Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista at Disney Springs – The Perfect Place to Stay!

Wyndham Disney Springs

Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista at Disney Springs is one of the seven Disney Springs Resort hotels and the closest of the seven to Disney Springs. It is less than a five minute walk across the street right into all that Disney Springs offers. I’ve stayed here several times and I’m always blown away by what a great resort it is. You feel as if you are on Disney property without paying Disney on-site prices. Because I visit Walt Disney World multiple times per year, being able to save some money without giving up quality, is always high on my list.

The Wyndham offers continuous transportation to all of the Walt Disney World theme parks that run every 30 minutes. The hotel offers a variety of food beverage options including a full service restaurant, room service, pool bar & grill, 24 Hour Cafe and lobby lounge. And . . . a Disney Character Breakfast on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings that is a fraction of the cost of any Disney character breakfast and just as good (the characters are official characters that come over to the resort from Disney!).

Beginning in January, 2018, the Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels offer major perks to their guests. In addition to your extremely affordable stay at the Wyndham, you will now have access to many of the same benefits as Disney Resort on-site guests:

  • Extra Magic Hours
  • You can link your room reservation with your My Disney Experience account.
  • You can purchase park tickets in the hotel or online in advance of your stay and link them to your MDE account to book your FastPass+ selections at 60 days – the same time as Disney Resort on-site guests!
  • Book on-property golf tee times 90 days in advance with greens fees and rental equipment discounts.
  • Disney Springs Passport Coupons full of discounts.

Each of the guest rooms are spacious and clean and come equipped with plush bedding, high-speed wireless Internet access, 37-inch HDTV flat-screen TV, mini refrigerator and an in-room safe.

All of the employees at the Wyndham are friendly and go out of their way to help with anything you need. My all time favorite guy is Shelton in Bell Services. You will never find a happier and more eager to please employee anywhere. I always look forward to seeing him when I stay at this resort.

As an added bonus when you stay in one of the tower rooms there’s a good chance you will have a Disney view! You’ll be able to see the fireworks right from your room!

Overall, I highly recommend staying here if you want to feel like you are staying in Disney without paying Disney’s on-site higher prices. The resort is great, the prices are great, and you’ll get many of the same perks you get while staying at a Disney on-site resort.

I was provided a highly discounted stay for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own.

 




Eating in Animal Kingdom for $14.99 and Under

We’ve come to the end of our series on eating at the Disney Parks for $14.99 and under and are finishing up with Animal Kingdom. In case you missed them, be sure to check out our Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios posts for eating in each of those parks for $14.99 and Under.

As a frequent WDW visitor, I don’t always make dining reservations and prefer to eat in quick service locations to save time and money, so Julia’s list is a big help for me!

Budget Food Animal Kingdom

Here are some ways Julia beats the high cost of food when visiting Epcot:

I often order kid’s meals at quick service locations. They are more than enough food and much less expensive! Some of the lunch and breakfast items at Animal Kingdom are ideal for using the kid’s meal rule – they are more than enough for an adult. The portions are large and offer the meal along with a small drink and some fruit. Don’t forget – some snack or dessert items are HUGE and can be a special treat to have dessert for lunch! Live it up! You’re on vacation!

For some reason, some items cost more in one location than another and I don’t know why. If an item is on the list, it is at the cheaper location (Turkey leg in MK is currently $10.99 but in EPCOT is $11.75 and in AK it’s $14.50 w/chips! Cheese sauce is $1.00 in MK and HS but only $.75 in Epcot). This seems to be the case with some alcoholic drinks too. TIP: EPCOT is the priciest of parks when it comes to food and drinks, but also has some items/drinks you can’t find in other parks.

Information is accurate as of August 2017.

