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2017 Trip Report: Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground with Meacham’s RV

We are so excited to share our 2017 Walt Disney World trip report with you! This part of the trip report will include our first 4 days of travel including our stay at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort sponsored by Meacham’s RV.  Make sure to check out Part Two of our trip report to catch our reviews of the Animal Kingdom Lodge and a host of new restaurant reviews!

Day One

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Courtesy of Meacham’s RV

 

We kept this whole trip a surprise from our kids. It was really fun to do it this way, but rather difficult to hide all my packing and planning the weeks before! We gave the kids a little hint and told them a box would be arriving for them to open after school. Walt Disney World allows you to link all of your reservations to your Magic Bands and you can customize the color of your band. They send these to you about a month before your trip. I hid the box until our surprise reveal.

As soon as the kids came home from school we sat them down and told them to close their eyes. They were SO excited! They opened the box and saw the bands. Our 9 year old son  asked “we’re going to Disney World?”

“Yep!” I let it hang for a second. “Right…..NOW!” I yelled…likely more excited than my kids at that moment!

Their eyes got big and they began to squeal and run around the house (so did mom & dad)! We told them to get their backpacks and fill them with what they wanted in their beds at night and then we drove to the airport! It was SO fun to surprise them that way!

Because of the kids’ school schedule, we decided to take a late night flight. This has pros and cons. The flight was a bit cheaper, the airport wasn’t crowded either place, the kids slept through the whole flight, it was quiet and we arrived without issue. The downside is that mom and dad have trouble sleeping on the plane and are rather tired most of the following day. If you schedule your trip to have downtime on the first day then this is a good option especially when traveling with younger children who do better on flights when they’re asleep.

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Kid Review: Our 9 year old says that he does not like “having” to sleep on the plane. He would much rather fly during the day so he can look outside, people watch, and enjoy the thrill of flying above the clouds! 

 

Day Two

Fort Wilderness Resort

Because we flew red-eye, it was already “the next day” when we arrived in Orlando (which is 2 hours ahead of us). It was around 5:30 in the morning in Orlando. Again, pros and cons. The airport was NOT busy, we got right onto the Magical Express bus, and it took us directly to Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. The bus ride from the airport to the resort was less than 30 minutes. The bus has soft, comfy chairs, and a Disney insider video plays while you’re traveling.

The cons of arriving this early is that you cannot check in to most Disney resorts before 4pm!  (Fort Wilderness allows you to check in to the campsites at 1pm).  We arrived before 7 am and nothing was open at that time. The buses begin running around 7 am and then you can easily get around the resort. We hopped the internal bus system to the restaurant for some breakfast.

There are 2 options for breakfast at Fort Wilderness. P & J’s Southern Takeout and Trail’s End Restaurant. P & J’s is just the carryout side of Trail’s End. Same food (see menu), same place, you just take it back to your campsite, eat at the picnic tables outside, or along the beach!

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Trail’s End Restaurant

 

 

After breakfast the kids played at the park, we visited the stables where Cinderella’s horses live, toured the resort and took a boat ride over to the Wilderness Lodge. On warm mornings, you can swim or take a nap on the hammocks by the beach while you wait for check in (make sure to have swim suits and a change of clothes handy in your carry on).

As the Passporter guidebook says: “much more than tents and hookups, Fort Wilderness is a resort in every sense of the word…enveloped by pine, cypress, and oak, this 700 acre campground is a relaxing haven after the noise and excitement of a long day at the parks.”

When you use Meacham’s RV to rent a camper, you must coordinate with them on check in. The Meacham family really does go above and beyond to make sure everything runs smoothly (check out our original post for more info)!  They had the camper, outside mat, camping chairs, and golf cart set up and ready for us in 45 minutes.

Camping at Fort Wilderness is such a fun adventure and Meacham’s RV takes care of everything for you! Check out all the amazing details they include in your camper rental. (Click HERE to view a complete list of everything included in your camper).

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Meacham’s RV Kid Review:

downloadOur 5 year old loved the bunkbeds, the “magic TV that turned into a mirror and went all the way around,”  the couches in the bunkbed section, and the fact that baby gates were included under the mattresses so she could sleep up high and not fall out of bed each night!

