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Disney Resort On A Budget - Fort Wilderness Camping

by Vern Woodruff on October 17, 2018 116 Orlando

Leap's Note: Today's post comes from Undercover Tourist customer and super Disney World fan Vern Woodruff. Vern has written about the Disney World character tips, princess dressing in the parks and the Jedi Training Academy

Fort Wilderness - Entrance SignA trip to the Walt Disney World Resort comes with many expenses, your lodging being one of the top costs. At Disney resorts, this cost is further increased if your party has more than four people since the vast majority of lodging options are limited to four or less in a room. To cut down on this expense, many people consider lodging at an offsite location. However, some of the perks you receive as a Disney resort guest can be valuable enough that you do not want to lose out on them. So, how can you minimize your lodging expense while still reaping the benefits of being a Disney resort guest? For those of you who can drive to Orlando and are willing to camp with a tent or small camper, Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground is the best option for you.

Planning my family’s visit to Disney World, we originally were going to drive and stay at one of Disney’s value resorts since they are the least expensive lodging options. However, with a family of five, I discovered that a regular room would not accommodate us and a suite would have to be reserved instead. This was much more costly and actually was more expensive than reserving two regular rooms. I did not want to spend that much on our lodging, especially since we would not be in our rooms much, but I did want the Disney resort perks. It was at this point that I checked out the Disney campground at Fort Wilderness. I discovered that each campsite could have up to 10 guests (with more than two adults being a few extra dollars a day each), which worked out great for my family. Selecting a tent or pop-up camper campsite on loops 1500 or 2000 was the least expensive choice and was more than $1,000 less for our 8-day stay than the cheapest room available to us. Even though we were staying at the Disney campground in a tent, we received the same perks for being resort guests as those staying in a Disney luxury suite.

Disney Campground - Fort Wilderness camping - tents

If you are not familiar with Disney, you may be wondering about the  benefits of staying onsite. The main perks are:

1. Starting 180 days from your arrival date, you can make advance dining reservations for your arrival date as well as the rest of your stay, up to 10 more days. Non-Disney resort guests can only make a reservation 180 days in advance, so they miss out on the expanded reservation window and have to arrange reservations for additional days of their trip by contacting Disney when each of the other desired dates reaches the 180 day window. Appointments for the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique have this same perk.

2. Starting 60 days from your arrival date, you can start making FastPass+ reservations for your arrival date as well as the rest of your visit. Non-resort guests are limited to 30 days from each date they plan to visit.

If you are interested in making reservations at the most popular dining spots or obtaining a FastPass+ for the most popular attractions, the expanded reservation window for resort guests is a huge advantage. Without this perk, I would likely not have been able to make an early morning breakfast reservation at Cinderella’s Royal Table or a FastPass+ time for five of us to meet Anna and Elsa.

3. Each day, one or sometimes two of the parks have Extra Magic Hours either in the morning or the evening. These Magic Hours are outside of the regular park hours and are only available to Disney Resort guests. (Note that according to the Undercover Tourist crowd calendar, days that a park has Magic Hours are generally not recommended dates for a visit due to increased crowd levels. Be sure to read the post on when to use Extra Magic Hours for more details.)

4. Disney provides complimentary transportation from Fort Wilderness to a wide variety of areas within Disney World.

"What's Fort Wilderness camping like?"

Disney Campground - Fort Wilderness camping

Fort Wilderness receives the highest ratings available from various rating groups. Like the rest of Disney World, there is outstanding attention to detail at the Disney campground and cast members make an effort to keep everything in tip-top shape. The Disney campsites have a paved parking area and a large, well-packed sandy pad for pitching a tent or parking a pop-up tent camper. The pad is very solid, as it took some effort to pound our metal tent stakes in place. Water and multiple electrical outlets are available near each pad and are disguised to look like a tree stump from the front. There are multiple comfort stations spread throughout the Disney campground, so bathrooms and showers are never too far away. A camp store offers basic food and supplies. The check-in time for Fort Wilderness camping is a relatively early 1 p.m.

