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Old 01-17-2015, 05:28 PM   #11
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We love Fort Wilderness and stay there maybe 8 times a year. Some spots, depending where the cement recycle bins, garbage pails, and park vehicles in the opposite driveway can be tough to negotiate. We prefer the more expensive Premium sites (no sand). The less expensive sites have lots of messy sand. We tried to book our stay in March and they are already fully booked. Food is expensive but the Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue is well worth the price. Not just for kids but adults too. Never tried the food plan. We do a park in the morning, back to the coach for lunch and to let the dog out and dinner at a park.
Bus transportation is excellent. 3 bus routes in the Fort to either the main bus station or to the Magic Kingdom Ferry boat or boat to the Contemporary hotel where you can catch a monorail. It's a good walk from the Contemporary dock to the monorail. They also do outdoor movie and spoors. Its a bunch of benches and feels like a drive-in movie
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Old 01-17-2015, 11:26 PM   #12
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I was not aware you could purchase a dining plan when staying at Fort Wilderness. Where do you go to purchase the plan?
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Old 01-18-2015, 12:01 AM   #13
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I was not aware you could purchase a dining plan when staying at Fort Wilderness. Where do you go to purchase the plan?

It's all online when you make the reservation. The lodging, park tickets, and dining plans are all presented.

I've only done the dining plans when staying at resorts. My guess is that we would still do one when camping as we like to spend as much time in the parks and using all that Disney has to offer vs. cooking and cleaning up from it (even if it costs quite a bit more). We are going to WDW for a week in Feb and are flying/hoteling it; my wife says she's looking forward to NOT having to cook or cleanup from it and whatnot while we are there.
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Old 01-18-2015, 04:51 PM   #14
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WDW Dining Plan

We have been going to WDW every year for the past five years and except for last year (2014) have always stayed at Fort Wilderness. Travel agents that we have used have even called WDW to find out about the dining plan while at Fort Wilderness and the answer was always, not available for those staying at the campground. Last year was our first trip staying in a WDW resort other than Fort Wilderness and we did the dining plan which was fantastic. Since it was a last minute decision on our part, we had to settle for a resort that had an opening with the dining plan. They only have so many rooms available at each resort which include the dining plan. Not all rooms are eligible for the dining plan. If you have information available that indicates you can have the dining plan while staying at Fort Wilderness, please let me know for future reference.
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Old 01-18-2015, 05:20 PM   #15
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Ahh, ok- I see that I didn't answer the question you asked. Sorry about that.

I honestly don't know about dining plan availability for the Fort.
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Old 01-18-2015, 06:48 PM   #16
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You can buy the dining plan when staying at Fort Wilderness, you can not get the FREE Dining plan when booking a site only if staying in the cabins. You can usually book it online when you book your site.
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Old 01-18-2015, 07:49 PM   #17
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If it makes $$$$$, it's Disney

Just spent a week at Ft Wilderness over Christmas. A non premium site was all I could get and there were plenty of them vacant during our stay.
The site was $130 a night and came with a tropical view where we were bait for the 10 million evening and morning mosquitos! Site was soooo tight, that it took me over 1 hour to get past the trash cans, a strategic tree right in my truck turn radius! A neighbor took two hands and pulled the water hook up back so I could clear it. Ohhh, use the other side of the site when backing, try again. Tree was blocking my turn and was less than 1 inch from my truck (and I have a short box).
This was not our first rodeo at Ft Wildnerness. The site was not adequate for a 37ft fifth wheel plus truck. Next time, no premium site, I will say no thank you!
Oh, they came around and offered me a different site IF we took our rig out of the park and then came back around and got into line again or unhooked and drove around and found a spot. Soooo, accommodating for guests. I guess that is precisely why it is the home of MICKEY MOUSE!
We could not use our entire pad due to the back in restrictions as stated. Our chairs sat in the mulch. All for the pleasure of $130 a night.
We had a group of 14. 11 of whom were staying at the Shades of Green military hotel owned by the US Army. They had 3 rooms for $95 each room and free transportation.
We DID have a good time in spite of the camping and have been there in Ft Wilderness before (our spot was better for access). Our 5er was a LOT smaller, 36ft vs huge 37ft. (same truck).
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Old 01-18-2015, 07:52 PM   #18
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Ohhhh trash cans

For those wondering why not move the cans, well, they DO NOT MOVE. They are anchored deep in concrete and surrounded by dirt for affect! They literally pick the garbage out by hand daily. What a plan!
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Old 01-18-2015, 07:58 PM   #19
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Just got off the phone with Walt Disney. You can purchase the dining plan while staying at Fort Wilderness when you make your reservations. As per reservation assistance, your points are activated at check-in and you can use them till 11:59pm on the last day of your stay.
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Old 01-18-2015, 10:31 PM   #20
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WDW Dining Plan

I was told you can get the dining plan at Fort Wilderness if you stay in a cabin but not in an RV site. I am going to the WDW web site and see what they have to say. All the written literature I have indicates that NO meal plan when staying at Fort Wilderness RV sites.
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