 

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Our 9 year old loved everything about the camper, especially the couches that turned into beds… but his favorite part of the whole trip was the golf cart!

 

 

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Meacham’s RV Camper 39

We had camper rental 39 and it was brand new at the time of publishing. As you can see, the camper is quite beautiful and fully stocked with everything we could possibly need during our trip! As our son said, the best part of the whole trip was adding the golf cart to our camping experience! We zipped around in that and toured the entire grounds of the resort. Our favorite thing was to drive up to the Bay Lake beach at night to watch the fireworks which you can see from the Magic Kingdom. Make sure to select Fort Wilderness® Adventure Option on Meacham’s RV website to add a golf cart to your package. Absolutely worth it and adds SO much fun to your trip! You can drive your golf cart right up close to Disney’s boat or bus transportation when you’re ready to head to the parks. This cuts down on lots of extra walking and I’m happy to report I did NOT get blisters this trip!

 

We pre-ordered groceries to have during our trip from Orlando Grocery Express. We selected our delivery date and time and the groceries were waiting for us at bell services before we checked in.  Everything came in perfect condition and we used the golf cart to go and retrieve them from bell services at the front of the resort. Settlement Trading Post and Meadow Trading Post are the gift shops onsite and they do have lots and lots of groceries. They are expensive, however. If you’re only staying for a few short days, getting your groceries there will be fine. But we recommend Orlando Grocery Express or going to a local supermarket for your groceries if staying for a whole week.

The outside kitchen included in our camper was awesome! We used it each morning and cooking outside kept the camper from smelling like bacon. What a delight to have breakfast out in the open air at Fort Wilderness in relative privacy! Each site is nestled in trees and bushes of all kinds, making you feel like you are on your own private resort. For that reason alone, we recommend trying out Disney’s Fort Wilderness resort. You won’t get this kind of privacy and extra space at any other resort on Disney property.

We ate lunch and dinner at our amazing camper. After dinner we drove our golf cart over to the Meadow Trading Post area where the nightly campfire and Chip N Dale Sing-a-long takes place! It is super fun! The Chuck Wagon is open every night and serves hot dogs, snacks and S’mores kits. The S’mores kits were actually a pretty good deal.  It was $9.99 for a bag of marshmallows, a package of graham crackers, 2 Hershey bars and 2 roasting sticks. We had plenty left over.

Chip and Dale come out to greet everyone individually and take pictures during the sing along. Afterwards, a Disney movie is shown on the big screen under the stars. Be sure and bring your mosquito repellant!! 

 

We slept really well in our camper! Meacham’s supplies fantastic bedding, pillows, and towels. The king size bed was very comfortable and Meacham’s let me know that they always swap out the original “camper mattress” for a more comfortable option in each camper.

The bathroom in the camper is a nice size compared to most campers and has its own shower. Because the comfort station was directly across from our camper, we did most of our showering there. The bathrooms at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort are immaculate, comfortable and almost spa-like with designer tile.

Day Three

 

We ate breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the camper. A crockpot is even included in the camper so we had fun planning ahead for our meals at the camper.

The kids were anxious to get into the pools at The Fort. But it was COLD! A cold front had come in over the weekend and it was chillier than we anticipated. But that didn’t stop our polar bears! The lifeguards told us that as long as the wind chill is 50 degrees, they open the pool. And exactly 50 degrees it was! The hot tub was quite comfortable but the kids really wanted to go down the water slide….so in they went. And they had a blast! We almost had the place to ourselves. The pool water is kept pretty warm so everyone had fun.

 

Saturday evening we drove our golf cart over to the boat dock and headed to the Magic Kingdom! The boat generally makes 1 stop before heading to the Magic Kingdom and it takes maybe 15 minutes to get there once the boat starts moving. It is a fun ride across Bay Lake and we enjoyed the boat transportation immensely!

