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Old 02-26-2013, 07:43 PM   #16
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OOO...coming from michigan will be rough on them - they have probably never felt the heat like this!

We have camped in July in a tent with a 1 yr old. We had 2 fans blowing - it was fine @ night. But it was Stifiling during the day when we wanted to take a nap.

BUT don't forget about the pop up showers - we got rained on every day & when we returned @ 2 am all our laundry was soaked & our tent had collapsed on one side & was flooded. I think it was user error - but dh won't admit it. ha!
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Old 02-26-2013, 11:49 PM   #17
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I don't know much about camping (just beginning to get my feet wet), but if you are wanting to do the AC unit on a budget, you might consider checking your local Goodwills to see if they have any. I see units with some regularity at our Goodwills and I know that they will allow you between 3-5days to to return electronics that don't work. Likewise, you can also check craigslist ads for your area.

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Old 02-28-2013, 11:58 AM   #18
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Last May we were at the fort in a tent with a Dorm fridge, portable a/c, and lap top all hooked up - we ran the vent for the ac out the bottom of one of the doors. We are from Jersey and have to say it was nice having my Dad's RV to retreat to in the afternoon. it was just too darn hot for our 3 year old to try and take an afternoon nap in the tent - even with a/c going full blast. We were all on one site and you think we would have blown an electrical circuit. Dad had his RV all hooked up and we had our tent-sweet-tent hooked up. No problems at all with electricity. Dad even had a small chest freezer full of Costco Mickey nuggets and other yummy stuff plugged in and kept under the canopy of the RV.

So bottom line - Cranky hot 1 year old with no nap combined with cranky hot 4 year old no nap - not my idea of fun. I personally would opt for the trailer. I fully admit us northerners are wimps when it comes to heat and humidity, but after hot days and long lines at disney - the adults will be praying for the kiddos to take a nap! I would also recommend a stroller fan from buy buy baby or babies r us. they sell the Mickey variety at WDW - but it is expensive!

Good Luck!

Ps hubby even ran a cable wire to the laptop so kiddo could watch Mickey Mouse clubhouse while we made breakfast!
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Old 03-10-2013, 10:56 AM   #19
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I do realize that my plans don't involve FW, but appreciate the feedback you gave me. Thank you! You are a great group of people on this board!

So, as it turns out DN called my DH because the BIL wanted "a link to the cabin" we were planning on staying in. LOL. DH says "Cabin, were are not staying in a cabin!" We have stayed at the Cabins at FW a few times so I think BIL must remember us posting pictures of FW. FW Cabins is just out of the budget for this trip.

So when DH explained we would be in tents, there was a slight bit of freaking out. Where will we sleep? What if there is a killer there? How will we use the bathroom? The playground is adjacent to the site I picked and the comfort station (bathroom/showers) is at the end of the playground. My friend did state last time we stayed on these sites that she could hear people flushing the toliet at night. Her site was just one over from mine but it did not wake me. So, no issues with how far the bathrooms are! DN decided she was still willing to camp as a "new experience."

I talked to a few other of our friends who camp even more often than we do. The consensus was that the Michigan family would be miserable and spend their day trying to find ways to cool off.

Updated plan is to cancel two of the three sites keeping only one site for one night. The campground check-in I believe is at 1 pm. We will pack sandwiches for lunch, head to the campsite and set-up camp for a few hours. We may bring a smaller tent for the kids to play or nap in. We will bring our easy-up pop-up to provide additional shade in addition to the trees. The plan is to let them have the afternoon to fish, explore the campsite and fort (Fort DeSoto), play on the adjacent playground, maybe hit the beach if they get too hot, and finally cook an early campfire dinner.

After an early dinner we will pack up camp and head over to DH and my favorite beach front hotel, the Postcard Inn. We get a really good military discount price. It's the week of 4th of July but checking in 1-July, checking out 3-July, they still have the $93.00 military rate where the mega resort next door... we'll is outside our budget. We have 4 hotel rooms booked, but might scale it back to 3. The easy-up can be used on the beach as well. I usually rent their cabana chairs for $25.00 per day, but the easy-up next to it for the kids to sit on towels will be good. I use to have a small toddler beach tent, but think I got rid of that.

Our friends who vacation with us will be in one of the rooms, so I am debating on bringing air mattress for the teenagers and fit everyone in two rooms, or give the teenagers their own rooms (maybe I should let them sleep at the campsite! LOL. They are boy scouts! Oh and by teenager, at the time of the vacation they will be one month shy of 21, then 19, 19, 15, and a girl 15.) I really don't plan to leave them at camp though. The beach front hotel will also be a "new experience" for them as well.

The vacation so far includes:

So a day at Magic Kingdom, one an afternoon of "camping" followed by two nights at a beach front hotel. We will probably go to Busch Gardens' Adventure Island water park or Seaworld another day I haven't used my military free entrance for 2013 yet...). I think this is best not to make them sleep in a tent for two nights, so they enjoy their vacation. We have a community club house pool for days we do not go anywhere outside our neighborhood. Several of our neighbors have backyard pools but we do not. Thoughts?
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