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Old 03-09-2016, 05:12 PM   #29
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Cool aldean

hi just thought I would add some info I have used for our trips to wdw

if u r going to travel in fla getting a sun pass is helpful

go online to allearsnewsletter they have wonderful info on closings, refurbs, programs etc

go to disneyfoodblog.com to find out re allergy, glutin and any other menus and where u might find them throughout the kingdom

also when getting through the gates, m ost people go right so we always go left and hit the rides there that r not busy

go have fun take plenty of pix ( we r older very retired couple but we sure love to look at the pix of hubby and I with chip and dale !! )
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Old 03-09-2016, 05:20 PM   #30
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My husband and I camped at Ft. Wilderness in Dec. 2014. We're seniors, no kids, but I really wanted to see the Christmas lights. We met people who camp there every year around Christmas and spend the better part of a day decorating their RV, campsite, and golf carts.

Suggest that you buy your tickets ASAP and make any dining reservations that you want - such as character meals. I think you can reserve your Fast Pass events 2-3 months before your visit and I'd do that as soon as you can. There probably isn't much of a wait at the "kiddie" rides, but there will be long waits at any of the performances that you might want to see.

December temperatures in Florida are variable so don't count on pool time. We had cooler weather than normal (needed a light jacket in the daytime - and more at night). And, a full day of rain. We shivered through Mickey's Very Merry Christmas party. Not sure I'd recommend with very small children. In order to get a good viewing spot for the parade, you need to get there early. But, don't miss seeing Cinderella's castle at night. The light show is awesome.

I used the Disney Tourist BLog on Facebook for lots of my planning.

We really liked the Animal Kingdom and I expect children would enjoy seeing the animals. We went to Hollywood Studios but probably wouldn't return - and there's only a few things that small children might enjoy. Loved Epcot and saw Mary Poppins in England, Belle in France, and Norway was getting ready for a Frozen ride.

The transportation system within Ft. Wilderness and to the parks worked well, but you probably need to allow an hour to get to/from the parks from the campground. So, going back and forth is pretty time consuming.

Hope you have a wonderful and memorable trip.
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Old 03-09-2016, 06:08 PM   #31
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As always this site is full of great information.

I absolutely agree thar Florida has an unusual number of bad drivers. I'm a little concerned about towing a trailer with some of those people around. Between granny going 1/2 the speed limit in her Cadillac with the turn signal on and all the young girls putting on Lipstick and texting while driving its a dangerous place. I work in Niagara Falls so I should be used to tourist drivers but Florida takes it to a whole new level. But there was one guy in Niagara Falls that tried to put his car between my truck and trailer, I still wonder what kind of car he thought was tailgating me.

Luckily for us my parents spend the winter in Florida at a community about 45min from Disney. So we'll have a babysitter available on demand! They've never been to Disney and steer clear of Orlando but they'll be a great help on this trip. If I can get my dad to lend me his golf cart for the week even better
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Old 03-09-2016, 06:25 PM   #32
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Changing the reservation I made to the one I want turned out to be easier than I expected. There was nothing available the week we wanted to go so I booked the week after. I checked today and the week I wanted was available. I don't know if it was a cancelation of that Disney made more sites available, but I managed to change my reservation (and saved $225)
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Old 03-09-2016, 07:23 PM   #33
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Plan, Plan, Plan

What an exciting time you'll have I'm sure.
We've been many times to Disney, but only camped once.
My favorite thing to do is to get a dining reservation early in the morning for the Crystal Palace Character Breakfast. It is a wonderful buffet, and Winnie the Pooh and friends visit each table to make certain your kids get pictures and autographs. That experience is wonderful. The best part though, is getting into the park early. You'll beat all the crowds, and see a pretty empty Main Street. It really is incredible to see. I'm retired, and I still enjoy doing that when friends come down.

You must plan as early as possible, preferably when you book your campsite. I'm certain you would enjoy it.

Best to you all,

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Old 03-09-2016, 08:20 PM   #34
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One other tip I forgot. My normal practice for theme parks is to bring my collapsible wagon to carry kid stuff around and give them a way to ride when tired without having to be strapped in and out of stroller. Disney, however, doesn't allow the wagons so bring your stroller. Their rentals are expensive.
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Old 03-10-2016, 06:32 AM   #35
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The three year old will be thrilled with the magic kingdom. if you are traveling that far I would see the park

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Old 03-10-2016, 06:50 AM   #36
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Good to hear about the stroller, we've got a double and a jogging stroller, I'll probably bring both and the carrier. Too bad we can't use our wagon.

Right now the plan is to get park passes for most days for the family but my wife and I want to leave the kids with my parents and have one day just the two of us in the park.

We'll also have to go to my parent's place one day so they can show off their grandkids to their neighbours.
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Old 03-11-2016, 12:02 PM   #37
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Bicycle Trailer?

So when I told my wife the cost of renting a golf cart at Fort Wilderness ($59 per day plus tax and exchange!) she decided we will not be renting a golf cart.

Then I had the brilliant idea to buy and bring a bicycle trailer!
I can buy one for much less than renting a golf cart, and we'll get some much needed exercise at the same time.

I'm mostly interested in going to the pools and looking at the Christmas decorations.

We'll be towing with the Tundra, so I've got room for two bikes and the trailer (assuming it folds up) so transporting bikes won't be an issue.

Anyone have experience with one of these trailers?

Something like this
http://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/cc...l#.VuMIy_krL4Y
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Old 03-11-2016, 12:15 PM   #38
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I bought a bike trailer to ride my daughter around. Paid about $30 off of craigslist. It has worked well. I am thinking about converting it to ride my 15 year old dog around. He just isn't what he used to be. Hips, eyes, hearing, etc.....
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Looking forward to a time when I can go to Fort Wilderness, the most awesome campground in the wide world...
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We've been to WDW around Christmas. It is a busy time, but the weather is great! The decorations are beautiful and you can't beat the magic of WDW. We took my two oldest, then 3 and 12 months. Five years later my oldest still remembers certain aspects of the trip!

We were careful to filter the attractions...some seem fun but are so intense for little kids. I took my kids to A Bug's Life show and they were terrified. The goal is to leave with happy memories, not nightmares, haha.

If at all possible, bring another adult whi can take turns watching the kids. There are so many fun attractions for older kids and adults...it's fun to go back out at night after the kids are asleep.

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I guess I'll have to bring some Christmas lights for the trailer. Anyone have pics of their airstream with lights on it?
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