Theed31u

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  1. We are looking at taking our motor home out for a vacation this year. We live in Iowa and would like to keep it to a max of 2 days travel each way with a week at the destination. We are not set up to tow a vehicle so we have been looking for ideas of places we can visit from a campground on foot, bikes or on site transportation. We have 4 kids ages 2, 4, 7 and 9 when we will be traveling. Here are a couple ideas we have: Washington DC - we have found a campground that has transportation on the city bus system so it would be easy to go visit places from the campground. Six Flags St. Louis - there is a yogi bear campground 1/4 to 1/2 mile for the gate to the park. We would be able to get a season pass really cheap and visit daily if we wanted. We are not set on either of these so please share ideas and experiences!
  2. One thing I noticed when we were in the parks that the upsells were not in my kids face. By this I mean that I never once had to tell my kids we couldn't do something they saw others doing because it cost extra money.
  3. We did a trip in April with 4 kids (8, 5, 3 and 1). We did 8 days at the fort with 7 of those days in the parks. We are looking at our next trip and would like to spend 7 days in the parks but with the kids we are going to do 1:1 ratio of park days vs hanging out at the fort days. We did take advantage of extra magic hours when they were offered so staying in the parks until 1 am was awesome for getting lots of attractions in a short amount of time but it was not fun the next morning heading to another park.
  4. I would also like the information!
  5. We bought a Class C in 2015. It was a 2013 and only had a couple thousand miles on it. It looked brand new and we paid about 55% retail. Our biggest problem was getting good terms on the loan, apparently my wife and I fall into a high risk category because of our age.
  6. We had reservations and did take a boat to the contemporary resort. To get to epcot it might be worth it to take the monorail. The boat to the contemporary was a smaller boat so if you have kids needing a stroller you may not be able to roll right on it like the magic kingdom boats.
  7. We are not pin collectors in our family but depending on the price I think my kids could get into a scavenger hunt like this.
  8. I think when we were making our reservation I just had 1:00 in as a check in time. We changed our plans and figured we would get there early and just park in the overflow until the site was ready. We showed up 9ish and they got us right in to a spot. It was about 4 spots down from where we requested and they told us we could wait until our requested site was ready, but it was close enough for us.
  9. Our family has played it both times we have been down there. When we went down in April I showed my oldest 2 that they could trade cards and loved doing that. We have a family deck that gets 1 of every card and then they each get to keep any duplicates and can trade them as they want. We ran into a local in a the pirates area and found out collectors hang out there. He took time and talked to my kids about it and even told us about the game that you can play at home. It is a neat game and you can get then a lot of places in the park. The Perry game in Epcot did not go over at all with our kids.
  10. When I used the My Disney Experience app I would take a screen shot of the the My Plans for the day and set it as my lock screen. I could turn off my data to save battery and be able to look at my fast passes and dining reservations very easy without opening the app. When I wanted to check wait times android makes it easy to flip on data and then open the app.
  11. Here is the best picture of the inside of the boat. The stroller is a Britax double and is probably the widest you could get on there.
  12. According to my mapping program from where we were in the 1700 it ia about 1.06 miles to stepping on the boat and 1.28 miles from the furthest back of the cabin loop to stepping on the boat. Being a parent of 4 young kids and strollers packed with stuff for kids, walking a mile and a half to avoid unpacking and folding a stroller is a win. April is much different then August but we are talking about going to a theme park and being out in the heat most of the day, I would do extra walk with the strollers any day. On the bus strollers have to fold, but the evc can just drive on and they don't have to disembark. I would send people on the bus except those pushing the strollers. Also, who wouldn't want to take a walk in the fort and see everything you can?
  13. We were just there in April and had two kids in a double stroller. We did one of 2 things to make it to the magic kingdom. 1) for the internal bus we would each use a carrier and just carry the stroller until the settlement or 2) just walked with the stroller to the settlement and bypassed the bus. Option 1 might be hard because you would have to tandem carry two 20 month Olds but I would go for options 2. We were in the 1700 loop amd the fort is not a long walk when you look at it as compared to walking in the parks all day. The boats to the magic kingdom are the bigger boats that the strollers can push right on and the kids don't have to get out. If I have time tonight I will see if I have a picture of inside the boat to give you an idea of how it works.
  14. We tried that while we were there because when we bought a cup of coffee they gave us one of those cards. Didn't work. We got a confirmation text but never got the mobile discount.
  15. We we there a couple weeks ago and after the fireworks we headed for the back of the park. We could just about walk on to any ride except 7 dwarfs. If the magic kingdom is open later then the fireworks it is a great time to get some attractions in!