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Yes we will be staying at Fort Wilderness! For sure sept 4th-12th but might add some days before or after, still working on it. But have stayed there a few times and just want more time to stay at campground and play.

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I know Camping World rents RVs and im sure if you called Fort Wilderness they could recommend some places that might deliver and set up a camper for you. Also Fort Wilderness has cabins you can rent too. Many ways to camp.

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There's a website called fortfiends.  If you do a search, it should show up.  It has lots of info about Fort Wilderness.  I'm not sure if there's info on renting RV's there or not - as I'm not going to Fort Wilderness, but I stumbled upon that website at one point.  Last time I stayed there, was in the 80's, tent camping with the Boy Scouts.

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Did people who stayed her have fun?  Would you do it again?  We went over and walked around on one of our nonpark days.

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Hi,

We ventured to Disney World with Carolina Homeschooler in 2012 and camped for 10 days at Fort Wilderness. WE LOVED IT! Looking over our budget, we had a choice of staying 5 days at one of the value resorts or for the same price we could stay 10 days at the campground. We are a camping family anyway and really enjoy that sort of thing so it was a no brainer for us. At the time, we only had a tent but still opted to camping and we are so glad we did! One thing that may have made our trip so wonderful is that we REALLY lucked up on the weather. I really didn't know what to expect with the weather so I packed a ton of tarps and a tent safe heater. We didn't even open the heater! The nights were perfect. We didn't get cold or hot. We also only got one night of rain and we were already snuggled up in our tent so we were fine. It was warm enough that all the pools were open and it was really fun to splash and swim around while listening to Christmas music which they had playing everywhere! The weather was also nice enough to spend a day at the water park and we never really got cold (we are from GA and live in SC and are use to really warm weather so we get cold pretty easily). We also never really got hot while spending those long days at the parks. The campground was decorated beautifully for Christmas! Many of the campers had their sites REALLY decorated...even more decorations than most people use at their house..it was fun to ride our bikes around at night and see all the decorated campers and Christmas lights. They also had a golf cart Christmas parade which was fun to watch. We went to Disney a few years before and stayed in a value resort for 7 days..we totally prefer the campground over the hotel. The only negative thing I can say about the campground is that it is HUGE. We are lucky that we could ride our bikes to get around..to the pool...the boat ramp...Chip and Dales campfire and outdoor movie...the restaurants..but most people had to bring or rent a golf cart which just adds to your expense. You can not really drive around in your car because there is no parking ANYWHERE and you could walk but it would take a LONG time to get to certain areas! There is an internal bus line but we felt it was to much waiting around and time wasted. The one plus that the resort had over the campground was that it was very easy to get around and to jump on a bus and take it to the parks. Our first Disney visit, we didn't drive anywhere..our car stayed in the hotel parking lot the whole week but at the campground, we just didn't want to wait for a bus to take around the whole campground and then get off and wait for another bus to take us to the parks. Since we were staying at the campground, parking at all parks was free and the parks are all very close so it just made more sense to us to drive to most parks...except for Magic Kingdom because the campground offers an AWESOME boat ride over to MK which my kiddo LOVED! Fort Wilderness made the vacation even more fun for us..it made it more of an adventure. It felt like 2 vacations in one..a camping trip and a Disney trip. SURE, a large resort room with a full meal plan would make the trip easier on Mom and Dad (Mostly MOM) but we still prefer camping and so does our little one. We have explored LOTS of campgrounds and Fort Wilderness by far was the best we have ever stayed at! We have our fingers crossed that we will get to return with Carolina Homeschooler in 2015 and if so, we will be staying at Fort Wilderness! If you have any other questions, feel free to ask..I will be glad to help.

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Thanks, loved hearing your time at the campground and how you did it!

 

I don't think September would be a good month for tenting.  But you guys did November?  And it was warm enough?  I guess it would be for tenting, but swimming I thought I heard mixed reviews for November on your trip?!?

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We have spent most of our lives in South Georgia and really don't deal well with the cold but I have to say that the weather during our stay was Awesome!!! We were there the first 2 weeks in Dec 2012 and had no issues swimming! There were lots of kids and parents in the pool everyday. The water park was not just do-able but nice and refreshing! We packed long sleeve items and pants also but ended up wearing all short sleeves, shorts or capris each day. On our last 2 nights, we finally needed one of our lightweight fleece pull overs. Either we lucked up on the weather OR we were just so excited and pumped up each day that we didn't notice the cold?? It was PERFECT!

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We did go one year in mid Oct..stayed in a value resort and from our experience..it was either raining or still really hot! Still LOVED it but loved our Dec trip even more!

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This is our 3rd time at this campground. Stayed twice at a value resort for a quick visit but really missed the campground and all the extras w/ bikes, horses, campfire movies and marshmallow roast, fireworks on the beach, and etc.. This time we stayed 2 weeks just to have more time to play at campground and Relax. It is a big park so yes bikes are a must or a golf cart(pricy to rent). I like Sept. For low crowds and would face the heat any day than to wait in lines. Plus compared to July(Never again) when we went one year. Sept. Is not that bad. Bath Houses are nice and laundry facility too. Cable hook up and level paved sites with full hook up b/c we took our camper. We only ate out twice I do love having a kitchen and food to pack coolers for parks. Saves a lot of $$. On weekends I did notice pool more crowded and heard someone say they go there to camp on weekends and don't even do the parks. We camp all the time and the price per night there was cheaper than camping at Myrtle Beach. Kills me when I book my vacation with my parents in the Summer. I always have to say it's cheaper to stay at Disney!

