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Old 04-22-2018, 07:48 AM   #1
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Disney Vacation Club and Fort Wilderness

I have DVC and liked to use it to stay at Fort Wilderness campground, are there any others out there that do this to?
I do have a reason in asking because I'm finding it impossible to book, they tell me it is not available for the dates starting in 2019, anyone else using points having the same trouble?
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Old 04-22-2018, 07:59 AM   #2
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I can not help much other than seeing people on the Disney campers Facebook group saying it is booked way out and more and more is maxed out.
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Old 04-22-2018, 08:44 AM   #3
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The window is supposed to be 11 months but they don't have any contract with Fort wilderness after December 31st. I talked to them yesterday and she said she had no idea of what was happening and to just keep calling back to check when it will open up.
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Old 04-22-2018, 08:57 AM   #4
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We have booked up to a year in advance. The fort books up crazy fast. I have noticed that they also get a lot of cancellations. Just call or go on my Disney experience every day. It seems to be a lot of work but if you are persistent you most likely will get what you want. Sometimes we will get what is available like there days and just keep adding as it opens up. Good luck.
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Old 04-22-2018, 09:02 AM   #5
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It has always been hard to use your point from DVC to get a site at the Fort, it has been done but just seems extremely hard. Some say it is not a good use of points but if your happy that should be all that matters. Good luck
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On a side note, how happy are you with DVC? We seem to end up at Disney every 2 years so Iíve considered it, but the math never seems to work out in my favour. As far as I can tell DVC only covers the lodging. After the initial purchase, their monthly fees * 24 months is usually more than what 6 nights in a resort costs. Iíd end up paying a huge outlay to be in a contractual obligation to pay more for my vacations.

Unless Iím doing my math wrong. Current offers show the lowest point options available are ~61 per month. 61*24/6= $244 per night. Thatís about the price of a Moderate. Heck, if I recall correctly, itís not that far off what we paid last year for the Yacht Club (we were trying to live it up. )
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Old 04-22-2018, 09:57 AM   #7
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On a side note, how happy are you with DVC? We seem to end up at Disney every 2 years so Iíve considered it, but the math never seems to work out in my favour. As far as I can tell DVC only covers the lodging. After the initial purchase, their monthly fees * 24 months is usually more than what 6 nights in a resort costs. Iíd end up paying a huge outlay to be in a contractual obligation to pay more for my vacations.

Unless Iím doing my math wrong. Current offers show the lowest point options available are ~61 per month. 61*24/6= $244 per night. Thatís about the price of a Moderate. Heck, if I recall correctly, itís not that far off what we paid last year for the Yacht Club (we were trying to live it up. )
Don't forget to add in the monthly dues also, but also remember after you pay off the mortgage you will only have dues, which do increase every year and depending on what home resort you have depends the rate. We have had DVC since 2004 and go about the same as you unless we get great Annual Pass offer then maybe 2 trips in a year. Think of it as pre-paying for your vacation but we do like having it
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The window is supposed to be 11 months but they don't have any contract with Fort wilderness after December 31st. I talked to them yesterday and she said she had no idea of what was happening and to just keep calling back to check when it will open up.
I MAY just be that they spend a lot of time trying to get DVC members reservations and it just isn't available anymore. I know we don't even try any longer but let our TA make our reservations since she's on their site on a daily basis, she often just pieces a trip together for us. As in she gets two or 3 days at the beginning of our stay, and maybe a couple at the end then works on getting the middle. We stayed last year from about the 20th of Dec till Jan 9 (it was expensive but worth it to us as our kids live down there and it just works best) but she was unable to get us NYE so we had a 2 day gap in the middle so made a reservation at the KOA. We went to the front desk shortly after arrival and asked if anything opened up would they let us know. I'd pretty much given up and was preparing to start packing up the camper when they called and got us the "gap" days and we could stay in our site. That was a win! So the Fort may just not have the inventory anymore for DVC. Wish they did, even more I wish they had days available for Cast Members as years ago our Son could get us a site for 40-50% off....same goes with CM's getting a discounted reservation is almost impossible. When buying our AP through DVC the agent was looking at my account and said something like "HOW did you get reservations at the FORT?" I told her it was thanks to a dedicated Travel agent!
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Old 04-22-2018, 03:14 PM   #9
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[QUOTE=Kaadk;1789872]On a side note, how happy are you with DVC? We seem to end up at Disney every 2 years so Iíve considered it, but the math never seems to work out in my favour.


It's hard to see it, but we also use to stay every 2 to 3 years but now go down more often for just a few days here and there, since we camp more now. That said, if you own 60 points you can stack your points. Example if you have 60 points, you could bank them to the 2019 use year, and borrow from the 2020 use year and have a vacation with 180 points during 2019. It's kind of confusing until you've done it a time or two but works well. Example we banked and borrowed, and rented a 2 bedroom for a family Christmas at Disney. I did a rough estimate of what we paid, plus our yearly dues, and then estimated what it would have cost us to stay on property at a Value resort and it was about 10-12 years for break even,less since we are staying at moderate and deluxe by being members (but if not a member I probably would have stuck with Value as I didn't know what I was missing)LOL. I'd have to dig out exactly what our dues are now, but last time I checked it was about the equivalent of a 3-4 night stay in a DVC resort. But if you don't go often and don't want to join DVC, you can rent points from several sites (I'd have to look them up but probably just search DVC rentals) for about $10-12 per point. Maybe a bit more for Grand Floridian or Aulani for example. We usually just stay wherever is available for our dates, which is usually Saratoga or Old Key West. The bigger problem in my opinion is that some of the DVC properties have a higher dues as you are paying taxes, so the size of the footprint of the hotel is one factor as is age and maintenance. Each property is different. Oh and buying resale rather from Disney is cheaper but you lose some benefits which IMO are not an issue. LOL probably WAY too much information, and I may not be explaining it well. I guess it really depends on how much longer you think you will go to WDW.
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I have a ten day trip for September, we have never been to the Fort. My son loves the Fort. I lucked up and got six more days at the end of November and I now have a agent trying to get us six more days. DW doesnít think it will be worth it
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