Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground

I remember the first time we stayed in Fort Wilderness. It was May of 2012. My husband and I planned on going to Disney World with our three adult sons, my daughter-in-law, my younger son’s girlfriend (now his wife), and my 2-year-old granddaughter (8 people total).

First I searched for a three-bedroom rental at Disney, but the price was way over our budget, so then I looked into the “value” priced rooms on property, but with the number of people we had, we would have to reserve three rooms.

I wondered if it would be possible to rent a 10-person camper at Fort Wilderness, but the problem was that we would not be able to tow it there (we didn’t have a vehicle to do that plus we were flying in).

After Googling “camper rental Fort Wilderness,” I found a couple of companies that would actually bring the camper on site then set it up for us. The price per night of paying for the camper rental and the camp site was equivalent to the nightly price for a “moderate” priced room (which only sleeps up to 5 people).

The camper we rented was a 31 ft camper with two slide-outs. They supplied dishes, pots/pans, folding chairs, outdoor floor mat, and outdoor lights.

Camper rentalThere were four bunks, a queen-sized bed, a “jack knife” sofa, and convertible dinette that turned into a bed—plenty of room to sleep.

Prior to arriving at our campsite, we had a limo pick us up from the airport (it was either a limo or a van– the limo seemed more special), then we made a stop at a grocery store to pick up supplies before heading to Fort Wilderness.

DisneyLimoDisneyLimo2If you have more than 6 people in your party, then it might be more economical to rent a camper at Fort Wilderness.

Here’s what I thought were the “pros” and “cons” of renting a camper:

Cons:

  • At the time, the meal plan was not available for those staying in campsites at Fort Wilderness
  • If you fly in and don’t rent a vehicle, then you’ll have to buy food from the Trading Post (we did that midway through our trip because we ran out of milk and bread– prices were like “convenience store” pricing)
  • No concierge service (at least not the kind you would get in some of the Disney hotels)
  • The pool was very basic– just one slide.

Pros:

  • At the end of the day in the Magic Kingdom, we jumped on a boat to bring us back—it was less crowded than the bus or monorail
  • We enjoyed being “in nature”—saw deer, squirrels, and several birds in the woods
  • We could watch the water parade at night and see the Magic Kingdom fireworks from the the shore.
  • We could cook most of our meals
  • You can have up to 10 people on the campsite
  • In addition to the camper, we could have set up a tent on the campsite too
  • There are lots of other things to do in Fort Wilderness– archery, horse back riding, carriage rides, etc.
  • There’s a campfire show with Chip and Dale and a movie every night (we roasted marshmallows with our granddaughter)

DisneyCampingDisneyCamping2 I’d do it again!

Copyright © 2014 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti

Be Our Guest

I have noticed one thing, at least, that is good. It is good for people to eat, drink, and enjoy their work under the sun during the short life God has given them, and to accept their lot in life. And it is a good thing to receive wealth from God and the good health to enjoy it. To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life—this is indeed a gift from God” (Ecc 5:18-19).

I think one of my favorite Disney movies was Beauty and the Beast so when we decided to go to Disney World to run the 5K, I wanted to visit the Be Our Guest restaurant. I tried to make dinner reservations but there were none available. The great thing about this restaurant is that you don’t need a reservation to eat lunch there so that’s what we did.

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The line was long, but it was worth the wait– I felt like I was in the Beast’s castle, eating lunch in his ballroom. What a wonderful experience.

Then today I came across the passages from Ecclesiastes 5. God has truly blessed us with good health and the means to enjoy life. When I think of all the things He has given me, I am filled with awe. Never in a million years would I have thought that my life would be so blessed. Thank You, God, for my wonderful husband; thank You for my children and grandchildren; and thank You for the life You have given me.

Bongos Cuban Cafe

“So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that these pleasures are from the hand of God.  For who can eat or enjoy anything apart from him?” (Ecc 2:24-25).

My husband and I spent a week in Disney World so I thought I would devote a few days to post about the places we had visited. Sometimes I feel guilty for enjoying time away, but if God has blessed us with the means to enjoy these activities then there should be no guilt— all good things come from God (James 1:17).

On the first day we were at Disney, we visited Bongos Cuban Café, located in Downtown Disney West. We ordered the Parrillada de Mariscos. On the Disney Dining Plan, you can go to almost any restaurant on Disney property and order nearly any entre. This was the first time I had eaten lobster. It tasted like a large, dense, tasteless shrimp— I guess it would have tasted better if I had dipped it in the butter sauce, but I can’t have anything oily.

The jumbo shrimp, fish, mussels, and clams were wonderfully spiced. The yellow rice had a good flavor. There was so much food— I couldn’t finish the rice and the fried green plantains. The Disney Dining Plan allows a dessert so we ordered the Tres Leche cake.

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If you like seafood and if you are in the Disney area, then be sure to visit this restaurant.

A couple that prays together stays together

I am looking forward to our trip to Disney World later this month. It will be just my husband and me (we are both running a Disney 5K). 1984 was the last time we were in Disney by ourselves— for our honeymoon.

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I think I am looking forward to this trip because I get to spend some alone time with my husband.  I truly am happy to be married. I think our marriage is the strongest now than it has ever been in the past. What made the difference is that we read the Bible and pray together every day— something we’ve only been doing for a few months now.

I thought about the couples I interviewed for my dissertation, and how almost all of them said that their marriages were stronger because of their Bible reading and prayer time together (http://digital.library.sbts.edu/bitstream/handle/10392/3736/Trascritti_sbts_0207D_10064.pdf?sequence=1).

Bible reading and praying together was something that we had never really did before, but I am glad that we started. If you are married, then start reading the Bible and praying together— it will change your marriage.