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Old 02-25-2013, 07:18 PM   #31
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How is it tent camping in the Fall? We are thinking of going in October and have only camped once before and that was in the Spring. Is it cold at night?

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Old 02-25-2013, 09:16 PM   #32
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I have tent camped twice at the fort before upgrading to a pop-up. I would suggest getting a site in the tent loop, the first time we weren't in a tent loop and we felt really out of place surrounded by rvs and campers. And it was in the dead heat of summer but it wasn't too bad. We had fans, and it was shady, but our tent leaked and we came home to wet beds in several occasions (which is why the decision was made to get a pop-up!!)
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:30 PM   #33
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Originally Posted by charliesmom86 View Post
How is it tent camping in the Fall? We are thinking of going in October and have only camped once before and that was in the Spring. Is it cold at night?
Check Accuweather.com or Weather Channel.com for Orlando for historical averages for the time you want to visit. But remember it's only an average.

October is generally nice weather wise - very comfortable for tent camping (on average). As such it's popular with locals that come in on weekends (it's easier to get Mon-Thurs ressies during this period). So you might want to make a ressie now for the dates under consideration and then work out the details later. You can cancel and get your deposit back if you cancel a week before you arrive.

Also the closer you get to Halloween the more crowded those weekends become and book up.

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Old 02-26-2013, 09:50 AM   #34
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We went in August of '08 and for us tent camping is the only way to go. We live in SW Ohio and go to Lake Erie alot thru the year, can't pull a camper because we pull the boat. Out tent is 15x15 with a 6 foot ceiling at the sides and 7 foot in the center so there is plenty of room for four of us. We have a setup that would rival any MH, even have AC in the tent.

Some people complain it is too hard to set everything up and take it down....we have everything packed so we can have the tent, dining canopy, "kitchen canopy" and evertyhing setup in about a half an hour.

Rain and downpours are no problem, you just have to setup for them. We survive storms/wind coming off Lake Erie and stay bone dry, just takes a little prep.

We stayed in the 2000 loop when we came down...one thing I can tell you is get a tarp or some plastic and lay it at the entrance to your tent...put a carpet there so you can knock the crushed shells off your shoes before you go into your tent...5 years later and still find a shell piece or two
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:35 AM   #35
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I've never camped any other way, and I love it! Now, I wouldn't say no to a camper, but unless one falls out of the sky into our front yard, it aint gonna happen
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Old 03-05-2013, 10:30 PM   #36
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I would never look down on a tent camper. I have never done it at the world, but as a single mother I have tent camped several times with my girls when they were little. When they got a little older, or was that me, like 10 and 12 I got a pop up and camped like that for years. I then got a travel trailer and we camped like that for a few years. I then bought a 5th wheel and lived in it for 3 years, now I rent it out. Camping is the absolute best way to meet the nicest people w you will ever meet. I just can not justify it at wdw, since I am from WA and it would cost me so much to get there anyway and then I do get SoG, so I am paying just a fraction more to stay there, but if I could I would.
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Old 03-06-2013, 01:22 PM   #37
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We tent camp everywhere and in rain, sleet, wind and snow ... we have tent camped at FW several times. When we go with several people, each has their own tent so it works well for space. We have a 14x12 that we take to FW and other places where we stay for longer periods. We also have a backpack tent when we hike. We love the outdoors"ness" of tent camping and it can be what you want to make of it... roughing it or more comfort. You can go all out and spend quite a lot on tent and gear... or keep it simple. You'll have a blast either way.

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Old 03-11-2013, 01:19 PM   #38
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I tent camped for a few days twice by myself both times with my son.

The first trip he was 2 1/2 years old and it was August.

The second trip he was just turning 3 years old and it was the end of October to the first week of November.

I liked all of the dining options available at the Fort and of course the theme parks so this was important to me because I didn't want to cook anything with a young child around.

My camping neighbors were very friendly with helping me put my tent up.

I didn't like using the internal bus system by myself with a stroller and a toddler but now that I've used it a few times, I think I would be able to manage it better or use an umbrella stroller.

I didn't like walking back to my camp site at night in the dark -- preferred driving.

Both times were extremely hot -- I'm considering another tent stay this year over Halloween but haven't decided yet because of the heat and also I'm local now (15 minutes away so the stay would be just for DS to enjoy the activities at the Fort -- we won't have our APs at that time.)

I would look into the air conditioner / box fan options.

The main reason for tent camping was for the EMH.
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Old 03-13-2013, 11:44 AM   #39
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Even as a local we only camped in dec/jan. we needed the cool air to sleep comfortably. I think if you have a big enough tent you can do some nice size fans??
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Old 03-13-2013, 07:57 PM   #40
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Originally Posted by charliesmom86 View Post
How is it tent camping in the Fall? We are thinking of going in October and have only camped once before and that was in the Spring. Is it cold at night?
Being a deep south girl, trust me when I say *most* of the time it will be hot in October. There are exceptions, but *very* few. The nights can be a little cool, but mostly I still find them humid and warm.
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Old 03-18-2013, 09:04 PM   #41
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I tent camped, actually flew down and tent camped in December once. This was back before airline bag fees came into being. It was such a good time, definitely some of my favorite memories. Even when I don't stay there I make it a point to spend some time at Fort Wilderness.
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Old 03-19-2013, 06:02 PM   #42
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I'm looking forward to tent camping at the Fort. Thanks for sharing these experiences!
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Old 03-20-2013, 01:26 AM   #43
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How is it tent camping in the Fall? We are thinking of going in October and have only camped once before and that was in the Spring. Is it cold at night?
I suppose it depends on the particular year -- I was there 5 years ago from the last couple of days of October to the first couple of days of November and it was VERY VERY HOT. I was really surprised just how hot it was even at night.

From looking at the highs and lows, you really need to prepare for it to be hot or cold. Temperatures range from highs in the 90s to lows in the 40s.

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