Day Four

Our last meal at the camper was a yummy breakfast outside using the outdoor kitchen attached right to the side of the camper.  The outdoor kitchen included a fridge, griddle, a pull out gas burner, grilling utensils, and an outdoor sink. It really was SO cool! 20170129_064555

 

Check out time at Fort Wilderness is 11am so Meacham’s RV comes to collect their camper around 10am. We cleaned up and had everything ready to go for Andrew to come and shut things down. The Meacham’s are great people! We enjoyed meeting them and they are fantastic to work with. You will not be disappointed when you choose to rent your camper from Meacham’s RV! Check out their site and say Hi on their social media sites.

There are bus stops at the end of every “camping loop” and it is not a far walk to reach them no matter where your campsite is.  We took our luggage to the bus stop and headed back to the front to deposit our bags with bell services. The next leg of our journey was Animal Kingdom Lodge and it was no hassle at all for Bell Services to transfer our luggage over to our next resort.

Check out our little YouTube video for a short look inside camper 39.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Meacham’s RV at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground

Our time at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground was nothing short of magical thanks to Meacham’s RV! In the coming weeks we’re writing ebooks, social media posts, and putting together videos and pictures to show you just how amazing our trip was. Of course, our kids have lots to say about it, too!

Meacham’s RV is a fantastic company to work with and their brand-new camper was beautiful inside and out. They did ALL of the work…we simply showed up and enjoyed our stay!

Here is just a sneak peek at all the fun posts and pics coming soon…

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~Grand Opening Celebration~ Hugest of Disney Travel Prizes!

We are so excited to welcome you to our brand new website! We’re working with some great companies to provide you with top-notch content and travel planning advice. These businesses include Meacham’s RV, The Passporter Walt Disney World Guide Book and Kingdom Strollers.

We have some amazing prizes to giveway during our Grand Opening! I have to say that in all my years of building websites and running giveaways, I have never given away a prize this LARGE before! And when I say large, I literally mean LARGE…. RV size!

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Grand Prize: 1 week RV Rental from Meacham’s RV at Ft. Wilderness

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GRAND PRIZE (1 winner):

1) 1 week trailer rental from Meacham’s RV for Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort (WINNER’S CERTIFICATE VALUE UP TO $1,235!)

What’s Included?

  • 1 camper rental for up to 7 (seven) nights at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground, Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL (standard option package of deluxe, extra large, medium, or small camper.  Please look at the Fort Wilderness page on our website for choices)
  • Delivery, Set up, Pickup
  • Linens (all bedding and towels)
  • Kitchen items and utensils, Keurig coffee maker, outside mat with 4 chairs
  • Pictures of campers at www.TravelTrailerRent.com  as well as items we provide within the camper on our Fort Wilderness page
  • Contest Rules Apply (see below)
  • Expiration Date:  May 1, 2018

2) a 2016 Passporter Walt Disney World Guide Book61qd1hdxe4l

Named one of Disney Magazine senior editors’ “favorite sources” for planning a trip to Walt Disney World! “More than just a guidebook, the PassPorter contains folders for plane tickets, park passes, ticket stubs, and other scrapbook-bound treasures. It includes loads of maps and lots of touring advice.”

Special Offer!

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*Grand Opening Special only .99 cents! 

Little Known WDW Tips for Families with Young Children                     Our *Brand New* eBook full of little known Disney Tips and Tricks for families with young children. Includes our most-loved  tip that literally SAVES US $$$THOUSANDS of DOLLARS$$$ each year at Disney! You won’t find this information anywhere else on our site! (*will be released on 10/31/2016 in pdf format)

You can pre-order our eBook during our GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION for only .99cents! 

 

Check out all of the amazing content on our site and enter to win some pretty cool prizes!

ENTER TO WIN HERE!

 

Contest Rules:

Contest ends at midnight on October 31, 2016. Winners will be announced the following morning. No purchase necessary. United States only. Must be 18+ to enter.  Allow 4-6 weeks for delivery of passporter. Grand Prize Winner is responsible for 

  • Reserving their own campsite at Disney’s Ft. Wilderness Resort(Various campers fit best on a Premium site.  Hybrids may fit on 1500 or 2000 tent loops) & getting there.
  • Working with Meacham’s RV for available dates of camper (Holidays excluded)
  • NO PETS
  • $500 Security/damage/cleaning deposit (refundable). The RV rental requires a deposit to be made that is fully refundable as long as the camper is returned in the same condition it was delivered in and no damage.
  • Signed contract at delivery time

 

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Meacham’s RV Offers a Unique & Affordable Way to Stay at Disney’s Ft. Wilderness Resort

untitled-designI have always wanted to stay at Disney’s Ft. Wilderness Resort! The problem was: I didn’t own an RV and I definitely didn’t want to sleep in a tent in Florida (one word: Geckos!).