If you do not go into the parks one day, Fort Wilderness offers a number of activities that are not available elsewhere. You can take a horseback or carriage ride. Bicycles are available to rent, and there are areas for basketball and volleyball. Clementine’s Beach offers a fine viewing area for fireworks and the Electrical Water Pageant. In the evening, the free Chip ‘n Dale’s Campfire Sing-along is a great time.

While the cost savings of staying at the Disney campground at Fort Wilderness is the biggest plus when compared to other Disney resorts, there are a few drawbacks.

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1. The Disney campground is very large, so if you choose to use Disney transportation, you will first need to take a bus from your loop in the campground to another location, either the boat dock for a ride to the Magic Kingdom or another bus area for transportation to the rest of Disney World. After doing this for one morning, we decided it was quicker and easier to just drive to the parks, especially since we always arrived well in advance of park opening.

2. Fort Wilderness is a natural setting, and as such there are wild animals on the grounds. One night we awoke to find that an opossum had crawled under the side of our tent and was rummaging around.

3. You are exposed to the weather. We were fortunate that it did not rain while we were there at the end of November, but it did get down to 40° one night. We had brought an electric heater, which worked well for us.

4. Since you will need to use the comfort stations for the restroom and shower, you may need to wait if they are full. We did not have any problems with this, but it can happen.

Even with these drawbacks, the cost advantage and other activities available while camping at Fort Wilderness far outweighed the cons for my family. Fort Wilderness camping will require packing additional items, so you have to plan that out. For five of us, we removed one middle row passenger seat from our minivan and were able to pack our tent, tent poles, two cots, a collapsible bed frame for an air mattress, five sleeping bags, clothing for eight days, winter coats, food supplies, several 12-packs of pop, a heater and other miscellaneous items. It was like a Tetris game getting everything packed, but we were able to do it.

Fort Wilderness - Fireworks

Fort Wilderness is popular, with many returning visitors. If staying at the Disney campground is appealing to you, you will want to make a reservation as far in advance as possible. If you have not gone camping before, or rarely do so, one recommendation I have is to take a “practice” trip somewhere before going to Fort Wilderness. We did this, and it was quite helpful because we were able to practice packing the van and make notes about items we decided we needed to bring with us.

For those of you who aren't quite ready to rough it in a tent or camper, Fort Wilderness also has a number of cabins that sleep up to six. The cabins come with one double bed, one pull-down double bed and one bunk bed.

What questions do you have about camping at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground? Leave any of your thoughts or comments below! And check out the Where to Stay in Orlando page inside our Orlando Planning Timeline for more tips!

Related: Tips for Preparing to Visit Disney World with Kids

Related: Ultimate Guide to Fort Wilderness at Disney World

Related: Disney Resort Hotel Benefits

Vern and his wife are the parents of two boys and a girl that all love Disney’s animated movies and shorts. He lives in Ohio and is employed as a mechanical engineer, which helps to explain his excessive attention to detail, organization and planning. His oldest son enjoys watching the animated shorts from the Disney Treasures series, his youngest son has the middle name “Donald” and he likes telling people that he was named after Donald Duck, and his daughter loves the Disney Princesses, especially Rapunzel and recently Elsa.

 

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Mar 14, 2019 at 6:37 p.m. hannah Says...

Hi! Online it says that the camp site has "room for up to 2 tents", but does not explicitly say that the max allowed is 2 tents as a rule. We are going on a spring break trip to disney and have an awkward amount of people/couples/etc, and we may need one more, very small 2-person tent, which would make 2 regular tents and one small tent. Is this against a rule? If so, where can I find that rule?

Thanks!

Hannah

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Mar 15, 2019 at 3:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Hannah!

We contacted Disney directly via phone to ask, and they advised that Tent or Pop-Up Campsites can accommodate up to 10 Guests in either a pop-up type vehicle and one tent, or two tents.

Hoppy camping!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 7, 2019 at 4:24 p.m. Susan Says...

I'm trying to book a stay for March of 2020 online and it only goes to the end of December 2019. Am I doing something wrong? Can you book a year in advance?

