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Old 06-04-2016, 05:43 PM   #43
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I'm on the fence about park hopper or not. I've done it in the past and did the dinner plan too but that gets so pricy !!!
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Old 06-04-2016, 08:34 PM   #44
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The other thing to think about is, are you going back within 12 months? If you are, think about an annual pass. It costs as much as two, 4 day hopper passes. This year the photo pass is included with the annual pass, 10% discounts, Disney Quest and Water park admissions too.
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Old 06-04-2016, 09:40 PM   #45
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I have seen posts where people stay for 10 weeks or longer. is this true?
I would love to stay for a few months. Heck, I could work from there over the internet....
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Old 06-05-2016, 06:55 AM   #46
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The other thing to think about is, are you going back within 12 months? If you are, think about an annual pass. It costs as much as two, 4 day hopper passes. This year the photo pass is included with the annual pass, 10% discounts, Disney Quest and Water park admissions too.
We have friends that go at least 6 times a year, but they are not RV'rs.
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We have stayed up to 8 weeks at one time, but there are a lot of other spots to go so have not repeated. DW has this dream of staying the full year in 2021 for the 50th anniversary. Not sure I could do 12 months in MH, Really not sure I could do a Florida summer. Negotiating for maybe J,F,M,A then S,O,N,D

One person we met has lived at FW for a few years now and have met other that are there for the winters. Disney just eliminated the "winter rate" for 30+days so they may be less this winter. Supply and demand, first time we stayed in MH, 2007, FW was only about 40% full, this past January, never less than 90% full
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Definitely consider a yearly pass if you can make even two trips. We used to fly from California and could make a beginning trip on the tickets and an ending trip on them. You can get different levels of annual passes too. Some with block out dates etc. Some without the water parks. We live locally and do not do the water parks at all so save a bit there. With the annual pass you have built in park hopper. You also can get sit down resturant discounts and merchandise discounts. I believe it is 20%.
The longer you can stay the more relaxed your time will be not trying to rush from dawn to night. Going back in the middle of the day for a nap is nice or a dip in a pool. Or sleep in and go later in the day.
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Definitely consider a yearly pass if you can make even two trips. ... You can get different levels of annual passes too. Some with block out dates etc. Some without the water parks. We live locally and do not do the water parks at all so save a bit there. With the annual pass you have built in park hopper. You also can get sit down resturant discounts and merchandise discounts. I believe it is 20%...
As Florida residents we have a lot more options than non-residents. I'm not sure all these options will be available to an out of state visitor and the cost of annual passes increased significantly this past year. That said, however, I'd still ask about the annual pass if you'll be in the parks for more than 7 or 8 days over 12 months.
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20%

Ain't seen that in a AP for a few years now. That cut into the Mouse's profits.

You can buy ($150) a dining card, Tables in Wonderland, that will give you 20% off at most sit down restaurants on property (Resorts and Disney Springs included) plus a couple of counter service. When using you get 20% off food & beverages (including adult beverages), then they add a mandatory 18% tip to the bill, plus free valet parking.

If on property for a week or more, might be worth a look too. (There was a $25 discount for AP holders)
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20%

Ain't seen that in a AP for a few years now. That cut into the Mouse's profits.

You can buy ($150) a dining card, Tables in Wonderland, that will give you 20% off at most sit down restaurants on property...
XBoater is right, the 20% annual pass discount is almost extinct.

And I'd do some math before paying up for the Tables in Wonderland dining card. You'll have to spend almost $800 on food/beverage to come out about even. Might work out for someone that lives there year around but probably not for a simple vacation trip.
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We leave this Friday with the two grand daughters for Fort Wilderness plan to arrive Sunday and stay until Saturday. We are ready, almost.
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XBoater is right, the 20% annual pass discount is almost extinct.

And I'd do some math before paying up for the Tables in Wonderland dining card. You'll have to spend almost $800 on food/beverage to come out about even. Might work out for someone that lives there year around but probably not for a simple vacation trip.
You have to be a Florida resident, annual pass holder or a DVC member to take advantage of the Tables of Wonderland dining. You can pay the $150 for the card and then an additional fee for a second card. You keep one card and a friend has the other-you split the cost and it doesn't cost so much! But don't tell Disney I told you

Also in response to spending time at Disney-we spend January through March at the campgrounds. It's our favorite place to camp and with an annual pass, we can go in the parks whenever we want.

If you are going to spend a large amount of time at Disney, it does make sense to get the annual pass. The cost is $749 the first year, but you get a small discount the next year. You get free theme park parking, park hopping is included, you get Disney PhotoPass downloads (which is pretty cool) and there are no black out dates (unless you buy a Florida resident annual pass). You also get 10% of shopping at select locations & 10% off meals at select locations. I was quite shocked, but you even get 10% off Dooney & Burke and Pandora at the parks.

Hope everyone has a great time!!
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We are heading to Ft. Wilderness in early November. It will be right when they start the Christmas decorating. We will be there for 5 nights which is 4 full days. It will be just myself and my wife. Would it be better to do a park each day or spread 3 parks over the 4 day period? Also aren't there bus stops through out the park?
If you were to go the first full week of November, the basic Theme Park ticket for 2 would be $650. If you were to buy the Park Hopper, it would be $788 for 2. Hope that helps!

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We have stayed up to 8 weeks at one time, but there are a lot of other spots to go so have not repeated. DW has this dream of staying the full year in 2021 for the 50th anniversary. Not sure I could do 12 months in MH, Really not sure I could do a Florida summer. Negotiating for maybe J,F,M,A then S,O,N,D

One person we met has lived at FW for a few years now and have met other that are there for the winters. Disney just eliminated the "winter rate" for 30+days so they may be less this winter. Supply and demand, first time we stayed in MH, 2007, FW was only about 40% full, this past January, never less than 90% full
The campgrounds are getting harder and harder to get into, that's for sure.

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That's for sure. Will be making reservations shortly for a few weeks the end of October 2017 for our annual trek to the Food & Wine Fest and Halloween.

Used to just call a week or two ahead, but no more. This seems to be the new normal for Florida now
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