about two weeks from our arrival, I was told that they were completely sold out for the week, but that they would put me on the wait list. This happened on a couple of our previous visits, and we did get called from the wait list. On this visit, we never did get the call. I called myself a couple of times, and got conflicting information about where I was on the list. I think that there was some mismanagement going on with the cart rentals. What can you do?

Anyway, I did luck out when I called on Saturday morning. The castmember I spoke to said that they were just getting ready to make calls from the wait list, so I was welcome to come and get a cart. So I did.

We made good use of the cart for the one day that we had it.

I also should give a shout out to Donnie/Stacktester and publicly thank him for offering the TCD gang the use of his cart while he was visiting one of the parks. That was very generous of you Donnie. We declined that offer, as I correctly guessed that we would get our cart on Saturday.

So, here are a few pictures of our visit to the Settlement area during half-time of the Gator/FSU game:

You know, I don't post a lot of pictures of my family, but an occasional photo doesn't hurt anyone. So, here is a photo of my middle DD, Mrs. TCD, and TCD hanging out on the porch of Crockett's Tavern (Mrs. TCD is in the middle):

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008211.jpg

Should any of you ever have the opportunity to meet Mrs. TCD, I would appreciate it if you do not mention the fact that I posted this photo. She was going on little sleep, and has a hard time doing her hair and make up in the comfort stations, so she is not looking her best in this photo. Trust me, she looks a lot better in person.

Check out the lawnmower tree. I tried to find a photo of when it was first cut, but couldn't. I know somebody must have one. I am certain that it has been cut again:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008216.jpg

The little building at the marina is decorated for Christmas:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008217.jpg

Did you ever wonder what the Native American enthusiasts do at the Fort when they are not digging big fire pits and cooking 50 turkeys? What do you think that they might be doing on a late Saturday afternoon? Weaving baskets? Sewing beads onto their moccasins? Pounding their laundry with rocks in the canal? There is only one way to know for sure, isn't there?

So, it is off to the group camping area to check on what is happening with the Ti Pis.

Here is what we see:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008218.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008220.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008222.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008221.jpg

Where the heck is everybody?

Has there been an attack from a neighboring tribe?

Are they out on the warpath?

No.

Here they are.

Just like everyone else. Watching a little football :) :

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008219.jpg

They had to set up over by the Comfort Station. It is a little known fact that Native Americans used very short extension cords.

TCD

stacktester
12-08-2008, 10:49 AM
Man, if Mrs TCD get's that pic she might get a little angry. I think I saw her after she woke up better.

You're welcome for the cart invitation. Had you not gotten a cart and done this report some people on here might have blamed me for not offering it lol and I'd be on the bad list.

We make it a tradition to go over to the group camping area to see the Tipi set ups. Always interesting to see.

Tri-circle-D
12-09-2008, 09:23 AM
Time for another chapter to be added to this long saga.

So, we have our golf cart, and periodically broke away from the Florida/FSU game to loop around the campground.

On one of our visits to the 1800 loop, we noticed an addition to one of the sites. We looked at a couple of photos from this site earlier in the report, but the folks have added something. See?:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008223.jpg

I hope that you can read this sign:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008224.jpg

It is little things like this that make every visit to the Fort, no matter the time of year, special. :)

The sun was fading in the sky after a perfect day. What a great time to be at the Fort. We tried to capture the feeling in these photos, but these photos just don't convey the beauty of the early evening:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008225.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008231.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008232.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008233.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008234.jpg

But, not all is calm at the Fort on this glorious evening.

Remember the party animals I mentioned on the 1400 loop?

They were still at it on Saturday night.

On this evening, they had set up their bean bag toss game in front of the 1400 loop comfort station. One target in the area outside the men's room door, the other, outside the ladies' room door. About 20 or so spectators sat along the rail fence to watch the competition. In the back of their site, an uncovered campfire roared. Cars clogged the loop in front of their sites. I am conflicted about posting these photos. I like to have fun as much as the next guy, but this was just not a pretty picture. I am glad that I wasn't staying on the 1400 loop. I am sure that these folks had a great time, but I don't think they were very considerate of their fellow campers:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008226.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008227.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008228.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008229.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008230.jpg

That's all I am going to say about that.

TCD

christinou
12-09-2008, 10:30 AM
http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008230.jpg

That's all I am going to say about that.

TCD

I hope no one was trying to get in or out....
We did have a group during our trip last August, that also did that, they had sites in the same loop across the road from each other and would party on the road, and would not move when people were trying to drive by.

daddyphat808
12-09-2008, 03:06 PM
Long time lurker one of my first posts. We where at the Fort Saturday the 28th through Tuesday the second. In the 1900 loop.

Anyways Disney security was cruising around I am surprised they didn't enforce the one vehicle per site rule on them! Or the ban on fires??

