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  1. pandahelen

    pandahelen Member

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    We are currently planning our big trip for this summer and we are going to go all down the east coast of the US, stay at Disney World for a week, and then come back up through the Shenandoah National Park. We looked at all of the information on the Fort Wilderness and thought that we would spend the week there. However, something has changed our minds! Disney is currently offering their deal where you buy 4 nights (and passes) and get 3 free at select resorts. Well, it turns out that it is actually $20 cheaper to stay in a Value Resort for the week over the campground. We love our PUP but it sure would be nice to have a bathroom right in the room while we are at WDW. We are now thinking that we will camp on the way down and the way back up and stay in the Disney hotel while we are there. It's somewhat unfortunate that Disney has not extended the buy 4 get 3 free offer to the campsites.

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    DO NOT stay in a hotel!!! Fort Wilderness campground is the best around. There is so much to do just in the Fort you may not even go to any of the parks. In the hotels you get to listen to people running up and down the halls, crying babies, toilets flushing, etc. At least in the campground it is peaceful. If you are concerned about the bathroom being to far away just request a site near a comfort station. They are great about trying to get you what you want. Check out Disboards.com and look at their camping board. Lots of great info and pictures. Have fun no matter what you do.

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    For only 20$ for the week I would stay at fort wilderness like rgjad said. Just the thought of relaxing in the cool night air sounds a lot bettet than the sounds of a resort. If it is 20$ a day than I would have to think long and hard about that. Just my two lincolns

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    We have spent time at Port Orleans resort in WDW and really enjoyed it! On the other hand we have never camped at Disney so have nothing to compare it too. What would you do with the camper when at Disney?

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    You might also spend more than $20 on restaurants if you are staying in a hotel versus camping.....just thought to consider...

    Cheers and have a blast whichever you choose

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  6. twstdpear

    twstdpear Party like it's 2012!

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    We've stayed both at Pop Century and at Ft. Wilderness multiple times.

    One argument against Pop Century (or other hotel-style rooms) is that you don't have the ability to cook in your room, so you need to buy all of your food for the week. One argument for it is FL weather (heat+humidity, the regular 30 minute afternoon torrential downpours). They do have some suites at some of the resorts that include a basic kitchen, but they cost more.

    With the campground, you can hit the grocery store and cook all of your own food. On our last trip, I don't think we spent more than $100 on food that wasn't eaten/prepared at our campsite, and that included one dinner at Trail's End (Buffet). Here's a map of some nearby grocery stores (Whole Foods, Wal-Mart supercenter, Publix).

    An apparently little known fact is that you can bring food into the parks. We brought lunch, snacks and a hydration pack each day. We typically went back to the campsite for dinner. Also, the food places which have soda fountains will give you free ice and/or water. There is at least one place at each park that has self-serve fountains, and you can use that to top off a hydration pack with ice.

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  7. KatPrincess

    KatPrincess I like it to still be mooin'!

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    I've stayed at the Polynesian twice and the Wilderness Lodge and now we are going to the Fort Wilderness campground this December to camp and I can't wait!
    I totally agree with Rgjad, go to Disboards.com they offer a huge array of options and they have pics and videos of the campground as well as the resorts and a ton of reviews from people who were there.
     
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    Hi
    We've never camped there but have stayed at the various hotels. I have heard many good things about the camp ground but the one thing I thought of is depending on your rig and the time you are there it could be mighty hot so a room with AC might be nice after a long day in the resort.
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  9. Matt O

    Matt O Strangers are friends who have not yet met

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    Since I used to work in the Hotels at Disney and stayed as a guest since I left (8 years ago), I would have to say it depends on what experience you want.

    There are only 2 value resorts on property, Pop Century and All Star. The other resorts are either moderate or deluxe resorts. Even though it is a "value" resort and is very "cheap", the rooms are still very clean, just small. Yes there are horror stories but for the most part, the rooms are clean, just small.

    I have never stayed at Ft. Wilderness since I didn't have a PopUp until recently but I have visited. It is nice. I LOVE the Hoop-de-do review,a dinner show they have. Most people have real good things to say about Ft. Wilderness. Again, there are always horror stories but you have to expect that.

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    We have been Disney-philes for many years and have stayed at every deluxe resort on property. Last year we tried the cabins at Fort Wilderness and absolutely fell in love with the place. We recently acquired a 1996 Dutchmen Duck 747 in great condition and decided to book a week at Fort Wilderness in May 2009(can't wait).

    The Fort offers a great way to experience everything Disney but with a wonderful, "laid back" approach. There are countless things to do there; from fishing, canoeing, boating, swimming etc...Even boat rides to the Magic Kingdom are fun!

    The comfort stations are among the most cleanly and nicest I've seen. As other members have mentioned the nightly campfire sing-a-long with Chip and Dale can't be missed. Then head down to the beach with your favorite beverage and watch the "Wishes" show on the sandy shores of Bay Lake. Not long after the conclusion of Wishes the Lighted Boat Pageant passes by the marina.

    Disney is also currently making improvements to the campground which include all new premier campsites for the big rig RV's .The main Meadows pool is getting a complete overhaul which will include a new themed water slide, a kids splash zone and a hot tub which will make what they are calling a "mini water park". Rumor has it that some of the old features from River Country are going to be incorporated into the new and improved pool. These renovations are "supposed" to be complete by the end of March 2009.

