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East Berlin, Pennsylvania
March 5, 2005
From the moment you check in, you start feeling that "Disney" magic. We were welcomed at the gate with the words "Welcome home", and for a while, we wished it were our home!
Our kids loved the pool, there was enough space between us and the next campsite to have some privacy (and trees to help), and the bath houses were clean! Boats are available to rent at the marina, so we spent some time enjoying ourselves in Sea Raycers.
Transportation to everywhere Disney is quick and convenient--and not crowded when we were there (February). You can also use the perks of charging everything you eat or buy at the theme parks to your room bill--and having souvenirs delivered to a store at the campground so you can pick it up later and not have to carry it around with you all day.
For those who don't live on farms (as we do), there is a petting farm animal area for the kids, pony rides, and trail rides available, as well as carriage rides.
Every night, a Disney movie is offered, and there is a campfire sing-along. Restaurants are on-site, or you can cook your own--or (our choice) eat at the theme parks.
This campground is quite nice. For Disney, if one has the money for it, we still prefer staying at the deluxe Polynesian Resort, but when one wants to save money and still be on-site, I highly recommend this place.
From journal Exploring the Dry Tortugas, Everglades, and Disney
January 30, 2006
If you like to camp and want to go to Disney World, don't stay anywhere else! In fact, I’d like to go back to Fort Wilderness just to camp, and forget about the theme parks--Fort Wilderness is an attraction all its own.
Rule #1--Bring bikes. Otherwise, prepare to rent them for about $21 per day or shell out $50 a day to rent an electric golf cart. You see, you are allowed to drive your vehicle only to enter or exit the campground, not to get around within the campground. That's what makes this place so wonderfully quiet; in fact, there aren't even vehicle parking spaces by the Meadow and Settlement Trading Posts (grocery/gift shops). The only parking lot is at the front entrance.
Rule #2--Take advantage of Disney transportation, which is free to campground guests. You can catch a bus from the front gate to Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Downtown Disney, and the water parks. I believe you can catch a bus from the Settlement Depot to the Magic Kingdom, but most folks take a boat. The larger boat stops first at Wilderness Lodge, then goes on to the Magic Kingdom. The smaller, "Willie Wonka"-type boat goes to Wilderness Lodge and the Contemporary Resort. However, we found it fun to take a boat to a Monorail stop (at the Contemporary or Magic Kingdom) and ride the rest of the way (say, to Epcot) by Monorail.
Rule #3--You must rent a full hook-up site to be on a pet loop. This cost us about $17 per day extra (extra cost of the full hook-up rather than partial plus $5 per day pet fee), but it was worth it to have our little dog with us. Fort Wilderness has a kennel by the front entrance, but we didn't use it--I believe it is another $6 per day. IF YOU CALL FOR RESERVATIONS AND ARE TOLD THE PET LOOPS ARE FULL, CALL EVERY MORNING UNTIL YOU CAN GET A RESERVATION! They have cancellations every day, so try, try again! The campground has a huge, heated outdoor pool.
We found it lots of fun to ride our bikes to the bus/boat stop each morning to catch a ride to one of the theme parks. I couldn’t believe how quiet and beautiful the campground is compared to the hustle and bustle of Orlando! We weren’t able to attend the nightly campfire/movie, but the free campfire is an added benefit for those who can attend. Our campsite had been hosed down before our arrival. The site was perfectly level, with the back third being sand (where the charcoal grill and picnic table were), and the front part being cement. There are trash cans and recycle bins convenient to every site. Ice is sold at machines ($2 per 7-pound bag) at the restrooms.
Once again, I cannot recommend Fort Wilderness enough. It gets a little pricey in high season, but it’s an exceptional value in the off-season!
From journal Our Stay at Disney's Fort Wilderness Campground
by Mrs. J
February 14, 2003
This resort has camping, RV rental and cabins decorated in a warm, homey pioneer theme. The large kitchen/dining/living area has a queen size murphy bed (folds into a wall), couch, coffee table and two chairs. The bedroom has bunk beds, a double bed, a closet, a bedside table and two dressers. All that furniture is kind of squeezed into the bedroom area; so, our family hung out in the living area. The bathroom has a good size tub/shower and ample counter space.
Ft. Wilderness decor isn't as heavily Disney as some of the other resorts. My overall impression here is of peace and quiet. The dense, tall pines and leaf carpeted ground seem to muffle any noise.
There are fun activities here for kids--campfire shows with characters Chip & Dale, marshmallow roasting, trail rides, etc. The famous Hoop de Doo Review is here, too; but, since we only had four full days, we didn't do much in the resort itself. Since it's relatively economical to stay at Ft. Wilderness, many families come to Disney World for long trips and spend "down time" relaxing around the resort.
The resort is huge with its own bus system. You can also rent bikes or a golf cart. The golf cart costs $40 and I couldn't see spending as much per day for a golf cart as I'd paid for the rental car. There is a nice camp store that's surprisingly reasonably priced. We rode the shuttle bus to it because you can't park your car near the store. Once, when I had no time to wait for the shuttle bus, my sister-in-law drove me to the store and circled around a few times in the car. When I'd made my purchases, I called her on the cell phone and she met me in front with our car. By the way, we saved a ton by eating breakfast and supper in the cabin.
Speaking of money, let me talk a bit about the pricing. We arrived New Year's Eve and the rate on that night was very high--I think about $300. If you call Walt Disney World reservations and tell them your arrival date, they will automatically price your entire stay at the rate that is in effect that first night--even if the rate for the next four nights is much lower. I found out that the rate for 1-1-03 would be about $170 and the rate for the rest of the nights in our stay were only about $140. When I asked the Disney reservationist about this he told me that he could book three separate reservations for us so that we could get the three different rates--but they won't volunteer to do this.
From journal Walt Disney World--Jan. 1-5, 2003
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