• On Oct 22, 2009
    Jessica from GA Asked

    Trying to plan a trip for next yr at ft wilderness camp. Unsure about time.3 weeks to choose from end of March, 1st of June or Christmas week. Christmas week is so much more$ it worth it to go stay during Christmas or pick a week more budget friendly?


    What a dilemma!

    I've stayed at the Fort twice during the Christmas holidays, although never Christmas week, as I like to avoid the big crowds at Disney, and always came home with a smile on my face!

    The reason?  During the holidays, many campers decorate their campsites--we're talking lights, inflatables, life-size snow globes--the works!  And it's why I enjoy camping at Fort Wilderness during any major holiday: Halloween and Easter included.  The fort just seems more "alive" during a holiday as campers get into the spirit!

    If you're trying to decide between March, June and December, keep in mind that the weather is quite pleasant in March, a little nippy in December, but down-right miserably hot in June.  So if I had my pick during a budget season, I'd suggest early March. 

    But back to Christmas: The money is relative.  Our family really wanted to go over the Easter Weekend 18 months ago, but like you, I was hesitant because of the hike in price.  To make it work with our budget, we simply chose not to go to the theme parks but instead get season passes for the Water Parks and Disney Quest--which we could use on subsequent visits, since three visits to these parks paid for the passes.  Another angle: You may find that making another meal or two at your camper instead of eating in the park may help you bridge the gap in your budget, too.  And honestly, if you're going the week of Christmas when the crowds are their busiest of the year, you may find that eating Christmas dinner at your campsite also serves another purpose: helping you keep your cool among the crowds!

    Wishing y'all a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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