Harambe Fruit Market

  • Banana, Apple, Orange ($1.99 each)
  • Flame Grilled Corn On The Cob – flame-grilled, Butter-dipped, with Market Curry Spice ($4.29)

Harambe Market

  • (Kids’ meal) BBQ Rib – glazed with Barbecue Sauce and includes two selections: Apple Wedges, Carrot Sticks, or fresh Broccoli Spears and choice of small Lowfat Milk or small Dasani® Water ($7.49)
  • variety of soft drinks not commonly found in USA ($3.29 each)
  • Frozen Flamingo – delicious non-alcoholic frozen concoction with flavors of Strawberry and Passion Fruit served in an ocarina musical sipper ($12.99)
  • Beef and Lamb Gyro Flatbread – served with Green Papaya Slaw and Black-Eyed Pea Salad ($10.99)
  • Grilled Vegetable Stack – served with Green Papaya Slaw and Black-Eyed Pea Salad ($9.99)

Kusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery – Breakfast

  • Hot Breakfast Wrap – Egg, Sausage, Spinach and Goat Cheese ($6.79)
  • Cereal with milk, Fruit cup, pastries, yogurt, muffins, huge cinnamon roll for 2 ($3 – $9)

Kusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery – Lunch/Snack

  • Tomato and Mozzarella Sandwich ($9.49)
  • Roast Beef and Cheddar Panini – Fire Roasted Beef, Smoked Tillamook Cheddar, and Horseradish-Sherry Vinaigrette on Ciabatta Bread. Served with House-made Curry Spiced Chips ($10.99)

Mahindi Market

  • Cinniamon Glazed Almonds OR Pecans ($5.39 each)

Tamu Tamu

  • Adult Dole Whip cup ($7)
  • Cocolate Covered Espresso Beans ($5.39)
  • Chocolate Waffle with Vanilla Ice Cream or Chocolate Mousse ($5.59)

Drinkwallah

  • Adult Coconut-Lychee Lemonade ($8.25)

Thirsty River Bar and Trek Snacks

  • Frozen Banana – Chocolate-covered with Nuts ($4.79)

Yak & Yeti Local Foods Cafe – Breakfast

  • Breakfast tacos, breakfast burritos, English muffin sandwiches ($9 – $10)

Yak & Yeti Local Foods Cafe – Lunch and Dinner

  • Vegetable Tikki Masala – Garbanzo Beans, Zucchini, Peppers, Onions and Tomatoes in a creamy Tikka Masala Sauce served with White Rice ($10.99)
  • Mini Mango Pie ($4.99)

Dino-Bite Snacks

  • Edy’s No Sugar Added Butter Pecan ice cream ($5.29)

Restaurantosaurus

  • Vegetarian Black Bean Burger – Spicy Southwestern-flavored Patty on a Toasted Bun with Cheddar and House-made Avocado Spread served with Southwest Salad and French Fries ($13.49)
  • (Kids’ meal) Turkey Wrap includes two selections: Grapes, GoGo squeeZ® Applesauce, or steamed Broccoli and choice of small Low-fat Milk or small Dasani Water served with a Sand Pail and Shovel. ($9.99)

Eight Spoon Cafe

  • Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Pulled Pork ($6.29)
  • Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Shrimp and Sweet Chili Sauce ($6.49)

Flame Tree BBQ 

  • Ribs, Chicken, & Pulled Pork Platter – Smoked Ribs, Chicken and Pulled Pork served with House-made Baked Beans, Coleslaw and Jalapeño Cornbread ($19.99 GREAT FOR SHARING!)
  • Ribs & Chicken Combo – Ribs and Chicken served with Home-made Baked Beans, Coleslaw and Jalapeño Cornbread ($16.49 Great to share!)
  • 1/2 Chicken – Marinated Slow-smoked Chicken served with Signature Baked Beans, Coleslaw and Jalapeño Cornbread ($13.99)

 Pizzafari

  • Flatbreads served with Tomato and Cucumber Salad: Cheese, Mediterranean, Shrimp, Cheeseburger, Pepperoni ($10 – $13.50)
  • Broccoli ($2.39)
  • (Kids’ meal) Cheese Flatbread served with choice of two sides of Grapes, Carrot Sticks, or fresh Steamed Broccoli and choice of small Lowfat Milk or small Dasani® Water ($6.99)

 The Smiling Crocodile – SOME OF THE MOST AFFORDABLE SANDWICHES

  • Salmon BLT Sandwich – Open-faced Smoked Salmon Sandwich made with Thick-cut Smoked, House-roasted Bacon on Ciabatta Bread ($5.49)
  • Pimento Cheese BLT Sandwich – Open-faced Sandwich made with Hand-crafted Pimento Cheese, Thick-cut Smoked, House-roasted Bacon on Ciabatta Bread Topped with Chives ($5.29)
  • Turkey BLT Sandwich – Open-faced Turkey Sandwich made with Thick-cut Smoked, House-roasted Bacon on Ciabatta Bread ($5.29)

