Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Aug 20, 2011
    Joe from MI Asked

    I'm brining my kids to Disney for their first trip, but I'm on a tight budget. Can you compare the experience at the Camp Wilderness Cabins vs staying off-site? Any other advice?

    I've stayed off-site as well as at the Fort Wilderness cabins, Joe.  It's really tough to put into words how the experiences differ, especially for first-time guests.  You don't mention whether you've been before, only that it's the first time for your children.  What I will tell you is that there is a certain sense of magic that goes hand in hand with staying in a Disney resort.  It goes beyond excellent service and accommodations (both of which you can expect of Disney) to encompass an all-inclusive, pixie-dusted experience.  A stay at the Fort Wilderness cabins allows guests to explore paved paths, the beach and marina area, and countless recreational opportunities, all with special attention to detail that Disney is known for.  Fort Wilderness also offers close proximity to Magic Kingdom as well as some unique restaurants and dinner shows.  Our stay at the cabins was unforgettable!

    That said, I understand that tight budgets are non-negotiable.  For that reason, if you decide to stay off-site, rest assured that a magical Disney vacation can still be had.  And because your children have never stayed on property, they wouldn't even know the difference.  Do take into consideration the additional costs of renting a car, if necessary.  Sometimes that expense alone is enough to even out the two options.  Whichever you choose, Joe, I hope you make magical memories with your kids!
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If you're looking to plan a trip for a large party or if your group includes special needs travelers, you've come to the right mom! I'm a southeastern Arizona girl, eager to help you plan the most magical trip you'll ever take.  Learn More About Darcie

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