Tri-circle-D
12-09-2008, 04:15 PM
Long time lurker one of my first posts. We where at the Fort Saturday the 28th through Tuesday the second. In the 1900 loop.

Anyways Disney security was cruising around I am surprised they didn't enforce the one vehicle per site rule on them! Or the ban on fires??

Hey, thanks for posting!

You should come out of lurkdom more often.

I am sure that security must have spoken to these folks a couple of times.

Unfortunately, the worst violators know that WDW security will rarely get confrontational with guests.

TCD

Tri-circle-D
12-09-2008, 04:30 PM
Continuing on with the report . . .

After enjoying Florida's victory over FSU, the TCD gang headed on down to Trails End for the traditional take out chicken dinner.

On the way back to our site with our meal, we caught a glimpse of the other white meat:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008236.jpg

After a great meal, we headed out on our cart for a tour of the decorations at night. Here is some of what we saw:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008239.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008240.jpg

Since we only had the cart for one night, we went light on the decorations this time:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008242.jpg

These next few are of the folks in 1600 who were doing things up BIG! As mentioned, they will be there through New Year's. If you visit the Fort between now and then, you can't miss them.

Here, we see the gentleman camper in this site still working on getting more decorations up (as if he doesn't have enough already!):

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008244.jpg

From either side of this site, the campers have made a walk through path. It leads right to the big guy himself:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008245.jpg

A few more shots of this site:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008246.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008247.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008248.jpg

This is the site on the 1100 loop that we looked at earlier. The angels up in the trees moved their wings- another great decorating job:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008249.jpg

This canopy of lights was set up over their truck:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008250.jpg

Another shot of the 1100 loop display:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008252.jpg

These next shots are of the two sites on the very end of the 700 loop:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008257.jpg

Make sure that you look at the detail of these decorations. They have Minnie Mouse set up in a bubble bath!

In a campground!

Outside!

At night!

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008253.jpg

And adjacent to bathing Minnie, we have these decorations:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008261.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008262.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008263.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008264.jpg

Great job on these decorations!

Well, as much as we fought it, we started to get tired, and it was time to call it a night.

But first, we hopped on an Orange bus for a nice cup of hot cocoa in front of the fireplace at Wilderness Lodge. I highly recommend this little trip. Easy and fun. The Lodge is very nicely decorated for Christmas.

Next up. . . our last morning.

TCD

Mmketeer
12-09-2008, 06:42 PM
I think Disney is getting a little too worried about beiong PC and all that in my opinion. We also had a someone on the 800 loop Thanksgiving week with what I would consider an open flame. The first time they lit their fire pit though the white Disney van did stop and I thought they might have told them to put it out, but they must not have. I didn't mind to much when the smoke wasn't drifting in my direction until they all took off and left the thing going without supervision. I guess they figured since it was out front of their giant Rapture 5th wheel that the rest of us would just keep an eye on it for them. Boy the langauge that was coming from that site (especially from the women) would have made a salior blush. I was so glad they were two sites away from me.

Okay, that's enough from me. Great trip report...I hope theirs more. :) It sure is bringing back alot of fond memories. :)

Tri-circle-D
12-10-2008, 08:54 AM
Well, we are up to the last morning of our visit.

That means this report is winding down.

On Sunday morning, November 30, I rose early, and headed down out for an early cart ride.

I just love to be around Pioneer Hall early in the morning:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008267.jpg

On this morning, I had a special mission.

I have been wanting to check out the old boardwalk area of the Wilderness Swamp trail.

So, after some brief looping, I took the spy bike out the back of the 300 loop, over the bridge, and past the little cabin, and back to the old Wilderness Swamp Trail boardwalk area.

It is extremely overgrown back here.

Those of you who have questioned the extent of the clearing that has gone on recently at the Fort might want to take a look around here. The air potato vines and other nuisance plants are still in control back here.

After fighting my way through the brush, I look for a glimpse of the boardwalk.

I see nothing.

I think that it has been completely removed.

Or it has rotted to the point of collapse. On my next visit, I am going to bring a machete and boots. Then I will know for sure. (I am serious)

This is still a nice place to visit. Very wild and remote:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008273.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008274.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008277.jpg

Those vines you see strangling the trees are air potato vines.

On my way back over the bridge, I see a deer walking along the canal:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008278.jpg

If you are having trouble seeing the deer, look along the wood-line, about 3/4 of the way back in the photo.

I go back to looping on the cart.

I notice a new camper has arrived on the 400 loop.

An LSU fan.

Despite the fact that his team got whipped on Saturday, he has his tiger and flag on display. A true fan:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008281.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008282.jpg

Here is one more shot of the last site on the inside of the 700 loop. They even decorated their grill!:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008283.jpg

We have had a lot of cool weather here in Florida this Fall. It came earlier, and has hung around more than normal. One of the effects of this is that the deciduous trees seem to be dropping their leaves earlier than normal. For a brief period, we have had what might even be considered Fall foliage. See here:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008287.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008285.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008289.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008290.jpg

Kind of pretty, if you ask me.

