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Old 07-18-2012, 09:51 PM   #31
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May I thread bomb and ask a question, too? We have HDDR reservations for 8:30pm and the information for the wagon ride said 7pm - 9pm. How far is where they drop you off from the wagon ride, to where you go for the HDDR place? Is it walkable? I'm so lost to that whole area since I've never been there before!

I guess what I'm getting at is, if we catch the 7pm ride, we'd get back about at 7:45pm, which should be plenty of time to get anywhere.. but if that ride is packed, we'd need to catch the next one at 7:30pm, which would only give us about 15 mins to get to HDDR.

Does HDDR start at 8:30pm sharp and do you need to be there before that?

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Old 07-18-2012, 10:08 PM   #32
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May I thread bomb and ask a question, too? We have HDDR reservations for 8:30pm and the information for the wagon ride said 7pm - 9pm. How far is where they drop you off from the wagon ride, to where you go for the HDDR place? Is it walkable? I'm so lost to that whole area since I've never been there before!

I guess what I'm getting at is, if we catch the 7pm ride, we'd get back about at 7:45pm, which should be plenty of time to get anywhere.. but if that ride is packed, we'd need to catch the next one at 7:30pm, which would only give us about 15 mins to get to HDDR.

Does HDDR start at 8:30pm sharp and do you need to be there before that?
The rides terminate next door to the Hoop theater (Pioneer Hall.)

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Old 07-18-2012, 10:35 PM   #33
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Thank you SO much, Robo!!! May I bother you one more time?? What about HDDR? Does the show start at 8:30pm sharp or is that just a seating time? Do we have to be there much more in advance of 8:30pm?

Sorry for all of the questions! Just trying to make this all work!

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Old 07-19-2012, 10:26 AM   #36
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What about HDDR? Does the show start at 8:30pm sharp or is that just a seating time? Do we have to be there much more in advance of 8:30pm?
First comes the seating, then the salad course.
Then, the show starts.

They want you to arrive early.
Most guests have no idea just how difficult and time consuming the trek
to Pioneer Hall can be.
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First comes the seating, then the salad course.
Then, the show starts.

They want you to arrive early.
Most guests have no idea just how difficult and time consuming the trek
to Pioneer Hall can be.
Thank you, again!!!!!
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This sounds so cool! I think I'll try for the cheap wagon ride! Sounds great!
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Old 07-19-2012, 12:54 PM   #39
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Can anyone confirm when the reservations open for the sleigh ride? I called a few weeks ago, a day or two short of my 180 day window. The CM did a search for what I described as the "sleigh ride or carriage ride through Fort Wilderness to see the campgrounds decorated for the holidays" and said she could not find anything allowing her to make those reservations in her system and told me to call back later (I'm pretty sure she didn't search using my exact words . Called back today and the new CM did a search for the sleigh ride and said there was nothing available, but told me "there are other carriage rides through Fort Wilderness to see the lights." I asked her if there was anything available. She was able to search for "Carriage Rides" at different dates and time slots, but she said the only thing showing availability was the Port Orleans carriage ride.

I am hoping I cannot find anything because it is not yet available, and perhaps the CMs (who were both very lovely people and tried very hard to be helpful) were just not familiar with this enough to know it isn't open yet for reservations? The alternative is that it so wildly popular that it is booked immediately upon 180 day windows opening up, for every carriage and every time slot for a period of six days (including the week after Thanksgiving) for every time slot between 5:30 and 10:30. I know it's busy and crowded during this time, but I've been to WDW several times over the holidays and only this year learned about the "horse drawn sleigh"/"carriage ride" through the decorated Fort Wilderness campground through the Disboard this year. However, it would not be the first time I was every so naive...

So, any info you can provide would be most helpful! Thanks!

