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Should You Stay at Fort Wilderness Resort?

Sometimes camping is the way to go when you are planning a family vacation.

Just look at MLB player Daniel Norris who lives out of his Volkswagen camper even though he recently signed a $2 million dollar signing bonus.

While you may not want to load your family into a 1978 camper you may be considering turning your Disney vacation into something a bit more adventurous.

The resort boasts 799 campsites and just over 400 air-conditioned cabins.

Fort Wilderness Resort Costs

Camping in the 21st century can be as primitive or technologically savvy, as you would like to make it.

At Walt Disney Worlds Wilderness Resort you have the option to do either.

There are two outdoor, heated pools that are free for guests to use.

On the lower end of the budget you can procure a tent campsite for as low as $49/night or a full hook-up campsite for $66/night.

Wilderness Cabins (WC), which sleep up to six people start at just under $300/night

Firewood, cots, tents and even golf carts can be rented onsite.

You can choose to pack your own food or you can use one of the dining facilities at Fort Wilderness.

There are two restaurants, two dinner shows and a quick service area that all serve American style food.

Why this is the Place for You

You do not need to be the ultimate adventurer in order to enjoy Fort Wilderness.

There are over 700 acres of flourishing vegetation speckled with pine and cypress trees.

Common visitors to the resort include: rabbits, deer, armadillos, ducks, geese, and peacocks.

It is also the only pet friendly resort on Disney World property, with lots of room for both guests regardless of your pet status.

Fort Wilderness Cabins

The WCs are about 500 square feet and have a wooden deck outside, with a picnic table and a charcoal grill. 

Inside, the cabins contain; a bedroom with a double bed, bunk beds, a nightstand, a dresser, separate vanity with hairdryer; a full bathroom with tub/shower; hall closet; fully functional kitchen; living area with color TV, a dining table that seats six, sofa, kids table and two chairs, pull-down Murphy bed, window seats, telephone and a safe. 

Pack your bikes; there are plans of places to ride around this resort.

Fort Wilderness Campsite

All hook-up trailer and RV sites have electricity (20/30/50 amps) and city water. 

There are 695 full hookup sites that also accommodate for septic services.

Each campsite is a back in and is a combination of paved driveway, which range in length from 25 to 60 feet, and sandy pad. 

Campsites are approximately 25 feet wide and come with a picnic table and charcoal grill.

There are spaces that will accommodate RVs larger than 45 feet in length, be sure to mention the exact size of your RV when making a reservation because it will be impossible to fit a 40 foot RV into a 30 RV space and you do not want to deal with the headache of last minute adjustments at the start of your vacation. 

These premium sized campsites feature the following amenities: water, power, septic, cable, and access to the high-speed internet, plus upgraded picnic tables and.

Comfort Stations

There are 15 comfort stations placed strategically throughout the campground.

Many loops – similar to streets - have their own comfort station; although, some of the smaller loops share a single, centrally located station. 

Each comfort station is equipped with air conditioning and includes private showers, restrooms, laundry rooms, house phones and ice machines ($2 per 7 lb. bag). 

They are open 24 hours a day, laundry service has limited hours.

After a sing-along and marshmallow roast Chip & Dale may stop by for the nightly Disney movie begins that begins just before dusk.

Here you can meet other families and enjoy the great outdoors with your own family. 

Packing a blanket and bag of marshmallows for the evening.

Why you May Want to Reconsider

Spending a week inside of a large tent or small teardrop trailer may not sound like the most romantic getaway for everyone and that is understandable.

 If you are on the fence about staying at Fort Wilderness Resort and do not have access to a high-end RV you may want to consider the following. 

You will not be able to call out for someone to deliver a late-night snack for you at the drop of a hat. 

If you have a family member that will do that on vacation, you have a winner! 

You will be in charge of tidying up your space and packing your own fluffy.

Also if you are looking to hunt just outside of your tent this is certainly not the place to consider setting up camp. 

The only things hunted here are eggs on Easter.

All of the wild animals on the property are free to roam without concern for their safety due to gaming.

If you take time to plan out your stay and rent an RV you could have the best time of your life, but if you begin to loathe the time you are spending at a campsite and want to leave early you will have to lug that RV with you to another hotel or Disney resort.

Fort Wilderness is a resort and campground like no other.

There is no Disney property quite like it, where you can carry on a family camping tradition while still enjoying all the amenities offered by Walt Disney World Resort.

By Marie Ospina

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