 Terra Treats

  • Hummus with Vegetables ($4.39)
  • Buffalo Chicken Wings ($5.99)

Satu’li – Lunch and Dinner

  • Slow-Roasted Sliced Grilled Beef Bowl – Slow-Roasted Sliced Grilled Beef marinated in a blend of Garlic, Herbs, Red Pepper Spice, and Red Wine Vinegar topped with Crunchy Vegetable Slaw and Boba Balls served with your choice of Base and Sauce ($12.99)
  • Chopped Wood-Grilled Chicken Bowl – Wood-Grilled Chicken Thighs marinated with Garlic and Olive Oil topped with Crunchy Vegetable Slaw and Boba Balls served with your choice of Base and Sauce ($11.49)
  • Cheeseburger Steamed Pods – Bao Buns – Steamed Cheeseburger Pod stuffed with Ground Beef, Ketchup, Mustard, Pickle, and Cheddar Cheese served with Crunchy Vegetable Slaw and Vegetable Chips ($10.99)
  • Vegetable Steamed Curry Pods – Bao Buns – Steamed Vegetable Curry Pod with Eggplant, Cauliflower, Sweet Potato, Carrots, and Shallot Cilantro Cream served with Crunchy Vegetable Slaw and Vegetable Chips ($10.99)
  • Sustainable Fish Bowl – Panko Breaded Sustainable Fish topped with Crunchy Vegetable Slaw and Boba Balls served with your choice of Base and Sauce ($12.99)
  • (Kids Meal) Slow-Roasted Sliced Grilled Beef Bowl – Slow-Roasted Sliced Grilled Beef marinated in a blend of Garlic, Herbs, Red Pepper Spice and Red Wine Vinegar topped with Crunchy Vegetable Slaw and served with a choice of Base and small Dasani Bottled Water or Low-fat Milk ($8.49)

I hope you enjoyed the Eating for $14.99 and Under series! Don’t forget to look at Eating in the Magic Kingdom for $14.99 and Under – Eating in Epcot for $14.99 and Under and Eating in Hollywood Studios for $14.99 and Under.

Julia and her son are frequent visitors to Walt Disney World and Disney Cruise Line. She admins a great Facebook group for Disney lovers that you can find HERE

You might also find 50 Great Tips for Doing Disney on a Budget helpful for planning a trip to WDW. Also check out Using Memory Maker at WDW and Understanding the Disney Dining Plan.




Eating in Epcot for $14.99 and Under

Continuing with the discussion started last week (Eating in the Magic Kingdom for $14.99 and Under) of eating in the Disney parks for $14.99 and under, Epcot is next up on the list. The choices in Epcot are much better than in any other park simply because of the number of food outlets available. Since food is one of the most expensive items (after accommodations and park passes) added to any Walt Disney World Resort vacation, contributor Julia has compiled her money saving tips for eating in each park for a bargain – be sure to check back next week for Eating in Hollywood Studios for $14.99 and Under.

Budget Eating Epcot

Here are some ways Julia beats the high cost of food when visiting Epcot:

I often order kid’s meals at quick service locations. They are more than enough food and much less expensive! Some of the lunch and breakfast items at Epcot are ideal for using the kid’s meal rule – they are more than enough for an adult. The portions are large and offer the meal along with a small drink and some fruit. Don’t forget – some snack or desert items are HUGE and can be a special treat to have desert for lunch!

For some reason, some items cost more in one location than another and I don’t know why. If an item is on the list, it is at the cheaper location (Turkey leg in MK is currently $10.99 but in EPCOT is $11.75 and in AK it’s $14.50 w/chips! Cheese sauce is $1.00 in MK and HS but only $.75 in Epcot). This seems to be the case with some alcoholic drinks too. TIP: EPCOT is the priciest of parks when it comes to food and drinks, but also has some items/drinks you can’t find in other parks.

