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Old 07-06-2007, 08:38 PM   #1
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Ok...I have not been here as of yet and it has been many years since I have been there.I am wanting to go around the 4th to the 9th of November.4 nights total.I know Minnies Mate is the one who know this very well but are there others who know some tricks also.Being that this is my first time doing all of this to set it up.What should I do for the best package.I have a 4 year old so a premium package is out of the question.I just want to take her to the Animal Kingdom to see the animals.I dont really know how she will do with the rides yet.I did check online to see how much a basic package cost.It was around $825.00 if I remember correctly.Any and every bit of help is great help and is appreciated.Thanks.
I just want to get it right the first time and not go thru all kinds of you know what when I am to arrive there.
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The best investment we made for Disney is a book found at any bookstore called "The Unofficial Guide to Disney". It comes out each year but the information inside is good for several seasons. All sorts of numbers to look at as for what fare and packages are offered, expected ride wait times, tips, unpublished Disney offers that you only find out about after 20 trips there. It really helps - Tina reads it cover to cover.

FW has pet loops so be ready for that. I know you have a dog, many just did not admit it when they checked in and I saw some in the other loops. The facilities are great - lots of kids stuff to do at the campground including movies and characters. The FW store is well stocked, but Walmart is a short drive away.

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We evacuated to Fort Wilderness for Katrina and it was one of the smartest things I have ever done. We stayed there 2 weeks on one of the pet loops and only went to the parks twice the day Katrina hit New Orleans and the day we left to return to New Orleans. It was totally secure and we had enough to keep us busy without going into the parks. Do a Google search on Fort Wilderness several dedicated sites exist which will advise you how to get the best deals.

FAQ for Fort Wilderness:http://home.hiwaay.net/~jlspence/faq_fw.htm

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Hey Devoman,

We went down there last May and had a blast. The Animal Kingdom was my family's favorite park. Make sure you ride the Expedition to Everest roller coaster (the Yeti). My 6 year old daughter loved it! And make sure you eat in the Rainforest Cafe there. Pretty cool to have jungle "animals" and "rain" sounding off all around you as you dine.

We didn't stay at Fort Wilderness. Camper wasn't ready so we stayed at the All Star resorts. I understand Fort Wilderness is really nice though, and I do plan to stay there next trip.

What we found was that you want a park hopper pass so you can go to any of them. Once you guy a 3-day pass, it costs you next to nothing to upgrade it. We got there early Wednesday afternoon and were leaving late Sunday afternoon. I orignally had 3-day passes. To upgrade the three of to five day passes cost $45 total. It was money well spent! We went to the Animal Kingdom the first night. Every day, at least one park stays open late for Disney resort people only. That is, they run out the general public at 6:00pm or so and let only the resort stayers stay in until 9-10pm. So we wound up at the AK for about six hours that night. We hit all the parks and came back to AK our last night there. We had a blast.

So, make sure you get passes for every day you're there. You'll have a ball!
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Cool...I will check into that when I get a chance.Also thinking about going a whole week instead if possible.I plan to hopefully be out in St.Augustine afterwards for a couple weeks to see some friends.I can not wait to get back on the road again.
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Since you're a Florida Resident, there are better deals. Check out the Florida Resident Seasonal Pass, and book Fort Wilderness separately. The Florida resident passes are a real deal, and it's not a flim-flam. You must have a valid Florida DL or State issued ID to get this deal.
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You did not mention the Magic Kingdom with a 4 year old. In general the bus system stinks now so consider the premier campsites they are worth the cost as you you can walk to the ferry and transportation to the Kingdom via the Contemperary Hotel. I just got a flyer from Disney today that has the premier sites at $50.00 a night Sunday through Thursday 8/12 to 9/29. While this will not help it they may have others on the way.

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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.
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The more deals the better I say.That will help in staying another couple days or so longer if possible.
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If there are no available sites for the dates you want, just keep calling. We have gone to Fort Wilderness possibly 4 of the last 6 years just after Christmas.

Don't forget to bring your bikes - you can get to the boat launch by bike if it is too far to walk from your site.

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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?
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Just returned from FW last week. Had a great time. Reserved a site in the 1400 loop as recommended by Golddigger. Close to the campfire and evening activities which we didn't take advantage of. By staying at a WDW resort, parking at all the theme parks is free plus you get extended hours only available to resort guests. We used this as part of our park hopping strategy. It was hot and crowded, but the family had a great time. Spent a day at the Kennedy Space Center which was fantastic. If you go, plan on spending the entire day there - you will need all the time. We found it to be more efficient to drive and park at all the theme parks. Did I mention it was hot and crowded.
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Just got back from Fort Wilderness two weeks ago. Didn't even unhook the truck the whole week.We stayed at one of the premier sites and it puts you close to the pool, stores, boat dock and bus stops. One plan that we used that worked out great was the Disney Dining Plan. You may want to look into it , epecially if you'll be eating a lot of your meals out. It'll save you a lot over just spending cash, and it gives you access to over 100 places to eat on Disney property.
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Steve,

All site from what I remember are full hookup. There are designated pet loops but there is no real disadvantage to those over others - they are all nice.

One tip I have for you is that all the theme parks have pet daycare - I have to say it's really nice, run by people who really care, it is indoors with AC, CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN and for $9 bucks a day while you are at the parks it is well worth the safety of your pet over the camper all day. They are located at the front entrences of the parks and stay open for an hour afetr each park closes to give you time to get there. Overnite stays if you cannot get there is only $12 total for the entire day and night.

The book I mentioned above as 20 years of statistics compiled on how people go to the paks for a given set of conditions, which rides to hit first - tips on food quality at any restaurant, peak periods for vacationers, etc. It's really interesting and helps plan the days more efficiently.

Good Luck, Have fun....
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