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Old 01-20-2015, 04:30 PM   #31
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We have stayed in Fort Wilderness the last three years and have 2015 booked for August. Last year and the upcoming trip we are staying for 12 nights. I love the Fort and it's one of my favorite places to stay in Disney. I have not stayed in the Art of Animation but I hear it's nice. I do have a friend who is a travel agent if you need one. I did get a quote from AAA this year but they no longer have a contract with Disney and they quoted me the same price as my travel agent friend.

If this is a first time visit for the kids I would not do the park hopper. Visiting the Magic Kingdom and Epcot is a good days visit and we usually visit each one for two days. We did do the park hopper last year but only to visit Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios in the same day to do specific rides. We usually do 5 days of tickets with the waterpark and more option so we have 10 days of parks and go to Disney Quest one day.

We bring snacks and water bottles each day and I also make sandwiches to cut down on the cost of food. We also take a break for dinner at the rv. I have heard that the dining plan is good but for 6 of us it's too expensive and I feel like the benefit of having the RV is to make my own dinners.

My girls and I are going in March and staying at Caribbean Beach for a cheerleading competition. I think I will be missing the Fort...lol I would definitely talk to a good travel agent who can help you along the way. The three years I booked with AAA they did the booking and I never heard from them again. My travel agent friend is doing all my booking for any meals I may want and reminding me when reservations, fast passes, etc. need to be made. Most important thing is to have a great time!!!
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Old 01-20-2015, 04:49 PM   #32
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One other thing Memory Maker (was photopass plus) is something we always get. It's the one way we can all be in the photo and it includes the ride pictures. Definitely worth the money in my book. If you order in advance it's a little cheaper.
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Old 02-22-2015, 06:59 AM   #33
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Has anyone hauled the camper from the Midwest (NE) to fort wilderness if yes what route and time line? Or for a first time WDW and what is the best time of year and is it better to fly and just stay in a hotel on site. I have two boys they will be 9 and 11 we are planing for 2016.
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Old 02-22-2015, 03:35 PM   #34
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Has anyone hauled the camper from the Midwest (NE) to fort wilderness if yes what route and time line? Or for a first time WDW and what is the best time of year and is it better to fly and just stay in a hotel on site. I have two boys they will be 9 and 11 we are planing for 2016.
WOW! Where to begin....
NE to WDW: I can't really help you. It might help others if you said you plan on camping along the way or rushing to get there ASAP.

There are peak times at WDW, usually around holidays and school breaks.

Flying gets you there faster, of course. There are cabins at Ft. Wilderness, so you don't need your own trailer to stay there. There are also folks that rent out trailers in Ft. Wilderness, if you really want to stay in a trailer but not tow your own.

By 'hotel' do you mean a Disney Resort?

The boys will be at great ages!

Planning for 2016 now, an excellent idea. Just FYI, we have reservations for FT Wilderness for the last 2 weeks of Oct. this year. DW found out today that 'The Fort' is now booked up for that time, except for tent sites.

To get the most for your money, you'll need to learn about the parks, accommodations, attractions, meals, etc. There are online sites, in addition to Disney's, with info. There are travel agents that are free to you that specialize in Disney vacations. There are books to buy or maybe through your local library, with information. And there are those of us on this site and 'Fort Fiends' that can help, too.

Using the 'search' on this site, see what you can learn from 'Grumpy'. He has posted often on Disney, especially 'The Fort.'

Happy searching and just ask if want more info.
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Old 02-22-2015, 06:10 PM   #35
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I am very prejudiced. Why stay in a hotel/cabin where you can't really relax, cook your own meals and in most cases spend less money per night. DISNEY provides the same transportation to and from the Parks from the campground that they provide at the hotels. There is a nightly sing along with Chip and Dale which is accompanied by a campfire where you can roast marshmallows and then watch a movie. You can go down to the marina at night and watch the fireworks from the Magic Kingdom as well as the Electric LIght Parade, and the list goes on.

For those of you who really want all kinds of info on the FORT, WDW and camping in general join us on FORT FIENDS. No, I didn't misspell friends, it is FIENDS as in finatic, because that is what the majority of us are. Finatics about DINSEY in general.

Sign up and join in the fun and sometimes crazy frivolity. WWW.FORTFIENDS.NET

There are many members who come down from New England so I know you can get info about where to stop and which routes are best. I only use I-75 so I can't help you there.
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I am very prejudiced. Why stay in a hotel/cabin where you can't really relax, cook your own meals and in most cases spend less money per night. DISNEY provides the same transportation to and from the Parks from the campground that they provide at the hotels. There is a nightly sing along with Chip and Dale which is accompanied by a campfire where you can roast marshmallows and then watch a movie. You can go down to the marina at night and watch the fireworks from the Magic Kingdom as well as the Electric LIght Parade, and the list goes on.

For those of you who really want all kinds of info on the FORT, WDW and camping in general join us on FORT FIENDS. No, I didn't misspell friends, it is FIENDS as in finatic, because that is what the majority of us are. Finatics about DINSEY in general.

Sign up and join in the fun and sometimes crazy frivolity. WWW.FORTFIENDS.NET

There are many members who come down from New England so I know you can get info about where to stop and which routes are best. I only use I-75 so I can't help you there.
All of what Grumpy said... but I'm going to tweak the second sentence to say, 'Stay in a Ft. Wildness cabin, but only if you cannot tow your trailer there. You can really relax and cook your own meals if you want.' (The cabins have kitchens and basic cooking and serving utensils.)

BTW, at 'The Fort' you'll want a golf cart. It isn't required, but I'll guarantee your boys will get a kick out of it and it helps all of you to get places quicker than the Ft Wilderness loop buses or walking.

We've stayed at Ft. Wilderness twice so far; once in a class-B and once in a cabin with the kids and a grand kid. We've stayed on-property for all other visits; the Poly, Boardwalk, Port Orleans, Caribbean Beach, Pop Century, and at a few times in DVC rooms. Hands down, staying at Ft. Wilderness has been the best experience for us.
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Old 02-23-2015, 11:03 PM   #37
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William, We will be there in another month and are driving from Oklahoma. Originally my plan was to tow my little tiny camper but now I am in the process of buying a Jayco Octane 222 and I will tow it instead. I am thinking we will head south to McAlester and down through Mt. Pleasant, Texas to Shreveport. Then over and down to Mobile -I have friends in Mobile so we will stop and say hi plus if something goes wrong we have a plan b.

I have towed my little camper to Wyoming and all around Oklahoma but am nervous about the Octane. I will go slow and I decided to stretch out the drive longer than I had planned. I can back in no problem it's gas stations that are my fear, LOL. But with the flying J app and I have google earth mapped some gas stations along the way, I am less worried about being able to find one big enough.
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Old 02-25-2015, 04:02 PM   #38
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Yes we would stay on Disney property if we fly down. But it is always more relaxing in your own space and all the Utube videos make fort wilderness look great. What is the best time of year for the least crowds? How long does it take to get from the parks to your camper? Okieinalaska congratulation on your new toy hauler. Let us know how your trip goes and post some pic when you get back.
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