The older I get, and the longer I homeschool, the more summers feel like limbo. We're just waiting for the temperatures to go down and for everyone else to go back to school. This year, we celebrated "Back to School For Everyone Else" with a week at Disney's Fort Wilderness Campground and it was GLORIOUS! Fort Wilderness is simultaneously an underappreciated gem (by everyone who isn't aware that there's a campground a boat ride away from Magic Kingdom) and a cult favorite. People who know Fort Wilderness are devoted to Fort Wilderness. Some people stay for a month at a time! Decorating your site and golf cart are huge at this resort, as is driving your golf cart around (called "looping") to look at decorations and visit with other campers. The Fort has tent camping and pop up sites, full RV hookup sites, and cabins with full kitchens and baths. One of the MOST fun things to do is rent an RV from one of Disney's approved vendors who deliver, set up, and pick up! We rented a deluxe camper with an electric fireplace, and a golf cart, from Meachams RV. This deluxe fireplace camper was full of cute Disney decor, and fully outfitted with kitchen supplies, cleaning supplies, towels, & linens. It sleeps 10, though we felt it was great for about 2 adults and a few kids. Someday we might bring one of Lilly's friends along because the bunk room of the camper is perfect for a slumber party! For food/groceries, we got a delivery from Instacart for breakfast/lunch/snacks. There are also two "Trading Posts" on site where you can get some groceries (and play checkers!) Lil and I did a day running around the boat/monorail Magic Kingdom resorts and had lunch at the Polynesian one day, we all went to Food Truck night, got the INCREDIBLE family chicken dinner from PJ's Southern Take Out, and went to the Hoop Dee Doo dinner show. Honestly, I felt like we saved a fortune on food compared to other Disney trips! Fort Wilderness Campground is a true resort experience, with bike rental, horseback riding and pony rides, two pools, arts and crafts, mining/"panning for gold", fishing, canoe rental, archery lessons, and even a Segway tour! We didn't get to everything we wanted to do but we did do "The motherlode" bag of gems & fossils, tie dying a Mickey shirt, an archery lesson, and a pony ride. This campground is truly a vacation experience full of Disney magic that doesn't require park tickets! We only went to Magic Kingdom for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, and spent the rest of the week at the campground. If this sounds like a dream vacation, you should know that holidays are high demand and book up a year or more in advance. There are also some special rules to know about, so be sure to book with a travel agent who knows the ins and outs of this resort, like me! I can book the site, park tickets (if you choose), and the RV.
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