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Old 01-09-2007, 09:15 AM   #1
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Disney Fort Wilderness Alternative ?

Alternative campground to Disney Fort Wilderness

My son has a long weekend for Mardi Gras and it his 13th birthday. We offered to let him ride in a Mardi Gras parade but he would prefer to go to Disney. The dates are Feb. 17th thru the 21st. Dose anyone have any suggestions for a good alternate campground in the general area of Disney

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Old 01-09-2007, 09:48 AM   #2
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We have stayed at the KOA in Kissimmee. We spent a week there last August while attending a trade show. It is fairly close to Disney, and is very accessable to shopping in the immediate area. Their sites in the front are paved, but there are no trees. We stayed in the back and had a very nice tree-shaded site, but it was not paved. The back sites cost a little less.
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Brian, that sounds good I will give them a call. We have a KOA discount card for what ever that is worth.

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My parents have stayed in the Kissimmee KOA and have liked it as well. Based on their recommendation, we'll be staying there in April.
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Old 01-09-2007, 11:21 AM   #5
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My parents have stayed in the Kissimmee KOA and have liked it as well. Based on their recommendation, we'll be staying there in April.
Thanks for the infromation. I could even be there in April as that is when my son has spring break.

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Brian, that sounds good I will give them a call. We have a KOA discount card for what ever that is worth.

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Last time I booked with them, it was worth 10% off. Be aware, this is Snowbird season here, and all our Northern friends will be filling the campgrounds.
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So why is Fort Wilderness not the place to stay while going to Disney? Is their prices so much higher than KOA? Don't they offer a shuttle to the park?
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Old 01-09-2007, 03:18 PM   #8
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I THINK he's looking for something less than $100/night.
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Ft. Wilderness is less than $100/night. However, the peak weeks like Spring Break and Easter are probably booked solid. Christmas week, well that is close to $100/night and will be booked soon. Oh, they do offer a shuttle to each of the parks.

We got our Airstream in May and Ft. Wilderness was already booked for Christmas week so we checked with the Kissimmee KOA and they were less than $100/night...they were $95/night during Christmas. We stayed at the Walt Disney World Swan instead. If you're going to do Disney, you need to stay with Disney, or in this case a close facsimile.

We will be at Ft. Wilderness President's Weekend and we are paying a lot less than $100/night. I think we are paying $67 or $69, but I could be wrong. That is for a preferred pet loop (has cable and is closer to boat docks and restaurant).
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I agree with Minnies Mate - Take a closer look at Fort Wilderness and some of the aminities they offer over staying offsite. The transportaion alone to the parks is free vice paying to enter the park each day and the fuel costs. Additional "FUN" stuff offered at no charge at FW are also good for some fun - movies, campfire stories, heated pool, beach view of fireworks at night, etc all add up. Additionally, if you stay onsite in a Disney Resort and have pets - the pet daily rate at the Disney Kennels is $9 ALL DAY with late pickup available and $12 overnight - VERY CHEAP and safe for the pets instead of in the camper all day. I don't think you could go wrong in staying in FW - but I am sure it's worth it.
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Ditto Clancy Boy. Fort Wilderness is one of our top campgrounds. We just close our eyes when we pay the bill - that strategy seems to work OK.

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I want to move this back to the orginal question. Alternative campground to Disney Fort Wilderness. I am not looking for a cheaper campground I am looking because the dates I have chosen are Mardi Gras in New Orleans and FW is booked and I can't get a site. The KOA is not that much cheaper than FW. I am concerened about quality not cost.

I stayed at FW for 2 weeks after Katrina,

1. 2 Security Gates Disney Main Gate FW Gate
2. EMT to your site in 2 min.
3. Defibrillator on walls of comfort stations.
4. Bus System
5. Everything else mentioned above.

We stayed 2 weeks went in the parks twice the day Katrina Hit and the day before we left to return to New Orleans. It is the best RV park you will find. Topsail is the 2nd best so far.


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Talking i live somewhere near.....

there are a couple of alternatives....

Sherwood Forest, ....Tropical Palms, .... Encore Super Park Lake Magic, ....KOA Fort Summit, ..... Theme World Rv....all have shuttle service to the parks....

and are cheaper then Fort Wilderness although not as nice...but Tropical Palms is close....
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Ditto on Tropical Pines. It is about 5 miles from the Disney entrance on 192 and is in back of Old Town (another tourist attraction).
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