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churchpilot
06-26-2009, 07:59 PM
We are planning a trip to Disney in Feb. 2010 (as well as Oct. 09!). We like to go every Feb., but this coming year will be a little different. My husband will be meeting up with some of his old squadron mates from the Air Force (F-111F's). Our family will be staying at a moderate resort. My husband wants to be able to meet up with his pals, sit around and relive the glory days (opening night of the Gulf War, etc.). He thinks sitting around a campfire, grilling steaks and watching some sports will be a nice diversion for the guys while the women and children do commando Disney. They will join in, but not every day, all day long. My question is this...can we reserve a spot, put either a tent or small RV on it, but not spend the night there....basically just use it as a meeting place and grilling place? Thanks for any insight and advice.

I'mDownWithDisney
06-26-2009, 09:54 PM
Sure, you can do that, but no campfires. I am not sure about portable propane fire pits (doubt it, though). Keep in mind only one vehicle is allowed per site. The visitors would have to park in the main lot and ride the bus to the loop.

churchpilot
06-26-2009, 10:18 PM
Thanks for the advice. They will all fit in one vehicle, so that won't be a problem. They are more interested in the grilling, sitting around talking, and reliving the glory days, so they can do without the fire and maybe even TV! An alternative for them will be some of the resort bars for the sports.

FlaFortCampster
06-26-2009, 10:44 PM
They can do all those things at the campsite, just have to do it Fort style.
Fire in the grill at the site.
Grilling on the fire in the grill
TV hooked up to cable (via coaxial you bring yourself) and sitting on picnic table.
Some folding chairs and one or two small folding tables.
Ice chest with adult beverages, meat for grilling and potatoes wrapped in foil to toss in grill coals
Ahhhhh, think the guys would be quite happy. Plus, they can catch the bus back to the "other" resort so no one has to drive buzzed.
Sounds like a great plan and BY THE WAY......Thanks to them for serving our country :worship:.

Shan-man
06-27-2009, 08:25 AM
Unless there is a burning ban in effect for central Florida at the time, a fully enclosed free-standing fire pit is allowed... it just has to have a spark arrestor screen over and around the flames.

:santa:

stpetedisneydad
06-27-2009, 09:08 AM
They can do all those things at the campsite, just have to do it Fort style.
Fire in the grill at the site.
Grilling on the fire in the grill
TV hooked up to cable (via coaxial you bring yourself) and sitting on picnic table.
Some folding chairs and one or two small folding tables.
Ice chest with adult beverages, meat for grilling and potatoes wrapped in foil to toss in grill coals
Ahhhhh, think the guys would be quite happy. Plus, they can catch the bus back to the "other" resort so no one has to drive buzzed.
Sounds like a great plan and BY THE WAY......Thanks to them for serving our country :worship:.


All of the above with a portable screen room or tent/screen room combo in case of inclement weather and for storage of tv/supplies at night. Basically a portable man cave:thumbsup2.

Also, extend my sincere thanks for their service.

BradyBz12
06-27-2009, 09:13 AM
If they're looking for a good sports bar, tell them to head over to the Boardwalk and try the ESPN Zone. DH and I go there to watch a game or 2 while we're at WDW and it's a lot of fun. :thumbsup2

Shan-man
06-27-2009, 09:25 AM
Here are a couple of older threads that talk about firepits:

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2057478&highlight=firepit

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1551151&highlight=firepit

FlaFortCampster
06-27-2009, 01:52 PM
If they're looking for a good sports bar, tell them to head over to the Boardwalk and try the ESPN Zone. DH and I go there to watch a game or 2 while we're at WDW and it's a lot of fun. :thumbsup2


Ya, but don't they get a little miffed when you start grilling your steaks over the fire you started on the bar???? :banana:

FlaFortCampster
06-27-2009, 01:54 PM
Unless there is a burning ban in effect for central Florida at the time, a fully enclosed free-standing fire pit is allowed... it just has to have a spark arrestor screen over and around the flames.

