Our Viva!

Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort • Orlando, FL • MAY 28 - 29, 2019


A magical trip for a magical event!

With a summer trip looming we couldn't set out for distant parts unknown, but we did want to do something special to celebrate our 40th anniversary…so what better destination than Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort!

Although Fort Wilderness is about an hour's drive from us, we just hadn't gotten around to camping here in the five years that we've had our Viva. Oh, and speaking of anniversaries, or rather birthdays, the Viva officially just turned five years old!

If you've ever been to Walt Disney World, you know they always seem to think of everything to ensure you have a good time. Even though Fort Wilderness is a campground and not a theme park, Disney's attention to detail was everywhere. The grounds were immaculate, thanks to the attentive staff. We received wristbands (like regular resort guests), and anything we wanted to purchase could be done without handing over a credit card, just like in the parks.

Our site was level, shaded, and more spacious than we expected. It seemed everyone had rented a golf cart, so we had no choice but to do the same, especially for Zoe. She absolutely loves golf carts, so she was thrilled when she got to go for lots of rides throughout our stay.

Because we had Zoe with us we weren't able to go to the theme parks, but for those camping without furry friends, Fort Wilderness offers regular transportation by bus or water taxi to the Magic Kingdom.

We took a number of walks in addition to our golf cart rides, and during both we engaged in one of our favorite campground activities—checking license plates to see where people are from, and looking at their rigs. A bonus here was checking out all of the various ways that people adorned their sites with Disney-themed decorations.

And although we couldn't go to the Magic Kingdom, on our second night we went down to the lake in the golf cart and were able to see a great fireworks show, followed by the lighted boat show that passed right in front of us. The nighttime photos taken with Linda's iPhone don't capture how nice the show was.

Linda bought Rick a Fort Wilderness hat and Rick bought Linda a pendant as souvenirs of our stay here.

As always, time went by too quickly and we had to break camp and head home. There is a bonus photo that was taken after we arrived home—we went to our favorite Mount Dora restaurant, The Copacabana, for an anniversary dinner. Here's to many more!

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