Camping at Disney World might sound like just another way Disney is trying to make money off its guests. After all, the Fort Wilderness Resort doesn’t offer a fully authentic camping experience. All campsites include electricity and water, and for an extra fee you can even get high-speed Internet access. Buildings are air-conditioned and you can easily access Disney World itself.
Now there is another option: a safe, modern camping environment at Disney World. Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort offers campsites just ten miles from the Magic Kingdom, complete with water canals, ducks, deer, and rabbits, and forest trails. Unlike traditional campsites, Disney also offers cable television, air conditioning, and even high speed Internet. Pets are allowed in some parts of the campgrounds.
Disney Fort Wilderness offers plenty for the entire family to do during the camping experience. You can go hiking on a forest trail or fish and swim in one of the many water canals on the campgrounds. You can also take your kids on a horse and wagon ride or to the archery range. In addition, every evening, you can watch a Disney movie under the stars in an outdoor arena. There are hook-ups for tents and RV’s, and log-cabin style buildings dot the premises.
Camping at Disney is also safer than camping at a traditional campsite. There are no dangerous wild animals at Fort Wilderness Resort; you will never have to start a fire to scare away wolves, bears, or other predators. The only other people you will encounter are other paying guests, and Disney staff is located on the campgrounds in case of emergency.
If your children are camping purists, they might object to the Disney campsites because you have modern conveniences such as electricity and water. However, there is so much to do on the campgrounds that they will probably completely forget about this issue.
Disney Fort Wilderness offers horse and wagon rides, bike rentals, swimming, fishing, archery, and even an outdoor movie every night. As a Disney World Resort guest, you are also entitled to complimentary transportation to and from all Disney Theme Park locations. In addition to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot Center, you and your children could visit the Animal Kingdom or any of the Disney World Water Parks.
If you have a dog, you can bring him or her to selected areas of the campsite. Your dog will enjoy walking through the campgrounds and will have an air-conditioned place to sleep. Cats are presumably also welcome on the campsite, although most cats are not leash trained so this may not be a good idea.
Disney Fort Wilderness charges a nominal fee for pet privileges as well as for high-speed Internet access. With so much to do, however, you probably won’t have time for the Internet. Camping at Disney is truly an opportunity for the whole family to get away from their regular routines and just relax. There are private bathroom and shower facilities on site, as well as laundry facilities. Some campsites are being renovated this year; check with Disney for availability.
Florida has so much to offer anyone interested in camping. Consider visiting other Florida campgrounds during your visit to the state.