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Old 07-07-2007, 08:50 AM   #15
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We stayed at one of the premier sites and it puts you close to the pool, stores, boat dock and bus stops.
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Clarfiy something for me. You mentioned the pool was close to the premier sites. Hvae they installed a second pool at FW? I agree the premier site are worth it by the last time I was there the pool was 1/2 mile from them.

Another advantage of these sites while traveling with a child and attending the MK is the fact that you can return to the trailer midday for a short nat and then go back just as the crouds are leaving.
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Old 07-07-2007, 11:02 AM   #16
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The site we stayed in #812 was directly across from the pool and golf cart rental barn. One site away from the bus stop and about 500ft away from the showers. Yes there are two pools.
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Old 07-09-2007, 11:00 AM   #17
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When I went online to at least fool around with the packages the site were open for those days.I dont really want to go when it is close to holidays.Kinda stay a bit away from those days as it might be a touch less crowed.I will call them this Monday or Tuesday for sure.
Any more info as to when I get there?What to look out for and what other places to dine at or what has really great food.Are we allowed to wear backpacks in the park or is that a big NO NO if we plan to go on some rides.
Should I just not worry about trinkets and toys until afterwards and we are leaving the park for the day?
For rides that you would be concerned with carry on items, they have storage bins or pouches at each seat. If you have a stroller, just leave your pack with non valuables. Any purchases you make at the park can be sent back to FW at no charge - we did this with all souvenier purchases so we didn't have to carry anything with us. Your key card doubles as a credit charged charged back to your site, and ALL purchases (drinks, food, you name it can be charged) can be charged. No need to bring any large sum of cash - you won't have any left anyway after you pay Mickey.
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Old 07-09-2007, 03:48 PM   #18
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Now I like that.I hate to carry money and cards like that would be perfect to use.I dont really expect to ride anything unless Breanna sees something intresting.If anything ...I will be the guy sitting in the little tiny rides with my legs hanging out with her smiling and laughing the whole time.(Probably at me
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Old 07-09-2007, 05:13 PM   #19
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... Did I mention it was hot and crowded.
Did you expect something different than that in July?

We had an opportunity to go to Disney in late June but passed because of the weather. I don't do hot and muggy very well.

We went to FW in March this year and I would highly recommend that time of year from a weather perspective. The sun was warm and the shade was cool with no bugs and no humidity. And, there were crowds at that time too! Is there ever a time where there are no crowds at Disney?
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Old 07-09-2007, 05:19 PM   #20
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Devo, there was a whole article in the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel travel section on doing Disney and Ft. Wilderness on Sunday. You might find it online, or it was an associated press article so probably ran in other papers if you do a search.
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Old 07-10-2007, 08:21 PM   #21
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Did you expect something different than that in July?

We had an opportunity to go to Disney in late June but passed because of the weather. I don't do hot and muggy very well.

We went to FW in March this year and I would highly recommend that time of year from a weather perspective. The sun was warm and the shade was cool with no bugs and no humidity. And, there were crowds at that time too! Is there ever a time where there are no crowds at Disney?
As the date/time to leave was approaching, I was dreading the trip more and more.... The long drive, the heat, Disney, Disney, Disney. On I-4 at the approach to WDW and seeing the sign for the exit, I got really excited - Lisa thought I was being sarcastic. I and the family had a GREAT time. It's the most wonderful place in the world; how could anyone not have a good time. Relaxing - No. One night we didn't return to FW until close to 3AM. We wanted the extended hours at Magic Kingdom along with a bazillion other people. We waited on line for close to an hour at space mountain - got on just before 2 AM. Hey, it was 97F in New England that week - hmm, Perry GA or Disney, hot/humid or hot/humid. We decided on another 50 gallons of diesel and head to FL. The 6 day park hopper pass wasn't that much more than admission to International. Caravan to WDW in 2025, you in? How 'bout International in Orlando?
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Old 07-10-2007, 08:26 PM   #22
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After we left Lake Buena Vista, we hit Myrtle Beach, that was awesome too. Caravan to South Carolina for International in 2014; great time guaranteed! I suspect fuel will be $6.74 9/10 by then. I'll still get my penny off at the Flying J.
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Most everything has been covered, but will put my two cents about the charging to the room and have your packages delivered. It was great not having to carry all those "great buys" around especially the ones you find in Epcot World Showcase. Even though I live in Kansas, I have been to WDW seven times, and even though I'm much older than the first time, I can't get enough of it. EVERY age will enjoy it! There are many "kids" rides in the Magic Kingdom and obviously if a ride says that people with heart problems, have back problems or are pregnant should not go on this ride, a 4 year old shouldn't go either. But some of my favorites have been the Adventurers of Winnie the Pooh, Peter Pan and It's a Small World.

