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  1. I was pretty sure my last trip to Fort Wilderness (solo trip to Destination D in '16 with my tent and gear as checked baggage - one of the best trips ever) would probably be my last because of logistics/cost. To compound the difficulty, my husband and I sold our apartment, our car, and almost all of our possessions (kept 4 suitcases worth of stuff and a box with my husband's fly fishing gear LOL) last year and moved from Seattle to France. However, my mom and I made a pact to try and do a big Disney trip in the fall of 2020. I recently began wondering whether the Fort would work out for part of the trip -- because we love camping and we love Fort Wilderness -- and it has! Yesterday, an entire week came together thanks to Meacham's reasonably priced small camper package and June promo. 😃 😃 😃 A couple hours after Disney released the 2020 dates, I booked a pop-up site for the week before Halloween (incredibly, full hook-up sites were already sold out for part of our stay -wow!). Then I contacted Meacham's. We're all set, can't wait! I hope that we don't find the Fort too much changed because of the new resort at River Country and its construction. Hoping to see some pictures here of the changes, for sure!
  2. Greetings, I've got the Fort camping itch! My mom wants to plan a trip for just the 2 of us next March, but she is not up for tent camping (I do really want to fly and camp again sometime, though!). Last time we camped together at the Fort -- a couple years ago -- we rented a pop-up camper, but that company has since gone out of business. I see that Meacham's has a small hybrid for ~1,000 a week (with tax) that looks nice. After adding in ~100 - 150 a night for a site (guesstimating based on 2017 pricing), we are in the low to mid 300s a night to camp. Is there a more economical way to do this? Has anyone used Meacham's who can recommend them? Thanks for any advise. I am happy to pack my tent and fly, personally, but my mom is 70 and wants a bed...I know, crazy, right? We *really* want to camp. Please don't say we can get a moderate for less because we know that. :) Thanks! Hope to be at the Fort again!
  3. I was in 1510 last week and had a great time! There were a few strange things, such as the aforementioned large group moving in to 1500 with their full sized refrigerators. The folks in the group who moved into the site next to mine were out front complaining loudly about my presence in 1510, and at checkout, while I was waiting for bell services to fetch me, they all hovered nearby. Additionally, they were out in protective gear spraying pesticide all over from a pneumatic sprayer. I was not very pleased to see poison so liberally applied. Before they arrived, my neighbor for a couple nights was a guy who prowled behind my site at night with a headlamp, ripping branches from the trees. I asked him to cease this behavior and he did. Next night, he built a fire with said branches in his grill. The fire was so large that burning branches were spilling out all over the ground. He was stomping around trying to put it all out. I called security. They never showed. I saw a number of in plain sight unapproved firepits. There were also vehicles everywhere. Some sites with 5 cars, some with campers parked in between sites. Crazy. All that said, everyone in the loop was generally and mercifully quiet ...and I had an absolutely phenomenal time at the Fort. I wish I had booked a few more days! PS 1510 is a fantastic site. Separated a bit from its neighbors and on the canal. I did yoga out there in the morning! Sent from my Nexus 5X using Tapatalk
  4. Learned a few knots today, including a bowline and a trucker's hitch, so I can string paracord if needed. Practiced putting the mosquito net on my hammock. Got a travel yoga mat. I am wicked excited, 2 days! Sent from my Nexus 5X using Tapatalk
  5. Thanks! On the list. I have a quick dry camp towel and I thought I might get a beach towel when I am there for use at the pool. About how much are Disney beach towels? Is there perhaps a purchase with purchase towel right now? I also found a laminated tri-fold "Birds of Florida" guide in the Little Free Library down the street. Might bring the binoculars! ps itty bitty Vornado fan arrived - think it will be just right for a tent - as did my hammock mosquito shelter! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  6. Thanks! I have a set of folding silverware. Also a headlamp. Sent from my Nexus 5X using Tapatalk
  7. I got the same choices and I have been checking periodically to see if they change, since having resort style choices is weird and incorrect. I also plan to fax a request! Sent from my Nexus 5X using Tapatalk
  8. I hope you all can look at my bag and let me know if I am forgetting something important? Is my extension cord long enough to reach my tent from the site's electric box? I have nearly everything I need in my second bag. It weighs 42 pounds, yay! My hammock, mini electric kettle, and fan will probably all go in my first bag with my clothes. In bag: tent, mallet, stakes, footprint, hand broom, small doormat, tarp, electric cord, paracord, marshmallow toasting fork, pillows, quilt, sleeping pad, pad repair kit, pad sheet, pad inflator sack, Mantis chair, cooler, and bear box. In the bear box I have: s'mores fixings, instant oatmeal, paper bowls, coffee, tea, and a stainless mug. Sent from my Nexus 5X using Tapatalk
  9. Nearly time for my trip! Getting so super excited! Today I bought the bug net for my ENO hammock and a vornado flippi air circulator for my tent. Looks like upper 70s for my visit. I think I have everything I need now. I do not plan to cook at my site but I might have a few snacks and breakfast items. I was going to put them into a bear deterring heavy duty odor locking ziploc. I hope that is sufficient to keep out small critters - I won't have a car or a box for food. I got a postcard from DVC offering me 50 bucks for taking a tour, so I signed up. That'll pay for about half of my brunch at the California Grill, and I am one of the weirdos who enjoys touring the DVC models. :) Looked at the schedule and it seems I have planned my campfire night for "The Tigger Movie" ...ah, well! I will still have fun. :) I used Touring Plans' room request service and they will fax in my room request 5 days before check-in, so hoping for 1500. I'll take a photo when I pack my second bag...would love to meet up with anyone visiting when I am! Thanks also for any last minute advice! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  10. A tour of the horse barn some sounds awesome! Do you recall the time(s) it's offered? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  11. Well, I am now past the 60 day mark for my solo trip to the Fort! Really daydreaming about it now, I am so excited! I checked in online yesterday, and there is no longer an option to request a loop (though I could have requested an upper floor near the elevator LOL). Guess I'll see what happens when I show up. I am arriving on a Monday at 12:45ish, so perhaps there's a decent chance I'll get 1500. I also have a new tent! This tent is super-duper easy to set up alone. We took it out this week for a trip to the Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. NO tie outs at all...nice! And here is a picture of bacon because, well...bacon! Would love to chat with anyone traveling when I am, the week before T-day. :) Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  12. I loved the wagon ride, best 8 buck value! We went on the early ride, but I think the later ride pauses for the fireworks. I also really enjoyed the trail ride. It is what it is -- just a slow ride, single file, through the woods on horses that are basically self directing...but I dunno, I still loved it! I signed up again this year. There are discounts available, I think I got 15% off for using Disney Visa. Gonna try to do almost all the offerings this year. Hoop de doo, wagon ride, trail ride, campfire sing-a-long, kayaking, farrier, calliope. I love Fort Wilderness! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  13. I went today to re-check the week before Thanksgiving and suddenly availability was wide open! For cat 3, anyhow. I was checking all times, all days regularly for the past month or so and nothing was coming up. I am in on 11/17 if anyone else is planning that date. Been a couple decades since I saw it...excited! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  14. Beautiful! Going to make a point of looking here when I go. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  15. Sounds like you had a great time! Did you carry your own luggage onto DME? If not, did it arrive with you or did you have to wait? I was planning on collecting and carrying my bags so I could set up my tent right away. DME doesn't put guarantee bags until 3 or 4 hours after arrival... I bought spiral sand stakes. I figured I'd mainly only need them for the fly, so I got a 4 pack. Do you think I should buy another pack? Lastly, what kind of fan did you buy/bring? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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