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Old 03-28-2010, 07:54 PM   #1
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The Mrs. and I just returned from our Florida vacation.
Our first stop was St Augustine where we stayed several days at North Beach RV Park. Great place and I highly recommend it! The sites are not oversized but I had no problems with my rig. It was a pull through and it fit, parked the rental behind it. We rented a car from Enterprise since I don't tow. They were very prompt in delivery and the young lady that picked us up gave us some good locations to eat and filled us in on the area. If in the area and like Cajun try Harry's across from the Fort! Excellent! We enjoyed our stay there.
Our next stop was our destination,,, Walt Disney World, and WOW I have no regrets for going! It had been at least 20 years since we were last there!
We stayed in Fort Wilderness and had one of their Premium sites! Other campgrounds should take note, they got it right!
The site was way large enough and no problems getting in and out!
Our visit with Mickey was well enjoyed!
Of course as vacations go,,, Way Way to short! Bummer!

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Sounds like a great time. We spend Christmas down there but wasn't able to get reservations at Fort Wilderness. We ended up staying at The Tropical Palms Resort. Another good place if places fill up. I miss Florida already!
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WDW is great place to visit, I also recommed Key West, another days drive from WDW I've never stayed in St. Augustine. I'll have to try it someday. "Then Came Bronson" I mention that nowadays and no one knows what I'm talking about.
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Old 03-29-2010, 08:21 PM   #4
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Sounds great, taking the family there this October! Quick question, I've read that it takes a long time for the busses to pick you up from the Wilderness CG, any truth to this?
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We had no problems with the bus transportation or any of their other transportation. They were always there and the walk from our site to the bus stop was not far.
I'm sure that as it gets into the really busy months it could be a problem, but we had none.
You can rent a Club Car to get around the campground if you wish for $60. dollars a day. I walked!
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$60 a day? I don't believe so, but you can bet there'll probably be one day of it. We're giving the kids discretionary spending money to do as they please including blow it on something. That age to start teaching them.

The reason I asked is one of the guide books had lousy transportation as the one con of the CG.

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We experienced no problems what so ever, really! The only thing that might hold a bus up is when the driver has to assist a handicapped person in a wheelchair or one of those zippy scooters.
All the drivers were real helpful and courteous.
As for the golf carts, I do believe that is a little steep but I've seen other places charge that much. I do believe you must be licensed in order to rent and use one.
Fort Wilderness is a great place, I'll be going back for sure!
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The best information about camping at Disney, hands down can be found here: Camping at Disney World - The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com

This is a forum specifically devoted to camping at Fort Wilderness.
As for the golf cart rental, there is an outside vendor that the folks on the DisBoards as well as myself recommend highly. His name is Kenny, and he is the owner for Tee Time Rentals. He will deliver a golf cart to the Fort at the date and time that you specify, at a reasonable cost.

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I actually joined the DIS board last week and couldn't find any info re. problems with transportation, looks like there's a good reason why! I visited with my ex. in 94 and 96 and really like the transportation they offered. Within 15 minutes the bus going where you wanted to go came around.

The golf cart is something I'll reveal later. Ashley will be 16 but I think I'll tell her that it's 18+ to drive unsupervised. I trust her, but teenagers don't need too much opportunity.
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The reason I asked is one of the guide books had lousy transportation as the one con of the CG.
Living not too far away, we camp at Fort Wilderness frequently. During the past year we've noted less frequency on the bus pickups within the campground, especially on the 'orange' route. They have changed that route, running it through the cabin area where it used to run directly up the middle road. Our driver said that the purple and yellow routes are slightly more frequent.

Connections at the Outpost are haphazard. Several times when our bus is pulling in, we see the bus we want just pulling out. OTOH, sometimes the timing is just right and we hop off one bus and get on the other. All in all, I like leaving the truck at the campsite and letting someone else do the driving.

And nobody has mentioned it lately, but WDW has done a great job improving their site access. Some sites used to be nightmares to get into, but wider sites with improved drive aprons have finally gotten Fort Wilderness out of the 1970s.
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Then Came Bronson" I mention that nowadays and no one knows what I'm talking about.
Tom, Remeber that very well! Back in the day I thought That's what I was going to do,,, just like Route 66,,,always liked the Vette

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But watch out for the buses if you are not watching your kids closely.
Sad story. Brief news clip.
Boy killed by bus on Disney property - News- msnbc.com
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Yeah I saw that yesterday, very sad. I'm glad that from the report it looks like it was "Just an accident" but that really doesn't help any.
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Very sad way to start or end a vacation!
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