1. Welcome to the WDWMAGIC.COM Forums!
    Please take a look around, and feel free to sign up and join the community.You can use your Twitter or Facebook account to sign up, or register directly.
    Dismiss Notice

Fort Wilderness Damage

Discussion in 'WDW Resort Hotels' started by fvrs7189, Sep 13, 2017.

  1. fvrs7189

    fvrs7189 Member

    Joined:
    Feb 4, 2014
    Messages:
    30
    Likes Received:
    20
    I know that Fort Wilderness Campground is still closed, and for that reason there are no pictures circulating around showing the damage, but do we know what is exactly wrong with it? it there just a ton of trees and all down? or is there their damage to the pool, etc?
     
  2. R W B

    R W B Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2010
    Messages:
    1,545
    Likes Received:
    1,354
    I was wondering if any cabins were damaged from falling trees.
     
  3. got2lovedisney

    got2lovedisney Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2001
    Messages:
    490
    Likes Received:
    477
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2017
  4. sxeensweet

    sxeensweet Love a little Disney every day!! ;) Premium Member

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2008
    Messages:
    6,159
    Likes Received:
    7,776
    Supposed to reopen in a week. Lots of trees and branches etc to clean up as expected in the wooded area. :)
     
  5. slappy magoo

    slappy magoo Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 26, 2004
    Messages:
    6,562
    Likes Received:
    2,498
    Yeah the rumor strikes me as highly unlikely. I'm not a camping guy but I know Fort Wilderness is consistently rated one of the best campgrounds in the USA
     
  6. figmentfan423

    figmentfan423 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2012
    Messages:
    31,773
    Likes Received:
    110,002
    ^^^^This. My idea of camping is SOG:D
     
  7. AMDPhenomX4

    AMDPhenomX4 New Member

    Joined:
    May 10, 2009
    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    0
    There are a couple snaps showing damage to the Campfire Sing-a-Long area. A tree crushed the stadium seating area.
     
  8. MotherofaPrincessLover

    MotherofaPrincessLover Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 9, 2014
    Messages:
    778
    Likes Received:
    776
    I hope they can get this fixed quick. I was hoping to go there in a little over a week.
     
  9. MySmallWorldof4

    MySmallWorldof4 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2015
    Messages:
    2,239
    Likes Received:
    9,597
    Having stayed there often enough at this point;), even without downed trees, FW is prone to flooding in many areas just with an ordinary rainstorm. I have seen CM's pumping water out from some huge puddled the size of ponds after a regular thunderstorm. :eek: I am sure that was an issue also.
     
  10. HoraceHorizons

    HoraceHorizons New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2017
    Messages:
    7
    Likes Received:
    1
    I arrive at FW in a little over a week. After speaking to the resort directly, and relaying my inability to reschedule our trip, I was told that if the resort doesn't open, or if full operations are not up an running, Disney will contact me to help find other accommodations in WDW. I told them that since we are 3 grown men, we would require more than 1 room and I was assured that should this happen we will be "taken care of."

    This is the source of some consternation for me, because there isn't really much by way of comparison to the Wilderness Cabins at WDW Resorts, without a considerable upgrade, apart from maybe a suite at the Art Of Animation resort. While this doesn't sound terrible, we are 3 grown men, so a CARS or LION KING ROOM, is a bit... not our style for this trip when compared to FW.

    They further advised that since we are looking forward to FW (Ive heard great things about the place) and specifically the Resort Amenities, that we hold onto our reservation until they contact us.

    I've never had anything bad to say about WDW Customer Service, but this is my 5th trip in 8 years and 4th year in a row traveling there. Disney itself, does have a reputation for some degree of nickel and diming guests, though. And I can say for sure, without blaming Disney for these unforeseeable tragedies of course, that their business model is very logistics heavy for those planning trips. In some cases, to get my trip right Ive worked for weeks tweaking plans. Given that, I have to imagine they are smart enough to have some system in place for situations like this, and assume they wont shy away from upgrades or DVC resorts, should our resort not be fully operational. A refund doesn't really cut it when you've been planning a trip for 2 months on your free time.

