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Old 03-11-2013, 08:23 PM   #1
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Dad and 5 y/o Daughter needs a little planning help

Hi All. I'm a Disney veteran who's done a few Dad/Son solo trips (twice when before he was 2 so I know what I'm getting myself into), but I now want to take my 5y/o daughter for a Dad/Daughter trip. I'd really like to take her camping at FW because I think it would be fantastic. But I have a few questions.

We'd be flying down. So question one is can you use Magical Express? I figure I'd obviously have to grab my bags/tent before hopping on the bus, but is this an option? Will I be the only person without a car?

Also, ME if an option would get us to FW around noon. Would I be able to check in and set up my tent right away or do you have to wait till 4pm to check in?

And FW is so big, would I have to take the bus from the check-in area to get to my site?

Thanks for any input/help.
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:53 PM   #2
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HI,

Yes you can take the MExpress, I would grap all my stuff before going to the bus.

The time the ME gets you to FW depends on when you get in, when the bus if full and what other stops the bus makes. If you get there at noon, there is fair to good chance your site will be ready but if not you should only have to wait a short while.

I would think you would want to take the inter-Fort bus to your site, unless you like packing your gear in maybe 0.5 miles or more. You will NOT be the only one without a car.

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Old 03-12-2013, 06:22 AM   #3
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From check-in they will actually shuttle your stuff to your site in a van.
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Old 03-12-2013, 06:33 AM   #4
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We'd be flying down. So question one is can you use Magical Express? I figure I'd obviously have to grab my bags/tent before hopping on the bus, but is this an option? Will I be the only person without a car?
Yes, you can take ME, and yes, I'd suggest grabbing your bags & tent first, so do not use the ME tags.

No, you won't be the only person without a car. Plenty of folks either have drivable RVs without a tow vehicle or fly down and stay in the cabins without a car. We have our truck since we pull a 5'er, but we never actually use it anyhow.

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Also, ME if an option would get us to FW around noon. Would I be able to check in and set up my tent right away or do you have to wait till 4pm to check in?

And FW is so big, would I have to take the bus from the check-in area to get to my site?

Thanks for any input/help.
By noonish, you would probably be able to get to your site. And they will shuttle you to a site if you let them know.
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Old 03-12-2013, 07:31 AM   #5
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For an additional $60 a night, you can rent a pop-up and have everything you need all set up for you....just bring the kid, toiletries, and clothes. Plus you will have air conditioning or heat, cooking facilities, and no worries about wind or rain.
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Old 03-12-2013, 11:21 AM   #6
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JanL Where do you rent the pop up from? Fort wilderness? Just wondering for family that sometime want to go and I can't take all of them.

Colinsdad I think check in is at 1 pm for the campsites. Thats what I'm counting on! So hope I'm right!
I don't know if they'll let everyone get their luggage if using the magical express. My daughter has used it but we brought her luggage down in our car. I don't think she had to wait for everyone to get their luggage. I know it says on Disney site it may take awhile (up to 3 hrs) to recieve your luggage. But since I've never done that I don't know if thats normally what they do or they are just covering themselves for any unseen problems by the comment!

I have camped at Disney without air conditioner and I would want to camp as near the pool as possible if you are coming in the summer!

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Where do you rent the pop up from? Fort wilderness? Just wondering for family that sometime want to go and I can't take all of them.
It would be from local renters, not WDW.
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Old 03-12-2013, 02:56 PM   #8
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I would think about renting a golf cart. It'd be great for you and you girl to get to the boat and the outpost. It's also cool to have to drive around the campground.
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Old 03-12-2013, 03:27 PM   #9
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In August I'll be renting a pop-up from Fort Camper Rentals
(fortcamperrental.com). What a treat to just drive up and start camping, then leave without the hassel of packing it all up again!
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From check-in they will actually shuttle your stuff to your site in a van.
one additional point concerning the shuttle van: be sure to ask for the ride to your campsite when you are checking in
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Old 03-12-2013, 10:22 PM   #11
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Thank you to everyone who posted this great information. It's making me feel a lot more confident in my choice of FW.
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:59 PM   #12
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I camped twice at Ft. Wilderness by myself and my DS who was 2 1/2 the first trip and just turned 3 the second trip. I did about 4 days each trip. We stayed in our own tent (first time in premium campsite and second time in a regular campsite.) The premium campsite was great (nice and quiet) but the regular tent site was too noisy because of the buses rolling by and also we were too close to the bathrooms (a door kept slamming shut every time someone went in or out.) Don't be afraid to change your site if you don't like it -- I would never suffer again if the campsite wasn't working out for me.

