Mom And Son Safari
  • On Mar 2, 2010
    Beth from NE Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    My whole family, brothers, sisters-in-laws, and nephews are all going to Disney World this summer. We are staying at the Fort Wilderness Campground. I've seen in some of the photos online that they have a Disney lampost. Where can I find one?

    Beth:

    We are the proud owners of a Mickey lamppost!  I so wish I could post a photo link here to it! We take it with us when we camp, even if it's not to Fort Wilderness. 

    I'm so proud of my husband who made our lamppost. There is no place online, that we've found, that sells it.  However, we got our instructions from the camping thread at www.disboards.com.  Just search for Mickey's lamp post!  You'll see lots of variations! A few tips my husband wants to add, though, to the instructions you'll find on the thread:
    • We ordered the large, acrylic globe from Home Depot's website for the "head" because it comes pre-wired. Once we had the "head," we were able to size the "ears" (smaller globes that were 12", I believe). Make sure that you choose globes for the ears that are not so small that they make Mickey look like Winnie-the-Pooh.
    • We used the small globes to find the correct hole saw that fits on any standard drill. Make sure and use minimal pressure to the "head" when drilling the ears to avoid cracking the acrylic globe. Drilling holes for the ears allows light to fill the ears.
    • Use clear silicone caulk to affix the ears, and hold the ears in place with painter's tape to dry. We also use painter's tape to hold the ears stable when we travel with it in the RV for extra measure.
    • We bought an inexpensive black lamppost from Home Depot (with "arms") and spray-painted an old Christmas tree stand black for the base. This allows us to run the extension cord up through the post to the globe and disassemble for easy storage and travel. So much easier than the concrete bases on the camping thread.
    Once we had all the parts (the most difficult part of the project), it took about an hour to assemble. I hope we'll see you sporting your lamppost at the fort!

    Wishing y'all a magical vacation!
    Whitney
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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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