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Posted: 12/03/19 01:40pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Still Searchin' wrote:

UPDATE needed: How has the Trails Collection worked in Florida for both last winter and this winter?? How many nites are you able to get at Florida Encore parks here in Florida? thanks.


We are Elite TT members and have the TC add-on. The Elite membership allows us to go directly park to park. You may go park to park from TT to TC and vice versa but not TC to TC. Once you stay at a TC park, you must be out of the TC system for a week.

Zone pass members have a week out between both types of stays.


Past winters were easier to get into Trails Collection parks. 2017/2018 was great, we got into anywhere we wanted when we wanted (except for the Keys); 2018/2019 was a little more difficult and we found availability at fewer parks. And this year (2019/2020), it's been much more difficult but I've still been able to maintain in the TT/TC system for a majority of the winter.

Last winter, I had the following stays:
- 11/11-11/12/2018, TC Tropical Palms, Kissimmee, FL
- 11/20-12/1/2018, TC Tropical Palms, Kissimmee, FL
- 1/4-1/5/2019, TT Orlando, Clermont, FL
- 1/5-1/13/2019, TC Sherwood Forest, Kissimmee, FL
- 1/19-2/2/2019, TT Orlando, Clermont, FL
- 2/2-2/12/2019, TC Breezy Hill, Pompano Beach, FL
- 2/12-2/25/2019, TT Peace River, Wauchula, FL
- 3/24-4/2/2019, TC Harbor Lakes, Port Charlotte, FL

This winter, I stayed at a TT park for 1/2 of November and I just pay for a park for all of December (same as last year), so my reservations don't start until 2020:
- 11/17-12/1/2019, TT Orlando, Clermont, FL
- 1/1-1/14/2020, TC Tropical Palms, Kissimmee, FL
- 1/14-1/28/2020, TT Orlando, Clermont, FL
- 2/1-2/15/2020, TC Sunshine Daytona, Daytona Beach, FL

I will most likely head to a TC park on 2/22 for a week while we go to the Strawberry Festival. And then I'll try to hit the Keys in the second half of March or the first half of April.

The key to the TT/TC system is to not get too hung up on when you want to be places.

And the last tip that I have (one which I haven't been following myself!) is reservations open online at midnight central time. In the past, I've been known to search for reservations at 1am ET.

More limitations:
- you may only have 2 high use TT reservations on the books at a time
- you may only have 2 high use TC reservations on the books at a time
- the booking window for TC is 60 days out
- the booking window for TT is up to your contract (we have 120 days at most parks)
- and the not prorating thing is real; I purchased in September and my contract year was up in December (I knew what I was doing and it paid for itself, but be aware)


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