    I highly recommend Fort Wilderness to anyone who has not been there. You wont be disappointed.
     
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    Port Orleans was great and we were never at our room for the 5 days we were there but the food package and you are all inclusive and have more food than you can eat. The food package works everywhere except the BBQ at the campground If I remember correctly. My wife wants to go back to Port orleans with out the kids and the parks and just sit in the resort

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    When we visited WDW last June, we did not have our PUP yet. So, for DW's birthday, we took the kids and both grammies for a visit. We stayed at Pop Century with adjoining rooms and loved it. The price was right, the mix of brought snacks and the food court kept us within our budget, and pools/grounds were loved by the kids.

    That said, I cannot wait to go back and camp at Fort Wilderness!

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  14. Queen Bee

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    Wherever you stay, another money saving tip is that you can order groceries online & have them delivered to your campsite or hotel room. We have stayed at Fort Wilderness several times (loved it!) & have done this. www.gardengrocer.com It worked really well for us to be able to prepare most of our own meals. Of course since you are driving you have the ability to grocery shop, but just thought I'd share if you, or others, want to save a trip.

    ~Queen Bee, happy mama of four little worker bees~

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    I have had friends use the gardengrocer or similar service when they stayed in a hotel at WDW and they said that it was wonderful.

    We have decided to stay in the Pop Century resort but plan to eat breakfast in the room each day (after all, we will have bowls and spoons as well as a cooler and that will work just fine for cereal) buy snacks to take in to the park with us each day. We have done this at DisneyLand and found that it significantly reduces the outlay for food! Things like the tuna salad lunch kits work well since they are not heavy, don't get squashed, and don't need refrigeration. It also helps that we all eat them! This way, we can enjoy dinner out at a restaurant and still keep our food budget in check.

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    Our family lives in the Orlando area. We have annual passes to Disney and go at least 20 times a year! And even though we only live an hour away, we usually stay at the Fort Wilderness campground!

    Even though the value rooms are less expensive than the campground with their current special, Fort Wilderness is the best! The Disney Resort area is its own county, which shows you how huge it is. The value resorts are the farthest away from the parks. You have to ride the Disney bus system to get around, which is a great benefit, because you don't have to pay for parking, etc. However, the buses get very busy in the mornings and when the parks close. Sometimes requiring a wait of an hour to get on.

    Fort Wilderness has their own boat that goes between the resort and the Magic Kingdom. Fort Wilderness also has busses to take you between the other resorts and the other parks. You can also take the boat to the Magic Kingdom and then hop on the monorail to get to Epcot or catch a bus that just goes between the parks.

    Fort Wilderness itself is great. It was one of the very first resorts built on the property. They have campfire sing-alongs and then a movie, they have a buffet restaurant onsite, a playground, carriage rides, and two other dining options which are fantastic shows (Hoop Dee Do Musical Review and Mickey's Backyard BBQ).

    There is also fishing, pools, etc. The comfort stations are a lot better than most campsites.

    I highly recommend staying at Fort Wilderness!!!

    Gary, Ann, Maddox (05), Merrick (06)and Mercer (08)
     
  17. wishicouldgo2

    wishicouldgo2 SW Ohio

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    are pets allowed at the fort wilderness cg?

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    How much is a campground at Ft. Wilderness for a Pup?

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    I'm taking the family over to Ft. Wilderness Campground this Monday through Thursday. We ablsolutely love the place. We regularly stay here even though we don't go into the parks (too pricey for a family of six).

    Like stated earlier, it has the best campground bathrooms I've ever seen. There is also quite a bit to do not only in the campground, but we also go to the other resorts for meals and shopping. I will say that the Hoop-de-do Revue and the buffet are actually quite pricey.

    Overall you can't go wrong at Ft. Wilderness.
     
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    Depending on when you go and what type of site you get, the prices range from $43 (tent/pop-up, partial hook-up) to $116 (premium site, full hook-up). To give you a better idea, we are going next weekend (Easter, peak time) and for the pop-up (partial hook up) site, we are paying $73/night. We also are renting a golf cart ($54/day) as we have three children under the age of 4 and all the necessities that go along with them (two strollers, bags, etc.). We cannot get on and off the Fort Wilderness busses. But, before we had children, the bus system inside Fort Wilderness was fine to get to transportation to take you to the different parks.

    You get all the full privileges and benefits of staying on any Disney property, such as availability of purchasing dining plans and Extra Magic Hours at the parks.

    To answer wishicouldgo2, yes, they do allow pets. Fort Wilderness is the only resort that allows pets. You cannot have pets in the cabins, though and you must reserve a "pet friendly site". They also have a kennel on property to leave your pet during the day while you're at the parks, if you wish to do so.

    To reiterate my previous post - FORT WILDERNESS ROCKS!!! There are two playgrounds, the trails end buffet is pretty good (albeit expensive), 2 pools, campfire songs with an outdoor movie every night, horse trail rides, pony rides for little ones, carriage rides (you can also go see the stables where they keep the carriage horses). A lot of the giant RVer's stay for long periods of time a really decorate their site with lights and blow-up things. They also decorate their golf carts. Around Christmas we love to just cruise around in the golf cart and let the kids see all the lights. It's fantastic!!! Can't wait to go next weekend.

    Gary, Ann, Maddox (05), Merrick (06)and Mercer (08)
     

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