I think you are going at a good time of the year. We normally go in October or March. There are still lots of people, but not nearly as many as during the summer. A bus driver once told me that the best time to go is either the last week of August or the week after Thanksgiving. I guess most kids are either back in school or getting ready to start after Labor Day and most people would have taken a 4 day trip over Thanksgiving but not after.

Anyway, go and have a great time.... did you call Disney direct? I found that sometimes they have specials that aren't on the internet especially when they are trying to fill up a hotel. Oh, another thing, be sure to visit Wilderness Lodge and see the massive lobby - and don't forget to look for the hidden Mickeys!!!
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Old 07-10-2007, 09:00 PM   #24
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I should call them to get the info right or do they do everything online only?I do have a dog I will be taking with us though.I also want the full hookup if possible also.I figure if I nip this in the bud in the next few days I will get a decent spot at least.
Do it on the phone, much faster and you can explain what you want. You can also ask for the FL Resident rate if you are one. There is a FL resident seasonal pass that has blackout dates. The Blackout dates are good, because you don't want to go to the parks on those dates anyhow. Too hot, too packed, etc.

The Fl Resident Seasonal pass will cost approx the same as a 3 day park hopper. So if you are going for a week at FW then you can come and go as much as you want. The passes are good for 1 yr from date of purchase.

Good tip about the parking, I don't like the bus, others do. Once you are on property the parking is free, and that alone saves you 30 bucks for 3 days in the parks.
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Old 07-10-2007, 09:24 PM   #25
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Hey Devoman! We just got back from the 4th at Disney. Sorry we missed all the other forum members that were their last week.

I can highly recommend the book that Moosetags told you about. We still buy it about every other year and we went three times last year and will make it five times this year!

I would recommend requesting Loop 300, 500 or 700. These are the preferred pet loops. We like loop 300 because it has a playground and is convenient to the pool and marina. Loop 700 seems to have easy to back into camp sites (this can be important since Ft. Wilderness was laid out in the early '70's when most travel trailers were much shorter than 25' and most people had pop-ups to begin with so some of the roads can be tight when backing into the site). The preferred means they have all the connections including basic cable and you know they have the Disney Channel plus channels that tell you when the parks open each day and what time they close each night, which parks are Extra Magic Hour Parks the next day and what events are going on in the Fort. BTW, you'll get a print out with the park hours at check in. You'll also get a movie schedule. Disney doesn't allow individual camp fires so they have a big camp fire and sing a long near the main pool every night followed by an outdoor Disney movie. There are log benches to sit on, but you can also bring your own camp chair if you would prefer something a little more comfortable.

The campground is so big it has its own internal bus system (free) to take you to the marina and to the bus stops to catch the buses to the individual parks. We do the buses from the camp ground to the parks but take our golf cart to tool around the camp ground in. You can take your own or rent one from Disney, but they are expensive to rent--$47/night or $227/week, IIRC.

All of the sites have a concrete paved section and a sand section. There is a picnic table and a charcoal grill with each site. We noticed that some of the sites have been hit hard by the recent droughts, but with all the rain that we got last week, this may change and the foliage may return before you get there.

Of course you know Florida weather in November so you'll have plenty of warm days and mild nights at the time of year you're going. One recommendation, though. The Christmas decorations will be up, but none will be lighted while you are there. If you can manage the first or second week of December the crowds will be about the same as the week you are planning, the weather will be about the same and the decorations will be lit! Trust me, no one does Christmas like Disney! Not to mention most Ft.Wilderness campers will decorate their camp sites…some to the nines. If you can make it in early December, go by site 301. That site is rented every year by the Howards. They are from Mass., have a Provost, and spend six months of the year there and really decorate for every holiday. They even have a bronze plaque with their site number on it.

