Our time at Fort Wilderness!

When it comes to parking a 5th wheel, Fort Wilderness gets a bad rap on some websites and particularly on the Fort Wilderness FW sites app. We read about the narrow roads inside the various loops – and how difficult it is to back in.

While its true there are no pull thru sites, negotiating the roads and parking our rig just wasn’t a big deal – and we are VERY new at all this!

Driver figured it out – he tends to do that – and showed me how the site we were assigned had been widened, so perhaps the folks who created the app haven’t updated it. Sure enough, a wide swath of concrete made our site easily accessible. We did get a preferred site, so it could be that only the upgraded sites are wider so do ask before reserving.

Here we are all set up.

20130716-200131.jpg
There’s a lot we didn’t do, like dress up the outside. We had torrential downpours every few hours! But with no kids or grandLittles along we didn’t mind it much at all. We actually enjoyed just being “away” and not on task.
In between thunderstorms we set out to discover Fort Wilderness. Sometimes we rode our bikes, other times we set off on Good Ole 140!

20130716-204428.jpg
We rented the golf cart and happy that we did! The property is HUGE!
We also took a few boats places like across the lake at Downtown Disney.

20130716-204614.jpg

20130716-204719.jpg
While cruising, we found out that Disney’s Pleasure Island will be completely transformed in 3 years. Total remake. Can’t wait to see the latest and greatest!
Speaking of cruises, we could not believe this… We were hanging out at the Ft Wilderness beach, chatting with a boat captain who was waiting on a group of folks who had booked a private cruise to see the Electrical Water Pageant and the Magic Kingdom’s fireworks. Well, the group cancelled and the captain offered the tour to us! We boarded, along with a family of 5, none of us believing how fortunate we were! This trip is well over $300 and we went for free. Such a blessing. Just being on the water, in the dark, waiting, then seeing those lights and then the fireworks- our front row seats were simply A*M*A*Z*I*N*G!!!!

20130716-210202.jpg
The fireworks were incredible and we even heard the “magical” story over the boat’s radio. Wow, wow and WOW. What a night it was.
We spent the next day at Epcot, the only park we would visit during our stay. The campground amenities were great so we enjoyed swimming, walking the pups, biking, dining, and hanging out at the campfire- when it wasn’t raining!
Here I am with the Chippendales! Oh wait- its just Chip!

20130716-210734.jpg
Here’s Cowboy Bob- he was great! I haven’t done a campfire sing-along since my kids were little!

20130716-210852.jpg
And of course, there was a campfire!

20130716-210931.jpg
Later, we sat in Good Ole 140 and enjoyed a drive-in effect during movie time.

20130716-211128.jpg
That’s all for today- thanks for stopping by and God bless!

Advertisements

Disney’s Fort Wilderness

We had a very long drive as we headed to Fort Wilderness and it was our first “long” trip. Like a little kid hanging on to the side of the pool, we have camped just an hour or so from home since we brought Baby Beluga (our 36 ft 5th wheel) home. It was finally time for us to spread our wings and boy, did we. It took 7 1/2 hours in rain and heavy traffic in Jacksonville and Orlando. We were whipped.

But we stopped along the way and took the pups shopping at Camping World.

20130713-184051.jpg
This was when they started begging for stuff

20130713-184212.jpg
The parking lot was super hot so I strolled them back to our parking spot.

20130713-184325.jpg
Good thing they are so cute. They didn’t help load Beluga, not one bit.

20130713-184441.jpg
After shopping, the pups zonked out.

20130713-185348.jpg
More rain, long lines of traffic and finally we arrived. I was one Happy Camper when I saw this sign.

20130713-185435.jpg
But SERIOUSLY HAPPY when I saw THIS sign

20130713-185524.jpg
Here we are, waiting in line to check in. The adventure begins!

20130713-185617.jpg

Our first big trip and introducing Meile!

This has been on our fridge for weeks. We have been too busy to do a countdown but got to see this every day.

20130712-102019.jpg

I spent the week getting the house ready and made a staging area to carry stuff back and forth to the storage facility where Baby Beluga (our RV) lives. I pretty much had more stuff to add every day so as a result we put a gazillion things in the RV. I even brought a little sewing machine. It’s amazing how much stuff I think we will need. I try not to overpack and I did edit, edit, edit, which is why all my card making stuff isn’t going (but a small project is!). Still, I am sure I packed too much.

In my earlier blog posts you will see our precious Kerby. We lost her in April. She was 15 years old and in so much pain from eye problems.

Hoover was pitiful without her. He lost two best friends in less than a year and all he wanted to do was lie on the sofa.

We decided to get him a buddy. We prayed about it and adopted Meile (Mee-Lah) from a NC rescue. Yes, it’s the name of a vacuum cleaner as is Hoover, Kerby and Dyson, who passed away tragically from a spider bite in July 2012.

Meile has totally settled right in. Here she is showing off her purple painted nails.

20130712-103237.jpg

She likes to dress up too.

20130712-103332.jpg
And here she is helping dad and Hoover as they hook up Baby Beluga.

20130712-103517.jpg
You might need to zoom in but she’s the pointy eared helper.

This is what I see in my mirror.

20130712-103724.jpg
I’m ready to be there already! So much fun. I will be blogging throughout our trip so please sign up for notifications if you want to get the latest updates.

God bless you all and thanks for following my blog!