Friday, December 11, 2015

Fort Wildnerness cabins, a budget friendly-but still luxury- option.

Wait, does that headline even make sense? It really did in my head...

In October, our family spent a week at the Disney World Resort. It's crazy how fast the "on property" hotel rooms fill up... We booked our vacation 6 months prior to our trip, and hotel rooms at our first choice, Animal Kingdom, were already booked completely.

So after much deliberation, we decided to stay in a cabin at Fort Wilderness. Going this route was the perfect choice for our family because we were able to make meals in their full service kitchen. We also had a living room that was on the other end of the cabin from the bedroom so we parent-folk could unwind and reflect on the day while the kids slept. I really enjoyed having the freedom to make meals, with food that we ordered from an online grocer, Garden Grocer. It was so seamless using their service as the food was delivered to our room and put away for us when we checked in. Having a kitchen also allowed me to control our budget for the trip and ensure that we were eating healthy.

The resort grounds were also really awesome because there were many activities that our family could enjoy together. We enjoyed a campfire sing along, a s'more roasting session, an outdoor movie, a poolside dance party, pony rides, bike rides and a canoe trip around the resort. 

The resort grounds are huge! The resort is located on over 750 acres of cypress and pine forest. Many people rent golf carts to get around the property quickly- something we will definitely do on our next stay there. However, the resort also provides free bus transportation around the grounds, which makes life easier. But with the busses travelling less frequently at night, it can tend to take a very long time to get back to your room.

If you plan to have an extended stay at Walt Disney World, I would recommend staying in a room that has a kitchen. I'm obviously partial to the Fort Wilderness resort cabins, but the Polynesian Resort also has villas that offer in room kitchens.