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Lydiasmom
11-10-2012, 05:57 PM
We are planning on going to Disney October 2013. We will be camping at FW for 9 days. Is it worth renting a golf cart. We will have a vehicle also. Is there room on a lot for both?? Are there places to park if we drove to the pool??

shinysparklybubbles
11-10-2012, 06:17 PM
Golf carts are fun. Rent one :-)

4kids4karen
11-10-2012, 06:24 PM
I agree the carts are fun. If you are going to be in the parks all day, I am not sure I would recommend one. When we go to FW we spend the majority of time at FW. Perhaps you don't need one for the entire stay, but just select days?

~Kristina~
11-10-2012, 06:49 PM
There's no place to park at the pool or by the boat launch, etc. They discourage driving around, hence the rentals and FW bus system.

North of Mouse
11-10-2012, 07:41 PM
We are planning on going to Disney October 2013. We will be camping at FW for 9 days. Is it worth renting a golf cart. We will have a vehicle also. Is there room on a lot for both?? Are there places to park if we drove to the pool??

In all the years we've gone to FW we have never rented a cart or wanted one. We go to the parks or DTD or resorts every day, so would never use it anyway - would just be a nuisance to us, plus they are an expense we do not need. There should be room on most sites for your RV, car, and cart, but depends on site type, and size of your RV how well it would fit.

The bus system works great - we've encountered very few glitches, especially the internal ones.

emacosta1
11-11-2012, 04:50 AM
We will be there to in oct for 9 days in a preferred site. No car but we will have a cart. I can't wait!

Hernandez6060
11-12-2012, 09:39 PM
We bring our own but before that we had never rented one and made it around just fine on bike and bus. It is fun to go looping and to be able to load up the kids and the stroller and head to the marina to go to the park. Coming back late at night it is nice to just have the cart there waiting for you. It is a bit pricey so maybe something you just want to do for a couple of the days.

WILDERNESS FAN 55
11-12-2012, 10:01 PM
I've stayed many times there and YES take a day to roam around the campground and rent one. SOOOO much fun . You can drive it to the pool go back to the cabin/rv/tent drive it to the store drive it to the movie with Chip N Dale. Just a great time. Yes it is a wasted expense if you go to the parks everyday but you'll kick yourself if you don't spend a day relaxing in the campground.

retired and happy
11-13-2012, 07:43 AM
We rented for a day on one trip. Next trip we rented for a week. Next trip we owned our own cart. We always take it to the Fort and use it every day. Of course we always reserve some down time for Fort activities and relaxation.

TOGA
11-13-2012, 08:46 AM
We get around just fine and prefer our bikes.

North of Mouse
11-13-2012, 09:12 AM
I've stayed many times there and YES take a day to roam around the campground and rent one. SOOOO much fun . You can drive it to the pool go back to the cabin/rv/tent drive it to the store drive it to the movie with Chip N Dale. Just a great time. Yes it is a wasted expense if you go to the parks everyday but you'll kick yourself if you don't spend a day relaxing in the campground.

We have camped at FW since '72, and funny we have never *kicked* ourselves for not spending a day *relaxing* at the campground!

Everyone has different ideas of what their vacation should be, but as nice as FW is we've never chosen to spend a day there, versus going to the parks, DTD, or other resorts, etc.

When our children were small, we did take partial evenings to go to the campfire movies, but they weren't as disorganized and boisterous then, as now.

We just don't go that far to sit around, go to the pool, etc. when we can do all that without leaving our area. We go to be at the Disney Parks mostly.
As I said, no problem, those enjoying just staying at FW (there are some that say they never go in the parks) but that's definitely not for everyone and we have no regrets.

A lot of our enjoyment is eating at different restaurants (pricey, I know) and that's what we will do until we can't, then we won't;). I am on vacation too, and I refuse to cook LOL

Again, to each their own, the OP and everyone, just enjoy at your speed :woohoo:

WILDERNESS FAN 55
11-13-2012, 10:04 AM
We have camped at FW since '72, and funny we have never *kicked* ourselves for not spending a day *relaxing* at the campground!

Everyone has different ideas of what their vacation should be, but as nice as FW is we've never chosen to spend a day there, versus going to the parks, DTD, or other resorts, etc.

When our children were small, we did take partial evenings to go to the campfire movies, but they weren't as disorganized and boisterous then, as now.

We just don't go that far to sit around, go to the pool, etc. when we can do all that without leaving our area. We go to be at the Disney Parks mostly.
As I said, no problem, those enjoying just staying at FW (there are some that say they never go in the parks) but that's definitely not for everyone and we have no regrets.

