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12-28-2012, 08:19 AM
Day 1- Dec. 26 4:30 AM, rise and shine. There is Frank, myself and Bailey our fur baby. Finish loading last minute things in the TT. Eat some eggs and toast, a little for Bailey too. On the road by 6:45.:drive: It's windy and raining so Frank takes it slow and easy. Then we notice the truck heater fan won't work. Wow the traffic is very heavy. :crowded: About 2 hours into the trip we come upon a guy in a Mercedes who is driving in the middle lane but weaving 6 feet over into the other lanes. We don't dare pass him, neither does anyone else. :drinking1I call Ga Patrol. Well after 10 minutes people get impatient and start passing him nearly getting slammed. We lose track of him. About 25 miles from where we first seen him he was pulled over by 2 State Patrol cars. All goes OK until Atlanta, traffic jam, stop and go for 1 hour. Time for a snack, a little beef jerky for the 3 of us. Well there are 3 more traffic jams thru Ga each about 30 minutes of stop and go traffic. So we had to do an emergency window rolling down for Bailey. :faint: and the air suction started the heater fan going again. :thumbsup2 We stop for a late lunch at Sonny's BBQ. Finally get to the CG Thousand Trails, 14 hours from the time we left. Normally an 11 hour drive. Pull in hook up electric and water and go to bed.

12-28-2012, 08:51 AM
Day 2 - Dec 27 It was 37 overnight and high of 61.
Sleep in, get set up, take the GC off the truck. Plug in the new 24 inch HD TV, nothing... nada, defective. So we went to eat a late lunch at Miller's Ale House. Yum, if you eat off WDW property this is a must do restaurant. Then to Wal-Mart and got a 26 inch one.::yes:: Got our shopping done there and at Publix. Took a long walk, watched a little TV and to bed. This is the R&R part of the trip.

12-28-2012, 08:55 AM
Hope the rest of your trip goes off without a hitch. Have fun!

12-28-2012, 09:32 AM
Too bad about the tv Denise. But at least you made it to the Fort.

Can't wait to hear more.


Bama ED

12-28-2012, 09:37 AM
Cant wait to hear more. :)

12-28-2012, 10:49 AM
But at least you made it to the Fort.

Not at The Fort yet. Frank is happy about the TV, after all, bigger is better. :happytv:

There will be pix later.

12-28-2012, 12:14 PM
Yay a trip report!! :) Settling in.. :Pinkbounc

12-28-2012, 04:56 PM
Not at The Fort yet. Frank is happy about the TV, after all, bigger is better. :happytv:

There will be pix later.

My bad. Please proceed. :thumbsup2

Bama ED

PS - hi Frank :wave2:

12-28-2012, 05:04 PM
I left the USB cord to import pix to the laptop at home. :mad:

Well, I was gonna tell about and post pix of the Thousand Trails CG. First off you do not need a membership. It was $357.42 for 7 nites. Less then 3 nites at The Fort during this Holiday season. It's not The Fort. But, it's OK. Close to a lot of restaurants and shopping. Turn left or right out of the drive and there is a Publix and a Wal-Mart. There is a gate with a code to get in. It's big enough to loop, take long walks and nature trail. There is a dogpark with a small and large dog section.


There isn't cable but we get a lot of TV stations with a digital tuner TV. There are sites up front that are open with a tree/bush here and there.

The back D section reminds me of The Fort before the clearing. Lots of foliage and private.


There is also a lake with a dock and row boats to use.


Pool, hot tub and store. Also daily activities.

12-28-2012, 07:33 PM
Day 3 - Dec 28

Nice temps overnight 44 and warmer today 68. Lazy morning, long walk and lunch at Miller's Ale House. Fish and chips for Frank and beef stew in a bread bowl for me. :thumbsup2 Then some walking, looping and walked thru some new RV's 4 sale. We seen a Class A we both liked. ::yes:: Burgers and potatoes for dinner. Watching some TV and listening to the rain on the roof. :music: Can't get more relaxed than that. :thumbsup2

12-30-2012, 09:05 AM
Day 4 - Dec 29 Beautiful warm sunny afternoon 75 or so. Lots of R&R. Looping, walking. Steak and shrimp at the TT for dinner. The CG is pretty full. Lots of fur babies.

12-30-2012, 03:03 PM
Which Thousand Trails CG are you at?


12-30-2012, 03:48 PM
Which Thousand Trails CG are you at?


Clermont FL.

12-30-2012, 05:27 PM
I am enjoying your report. :yay:

12-30-2012, 06:18 PM
Today was chilly. Started out at 34 got up to 55. Hoodie weather. We found another good place to eat, Houlihan's on 192 brunch buffet served 8AM till 1PM. It was really good and factor in price, excellent. $6.99 each and $2.50 for coffee or hot chocolate which were both :thumbsup2

Made to order omelettes, fried seasoned potatoes, fresh fruit, cereal, assorted breads, muffins, sausage gravy, grits, oatmeal, pancakes, french toast, bacon, ham, link sausage, scrambled eggs, tomatoes and all sorts of condiments.

Then we did some walking, looping and sat out in the sun and people watched.

Dinner was pork, potatoes, gravy and onions in the crockpot. Then a walk, inside warming up. Gonna try some cinnamon schnapps tonight and watch some TV. :cool1:

musket mickey
12-30-2012, 07:22 PM
Nice to read your report. I wish I could be down there tonight as it is currently 19 degrees
here in CT and a foot of snow along with strong winds. Pls keep your report coming as I am living the adventure through your report.

Born 2 Fish
12-31-2012, 06:32 PM
Happy New Year ya'll !!
I'm commandeering this post from my beautiful 2Goofycampers, :cool1:
Just got back from chow'n down at the Sweet Tomatoes,,was pretty dang good stuff,,never eat'd there before. Our butler, wait person, (what ever) was one of them dang feerneers, said he was from a place called Massachusetts , ain't that where Ka'La is frum ? He really was a very good waiter. We have been eat'n real good since we arrived here,,can't complain bout nun of it.
These few days have been wonderful & each day keeps gett'n better. The weather is really look'n fine! Had to use the AC today, :banana:
When we camp, I sleep in, got up at 8:30 this morn , then cooked Miss D breakfast, French Toast, home fry potato, sausage, eggs, & coffee & milk.
Then we broke out the poles and headed to the crawlfish hole where we both proceeded to slay mass quantities of swimmers,,(we each caught one nice bream).
After that we looped the wole park a few times, met some nice folk, a couple of which had already started the New Year festivities. Don't really think they will make it to midnight.:lmao:
Took our fur baby onna walk, we were actually lizard & squirrel hunting, got to the lake and a family hadda potato cannon shoot'n it off over the lake,,it was pretty cool !!
I feel like this stay has been a bit of a preview for ''what is to come" at the Fort ! :woohoo: On the clear nights we can hear the fireworks from one of the parks, not sure which one :confused3 and then when we get out in the mornings we can hear the cars at the Disney Raceway. MAN I can't wait to get to hear the boat whistles at the Fort !! Ya'll have no idea how the enthusiasm & excitement is pent up in this big ol boy (I'm only 11 in Disney years) !!!
Well I hope EVERYONE had the most AWESOMENESS Christmas ever :santa:
and that your New Year is fulla Magic pixiedust:

Lets go fish'n and ya'll be safe !

12-31-2012, 06:41 PM
Nice to read your report. I wish I could be down there tonight as it is currently 19 degrees
here in CT and a foot of snow along with strong winds. Pls keep your report coming as I am living the adventure through your report.

It was 73 today, enjoy it vicariously, I sure did. :goodvibes

12-31-2012, 06:49 PM
Sunny warm and 73 today. Had to turn on A/C in TT. We were pretty much outside all day. Looping, walking, fishing and meeting fellow campers. Nice weather sure makes people friendly. :thumbsup2 This is definitely a doggie paradise, I think everyone has at least 1 and as many as 4 fur babies. Mostly well behaved. Love this sign!


Be safe and have a Happy New Year!

12-31-2012, 06:51 PM
MAN I can't wait to get to hear the boat whistles at the Fort !! Ya'll have no idea how the enthusiasm & excitement is pent up in this big ol boy (I'm only 11 in Disney years) !!! Well I hope EVERYONE had the most AWESOMENESS Christmas ever :santa: and that your New Year is fulla Magic pixiedust:

Lets go fish'n and ya'll be safe !

Man, it's been a LONG time since I've had that face full of blue fishing text! :joker: Howdy Frank!

Bama ED

Born 2 Fish
01-01-2013, 07:02 PM
Howdy Ed !! (and all, :thumbsup2)
Gonna pull up roots inna morn'n and hurry to the Fort , :banana:
Went to the water hole today fer a bit, reck'n I won't tell ya'll bout my sweety catch'n 2 more fish than I caught,,,now I ain't say'n that I didn't catch any swimmers, I'm just say'n I caught two less then she caught.
Hope ya'lls first new day of the year was a good'un,,
mine was FANTABULOUS and tomorrow is look'n even better !!

Night ya'll,,gotta run thru the shower, she's start'n to say I stink.

Let's go fish'n !!!!

01-01-2013, 07:18 PM
Looking forward to hearing more!:banana: Can't wait till our turn to visit the Fort in April!

01-01-2013, 09:03 PM
Really like the TR can't wait to hear about the Fort when you get there. The weather here has been nice. We were up at Sea World for the New Year. Freezed our butts off on Sunday. Us Floridians were cold. Could tell who the northerns were since they were wearing shorts.

Nice to see some post from Frank too. Enjoy the rest of your trip.

01-02-2013, 10:14 PM
Arrived at The Fort today. Met up with some Tennessee friends. Ate dinner at Cape May Cafe. Did some looping, still quite a few Christmas decorations up. Weather was great, 78 for high.

01-02-2013, 10:19 PM
Weather was great, 78 for high.

Stop it, yer killin' me. :sad2:

Bama ED

01-03-2013, 06:55 AM
Stop it, yer killin' me. :sad2:

Bama ED

Ok, cold front coming thru, only suppose to be 71 for a high today.

Born 2 Fish
01-03-2013, 07:59 PM
What a awesome day! Went to Epcot today ! Rode the new Test Tracks,,I like the new, can't say that I like it any better then the old,,they each were very different but I like each about the same. (did you understand that ?)
So when the Test Track car went screaming into the outside, a Red Tail Hawk
was try'n to fly straight across the track at windshield height,,if I had the camera ready I coulda posted Red Tail bird butt !
We ate diner with the Mouse at the Garden Grill, pretty good stuff, brought turkey home for the 4 legged sweety, she loved it.
Oh, and we also saw a $6000.00 toilet that foot motion operated by your foot, play'd muzac while ya poop'd and had a heated seat fer yer fanny at Innoventions !!!

Okay, I'm gonna turn this over to my "oh so sweet",
talk atcha later.

01-04-2013, 06:46 AM
Garden Grill,,, Frank and Mickey

food,,,, turkey and dressing, beef and mash potatoes, talapia and vegetables, salad and bread, oops forgot to take pic of triple berry cobbler.


01-04-2013, 09:41 AM
Oh, and we also saw a $6000.00 toilet that foot motion operated by your foot, play'd muzac while ya poop'd and had a heated seat fer yer fanny at Innoventions !!!

You know, Innoventions must really be named RV Inoventions. Got heated mattresses. Now a heated toilet is coming! I can't imagine what kind of music I'd want playing! :laughing:
What a wonderful life day! Enjoy the rest!

Born 2 Fish
01-04-2013, 08:42 PM
Evening ya'll , :hyper:
Another great day in the World,,went to the Animal Kingdom. First, let me say, it never really rained (to speak of) but it was kinda like a heavy sorta really heavy constant less then drizzley moisture ladden fog, a non stop wet. And it was on the cool side. That being said, I've never ever seen so many animals out running around on the Kilimanjaro Safari ride :woohoo: !! Remember when they usta have a real problem with the Ivory poachers and they would call to help enlist the help of the people taking the tour ride ? Well great news, they eradicated the poacher problem :thumbsup2, !
We got to see a baby gorilla (3 years young), oh what a funny little monkey !!
Did the Bugs Life, I LOVE THAT !! There were some beautiful blue fish in some of the streams,,wonder what they'd taste like :rolleyes1.

And last I'd like to say, if you are a people watcher as am I, then ya gotta make a trip to the AK , loads of fun.

Ya'll hava rock'n evening, I'm gonna hava beer.

Hey, Let's go fish'n !! :yay::woohoo:

01-05-2013, 10:37 AM
Tree of Life








01-06-2013, 08:50 PM
We had 2 free Fort days. Did a little fishing. Yesterday caught 9, today caught 3. They all looked like this. ;)


Dinner yesterday was Giddyap and Go from Trail's End.

Dinner tonight was Boma.



Today we broke 80 degrees and the rain has held off, so far. Beautiful day at the Happiest Place on Earth.








Born 2 Fish
01-07-2013, 07:04 AM
Good morning from the Fort ! :woohoo:

Hav'n my coffee, :surfweb:

01-07-2013, 08:35 AM
How was Boma? We have adr for Feb 23, first time eating there.

Born 2 Fish
01-07-2013, 01:43 PM
For us, Boma is one of my favorite eat'n stops, :thumbsup2
When you eat there ya havta be open to try'n different foods,,,it's not exactly yer "chicken tenders & french fry" kinda diner. (altho they do hava kids bar)
Theres 5 different soups, (seafood soup & corn chicken chowder is killer).
Whole rib roast steak, chicken, several green salads, fruit salads, lots of different veggies, exotic salads, breads, humus, buncha desserts, and more, :thumbsup2:thumbsup2

Hope ya'll enjoy it as much as I, :goodvibes

Let's go fish'n !

01-07-2013, 08:14 PM
The new section of Fantasyland has a new store, some pics




Wall covering construction




Dinner was at Crystal Palace



The ice castle



01-07-2013, 08:19 PM
Those treats give me sugar shock just looking at them. Lol. Frank and Tigger make a great pair. :)

Born 2 Fish
01-08-2013, 06:57 AM
Oh what a great day we had yesterday !!
Went to the house of the mouse, the Magic Kingdom !:woohoo:
Last year I did'nt notice this, but when we rode the Pirates of Carribean at the very beginning there was a Mermaid skeleton,,,how long has that been there :confused3 ?
Was ready for Splash Mountain but it was being refurbished (lots of scaffold at the last water drop).:worried:
Today is spose to be super nice,,ya'll come on daown and spend the day with us !

Oh, almost forgot to mention, I scored 999999 on the Buzz Lightyear ride, :thumbsup2:thumbsup2, (gotta keep the world safe:rotfl:)

Let's go fish'n !!

Born 2 Fish
01-08-2013, 08:51 PM
Geat evening ya'll :goodvibes

Haddanutter awesome day.

We visited the Hollywood Studios today,,AND I WAS THE VERY FIRST PERSON ON THE "TOWER of TERROR" !!! :banana::banana: Yeah baby , that's right,,ME !!! :woohoo::woohoo:
Did all the best rides (the ones I like). And of course we hit Toy Story Mania,
just barely beat my beautiful girl, scored 178300. Ate dinner at the Hollywood & Vine,,it was pretty good. Watched the Pixar parade, pretty cool, :thumbsup2:thumbsup2
Stopped into the "Writers Stop" (coffee shop) for a break. I recommend this shop, good coffee and great danish/cookie type snacks.

And now to bounce around a bit,,at the MK we did the Carousel of Progress,,,I will always love that show, it do take me back to my childhood, :goodvibes.

When we were fish'n at the Meadows the other day we watched a Osprey (bird) swoop down across from us and snatch a swimmer outta the edge of the pond,,it was SOOOO COOl !! Hopped it up on the bank bout 20 feet and had brunch.

Then a couple evenings ago just before dark, we were looping and came across little Bambie and its mom walking thru the campground munch'n away.

And yesterday, coming from the loop behind us walking into our loop was bout 10 turkeys.

Nitie nite ya'll.

Lets go fish'n !

01-09-2013, 08:23 AM
Be sure to see The Legend Of Captain Jack Sparrow. No pics are allowed there.




The Pixar parade















01-09-2013, 07:21 PM
Loving your trip report....It looks & sounds like ya'll are having a Wonderful time!!!
You are definitely having wonderful weather.

How I wish I was at the Fort!!


01-09-2013, 09:36 PM
What great pictures! Sounds like you are both having a wonderful time! We are heading down in April and will definitely check out those snacks. They looked yummy!

Frank, loved your birthday shirt, and was wondering if you remember what store you picked it up at. My hubby will be celebrating his big day while we are there and I would love to surprise him with one. My son/wife will be visiting there before us so I could have them pick one before we get there! (Don't know if that makes sense :confused3). Anyway, love the TR. Thanks!:thumbsup2

Born 2 Fish
01-10-2013, 08:01 AM
Good morning from the Fort Wilderness !

Now I have some really bad news for you,,
we are leaving the Fort this morning, :(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(
(well, it's really bad news to me)

Good news, I hadda super awesome time, met some really nice folk, ate some really good food (& a little not so good) Oh, if ya want a really good snack and you are in the area of the Poly, go to Capt.Cooks counter service & get the Pork Nachos, instead of nachos it's made with homemade potato chips,,one'a my all time favorites :thumbsup2

Went fish'n fer bout a hour yesterday, caught 3 really nice swimmers and one on the small side. (I used hot dogs).

