FL - Ft. Wilderness, Disney World

Discussion in 'Campground / Trip Planning & Suggestions ?' started by jetcopter, Jan 29, 2008.

  1. jetcopter

    jetcopter New Member

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    Apr 21, 2007
    Miami, Florida
    Has anyone stayed at Ft. Wilderness campground in Disney? I hear that they are pretty much all the same, but any help will do.

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  2. robsheila

    robsheila New Member

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    May 24, 2007
    I don't know that my experience will help. I was there 13 years ago and stayed in one of the modular homes. It was the most economical due to the number of people in our party.

    The grounds were huge. We rented a couple of golf carts to get around throughout our stay. There is a buffet-style restaurant that served a delicious breakfast each morning before we got on the boats to our park destination.

    The campground was a wonderful experience. We were entertained in ways that the various resorts didn't offer. I specifically recall a campfire with Chip and Dale -- a folk-singer sang songs with the kids. It was the perfect way to end the day. The beach is beautiful. And, of course, there's a movie playing at the outdoor theater.

    Behind the restaurant is one of Florida's first waterparks, River Country. It's very unique. Unlike traditional waterparks, this one is a lagoon off of the lake equipped with ziplines and other fun equipment. It's a playground in the water. There is also a pool. I've been to several waterparks and River Country is still pretty high on my list.

    I'm a big fan of Disney and would love to haul the PU all the way down there. Unfortunately, a hotel would be cheaper than the gas to haul it down 1,000 miles. Have a great time.

    Rob & Sheila
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  3. clynches

    clynches New Member

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    Apr 28, 2007
    We stayed at Fort Wilderness last labor day, it was nice, but very crowded, totally full for the weekend. We stayed in one of the two loops that has water and electric only, the comfort stations were incredibly nice and newly remodeled. The rest of the loops have full hookups and a few additional loops also have cable hookups. The ones with cable are closer to the boat docks. A few loops are pet friendly as well. Most of the loops have little vegetation between sites but lots of pine trees all around. There are two pools and a petting zoo. They have a campfire and sing-a-long and show a disney movie every night. You can also rent canoes and other water craft, bikes, and golf carts.

    River Country is closed, I believe because of concerns with native bacteria that live in Florida lakes, but don't quote me on that cause. But Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon are both great water parks.

    The Hoop-de-do musical review dinner and show at Pioneer Hall is great but pricey, but everything at disney is pricey.

    I love Disney and since I grew up in Florida, I have been there many times. Personally, I think that if you are going to spend the money to go you should just stay on property, it is so much easier to just use their transportation to get from where ever you are staying to all the theme parks, water parks, and other entertainment.

    I see you are from Florida, you should keep an eye out for Florida resident rates, during less busy times of the year they offer reduced rates for tickets and accommodations, I don't know if the campground is included but its worth looking into.

    Let me know if you have any specific questions and I can try to help.


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    We took our Dutchmen there in 1999 and stayed there for 12 nights in August (a hot time of year to go, but it was our only option). We enjoyed it immensely. It was just a short walk down to the water to catch a boat to the Magic Kingdom. We didn't use the bus system, just drove our own vehicle. My son had is 8th birthday there and got to go on the stage with Chip 'n Dale. Everyone was very friendly and yes expensive, but as the previous poster stated, everything at Disney is pricy...but you have to expect that for a place like that....

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  5. Fourkids

    Fourkids New Member

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    Rhode Island
    We just got back! Quiet, clean, great transportation system to get you around all of Disney. On the FW grounds you can fish, canoe, bike,(they rent everything you could every imagine) hike, swim (2 heated pools), horseback ride, play on several playgrounds, relax on the lake beach (beautiful white sand), and that is just off the top of my head. Sites are about 50' deep and 20' wide. You won't be disappointed.

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  6. Sweezylaker

    Sweezylaker New Member

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    Feb 3, 2008
    Last Spring my family tent camped there. My children 12,9,8 at the time loved the campgrounds.
    You get the best of both worlds. Very clean Disney experence with the relaxing camp attitude. Fireworks can be seen from the beach area and boat parade at night is fun for the children. I think they had as much fun in the pools as they did at the Animal kingdom.
    The onlymajor drawback is price ... nothing is cheap.

    Bring bikes or roller blades since the campground is big.

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