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Disneymom20
12-21-2012, 07:28 AM
We have purchased a new tent trailer this year and are planning a trip to Disney in July. We have previously stayed in the cabins but with the increase in prices I was thinking of camping at Fort Wilderness - how crazy would we really be??

2goofycampers
12-21-2012, 07:32 AM
Does it have A/C ?

North of Mouse
12-21-2012, 09:31 AM
We have purchased a new tent trailer this year and are planning a trip to Disney in July. We have previously stayed in the cabins but with the increase in prices I was thinking of camping at Fort Wilderness - how crazy would we really be??

I 2nd the question of AC??? If it does, you're not crazy at all? Otherwise, let's just say you wouldn't catch us doing it! ;)

Disneymom20
12-21-2012, 04:06 PM
Nope - no a/c ! Hmmm...the other idea we had was to stay in the cabins and not do the dining plan. May be the other option!

mikron
12-23-2012, 09:38 PM
Hot, hot, hottter.

North of Mouse
12-23-2012, 10:39 PM
Nope - no a/c ! Hmmm...the other idea we had was to stay in the cabins and not do the dining plan. May be the other option!

Yep! Better option, than without AC in July;)

iheartpeterpan
12-24-2012, 08:52 AM
We have purchased a new tent trailer this year and are planning a trip to Disney in July. We have previously stayed in the cabins but with the increase in prices I was thinking of camping at Fort Wilderness - how crazy would we really be??

We did a week at the Fort in July in a tent trailer and had a blast, but we had A/C. I would NEVER try to camp at the Fort in July without A/C. It is hot, hot hot. Oppressively hot. Tent campers bring A/C.

SeilerBird
12-24-2012, 10:17 AM
The average high temperature in July in Orlando is 92, the average low is 73. Yes it would be crazy to camp in a tent trailer without A/C in Orlando in July. Sleeping would be almost impossible. And besides the heat you have the humidity to contend with.

lodge
12-26-2012, 08:40 PM
Ok, I've gotta ask. How does A/C work in a tent? Where would they sell a unit small enough to consider putting it in a tent?

sandieb
12-26-2012, 09:07 PM
We have purchased a new tent trailer this year and are planning a trip to Disney in July. We have previously stayed in the cabins but with the increase in prices I was thinking of camping at Fort Wilderness - how crazy would we really be??

You could have an AC installed in your camper and come out ahead of staying in the cabins. There is a lot more space and amenities in the cabin though - the tent trailers are usually pretty compact, and this might grow old pretty quickly unless you spend much of it outside. We had one for years that had heat and AC - we had a great time - but, much of our awake time was outside.

North of Mouse
12-26-2012, 10:32 PM
Ok, I've gotta ask. How does A/C work in a tent? Where would they sell a unit small enough to consider putting it in a tent?

They actually make AC's for tents - would not work of course for very small tents. I'm definitely *not* a tent camper in any weather, but I've known some people who have them.

DaddyDon
12-27-2012, 07:08 AM
I have camped in my popup there in July...Even with the ac omg hot!!I have said many times before never again in July that was in 2000 guess what have not been back there camping in July since..

lodge
01-06-2013, 10:33 PM
Be aware of florida Lovebugs too and bugs in general.

Southern Bell
01-07-2013, 06:27 AM
I have camped at Disney several times without AC. We are July campers! It probably seems impossible if you are used to just camping with AC and thats all you know but...it is possible. It may even seem crazy to some! LOL! I think its alot harder being at the parks all day than at the campgrounds without AC. Especially with all the shade , nice air conditioned bathrooms and the pool. It seems like we stay at the parks (witout AC) mainly and come back just to sleep for the most part anyways. In fact I camped everywhere 20 or more years without AC . Sometimes I think we handled the hot weather outside better than we do now with our AC. LOL! But... I would not do it unless I brought a couple of fans. Its not having a breeze that usually gets me. Sometimes we were surprised at how cool it was with a fan and the canvas zipped down at night. Just don't forget to zip everything up before you leave because of rain. We also used an awning for outside (like we do now)to sit under outside and I sometimes have a fan outside as well. Also if you have little ones , we fill up a small blow up pool with water for them to play in and stay cool at the camper. Just don't forget the bug spray and candles!

North of Mouse
01-07-2013, 04:56 PM
I have camped at Disney several times without AC. We are July campers! It probably seems impossible if you are used to just camping with AC and thats all you know but...it is possible. It may even seem crazy to some! LOL! I think its alot harder being at the parks all day than at the campgrounds without AC. Especially with all the shade , nice air conditioned bathrooms and the pool. It seems like we stay at the parks (witout AC) mainly and come back just to sleep for the most part anyways. In fact I camped everywhere 20 or more years without AC . Sometimes I think we handled the hot weather outside better than we do now with our AC. LOL! But... I would not do it unless I brought a couple of fans. Its not having a breeze that usually gets me. Sometimes we were surprised at how cool it was with a fan and the canvas zipped down at night. Just don't forget to zip everything up before you leave because of rain. We also used an awning for outside (like we do now)to sit under outside and I sometimes have a fan outside as well. Also if you have little ones , we fill up a small blow up pool with water for them to play in and stay cool at the camper. Just don't forget the bug spray and candles!