My husband and I fell in love with the Ft. Wilderness Campground fifteen years ago on our honeymoon. We were staying at a resort close by but we learned that Ft. Wilderness offered campfire sing-a-longs with Chip & Dale, S’mores, and a Disney Movie each night. We had a great time that evening and found out there was an amazing restaurant at Ft. Wilderness and even a Dinner Show! Getting there by boat was even more fun! The Ft. Wilderness Resort is an enchanting place unlike any other at the Walt Disney World Resort.  It is truly the “Happiest Campground on Earth!”

Sadly, we didn’t have an achievable way to stay there ourselves. The cabins that are offered at Ft. Wilderness seem too remote and too expensive, we knew we would not enjoy a tent, and we didn’t own an RV…so we wrote Ft. Wilderness Campground off as a very unlikely possibility.

But not anymore!

Thanks to companies like Meacham’s RV, we can rent an affordable camper and they take care of all the details! Resort guests call and make a campsite reservation at Disney’s Ft. Wilderness Resort & Campground, then you go to Meacham’s website and choose the camper of your dreams to rent for your vacation. Meacham’s delivers your camper straight to your site, sets everything up for you (including outdoor chairs and carpet mat) and even offers the option of a golf cart for your stay (Ft. Wilderness is a big big place…lots of walking if you’re not prepared!).

The campsites are very affordable and several of the camper options offer great value for your Disney vacation budget.  Especially if you have a large family!

I’ve been getting to know the family behind Meacham’s RV and it is my great privilege to interview them here on our site during our Grand Opening Celebration!

96198801_scaled_182x240Andrew Meacham and his wife, Carrie, own and manage every aspect of the company. They started Meachams Rv,  Inc. in 2011 with just one travel trailer as a rental. They had purchased a travel trailer while having a new home built. The housing market wasn’t doing well at the time and they had to sell their previous home at a much lower price than expected. They also had a new travel trailer payment to keep up so a friend suggested they rent it out…. And Meacham’s RV, Inc. began! They now have 30 + travel trailer rentals all owned by Meachams Rv. They work with professional vendors to clean, maintain and help deliver their product.

Check out our interview to gain some helpful and $money-saving tips for your visit to Ft. Wilderness!

What package gives families the most bang for their buck?

All of our 7 night Deluxe Packages are the best value. Most of those travel trailers can sleep 8-10 depending on adult vs. children. You have a full kitchen inside and an outside kitchen to have meals at the travel trailer. We provide full dishes for 8 as well as pots/pans , electric skillet , crockpot , electric griddle , and a keurig k-cup coffee maker. 

Check Out What is Included In Every Meacham’s RV Standard Fort Wilderness Camping Package:

  • TV / DVD player
  • Blankets, pillows and sheets for all of the beds – any bunks and the queen bed. If you need bed sets for the dinette and sofa let us know.
  • A set of 10 – 14 bath towels, 4 hand towels , 4 wash cloths,  and dish towels
  • Dishes, mugs, glasses and silverware for 8
  • Cooking utensils
  • Set of basic pots and pans
  • Cookie sheet and oven pan
  • Crockpot
  • Electric skillet
  • Kuerig K-Cup Coffee pot, Filters, Folgers coffee and hot cocoa
  • Dish soap, Hand soap, and cleaning supplies
  • Roll of Paper towels , 4 pack of RV Toilet Paper
  • Tinfoil
  • Outside mat
  • 4 camping chairs
  • awning lights
  • BBQ utensils

What is lowest cost package you offer for a family of 4?

32That would be our small camping package – (it actually sleeps up to 6) We currently only offer one camper in that package. It is our small hybrid camper 32. It also allows the customer to rent the tent/pop up sites. 