Well, it looks like this trip report is about done.

A few more photos, and it will be done.

TCD

Donna
12-10-2008, 10:22 AM
TCD,
i can't tell you how much i've enjoyed this photo report, along with your verbal narration. I wish it could go on even longer somehow. i still say we need to take up a collection and have you go at LEAST once a month; it really IS just like being there, as close as you can get!

Tri-circle-D
12-11-2008, 10:09 AM
Well, it looks like this post will have the last of the photos from this trip.

On Sunday, November 30th, we packed up, and headed for home.

The Fort was really emptying out on this day.

The week after Thanksgiving looks like it is a slow time at the Fort.

As we headed out, we notice a big storm brewing:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008292.jpg

And, the 1200 loop was completely emptied out, and workers were already moving in:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008295.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008296.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/ThanksgivingFW2008297.jpg

I bet that the next time I see the 1200 loop, the sand pads will be gone, and I will be looking at a lot more concrete.

We stopped for lunch at Port Orleans-Riverside, and the storm came in. The TV's there were showing tornado warnings for just to the East of the Fort. We headed West, and drove through some heavy storms, but eventually made it home safe and sound.

I am not sure when our next visit will be. Probably President's Day weekend, but maybe we will sneak in for MLK weekend.

Until then . . .

TCD

FlaFortCampster
12-11-2008, 01:17 PM
TCD - "I have been wanting to check out the old boardwalk area of the Wilderness Swamp trail."

This past October, I walked the path heading into the woods to the right of the cabin and it is clear that it is not being maintained, not that there is much maintenance involved with a nature trail. I talked to one of the long time CM's and they said that they haven't touched the area after the hurricanes of 04 which brought down many large trees. So the decsion was made not to clean it up, just let it go.
Well, at least the creatures of the forest will be happy. As for looking for the boardwalk, I'm not that adventureous, although I would love to fish from that area, but don't like those things that crawl on the ground that like overgrown areas.:sad2:
Thanks for taking the time to post so many photos with the info. Awesome. :yay:
5 days and counting...:banana: :banana: :banana:

DznyRulz
12-11-2008, 04:01 PM
TCD,

I also took the path but I didn't know it used to be the Wilderness Swamp Trial. I went back quite a ways and like you said, very overgrown. Now that know what it is/was I'll defnitely visit again. It is very quiet and peaceful back there.

http://i524.photobucket.com/albums/cc329/DznyFan/Fort%20Wilderness%20-%202008/P1000906.jpg

pell
12-11-2008, 04:13 PM
How do you access this wilderness swamp trail? Are there signs leading the way? Looks like a neat place.

FlaFortCampster
12-11-2008, 06:44 PM
The Wilderness Swamp Trail is down from the marina. You can get there either by going to the marina and to the right (opposite direction of MK, WL, etc.), follow the beach and you will come to a place where Bay Lake meets the canal that backs up to the camp sites. Look to your right along the canal and you'll see a bridge that will take you across the canal. Cross over the canal and follow the path to the left towards the cabin. Bear right for the trail or left along the lake and TCD's adventure walk.
OR you can cut thru the 300 loop which has a small road that comes out to the canal. Follow the road across a small bridge and cross the canal just a little further down to your right. You'll see the cabin. Enjoy and take a camera, lots of critters running around.

Tri-circle-D
12-12-2008, 09:11 AM
TCD,

I also took the path but I didn't know it used to be the Wilderness Swamp Trial. I went back quite a ways and like you said, very overgrown. Now that know what it is/was I'll defnitely visit again. It is very quiet and peaceful back there.


Actually, this area was just the boardwalk area of the Wilderness Swamp trail. The trail head, if you will, is right behind the Settlement Trading Post.

How do you access this wilderness swamp trail? Are there signs leading the way? Looks like a neat place.

The information provided by FlaFortCampster in the post below is correct.

The Wilderness Swamp Trail is down from the marina. You can get there either by going to the marina and to the right (opposite direction of MK, WL, etc.), follow the beach and you will come to a place where Bay Lake meets the canal that backs up to the camp sites. Look to your right along the canal and you'll see a bridge that will take you across the canal. Cross over the canal and follow the path to the left towards the cabin. Bear right for the trail or left along the lake and TCD's adventure walk.
OR you can cut thru the 300 loop which has a small road that comes out to the canal. Follow the road across a small bridge and cross the canal just a little further down to your right. You'll see the cabin. Enjoy and take a camera, lots of critters running around.

For anyone interested, here are some screen captures from Microsoft Live Search which show the boardwalk still in place. The aerial shots on live search are somewhat dated. They do not show the dog park, for example.

