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Old 11-05-2012, 10:25 PM   #1
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Hi Y'all,

I need some advice. I rarely stay in a park, but am taking my nephew to Disneyworld and Universal Studios in Orlando the first week of Jan. I suspect there is zero boondocking available that time of year anywhere nearby. I've heard about FT Wilderness, but if we can't get in there what would you suggest? They must allow a small dog. Thanks!
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You might consider Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake. This is a nice county park about five minutes from Universal and twenty minutes from Disney. Ft Wilderness is exceptional, but three times the cost. Book quickly wherever you decide to go.

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Old 11-06-2012, 07:13 AM   #3
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We have stayed in Fort Wilderness 4 times in the past two years and are planning to go there in February again because we enjoy the atmosphere and close proximity to the parks so much. We stayed at the Kissimmee KOA twice in that time period as well. The KOA was half the price of FW, but it is in the middle of a high traffic area just off of a 4 lane. We really liked Kissimmee KOA clean, friendly campers (much more so that FW we figured everyone was more event driven than at the KOA). Enjoy your stay and let us know what you did.....I am jealous.
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x2 on the Kissimmie KOA. Very clean, and everyone there was friendly and nice.
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As SVTotem said, Your least expensive is probably Bill Frederick at Turkey Lake, a City of Orlando Park. We have stayed several times, nice place but they are limited on spaces (especially full hookup). The rate is probably half of KOA and others. KOA in Kissimmee and Tropical Palms (also Kissimmee) are also nice clean parks. Tropical Palms has other activities within the park, great for kids.
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Old 11-06-2012, 09:43 AM   #6
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There is just NOTHING better than Ft. Wilderness! It's expensive but it is the best and the KOAis e close in price without any of the benifits, except it's across the street from Sam's Club.
If you are taking your grandson stay at The Fort.
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Hi OKMUNKEY:
Love the name. I agree with Cousin Ed. If you want to be a hero to the grandkid then FW is the only way to go. You get on the phone and call during the week. They always have cancelations. I have never been to the Fort and seen it 100% ocuppied. They like reservations that are for a week if you know what I mean but you can always cancel some days at the last minute with no penalty. If you are in the fort you will not need your car for anything. If the in season price is to much for you I can tell you that Tropical Palms is kind of nice and it has a good on site cafe. Its close to Old Town so it is noisy at night. The Kissimee KOA is clean but on the main road so it is also noisy at night. Further out you can find Lake Louise State park on US 27. Fla state parks are very good and around $30 a night but it is 45 minutes away from the DW main gate. I timed it. I've been to all those other places I mentioned once and the Fort 35 times if that tells you anything. Lots of snowbirds camp in the Ocala National Forest but no amenities. The DW likes her amenities so I've never been. If I were you I would check out Fort Fiends.com or Discamping to look into the fort. Have fun.
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Thanks all! I booked and paid for a week at Turkey Creek. $19/nite is an unbelieveable price. Just taking Kohl to Florida has already made me a hero.
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I think you will enjoy it very much.
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Thanks all! I booked and paid for a week at Turkey Creek. $19/nite is an unbelieveable price. Just taking Kohl to Florida has already made me a hero.
Let us know how much Disney charges to let the monkey in!
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