A lot of our enjoyment is eating at different restaurants (pricey, I know) and that's what we will do until we can't, then we won't;). I am on vacation too, and I refuse to cook LOL

Again, to each their own, the OP and everyone, just enjoy at your speed :woohoo:

Yes to each his own but my suggestion is to spend a day in the campgrounds. You never know until you try. Bikes are fun also to get around and less expensive. We still go for the movie and campfire even if we aren't staying at that resort! If you limit yourselves to just the parks (and they are wonderful) you will be missing a lot more that the WDW resort has to offer all over its 43 sq miles

wiigirl
11-13-2012, 10:31 AM
Golf carts are fun. Rent one :-)

Agreed....:drive:

articfox676
11-13-2012, 01:24 PM
We like riding our bike around FW and seeing other campers and getting ideas to make our camping more fun or easier. We are AP holders but don't feel the need to be at the parks every day. We get more than our money worth out of our passes in a year. Also you meet some great people and CM.

bama_ed
11-13-2012, 07:49 PM
We are planning on going to Disney October 2013. We will be camping at FW for 9 days. Is it worth renting a golf cart. We will have a vehicle also. Is there room on a lot for both?? Are there places to park if we drove to the pool??

You asked for our opinions so I will give you mine.

Of all our trips to the Fort I have gotten a golf cart once because we had some senior citizens in our group.

For me, I don't want to spend the money if I don't have to. We bring bikes and also walk at the Fort. The longest distance walk is only about 20 minutes at the furthest (beach to check-in area).

Campsites and cabin parking spots do have space for a vehicle and cart.

Pool parking for carts are behind the Bike Barn (about a 20 yard walk from the pool).

Hey, it's only money! :dance3:

Bama ED

North of Mouse
11-14-2012, 10:44 AM
You asked for our opinions so I will give you mine.

Of all our trips to the Fort I have gotten a golf cart once because we had some senior citizens in our group.

For me, I don't want to spend the money if I don't have to. We bring bikes and also walk at the Fort. The longest distance walk is only about 20 minutes at the furthest (beach to check-in area).

Campsites and cabin parking spots do have space for a vehicle and cart.

Pool parking for carts are behind the Bike Barn (about a 20 yard walk from the pool).

Hey, it's only money! :dance3:

Bama ED

We thoroughly enjoy walking at FW and taking time to *smell the roses*. Especially in the morning hours, it's so nice to walk the paths.

We both have bicycles, ride them at home, and take them to the Smoky Mtns. especially, but do not bring them to Disney because we don't take the time to leisurely ride them. There's too many other things that we go that distance for, that we can only do there.

I do see some families riding bikes, and that's great, and for anyone else that likes to get around in different ways there. Everyone has their own ways of relaxing and enjoying WDW. That's the beauty of it. :goodvibes

99blackz
11-14-2012, 11:03 AM
If you have small children I would say yes. I personally have a DS 6 and DS 17 months and its a pretty good walk to all the various activities pushing a stroller or carrying a child, and bicycles are out of the question (unless you have a tot carrier/trailer). Not to mention having the mobility to get around quickly and easily to see ALL the wonderful decorations that time of year.

But, like everyone has mentioned, to each his/her own. Don't fret over it, you will have a "MAGICAL" time either way!!!!!

starjazz
11-14-2012, 03:47 PM
After reading that whole Buses thread on the other board, I made reservations for two 4-seaters for Feb when we are in the cabins.

There's 10 of us - 3 little ones (2 yo, 4 yo & 5 yo).

WILDERNESS FAN 55
11-14-2012, 04:30 PM
After reading that whole Buses thread on the other board, I made reservations for two 4-seaters for Feb when we are in the cabins.

There's 10 of us - 3 little ones (2 yo, 4 yo & 5 yo).

IMO nice choice:thumbsup2 You won't regret it especially with the little ones. Still remeber when my girls were about 6 and 8 and went out to "sit" on the golf cart parked at our cabin. A few minutes later I heard this small crash and I found out they took the key out to play also and rolled the cart in to the Cabin.No real damage and the looks on their faces when I went out there was certainly something I'll never forget (they don't either) Enjoy your trip . Make lots of memories!

vtwinwilly
11-14-2012, 05:21 PM
I will be leaving for the Fort day after tomorrow and will be there for the week of Thanksgiving.

For the first time I'm going to rent a cart. Have never done it before, but on my last trip, got tired of waiting on buses especially late at night when returning from parks after extended hours.

I'm renting for the whole week and really don't know if it's going to be worth the expense, but there's one way to find out!

I'll report back later and let you know my impressions.

North of Mouse
11-14-2012, 07:02 PM
After reading that whole Buses thread on the other board, I made reservations for two 4-seaters for Feb when we are in the cabins.

There's 10 of us - 3 little ones (2 yo, 4 yo & 5 yo).

