Dave is back with another guest post! His family of four is just as Disney-World-crazy as my family of five, but they do the World in a totally different way than we do. For example, we like to stay in a Disney hotel, while Dave & Co. prefer to “rough it” at Disney’s Fort Wilderness. I stayed at the Cabins at Fort Wilderness once, when I was a teen. That, however, was a looong time ago. Dave and his fam were just there last February. Here’s his report:
Disney for Four: Into the Wild
You’ve spent all day in the middle of crowds, standing on endless lines, and bombarded by noise. So what happens when you want to take a break? Well, you could go back to your hotel, where you’re still surrounded by people. Or you could go back to your own private cabin, with no neighbor with loud kids on the other side of the wall.
On our two trips to Disney World, we’ve stayed at the cabins at Fort Wilderness (not to be confused with Wilderness Lodge) Resort & Campground. They might be smaller than some of the resort hotel rooms, which might be an issue for larger families, but not for us. They each have their own kitchen and can sleep up to six, which leaves plenty of room for the newly-purchased stuffed animals to have their own sleeping space.
The resort has everything you could want. There are multiple swimming pools for when you want to take a break from the parks. There are multiple stores for not only groceries, but also those last minute gifts you forgot to buy for the folks back home. Most importantly, there are rental golf carts. Not only does this free you from being shackled to the bus schedule, but they’re fun as heck.
Speaking of buses, there are shuttle buses that take you to the different parks. Except for Magic Kingdom. For this, you have to take a boat ride. The kids love the boat ride.
At night, there’s entertainment if you don’t feel like leaving the resort. There’s the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue, which I can’t comment on since we haven’t been to it. But according to the Disney web site, they have “buckets of all-you-care-to-enjoy fried chicken and smoked BBQ pork ribs.” That’s all I have to say about that. If you want something a little more informal, there’s the Chip ‘N Dale’s Campfire Sing-A-Long. This is exactly what it sounds like: Chip ‘n Dale at a campfire doing a sing-a-long. The only thing missing from the title is “s’mores.” If you parents are looking for a place to embarrass the kids by doing the chicken dance, this is it.
Thanks, Dave — sounds like a fun place to stay! For more details on the Cabins at Fort Wilderness, check out the Walt Disney World website. Or, for some really excellent information on all of the Walt Disney World lodging options, check out yourfirstvisit.net. I stumbled across this site once while looking for the exact dimensions of the murphy beds at Port Orleans Riverside. They had not only this information (66″ long by 31″ wide), but so much more — a remarkable site!