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Old 10-30-2018, 08:05 AM   #1
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Disney World Fort Wilderness

Planning to go in the spring of 2019, but before I finish these reservations, I am asking anyone who has been there for advice:

- Good time to check in there?
- Anything on discounts for the campground?
- Good location at the campground I should ask for?
- Leaving from Northern VA and will make one stop before Orlando, any good
campgrounds to stop along 95 before Jacksonville, FL? (With heated pool
and/or hot tubes have two teen kids).

Thanks
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Old 10-30-2018, 08:18 AM   #2
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Fort wilderness is fantastic!
Check in is at 11:00 some times they are ready early sometimes a little later. I do like on line check in. They will text you with tour site number and you go right in.
Call now to reserve a golf cart. The place is huge and it is so much fun to ride around.
No discounts. Off times such as mid January is a bit cheaper.
Premium site! Especially if you have a good size rig. They are all nice but we like the 800 and 900 loop.
On the trip down you just have to research a bit. Most kOA camle are nice.
Have fun it is great. By the way don't over book at the parks you will regret not spending more time at camp.
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Old 10-30-2018, 09:51 AM   #3
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Actually check-in is 3pm. Check out is 11am. Both are flexible. I have done early check in as soon as 9am. Use the online check in and you will be notified when your site is ready and can go on in. They also have an overflow area you can park in and wait. The beauty of the overflow is you can get there anytime and park. Then go to the parks and enjoy, come back later and then go to your site. We like the 600 or 700 loops (pet loops) and close to the boat for MK.
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Old 10-30-2018, 10:45 AM   #4
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Here are 2 articles that can be helpful for learning about Fort Wilderness:

Mine- this tells about the different site categories and what not:
Camping at Disney World’s Fort Wilderness | Learn To RV

On a friend’s blog that shows check-in and all that jazz:
https://letsplanwdw.com/2016/08/15/d...erness-primer/

Discounts are tough as they typically fall into whatever Disney is doing for its hotels and, often, Fort Wilderness is excluded. Having a travel agent watch and guide you is the best way to stay in the know and snag the discount. They’re free for you.

Check-in is whenever you arrive. As long as your site is ready, you can go to it. Or they can re-assign you at the gate. Or you can put your camper in overflow and go play for the day.

The location is largely based on the site category you pick. Their Preferred sites are closest to the boats for Magic Kingsom. But they’re smaller and sometimes can be tricky to park at. The Premiums are the biggest and a few loops are walkable to the boat. For both, you’d have to take the internal bus to the Disney busses for all other parks/destinations. Renting a golf cart can’t be really nice! Or bikes if you don’t have littles in strollers.

As for destinations- I’ve only ever picked places for late night arrivals. I have no idea about the amenities of the big handful of places we have stayed.
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Old 10-30-2018, 01:26 PM   #5
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We spent a week there this past April. We stayed in the 200 loop so that we would not have to rent a golf cart. From the 200 loop it is a short walk to the docks where you can catch a boat to take you to either the Magic Kingdom or the Contemporary Hotel where you catch the Monorail to Epcot / Disney's Hollywood Studios. That way you only have to catch one of the Fort Wilderness buses to the Transportation Center when you want to go the the Animal Kingdom Park, which is relatively small and can be done in a single day. This strategy was suggested to us by the reservation person.

Make reservations now. They fill quickly. Site prices vary by time of year. We couldn't find any discounts. Even Disney employees we know couldn't get us a better rate.
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Old 10-30-2018, 02:13 PM   #6
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The fort is a great place. Plenty to do. Take bikes and enjoy the scenery. IF it is the summer, well it's just hot. We have stayed in several loops. As others have stated, the closest loops are smaller, but I have seen large rigs in all loops.

We have stayed at the St. Marys KOA on 95 in GA, and Camp Lake Jasper in SC. Both are nice. Didn't venture to the pool as we stopped for the night only. The KOA has breakfast on weekends!

If you want to venture on down further, Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park in Jax is on the beach. Large sites and lots of shade.

I4 is under construction and a hot mess. If you don't like tight lanes, stop/go.stop/go and bumpy construction, venture a little further south on 95 and cut across. There are a bunch of tolls on the alternate route, but worth the smooth flowing ride IMO.
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Old 10-30-2018, 02:22 PM   #7
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Plan, plan, plan.... there are so many things to do at mouse land. plan every park. Rush when you have to and relax when you can. Plan, plan.... and the vacation will be very enjoyable.
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We go to Fort Wilderness 3 to 4 times a year.

There is a very good KOA at exit 1 in Georgia (St Mary’s)

Best time to check in is at 12 noon. From St Mary it is about 4 hours To avoid the construction on I-4 take 417 which is a toll road but will save you a lot of aggravation

Best loop is the 400 which is closest to the marina where you get the boat to the Magic Kingdom.
Call a few days before to the front desk to request a specific loop/site.
Enjoy the Fort
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Planning to go in the spring of 2019, but before I finish these reservations, I am asking anyone who has been there for advice:

- Good time to check in there?
- Anything on discounts for the campground?
- Good location at the campground I should ask for?
- Leaving from Northern VA and will make one stop before Orlando, any good
campgrounds to stop along 95 before Jacksonville, FL? (With heated pool
and/or hot tubes have two teen kids).

Thanks
To get any discounts or make plans we use a travel agent that is an expert in WDW. Her name is Elaine Zervos and she has taken excellent care of us for the last 15 years and now plans all of our vacations no matter where we are going. Email or call her and see what she can do for you. Elaine@mickeymagicvacations.com or 973-812-0770. She can set up dinner reservations, meet and greet, special events, tickets to events. Just tell her when you want to go and what you want to see. Good Luck and have fun on you vacation!

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Old 10-30-2018, 04:06 PM   #10
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Seems like it may be a little late, sort of shooting from the hip but we just came up with the idea for a winter trip (after Christmas, first week or two of January) and thought of making a stop at Fort Wilderness but it appears to be pretty booked up, so we're not sure if it's really in the cards. Being new to this we never really thought of the winter being a busy time for camping but I guess it makes sense in that area. May look into a travel agent like Alan suggested.
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