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Mar 7, 2019 at 11:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Susan!

Vacation packages, including dining plans and tickets, are only available through the end of this calendar year (Disney usually releases its 2020 specials in the summertime). You CAN, however, book a room-only reservation up to 499 days in advance by calling (407) 939-5277. Then, once the promotions for 2020 are released, you can call back to modify your reservation to include dining and tickets, as well as applying any promotions that fall within your stay.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 25, 2019 at 1:56 a.m. KathiI e Says...

I am having trouble making a reservation during Halloween. Do you know if they release a limited amount of sites throughout the year and if so when they release them

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Jan 25, 2019 at 8:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kathil!

Fort Wilderness tends to book up fairly far in advance (sometimes a year to that magical 499 day mark for big holidays), so it may be that they are sold out for that time already. I'd recommend calling a Cast Member at (407) 939-4357 to see if they can help.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 1, 2019 at 3:54 a.m. Louis Says...

Does Fort Wilderness have an age limit on RVs? Some other parks do not allow RVs over 10 years old.

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Jan 17, 2019 at 10:08 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Louis,

In speaking with a cast member, there does not appear to be an age limit on RVs at Fort Wilderness. Of course, I'd mention it when booking your reservation just to be certain :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 19, 2019 at 11:35 a.m. Memex2 Says...

Hi not that I've heard on fact we camped there last week in our 1998 va camper with no problem. Happy camping. Did u know u can rent golf carts there also but its 67.00 day

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Dec 7, 2018 at 12:53 a.m. Lori Says...

My family, grandparents, parents, and kids, (youngest was 7) all took our FIRST EVER trip to Disney last Christmas and went all out. Resort, park hoppers, dining, etc. That was a once-in-a-lifetime trip. However, I'd like to go back with my kids affordably, so I have purchased a tent. When we stay at Fort Wilderness, do we also have access to the other resort pools, like the one at Art of Animation?

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Dec 27, 2018 at 1:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lori,

No, you do not. There is no pool hopping among the hotels at Walt Disney World. That said, there are two you can use at Fort Wilderness!

Keep hopping!

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Nov 4, 2018 at 2:51 a.m. Tracie Brown Says...

Hi!! I booked a tent site for the last week of september 2019. Now I am second guessing with worry about heavy rain flooding our tent and heat (though we plan to bring extension cord and fan). Any suggestions? How would your tent pictured do in a storm?

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Feb 21, 2019 at 2 p.m. Shelli Says...

Remember to put a tarp UNDER your tent as well.

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Nov 5, 2018 at 1:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tracie!

Your tent probably has a waterproof tarp that you can use to keep everything dry, but otherwise tarps are very affordable. We toadally recommend you bring one with you and expect some rain and humidity on your trip. September is the rainy season, although it’s typically showers in the afternoon.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 16, 2018 at 1:30 a.m. Chris Says...

Yes I’m looking to camp at the 1500 or 2000 loop and wanted to find out which would be able to hold a 20x20 tent without encroaching on the concrete pad (safety of little children falling). Is this even a possibility?

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Aug 22, 2018 at 12:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chris!

You're in luck, as there are multiple campsite options available at Fort Wilderness. Check out the choices available to see what's best for your family ... and tent!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 3, 2018 at 10:07 p.m. Robin Grant Says...

Silly question as this will be our first time camping in many years....do the comfort stations supply towels? Shamoo? Soap. Do the pools have towels?

Does the meadow trading post have to go food?

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Jul 5, 2018 at 4:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Robin,

You'll need to bring your own toiletries to the comfort stations! Towels are also not available at the pools, so bring your own. Meadow Snack Bar does offer quick service meals.

Keep hopping!

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Jun 28, 2018 at 2:22 a.m. Michelle Wolf Says...

Hi there, my mom is wondering about the wattage for electric hook up at the basic site. We don’t need sewage but we do need electric for some basic functions in her pop up camper. Thank you!

