Ft. Wilderness Is A Great Place

For quite a few years we have been Disney Vacation Club owners.  Prior to that my wife and I spent quite a bit of money each time we went to the Disney World Resort in Florida.  One of our last trips before purchasing our DVC membership we started discussing driving down with a small camper behind the car.  The only thing that we would have to get was a camper, and rv insurance.  We both actually thought that we might be ok with doing this.  The Fort Wilderness campground is an excellent place to stay if you want a cheaper price.  On top of that the people that stay in Fort Wilderness are a different type of person.

Please take no objection to what I am stating.  As always… This is my opinion.

When you go to Disney World have you ever noticed how many people are just flat out rude, and obnoxious?  Have you ever noticed how many people unwittingly cause situations because of whatever reason?  Well, most of those people are from out of the country.  Almost any Disney veteran can acknowledge this as true.  There is nothing wrong with the foreigners.  What happens is that the first timers go to Disney World, and don’t understand our culture as well as they thought.  The folks in Fort Wilderness respect each other.  For the most part the visitors to Ft. Wilderness are people that camp a lot, and understand the camping lifestyle.

If you want to try out a new experience, and you have a camper then I suggest you give Ft. Wilderness a try.  I don’t think that you will regret it.


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Travelling To Disney

We originally started our travels to Florida by driving there.  One year we were leaving Florida and dropped my mother off at the airport.  Before we even got out of Florida my mother called and said that she was home.  After that we flew via Spirit for the next few years.  When the cost of flying got too much we started driving again.  This year when our insurance was cancelled we starting hunting through cheap car insurance quotes to find a price that would be good enough for us to have our camper on the insurance for when we ever do get to drive down to Florida with our camper.  Campers aren’t cheap to have on insurance.  We got lucky.

The last time we camped in Florida we drove down in my truck, and rented a camper from El Monte.  The prices were good, and we have been trying to decide if it is easier to rent one over towing one down to Florida.  The increased cost for gas, speed, and other factors make us not sure of what we want to do in the future.

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Renting A Camper For Disney World

Back a few years ago my wife, and I decided that we wanted to try out staying in a rv in Fort Wilderness.  We drove down, and rented a camper from El Monte RV.  I had never driven a camper, and this was an experience.  I had to drive it down I-4 to get to Disney World.  I decided to take this trip very slow because I didn’t take the motorhome insurance that they offered.  I am a very cheap guy, and usually those policies are just pocket change for those that are charging it.

We setup in Fort Wilderness, and we ended up enjoying ourselves very much.  Previous to this trip my wife, and I only stayed in Ft. Wilderness once before.  That trip was a disaster, as we got flooded out, and we ended up getting a hotel room for the remainder of the trip.  My parents were in a camper on the opposite side of the road.  Now that we are DVC members we don’t think much about doing this type of vacation anymore.  The labor involved in camping is a bit much for me.  (Especially when I am on vacation.)  Even going camping now is a bit of a chore, but I have been teaching the wife, and little one how to help me hook up, and unhook.

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Camping In Disney World

We have been discussing more the possibilities of driving down to Disney World next year, and camping over in Ft. Wilderness.   By doing this we can spend a bit more time relaxing in a really nice environment.  The other campers that go to Ft. Wilderness are very polite.

Last time we went camping in Disney World we got flooded out, and we ended up having to get a room at the All Stars on a last minute basis.  Camping has never been my thing if tents, and sleeping bags are part of it.  Having a travel trailer I am more easily swayed into camping again.  At least in the camper I have most of the luxuries of home… lcd tv, stereo, video game system, and it is mine.

We are trying to decide on one last thing, and that is whether we should invest in some camper insurance.  This way if anything happens the one thing I won’t have to worry about is the rv repair.

Have you ever camped in Ft. Wilderness?  What did you think?

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Disney’s Ft. Wilderness…My Opinion


My family has stayed at Ft. Wilderness many times.  We turned down going there this past trip because of money.  When we stay at the Ft. we enjoy the people we meet while there.  The people that live the RV life in Disney know how others want to be treated.  I would venture to say that all RV’ers that I have met at other rv parks other than Disney’s are very friendly.

The only thing that I don’t like, which may have changed by now, is that there is no internet access, and noone to clean up your place like the other Disney hotels, and resorts.  I am an internet junkie, and I need my fix no matter where I am, and that is why I also have a Blackberry.

Ft. Wilderness has changed quite a bit since I started going there as a child.  They never had cabins like they do today.  River Country was the water park of choice back then.  The Meadows Pool was recently renovated, and that was a good thing, as there was no decent pool for the campers.

One of the last times we went to Ft. Wilderness we rented an RV from a local outfit near Disney.  The price was a bit hefty, but we enjoyed it.  Staying in my parents RV is a bit tight with all of us when we all went.

All in all I enjoy staying in Ft. Wilderness.  Price means everything, and I would rather not spend extra gas to cart my camper down to Florida.  What extra money I would spend doing that I can just get an All Star room, and be happy.

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