Information is accurate as of August, 2017

Future World

Electric Umbrella

  • Veggie Naan-wich – Naan Bread filled with Broccoli Slaw, Edamame and drizzled with Tofu Wasabi Dressing served with French Fries ($9.99)
  • Chicken Breast Nuggets (8 pieces) served with French Fries ($9.49)
  • (Kids’ meal) Chicken Breast Nuggets – includes Dannon Danimals Smoothie, Apple Slices, choice of Small Lowfat Milk or Small Dasani Bottled Water, Small Nesquik Chocolate Milk, Cherry Gelatin, Apple Slices, and French Fries, or Cookie substituted upon request. ($6.79)
  • No Sugar Added Brownie ($4.19) paired with a Frozen Pineapple-Coconut Slushie ($4.29)

The Land Cart

  • Fruit and Cheese plate – Grapes, Strawberries, Cheddar and Swiss Cheese ($6.50)
  • Vegetable Plate – Broccoli, Carrot Sticks, and Tomatoes with Dip ($4.25)
  • Whole fruit, Hummus with pretzels, Veggie chips ($2 – $5)

Sunshine Seasons – Breakfast

  • Breakfast Power Wrap – with Wild Rice, Sweet Potatoes, Blueberries, Avocado, and Tofu ($8.49)
  • Breakfast Platter – Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Breakfast Potatoes and Cinnamon French Toast Bread Pudding ($9.99)
  • Breakfast Panini – Pork, Bacon, Scrambled Eggs, Arugula, Tomato, Chorizo-Pepper Jack Mornay Sauce, served with choice of side ($8.49)
  • (Kids’ meal) Breakfast Platter – Scrambled Eggs, Bacon and Cinnamon French Toast Bread Pudding, and choice of small Lowfat Milk or small Dasani Bottled Water ($5.99)

 Sunshine Seasons – Lunch and Dinner

  • Various Desserts – Creme brulee, pie, tart, brownie, cheesecakes ($3 – $6) with a cup of coffee – perfect for a light lunch!
  • (Kids’ meal) Salmon served with Green Beans and includes choice of Carrots, GoGo squeeZ Applesauce, Apple Slices, Dannon Danimals Smoothies or Cookie and a Small Beverage ($7.29)
  • (Kids’ meal) Chicken Wrap served with Carrots and Apple Slices and includes choice of GoGo squeeZ Applesauce, Dannon Danimals Smoothies or Cookie and a Small Beverage ($6.79)
  • (Kids’ meal) Pasta with Marinara with Turkey Meatball includes choice of Carrots, GoGo squeeZ Applesauce, Apple Slices, Dannon Danimals Smoothies or Cookie and a Small Beverage ($6.49)
  • (Kids’ meal) Ceasar Salad with Oak-fired Chicken served with Apple Slices, and choice of small Lowfat Milk or small Dasani Bottled Water ($5.99)
  • (Kids’ meal) Mongolian Beef served with Apple Slices, and choice of small Lowfat Milk or small Dasani Bottled Water.  ($7.29)

World Showcase

Crepes des Chefs de France

  • Various Crepes ($4.50 – $6)

Gelati

  • Various ways to eat gelato flavors ($6.50 – $10)
  • Primavera –  Frozen Blend of Strawberry, Banana, and Peach Nectars ($5.25)

Joy of Tea

  • Curry Chicken Pocket ($4.50)
  • Lucky Combo – A Curry Chicken Pocket with your choice of two Egg Rolls, a Soft Drink and an Ice Cream ($10.98)
  • Strawberry Red Bean Ice Cream OR Caramel Ginger Ice Cream ($3.25)
  • Interesting smoothies, teas, and drinks ($3 – $9)

Kabuki Cafe

  • Sushi ($5 – $5.50)

Katsura Grill

  • Sushi in larger portions ($9 – $12)
  • Steamed Rice ($2)
  • Miso Soup ($3)
  • Edemame ($4.00)
  • (Kids’ meals) Chicken Teriyaki with Mix Garden Salad, Cookie and choice of Juice or Milk or Soda ($8.00)
  • Chicken & Shrimp OR Beef & Shrimp Teriyaki – each come with Mixed Garden Salad, Cookie and choice of Juice or Milk or Soda ($9.00)
  • Green Tea Ice Cream ($4.00)
  • Green Tea Cheesecake ($4.50)

Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe

  • Various yummy pastries I’ve never heard of ($3 – $5.50)
  • School Bread EVERYONE TALKS ABOUT and says you have to try! – Sweet Cardamom Bun filled with Vanilla Crème Custard and topped with Glazed and Toasted Coconut ($3.49) Very large!
  • Ham and Apple Sandwich – Ham, Apple and Jarlsberg and Muenster Cheese with a Sweet Apple Chutney on Toasted Multigrain Bread ($7.99)
  • Norwegian Club – Ham, Turkey, Bacon, Jarlsberg and Muenster Cheese with fresh Tomatoes, Sliced Red Onion and Lingonberry Mayonnaise on Toasted Multi-grain Bread ($8.99)