Wow, to each their own - by your name you must also be from the south. I am also a deep south girl, but this one *will not* sleep in a tent, and very much so will not sleep without AC ( except when forced to after some hurricanes ;))

angelmom27
01-07-2013, 07:39 PM
I life two hrs S of Disney and there is no way I would ever tent camp with no A/C. I would die. Some days are so bad just walking to the mailbox is a killer. My sister did a lot of tent camping but had an A/C hookup that she did for her tent.

There are a lot of post on here about tents and AC. Just do a search and you will find tons. Some have pics and instructions too.

Southern Bell
01-08-2013, 12:48 AM
Wow, to each their own - by your name you must also be from the south. I am also a deep south girl, but this one *will not* sleep in a tent, and very much so will not sleep without AC ( except when forced to after some hurricanes ;))
LOL! Yes I am from the south. That may make a difference. I had rather go to Disney any day in July than in December with or without AC. LOL! I would even rather go in summer than spring or fall. I could not take the pool last October. I even had to put a jacket on one morning. I like for it to be good & hot for swimming and the water parks, beach or whatever. I like my shorts, my sandals, and not having to wear jackets! LOL!

DisneyDiva8401
02-16-2013, 12:23 AM
Definitely doable. We have done so many times with only fans to keep cool. Plus we spend all day in the parks so the only times we are at fw is early morning and late night. You will be surprised at how cool it gets when you sleep with a fan.

North of Mouse
02-16-2013, 11:50 AM
LOL! Yes I am from the south. That may make a difference. I had rather go to Disney any day in July than in December with or without AC. LOL! I would even rather go in summer than spring or fall. I could not take the pool last October. I even had to put a jacket on one morning. I like for it to be good & hot for swimming and the water parks, beach or whatever. I like my shorts, my sandals, and not having to wear jackets! LOL!

I agree with everything you say except the *no AC* part ;) I can play during the day *sticky*, but can't take the humidity without AC at night. :)

I don't ever go, nor would we enjoy, the water parks any time except during the summer. It has to be hot for me to enjoy the water. I love the summertime at Disney - no bundling up in extra clothes on vacation. I stay home first - LOL We got caught once in Dec. '10 at WDW in very icy cold - it was simply awful for us, wasn't fun by no stretch of the imagination. :upsidedow

PixieCamper
02-17-2013, 01:05 AM
Get a roll of Reflectix from Home Depot and some binder clips from Office Depot.

Cut pieces of reflectix to fit the tops of your bunks and attach to edges with binder clips. Cut reflectix inserts for your window zips. Store all of that under your mattresses for each trip. They last for many years. Get a portable ac and close off one of your bunks during the hottest part of the day if you're there. Get a shady spot and put your awning up. :)

Did it for years with the camper staying around 78 in the hottest part of the day July 4th at the Fort and cold enough to have to turn ac up at night and in the morning. It's doable, we did for many years! It all depends on what's comfortable for you.

This is the one we used: http://www.3gorillas.com/amcor-12-000-btu-portable-air-conditioner-dehumidifier-af12000e.html?gclid=CL6r74LWvLUCFQTqnAodVVcAvw

love the remote in the middle of the night when it gets too cold.

indimom
02-17-2013, 09:03 AM
We are planning to tent camp at the beginning of July and are bringing two box fans. We've never done this at Disney, but we have done it in northern Florida (near Destin/Navara) in July and it went well. It was "just" cool enough at night to be comfortable. We were probably getting some gulf breezes, but we also didn't have a fan on that trip (no electrric at our site).
I'm planning to bring a LARGE reflective tarp to suspend over the entire tent. Hopefully this will not only help with the rain, but will reflect the sun, and also help keep the tent cooler. If we can get it up right, we may be able to leave some of the windows open during the day and increase circulation without worrying about the interior getting wet.

North of Mouse
02-17-2013, 10:41 AM
We are planning to tent camp at the beginning of July and are bringing two box fans. We've never done this at Disney, but we have done it in northern Florida (near Destin/Navara) in July and it went well. It was "just" cool enough at night to be comfortable. We were probably getting some gulf breezes, but we also didn't have a fan on that trip (no electrric at our site).
I'm planning to bring a LARGE reflective tarp to suspend over the entire tent. Hopefully this will not only help with the rain, but will reflect the sun, and also help keep the tent cooler. If we can get it up right, we may be able to leave some of the windows open during the day and increase circulation without worrying about the interior getting wet.

Well, there are definitely some people that try it. The *stickiness* of the humidity would be as much a killer for me as the heat with it.

