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Old 10-26-2011, 01:27 AM   #1
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Just made the reservations for a week at Frontier Wilderness at Disney World for July 2012. Got the family a premium site through AAA vacations. Anyone else been there and have any pointers? Should we take our bikes to get to the buses or around the park? Kids are looking forward to it, the 20 hour 2 day drive should be splendid. Will be stopping overnight at the KOA in Manchester TN, as our halfway stop.
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Old 10-26-2011, 05:20 AM   #2
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Bikes are nice to have to get around Disney's Fort Wilderness, you do not need them to get to the Bus Transportation. The Campground Loops have Disney Bus Transportation Stops at them.
Be sure to bring LOTS of MONEY, everything is expensive, Mickey loves Money.
There are lots of planned activites in Fort Wilderness, plus the Disney Bus Transportation will take you any where on Disney Property you want to go.
The Preimum sites are a little nicer and a little longer than the standard sites plus they are closer to the trading post's, planned activities and the lake where you can take the a Disney Boat directly from Fort Wilderness to and from the Magic Kingdom and avoid the Bus.
You can also watch the nightly fireworks at the Magic Kingdom from the Campground lake beach.
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Sounds like you have a tight travel schedule. For the last four years I have been taking the journey from Chicago to Orlando to visit family late July/early August. I do the drive in two days (without trailer), which is exhausting If I may suggest breaking up the travel schedule by visiting one of the tourist attractions in Chattanooga, TN. Lookout Mountain, Incline Railway, Rock City, etc. (stay away from Ruby Falls). This way the kids get to see something and stretches your legs in the morning. I would bring the bikes or see if they have a golf cart to rent at Fort Wilderness.
We did Disney this year and was disappointed in the dining plan. Thought the food quality was worse than previous years and the mandatory tipping of 20% (sit down meals) in addition to the dining plan was wrong, especially for buffet meals.
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I'll be keeping an eye on this thread since my wife and I are planning a trip to Disney with a TT and a couple of the grandkids in 2013.
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We loved it, we went on Oct 1st for eight days and also had a premium site. We went with family that brought their own golf cart so we didn't bring bikes. Going without a cart though, bikes will be your friend. You don't want to ride the bus everytime you want to go swimming or go buy marshmallows at the store. Going to the parks or shows, by all means use the bus or boats, but it'd be much more convenient to have a bike there. Golf cart rentals at Ft. Wilderness are crazy expensive!
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Just made the reservations for a week at Frontier Wilderness at Disney World for July 2012. Got the family a premium site through AAA vacations. Anyone else been there and have any pointers? Should we take our bikes to get to the buses or around the park? Kids are looking forward to it, the 20 hour 2 day drive should be splendid. Will be stopping overnight at the KOA in Manchester TN, as our halfway stop.
When you booked thru AAA, was there a price advantage over booking on the Disney website?
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we were in the campground there last year. bikes would be a great savings over $60 a day golf cart rental. you may find yourself waiting longer than you'd like for the internal buses. buses come anywhere from 5 to 15 min. the resturant in the campground is very good. its a buffet but well above average. make sure to take advantage of extra magical park hours they will be some of the shortest lines youll see in july. hope you have as fun as we did!!
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Got room for a stowaway in the camper?:mickey:
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Old 10-30-2011, 06:23 AM   #9
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When you booked thru AAA, was there a price advantage over booking on the Disney website?
I originally thought no, but when I went in to see them I ended up saving a couple of hundred on the trip. I was looking at the preferred site and when AAA ran the numbers for me a Premium site ended up being only $42 more for the week. I belive this was a $120 upgrade on the website at the time. So using AAA was worth it, plus they throw in some added goodies during the trip.
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Robo,
We live about an hour north of the Rodent, so I would like to add a couple of things not directly related to the Mouse. July's weather here is typically extremely hot, humid, and afternoon thunder storms are common. So be sure to have all ur family members stay hydrated and encourage the wearing of light clothing. You might want to visit a water park during the heat of the day, but remember those storms. And as someone else mentioned bring plenty of money. Even a sandwich is expensive in the Magic Kingdom. Also, Sea World is not far from the Mouse if u'd like something different to do one day. I hope you all have a great trip and throughly enjoy Disney.

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