La Cantina San Angel

  • Nacho Cheese ($.75)
  • Paletas – traditional Fruit Popsicles with choice of Watermelon, Mango, Lime, and Coconut ($3.95)

Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie

  • Baguette – Half Fresh from our oven ($1.85)
  • Baguette – Whole Fresh from our oven ($2.95)
  • Fromages – Imported Cheese plate ($9.25)
  • Palmier – Cinnamon and Chocolate Elephant Ears ($3.85)

Liberty Inn

  • Freshly Grilled Vegetarian “Chick’n” Breast served with Guacamole, Chipotle Corn Salsa, Lettuce, and Tomato ($9.99)
  • Surf and Turf – Grilled 6oz NY Strip Steak and Fried Shrimp served with Demi Butter, French Fries and Steamed Broccoli ($14.99)

Lotus Blossom Cafe

  • Chicken Pot Stickers ($5.25)
  • Hong Kong Style Vegetable Curry over rice ($9.99)
  • (Kids’ meal) Sweet and Sour Chicken with Steamed Rice and choice of 1% Milk, Small Bottled Water, or Juice ($7.95)
  • (Kids’ meal) Potstickers & Spring Rolls with choice of 1% Milk, Small Bottled Water, or Juice ($7.95)
  • Lychee Ice Cream ($3.50)

Promenade Refreshments

  • House-made Ranch Kettle Chips ($2.99)

Refreshment Port

  • Croissant Donut aka “Cronut” tossed in Cinnamon Sugar ($4.99)
  • Adult Godiva Hot Chocolate – Hot Cocoa with Godiva Liqueur $10

Tangierine Cafe

  • Vegetable Platter served with Tangierine Couscous Salad, Hummus and Tabouleh ($12.99)
  • Shawarma Lamb Platter served with a side of Hummus, Tabouleh, and Tangierine Couscous Salad with fresh Moroccan Bread ($13.99)
  • Tabouleh ($3.99)
  • Tangierine Couscous Salad ($3.99)

What are your favorite Epcot spots for saving money on food?

Up next week will be Eating in Hollywood Studios for $14.99 and Under. And don’t forget to take a look at Eating in the Magic Kingdom for $14.99 and Under!

Julia and her son are frequent visitors to Walt Disney World and Disney Cruise Line. She admins a great Facebook group for Disney lovers that you can find HERE

You might also find 50 Great Tips for Doing Disney on a Budget helpful for planning a trip to WDW




Eating in the Magic Kingdom for $14.99 and Under!

Food is one of the most expensive items (after accommodations and park passes) added to any Walt Disney World Resort vacation. Contributor Julia has compiled her money saving tips for eating in each park for a bargain – be sure to check back next week for Eating in Epcot for $14.99 and Under.

budget eating magic kingdom

Here are some ways Julia beats the high cost of food when visiting the Magic Kingdom:

I often order kid’s meals at quick service locations. They are more than enough food and much less expensive! Don’t forget – some snack or desert items are HUGE and can be a special treat to have desert for lunch!

For some reason, some items cost more in one location than another and I don’t know why. If an item is on the list, it is at the cheaper location (Turkey leg in MK is currently $10.99 but in EPCOT is $11.75 and in AK it’s $14.50 w/chips! Cheese sauce is $1.00 in MK and HS but only $.75 in Epcot). This seems to be the case with some alcoholic drinks too. TIP: EPCOT is the priciest of parks when it comes to food and drinks, but also has some items/drinks you can’t find in other parks.

Information is accurate as of August, 2017.

Tortuga Tavern

  • Turkey Leg ($11)

Be Our Guest – Lunch 

  • (Kids meal) Grilled Shrimp with Broccoli and Peach Applesauce ($8.49) and you can add the Master’s Cupcake (Chocolate Sponge Cake topped w/Grey Stuff for $4.99 and still be under $14.99!

Be Our Guest – Dinner

  • (Kids meals) – each are served with Seasonal Vegetables and choice of one (1) Beverage and one (1) Dessert for $10.

