We are going to Fort Wilderness in August, and need recommendations for a site. We will be traveling in a motorhome and tow a car. While a pull-through would be nice - it isn't of major concern.
We will travel with our 12 yr old daughter and 2 (3 yr and 1 yr old) yellow labs. Having a pet friendly site is important. Also, being close to transportation, activities, bus stop will be a plus as well. I will have an auto-start installed on the generator, so I wouldn't need to be close to the pet sitting facility.
I would appreciate your recommendation of sites and loops. This is the first time we are going to WDW in an RV, and I want to make it a great trip for my family.
First of all, you can request a "loop" but not a specific site. The 100, 200 and 300 loops are called preferred sites. They tend to be more crowded IMHO and I try to stay out of them. All sites at WDW are back ins, no pull throughs among the 800+ sites.
Loops 400 to 900 are called premium sites and most are the ones recently remodeled. Just requesting a loop doesn't mean you will get it. They open loops the same way they do the hotels. When one gets up to a certain occupancy level on reservations, approx 70%, then they will open the next loop of that type.
The loop numbers go up to 2800, but 400, 500 and 1400 are closer to the boat transportation, so we can just walk to it from one of those sites. There really isn't a "bad" site in the place as far as I can tell. The "older" sites that haven't been refurbished lately, are smaller, have more sand surrounding the concrete/paved pad.
1500 to 1900 have excelent access to the Meadows Swimning pool at the Fort. Just a walk across the street. My grandsons, 7 and 8, it is their favorite place to spend their afternoons.
All loops have good access to bus transportation. Our favorite loop is the 500 loop. Pet friendly, $5 extra a day, close to the dog park. The new pet center is outside the campground now as I understand it. It is on the way we head out to come home. We get up there 8 or 10 times a year as it is only a 3 hour drive from home and we have annual tickets to the parks. Our beagle just stays in our rig while we are gone. Often my wife or I will go back to check on him once or twice a day. I find the transportation at the park, the monorails, the boats, the buses to be about as fun as many of the rides. LOL The Fort is what many people use to compare other campgrounds. It is the best run and most fun place, that we use in Florida. Best run anywhere IMHO. Pricey, but worth it to us.
You might as well leave your generator at home, LOL, as you can't use one there. All sites are full hookups, except for the tent sites.
Do the 10 day prior to arrival on line check in and again restate your desired loop.
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Don't stress, it's all good and all near bus stops. I, being anti-social, prefer the 1600,1700, 1800 and especially the 1900 loops (all pet loops). The more off and in a corner in the woods I can get the happier I am. It's a walk to the dog park, but that's the whole point, right? Walk to dog?
If you don't like the site you have drive around and find one that is unoccupied that you like (shouldn't be a problem in August) and call the front desk and ask if you can have it. They have always been most accommodating with me, even in peak seasons.
The 1500 and 2000 loops are not full hook ups and are pop-up/tent loops. For good info on the Fort try www.fortfiends.net Ask any question and usually someone knows the answer. There are also a lot of trip reports with pictures of the campground.
I would consider using the pet care some days.. Especially if they allow the dogs to run. Young labs are energetic and will be bouncing off the walls after days of staying confined in RV alone.. And bored dogs get in trouble and bored labs start chewing. My DD swears by pet care to wear her young dog out and have here tired and chilled in the evening.