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Old 06-26-2007, 06:47 AM   #1
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First time for us...off to Disney in Orlando. Will arrive Sunday after Thanksgiving and be there for 5 days. Got the reservations at Fort Wilderness and the 5 day park hopper pass.

Any suggestions from any of you who have 'Disney' experience are appreciated. Should we stock up on groceries before we go in or is it fairly easy to drive in/out in the Toad to shop?
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First time for us...off to Disney in Orlando. Will arrive Sunday after Thanksgiving and be there for 5 days. Got the reservations at Fort Wilderness and the 5 day park hopper pass.

Any suggestions from any of you who have 'Disney' experience are appreciated. Should we stock up on groceries before we go in or is it fairly easy to drive in/out in the Toad to shop?
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I have been to Disney World 3 times. I have never stayed at Fort Wilderness. We always stayed at Tropical Palms in Kissimmee. We never had any problems traveling around. We flew in grandchildren twice at Orlando International airport and took them to Disney World all by car. There is also a Camping World at Kissimmee. You will have a great time. Enjoy

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We have stayed in Ft. Wilderness twice about 20 years apart. Neither time did we leave the park. It just takes too much time. I would plan on having meals in the park either at your rig or at the many restaurants on site. The last time we went with my son and his family and we got a package which had points (not sure what exactly they are called) that we used for meals. The grandkids loved the meals with the Disney characters.
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We stayed at Ft. Wilderness 2 years ago, it was quite a place. You might think about calling ahead to rent a golf cart during your stay. We didn't know about them untill we got there. It makes it a lot easier to get around everywhere in the park. I know you will have fun during your stay. The people at Disney try extra hard to see that everyone is satisfied with their stay.
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Been to FT wilderness many times over the last 30 years. Enjoyed the CG very much. Over the years they have reduced many activities i.e. the train around the CG, Animal petting park and etc, but its still great. Very convient to travel to the various parks by bus or boat. Whats really nice, you do not have to get in your vehicle to have lunch or snaks. Just take the boat/bus back to the CG get a little rest then go again especially with kids. Lot easier on the feet.

When you go out the gate turn left, not very far to the food stores and traffic is not bad. You do not have to get on I-4. Staying at FT W. is my preferred place to stay when at WDW. s/Toby
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Try this web site, all you can ever want to know about camping at Disney.
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We will also be there that same week. Make sure you get reservations for the Hoop-De-Doo Review. This is a great dinner show that takes place in Ft Wilderness. The Candelight Processional at EPCOT is another great holiday show you should not miss. Both of these require reservations.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by GaDawgFan:
Try this web site, all you can ever want to know about camping at Disney.
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We will also be there that same week. Make sure you get reservations for the Hoop-De-Doo Review. This is a great dinner show that takes place in Ft Wilderness. The Candelight Processional at EPCOT is another great holiday show you should not miss. Both of these require reservations. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Can I make those reservations after we get there? Also, we did not book a preferred site since the only addition from the full hookup site I reserved was cable TV. Is there any other reason why I might want a 'preferred' site....closer to other facilities, etc?
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I also recommend the Hoop-De-Doo review. Good food and good entertainment. Might want to call ahead before you get there for reservations. Won't hurt.
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<span class="ev_code_PURPLE">You are going to have a great time !!

You will want to book the Hoop Dee Doo now.

The only difference between preferred and full hoop up is cable tv. Satellite reception is about 50/50 at the sites because of all the trees. We were able to get it in the 1800 loop when we were there. You will need a pet loop if you plan on bringing your dog. I like the 1800/1900 loops because they are back a big farther from the main road...nice and quiet at night </span>
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by smlranger:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by GaDawgFan:
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We will also be there that same week. Make sure you get reservations for the Hoop-De-Doo Review. This is a great dinner show that takes place in Ft Wilderness. The Candelight Processional at EPCOT is another great holiday show you should not miss. Both of these require reservations. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Can I make those reservations after we get there? Also, we did not book a preferred site since the only addition from the full hookup site I reserved was cable TV. Is there any other reason why I might want a 'preferred' site....closer to other facilities, etc? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Last year the Hoop-De-Doo went to a tiered reservation system. To show you how popular this show is, reservations can be made 12 months in advance. It is all you can eat fried chicken, ribs, beans etc. (also unlimited Beer ). The show itself is old west vaudville and is very good, it has not changed since it first started over 20 years ago.

As I said before, the Candle Light Processional is also fantastic and while you can walk up for seating, EPCOT also offers dining packages which comes with reserved seating. Try this link for details Candle Light Processional. You will see that each night there is a different celebrity doing the reading of the Christmas Story. It is one of the best productions Disney offers.

As you might be able to tell we are Disney "Freaks" and go at least one week a year (twice this year). This will be our first trip with the motorhome.
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We go every year for at least 3 weeks and stay at Fort Wilderness. We have two small children and have become experts at navigating and timing things.

What you have read so far is mostly accurate.

Couple of key things to improve the quality of your stay. First and foremost, get to the parks early. 10 minutes before opening if you can. You will be amazed at how much easier it is to see the most popular attractions right at 8 a.m.

Despite an earlier comment, we do not use the Disney bus system from Fort Wilderness. We have found it to be slow, slow, slow and undependable, especially at Fort Wilderness. We don't tow a car and we still rent one while there to get around.

To go to the Magic Kingdom use the boat right at Fort Wilderness. For all other parks drive. Your resort pass means free parking. If you arrive early, you will be able to park close.

Finally, if you want a great resource, get the unofficial guide to Disney World. It's on Amazon and other places. www.wdwinfo.com is also good as is www.allears.net.
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Your five days is just enough to get you hooked on a yearly adventure to WDW.
Everything you need to know is straight forward when you get there or has been mentioned already.
You asked about groceries. By all means stock up on water and sodas, steaks and bugers. These items are available within Fort Wilderness but at Disney prices which reflect what you would pay at the restaurant.
There are Publix and Winn Dixie stores withing a five mile radius. The closer the store the higher the pricing.
There is also a Sam's Club in Kississimmi a 15 min. ride or a Costco on Orange Blossom a 25 min. ride. The area within 5,6,10 miles has been going through a redevelopment and has all the latest national names and outlet stores. There is a new Wal-Mart just a couple of miles out the East gate.
We do most our shopping at Sam's Club and Publix on a every other day basis. It is 50% or more savings than purchasing within FW.
We have spent no less than three (3) month's and sometimes six (6) at Fort Wilderness per year for the past ten years. There is no place like the Mouse House to call Home.
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While visiting Disney last year, 4 hot dogs 4 fries and 4 diet cokes was $42 dollars. Bring as much food as possible, even water and soda will be a big savings.
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