Pinocchio Village Haus

  • Penne Pasta with Marinara served with choice of Fountain Beverage ($7.29)
  • Pepperoni Flatbread (Kids’ meal) includes Dannon Danimals Smoothie, GoGo squeeZ Applesauce, and choice of small Lowfat Milk or small Dasani Water ($7.49)

Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe

  • Beef Nachos (Kids’ meal) – served with GoGo squeeZe Applesauce, Carrots and a choice of 1% Mickey Milk, Small Dasani® Bottled Water, or 100% Apple Juice ($6.49)

Westward Ho

  • Breakfast Sandwich – Bacon, Egg, Cheddar, and Pepper Jack served on a Multi-grain Croissant ($6.49)

Columbia Harbour House (definitely the best bang for your buck!) 

  • Land and Sea Trio (Fried Shrimp, Breaded Chicken, and Battered Fish with Coleslaw, served with choice of Steamed Fresh Vegetables, Apple Slices, or French Fries) ($13.99)
  • Combination Platter (choose two – Fried Shrimp, Battered Fish, or Breaded Chicken Breast Nuggets, served with Coleslaw and choice of Steamed Fresh Vegetables, Apple Slices, or French Fries) ($12.49)
  • Original Plates (choose one – Fried Shrimp, Battered Fish, or Breaded Chicken Breast Nuggets, served with Coleslaw and a choice of Steamed Fresh Vegetables, Apple Slices or French Fries) ($10.99)
  • Vegetarian Chili ($6.49)
  • Chicken Breast Nuggets and Fish (Kids’ meal) – (choose one – Fried Shrimp, Battered Fish, or Breaded Chicken Breast Nuggets, served with Coleslaw and a choice of Steamed Fresh Vegetables, Apple Slices or French Fries) ($7.19)

Liberty Square Market

  • Wide variety of fruit, yogurt, turkey leg, pretzel, chips, hot dog, cookies, trail mix – perfect for a light lunch! ($2 – $11)

Sleepy Hollow

  • Breakfast Egg and Cheese Waffle Served until noon ($8.99)
  • Sweet and Spicey Chicken Waffle Sandwich ($8.99)
  • Pretzel Dog with house made chips ($9.49)
  • Fresh Fruit Waffle Sandwich served with Chocolate-Hazelnut Spread ($7.99)
  • Funnel Cake topped with strawberries and whipped topping ($7.79)
  • Baked Potato Served with Butter, Sour Cream and Cheese ($3.99)

Plaza Ice Cream

  • Doughnut Sundae – Glazed Doughnut with Cinnamon-Apple Topping, one scoop of Hand-made Ice Cream, topped with Whipped Cream, Chocolate Chips, Peanut Butter Chips, Hot Fudge Topping, Milk Chocolate Mickey Ears and a Cherry ($5.99)

Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe

  • 1/2 Rotisserie Chicken – Slow-roasted Rotisserie Chicken served with Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans ($14.49)
  • Kids’ Salad with Turkey (Kids’ meal) – served with Carrot Sticks, GoGo squeeZ and choice of small low-fat Milk or small Dasani Water ($7.19)

Tomorrowland Terrace

  • Pulled Pork Bahn Mi – Hoagie Roll filled with Asian Pulled Pork topped with Pickled Vegetables and a spicy Sriracha Aïoli served with Apple Slices or House-made Chips ($11.29)
  • Rocky Road Brownie ($4.59)

What are your money saving tips when it comes to food at WDW?

Julia and her son are frequent visitors to Walt Disney World and Disney Cruise Line. She admins a great Facebook group for Disney lovers that you can find HERE

You might also find 50 Great Tips for Doing Disney on a Budget helpful for planning a trip to WDW.




Camping at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground with Help From Florida Camper Rental

I told you guys back in July (Let’s Go Glamping/Camping at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground) that I was planning a “glamping” outing. I was in the planning stages then and told you how to go about reserving and making all of your arrangements. Well, I just got back from the trip and boy do I have lots to tell you about camping/glamping at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.

I’m not a camper. I’m not really even a glamper. But camping/glamping at Disney is different than doing it anywhere else and made super easy by companies like Florida Camper Rental.

Florida Camper Rental Fort Wilderness

If you have never camped before and are on the fence about trying it – try it at Disney! The process is definitely easy, the grounds, the amenities, the extras and everything offered at the campground are done in the way that only Disney can do.

