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Old 10-26-2012, 09:24 AM   #51
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You can rent a car from Rosen shingle creek hotel there. Real close for Fort Wilderness. They will pick you up
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:29 AM   #52
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You can rent a car from Rosen shingle creek hotel there. Real close for Fort Wilderness. They will pick you up
The subject of car rentals is interesting. I thought I got a "great deal" to rent a car in Orlando - $100.00 for the week. Which is about $15.00 per day. Well now I need to factor in $12.00 per day for a toddler car seat (or decide to haul or own back & forth on the airline for an additional baggage surcharge). I need to pay $7.00 per day to cover auto toll booth payments. Optional GPS for $8.00 per day. That's before I even think about insurance.....
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Old 10-26-2012, 10:29 AM   #53
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The Osborne Family Christmas Spectacle of Lights at Hollywood Studios is *WOW*!
I will have to dig up a little more info on the Osborne Family Xmas Spectacle of Lights @ Hollywood Studios and see if & when it is happening during our stay. Of our 6 days down there - 1 is at Animal Kingdom, 1 is at Epcot & 3 @ Magic Kingdom so we do have a day to spare to go to Universal.
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Old 10-26-2012, 10:34 AM   #54
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Great surprise. We did something similar last year. The kids new we were going on a trip, but not sure where.

When they came home from school, my wife had Disney shirts spread out on each of their beds. So when they changed out of their school clothes they went crazy!

Enjoy the trip!
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Old 10-26-2012, 11:01 AM   #55
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Great surprise. We did something similar last year. The kids new we were going on a trip, but not sure where.

When they came home from school, my wife had Disney shirts spread out on each of their beds. So when they changed out of their school clothes they went crazy!

Enjoy the trip!
We are debating on when to break the news. The way I figure it with our kids if we inform them on an "exciting" activity too soon they never get much sleep for any nights up to the event. We are thinking of holding off until the morning of departure. My spouse will secretly pre-pack there bags while they are in school & pre-school on the Friday before our trip.
I love the idea of having the Disney clothes as a clue for the kids to wake up to !!!
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We are debating on when to break the news. The way I figure it with our kids if we inform them on an "exciting" activity too soon they never get much sleep for any nights up to the event. We are thinking of holding off until the morning of departure. My spouse will secretly pre-pack there bags while they are in school & pre-school on the Friday before our trip.
I love the idea of having the Disney clothes as a clue for the kids to wake up to !!!
We are not breaking the news until we pull into Disney! Our kids wouldnt sleep (well the 9mth old would) if we told them early. We are just telling them we are going for a drive after school next Friday. We are stopping off in Jacksonville for the night and heading into WDW early Sat morning. Probably hit the Outlet first and then see about getting an early room check-in. We wont tell them until we get on property
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Old 10-26-2012, 12:45 PM   #57
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I am planning a trip to Fort Wilderness next Thanksgiving 2013. We are going for 10 days and my daughter is so thrilled that she been putting her allowance and any money from birthdays etc. into a piggy bank so she can spent it on what she wants. Been there before a few times but never by travel trailer. Its a 1100 mile journey one way and cannot wait myself. So let me know how it goes for you and your family.

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I am planning a trip to Fort Wilderness next Thanksgiving 2013. We are going for 10 days and my daughter is so thrilled that she been putting her allowance and any money from birthdays etc. into a piggy bank so she can spent it on what she wants. Been there before a few times but never by travel trailer. Its a 1100 mile journey one way and cannot wait myself. So let me know how it goes for you and your family.

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Gee your post leads me to a lot of questions.

Where are you travelling from ? Where are your planned stop overs ?
How old is your daughter ?

I might be able to use your experiences to plan my next trip, which may likely be with or travel trailer.
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Old 10-26-2012, 05:43 PM   #59
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I buy Disney gift cards and save them for our trips; instead of saving money in a bank account. Our trip is in 1 yr and 3 days from today. In two weeks I'll start buying the gift cards. Our last trip I saved over 300.00 or 400.00 in gift cards. I had a lot of gift cards in the end, but it worked well. For the kids' birthday's, they would/will ask for them. We had to stop in every state for gas - we didn't how our truck/camper combo would do being the first time through the Smoky's with it, we could have been in a money bind without the gift cards.

Sorry for all the posts, I have a "little" Disney addiction.
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Universal Studios is a seperate theme park not affilated with WDW. The park that has the Osborne Family Xmas Spectacle of Lights is Disney Hollywood Studios (used to be called MGM/Hollywood). IIRC the spectacle is every night right after sunset starting on Thanksgiving and running to the beginning of January. We went last year for Thanksgiving week and it was a sight to behold.

If you are not afraid of heights I highly recommend the Soaring ride at EPCOT. You will likely have to use a FastPass as it is an extremely popular ride. It is a hang gliding simulation.

Next year (2013) we are going right after Thanksgiving and will be staying at Ft Wilderness for the first time.

Last year (2011) we were off Disney at the Kissimmee KOA and it was an easy drive to the Disney theme parks. One thing you will have to remember is that there is a daily parking fee, don't forget to take money for that. If you were at the resort you could take the transportation like was mentioned, but we heard many guests complain and if you on a WDW resort parking at the theme parks is free .
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