Go Back   iRV2 Forums > CAMPING, TRAVEL and TRIP PLANNING > Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 01-15-2013, 09:22 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
DaveTN's Avatar
 
Appalachian Campers
iRV2 No Limits Club
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 296
Campgrounds near disneyworld

Any recommendations on parks close-by or even with shuttles to the parks? The disney campground just seems very expensive, is it really worth it?
__________________

__________________
Jayco Greyhawk 31 FS
But always looking for the next RV
DaveTN is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 01-15-2013, 09:28 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
F239141's Avatar
 
Thor Owners Club
Fleetwood Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Squaw Valley, CA / Fairhope, AL
Posts: 368
Its worth it I think, the sites are nice, there is all the transportation to the park and bus transportation within the campground.

Most parks outside are expensive too, and the transportation is no where near as good as Disneys, if they even have any
__________________

__________________
Good Sam Lifetime Member 269454
F239141 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2013, 09:47 PM   #3
Member
 
Iangolf's Avatar
 
Winnebago Owners Club
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 91
I agree with the other posters. Fort Wilderness is worth the money. Outside parks are not cheap either and in many cases you have to use your toad, rent a car, or use a taxi to get to the parks if you are not willing to unhook everyday and drive. The Fort is one of the nicest campgrounds in the country so you will pay a little extra. Note, some of sites can be tight for large units. Premium sites are larger.
__________________
Ian, Debi, Shannon, Brendan and Dillan

Plus Fiona a minature Goldendoodle
Iangolf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2013, 09:56 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
vtwinwilly's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: North Texas
Posts: 601
I am another big fan of Fort Wilderness. It is a Disney Resort and that allows you to take advantage of the extended Magic Hours at the parks.

I also like staying there so I don't have to get outside the "Disney Bubble", but mostly, it makes DW very, very happy! And that is truly Magical.
__________________
vtwinwilly is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2013, 10:02 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
no3putt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Pueblo, CO
Posts: 516
We stayed at Lake Louisa State Park which is about 15 miles from Disney for $26 per night. It was quiet with fishing and walking/ biking trails. Very nice park and about 66% less than Disney.
__________________
no3putt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2013, 08:21 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
trode's Avatar
 
National RV Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Carolina Campers
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Wilmington, NC
Posts: 810
The one and only, winner and still champion..........Fort Wilderness Campground.

Worth it - YES

Once you are there, you are there. Transportation anywhere you want to go, no parking issues, convenience and first rate state of the art campground.

Was there last month, never dissapoints.

Expensive...also YES

Like so many other things, you get what you pay for.

JMHO!
__________________
Tom and Patty
The "Rode Crew"
2004 National RV, Seabreeze 1341, F-53 22K, Chevy Malibu toad.
trode is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2013, 08:43 AM   #7
Community Moderator
 
JMonroe's Avatar


 
Newmar Owners Club
Spartan Chassis
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Deer Creek RV and Golf Resort, Davenport FL
Posts: 6,855
Anything near Disney with a shuttle service will be expensive too. Perhaps not as much as Disney but then you'll also have to pay for parking ($15 a day). I agree, for the time you'll be visiting the parks, stay at Ft Wilderness. It's a great park in its own right, you can use Disney transportation to get anywhere you want to go (including a nice boat ride to the Magic Kingdom), and you'll have other perks available only to resort guests. It'll make a big difference in the quality of the experience.

Have fun!
__________________
Jay & Peggy Monroe with Dolly
Can't take it with you - don't plan on leaving any behind
2016 Newmar London Aire 4553, Spartan chassis
2017 GMC Acadia toad
JMonroe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2013, 08:58 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
JohnBoyToo's Avatar


 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: May 2012
Location: DFW, Tex-US
Posts: 4,850
Another vote for FW...
One thing to consider too is the extras while staying IN FW...

Each site was HUGE where we stayed, in fact, our friends in the next site were too far away and hidden by trees, etc....

the nightly 'theater' with the characters when we were there,
the 'walk-in' (as opposed to drive-in) where we sat on logs and watched a video - sometimes with the characters sitting next to the kids !!!!

Suggest u go to that the first nite as it gave us a great orientation of the park !

We took the motor launches from the campground across the lake to the park, and the trams to other areas - some even outside the park...

