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Old 05-09-2007, 01:14 PM   #15
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The Expedition to Everest Yeti roller coaster was more her speed. We rode it four times!!
That was just about the neatest roller coaster I had ever been on. I was told they spend millions building it. I was amazed how one could go backwards so unviolently and duing the abom snowman in the mountain, I looked down to see the track ahead change, kind of like what a real train track does.

One of the best rides and most well engineered rides I have seen yet.....

Of course we also went to Islands of Adventure and rode The Incredible Hulk....def not for the timid. I like Everest much better!
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Old 05-09-2007, 03:29 PM   #16
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You missed my Airstream--it was in Fort Wilderness (see Avatar).

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Old 05-11-2007, 05:35 PM   #17
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Nice avatar Randy. Sorry I missed you. Believe me, I'd like to have taken my trailer down there! I will someday. Man I had enough of the crowds at the All Star Music resort. The resort itself wasn't bad, but man was it packed! What's it cost to stay at Camp Wilderness? Isn't that right by the Animal Kingdom? That was our favorite park.

Twink, I was talking to a fireman/emt guy while waiting to get on the Aerosmith Rockin' Roller Coaster. The guy works for Disney and did evac inspections of the Everest Mountain while they were building it. He said he truly loves his job. Lives in Daytona, drives to Orlando and works three 15 hour days in a row, then drives home. Just stays at the park while he's on duty. He said on the Everest Mountain they build a steel girder framework first, then attached the coaster tracks, then applied a heavy mesh all over it and used shotcrete to make the "mountain". He said he got to ride it before it was opened to the masses. Pretty cool! It was cool watching the track switch. After three rides in a row with no wait (late on a night we had resort passes to stay after hours) I started feeling a little woozey. The going backwards in the dark finally got to me. I was cool ten minutes later though. It is an awesome ride.

Chuck, here are the pics in a bigger size. Click to make 'em big. I gotta get me an awning like these!
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Old 05-11-2007, 05:57 PM   #18
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I just found out one of my consultants who took his vacation with his family the same time I went on vacation was in Orlando too.

He told me that if you stay in a Disney resort, they keep the park open for guests of the Disney resorts until 9pm (Epcot is open till 9pm daily anyway, but the rest).
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Old 05-17-2007, 10:15 AM   #19
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Jim,

Fort Wilderness is a great place to stay if youíre visiting WDW with your Airstream. They fill up fast, so as soon as you know youíre coming, get on their web site and reserve. About 10 days ago I was looking for space during Epcotís Food and Wine Festival (September 28 through November 11) the only three-night weekend I could find was the last weekend ending on November 11. It came to $185.64 (power/water/sewer/cable) for Thursday through Saturday night. Thatís a little expensive for a campground, but a heck of a lot cheaper than staying at a Disney Hotel or Resort.

Fort Wilderness has great facilities. Where else have you been where they come in after you checkout and clean up, wash down, and disinfect the campsite for the next camper? The sites are shaded and private as my avatar shows. Bike paths go everywhere. Busses take you from your campsite to the transfer stations for the Disney Transportation System, or you can rent a golf carts to get around the campground, which is huge. Using the Disney Transportation System, you can get from Ft. Wilderness to anywhere and back. You donít have to use your vehicle, but if you want to, your Fort parking permit gets you free parking at all the theme parks. One day we went by bus from the Fort to Epcot, by monorail to the Magic Kingdom, then by boat back to the Fort.

Fort Wilderness is next door to the Wilderness Lodge, which is near the Magic Kingdom. Animal Kingdom is one of our favorite parks too, and we especially like the African themed buffet at Bomaís in the Animal Kingdom Lodge, which we think is the most spectacular of all the Disney hotels. We found it faster to drive our truck over to that area as it is the furthest away from Fort Wilderness, and the busses take a meandering route to get there.

