Saturday, August 13, 2016

Staying in the Cabins at Fort Wilderness located at Walt Disney Resorts

deck view from the ft. wilderness cabin in orlando florida
View from the Deck of the Cabin
Years ago, I had originally planned to go on our first road trip to the mountains, but I chickened out.  My fear really got the best of me.  So I thought, let me just check out the site to see if they had any good deals.  They ended up having the best deal I ever saw on their Fort Wilderness Cabins!  (I still, to this day, have never seen that good of a deal again - I wish I would because I loved staying in the Cabins so much!)

I had always wanted to stay in the Campground with Nadia, but I was still a little scared to camp in a tent back then  (this was before our first camping trip).  So I booked the Cabin right away, it was the last day of the discount!  I had also purchased two 3-day Park Hopper Tickets with the water park option.   My Chase Disney reward dollars that I saved up ended up covering the price of the tickets.  -   Awesome.

The Cabin at Fort Wilderness comes with its own deck, picnic bench and grill.  The inside sleeps six.  There is a bedroom with a double bed and a bunk bed.  You have a bathroom; A kitchen with an oven, microwave, full size fridge with freezer.  The kitchen also includes pots and pans, utensils to use, and of course the beloved dishwasher.  The little living room area has a TV with a DVD player and there is a Murphy bed.

sunset on the beach at ft. wilderness resort
Sunset on the Beach
Yes I did cook, which helped save money on food.  A week before we left for our trip, I made Lasagna and froze it.  I put it in the cooler and brought it with us for our drive up.  I just needed to heat it up in the oven for dinner and put the left overs in the fridge for the rest of the week.  I also brought hot dogs, bagels, bacon, snacks, microwave popcorn, PB&J, and tons of Power Aide and water.  It was the middle of July – VERY HOT.  Also, bring bug spray and use before you go watch the movies at night and do not forget the sunscreen for during the day!

When you arrive, you check in at the Fort Wilderness Outpost.  Disney had a new early check in option that you can do from home on the computer, so when you arrive your key is already waiting for you.  I gave it a try and it was a good option.  We were handed our maps and key right away.

Then we got in our car and drove to our cabin.  We unloaded everything and put the food away.  I also never had to get back in the car to drive until the day we left!

Sing a long campfire with chip and dale at fort wilderness orlando, fl
Chip and Dale Campfire Sing A Long
After we were all set, we went to hop on a bus and go to Downtown Disney to take the boat over to Port Orleans and the French Quarter.  We walked around for a while. When we got back to the cabin I made us some hotdogs for dinner. There are three different bus systems in the Fort.  One that takes you to the Parks and Downtown Disney.  The other two take you to different areas in the campground. 

Making S'mores at Disney's Ft. Wilderness
Making S'mores
Every night near the pool, they have a Chip and Dale campfire sing-a-long and show a movie.  It was so much fun, we went at least three times.  They have two fire pits to roast marshmallows and make s'mores.  They sold s'more kits and other refreshments.  I made Nadia some popcorn at the cabin and would carry it over to the movie. One night we rode on the hayride ($).  They took you through the campground and then they parked on the beach so we could watch the Fireworks at the Magic Kingdom.  (Make sure you pick the later ride so you can see the fireworks) The guides were so good, because Nadia had a seat right behind them and all you could hear was her asking another question.  She likes to talk.

Canoeing at Ft. Wilderness
One morning we went canoeing ($) It was Nadia's first time and we had fun.  We tried to go horseback riding ($), but Nadia was too young for the horses and she was too big for the ponies (she was around 8 or 9 yrs old  at the time).  To the themed pool it was.  Nadia had a blast on the slide. 
When you stay at Fort Wilderness, you have an option whether you want to take the bus or the boat to the Magic Kingdom.  We prefer the boat ride.  It is very scenic.  You can also ride the "resort" boat or bus back to the resort.  I did not have to use the car at all.  For the other parks, you would need to use bus transportation.

Also remember, you are able to watch the water pageant at night from the beach.

Nadia and I on the Steps of Our Cabin
The Ft. Wilderness Resort is our favorite place to stay.  There is so much to do and a fun way to make memories with your children.  I think I might try the tent next time though, so we could come back sooner. (In cooler weather).  *($) – Extra Fee

PS - I did try to tent and you can read about it here.  - Enjoy!