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Koster trip report: WDW Fort Wilderness Cabin 6/12-21/03 - Part One
Meeting the real Dreamfinder, Star Wars Weekend, & more!
This is part one of my trip report about our June 2003 trip to Walt Disney World in which we had quite a lot of firsts for us, including staying at a cabin in Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground, attending Star Wars Weekend, meeting Ron Schneider -- the real Dreamfinder, and a whole lot more that was brand new to us even though we've been to WDW so many times we've lost count. In this first part of the trip report, I'll present an introduction which includes some of the highlights of our vacation (which was only two months since our last WDW vacation -- read about that trip by clicking here). And read about our October 2003 WDW vacation by clicking here. You can also see the trip report about our Easter 2004 Disney Wonder cruise and Polynesian Resort vacation by clicking here. Details about our September/October 2004 vacation including Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party plus WDW's birthday and the Polynesian Resort can be found by clicking here to get to that trip report. Some of this was taken from family conversations about our trip, so not all of these words come directly from me. And don't worry -- there will be more installments of this trip report soon. I have many more details to come!
Highlights of our journey: Fort Wilderness Cabin & Star Wars Weekend...
From the wilderness to a galaxy far, far away!
Cast of characters in our family:
Travelling: Our Journey began 6/12/03, driving from home in our Minnie-Van, we arrived at WDW on Friday the 13th but it was far from being unlucky overall, and we arrived home 6/21/03. We were at WDW for 8 nights and still could have done more things! That just proves you can never have enough time to do everything you'd like to do at Walt Disney World.
- Rich (me), 50, 20+ trips to WDW, 2 trips to Disneyland
- Carol DW, 49, 20+ trips to WDW, 3 trips to Disneyland
- Michael DS, 7, 6 trips to WDW
Lodging: We stayed at the Lake City, FL Hampton Inn on the way and 8 nights at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground in a cabin. On the way back we drove straight through from WDW to home.
Special requests: At Hampton Inn, requested and received king size bed and sofa bed, non-smoking, and due to allergies we require no feather/down pillows. At Fort Wilderness, all the cabins are already non-smoking so we requested no feather/down pillows and loop 2500 near the laundry.
Firsts for us on this trip:
Weather during our vacation: After starting off on our first day with some scattered showers and downpours, followed by mostly sunny skies, the first half of our vacation was quite hot and very sunny, but we knew a June vacation in central Florida would be. We would just melt in the middle of the day so we'd come back to our cabin and check the Weather Channel to see it was 96° -- hot as blazes!
- Staying at Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground for the first time
- Our first-ever vacation in a FW cabin
- Our first family "camping" trip (if you call consider the luxurious FW cabins as "camping..." )
- Star Wars Weekend, including a light-saber duel between Darth Vader and our DS Michael!
- Meeting and having breakfast at Boma with Ron Schneider, the voice of Dreamfinder in parts of Epcot's original Imagination attraction and WDW's first Dreamfinder/Figment walkaround
- Journey Into Your Imagination with Figment
- Test Track
- Cinderella's Royal Buffet including "guy talk" with the Prince
- Our first look at MK's Share A Dream Come True parade
- My first haircut at MK's Harmony Barber Shop, complete with songs from the Dapper Dans
- Seeing the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue from the "shelf"
- Driving straight home rather than stopping overnight: This was a first for the 3 of us all together, but Carol and I had done it years ago before Michael was born.
We'd enter the parks each morning and immediately sweat would be pouring off our scalps and over our faces. But it was fun. It seems like your aches and pains go away once you're in the park. Carol got in the habit of bringing wash cloths with her from the cabin and just wiping them over her face and brow to get the sweat off. Around 2 each afternoon it was so hot and draining we'd go back to the cabin where we'd grill burgers or hot dogs or have something from our bought-for-the-trip crock pot -- and one time we grilled our own steaks. We hit on a strategy of having supper in the middle of the afternoon at our cabin. We'd cool off, take a swim, a shower/change clothes if you wanted to, and then head back to the parks.
On the last days of our vacation it cooled down a little thanks to the rain showers and skies being overcast. That ruled out the possibility of going to see a Disney movie at the campfire program, however. We were too busy to do it during the first half of our vacation when the weather was cooperating, and then couldn't do it later when we wanted to because of all the rain and thunderstorms.
Next up: Our journey begins.
RichKoster, Disney Echo modEARator