Actually the FW internal buses run fairly often. We have had very little wait times with them - now sometimes at the outpost the wait can be a little long - especially if you have the luck to have just missed your park bus :)

starjazz
11-15-2012, 09:54 AM
Actually the FW internal buses run fairly often. We have had very little wait times with them - now sometimes at the outpost the wait can be a little long - especially if you have the luck to have just missed your park bus :)

With a party as big as ours, and two strollers plus gear, I think I'll just save us and everyone else, the headache of trying to load the buses. I mean, I'm pretty sure we have no choice on Epcot day, but we're planning 4 MK days, and 1 Epcot day (no HS or AK), so hopefully it'll go smoothly.

Could probably have spent the same money on a conversion van or taxis for the week, but I think the carts will give more freedom and be more fun. As previous poster said, only one way to find out.

They're $35/day currently using Kenny. He has 6-seaters for $55/day.

WILDERNESS FAN 55
11-15-2012, 10:03 AM
With a party as big as ours, and two strollers plus gear, I think I'll just save us and everyone else, the headache of trying to load the buses. I mean, I'm pretty sure we have no choice on Epcot day, but we're planning 4 MK days, and 1 Epcot day (no HS or AK), so hopefully it'll go smoothly.

Could probably have spent the same money on a conversion van or taxis for the week, but I think the carts will give more freedom and be more fun. As previous poster said, only one way to find out.

They're $35/day currently using Kenny. He has 6-seaters for $55/day.

Sounds like fun . We would drive the cart up to the Marina, plug in and take boat to MK .Come back for naps when kids were youmger and hop on the cart and drive back to cabin. Then do the same when we went back later in day. Much more convenient than the buses especially with young ones. I haven't stayed in FW for a while now and you're making me jealous.Enjoy your trip.

starjazz
11-15-2012, 10:19 AM
Sounds like fun . We would drive the cart up to the Marina, plug in and take boat to MK .Come back for naps when kids were youmger and hop on the cart and drive back to cabin. Then do the same when we went back later in day. Much more convenient than the buses especially with young ones. I haven't stayed in FW for a while now and you're making me jealous.Enjoy your trip.

Thanks! We're really looking forward to experiencing Disney's wild side. We ALMOST went off-site in one of those big beautiful homes in Windsor, because there's soooo much more space and amenities, but then we decided we forgo all that just to do it 100% Disney.

Little tikes' first times, so we want to totally immerse them. FW seems like its so family friendly (not that others aren't) with tons to do, so even if the two older ones don't want to rest for long in the afternoon, they won't be bored waiting for their little sister to wake up from her nap!

retired and happy
11-15-2012, 01:59 PM
You really don't need to plug the GC in at the Marina (or other parking space). If the batteries are good, you can go several days without charging, although overnight charging every night is recommended. It takes about 16 hours for a total charge of depleted batteries. Running short trips around the Fort should not deplete the batteries.

But from my point of view, carts are definitely recommended, but not absolutely necessary.

kittycruize
11-15-2012, 03:04 PM
Can anyone tell me how much the golf carts are per day? Also, how many do they seat, and can you put a stroller in them? My daughter has 3 little ones, and also will have a double stroller.

How far away is the parking spot for the carts, to the water taxi? Where do you park when you go to the restaurant there?

TIA!!:)

North of Mouse
11-15-2012, 04:08 PM
With a party as big as ours, and two strollers plus gear, I think I'll just save us and everyone else, the headache of trying to load the buses. I mean, I'm pretty sure we have no choice on Epcot day, but we're planning 4 MK days, and 1 Epcot day (no HS or AK), so hopefully it'll go smoothly.

Could probably have spent the same money on a conversion van or taxis for the week, but I think the carts will give more freedom and be more fun. As previous poster said, only one way to find out.

They're $35/day currently using Kenny. He has 6-seaters for $55/day.

Why would you have no choice Epcot day? There are places near the outpost bus area that you can park your cart if that's what you were concerned about. :goodvibes

sbtw13
11-15-2012, 04:19 PM
I would not be comfortable putting little children in the carts , but obviously lots of people are. We have 2 children under 3 and a double stroller . The kids love riding the bus and it comes really quickly. It is much easier to use than I thought it would be. If you are staying in the cabins request the 2700 or 2800 loop and you can easily walk to the outpost to catch the park busses and not have to transfer

WILDERNESS FAN 55
11-15-2012, 04:25 PM
Can anyone tell me how much the golf carts are per day? Also, how many do they seat, and can you put a stroller in them? My daughter has 3 little ones, and also will have a double stroller.

How far away is the parking spot for the carts, to the water taxi? Where do you park when you go to the restaurant there?