I have no camping knowledge. I have no idea what needs to be hooked to what when it comes to a camper. None of that mattered since Florida Camper Rental took care of everything that needed to be taken care of. They delivered the camper to Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground on our designated date and time. They hooked up the camper, and the camper was equipped with most everything needed – dishware, utensils, etc. All we needed to bring was our food and our clothes!

Florida Camper Rental can provide full-service RV rentals to Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, as well as to several other camping locations in the area. The company offers some of the largest 5th Wheel RV Rentals available on the market. The camper we arranged was a 38 ft. Heartland Elkridge camper that sleeps 10. I will say that if I had it to do over, I would limit the sleeping capacity to 8 in this unit since 2 of the 10 person limit sleep in the living area and 2 on blow-up air mattresses. The unit would be ideal for a large family that may require a suite or two separate rooms in a regular hotel, so it’s a great way to get to Disney on a budget.

Florida Camper Rental generously worked with my group to provide the camper. Again, if you want to try camping, definitely go through Florida Camper Rental and if you are a first time camper, head to Disney’s Fort Wilderness. The rental process is simple, they offer several different sizes in campers and they have the absolutely nicest guy that brings the camper to your site, hooks everything up, walks you through anything you need to know and then at the end of your stay – POOF – he comes and picks it all up and takes it away. He arrived with our camper early in the week at exactly the time I was told he would and I received a little check-in from the company later in the day to be sure all was well. The camper was backed in, set-up, hooked-up, gone over and he made it all look so simple. 

The Cost:

Prices for camper rental vary depending on size of the units. When renting from Florida Camper Rental, you will need to place a $200 security/reservation deposit. This deposit is 100% refundable if you cancel before 90 days; 50% refundable if you cancel within 89 days; and, 0% refundable if you cancel within 30 days of your reservation. The $200 security/reservation deposit is not applied to your total bill. This amount guarantees your reservation date and acts as a security deposit against damage to the camper. This $200 is 100% refundable and will be received back within 14 days of your last rental date as long as there is no damage to the RV. Your full and final payment for the rental is due 7 days prior to the start of your reservation.

You must add to the cost of the camper rental, campsite rental at Disney’s Fort Wilderness. Prices for campsites vary. Since we needed a premium site, our cost, with tax, was $470 ($106 per night plus tax). As with all Walt Disney World Resort reservations, one night cost is required as a deposit with the balance due on check-in since it’s treated the same as a room-only reservation.

A few days before arrival you will receive a an email with a full list of very helpful instructions and suggestions, which I found extremely helpful since I had never stayed in an RV or campground before. This e-mail included the following:

Instructions & Suggestions:

Some things to note:

  • The refrigerator can take 10-12 hours to cool completely to optimal temperatures.

    • If you keep both the freezer and refrigerator doors closed as much as possible, it will help it cool faster.
    • Also, by adding room temperature food and drinks, it will take a bit longer for the refrigerator to cool.
    • You may want to keep your cold items in a cooler until the refrigerator is cooled down. 
    • The freezer will cool first; you can put any perishables in the freezer if needed.
  • Fort Wilderness does not provide pool towels like the other resort pools. So you will want to plan to bring pool towels unless you plan to purchase souvenir towels. 
  • We provide an initial supply of a four pack of Scott’s RV toilet paper, a roll of paper towels per RV and three trash bags. If you think you’ll use more, you might want to get some at a grocery store rather than the campground. It is important that you only flush RV toilet paper to keep from clogging the tank. Using regular toilet paper will back up the system and cause odors.
  • This RV has a convection oven/microwave combination. You may also use the stove top. If you would like a crock-pot, please let us know.

The Elkridge 2 will have 12 bath towels, facecloths and pillows. There will be a set of sheets and blanket for each bed.

In the kitchen there are cups, bowls, plates, silverware, coffee cups, coffee maker, toaster, pots and pans, trash bags for kitchen and bathroom, hand towels, dish towels. And outside we provide charcoal BBQ grill utensils, four camping chairs, patio mat, camping table and fan. Each Disney campsite has a picnic table with seating for 6-8 people. We provide a broom, vacuum, multipurpose cleaning spray.