    Worse is that Fort Wilderness as a resort, in particular, isn't an example of WDW's Accommodations, where it's acceptable to expect guests to travel outside for Dining and Recreation. If you're at any of the Boardwalk resorts, or say Pop Century you can walk across the lake to Art of Animation. Or if you're at Riverside, you can easily walk to the French Quarter. Its not even easy to get to the pool IN RESORT at Fort Wilderness, and that isolation and recreation options are the draw there. It will be interesting to see how Disney handles it. I wish someone who's reservation is currently being effected could report their experience here.
     
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2017
  11. drizgirl

    drizgirl Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2015
    Messages:
    1,759
    Likes Received:
    3,553
    Look, I'm the farthest thing from a Disney apologist. But this was a massive hurricane. Sometimes there's only so much you can do.

    I recommend not booking during hurricane season next time.
     
    Omi19 and prfctlyximprct like this.
  12. Dave Ber

    Dave Ber Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2017
    Messages:
    269
    Likes Received:
    158
    got2lovedisney likes this.
  13. Lets Respect

    Lets Respect Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2016
    Messages:
    337
    Likes Received:
    527
    There are other family suites that aren't themed so heavily at All Stars I believe? Should be enough space for three grown men, I think there are three beds
     
  14. HoraceHorizons

    HoraceHorizons New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2017
    Messages:
    7
    Likes Received:
    1
    Yeah, nah. You might be a Disney apologist? Sorry. But this is far from "all they can reasonably do."
    FOR EXAMPLE: Currently, their website states that the resort I'm checking into in less than a week is closed indefinitely. Guess what? They haven't even contacted me yet. After 4 days, I had to call them and waited on hold for 3 hours to get little to no answers. Think about that. Does that sound like they are doing "all they can reasonably do" to you?

    This is DISNEY. There is plenty more they can do. Saying 'there is only so much they can do' when I havent even received a phone call, and can't get someone on the phone is rather silly. Anyone with the slightest interest in this Company can see that they have the resources to amend for situations like this.

    I don't know what your experience has been with Disney in the past, but Ive stayed there 5 times as an adult and was there 4 or 5 times in my youth. I know and love this company. I also know WDW. And I know they have what it takes to accommodate their guests in these circumstances.
    Do you really believe that issuing refunds and downgrading people is t "all Disney can reasonably do" here? Come on. Think about it for a minute... Im guessing you know they can do more.

    Are you a Corporate apologist? Because you must realize that a massive corporation like Disney can more than certainly afford to take a slightly bigger hit, until they fix FW.
    When you say the hurricane was massive,.. you have to realize that in the end 400mil worth of damage may as well be 450mil. It's called contingency and Disney def has plenty of it.

    Its quite simple to see what's happening.
    The employees and hierarchy at WDW, dealing with this are following protocol, trying to keep their numbers tight because the word still hasn't come down from above that they should address this problem by spending more money yet. Why? The higher ups, are holding out on the CM's and their managers, hoping they will work harder and resolve it without having to send word down, and spending more, because they only care about quarters and shares and investors and etc. So meanwhile, everyone working there now, is still following protocol.
     
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2017
  15. John park hopper

    John park hopper Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 31, 2017
    Messages:
    454
    Likes Received:
    752
    Hurricane season begins in June and ends Nov 30 notbooking during this time may not be possible
     
  16. drizgirl

    drizgirl Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2015
    Messages:
    1,759
    Likes Received:
    3,553
    Sure, but it peaks in late August and September. It's a matter of degrees of risk.
     
    Omi19 likes this.
  17. drizgirl

    drizgirl Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2015
    Messages:
    1,759
    Likes Received:
    3,553
    You clearly haven't been around here long. :rolleyes:
     
    HoraceHorizons likes this.
  18. John park hopper

    John park hopper Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 31, 2017
    Messages:
    454
    Likes Received:
    752
    True, but you can't rule out October which has had just as many hurricanes as August. Get trip insurance and don't worry about it and have a good time @ WDW
     
  19. Lets Respect

    Lets Respect Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2016
    Messages:
    337
    Likes Received:
    527
    That's horrible to be left on hold for three hours. Totally unacceptable.

    What resort switch would make you happy with the situation?
     
    HoraceHorizons likes this.
  20. wdwfan22

    wdwfan22 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2002
    Messages:
    2,123
    Likes Received:
    2,042
    You will be contacted when a decision has been made on whether operations will continue or not. It's not really that difficult to comprehend that a major weather event has taken place. You know this already and If you are that concerned then cancel otherwise deal with it. If you have to be relocated most likely you will be moved to a disney moderate resort.
     

Share This Page