The 7 night standard package includes delivery, set up, pick up, with all the linens. ($800 + sales tax at time of publication).

The Adventure package includes the standard package with a Golf cart ($1000+ sales tax )

Your website mentions that you have been awarded with Disney’s Official Vendor status. Tell us how you earned that accomplishment?

We recently became a preferred vendor with Disney in April 2016 . Disney recognized that we provided a product very much comparable to their resorts with a “Glamping”  camping style. We met with Disney and explained to them the process we go through to prepare our RV units for delivery to Fort Wilderness and how important it is to go above and beyond. We strive to exceed the customers’ expectations!  

Which camper rental is your favorite and why?

Our favorite is camper 24, 25, and 26 as they are all the same camper. They have warm chocolate colors, a u-shaped large dinette, a little bit larger bathroom than most due to the door that leads to the outside, the rear bunkbed room with a pocket door that closes, and of course the outside kitchen with large refrigerator, sink, and two burner cook stoves. 24

Which camper would be best for the family that only wants to use it for sleeping and plans to be off adventuring all day/everyday of their trip?

One camper that works well for that is camper 31 because you can put it on a pop up site in the 1500 & 2000 loops! if you don’t plan on using shower or toilet (Disney Campground Has AMAZINGLY Clean and beautiful tiled bathrooms!) it expands and can create three queen size beds.  The dinette area and sofa make small beds as well and that makes it a little more affordable for a big family. Sleeps up to 10 people! This is a huge savings for larger families!

What makes you different than the other Camper Rentals in the Disney area?

Keeping with Disney standards, we only deliver our newest and best equipped units to Fort wilderness. We are always taking customers suggestions on any additions to the Rentals

We do offer our Adventure package that includes the golf cart rental delivered with your travel trailer. Being a family owned and operated company we oversee and have great pride in the product that we deliver. We would not deliver anything that we ourselves would not love to be there enjoying. 

In fact, we personally camp at Fort Wilderness 3 to 6 times a year so we have first-hand experience camping on Disney property.

Why should families with young children choose Meacham’s RV Rental as opposed to your competitors?

My wife Carrie has a background in preschool teaching so we better understand the safety needs of young children. Most of our units have a bunk room or bunkbeds which works best for small children. Our campers 24,25,26,30 ,33 and 37 have j-cube sofas in back that can be used as a sofa or made in to single bunkbeds low to be floor. In every travel trailer we offer bed rails as well and we can also provide pack and play units.

What is the best area of the campground to park the camper and why?

We have found that families with small children are best suited to be in the 1400 loop. That area is within walking distance to the Meadows Trading Post store as well as the pool and Chip N Dale’s campfire sing-a-long/movie under the stars

What is your favorite thing to do at the Ft. Wilderness campground?

We like cruising in the golf cart at night and checking out all the other travel trailer decorations during holiday times

Anything else you’d like our readers to know?

We know how long it’s taken for the customer to both plan and save for their vacation.  We will do everything in our power to make sure the customer has the best time that they can with our travel trailer.  We go above and beyond to accomplish this.
We have become friends with many of our customers, spending time with them at their travel trailer on many occasions.  We are avid campers and Disney fans ourselves.  You might even see us camping at Fort Wilderness during your stay! We explore everything we can within the Fort, we are annual pass holders, and participate in runDisney events.  If you’d like a more in-depth look inside our campers, check out the linked YOUTUBE videos.

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*Remember, you pay separately for the Ft. Wilderness campsite (directly to Disney) which varies in range from $50 to $100 per night. This is still a huge money saver for families that you will not find at any other Disney resort…and you’re eligible for the Disney Dining Plan with the purchase of a Magic Your Way Ticket Package!

Also, if you’d like to take your pets, Meacham’s offers 4 pet friendly older campers that if a customer picks it up with a full-size truck they are allowed to go anywhere within Florida.  There is a pet fee for those which is $75 but will save you from having to pay for pet sitting or boarding while you’re away.

Meacham’s RV is an awesome family-friendly company, committed to providing you with a fabulous Disney Vacation! Check them out at www.traveltrailerrent.com!