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I just booked our reservations this morning for a 2012 Fort Wilderness Holiday Sleigh Ride on December 1. I am pretty sure reservations just opened up a day or two ago for this, so I can't imagine they are completely booked yet. This is the 25-minute "private" horse drawn sleigh ride that takes you through the Fort Wilderness camp sites to see the campers' holiday lights and displays. The sleigh can accomodate 4 adults or 2 adults and 3 children. They do not start running until December 1 - no November dates, not even over the Thanksgiving holiday. Rides departs every 30 minutes from 5:30 - 10:30 pm nightly. Cost is $60 per sleigh (regardless of the number of passangers) and payment in full by credit card is required at the time of booking. Cancellations must be made one day prior to receive a refund. I was notified rides will not be cancelled because of light rain or cold tempratures - only due to thunderstorms, and that call is made by the driver only - not the passangers. Make your reservations by calling (407) WDW-PLAY or (407) 939-7529. I hope this helps!

I tried to book a regular carriage ride (non-"sleigh", non-"holiday") at FW for the Tue before Thanksgiving today. CM said nothing could be booked for carriage rides at that time at FW (only at POR). I asked it the carriage rides switched over to 'holiday mode' then, and she said that could be the reason, but they haven't opened the sleigh rides yet. So, I,m not sure what to think or believe. No carriage rides of any kind around TG?

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Just booked a sleigh ride for Dec. 4th!!
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I tried to book a regular carriage ride (non-"sleigh", non-"holiday") at FW for the Tue before Thanksgiving today. CM said nothing could be booked for carriage rides at that time at FW (only at POR). I asked it the carriage rides switched over to 'holiday mode' then, and she said that could be the reason, but they haven't opened the sleigh rides yet. So, I,m not sure what to think or believe. No carriage rides of any kind around TG?

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I called again and was able to book a regular sleigh rides at FW for the week of Thanksgiving. I was previously told by another CM they were not available. The CM who helped me today says the holiday sheikh rides begin 11/30.

I was booking two carriages. Preferred time was 8:30. I got the last ride available at 8:30 (for my wife and i and son, 2) and my other is at 9pm. ( for my parents). I put that in there to show that certain times are already full, even 4 months out.



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Old 07-21-2012, 04:00 AM   #42
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We did this Christmas 2010, it was our first time at Disney for the holidays (we usually go in summer) and it was such a great experience
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Quite a bit of price difference between the sleigh ride and the wagon ride. What makes it the sleigh ride worth the extra money?
I subscribed to this thread when I saw this post, but have missed seeing an answer.

Does anyone know the difference in routes?

Does one go through the decorated campsites better than the other? Sounds like renting a golf cart is priced comparable to the sleigh ride. Wondering how much more campsite viewings, if any, the sleigh ride provides more than the wagon ride?

Driving around in a golf cart sounds fun too. I will have a rental car, but, shoot ... when in Disney!
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I subscribed to this thread when I saw this post, but have missed seeing an answer.

Does anyone know the difference in routes?

Does one go through the decorated campsites better than the other? Sounds like renting a golf cart is priced comparable to the sleigh ride. Wondering how much more campsite viewings, if any, the sleigh ride provides more than the wagon ride?

Driving around in a golf cart sounds fun too. I will have a rental car, but, shoot ... when in Disney!
I was wondering myself and I called Disney and talked to a CM.

The sleigh rides are 25 minutes and go around the wooded areas and a few campsite loops.

The wagon rides are 40 (I think?) minutes and go around the wooded areas, down to the beach area, and she CM said just a couple loops. She said the wagons don't go down as many as the sleigh because they are too large to fit down the small camp loops.

The golfcar is the same price as the sleigh and you get it up to 24 hours.


We've decided to go with a cart rental.
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I was wondering myself and I called Disney and talked to a CM.

The sleigh rides are 25 minutes and go around the wooded areas and a few campsite loops.

The wagon rides are 40 (I think?) minutes and go around the wooded areas, down to the beach area, and she CM said just a couple loops. She said the wagons don't go down as many as the sleigh because they are too large to fit down the small camp loops.

The golfcar is the same price as the sleigh and you get it up to 24 hours.


We've decided to go with a cart rental.
Thanks for calling! I'd been wondering the same thing. I think we'll go with the wagon ride since its cheaper but longer since for DS it will mainly be about the horses/wagon than where it goes.
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