:santa:


I didn't know that. How cool!!! See, the Fort continues to hold secrets even to the long time Fort visitors.

churchpilot
06-27-2009, 07:48 PM
They can do all those things at the campsite, just have to do it Fort style.
Fire in the grill at the site.
Grilling on the fire in the grill
TV hooked up to cable (via coaxial you bring yourself) and sitting on picnic table.
Some folding chairs and one or two small folding tables.
Ice chest with adult beverages, meat for grilling and potatoes wrapped in foil to toss in grill coals
Ahhhhh, think the guys would be quite happy. Plus, they can catch the bus back to the "other" resort so no one has to drive buzzed.
Sounds like a great plan and BY THE WAY......Thanks to them for serving our country :worship:.

I really thought this thread was over with and answered and gave my husband the news...:sad2: Then I came upon this bounty of advice and just gave him the update and he is hootin' and hollerin'! I didn't realize how excited he actually was at the prospect of sitting at a campsite talkin and grillin! Thank you so much for taking the time to help him (us) out---he is truly thrilled. He has already called one of his fellow squadron mates with the good news. He loves the idea of a man cave, because every pilot has their own "I love me" rooms where they keep all of their mememtos. I told him I would try and find some Mickey dice to hang from the awning! Thanks again for your help and my hubbie says that is has been his greatest honor to serve his country!

BradyBz12
06-27-2009, 10:05 PM
Ya, but don't they get a little miffed when you start grilling your steaks over the fire you started on the bar???? :banana:

Not if you leave a big enough tip! :rotfl:

FlaFortCampster
06-27-2009, 11:30 PM
I really thought this thread was over with and answered and gave my husband the news...:sad2: Then I came upon this bounty of advice and just gave him the update and he is hootin' and hollerin'! I didn't realize how excited he actually was at the prospect of sitting at a campsite talkin and grillin! Thank you so much for taking the time to help him (us) out---he is truly thrilled. He has already called one of his fellow squadron mates with the good news. He loves the idea of a man cave, because every pilot has their own "I love me" rooms where they keep all of their mememtos. I told him I would try and find some Mickey dice to hang from the awning! Thanks again for your help and my hubbie says that is has been his greatest honor to serve his country!

You are most welcomed. You will find the folks on this forum most helpful, a little crazy, sincere and quite friendly. I didn't know they could use a fire pit with the screen top, but Shan-man is always well informed, so that will make a great gathering spot for sure. Tell the guys to have a great time and you gals too. :thumbsup2 Who knows, this could be the start of a great tradition.

churchpilot
06-28-2009, 10:07 PM
You are most welcomed. You will find the folks on this forum most helpful, a little crazy, sincere and quite friendly. I didn't know they could use a fire pit with the screen top, but Shan-man is always well informed, so that will make a great gathering spot for sure. Tell the guys to have a great time and you gals too. :thumbsup2 Who knows, this could be the start of a great tradition.

Thanks and I think that it might!:cool1:

medic9016
06-29-2009, 03:40 PM
Unless there is a burning ban in effect for central Florida at the time, a fully enclosed free-standing fire pit is allowed... it just has to have a spark arrestor screen over and around the flames.

:santa:

We were there last week and ask at check-in and ask a security guard patrolling in his car. No open fires or fire pits allowed of any type.

Shan-man
06-29-2009, 06:14 PM
That must mean that a burning ban is in effect (or they have changed the rules in the past couple of months, or the CMs asked were clueless) since fully-enclosed firepits are allowed.

OK GRUMPY
06-29-2009, 09:43 PM
I hope the no fire pit is not right! Cause I just brought another one (Fort Wilderness approved) since the last one bit the dust.
Church Pilot I would also suggest making your reservation as soon at you know the date.

mikmouse
06-30-2009, 12:50 PM
We were there last week and ask at check-in and ask a security guard patrolling in his car. No open fires or fire pits allowed of any type.


12 years straight at the Fort and it always has that same warning. We always take and use our enclosed fire pit. As long as it is enclosed it is not a problem.

OK GRUMPY
06-30-2009, 03:31 PM
That's what they told us last time as long as it was enclosed with a solid lid on the top, ans they made it sound like that was the case anytime even if there in a drought,which kind of surprises me.

churchpilot
06-30-2009, 07:28 PM
The firepit discussion is interesting and informative, but at this point, all my husband cares about is setting up some chairs and a little shelter and having fun!!! Made reservation yesterday and we are good to go!!! Thanks again to all of you and Fort Wilderness campers rock! We can't wait to meet some of you:cool1: