OFFICIAL OCTOBER 2017 pretrip and trip report!

bama_ed

It's kind of fun to do the impossible-Walt Disney
Joined
Sep 23, 2004
It's 1230pm and the cart is as decorated as it's going to get. I had enough random stuff to stick on it so that it won't be the WORST decorated cart in the parade. (at least I hope).

We went out for a spin on this cool, bright, blue, breezy day and afterwards dad noticed a lime/orange tree growing next to the sidewalk between 100 loop and the Settlement bus depot. It was bearing fruit but the lower fruit had already been picked (as the saying goes). So together we worked it out.

Here is the location-look at the top and you can see a round fruit in the sun:

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Mission accomplished.

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And the two are back at the site with us.

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Lunch and then prep for the pet parade, golf cart parade, and turn in the pumpkin for judging. Then comes all the night activities.

Bama Ed
 

tltay2005

DIS Veteran
Joined
Feb 20, 2015
It's 1230pm and the cart is as decorated as it's going to get. I had enough random stuff to stick on it so that it won't be the WORST decorated cart in the parade. (at least I hope).

We went out for a spin on this cool, bright, blue, breezy day and afterwards dad noticed a lime/orange tree growing next to the sidewalk between 100 loop and the Settlement bus depot. It was bearing fruit but the lower fruit had already been picked (as the saying goes). So together we worked it out.

Here is the location-look at the top and you can see a round fruit in the sun:

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Mission accomplished.

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And the two are back at the site with us.

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Lunch and then prep for the pet parade, golf cart parade, and turn in the pumpkin for judging. Then comes all the night activities.

Bama Ed
We are at our site, I have some extra stuff for your cart, come by if you have time.
 

dalir

Mouseketeer
Joined
Mar 7, 2014
I use same one. Ed mentioned the marker.

It has three separate parking areas with the one in back being for RV and trucks pulling trailers. Big rigs get the front parking lot closest to the interstate. 24 hour security and EXACTLY one hour from FW if you come in on the Western Way.
We tried this after reading about it here and spent a few hours here on our trip down in early October. We didn't pull in until around 3:00am and the semi lot was full and overflowed into the RV lot. We found a spot, but it was like driving through a corn maze. This was the first time pulling our new camper to The Fort; rest areas have a whole new meaning when you can crawl into a bed.

The stop near Ocala is MM 346, and we found it to be closer to an hour and 15 minutes; my old truck can't pull the new camper that fast. We pulled into The Fort about 7:30am and were rewarded with site 1809, on the canal with the deer and turkeys.
 
  • tltay2005

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Feb 20, 2015
    Another early morning ride to watch the sunrise and the wildlife. So peaceful and beautiful. Had a great visit with Ed and his dad after our ride. We headed off to DS for some lunch and window shopping. We ate at the Polite Pig, it was very good. We are now back at camp relaxing and waiting for the parade and nighttime activities.
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    tripleb

    Mouseketeer
    Joined
    Mar 7, 2017
    Yep, I like the second picture also ... reminds me of college days ... not me of course :crazy2:
     
  • FtW Mike

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Feb 4, 2016
    We tried this after reading about it here and spent a few hours here on our trip down in early October. We didn't pull in until around 3:00am and the semi lot was full and overflowed into the RV lot. We found a spot, but it was like driving through a corn maze. This was the first time pulling our new camper to The Fort; rest areas have a whole new meaning when you can crawl into a bed.

    The stop near Ocala is MM 346, and we found it to be closer to an hour and 15 minutes; my old truck can't pull the new camper that fast. We pulled into The Fort about 7:30am and were rewarded with site 1809, on the canal with the deer and turkeys.
    Dalir be careful When we were in 1811 2 sites opposite you we watched every morning the Turkeys cross the canal and come into the area right in front of your site
     

    bama_ed

    It's kind of fun to do the impossible-Walt Disney
    Joined
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    Real quick, great golf cart parade. More later.

    Here are the top two golf carts in each category on display down by TE.

    Top 2 in Fort themed - a replica of the Fort Food Truck and a cart full of Fort Life Guards (they did a dance step together for the judges):

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    Top 2 Overall - Steamboat Willie (who was right behind my cart the whole way) and The Mad Hatter (with a live actor as the Hatter):

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    Top 2 Disney Themed: Wall-E and a Moana? boat:

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    Also some terrific cut-throat submissions in the pumpkin decorating category. More on all these later. Beach bash in a few minutes.

    Bama Ed
     
  • snowmedic

    1500 MIles From the Fort.
    Joined
    Jan 27, 2013
    I have checked in, got my golf cart early, and enjoying the dark morning fog.
    Would that happed to be a Disney cart, and if so how, other than being royalty, did you get it that early? At least one inquiring mind wants to know.

    Great job on the pics and the TR. Sorry to hear that it is cold down there, :cold: at least to you southerners anyway.
     

    Teamubr

    Formerly racing around the country.
    Joined
    Nov 7, 2010
    It's 1230pm and the cart is as decorated as it's going to get. I had enough random stuff to stick on it so that it won't be the WORST decorated cart in the parade. (at least I hope).
    No pics of your cart?

    Great other pics though. There are some really creative people out there.

    j
     

    PaHunter

    Photographer in need of training...
    Joined
    Oct 15, 2014
    Real quick, great golf cart parade. More later.

    Here are the top two golf carts in each category on display down by TE.

    Top 2 in Fort themed - a replica of the Fort Food Truck and a cart full of Fort Life Guards (they did a dance step together for the judges):

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    Top 2 Overall - Steamboat Willie (who was right behind my cart the whole way) and The Mad Hatter (with a live actor as the Hatter):

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    Top 2 Disney Themed: Wall-E and a Moana? boat:

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    Also some terrific cut-throat submissions in the pumpkin decorating category. More on all these later. Beach bash in a few minutes.

    Bama Ed
    The guy as the Hatbox ghost is very cool. Of course it is from the Disneyland Haunted Mansion, so they are on the wrong coast, but awesome just the same.
     

    bama_ed

    It's kind of fun to do the impossible-Walt Disney
    Joined
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    Would that happed to be a Disney cart, and if so how, other than being royalty, did you get it that early? At least one inquiring mind wants to know.

    Great job on the pics and the TR. Sorry to hear that it is cold down there, :cold: at least to you southerners anyway.
    It was a Disney cart and I'm not ashamed to say it, I used the charm offensive.

    Dad and I walked in the lobby at 630am (no text because the loop had been full the night before) and it was empty except for a Cast Member and a Manager. So I said I was there to check in and get a golf cart. The CM said alright we can check you in but gc pickup is 1pm. Oh okay, I says. The CM was from Atlanta GA on her name tag so I kibitzed about the GA-FL game the day before. And I was wearing a Boy Scout t-shirt and the Manager said she was from a big time Scouting family and knew a lot about it so we kibitzed on that topic.

    I knew I would probably have to wait for the site but then I played dumb (not hard) and asked how did the GC pick up work (where, when, whom to see). The Manager lady waved her hand and said, "let me see what I can do now".

    BOOM! At 640am I had a cart. And in my best hang dog look and sad eyes, I did have my elderly father to wait with. :rolleyes1

    On to cart, cart, cart pictures and stories.

    Bama Ed
     
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    bama_ed

    It's kind of fun to do the impossible-Walt Disney
    Joined
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    So as I posted earlier in this thread, I am a "one and done" Fort Halloween guest. That means as it pertained to the golf cart parade, I was willing to shell out a minimal investment. My plan, then, was to settle for the best decorations Dollar General had to offer. I didn't have to be the best decorated cart in the parade but I didn't want to be the worst either. tltay2005 had a leftover decoration that I put on the roof.

    Anyway, here it was:

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    And here is Terri's roof top addition:

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    A big ol hairy spider.

    Dad drove the cart in the parade and I rode shotgun. Flametamr and his DD rode in back throwing candy and waving.

    We picked them up and headed for the hitch un-hitch area to line up. As I said, Steamboat Willie was right behind me.

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    There were so many carts and so many were very clever. Here was the scene lining up.

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    More to come.

    Bama Ed
     

    bama_ed

    It's kind of fun to do the impossible-Walt Disney
    Joined
    Sep 23, 2004
    I've already posted the finalists for the GC competitions earlier. But I do want to say hello here to a fellow DIS'ser.

    All the time we've been here and gone through 700 loop, there was a trailer with a DIS sign for our guy FLBBQMAN and a very distinctive cart. But nobody's ever been outside, etc. to stop and chat with. But in the parade lineup I saw the cart and asked if he was Ryan, his name that he has used with his DIS name occasionally, and he said he was so I introduced myself. A very nice man, I met his DW while waiting too, and I asked if I could take his picture. Love his GC. He's been in past Halloween gc parades and hopefully we can get this year's posted soon too. So here he is.

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    Ryan, nice to meet you. Please come by 125 some time and chat when we're not so busy.

    I will add that I was in costume during the GC parade. Again, a Dollar General original.

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    Before the GC I forgot to say there was the pet parade at the dog park. Everybody checked in and lined up:

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    It was cute.

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    The little guy below had a little stuffed horse jockey on top of his back.

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    Parking was tight for the pet parade. They used the interior of 300 loop....

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    It's 9pm now and fireworks are going off. Gonna check in at home then head back for the Beach Bash to hear the winners of the pet, GC, and site decorating contests announced.

    Bama Ed

    PS - that makes seven DIS'sers I've met and spoken with here this trip.
     

    FtW Mike

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Feb 4, 2016
    Ed I've been to 8 county fairs and one goat rodeo and I ain't never seen such cart . Did your dad dress as Rick Grimes and you as his son Carl Right Coral
     

    dalir

    Mouseketeer
    Joined
    Mar 7, 2014
    Dalir be careful When we were in 1811 2 sites opposite you we watched every morning the Turkeys cross the canal and come into the area right in front of your site
    They came within 2 feet of us! A whole bunch strolled right between the camper and the picnic table!! We also say deer just a little bit further away!! Loved it!
     


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