Anyway, this is a shot of the boardwalk area:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/Swamptrail.jpg

Here is another shot, a little further back, with the cabin and boardwalk marked:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/Swamptrail2-1.jpg

So, back in the day, as you walked past the cabin, there would be signs marking the entrance to the boardwalk off to the left. The boardwalk went along the shore line for a little while, and then exited back on to the sand path that you can still see in the aerial photos.

I found some old photos on line that show the boardwalk when it was open and in good repair:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/wstrail1.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/wstrail2.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/wstrail3.jpg

It wasn't all that long ago that the boardwalk was still in operational condition. I remember taking my youngest DD's out on it when they were maybe 4 or 5. So that would have been around 2000 or 2001. After that, it really started to deteriorate. For a while, it was all still there, but signs and barricades were erected saying that the boardwalk was closed.

I recall someone posting photos here on the Disboards of what the boardwalk looked like after it was closed. There were boards missing, and the whole thing was listing to the side in some places. I paid a visit to the boardwalk at that time, but that was pre-digital camera, and pre-disboards for me, so I have no photos. It was in very bad shape, and I think it presented a danger to anyone who happened out on it.

I still believe that the remnants of the boardwalk have been removed. But, because of the overgrowth, I was only able to see one area on my last inspection. There might be parts of it still around.

I will get to the bottom of this on my next visit.

TCD

FlaFortCampster
12-12-2008, 11:41 AM
Now that's some detective work. Very impressive. :thumbsup2
What a shame though, there would be some great fishing on and around the broadwalk.

stacktester
12-12-2008, 12:25 PM
Now that's some detective work. Very impressive. :thumbsup2
What a shame though, there would be some great fishing on and around the broadwalk.

I was thinking the same thing. All those cypress trees and pilings would be a great place for a largemouth bass. I caught a few nice bass down where the canal empties into Bay Lake.

borntoshop96
12-13-2008, 07:35 AM
Great job. I never see this much when I'm actually there. But then if it isn't on the route between my site and Mickey Waffles.....
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Born 2 Fish
12-13-2008, 08:21 AM
A few years ago i managed to find the board walk and did walk as much of it as I could.
It was leaning REALLY badly in places, rott'd wood, etc.
I was really wanting to fish it (which is why I located it) but, at the time I walked it, there was no water near the board walk.,it may have been the time of year that water levels were low, I dont know. :confused3 But there were areas you could get off the walk-way it was so dry.
:confused3



Great work and info, TCD ! :thumbsup2 :thumbsup2

DisCamper
12-13-2008, 08:55 AM
The Wilderness Swamp Trail as of New Years weekend 05-06
http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r253/Discamper/christmasandvickisparty034.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r253/Discamper/christmasandvickisparty033.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r253/Discamper/christmasandvickisparty023.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r253/Discamper/christmasandvickisparty036.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r253/Discamper/christmasandvickisparty027.jpg

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r253/Discamper/christmasandvickisparty028.jpg

FlaFortCampster
12-13-2008, 09:32 AM
Wow! :worship: Discamper, I think TCD will be deputizing you shortly.
How are you getting to the Boardwalk? Do you bear left of the cabin or walk the entire trail? This is a true Adventureland. Why don't you guys clear a nice little path for chickens like me?
Thanks for sharing.
Back to packing.:banana: :banana: :banana:

ynottony99
12-14-2008, 04:51 PM
Here are a few from Feb.07-----

http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m133/ynottony99/WDWFeb0749.jpg

http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m133/ynottony99/WDWFeb0748.jpg

http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m133/ynottony99/WDWFeb0744.jpg

Tri-circle-D
12-15-2008, 09:11 AM
Scott and Tony-

THANK YOU for the photos of the boardwalk.

Seeing these confirms a suspicion that I had.

The "then" photos that I posted above came off of a site that I found that had a bunch of Ft. Wilderness photos. Here are the thumbnails from that site:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/FtThumbnails.jpg

Although these are supposed to all be photos of the Fort, I now think that the boardwalk photos are actually of the Fishing Hole at the Port Orleans resort.

Here is a photo of the Port Orleans (formerly Dixie Landings) fishing hole:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn76/Tri-Circle-D/fishinghole.jpg

You see a similar umbrella in the above photo (I don't remember umbrellas on the Wilderness Swamp trail), and also there is a top board on the side rails, which I don't remember on the Wilderness Swamp boardwalk, and which is not shown in Scott or Tony's photos.

So, I think I was mislead, and in turn, I mislead some of you.

Does anyone have a photo of the boardwalk in its hey day?

TCD

kbgman
08-09-2009, 10:17 AM
I have been looking for Albert for 3 years since mine wore out.
Can you tell me where you got yours?
thanks and Go Gators