What I liked about Ft. Wilderness is that there's so many dining options that you don't need to worry about meals. I didn't want to cook because I had a young child. You can walk the nature trail or take the boat for meals too at the Wilderness Lodge.

We had a great time -- we didn't really do a lot at the campground because we went to the parks and really just wanted the camping to get extra magic hours and convenience to the parks.

My son loved both camping trips and we now live 15 minutes to the Ft. and still love visiting.

During both trips, my tent was way too large for us and for me to put up by myself and neighbors or CMs riding by on their shuttles were always so nice to give me a hand putting up my tent for the last 5 minutes of getting the poles in place.

I had my own car so I wasn't flying so I can't comment on the airport shuttle. Renting the golf cart is probably a good idea if it's in your budget. If not, the internal bus system is really easy to use.

Is your visit going to be the October 2013 trip? It's hard to say how hot the weather will be -- the week that I was at the campsite, it was very, very hot.

I had battery operated fans for the tent. (I would have used electric if I had room in the car or thought about just throwing them out after the camping.)

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Old 03-20-2013, 07:51 AM   #13
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I'm wondering how you're going to handle showers. 5 years old is too old for a girl in the men's comfort station, and I don't think any of my children would have been able to manage it all by themselves at 5, unless she's been recently and knows how to do it already. The showers there may not turn on exactly like the showers at your house, and it certainly won't have to be turned to the same spot to make it the perfect temperature for her. I think that part would be overwhelming to a child that age. My 5 year olds do take showers on their own at home, but it's a lot different when it's a new shower, carrying everything you'll need to the comfort station, etc. Renting an RV with a bathroom or getting a cabin might be a better idea.
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Old 03-20-2013, 09:25 AM   #14
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I wondered about the bathroom too. I would not let my 4 yr old grandson go in the mens bathroom or next summer when he is almost 5 by himself. Even if I felt like it was safe for him to run into the mens and me stand at the door waiting for him , I don't think he could do a shower by himself or by next summer. He couldn't adjust the water, get his shower stuff out of his bag, pack it all back up. I don't know where his clothes & towel would end up! LOL! No doubt I would end up having to go in the mens and help him or get his stuff. That would be worse. I take him in the womens bathroom now with no problem. But the womens is a lot more private. A little girl going in the mens is a little different and seems worse. But I guess I would check the mens bathroom going in and coming out, and keep her with me. I don't know what else you could do. You can't go help her in the womens. With alot of the campers having a bathroom maybe yours won't be so busy. Lakewood Campground at Myrtle beach has a section of bathrooms that are single & private. To bad Disney doesn't. I was thinking of those $30 portable showers you can get at Walmart. Might be an option.
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Comfort stations aren't a big deal. I've gone with my daughters, then 5 and 3. It's not like men have their tallywhackers hanging around. I took them both in to the stall, washed them down, and I stood out of the water. Then I had them face the wall and I did a quick wash for myself. Turn off the water, dry myself off, slip on some swim trunks, then get the girls dried and dressed in the stall in something loose (like a big nightshirt). Go back to the tent and get thoroughly dried and dressed.

If people want to make an issue of it, go ahead, but it's no different than taking two kids in to a family restroom. This is stuff a single father just has to deal with and Disney makes it very easy to do so.
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