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Old 02-03-2016, 09:54 AM   #1
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Ok, throwing this question out there for some advice. Going to Disney Fort Wilderness in September. They have a variety of options for campsites. I have narrowed it down to premium or preferred campsite. Is the premium worth the difference for a forty foot coach. Also, do I really need to bring my car? I'm thinking that most things I will be able to transportation to, so I won't need it. Is the hopper option worth $100 extra? Any problem with pets? And any other words of wisdom would be appreciated.


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Oh! I think I answer a few of these here:

Learn To RV: Camping at Disney World - Fort Wilderness

> Also, do I really need to bring my car? I'm thinking that most things I will be able to transportation to, so I won't need it.

That's correct. Having a car can make it quicker to get to the parks, but for a vast majority of people- you don't NEED a car. In fact, I've done many hoteling trips where we flew in and didn't have a car.

> Is the hopper option worth $100 extra?

This is a personal choice. We are planners and know which parks we want to be and when. We've never had nor needed the hopper.

> Any problem with pets?

I've never heard of people having issues. If you really want, Disney has a Doggie Day Car.

> And any other words of wisdom would be appreciated.

Plan ahead of time. Disney is unlike any other theme park. Have a day-by-day plan. Know the park hours, when the fireworks are, where you want to eat, and try to plan things out. I sounds terrible, but you can have a better time with a plan vs. without.
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Oh! I think I answer a few of these here:

Learn To RV: Camping at Disney World - Fort Wilderness

> Also, do I really need to bring my car? I'm thinking that most things I will be able to transportation to, so I won't need it.

That's correct. Having a car can make it quicker to get to the parks, but for a vast majority of people- you don't NEED a car. In fact, I've done many hoteling trips where we flew in and didn't have a car.

> Is the hopper option worth $100 extra?

This is a personal choice. We are planners and know which parks we want to be and when. We've never had nor needed the hopper.

> Any problem with pets?

I've never heard of people having issues. If you really want, Disney has a Doggie Day Car.

> And any other words of wisdom would be appreciated.

Plan ahead of time. Disney is unlike any other theme park. Have a day-by-day plan. Know the park hours, when the fireworks are, where you want to eat, and try to plan things out. I sounds terrible, but you can have a better time with a plan vs. without.

ependydad, Great info. Thanks.



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Old 02-03-2016, 10:43 AM   #4
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We stayed there a few years back. Great place! I brought our car because you just really never know when you'll need it. With the Berkshires, you'll never know its back there and doesn't change your fuel MPG. Yes there are plenty of options for transportation but then you're on there time instead of yours. We actually used the car quite a bit but that was us....

We did not do the premium spots and had plenty of room.

As for the hopper. That is a preference of what you want to do and see. I just retired from the NAVY and get tickets through MWR at a discount so we did that instead. When we go, we don't always hit the same parks so again it really depends on your plans and what you want to see and do.

I will say definitely come up with a planned schedule because there is so much to do and see that it gets a little hectic sometimes.

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Old 02-03-2016, 11:07 AM   #5
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We stayed there a few years back. Great place! I brought our car because you just really never know when you'll need it. With the Berkshires, you'll never know its back there and doesn't change your fuel MPG. Yes there are plenty of options for transportation but then you're on there time instead of yours. We actually used the car quite a bit but that was us....

We did not do the premium spots and had plenty of room.

As for the hopper. That is a preference of what you want to do and see. I just retired from the NAVY and get tickets through MWR at a discount so we did that instead. When we go, we don't always hit the same parks so again it really depends on your plans and what you want to see and do.

I will say definitely come up with a planned schedule because there is so much to do and see that it gets a little hectic sometimes.

Hope this helps a little...




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Thanks Jason. We do tow the car most of the time, but since we're coming from Michigan and don't plan on going out of the resort, we probably won't tow it. I know that when we went to Disney many years ago and rented a car for the week, it sat in the parking lot the whole time. Just don't want to overlook a need for it.


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We are frequent visitors to Fort Wilderness. Usually once per month. Many questions can be posted on the Fort site - fort fiends.net. Yes fiends, not friends

Premium or preferred campsite - we prefer Premium as there is generally more room to maneuver a larger RV. The 600 sited is the best for us. If you are good at parking (remember garbage pails, newspaper racks, and neighbor cars are always an issue, any site is good. We just try to get something near the shops and/or bus.

car? - not for Disney area - however if you want to visit shopping, you will need a car. In Disney you can bus or boat anywhere. You pay a little more but food is also avaialable in the Fort.

hopper option - don't know as we have annual passes

pets - we leave our dog in the RV and come back a couple of times a day. Disney has on-site pet resort but I believe you still have to come back and walk to yourself. They usually charge $5 per pet per day?

Have a blast, you will love it.
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We are frequent visitors to Fort Wilderness. Usually once per month. Many questions can be posted on the Fort site - fort fiends.net. Yes fiends, not friends

Premium or preferred campsite - we prefer Premium as there is generally more room to maneuver a larger RV. The 600 sited is the best for us. If you are good at parking (remember garbage pails, newspaper racks, and neighbor cars are always an issue, any site is good. We just try to get something near the shops and/or bus.

car? - not for Disney area - however if you want to visit shopping, you will need a car. In Disney you can bus or boat anywhere. You pay a little more but food is also avaialable in the Fort.

hopper option - don't know as we have annual passes

pets - we leave our dog in the RV and come back a couple of times a day. Disney has on-site pet resort but I believe you still have to come back and walk to yourself. They usually charge $5 per pet per day?

Have a blast, you will love it.


Thanks Bob and Sue.



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Old 02-03-2016, 12:14 PM   #8
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We try to stay closer to the boat dock e.g. loops 400-500-1400 for a short bike ride to the dock. Direct to magic kingdom from there. Transportation bus stop is near the dock also. From within the campground, you need to take a local bus to a transportation bus stop to get any where else. We also tend to take the boat to magic kingdom and monorail to get to the main transportation center there. We haven't been for a while but there seemed to be fewer buses targeting Ft Wilderness-Wilderness resort (they share a bus).

Should not need a car unless you plan to spend time outside the Disney complex.
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I believe that on the Fort Fiends site they have a table / chart of what the busiest days are for each park. Tells you when is heavy crowds for the particular day. It helped us pick the order of the parks we went to in Dec. It was great because we we able to miss the crowds. Maybe someone has a link handy to that chart.
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Its been awhile since we were there last. We had a TT at that time and we were there 12 days. The only time we drove the truck was one trip to the grocery store. Coming from Michigan and staying for a week? I'd leave it at home.

Each time we've gone, there would be at least one day we did two parks in the same day. So the hopper worked for us. Its just a choice.

One thing about Disney for us. Its so rare that we get to go that we try not to skimp on what we do. In other words, we'd spend the extra money for a hopper just to have that option. Some like to trim every expense they can. To me, I'd rather go all out and when we get home, start saving money again for the next trip.
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