And to confirm what twink said, yes they do have extra hours in either the morning or evening that are reserved only for Disney hotel and resort guests. While we were there, they kept Epcot open until 11:00 p.m. and had another fireworks show just for the park guests. The people not staying at a Disney hotel had to leave at 9:00 p.m.

I guess you can tell Iím kind of a fan of WDW, but then Iíve been going there since 1974, and Iíve lived 60 miles away from it for the last 25 years. Each time we go however, we discover something new.

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Old 05-17-2007, 10:23 AM   #20
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Fort Wilderness is a great place to stay if youíre visiting WDW with your Airstream. They fill up fast, so as soon as you know youíre coming, get on their web site and reserve. About 10 days ago I was looking for space during Epcotís Food and Wine Festival (September 28 through November 11) the only three-night weekend I could find was the last weekend ending on November 11. It came to $185.64 (power/water/sewer/cable) for Thursday through Saturday night. Thatís a little expensive for a campground, but a heck of a lot cheaper than staying at a Disney Hotel or Resort.

Fort Wilderness has great facilities. Where else have you been where they come in after you checkout and clean up, wash down, and disinfect the campsite for the next camper? The sites are shaded and private as my avatar shows. Bike paths go everywhere. Busses take you from your campsite to the transfer stations for the Disney Transportation System, or you can rent a golf carts to get around the campground, which is huge. Using the Disney Transportation System, you can get from Ft. Wilderness to anywhere and back. You donít have to use your vehicle, but if you want to, your Fort parking permit gets you free parking at all the theme parks. One day we went by bus from the Fort to Epcot, by monorail to the Magic Kingdom, then by boat back to the Fort.

Fort Wilderness is next door to the Wilderness Lodge, which is near the Magic Kingdom. Animal Kingdom is one of our favorite parks too, and we especially like the African themed buffet at Bomaís in the Animal Kingdom Lodge, which we think is the most spectacular of all the Disney hotels. We found it faster to drive our truck over to that area as it is the furthest away from Fort Wilderness, and the busses take a meandering route to get there.

And to confirm what twink said, yes they do have extra hours in either the morning or evening that are reserved only for Disney hotel and resort guests. While we were there, they kept Epcot open until 11:00 p.m. and had another fireworks show just for the park guests. The people not staying at a Disney hotel had to leave at 9:00 p.m.

I guess you can tell Iím kind of a fan of WDW, but then Iíve been going there since 1974, and Iíve lived 60 miles away from it for the last 25 years. Each time we go however, we discover something new.

Randy
To add just a few more points about FW and WDW:
1 The bathrooms are spotless
2 Store is well stocked and not that bad of a mark up - certainly less than the gas to go offsite
3 The people are very nice
4 Great restaurant by the beach
5 Magic Kingdom fireworks can be seen from the beach each night
6 Great heated pool
7 Paved level neat clean pads
8 Garbage cans at each site in the ground - no driving to a dumpster
9 and on and on and on

FW has to be the neatest campground for its size in the country - it is huge. I am certain there are nicer campgrounds but not with the attractions so close by.
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Randy, Clancy,

That does sound really nice. I'm going to have to take the tube down there when I get it fixed up. that is a little spendy for a campground.

The Allstar resort is $99 per night. but they make it up in food. You'd sure save a bundle having your own meals in the trailer.

For three of those little one serving bowls of cereal and two of the little half pint cartons of milk, they hit me for over $14. It got worse from there
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We just got back from a trip to WDW this week also. I found quite a few "elfstreams" at the Winter/Summerland mini golf course. (I will post pictures later when I have time). We flew down on this trip and stayed at Old Key West (I only had 1 week vacation available). We had a very nice time but... Both my wife and I are in full agreement that the next time we go down in the Airstream. We stayed in Fort Wilderness last November and it was much more fun! We really liked being able to bring our pets with us and to barbecue at our site. The condo we had Old Key West has a kitchen but it is not as nice as having your own pots and pans and utensils or cookouts.
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