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  1. The fence is about 4 feet tall. Our Husky/German Shepherd Dog mix is an escape artist and can jump or just climb most fences. I have to keep her and our German Shepherd Dog busy and excited or she will be over the fence. She has "excaped" a couple of times but like at home, all I generally need to do is hop on the golf cart and honk the horn and she comes running as she loved to ride the cart. There is a public dog park over in Clermont, but it's really not convenient to the Fort. We generally just use it when we sty at Lake Louisa State Park before the Fort.
  2. With the new text your site number I have avoided the check in on my last few trips. I've left a car and golf cart trailer in the overflow lot with no issues. But, as Jason points out, Disney has no consistency in procedures or rules.....
  3. My first trip to the Fort was in 1974. I've seen a lot of changes. Campsites taken over by rental trailers. Fort Wilderness train gone Building of the cabin loops Slow erosion of theming and holiday decorations. Ever increasing Prices I could keep going, but every time there is a change folks accept it. Newer legions of RV enthusiasts find the Fort and declare it the nicest campground of all. They accept the way things are because then never knew the beginning. The construction site looks horrible. The previews of the new resort are not my taste. But, somehow I think Disney will make it work together. They always have.
  4. It is neat, but at a cost of a monthly fee any month you use it. I'll stick with the Central Florida Expressway Authority E-Pass Xtra. The Xtra is EZ-Pass. So, this one pass will cover all tolls in Florida, the few tolls in Georgia, the few tolls in North Carolina and the 18 EZ-Pass states. I cancelled my SunPass account and my EZ-Pass account and now just use my E-Pass Xtra. https://www.cfxway.com/
  5. With the new system it is easy to "miss" telling them about pets. If you forget to do the little drop-down menu when booking and check the pet box they never know you have one. More an more people are just bypassing check in and going direct to campsites. Even when I have checked the box, I have bypassed check in and have not signed the form.
  6. As I've said several times, I've never had a bad site at the Fort. We got one we didn't fit in, but never a bad one. Maybe we are lucky.
  7. Whle many like site specific reservations, it is bad in that sites will go empty between reservations. Plus, if I'm on a FHU site and want to extend a night with site specific reservations I may not be able to even though there is another site available as mine may be booked.
  8. Be sure to let us know if you see any difference in the check in experience.
  9. As a few have pointed out here, word on other forums is that many are now seeing that faxed requests are not being noted. I know that in the past I have recommend faxing about 4 days before. Many say 10 days to two weeks, but I figured that just gave them time to loose the fax.
  10. My gut feeling is that this change will make the Fort the same as any hotel. The front desk staff will always be able to see what is occupied, vacant and pending arrival. They can sell a vacant site for one night without a problem. Where I see the possible issues arising are special requests. A system that has apparently worked well for many years (faxing requests) could be in peril. I'm being told by another travel agent who works the Fort a lot (sorry Jason) that the faxes are being forwarded to the new assignment group. How long will this last?? To be honest, I have never faxed a request. I have noted on my reservation some things at times, like "back side of 1900 loop, outside" but even that was rare. I like the surprise of seeing where they put us this time and we have never been disappointed. On one occasion we didn't fit on a site but other than that time have always been happy. I'm hoping that this is an issue just because it's change. Nobody like change.
  11. One of the most confusing things is tolls in Florida... The majority of the country has figured tolls out, join EZ-Pass - No, Florida has to do their own thing and confused it while doing it. So, understand there are multiple toll agencies in Florida. The two you will deal with the most are the Florida Turnpike System (their toll transponder is called SunPass) and the Central Florida Expressway Authority (their transponder is called E-Pass). But, the Central Florida Expressway Authority accepts both EZ-Pass and the Florida SunPass. So, those of us who have an EZ-Pass account from out of state can't do everything with EZ-Pass. So, what do we do? Well, originally I just broke down and purchased a SunPass. When traveling the Florida Turnpike/429 to Disney this will work the entire route. But, if you have an EZ-Pass you must put it in the RF cellophane bag to keep from getting “double billed” when you travel on Central Florida Turnpike Authority roads. Their toll plazas will read both tags and bill both. So, if you don't have a SunPass as you travel south on the Florida Turnpike stop at the first turnpike service plaza (Okahumpka Service Plaza Mile marker 299 on the turnpike). They have a toll pass vending machine or you can purchase the pass at the plaza store. The SunPass comes in two styles, a stick on pass that can not be moved from vehicle to vehicle or a plastic transponder with suction cups that can be moved from car to car. Once you have your transponder you need to set up an account. They have you covered here as well. You can either use the free WiFi at the service plaza with your device to set up the account or they have an account kiosk that you can use. You will need to “deposit” funds in your account, but you can use a credit card to do this. Now, I have changed. The Central Florida Expressway Authority has now come out with an E-Pass Xtra. The Xtra is EZ-Pass. So, this one pass will cover all tolls in Florida, the few tolls in Georgia, the few tolls in North Carolina and the 18 EZ-Pass states. You can set up “limits” on the account, so lets say when you account gets to a $10 balance they can automatically charge your card for XX dollars to bring it back up. https://www.cfxway.com/
  12. When we were there last week they had just completed a lot of plantings along he entry road to the 16/1900 loops. It appears to me that the big Christmas display in the 1800 loop will have lost some space to set stuff up. Maybe they are cutting back on all the big displays that folks bring
  13. Congrats!! I think you will be happy driving instead of towing......
  14. This is the key. We looked for many years and knew it when we saw it.
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