Disney World campgrounds

Camping and Disney just kinda go together, don't you think? While some of us may not ever want to give up the luxury of a Disney World deluxe resort, others relish the idea of "roughing it" in an RV, cabin or tent.

Fort Wilderness Campsites and Cabins is the place to be on Disney World property for connecting with nature. There's both cabin rentals and four types of campsite rentals available. Located near the Magic Kingdom on the shores of bay Lake, some die-hards refuse to stay anywhere else. Even if you don't ever stay at Fort Wilderness, be sure to make a stop here for the Hoop Dee Doo Revue, and during the holidays, come to see all the RVs decorated for Christmas!

Booking at Fort Wilderness gives gusts all the benefits of staying on Disney World property, including signing up for the Disney Dining Plan, Extra Magic Hours, and Disney Transport.

If it's not incredibly important to you that you stay on Disney World property, there are many other campgrounds close by. Here are just a few options available in the Orlando area:

Orange Grove Campground: Located in Kissimmee, Orange Grove Campground is within walking distance of shopping and restaurants. It's about a 15-minute drive to Disney World. Tent camping and RV camping are both available. And psst, there's a coupon at the bottom of their homepage!

Kissimmee/Orlando KOA: KOA campgrounds are a popular choice, with nearly 500 locations nationwide. The Kissimmee/Orlando location boasts a pool, hot tub, bike rentals and more. There's camping in tents, RVs, cabins, too, with some pet-friendly rentals.

Tropical Palms Resort and Campground: Another popular resort offering four types of RV camping, as well as vacation cottage rental and cottage sales, with some pet-friendly cottages. There's a heated pool, kid's wading pool, cafe, mini golf and a lot of family-friendly activities.

Check out floridaparks.com for even more area campgrounds.

Have you ever camped at Disney World's Fort Wilderness or another area campground? What was your experience like? Leave a comment below!

Michele S wrote on Fri, 02/25/2011 - 13:47:

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The last 3 times we have been to Disney, we have been in our RV at Fort Wilderness. We love it. The comfort of our own space in a place we love to visit. We love the outdoors and we love to fish. My granddaughter caught her first fish there in May 2010. So this was a great experience for us. There is so much you can do right there at Fort Wilderness, you might have trouble getting away to go to the parks. :-) And there is a special camaraderie amongst campers. Those aren't strangers in the next site, they are just friends you haven't met.

If you can, I recommend going at Halloween and taking the carriage ride. It was definitely one of the highlights of our October 2009 visit.

Kristen H wrote on Fri, 03/04/2011 - 03:50:

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Michele, I so want to do that carriage ride. Thanks for recommending it! My husband's best friend lives in Florida and has an RV... I'm bound and determined to make a Fort Wilderness trip soon!

Nancy wrote on Tue, 11/01/2011 - 11:02:

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We have stayed at other resorts but absolutely love love love the cabins! They are very private and the only noise we ever hear are the fireworks from Magic Kingdom at night time. It sure beats hearing luggage being rolled down the hallway at 5 am and the thud thud thud of running feet. Contrary to popular belief the cabins are not rustic. There is a full kitchen and a comfortable living space. The place is always spotless! We feel we are getting the same amenities as a deluxe resort without the hustle, bustle and noise.

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