TIA!!:)

Don't know the current pricing however you can put a stroller folded up in them. Don't know about a double stroller though.They seat 4. I disagree with some on here because I believe the internal buses take too long. With that I have always rented carts when we stayed there. Most trips we stayed in 2100 loop. Closer to main pool and store if we wanted to walk. Have fun !

shinysparklybubbles
11-15-2012, 07:40 PM
$64ish a day for a 4 seated from Disney.

kittycruize
11-16-2012, 06:58 AM
So, would a cart fit 2 adults, 3 little kids, and a double stroller?:confused3

North of Mouse
11-16-2012, 07:51 AM
Don't know the current pricing however you can put a stroller folded up in them. Don't know about a double stroller though.They seat 4. I disagree with some on here because I believe the internal buses take too long. With that I have always rented carts when we stayed there. Most trips we stayed in 2100 loop. Closer to main pool and store if we wanted to walk. Have fun !

They're constantly changing the internal buses to be more efficient, sometimes every year - we go at least once a year. How would you know that the internal buses take *too long* if it has been a while since you've stayed at the Fort?

There are lots of people using carts - it's a matter of what people like to do. Even so, the buses do work fine, and we have no issues with them, so I wouldn't say they take too long when it's been a while since you have used them. :)

North of Mouse
11-16-2012, 07:55 AM
So, would a cart fit 2 adults, 3 little kids, and a double stroller?:confused3

Never tried it, but IMO it would be *pushing* the capacity. Are any of the children able to ride without an adult beside them? If so, a 6 seater would probably be best. :goodvibes Just not sure about the size of the stroller.

sharadoc
11-16-2012, 09:32 AM
There's no place to park at the pool or by the boat launch, etc. They discourage driving around, hence the rentals and FW bus system.

Just to clarify, you can park a car at the trading post for about 15 minutes if you want to pick up supplies. There's a few spaces. Otherwise, you have to take the bus or golf cart everywhere in the Fort. There's plenty of golf cart parking everywhere.

WILDERNESS FAN 55
11-16-2012, 12:02 PM
They're constantly changing the internal buses to be more efficient, sometimes every year - we go at least once a year. How would you know that the internal buses take *too long* if it has been a while since you've stayed at the Fort?

There are lots of people using carts - it's a matter of what people like to do. Even so, the buses do work fine, and we have no issues with them, so I wouldn't say they take too long when it's been a while since you have used them. :)

Well I'm glad they work better now, but if I walk up to a bus stop when a bus is just pulling away ....well then it takes too long. Unless Disney has added more buses (doubtful) then even 10 minutes can be a long wait. It's been a while since I've been to McDonalds but I still can tell you what I've experienced eating there!!!:rolleyes1
Bottom line is carts are fun and convenient and I would HIGHLY recommend them even if I haven't stayed there for a while.:thumbsup2

North of Mouse
11-16-2012, 12:37 PM
Well I'm glad they work better now, but if I walk up to a bus stop when a bus is just pulling away ....well then it takes too long. Unless Disney has added more buses (doubtful) then even 10 minutes can be a long wait. It's been a while since I've been to McDonalds but I still can tell you what I've experienced eating there!!!:rolleyes1
Bottom line is carts are fun and convenient and I would HIGHLY recommend them even if I haven't stayed there for a while.:thumbsup2

If waiting (maybe 10 min.) for the next bus when one has just pulled away is too long to wait for you, then I do feel sorry for you having to wait in any lines in the parks. But that's OK, now I do realize why you have stressed the necessity of having a cart. Waiting for a few minutes has never bothered us, even though to be honest we usually never wait 10min. for an internal bus. McDonalds and waiting on buses a few min. seems a strange comparison to me. :rolleyes1 But I concede that everyone has their own expectations on vacation.

retired and happy
11-16-2012, 01:08 PM
That car parking at the trading Post is for 15 minutes at the Meadows Trading Post. There is no car parking at the Settlement Trading Post.

WILDERNESS FAN 55
11-16-2012, 04:03 PM
If waiting (maybe 10 min.) for the next bus when one has just pulled away is too long to wait for you, then I do feel sorry for you having to wait in any lines in the parks. But that's OK, now I do realize why you have stressed the necessity of having a cart. Waiting for a few minutes has never bothered us, even though to be honest we usually never wait 10min. for an internal bus. McDonalds and waiting on buses a few min. seems a strange comparison to me. :rolleyes1 But I concede that everyone has their own expectations on vacation.

Well your right about me on one thing.I am impatient with the transportation.However somehow I have no problem waiting 45 min to ride my favorites like Test Track .:) Just became DVC member but sounds like I need to get back to the campgrounds soon !

SonomaCountyDad
11-18-2012, 11:22 PM
We're coming in next week, with a party of 9 people including 6 adults and 3 4-year olds. I've rented a 6-seat cart from Kenny for the duration of our trip. I can sit up front with one kid, my wife will take the second row with one kid, and my wife's sister will take the third row with the final kid. Especially at this time of year, I thought it would be worth it to rent a cart to drive around and look at any decorations that may be out.