A couple of weekends ago, we decided to give Ft. Wilderness a try. Bandage Dad has wanted to go for quite some time, but Bandage Mom just couldn’t justify the outrageous per-night cost for “just camping.”
However, Bandage Mom didn’t argue when it was Bandage Dad’s only birthday wish.
Yes, it’s expensive–anywhere between $65-$85 per night for camping (more than $300/night if you rent a cabin) depending on the day of the week and the season. However, we can’t wait to go again! The sites are very large with full hookups (water, on-site dumping hookup on most, electric, Internet access, and cable), a picnic table, and a grill, and each could accommodate a couple of vehicles, a couple of tents, and an RV or travel trailer. The area is also very wooded and beautiful.
Once you’re settled in, you don’t need to drive anywhere else because transportation to the Disney theme parks and hot spots is included, via bus or ferry. There are three large playgrounds and two large swimming pools. There are also many community restrooms and showers (called comfort stations) and laundry facilities (for a fee). Though expensive, there are several dining options at the campground and two stores, complete with groceries, camping and RV supplies, toiletries and basic living necessities, and (of course) souvenirs.
It is expensive, but it’s note “just camping;” the price can almost be justified considering everything that’s included. We didn’t go to any theme parks, but we did go to Downtown Disney a couple of times, took several ferry and bus rides, took a ride to Wilderness Lodge, and rode the complete route for the monorail, none of which cost anything extra. Our experience was outstanding and we can’t wait to go again. We would recommend it, but make sure you book months ahead!
Also, if you go around a holiday, be prepared to enjoy decorated campsites. It’s quite a sight! Some residents and guests set up Christmas decorations around Christmas and set up for trick-or-treating around Halloween.