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Old 01-16-2015, 08:32 PM   #1
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Fort Wilderness or Thousand Trail Orlando

I'm planning a trip to Walt Disney Resort during Spring Break this year (Doesn't mean I will make it there). Was just curious if any one stayed at both and what their suggestions would be.

As a member of thousand trails, I shouldn't have to pay for a site as Orlando is with-in my zone. I also know that there are benefits to staying at Fort Wilderness. Any information would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 01-16-2015, 09:28 PM   #2
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I have stayed at both. I've only been at Ft. Wilderness a single night. I'm also a member of a Fort Fiends site that is a wealth of information.

It's really hard to compare the two. Being on property at the Fort has the advantages of using Disney's transportation. You don't have to park ($20/day unless your an annual pass holder, I think). However, it's expensive.

There are a few levels of sites- from partial hookups to two different levels of full hookup sites (proffered vs. premium, I think the terms are). The preferred sites have a paved driveway with crushed shells at the back. This stuff can track into your camper. They're generally a bit smaller with tighter entrances than the premiums. The premiums are bigger and all paved. There's a price difference, of course.

The areas that I saw were generally forest-like with trees.

Thousand Trails is a great park. I've been there twice. First at Christmas 2012 and more recently this past summer for 3 of 4 1/2 weeks (we had to do a week out). It's fairly open with not a lot of tree coverage. Most sites are 30amp with a smattering of 50amp sites throughout. All of the sites have full hookups.

I generally expect the drive to take 40 minutes to get to anything Disney related. Plus, you have to pay for parking. They're good about handling big trucks- my dually has never been a problem (except parking at Downtown Disney can be cozy- especially with all of the construction that they have going on right now).

Do you have any specific questions?
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Old 01-16-2015, 09:56 PM   #3
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IMO...if you are vacationing for Disney exclusively, staying at the Fort Wilderness campground is the route to take.
Great campground with many features and activities that are an extension of the Disney attitude/appeal.

Though it's very busy during the spring break months, campground is spacious enough that it doesn't feel claustrophobic and you can use all the amenities without being discouraged by the crowds
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Old 01-16-2015, 10:03 PM   #4
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IMO...if you are vacationing for Disney exclusively, staying at the Fort Wilderness campground is the route to take.
Great campground with many features and activities that are an extension of the Disney attitude/appeal.

Though it's very busy during the spring break months, campground is spacious enough that it doesn't feel claustrophobic and you can use all the amenities without being discouraged by the crowds

I agree wholeheartedly,, but $100+ per night vs. $0 per night is a hard choice.
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Old 01-16-2015, 10:31 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info Cajun and Ependydad. I have done the research concerning the costs of staying at Fort Wilderness as well as the advantages. Also looked at the cost of parking if I stayed at Thousand Trails. Just need some personal experiences (transportation, dining, and general information).
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Old 01-17-2015, 07:26 AM   #6
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Cost wise stay at TT, full affect stay at Fort Wilderness. Spring break might already be all booked up at the Fort, TT will be starting to empty out as the snow birds start their migrate elsewhere.
There are some short cuts and back roads you could take to get to Disney but kind of hard to explain I am sure someone there could show you how to do it, but keep in mind traffic WILL be heavy!!!!!
I would also second checking out Fort Fiends site lots of great info and folks there, plus they have a travel agent that seems to work MAGIC getting sites when others can not, he is a advertiser on the board so finding him will be easy if needed. Good luck and enjoy.
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Old 01-17-2015, 10:26 AM   #7
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we stayed at Ft Wilderness in Oct. for the first time. It definitely had advantages, free transportation to the parks, pool with small spray park for the kids, decent buffet restaurant at Ft Wilderness, access to other hotels and character dining without park admission, horse back riding available, character and movie nights. We were there as a comfort station for the grand kids who with their parents stayed off site. In Oct. the rates are good +/- $70 in comparison to other times of the year. When we go back again we will probably stay at Ft Wilderness. Good Luck!!
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Old 01-17-2015, 01:45 PM   #8
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Thanks everyone for their inputs. I am leaning towards staying at Fort Wilderness. Next question with-out starting a new thread. Has any one purchased a dining plan while camping at Disney? And if so, what plan? Again leaning towards the quick meal plan.
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Old 01-17-2015, 01:45 PM   #9
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Fort wilderness the $ is worth it !

Dee and I have stayed there many times as is only a few hours drive, and we always marvel at the beauty and yes peacefulness of the place( pet section). So YES make yourself a memory for life! Fishing is great too! Lacy&Dee
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Yes we got the dining plan once the one with a counter service, a table service and the snack, we felt it was to much food but we did enjoy it.
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