WELL worth it !!!!! The kids STILL talk about it !

dang, now you are making me want to go back - great times !

(Take the behind the scene tours if they still offer it - the technology was awesome ! - heck - even the underground garbage can pickup process was ingenious !
__________________
'11 Monaco Diplomat 43DFT RR10R pushed by a '14 Jeep Wrangler JKU. History.. 5'ers: 13 Redwood 38gk, 11 MVP Destiny, Open Range TT, popups, vans, tents...
JohnBoyToo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2013, 04:23 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
F239141's Avatar
 
Thor Owners Club
Fleetwood Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Squaw Valley, CA / Fairhope, AL
Posts: 368
Lets not forget the hours than can be spent riding a golf cart around the place!!

Also if you use the bath houses they are as clean as the one in your rig, if not cleaner. Laundry in every bath house that has AC. Nice catch and release fishing on the rivers. Some nice trails, try to find and explore the old train tracks

Fort Wilderness is almost an attraction in itself

I tend to spend 2 weeks there.

The worst and only bad thing about FW is when you have to leave
__________________
Good Sam Lifetime Member 269454
F239141 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2013, 04:50 PM   #10
RVM 18
 
okmunky's Avatar


 
Solo Rvers Club
iRV2 No Limits Club
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Fulltimer, SD resident
Posts: 7,269
If you plan to visit Universal Studios stay at

City of Orlando :: Families, Parks and Recreation - Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake

About 4 miles north of US and surrounded by an upscale residential neighborhood. We paid $19/day for water and Electric, add sewer for another $4. It's really nice.
__________________
Barb (RVM18), Sena (capuchin monkey, RVM Head Mascot) & Lily (Maltese/Yorkie)
2011 Shasta Cynara 230F, 2012 Smart Car toad FMCA #F466348
The Journey is Our Destination. Full-timing since 5/18/2011 and loving it.
okmunky is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2013, 05:00 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
jzick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Florida
Posts: 1,193
Even though we go there 3 or 4 times a year to satisfy visiting friends and relatives, I am in the minority that does not think Ft. Wilderness is worth it. I personally find it too expensive and too busy. There are two campgrounds in Davenport (KOA and Theme World) that run Disney shuttles, and as others have already been said, Lake Louisa is nice. I have also talked with others who have stayed at campgrounds in Kississimmee with shuttles to the parks. If you are a Disneyphobe I agree total immersion at the Fort may be the way to go. I am not and Ft. Wilderness would not be my first choice.
__________________
jzick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2013, 07:12 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
DaveTN's Avatar
 
Appalachian Campers
iRV2 No Limits Club
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 296
For a 26 foot TT I assume the regular full hookup sites are fine. The premium, etc are not needed?
__________________
Jayco Greyhawk 31 FS
But always looking for the next RV
DaveTN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2013, 12:24 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Ottawa, ON
Posts: 100
We stayed at the Orlando/Fort Summit KOA that has a free shuttle to WDW. One pickup time in the am to go, 2 pickup times to come back (one mid-afternoon and one evening). We enjoyed it there. Less expensive than Fort Wilderness and no parking to pay.
__________________
dieharder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2013, 12:40 PM   #14
Senior Member
 
hogdriver's Avatar


 
Entegra Owners Club
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Wintering-Orange Beach AL
Posts: 2,916
Fort Wilderness

Answer to TT needing premium sites.....no, almost any site at FW is good.

FW is pricey but can actually save you money. If you stay at KOA or other CG you are hostage to their schedule. The nice thing about FW is you can take the busses or boat shutlle to any of the parks and pick when you go. When we had kids we'd wake them up at the unreasonable hour of 8 am and take the boat to arrive when the park opens at 10am. We'd go on rides and such then eventually take the boat back to FW for midday lunch. (Food ends up being expensive at the parks). Let the kids... and us nap, then back mid afternoon via boat for the afternoon and stay for the evening fireworks. The shuttles back and forth can open up a lot of flexibility in your schedule and sometimes after a few days you become Disneyed out and everyone is happy to just hang by the pool.

IMHO
__________________

__________________
Dave & Debbie
2014 Anthem 44B
2012 Jeep Rubicon toad
2016 Ford Edge toad
hogdriver is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:59 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.