The weather has been soooo wonderful that I thought about call'n and quitting my jobs and stay'n here forever & ever (amen), but then my sweety reminded me that I really enjoy eat'n onna regular schedule.

We are in loop 1800, across the canal from the pet walk in the very top of the trees there's a couple of large Owl's , we hear them all night, they are quiet in the day, I saw them fly'n in one early morning while walking the fur baby.
This trip has been a very nice animal experience for us at the Fort and in the parks.

Spent yesterday looping walking fishing, riding boats, doing the monorail,
and shopping to end our trip and then did a qiuck dinner at the Roaring Forks counter service at the Wilderness Lodge.

Pretty sure Denise will put more pictures anna post on here to finish up this report, hadda great time ya'll come back now ya hear :thumbsup2

Let's go fish'n !! :woohoo:

01-10-2013, 08:16 AM
Thanks for posting. I enjoyed your report and all of your pictures!

Safe ride home.

01-10-2013, 07:06 PM
I know it's sad to leave but have a safe return to home. Come back soon.

01-10-2013, 08:23 PM
All good things must come to an end. :worried:

Safe travels home guys.

Thanks for the Trip Report, Frank and Denise. :3dglasses

Bama ED

01-10-2013, 08:59 PM
A couple of pics from our last day

New wrap on a monorail


Wyland painting


pollen in the water at the CR, not good for the allergies


Taken from the 1800 loop dog walk


Born 2 Fish
01-11-2013, 07:21 AM
Good morning ya'll , !

Okay, one more post from me :).

Stopped over at the KOA at Forsyth GA. , 5 hours more and we'll be home. Did I mention that shortly after we set up there was a knock at the door,,they brought us fresh hot chocolate chip cookies !!! pixiedust: Any campground that brings us hot cookies gets a "A" in my book.
(altho being RIGHT next to the interstate, the traffic is on the loud side) But boyhowdy those were some good chocolate chip cookies :goodvibes !

Well, Let's go fish'n !

01-11-2013, 08:17 AM
The picture of the steel work going up? What are they building and how close is it to the Fort?

01-12-2013, 01:38 AM
Great report Thanks!:)

01-12-2013, 08:09 AM
The picture of the steel work going up? What are they building and how close is it to the Fort?

When you go to the dog walk on 1800 this is visible. The distance is less than 1/2 mile from The Fort. I'm not sure what it is, DVC maybe?

Big Kahuna
01-12-2013, 11:54 AM
That abomination is the Four Season's Resort.

01-12-2013, 01:05 PM
That abomination is the Four Season's Resort.

Yes it certainly is.

There were two golf courses over there next to the Fort. Disney kept one and still operates it. The second has had its land converted into $1M villas (not time shared) and this resort is at the center of the development. The whole thing is called "Golden Oaks" or something like that.

Thankfully it does not extend all the way down to Bay Lake.

When you drive from Downtown Disney back to the Fort and make a right past Typhoon Lagoon and drive down past OKW and PO on the right and the new kennel on the left, you come to a red light where you have to make a left or right turn. That intersection is being modified so that you can go straight (a 4-way intersection in the future) and enter the gate for Golden Oaks.

Part of the target buyer's market for the villas are foreigners (especially Central and South Americans) whose currency has appreciated against the dollar.

As long as they keep quiet and I don't have to hear them rednecks partying from my site at the Fort, I'm okay with it. Or else I'll have to call the Disney PoPo on them. :cool2: My popup is my castle! ::yes::

Bama ED

01-13-2013, 01:09 AM
Around here, folks call my kids the redcaps, because I make them wear bright red ball caps when they trek to all our neighbors field and farm ponds to fish...year round.
And around here, my kids call you the Goofy Disney Fishermen.

They love past posts of yours, proving there's actually biting swimmers in the water over there, still, and fishing at WDW isn't just some marketing gimmick. And the wildlife pics.

Thanks for the onsite, everyday report. We enjoyed your happy's.
May you return when you mean to.

01-13-2013, 09:33 PM
Frank, loved your birthday shirt, and was wondering if you remember what store you picked it up at.

It came from the Disney store online. They no longer have them.