Your tarp may help with the sun, but it could also just help the humidity build up on/in your tent with the daily thunderstorms. Guess it would depend on how high it is from your tent. Lots of luck! :)

motherof4
02-17-2013, 11:26 AM
We are planning to go the last 2 weeks of August, and I took a look at the daily temperatures of 2012, nothing above 82, yes I know that temp doesn't have the humidity tacked onto it, but definetly doable! Some people just can't handle the humidity, and in Ontario last July we hit record temps of 93-94 degrees, with smog alerts because we live so close to Toronto that the humidity caused poor air quality. I think we rely on A/C far too much, there was a time when there was no such thing and people survived! I grew up in a house were we didn't have A/C, I have it now, but definetly a luxury for me, and I know it is a necessity for everyone who lives south! You just have to know what your family can handle or can't handle for that matter:thumbsup2

North of Mouse
02-17-2013, 01:26 PM
We are planning to go the last 2 weeks of August, and I took a look at the daily temperatures of 2012, nothing above 82, yes I know that temp doesn't have the humidity tacked onto it, but definetly doable! Some people just can't handle the humidity, and in Ontario last July we hit record temps of 93-94 degrees, with smog alerts because we live so close to Toronto that the humidity caused poor air quality. I think we rely on A/C far too much, there was a time when there was no such thing and people survived! I grew up in a house were we didn't have A/C, I have it now, but definetly a luxury for me, and I know it is a necessity for everyone who lives south! You just have to know what your family can handle or can't handle for that matter:thumbsup2

I'm not sure where you got those temps, but we've never experienced very many, if any, daytime temps of 82* for August in FL or on the Gulf coast where I'm from, let alone nothing *above* that??? It's more like 90-100*. :confused3

July & August in the deep south are the hottest months. I, too, grew up without AC, but it was hot. We also didn't have it in the schools. :eek: Now though, a different story, most every place has it, and we've been acclimated to it more than ever.

Yes, I suppose it is doable, but not for us. And don't count on those 82% and below days for August LOL.

bama_ed
02-17-2013, 08:00 PM
Here are the 2012 temps for the last two weeks of August plus historical averages from Accuweather.

http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/lake-buena-vista-fl/32830/month/2257551?monyr=8/01/2012

Nine days in the 90s, 3 days at 89, one at 84 and one at 80. Yep, it's gonna be hot - and very humid.

Bama ED

indimom
02-18-2013, 12:32 AM
Well, there are definitely some people that try it. The *stickiness* of the humidity would be as much a killer for me as the heat with it.

Your tarp may help with the sun, but it could also just help the humidity build up on/in your tent with the daily thunderstorms. Guess it would depend on how high it is from your tent. Lots of luck! :)

We plan to elevate it a foot or so above the tent so hopefully it won't trap the heat or humidity. We'll see how it goes. :thumbsup2

gillenkl
02-18-2013, 07:10 PM
It is doable, but it's not for me. We have a popup with A/C and have camped at the Fort several times June or August. Even with the A/C it's bloody hot. We get a nice shower and by the time we walk back from the bathhouse to the popup we're a sweaty mess again:sick:. We have actually decided no more Forting for us in the summer in the popup - I just can't handle it. But to each his own - many people do it and have no issues.

bama_ed
02-18-2013, 07:15 PM
We get a nice shower and by the time we walk back from the bathhouse to the popup we're a sweaty mess again:sick:. We have actually decided no more Forting for us in the summer in the popup - I just can't handle it. But to each his own - many people do it and have no issues.

I'm like you, gillenkl. If you look at my signature you will NOT find a Fort visit in June, July, or August.

It's like when I tell my relatives in Ohio that we play golf nine months a year down in Alabama. They say, "Oh, you don't play in November, December, or January?" My reply is, "No, we don't play in June, July, and August". :rotfl:

Bama ED

DisneyDiva8401
02-18-2013, 08:33 PM
It also depends on what you are willing to put up with in order to visit WDW. Summer is the ONLY time we can vacation and can't afford a hotel, so we just suck it up and make the most of it! It's either that or not go at all (for us anyway). We do have an a/c in our pop up which always keeps the camper cool after a long day at the parks, but even when we camped in tents, it wasn't horribly bad with fans. Then again, we were in the parks all day and was only at the fort early morning and late night. Just depends on how 'delicate' you are :)

bama_ed
02-18-2013, 09:42 PM
It also depends on what you are willing to put up with in order to visit WDW. Summer is the ONLY time we can vacation and can't afford a hotel, so we just suck it up and make the most of it! It's either that or not go at all (for us anyway). We do have an a/c in our pop up which always keeps the camper cool after a long day at the parks, but even when we camped in tents, it wasn't horribly bad with fans. Then again, we were in the parks all day and was only at the fort early morning and late night. Just depends on how 'delicate' you are :)

Thanks Diva. It's a good thing I'm not delicate then. :rotfl:

While summer is the easiest time to go to the Fort, coming from Alabama like you we have found that there are up to six other weeks where it's possible to get in a week at the Fort.

See, the beautiful thing is while the summer is the easiest time to go, it's not the ONLY time to go. :thumbsup2

Bama ED