A Disney-fied Golf Cart

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On May 1, 2010 Carol and I were celebrating my birthday at EPCOT. Naturally we had to take a ride on Soarin’

As we waited in line we struck up a conversation with another couple who seemed to be avid Disney fans, just like us. When they heard that we were staying at Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground in our motor home they were suddenly full of questions. Retirement was on the horizon for both of them and a motor home was something that they had talked about. They thought it might be a nice way to spend their golden years!

When we finished our glider ride over California the four of us chatted about motor homes and Disney camping as we enjoyed coffee and a snack at Sunshine Seasons. Who knew that a chance meeting in a queue almost seven years ago would lead to the friendship we now enjoy with Al and Jane from Blue Springs, Missouri.

We swapped e-mail addresses that day and over the next few months Carol and I answered all sorts of RV related questions. About a year later they bought their first rig, a brand new 37-foot Winnebago. They’re now retired and enjoy dividing their year in two halves; the warmest six months they spend at their home near Kansas City and the coldest six months they spend in their new 43-foot Winnebago motor coach at Fort Wilderness.

We have camped beside Al and Jane, or across the road from them, about a half dozen times and we always enjoy hanging out with them. Even our dogs have become friends; they look forward to going to the Halloween Pet Parade together every year!

Last October we were camped across from our friends when they took delivery of their newest toy, a beautiful customized golf cart.

Custom Disney Golf Cart front


Custom Disney Golf Cart rear

It’s a Star Roadster 2+2 made by the Star EV Company of Greenville South Carolina. It’s electric powered and street legal.

Custom Disney Golf Cart driver side


Custom Disney Golf Cart passenger side

While they were considering buying a cart they spotted a used EZ-GO that had some nice Disney themed art painted along each side. They didn’t buy that cart, but when they did decide it was time to buy they went to the same dealership in Indiana who had arranged for the customized air-brush painting on the used cart.

I asked Al, “You live in Missouri and bought a golf cart made in South Carolina that you will be using in Florida. Why did you go with a dealer in Indiana?” “Well,” he replied, “I really liked the work that the Indiana air-brush artist did on that EZ-GO cart, so I bought from the same dealer. I’m glad I did, they were great to deal with!”

Once Al and Jane had picked out the retro roadster and worked out the purchase details they began selecting the art which would adorn the cart. With so many Disney characters to choose from I am sure this was not an easy process.

Custom Disney Golf Cart hood

An image of Cinderella Castle covers the hood and the banner reads “A dream is a wish your heart makes”

Custom Disney Golf Cart Lady and Tramp

Lady and the Tramp appear on a front fender. Al and Jane are “dog people”. Their three cocker spaniels travel with them, and in their working lives one of their businesses was a dog training and obedience school in Blue Springs.

Custom Disney Golf Cart Tinker Bell

Tinker Bell graces the other front fender; she’s one of Jane’s favourite characters!

Custom Disney Golf Cart Mickey and Pluto

Mickey and Pluto on the driver’s side; Mickey because he’s the big cheese and Pluto because they’re dog people!

Custom Disney Golf Cart Cruella

Jane’s favourite villain, Cruella De Vil on the driver’s side.

Custom Disney Golf Cart Dalmatian puppy

One of the Dalmatian puppies hides just around the corner from Cruella, under the driver’s seat.

Custom Disney Golf Cart Mickey

Mickey Mouse on a rear fender.

Custom Disney Golf Cart Minnie

Minnie Mouse on the other rear fender.

Started with a mouse

Across the back, “Never forget, it all started with a mouse”

Custom Disney Golf Cart Boo

One of Al and Jane’s cocker spaniels is named Boo, so this character is a natural!

Custom Disney Golf Cart Chip and Dale

Chip and Dale are another pair of favourite characters, but they’re also park icons at Fort Wilderness. Those pesky chipmunks are featured on a lot of campground merchandise!

I think that Al and Jane picked the art very wisely and the air brush artist did a great job applying it to the cart. The results are stunning!

Custom Disney Golf Cart Upholstery


Custom Disney Golf Cart Upholstery

The dealer even arranged for the custom upholstery, Mickey’s colours and a smiling Mickey icon! Beautiful!

Custom Disney Golf Cart Wheel

Why not include custom wheels?

Custom Disney Golf Cart Headlight

And teardrop headlights?

Here are Al and Jane driving their cart in the annual Halloween Golf Cart Parade at Fort Wilderness!

Custom Disney Golf Cart in parade

You can find Al and Jane (and their cart) in the 700 loop during that colder half of the year. If you see them around the campground be sure to say hello! They like to talk about their new toy.

Al recently told me, “We can’t go anywhere without some one wanting to take pictures of it. I think it is probably in hundreds of people’s vacation pictures.”

Somehow that doesn’t surprise me. It really is a cool ride!

Gary hails from Canada and he’s a lifelong Disney fan. In the 1950s he watched the original Mickey Mouse Club and The Wonderful World of Disney on a snowy old black-and-white television. Gary was mesmerized by the Disneyland that Walt introduced to the world during those Sunday night shows! In 1977 he took his young family to Walt Disney World for the first time and suddenly that Disney magic he experienced as a child was rekindled. Since then Gary and his wife Carol have enjoyed about 70 trips to Walt Disney World, 11 trips to Disneyland and 11 Disney Cruises.

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3 Replies to “A Disney-fied Golf Cart”

  1. Hello,
    I too am an avid Disney fan. Living in West Virginia and managing a 9-Hole golf course, we visit Disney World every year in December. I must say I absolutely fell in love with this cart. I have been wanting to get my own personal cart and was looking for ideas when I cam across the pictures of Al & Jane’s cart. Would you please tell me the place in Indiana where they had the cart painted? It is absolutely beautiful.

    Thank you,
    Tammy

  2. That golf cart is so cool, I love the seats and the character paintings. I can see why people would be taking pictures. Awesome how you all met, and friendships that have formed. I always look forward to your trip reports and articles.

    Wishing you all the best for 2017.

  3. Wow! That cart sure is a beauty!
    I particularly love the seats – great colour scheme.
    Very covetable, I can see why it’s so popular for pictures.
    This is the type of dedication that makes Disney fans such a great bunch of people.

    Wishing you and Carol all the best.
    Kelly