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Old 07-20-2007, 08:42 PM   #29
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Absolutely right, you really have to look into it to see if it's right for you.Artists Point took two vouchers but the meal and service was excellent, plus we had two teens running around the parks on their own so we knew that their meals were taken care of.
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Old 07-24-2007, 10:39 AM   #30
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We have FL resident seasonal passes and go about a half a dozen times a year. You will never stay in a campground cleaner than FT Wilderness, and IMHO the services there are excellent, even the bus transportation in the campground. I second what someone said about the layout of the camp. In my last trip there, I had to execute a greater than 270 degree backup maneuver to get into our site. I was glad nobody appeared to be watching as I wasn’t too smooth.

I second your desire to see Animal Kingdom; I think that is the best park there. Go early and make your way to the back first to go on the safari. The animals are most active in the mornings. Then work your way back to the front. The riverside café and bar at the entrance to the area where the safari ride is located is also a great place to have a drink and watch all the African entertainment.

You need to make a point of seeing the Animal Kingdom Lodge. This is the most spectacular of all the Disney lodges. You can watch giraffes from the back porch. There is also a great restaurant there, Bomas. Its buffet style and has some African themed dishes. We’ve had breakfast and dinner there and the food is great. A good place for younger children as well.

Unless you are into spending lots of money on fabulous food with your little ones in tow, I would avoid all the Disney five star restaurants (Flying Fish, Jikos, Artist Point, California Grill, to name a few). They do have children’s menus, but I wouldn’t have taken my children there when they were young. Just my $0.02 worth.

We’ll be there November 8 – 11 for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. Looks like the end of your trip overlaps with our plans. Maybe we’ll see you there.

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Old 10-18-2007, 01:19 PM   #31
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Halloween at Fort Wilderness

Will have the '78 Sovereign at FW October 27 thru November 2. Stop in for some "Pirate Ale" if you will be in the area. Don't know which loop we will be in yet. We requested a pet loop in the northern section of the park.
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Old 10-18-2007, 01:33 PM   #32
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Will have the '78 Sovereign at FW October 27 thru November 2. Stop in for some "Pirate Ale" if you will be in the area. Don't know which loop we will be in yet. We requested a pet loop in the northern section of the park.
Are you doing Mickeys-not-so-scary-halloween-party?
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Old 10-18-2007, 02:39 PM   #33
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End of September is not crowded at all. So desolate they had the hot water off in the showers! We were there 2 years ago, right before Hurricane Jeane. They booted us out because of the impending storm. I thought the bus service was great.
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Old 10-18-2007, 02:51 PM   #34
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I wish we could stop by but unfortunantly I will not be able to.
I will be there from the 26th to the 30th though and we are going to see the Very Merry Christmas Mickey Mouse Parade.I really can not wait to go.Breanna is going to have such a blast.
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Old 10-19-2007, 12:07 PM   #35
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Are you doing Mickeys-not-so-scary-halloween-party?
Not sure - will have a 3 year old granddaughter in tow.

We plan to "do" Halloween in costume at the trailer and give out treats to the walking traffic who may stop by.
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Old 10-19-2007, 03:08 PM   #36
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Hi Devoman

Just got back from a week in Mickyville.

The transportaion system within the campground has dropped in the last few years. I would suggest staying in one of the premire loops as they are within walking distance to the dock and you can use the ferries to move around much faster. If you stay in the other loops I would suggest considering driving to the front parking lot and busing from there to save tome. Another consideration is to drive to the hotels and bussing from there because you can get to all venues from a hotel wereas you have to change buses at the transportation center if you come from FW.

I agree with the comment not to go to any of the 5 star resturants with a child. The childrens menu is very poor in them. If you want a great meal try Wolfgang Puck's in Disney World, a 5 min drive. That meal was as good if not better than Artist Point, Brown Derby or Spoodles on the Boardwalk.

You mentioned some hesistation about the Magic Kingdom. The most popular ride for the little ones is Dumbo, if you go go the very first thing in the am as the line get s long. There are several other rides for the kids there also.