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Does anyone tent?  If so what time of year?

 

What is it per night with your camper that it is cheaper than Myrtle Beach?

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We used our AAA discount and paid $42-$48 per night for our tent site. Camper sites seem to average about $75-$80 per night. Some more, some less! We did camp with our in laws at one of the nice MEGA myrtle beach campgrounds (not even close to as nice as Fort Wilderness) last summer for $99 per night. It was at http://www.myrtlebeachtravelpark.com/

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Is your family going to camp in 2015?

 

We did the 2014 trip, so we are not doing this one, but I would love too!

 

How much is it going to cost in November to tent?  Maybee....!?!

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We are hoping!!!!!!! Tent sites at Fort Wilderness are ranging between. $42-$48 per night. Did u guys end up camping in 2014?

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No.  My husband wasn't keen on it to start with, but it has always had an appeal to me to try because of the frugality of it.  I have wanted to try it for so long now that it is becoming a check list item along with a way to go to Disney again!  :)

 

We were going to rent a RV in Florida to accommodate my husband not wanting to tent with 8 children!  But when the RV I picked out was already booked for our dates and it ended up being not much less then staying at the Dolphin, I dropped it. 

 

Maybe someday we will try it...I like to keep noting what people say about tenting so  I have the information ruminating in my brain for when I might need to pull it out as my ace card!

 

So, the big question is this --  What time of year would be the best time to approach tenting in Disney with my husband?  It can't be cold and it can't be too hot or buggy.  I was wondering if these dates would be it?

 

Could someone give me a rundown of each month in Florida if they know? (weather - hot,  cold, muggy, rainy, buggy. )  We have been in September and a long time ago in October.  I loved it in October!!!!!  :D  

 

Another thing I was thinking was just sneeking off with the two of us sometime and tenting...

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Anyone else staying at Disney's Fort Wilderness for the 2015 trip?  We will be arriving on Saturday, November 7 and pulling out on Sunday, November 22.

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You got reservations? We were planning on staying (6-22) and found no sites available. Went with the condo we had last time instead. 

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We did get reservations but we booked them back in Feb!  Condo would be nice too...We have stayed at Fort Wilderness before and LOVE it!  Have a great trip!

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Hh my goodness, I just booked our campsite! Kind of spur of the moment. Still haven't bought our tickets on here yet. Better start saving pronto, haha. We are not staying very long. nov. 14-20. We do WDW often but have never tent camped. Any advice what are must bring or fun to have items? 

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Hh my goodness, I just booked our campsite! Kind of spur of the moment. Still haven't bought our tickets on here yet. Better start saving pronto, haha. We are not staying very long. nov. 14-20. We do WDW often but have never tent camped. Any advice what are must bring or fun to have items? 

Will you be in a tent or camper?  We joined the group back in 2012 and tent camped for 2 weeks at Disney!  We brought along an air mattress for the tent and that made a world of difference after a long day at the parks!  That year, we went in December so I was pretty unsure what to expect with the weather but it actually ended up being PERFECT for tent camping.  It was warm enough during the day to wear shorts and swim at the campground pool and the water parks but it also got cool enough at night that we didn't get too hot in our stuffy tent!  I packed a tent safe heater and we never even pulled it out of the box!  It is also nice that Orlando doesn't get as much rain during Nov and Dec.  During our 2 weeks there, we only had one night of rain!  My tips..Fort Wilderness is HUGE and other than getting in and out of your camp spot, you can't really use your car because there are no parking spots..you will need bikes or a golf cart.  Also, if you have room when packing, plan for cold weather and rain JUST IN CASE!  Nothing worse than a wet soggy sleeping bag inside your cold tent!  Make sure to take time for Chip and Dales campfire and outdoor movie..bring marshmallow roasting supplies!  Also, make sure to take the boat to MK at least once..our little one LOVED that!  Bet you guys are going to LOVE camping at Fort Wilderness!  We will be there with you and we can HARDLY WAIT!

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we will be tent camping. we did the cabins a few years ago and it was one of our favorite tips. Thanks for reminding me about not being able to really utilize the car. will have to load the bikes. does disney provide the tents or do we bring our own? also, id there a grill? i have a camp stove but will be limited on my packing space. I hadn't thought about a heater since it's been in the triple digits around here lately. good idea just in case. 

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we will be tent camping. we did the cabins a few years ago and it was one of our favorite tips. Thanks for reminding me about not being able to really utilize the car. will have to load the bikes. does disney provide the tents or do we bring our own? also, id there a grill? i have a camp stove but will be limited on my packing space. I hadn't thought about a heater since it's been in the triple digits around here lately. good idea just in case. 

You may be able to rent a tent but we brought our own.  There are grills but no fire pit.  Each campsite has a grill, picnic table, and electric/water hook ups.  Please feel free to ask if you think of any other questions.  Our family camps quite a bit and Fort Wilderness Campground has been one of the nicest we have ever stayed in!

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skdrennan, We will be at the Fort!  We have 4 other families coming as well.  We are very excited to return to Disney with Carolina Homeschooler.  

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