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Jun 28, 2018 at 10:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle,

The Tent or Pop-Up Campsites have electric hook-up, so you'll be able to use electricity in the pop-up camper!

Keep hopping!

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Jun 23, 2018 at 1:08 a.m. Kara Says...

What type of tent is pictured?

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Jun 25, 2018 at 4 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kara,

It is a canvas tent!

Keep hopping!

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May 22, 2018 at 12:36 a.m. Natalie Says...

What is the cost of an additional car to park? I know they allow one, but we can park at the extra lot for a fee?

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May 22, 2018 at 6:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Natalie!

We've never been in this predicament before, so we gave Fort Wilderness a call. They said that only one vehicle is allowed per reservation, and allowing a second vehicle would be up to the discretion of security.

Keep hopping!

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May 9, 2018 at 5:40 p.m. Kim Johns Says...

We will be there June 28 through July 4th 2018, is there any celebration's going on at the campground during that time?

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May 10, 2018 at 10:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kim,

Mickey's Backyard BBQ features special dinner shows on July 4th with extra characters!

Keep hopping!

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Apr 19, 2018 at 7:16 p.m. Michele Says...

Someone mentioned lots of wildlife. Exactly what does this? I have a phobia to say the least. ????

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May 3, 2018 at 12:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michele!

There's nothing too scary - and that's coming from a frog! We've seen a turkey flock, armadillos, deer, rabbits and things of that nature.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 3, 2018 at 3:26 a.m. MP Says...

Very informative article. We were looking to go to fort wilderness for the Halloween season. Do you think going the last weekend in September will be too soon to see campsites all decked out for Halloween?

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Apr 6, 2018 at 11:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi MP!

It certainly won't be as decked out as it will be closer to Halloween, but guests are always hoppin' to get in the spirit. We're sure you'll see some fun decor during your visit!

Keep hopping!

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Mar 26, 2018 at 12:22 a.m. Marilyn Says...

Are there campsites connected to cabins?

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Apr 5, 2018 at 3:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marilyn,

The campsites are in a separate area from the cabins. Check out the map here!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 18, 2018 at 12:49 a.m. JT Says...

Hi there! Great article! Silly question here...do you recommend taking the tent down each day or is it safe to leave it up while you're in the parks? Thanks!

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Mar 19, 2018 at 10:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi JT!

That isn't a silly question at all. The campsites are patrolled by Disney and we've never had any issues in the past. Most people leave their tents up, so we wouldn't worry - but of course, do whatever you're comfortable with!

Keep hopping!

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Feb 15, 2018 at 3:07 p.m. Anne Says...

Hi my husband and I are coming in April with 3 small grandchildren. What loop/loops would you recommend to be close to the most kid friendly area in the resort? We are thinking near the meadow pool. Is there kid friendly activities near loop 100-200? Loops/sites with more open area for the kids to ride scooters, just play, run etc etc?! I know you get what’s available but would also like to know ahead of time what loops are best recommended for 3 lil ones. Thanks for any suggestions or thoughts. Looking forward to our first stay at Disney Fort Wilderness Campground.

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Feb 16, 2018 at 8:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anne!

Check out our Guide to Fort Wilderness for tips on the best loops to stay in depending on your needs. Hope this helps - let us know if you need anything else.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 22, 2018 at 7:46 p.m. Barbara Rosa Says...

How big of a trailer can you accommodate? Are 40ft 5th wheels too big?

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Jan 22, 2018 at 11:52 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Barbara,

You are allowed one pop-up camper and two tents per site. Hope this helps!

Keep hopping!

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Jan 16, 2018 at 8:19 p.m. Funfamily Says...

Will they allow two Popup campers on one site?

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Jan 17, 2018 at 1:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Unfortunately, no. You are allowed one pop-up camper and two tents per site.

Keep hopping!

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Dec 27, 2017 at 6 p.m. mstaff Says...

we are planning a trip to Disney world in july and would like to know the easiest and cheapest way to visit universal studios and the best transportation, will be using an rv or pull camper.

