Originally Posted by Ted S.
I am planning a trip to Ft Wilderness in the Spring and have a couple questions for those who know this place. I am planning 2-3 days going to the parks and 1-2 days staying in the campground.
Does that sound like a good mix of time in and out of the park ground?
Would you reserve a golf cart for all of the days or just the days you are in the campground?
I think your planning is sound, what is not said is, kids?, Grandkids?....
We go every year, and have since my daughter was 3 months old, we are now taking her 6 year old and 4 year old. This year will be the 6 year old's 7th visit. So we have experience. For us the cart has become a MUST, additional expense yes, but convenient beyond belief, we come back from the parks late at night hauling 2 kids, sleeping, with days purchases, strollers and assorted accessories, arrive at the front bus stop climb into the cart and drive directly to door of motorhome... no waiting for correct bus schlepping on board struggling to a seat, struggling off and then walking however far to the site. Didn't do the cart thing when my kids were young, but I was young then too, but now at 60+ I ain't quite as good a pack mule as I used to be. The other plus, it is literally my grandson's favorite ride!! We also enjoy evening cruises around the campground to see all the rigs, visit boat landing, see the horses in the barn, etc...
A ratio of roughly 2:1, days in park to days in camp works good for us. Last visit was 6 days, with 3 in parks and one water park, balance in camp, worked great. We have done 6 day park blitzes in 7 day trips and go home WORN OUT.
Now the cart is $$$, and if that will keep you from other activities, then skip it, is by no means necessary. Look for resources about crowd forecasts online and choose parks by those, they have been pretty reliable for us. Get up and out early, a lot can be accomplished at the parks early, before the big crowds. Plan with fast passes, the program has changed in recent years, so check on line about how to make your choices. If you stay at the resort you will get "magic bands", they are very convenient, but still subject to some "bugs" when linked for charging in parks (our experience anyway). Good advice about premier sites, they generally will have more space, larger pads, nicer tables and grill, and the loops they are on are usually closer to bus stops, in case you don't do the cart. Our favorite is the 1400 loop, convenient to pool area and camp fire/movie venue. If you have little ones, look into some "character" dining options, there are breakfast and dinner choices, some inside the parks some outside in resort locations. They are a huge hit with our grandkids, their particular favorite is Breakfast at the Beach Club resort, again a little pricey but GREAT fun. My granddaughter, aka "princess" loves Cinderella's dinner at the Grand Floridian resort, she gets to dress up in her princess outfits and feel like a queen (princess) for a day.
Go enjoy, there is nothing else like it.
Making our plans now for Sept 2015 visit