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Old 05-16-2012, 09:57 AM   #1
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Sleigh ride to see holiday lights at Fort Wilderness

In November, my family will be visiting WDW for the first time during the holiday season. One of the things that I would like to do is take a sleigh ride around Fort Wilderness Campground to see all of the holiday lights. I was planning to do this Thanksgiving night. Then it occurred to me that the campground might not yet be decorated. Can anyone tell me when the folks at Fort Wilderness begin decorating for the holidays? Will it be possible for us to see these lights during our Thanksgiving week trip?
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In November, my family will be visiting WDW for the first time during the holiday season. One of the things that I would like to do is take a sleigh ride around Fort Wilderness Campground to see all of the holiday lights. I was planning to do this Thanksgiving night. Then it occurred to me that the campground might not yet be decorated. Can anyone tell me when the folks at Fort Wilderness begin decorating for the holidays? Will it be possible for us to see these lights during our Thanksgiving week trip?
It varies with each family staying at Ft. Wilderness.

The closer to Christmas, the more, by far, will be decorated.
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I don't know the OP's answer, but am considering doing this in December. Can anyone tell me when reservations open up for this and how much it costs?
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Old 05-16-2012, 12:12 PM   #4
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I don't know the OP's answer, but am considering doing this in December. Can anyone tell me when reservations open up for this and how much it costs?
We always just take the (non-reservation) horse-drawn Wagon Ride that loads up in front of Pioneer Hall every night.

Very low price, and a lot of fun.

http://www.allearsnet.com/btp/carriage.htm

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Wagon Rides at 
Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground

Take an old-fashioned, horse-drawn wagon ride which offers a 45-minute scenic tour around Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.
Wagon Rides depart at 7:00pm and 9:30pm nightly from the front of Pioneer Hall.
Fireworks Wagon Rides at 8:30pm for the 9:00pm fireworks at the Magic Kingdom. (offers audio track for show - subject to fireworks being held at the Magic Kingdom.)
Price: $8.00 Adult; $5.00 Child (ages 3-9) Children under 3 are complimentary. Children ages 3-9 must be accompanied by an adult.
Reservations: Not accepted; Wagon Rides are on a first-come, first-served basis only.

This also is often another way to see the Electrical Water Pageant on Bay Lake.

We do this every time we go to the 7:15 Hoop:

It's just like a horse-drawn "hay-ride" (no actual HAY is used, but a wooden wagon with benches all around, drawn by two horses) that departs from in front of Pioneer Hall (the Hoop's theater) at about 9:30. The driver heads the horses down to a secluded section of beach and stops so the riders can view the EWP in private. It's really kind of special.
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We always just take the (non-reservation) horse-drawn Wagon Ride that loads up in front of Pioneer Hall every night.

Very low price, and a lot of fun.

http://www.allearsnet.com/btp/carriage.htm




This also is often another way to see the Electrical Water Pageant on Bay Lake.

We do this every time we go to the 7:15 Hoop:

It's just like a horse-drawn "hay-ride" (no actual HAY is used, but a wooden wagon with benches all around, drawn by two horses) that departs from in front of Pioneer Hall (the Hoop's theater) at about 9:30. The driver heads the horses down to a secluded section of beach and stops so the riders can view the EWP in private. It's really kind of special.
Sounds perfect! I'm printing this now to put in my trip book. Thanks!

We're probably not doing Hoop, but might eat at WCC.
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Old 05-16-2012, 12:31 PM   #6
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In 2011, we went to Disney for Thanksgiving and we took the "sleigh" ride on Thanksgiving night. We thoroughly enjoyed this ride!! There were tons of lights/decorations to see and they were simply amazing!!

In 2012, we went to Disney for Christmas and took the horse drawn wagon ride on Christmas Eve that is mentioned. It was just as much fun and we saw just as many lights and decorations as when we were there for Thanksgiving.

If your travel party is small, then I would do the sleigh ride again in a heartbeat!! It was totally worth the money just for the kids to ride on the "sleigh"! The only reason we did not do the sleigh ride again at Christmas is because we had 12 people in our party and we all wanted to ride together.

I hope you have a magical vacation!
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Old 05-16-2012, 03:53 PM   #7
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In 2011, we went to Disney for Thanksgiving and we took the "sleigh" ride on Thanksgiving night. We thoroughly enjoyed this ride!! There were tons of lights/decorations to see and they were simply amazing!! I hope you have a magical vacation!
Thank you for this input and for your well wishes! This is a surprise trip for the kids and I want it to be as magical and holiday-filled as possible. I'm going to book the sleigh ride.
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Sounds perfect! I'm printing this now to put in my trip book. Thanks!

We're probably not doing Hoop, but might eat at WCC.
Just for clarity, I want to point out that WCC is at the Wilderness Lodge,
and some of the horse-drawn excursions in this discussion are over at Ft. Wilderness.

Not a big deal, but sometimes some guests get confused as to exact locations.
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Just for clarity, I want to point out that WCC is at the Wilderness Lodge,
and some of the horse-drawn excursions in this discussion are over at Ft. Wilderness.

Not a big deal, but sometimes some guests get confused as to exact locations.
I appreciate that. I did have a sense they were not the same and would need to investigate. But I have never been over in that general area at all and would like to conquer 2 new things on the same night.
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Just for clarity, I want to point out that WCC is at the Wilderness Lodge,
and some of the horse-drawn excursions in this discussion are over at Ft. Wilderness.

Not a big deal, but sometimes some guests get confused as to exact locations.
THANK YOU for clarifying!!!
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We always just take the (non-reservation) horse-drawn Wagon Ride that loads up in front of Pioneer Hall every night.

Very low price, and a lot of fun.

http://www.allearsnet.com/btp/carriage.htm




This also is often another way to see the Electrical Water Pageant on Bay Lake.

We do this every time we go to the 7:15 Hoop:

It's just like a horse-drawn "hay-ride" (no actual HAY is used, but a wooden wagon with benches all around, drawn by two horses) that departs from in front of Pioneer Hall (the Hoop's theater) at about 9:30. The driver heads the horses down to a secluded section of beach and stops so the riders can view the EWP in private. It's really kind of special.
Do they do this all year round? I thought I had read they only do it in Dec. I can't find any information about it on Disney's web site.
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Do they do this all year round? I thought I had read they only do it in Dec. I can't find any information about it on Disney's web site.
All year long.

(BTW, Disney's website is infamous for being generally unreliable.)
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Here's more information about the various carriage rides that are available:

http://allears.net/btp/carriage.htm
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I don't know the OP's answer, but am considering doing this in December. Can anyone tell me when reservations open up for this and how much it costs?
We did the sleigh ride last December. If I remember correctly the reservations did not open up until a few months before. It's $60 and must be paid in advance when you book it. It's one of my favorite things we've ever done at Disney.
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Here is an overview showing both resorts' locations.
There is shuttle boat service between the locations.





Thanks Robo. That helps put it in perspective. I've been looking for a few new things to do this trip and this really seems to be a great possiility!

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We did the sleigh ride last December. If I remember correctly the reservations did not open up until a few months before. It's $60 and must be paid in advance when you book it. It's one of my favorite things we've ever done at Disney.
Hey neighbor! I'm from KC too. I appreciate the recommendation!
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