We recently got back from spending a full week at Walt Disney World for Little Miss’ birthday! She had such a great time, and we did too. I’m hoping that over the next few weeks I’ll be able to share some of our experiences with you all.
We stayed at the Ft. Wilderness Campground, which turned out to be a wonderful choice. After a busy day at the park, it was nice to have somewhere relaxed to unwind. Plus we got to check out all of the decorated sites, there were a ton! People really go all out decorating their campers and golf carts for the Holidays.
The campground is pretty spread out, so I suggest bringing your bikes with you to get around. A lot of people rent golf carts while they’re there, but we didn’t think anything was more than an easy bike ride away.
Little Miss and I loved checking out the miniature ponies housed towards the front of the campground. There was also an abundance of wildlife. During our stay we saw a black snake, five deer, bunnies, and a group of wild turkeys! We were amazed by how close to the deer you could get before they would get spooked.
Little Miss also loved the pool – there was a section for smaller children and then a larger pool as well. I wish we had planned on a day at the campground but not at the parks just to enjoy everything the campground had to offer. There were horse rides, hay rides, a bonfire and movies at night, and of course the great pool! There are also multiple playgrounds throughout the campground. We only spent time at the one by the ferry, but we passed many others while riding bikes.
In front of one of the places where you could get food and drinks, there were horseshoes and hula hoops. There were always people enjoying those, including us! There was also a huge porch with rockers for those who prefer to just sit and watch all of the action. We also enjoyed the beach by the ferry – Little Miss discovered her love for tetherball! This was also a prime spot for fireworks viewing.
The public bathrooms were always clean at the campground (at least on our loop), and we never had to wait very long to use a shower. The campground was noisier than others we’ve stayed at, but nothing so bad that I couldn’t go to sleep at night.
The only downside was that it does take a while to get to the parks from there – the Magic Kingdom requires a ferry ride, and you should plan on allowing at least 30 minutes to get to the park, more likely an hour. We drove to the Animal Kingdom without any issues, but used Disney transportation for everything else.
We would recommend the campgrounds to anyone! You get all of the Disney quality at just a fraction of the cost.