Skipping the parks?

Discussion in 'Camping at Disney World' started by flash828, Oct 25, 2018.

  1. flash828

    flash828 Mouseketeer

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    I know some of you skip the parks while at the Fort but how far do you travel for just the Fort? We are a little over 800 miles one way and I would love to skip the parks and enjoy the fort and do other activities but it sounds crazy to drive all that way for just a campground .Trying to convince wife and kids (15 and 13).
     
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  2. snowmedic

    snowmedic 1500 MIles From the Fort.

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    We drove 1500 miles one way back in Aug., just me and DW, stayed around the Fort and the Springs, had a great time.
     
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  4. pbarager

    pbarager DDC #720

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    We are driving down from Michigan for Spring Break. Besides Animal Kingdom to see Pandora I don't see us doing much of the parks this time.
    The kids 14 and 16 are fine with it. (so is the wife!)

    Paul
     
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  5. serenitygr

    serenitygr DIS Veteran

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    We’re driving over 1700 miles right now- coming from northern Minnesota. No park days- just the Halloween party and the Christmas party for us! And also spending a day at discovery Cove- something we’ve never done but always wanted to :)
     
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  6. team bradfield

    team bradfield happy campers

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    we are 1300 miles, I could skip the parks and just do Fantasia mini golf, Disney springs, boardwalk and the Fort
     
  7. FastPasser.

    FastPasser. The party's over.

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    I'm with you on this part.
     
  8. FtW Mike

    FtW Mike DIS Veteran

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    I have learned to add a good mix of down days to our plans. Enough park time to see and do what we want and Fort days to just hang and chill.
     
  9. sirenia88

    sirenia88 You are a Toy car!

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    My wife and I did Discovery Cove twice. The first time just a regular dolphin experience. The second time which is about 13 years or so now, Trainer for a Day. We had a blast. The last time we went to Seaworld was in 2012 and had fun. The next time we are in the area for awhile, I am thinking maybe discovery cove visit.
     
  10. Breezy2

    Breezy2 Earning My Ears

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    It's great to consider The Fort the "destination" rather than the parks because it truly is. It is a premier campground experience that's as relaxing or active as you want it to be. As Florida residents its our campground of choice and gives us so many options that we visit quite frequently and never even go into the parks. Bikes, boats, golf, horses, wildlife, happy campers, walking/jogging paths, boat rides at night, disney movies, hotel hopping via monorail riding, campfire sing alongs, canoeing, fishing, basketball and don't forget all the pool fun. Absolutely come and enjoy The Fort, "Your Way"!
     
  11. 5stljayhawks

    5stljayhawks Rock Chawk Jayhawk

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    Although I agree it can be just a destination by itself, Dude it would be hard to be only a 10 minute boat ride and not go in at least one day. Over the years we were 1 wk stay parking every day, then moved to axp 2 wks stay with 5 or 6 days in parks. Making a 2 day drive just for the Fort.... Thinking I would look at other locations, unless the other things you are looking at are pretty awesome. I would rather spend 1/2 or 3/4 the nightly rate and reinvest the $ in family activities on vacation.
     
  12. North of Mouse

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    When you're basically a 'local' it's easy to let the Fort be a destination, as you can probably go more often and pick and choose your activities. It's a different story for us when it is quite a trip to get there, plus a lot of what's offered does not appeal to every person. We, of course, love the Fort, but it will never be 'the' destination.
     
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  13. sippican

    sippican Mouseketeer

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    We are only 90 minutes away, but I just couldn't!
     
  14. flash828

    flash828 Mouseketeer

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    Great replies! Reason we are thinking of doing this is to use the fort a base camp. Spend a day at Cocoa Beach, NASA or my old school in Daytona etc. Of course resort hops, meals and shows too. We have done parks either every year or every other since 2005 (4 of those at the fort) and as the kids get older they are geared more towards bigger rides which any amusement park can fill, and not the 'magical experience' that Disney supplies.
     
  15. Kinkerbelle

    Kinkerbelle Earning My Ears

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    During the holidays, we like to visit the hotels for christmas decorations and just awe at the architecture but thats just nerdy me and we are only 3.5 hours away. Also like the disney part of disney springs.
     
  16. 4077

    4077 I'll fly for this Mickey Mouse outfit!

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    What is your "old school"?
     
  17. flash828

    flash828 Mouseketeer

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    Embry riddle.
     
  18. 4077

    4077 I'll fly for this Mickey Mouse outfit!

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    Ahh...very good. Same here....the old place is VERY different over the years. 1995 grad.
     
  19. mickeyfan0805

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    I'm enjoying reading these posts. It's 1,300 miles for us, and we are big park buffs! It's hard for me to imagine hauling all the way down there and never going into the parks, but with the price of park tickets for a family of 5, maybe one of these years we will use it to get a 'Disney fix' between the more costly trips. The two times we've stayed at the Fort I have found that we haven't gotten to enjoy it as much as I would have liked. Perhaps when it is just DW and me it will be different.
     

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