I’m back from another successful trip to Sunny Florida! I along with my two brethren visited the popular sites in the Orlando and split our stay into two, three night stays at different WDW resorts to celebrate an important 21st birthday for our youngest brother.
Sidebar: Yes we did drink around the world in EPCOT. And no, you can’t see pictures.
After driving through the night (15 hours straight from PA, not bad to save the combined $500-600 costs – more “fun funds”), we arrived at the very bright and colorful Art of Animation Resort.
Disney’s newest resort, boasts three large sections of Family Suite” style rooms. These rooms come equipped with a master bedroom including a king bed with connecting bathroom, a separate living room area with pull out sofa, a small dining table area that doubles as a Murphy pull down bed (great use of space), another full bathroom, and a kitchenette. — To give the ‘suite’ life a bit of Disney flair, each section is themed to one of three movies, Cars, Finding Nemo, and Lion King. Every detail in the room gives you the feeling that you are in the movie. While possibly over-stimulating at first, I can only imagine a young kid’s face as he walks in to his Cars themed vacation oasis. No need for all the before mentioned space/amenities? There is a Little Mermaid themed block of standard rooms for those who still want to stay at this hotel and save a little $$.
Other Resort Activities/Amenities:
4 different oversized Disney movie themed areas perfect for exploration
1.4 Mile jogging path circling a scenic lake (when there is a swamp, there is a gator…)
2, 4, and 6 person bike rentals
3 themed pools, including Disney’s BIGGEST largest hotel swimming pool
Arcade, Playground, and more – my inner child is doing back flips.
Complimentary transportation to ALL of Walt Disney World
Extra Magic Hours to Disney’s theme parks.
After checking out of what seemed like a Cartoon world, we moved to something a little more laid back – Disney’s Fort Wilderness Cabins. Secluded in the woods, this resort gives you the feel of staying in American Frontier. Each Cabin comes with a main bedroom with queen bed and two bunk beds, a fully equipped kitchen with stove, oven, all the utensils and cooking equipment necessary, living room with pull out bed, a large patio deck and outdoor grill.
Money Saving Tip –> Food shop at a local grocery store and save a lot of money on food by cooking your meals. I would estimate that the least amount of money you can spend on any meal at a Disney property starts at $15 per person. A dozen eggs and some frozen burgers can go A LONG way in cutting down some costs.
What really separates Fort Wilderness from the rest of the Disney resorts is the activities you can do while on site. With its own stable, the Tri-Circle-D Ranch, guests can ride horses (or ponies for younger ‘explorers), take a wagon or carriage ride through the 750 acre woods, or even feed some of the animals on site. Fort Wilderness also has two unique dinner show experiences. The Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue is a 2 hour musical show with singing, dancing, and even a little vaudeville-like comedy included. Enjoy the show while chowing down on all you can eat fried chicken, pork BBQ ribs, and other southern