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And the tea pot ride also.I can not wait.Even though it is only a month away I am excited to take her there to show her another world she will always remember.My goal is to make this a yearly trip.Hopefully 2 times a year if I can.
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i remember going on "it's a small world after all" when i was probably 5. it was my mom's favorite ride so we rode it a lot. i also remember my first ever rollercoaster ride on space mountain, so fun.

have fun devo, we'll look forward to a report and pics when you get back!
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Old 10-23-2007, 02:24 PM   #39
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We got back from Ft. Wilderness last night about 11:30! Normally it takes us 7-1/2 hours solo and it took us 9 hours to drive down, which is average with the Airstream in tow. It took us 7-1/2 hours yesterday and that was stopping for fuel in Valdosta and fast food in Cordele! That's a record with the Airstream in tow!

They are in the process of clearing out all of the under brush at FW so the loops closer to the entrance are very open and rather bare looking. We were in the 300 loop (there was a International Bambi in our loop, too) and the brush was still very much in place. Our neighbor had some difficulty getting his 33' SOB into his site and complained. The manager said they were clearing the sites in preparation for making them larger...I don't know if that is so. A fellow "Dis'er" on my Disney forum said he has been going to Ft. Wilderness since he was a kid and they do this about every 10 years or so.

We rode the "Haunted Hayride" and thought it was better last year with "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" as opposed to this year's "The Legend of Vinland".

The purpose for this trip was our annual trip to attend Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. We got some rain on us, but the parade and fireworks still went on and we got to ride the newly renovated "Haunted Mansion"...they did a great job with the rehab, but it might be a little intense for Breanna.

Make sure you use the Fast Pass system for Peter Pan's Flight and for the Winnie the Pooh ride. Both are in Fantasy Land and the lines can be murder. Don't miss "Mickey's Philharmagic". "The Pirates of the Caribbean" was revised a year or so ago and includes Cap'n Jack Sparrow in three locations and Captain Barbosa plus Davy Jones. Don't forget to take Breanna over to Toon-Town to see Mickey's Country House and Minnie's House next door. If you want to eat a table service meal in the Magic Kingdom eat lunch at Liberty Tree Tavern. Of the four table service restaurants plus one buffet in the MK, it has the best food. But, if you want a character meal and you are going to Epcot, do Mickey's Garden Grill at the Land Pavilion. The food is fairly good and the price is reasonable, but you get Mickey Mouse. In the MK, you get Winnie and friends at the Crystal Palace, but I really don't think the food is all that good, but that's just MHO. Some folks think the food is great.

At the Animal Kingdom, your meals will be limited to McDonald's, maybe the Flame Tree Barbecue (open seasonally) or Pizzafari. The Tusker House is being converted to a buffet and may be re-opened by then but I don't think so. If you want a sit down meal with lots of atmosphere, you can go just out side the gates and eat at the Rain-forest Café. It is pricey, and the food is fairly good, but there are audioanimatronic gorillas and elephants that come to life during the indoor thunder storms. If you go for dinner, get there early because the Animal Kingdom closes at 5:00 and everybody hits the Rain-forest Café at one time and the wait can be a couple of hours, literally.

Well, I've rambled enough and used up my afternoon break time, so I'd better leave it at that. Our next visit to the Mouse is in 8 weeks when we return for our annual Christmas trip. The boys have already started whining about wishing they were at Disney again! I'm one of those boys, shhhhh. Have a great trip.
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Old 11-05-2007, 03:32 PM   #40
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Just Back From the Halloween Bash

Pics below say it all.

What a great time!

Will definitely do it again next year - plan to do a two leaf week peep ending up at Fort Disney for Halloween.

Here are a few pics of the dozen or so AS's in the park.
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40 bucks for immediate walk on for all of the rides at Magic Kingdom PLUS a great parade - it's a must do.
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look for tickets on line at ebay. I got a good deal on mine. I'm going to fort wildness for the month of Jan. its the best . Rob
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