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Old 01-05-2015, 10:18 AM   #11
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Art of Animation is great just be sure to stay close to the bus stop out front.

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Old 01-05-2015, 11:10 AM   #12
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You are going to have an amazing time! We will be doing our 3rd trip to Wilderness with our kids soon, ages 5 and 9. My recommendation would be to plan a few down days. The Parks are fun, but can be overwhelming. It's nice to have a break.

We have never done the dining deals. The benefit of camping is that you have a stocked kitchen. We always pack our lunches and few snacks. The dining is expensive at WDW. They do allow bringing in food and beverages.

For tickets, it's better to buy less days. For example, if you buy the 6-day pass but only use 5 days, they will not refund the 6th day ticket. If you want to change that ticket to the "no expiration option", you have to pay the extra fee for ALL 6 days. If you buy a 3-day pass and find you want more days while you are there, you will get the discount for the extra days. I hope that made sense . . . . We found that out the hard way on our last trip--4 disney tickets unused.

The campground is great. In the evenings they have a campfire singalong (free) with Chip and Dale--one of the best Character interactions at WDW. They also show a movie and have s'mores. The Hoop De Doo Review is one of the best dinner shows at WDW as well. It's so much fun! They have several pools, just like the other WDW resorts. There are hiking trails and even canoes to rent. The campsites are very clean and there are washer and dryers available for extended stays.

. . . I could go on and on about WDW! Hope you have a great trip!

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Old 01-05-2015, 01:11 PM   #13
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Forgot the Memory Maker. I did this last trip and it was well worth it. It works like this...you scan your photo pass or your band if on site and every single photo you take is loaded up to your account. So when your child is begging you for the Space mountain photo for 22.95 I just loaded it up on the memory maker and I can go to any photo service and print for pennies later. If you download the app you can see your pictures instantly throughout the day. My kids loved that! Put a few on my wallpaper as we progressed.
If you participate at Bells castle there are over 50 pictures per event and you, your kids or both will be in half. The maker gives you the files for life to do with as you please. My wife made her own albums from them and we found ourselves having the photographers taking all the shots and not some stranger. I had over 400 photos just from that alone with all the ride shots, plus every character we could get in with. Most I ever took.
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Old 01-05-2015, 04:28 PM   #14
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We went to The Fort twice last year. Do your research on the Fast Pass system, but don't fret over it. You will be overwhelmed and most wont make sense until you actually experience it. I am a fan of the dinner plans. Eating at Disney was a blast. However, to make the best of it, you need to get reservations in advance for in park restaurants. You can also use your dinner plan at the Downtown Disney places. We took take-out from Wolgang Puck Express back to Fort Disney for our trip home the next day and used up all our credits.

The kids loved eating with the Princesses in the Castle and I will have to say, Mom and Dad did too. It was cool. If you want to pinch the most pennies, base out of your RV and only eat there. You can even take small snacks and some drinks into the parks.

Staying at the Fort is the way to go, When you have down time, it is a great place and very convenient to everything. Bus service is awesome. Boat service to parks and resorts is fun, relaxing and entertaining at times.

Park Hopper passes make it easy to hop and change plans. We hopped more onthe second trip than our first. There is simply too much to see and do. Prioritize. You can save money without the hopper pass, but I think it is worth the convenience.

The photopass was cool and worth it. take full advantage of it everywhere you see them. It was nice having photos of the whole family and not worrying about getting the photo. You can download the electronic files and even customize them for some time after you return. Do not forget to download them, or they dissappear forever.

Best advice we used in the summer was for Magic Kingdom. Someone told us we could walk from one end of the park to the other via the air conditioned shops that all connect. This saved us from the heat a couple of times.

Main advice. Plan as much as you can, but dont obsess with it. Relax, have fun...you will be going back.
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Old 01-05-2015, 10:22 PM   #15
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Back in 2010 we planned a 7 day stay at Fort Wilderness, we loved it so much we stayed for 11 days. Our plan was 1 day in a park and one day back at the CG in order to not be overwhelmed.
This summer we will be making our 5th trip back there but will not be camping but have booked a condo through the NRA. While you will want to maximize your time in the park remember to take a break so your visit will still be fun.
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Old 01-05-2015, 10:48 PM   #16
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We stayed at the art of animation resort last Feb. and loved it. We stayed in a cars suite, and while it is a little bit of a walk to the bus stop its not that bad. Seriously with all the walking you'll be doing at Disney, another 100 yards or so wont make or break your stay. The memory maker and park hopper were nice but I did not like the meal plan we got. I don't remember exactly which one it was but it included a sit down meal once or twice a day. It seemed like that's all we did was eat, ride a ride then it was time to eat again, our while trip revolved around food!! We are going to the fort in May and we only got a quick service plan this time, so we can eat when its convenient. Just remember, you can't do it all in one week. Do some research and pick your fast pass attractions, then play the rest by ear. There is so much its easy to over book yourself and then your vacation seems an awful lot like work!
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We stayed at the fort for a week this past summer. It was AWSOME!!
But as other have already stated Disney can be very overwhelming. With This being our first trip to Disney we wanted to do as much as possible. We went to four parks two water parks downtown Disney Sea world and one day at Clearwater beach. then it was time for the 15 hour straight thru drive home. As fun as Disney is I definetly needed a vacation from our vacation by the end. We did not use the meal plan but we did get the photo pass which we thought was well worth the money, they take the photo then scan your ''Magic band'' And your off to your next stop.

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Old 01-06-2015, 06:05 PM   #18
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reading this makes me excited for our trip, we have 10 days at the fort booked for the first 2 weeks in feb (2nd-12th) im still trying to figure out what passes we want.

probably going to do alot of eating in the trailer and we have friends that live in Windermere so we will definitely spend some time out of the park, i was thinking just a regular 6 day pass, that way we have 4 days of rest but can see all the parks and the water parks (my son loves water slides) maybe i will just get a 5 day and pay for the extra if i need it

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Old 01-06-2015, 06:14 PM   #19
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Do the food plan make sense? Remember I'm not camping so eating out is the only option. Also my family does not consume alot of food. If so what one?
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Old 01-06-2015, 06:23 PM   #20
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We've been the last three years (not my choice but my wife and kids love Disney). Two years ago, when we stayed on property, we did get the meal plan. I don't remember which one but I remember there being more food and snack opportunities than we needed. If I remember they were running some kind of a deal. We had no complaints with the meal plan.

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