This past weekend we had a chance to explore the campgrounds at Walt Disney World. You may not have known that only a ferry ride from Magic Kingdom is a 750 acre campground that has cabins, tent campers, and RVs. Our days were filled with swimming, fishing, and Mickey ice cream. I find their website is vague on many things, so let’s break it down!
Check in online is a breeze. Although it lists “one vehicle per site” we discovered they actually allowed two. All extra cars must be parked at the main entrance. The only transportation allowed in the resort is by Disney bus, bike, or (rental/own) golf carts. I highly recommend reserving a golf cart in advance as they do run out and are well worth it! We were impressed to see the bathrooms were extremely clean. One downside we learned is that only several (large, cumbersome) fire pits are allowed to be brought in so pretty much no one has a fire at their campsite. However, people make sure to decorate with Christmas lights and LED candles which is helpful when you realize a fire was the main method a camper uses to see at night! Our neighbor camper, Jerry, was a pro!
There are tons of activities EVERYWHERE….pony rides, swimming, tetherball, playgrounds, shuffleboard, kickball games, tennis, boating….the list is endless. One important note is that they do NOT provide pool towels unless you are staying in the cabins so make sure to bring your own. Their food and restaurants are top notch. Ft. Wilderness is home to one of my ALL TIME FAVE Disney restaurants, the Hoop Dee Doo Revue. Absolutely worth every dollar, please reserve a meal there if you are in the area! At night, everyone flocks to Chip and Dales Campfire Sing-A-Long and outdoor movie. You can then head to the beach to watch both the Electric Water Parade and the Magic Kingdom fireworks!! YEAH!!!
Happy tip for you, should you choose to book your next vacay here – Call to book. You’re going to need to have an agent talk you through about what sites are best for your needs. We booked the “Preferred” sites but realized that these are almost completely taken up by LARGE RVs….which was a bit overwhelming and noisy in our tiny tent. Womp womp. Calling to book will help ensure you are in the best loop AND near the activities that are most important to you.
And to save the best for last….if you bring your small green pet bird and it happens to get loose AND you call 911, they will come to help! This provided a huge amount of entertainment for both adults and kids. Sadly for the little bird, as the fireman reached out to grab her, she flew away. After the bird owner calling out to “Elsa” for an hour, it was time for her to let it go. True story.