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Dec 28, 2017 at 9:14 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

We always recommend doing the math on each of the options, because the costs vary by the number of people in your party. You could rent a car, take a taxi or ride share, or take a shuttle.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 29, 2017 at 2:42 a.m. Jenny k Says...

Approx how many campsites are there?

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Dec 27, 2017 at 12:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenny,

Sorry for the delay, but your comment ended up in our spam filter. There are 788 conventional campsites located at Fort Wilderness.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 29, 2017 at 1:19 a.m. Wendy Reinert Says...

Does anyone know where to find a map of the campgrounds that includes actual site NUMBERS not just loop names/numbers?

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Apr 25, 2017 at 11:51 p.m. Jesse Says...

Hi;

We have a week booked in Sept, RV and 2 small dogs, should I call to request a site? Maybe loop 300 close to the Marina?

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Apr 25, 2017 at 9:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jessie,

While Disney can't guarantee a spot, calling to request your preference is your best shot.

Keep Hopping!

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Apr 22, 2017 at 1:58 a.m. Kathy Says...

It's so entertaining to read everyone's comments. My little family will be staying for the very first time at the campgrounds at the end of May. We have a new pop up camper "A" frame very kool looking and easy to set up. We've already made our reservations but can we reserve a particular lot? If so which loop would be ideal that's close to the pool and play ground? Thanks

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Apr 22, 2017 at 9:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kathy,

By calling Disney to reserve your stay, you may request a particular lot, but it's subject to availability.

Loops 1200-1400 will put you close to the Meadow Swimmin' Pool.

Keep Hopping!

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Mar 19, 2017 at 10:27 p.m. Peggy Says...

I'd like to know do you rent RVs at Fort Wilderness. I know you used too. If so how do I get information on them and prices per night

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Mar 20, 2017 at 8:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Peggy,

Unfortunately, we don't rent RVs. We suggest searching for "Fort Wilderness RV Rentals" and looking through those results. Maybe one of our readers has ideas as well!

Keep Hopping!

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Dec 3, 2016 at 5:24 p.m. SS G Says...

My family stated at Fort Wildernesses for the first time during hollween. We had a fornomial time. We wanted to extend our trip two day and they wanted us to move from a premium site to a preferred. We had to decline because of the size of our trailer. We tried to book again for next year and it's booked. Any suggestions we have to have a premium site.

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Nov 3, 2016 at 9:40 p.m. Stephanie Says...

We are camping at Disney fort wilderness in February. What are your thoughts of tebt camping there that time of year?

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Nov 16, 2016 at 12:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephanie,

It will definitely be colder at night, and there are some very cold days in February, but if you account for that, I think it would OK. Perhaps others could chime in with their experiences.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 24, 2016 at 9:05 p.m. kmhopeps Says...

Hi! We are staying at the campground "Jersey Week" with a reserved preferred spot. Any recommendations on which loop? So excited! Thanks for all the information!

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Oct 11, 2016 at 1:40 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

The preferred loops are close to the Settlement Trading Post shop and boat launch to Magic Kingdom and Disney's Wilderness Lodge, with 100 being the closest. The 300 loop is pet friendly, so keep that in mind.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 6, 2016 at 12:34 p.m. Balboa RV Park Says...

Hey there,

I just love to read this blog. Seems to be very interesting. I would love to go.

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May 29, 2016 at 5:26 p.m. luise craige-sherman Says...

How far in advance would we need to book a premium site in 600 or 1400 loops for two weeks around Christmas?

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Jun 2, 2016 at 3:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

This is a great question, and perhaps someone reading this will chime in. We recommend booking as soon as possible since Christmastime is very popular, especially with returning campers.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 4, 2016 at 4:14 a.m. So Many Questions Says...

Are bike racks provided near the bus/boat/transportations stations? We don't have a golf cart but are bringing bikes. Thanks for your wonderful information!

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May 11, 2016 at 8:44 p.m. Robin Morgan Says...

Yes, very bike friendly with racks at every pool, main bus and boat transportation and stores.

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Mar 29, 2016 at 8:21 p.m. Nhien Says...

