On our trips to Disney World we have stayed in Value Resorts, Moderate Resorts and even Off-site. We love them all for different reasons but our ABSOLUTE FAVORITE (for now) is hands down, the Cabins at Ft. Wilderness! I know what you may be thinking; “Why?”, “There are so many more options to choose from, why stay in the woods?”, “No thanks, I’m not camping on vacation.” I get it. I do. Before you mark it off your list of possibilities, let me try to convince you!
The Ft. Wilderness campground first popped up on our radar almost 10 years ago when, on our first visit, we headed out of a busy Magic Kingdom at closing time with HUNDREDS of other tired visitors and saw the boat lines vs. bus lines. While we registered the fact that there were places to stay a boat ride away from the MK, we didn’t think any more about it. Wow, cool boats, oh well, let’s get to the bus.
A couple of years later, we ate dinner at the Trail’s End Restaurant, even remarked on how neat the area was. Our daughter played on the playground while we waited for our reservation. The vibe was relaxing and friendly but we never explored much of the surroundings till we went back a third time a few years ago with my parents, niece and nephew.
On a hot crowded day in the park, we were heading back to our off-site lodgings for a break, when I remembered the Ft. Wilderness had a great shaded playground, wasn’t overly crowded and had things we wanted to check out. We (all 7 adults and kids) took the quick boat ride across the lake for a rest instead of driving back to our condo. We got some drinks and snacks, my parents sat in rocking chairs watching the kids run around and play on a nearly deserted playground then we went exploring. We walked around past the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue and saw 3 live deer eating in a little grassy spot! Now, we live in a rural area and deer are not new to us, but seeing 3 deer within reaching distance in the Disney World Ft. Wilderness was pretty cool. The kids then went off to explore the stables. In the words of my dad, “I could just stay here the whole day”.
Now, on to our stay! In 2015, I started planning a trip for April 2016. One of my favorite sites for Disney Crowd and discount ticket info, Undercover Tourist, was just starting to offer HOTEL RESERVATIONS. What? Let me check it out. Browsing through the offerings, I came across the Cabins at Ft. Wilderness and the price was somewhere around 33% off the regular nightly cost. Let’s do it! We did and now we are hooked! The cabins (at the right price) may have ruined us for all other resorts.
What’s so great about it? I’ll tell you.
We did not even get around to the campfire sing-along, s'mores and carriage rides. Or the archery classes and horseback rides! There is always next time. I know it may not be everyone’s cup of tea but if your family might be even remotely interested in a cabin stay, I cannot encourage you enough to try it out! You don’t know what you are missing.
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