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Old 09-08-2015, 06:00 AM   #1
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Has anyone any words of wisdom for camping at Disney please? We are thinking of heading there maybe in December if it's available and worth the rest of the prices!

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Old 09-08-2015, 06:42 AM   #2
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Due to knee problems we try to book a campsite either near the dock/marina or near the bus stop. Bring a bike if you want to tour the campground. Fort Fiends on the web is all about Fort Wilderness.

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Old 09-08-2015, 09:25 AM   #3
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Yes: bring lots of money.

When we spent a week in Orlando visiting our son, we stayed at the Kissimme KOA. Less expensive than Ft. Wilderness and facilities other than WiFi are great, though the spots can be tight (as is usual at most KOAs). We did not do Disney that week, but it's not too far from this location.

Here's our blog post in case you're interested in camping options other than Ft. Wilderness:

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Old 09-08-2015, 09:37 AM   #4
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Watching this closely. We may be making the trip this spring, just trying to convince myself it's okay to pull the kid from kindergarten for a week plus to make the trip from Ontario (cause the thought of March Break crowds makes my skin crawl...)

My husband claims Disney is a "one and done" trip, so we're leaning towards staying onsite, too.
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Old 09-08-2015, 10:05 AM   #5
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I'll be interested to see the responses,
We're planning Disney for next fall with two small children.
Everyone I've talked to that's done Disney has said to stay at the park, but none of them have trailers.
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Old 09-08-2015, 10:20 AM   #6
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Stayed there in February with our TT. Spotless! Try the buffet near the dock. Well worth staying there as everything is done Disney quality.

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Old 09-08-2015, 10:33 AM   #7
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Old 09-08-2015, 10:39 AM   #8
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We've stayed there many times when our kids were younger. I wouldn't do Disney any other way anymore. Yes it's expensive but worth it to us. You'll need to let them know if you're bringing a dog or not as they have specific loops for people with dogs. Because you're staying in the park, you'll have the same advantages that hotel guests have. The most important one for us was the ability to go in an hour early which really helped during crowded times. Our kids liked to stay late and took advantage of the later hours for Disney guests only. Bring your bikes and you'll be able to bike wherever you want to go while in the campground. You'll be able to bike to the ferry to go to the Magic Kingdom ( and the Contemporary Hotel and Wilderness Lodge) Make reservations for the Hoop de Do review in the campground - pricey but worth it! ). IMO staying in the park just makes everything easier. The park is well kept ( like all Disney properties) and the sites are nice. Bathrooms are air conditioned and probably heated too - can't remember.

If you call and find you can't get reservations for December, keep calling back. We always decided around Thanksgiving that it would be fun to go to WDW in December but it was always booked. We kept calling and never had a problem getting a spot that someone else had cancelled.

Have a great time no matter what you decide.
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I rented a park model 20 years ago and stayed in Ft. Wilderness with my kids. We loved it. Learned the bus and boat routes but each night escaped to our own little place. Ft. Wilderness is quiet compared. Get over the money....Disney sells memories and dreams and those usually are not on sale.
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Words of wisdom?
Enjoy it!
Fort Wilderness is the most awesome campground in the wide world.
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When Disney outside Orlando first opened we packed the 5 of us into a 26ft Motor Home and took the trip staying at Ft Wilderness for $12 a night. We went back for eight years in a row, every Easter-break we were there. I totally agree with m. hony, it's the most awesome campground in the world. Once there you have access to the full Disney transportation system, you take a bus, boat or the tram everywhere you want to go. Now it's a costly place but worth every penny.
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Old 09-08-2015, 11:41 AM   #12
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we have booked tWDW camp ground for January. we have been there 13 plus times. consider a food plan so you don't have to grocery shop. make sure you have reservations. we are taking a pet and using using pet care services
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We highly recommend Fort Wilderness, and we don't even have kids! We stay there every year for the Disney race weekend in January, and are booked for Halloween and near Christmas later this year. Great for our two dog as well, with plenty of woodsy walking paths for them to explore. Joe
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If you go in December, there are a group of regulars that get the same campsites every year and decorate them like a fancy neighborhood. Also, you can stay late at Disneyland and watch the fireworks at night. We only stayed a couple of nights, wish we had stayed longer!

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