Hi! Thanks for sharing all this information!! A few questions... Where can you wash dishes or dump out dish water at the campsites? Since we'll be cooking at the campsites and will need to wash out pans and dishes - I know there is water access but what do you do with the dirty/soapy water? Also, does the water access all come with a hose? Do you need to bring anything to get the water out? Thanks in advance!

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Feb 2, 2017 at 1:09 a.m. Teresa Says...

This is also my question. Hopefully someone will have an answer...

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Mar 9, 2016 at 8:21 p.m. Deb Fawley Says...

we have a motorhome and want to bring our 2 small dogs. Are pets allowed ?

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Apr 7, 2016 at 2:06 p.m. Mandie Says...

Only if they know and you're placed in a pet friendly loop. So make sure to call.

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Mar 9, 2016 at 4:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Deb,

Yes, the campgrounds are the only place where pets can stay with you at Disney World.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 5, 2016 at 11:01 p.m. Shannon Thomas Says...

Planning our trip for August, we have a travel trailer. We camp most of our vacation trips and love it.

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Feb 24, 2016 at 5:09 p.m. Shirley Says...

Great information here. How far in advance can you make reservations? Is it better to make them online or call the reservation line?

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Feb 24, 2016 at 5:59 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shirley,

You can make reservations 499 days in advance online or by phone.

Keep hopping!

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Feb 3, 2016 at 3 a.m. maggy Says...

we are a group of 10. We booked the last preferred campsite for the days we are going. Does anyone know how the area where you stake your tent is? We need to purchase tents and not sure if we take 2 (10 person) tents or 1 large 15 person tent. Can anyone please help? I called WDW but they were clueless on how to answer this. Thanks!

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Jan 14, 2016 at 8:11 p.m. Evil Stepmother Says...

We plan to bring a small Nomad camper and a tent. Will the tent/pop-up campsite accommodate us or will we need a full hook-up site? I have been unable to get campsite specifics from the official WDW page. Thanks!

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Jan 11, 2016 at 2:43 p.m. alycurry Says...

Looking carefully at pros/cons of tent camping vs rv/popup rental for FW. Have you guys ever tried any of the local rv rental companies? Our dates are in October and I'm a wimp with hot/humid weather & tent camping. Here in KY, no prob but FL is a different story. LOVE your tent btw. Room to move.

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Nov 13, 2016 at 1:14 p.m. Beccam Says...

Hello Fellow Kentuckian!

I was curious of what your family decided to do. Did you tent camp or rent an rv/pop up? If you rented, do you mind to share some of the details?

I am considering making a late October/early November reservation. How was you weather? Any certain advice?

Thanks so much!

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Jan 1, 2016 at 1:47 a.m. edward jefferson Says...

Towing a trailer in disney fort would decrease the expenses, plus you can also spend time overnight with the family.

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Dec 27, 2015 at 2:51 a.m. Says...

Sooo starving showed up at pioneer hall at 9:39 to eat the buffet only to find all cold salad and apps already put away??? Confusing?? Really what are we paying for some meat and veggies what's the purpose of having a buffet? Really lately Disney has been disappointing Restaurant closes at 10 PM

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Nov 20, 2015 at 2 a.m. Mary Ann Says...

The only reservation available during our available time is a tent/popup site. Is it ok to park a small rv on that site?

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Nov 20, 2015 at 10:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mary Ann,

I would contact Disney directly, and maybe others would chime in, but I don't think so.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 11, 2015 at 3:50 p.m. Linda Says...

Thank you for the great info. We leave on Saturday for Ft. Wilderness. I'm used to backpacking so it's weird taking so much. We're taking our kids or the first time and they still don't know. We have an educational behind the scenes thing Tuesday morning at 8:30 at Epcot. Should we plan on driving that morning?

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Nov 19, 2015 at 2:15 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Linda,

If you'll have a car, that is always faster than Disney transportation.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 25, 2015 at 10 p.m. Tim Says...

Sure but you pay for parking.

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Dec 31, 2015 at 6:33 a.m. Stacey Says...