Just a few ramblings here: The pool is heated so you can swim year round as long as the air temp isn't too cold for your fortitude. The Disney transportation to the MagicKingdom is via ferry; all other parks are via bus. If you will be celebrating a birthday while there go by the Guest Relations in that park and get a "birthday badge" and you will get birthday wishes throughout the day from cast members. For the most part, the only costumes guest are allowed to wear into the parks are little girls are allowed to wear princess costumes into the park...they get the royal treatment if they do...hint, hint. Get "The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World" and follow the tour guide in the back for each park you go to. You'd be surprised how much more you can get done and how much less stressful the day will be if you are organized and have things planned out. Make Advanced Dinner Reservations (ADR's up to six months in advance) for meals if you want to eat at the more popular restaurants like The Crystal Palace. It may not be such a big deal with smaller crowds, but it could also mean the difference between eating a character meal with Winnie the Pooh at 12:00noon and having to wait until 1:45 to be seated.

Oh yes, don't do a package. Call Disney direct and book a la carte. It is much cheaper that way. Some people like the Disney Dinning Package if it is included with the room, or in this case the camp site, but I don't think it is such a good deal at Ft. Wilderness. You will be able to get a much better price if you just book the camp site and pay for the meals separately. The Florida Resident's Rate won't be available this far in advance. Go ahead and book anyway and call back about 2-3 months ahead of time and ask for it then. They rarely offer it at the camp ground because they have such high occupancy but if they do they will let you change your rate then without having to re-book. Also, they sometimes offer AAA discounts. They aren't as good as the FL resident's rate, but it might be the only thing available. Also, ask for any discount they have available. Sometimes they have manager's discounts and unadvertised discounts.

BTW, can you tell Disney is my passion?
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I disagree about the dinning package. It worked out great for us (two adult and two children) There are over 100 restaurants to choose from.You have one sit down, one take away and one snack per day. For the take away meals, there are healthy choices like vegatable wraps and sliced apples as well as chicken , burgers and fries. We had two dinners at the Artists Point in the Wilderness Lodge. Bufflo steak and some of the best Salmon I've ever had.We had 16 snacks left over the day we were leaving so we stocked up for the trip home. Maybe not for everyone but it worked great for us and it was less expensive than if we had purchased everything using cash.
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Old 07-20-2007, 08:11 AM   #27
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One of the primary reasons I like to camp is so I can cook in my trailer. When we went to Disney this year, we prepared/ate breakfast at the trailer, packed snacks for the day, ate lunch out to try a new restaurant and ate dinner back at the campground. As far as cost is concerned, it doesn't get much better than that unless you skip dining out completely!
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You really need to look at the Dinning Plan in terms of what best suits your individual park touring style. When we are touring the parks, we like to take that hour break from the crowds and heat and have a nice, cool relaxing meal so we have two table service meals each day. The dining plan doesn't offer that. At most of the restaurants, the meal plan is more expensive than most of the items on the menu so you have to order the most expensive item on the menu to actually save money. One of our must do restaurants is The Hollywood Brown Derby. That restaurant takes two table service vouchers for either lunch or dinner. The character meals (usually a buffet) takes a table service voucher which may or may not be of the same value as a table service meal. Some character meals take two table service vouchers but I don't remember which ones.

For some, taking the mid-day break and heading back to their camp site for a nap or break from the heat gives them the opportunity to prepare their own breakfasts and lunches so they only eat one meal per day in a restaurant. Those snacks you stocked up on for your trip home would have been much less expensive if you had purchased them in the convenience store at your first fuel stop than they what they cost by purchasing them with the snack vouchers.

But, on the other hand, a lot of people like the convenience of knowing that the meals are taken care of and some people will pre-pay for their entire trip before they arrive at Disney World so everything is taken care of so they can relax and enjoy. Some folks like the idea that all gratuities are taken care of with the dinning plan. Others prefer to eat one main meal and one lighter meal with a snack in between. It really depends on personal preferences and how you plan on spending your day and what your eating habits are.

Generally speaking though, you will save more if you book your site (or hotel room) separately and buy your park admission separately and pay for your meals as you go (which can be charged to your room/site).
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