You don't pay for parking if you're a resort guest.

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Nov 8, 2015 at 1:49 p.m. Sharon Brown Says...

I have a Rv and would like to know the price to hookup on Disney wildness also is it the same price to visit the parks as if you were buying a one day pass

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Nov 6, 2015 at 11:09 p.m. Barbara Says...

Hello - Is there a way to get a hard copy map of FW? Thank you

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Sep 15, 2015 at 8:54 a.m. box trailer kits Says...

This is great info! We stayed really close (boyd lake) last year for our first time, so now want to venture a little farther away.

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Sep 3, 2015 at 1:12 p.m. Deborah Brannon Says...

Hi!

We have stayed in the cabins before but this Jan we have rented a camper and are super excited! We had to reserve a PREMIUM site as that is all that was left, any recommendations for a loop request? Which premium loop do you think is best and why? TIA

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Sep 3, 2015 at 12:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Deborah,

Congrats on the upcoming stay! All of the premium sites offer pretty good locations. Loop 400 and 700 put you closest to the Settlement area, including dining, the beach and boat launch. Loops 600, 1000, 1300 and 1400 are good picks near the Meadow area, which has the main pool, sing-a-long and country store. Loops 600 and 1400 are on the north side of the Meadow and pretty close to the Settlement, so they are the best of both worlds. It's really up to you and what you think is most important!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 15, 2017 at 6:41 p.m. Jean Says...

Which spots are pet-friendly and close to boats, buses and comfort station please

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Aug 15, 2017 at 1:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jean,

Our post, The Ultimate Guide To Fort Wilderness, has all of that info, and so much more!

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 1, 2015 at 10:10 p.m. Mike McKenzie Says...

Neat trick for reservations!

We are annual passholders, have motorhome and visit once or twice each year for a couple of weeks each time.

Making a reservation for a week or more is never possible, however if you can call and get one, two or more in the period you want, this will get you"in the door". Then the effort begins to get all the days you need by calling each day and adding to you existing reservation one or two days in the front of your days or the back. Don't give up on the calls. We usually can get two weeks put together after about ten or twelve calls.

Best of luck and happy camping.

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Sep 1, 2015 at 6:02 p.m. Barbara Says...

We have 3 families traveling together each with 3 different RVs. But we would like to camp together on the same loop. Should we book the reservations together or each family book separately then try to camp close to each other when there?

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Sep 2, 2015 at 8:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Barbara,

If you can, booking together would be the best, but you can also add a room and amenity request in your reservation and then request a nearby campsite of your other party. Unfortunately, there is only space for one name. An alternate option would be to fax your reservation request to 407-824-3508.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 26, 2015 at 5:15 p.m. Mark Says...

Our 1st

Stay at Fort Wilderness Campground

Walt Disney World Florida

I am not going to tell you what we did I am just going to tell you my discoveries.

1) Ice is at the bathhouse. $2.00 per very small bag. But you can get bigger bags at the Meadows Trading Post.

2) Take the Boat from the Settlement Trading post area to Magic Kingdom short ride.

3) The Buffett at Crockets tavern is very good.

4) The Mickey Bar-B-Q is expensive, but Beer and Wine are included, Drink up.

5) Laundry is at the comfort stations take a credit card.

6) Lots of wild life.

7) Rent a golf Cart this place is way too big to walk around. Especially after walking around theme parks and standing in lines all day.

8) This is just our opinion. August is way too hot and humid to totally enjoy Disney world to its full effect. Too many people.

9) This is the place where A select few American push (ride) the boundaries of the Americans with Disabilities Act. But when there is a person that is truly disabled Disney it the act to follow. I have seen them put truly handicap kids on rides, and watched them smile.

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Aug 26, 2015 at 2:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mark,

Thanks for sharing! This is helpful information.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 24, 2015 at 6:56 p.m. Christine Says...

If we have 2 car-loads of people staying at the campsite, will we get free parking for both cars at the parks?

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Aug 27, 2015 at 12:49 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christine,

Yes, this shouldn't be a problem :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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