Some common calls we get are related to these items:

  • If you plan to smoke outside or have a campfire, please close the windows and doors so that smoke does not enter the RV.
  • Please close all windows and doors when leaving the RV, in case of rain so as to not incur water damage.
  • When flushing the toilets, make sure to use plenty of water with each flush so as to avoid odors from the holding tanks. When plenty of water is used, it helps to push solids through the system so that it drains through the sewer hose that is connected to Disney’s outlet.

    • Make sure to flush only RV toilet paper, all other items need to go in the trash. 
    • At least once a day, toilets should be filled within a few inches from the rim and then flushed, repeating this process three times to avoid odors
  • The hot water tank holds 6 to 10 gallons at a time. After that has been used, you will need to wait about 10 to 15 minutes for it to fill up with more hot water.
  • If running several high current electrical items (such as the air conditioner, microwave and hair dryer), you may experience a power failure. You will need to locate the breaker box panel inside the RV and flip all breakers off then back on. If this does not resolve your issue, find Disney’s power pole, usually at the back of the campsite, and flip those breakers then back on again. Please call or text us for additional help at 863-605-3995
  • For RV’s that use air mattresses, please do not allow children to use as a trampoline. We make every effort to make sure that our air mattresses hold air and are usable, however small pinholes or tears do occur. This will mean a loss of air, if it goes completely flat and is not holding air, please notify us so that we can make other arrangements for you with an air mattress.

While you are staying in our RV, please report any malfunctions or breakdowns to us as soon as possible. If you have any questions while in the RV, please don’t hesitate to call or text. We want your stay to be as relaxing as possible and can help you troubleshoot many problems over the phone. But we can’t help if we don’t know you are experiencing a problem.

Here are a few suggestions:

  • You’ll want to plan to bring or purchase your food and toiletries. Lots of water for drinking!
  • Each Disney campsite has a charcoal BBQ grill. You bring the charcoal and we provide the grilling utensils and lighter.
  • Square table cloth for the Disney provided picnic table
  • Rectangular table cloth for the outdoor table that we provide
  • Plastic/Paper dishes and cutlery if you don’t want to do dishes
  • Extra RV toilet paper, paper towels/napkins
  • Mosquito Spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Rope or clothesline to hang towels and suits outside
  • Pool towels
  • If you plan to do laundry, there are facilities in each of the camping loops. You can purchase laundry detergent or bring your own. The laundry facilities have credit card operated machines.
  • A small flashlight in case you plan to walk around at night.
  • Poncho’s in case it rains.
  • Containers or zipper bags for left over food.
  • The RV has a security light under the awning, but if you plan to sit out at night, you may want to bring some Christmas string lights and zip ties to attach to the awning for additional light.
  • Extension cord, to plug in golf cart or mobility scooter–You’ll want to plug it into the power pole at the back of your campsite rather than the RV
  • Some people pack marshmallow sticks and S’mores supplies for the campfire sing along, there are two big bonfires.
  • Sidewalk Chalk for decorating your campsite driveway 🙂

On the morning of check out:
You are not responsible to return the linens clean, but we do ask that you place any used linens in the shower upon departure. This will prevent wet towels from getting left on the floor and beds. Also, by removing the sheets and blankets from the beds, it helps to make sure you haven’t left any personal items behind. Many times we will find personal items at the foot of the beds under the sheets.

Along with putting the used linens in the shower, we also ask that you sweep/vacuum the floor, wash and put away any dishes and please remove any trash/food items from the RV.

To comply with Fort Wilderness check out time of 11am, we ask that our guests depart the RV by 930 am so that we have time to prepare the RV for transport. 
You may leave the door unlocked and the key inside on the key hook.

These extra instructions received a few days prior really made things much easier for someone that had no prior camping experience. The company definitely wants all of their campers to be prepared, be informed and have fun!

When our stay was over, Florida Camper Rental swooped in, unhooked and drove away! As long as you follow the very clear instructions you receive from Florida Camper Rental regarding site size and location for the particular unit you rent, all will be okey dokey.

FYI: When you camp at Disney’s Fort Wilderness you are entitled to the same Disney perks that every Disney resort guest gets (except of course those little bottles of shampoo!) Even if you are staying in a pop-up tent! Transportation to and from the parks, MagicBands, FastPasses, dining reservations, Magical Express, Wi-Fi, etc. And, most importantly, great Disney cast members to guide you all along the way.

When arranging (and checking in) to your camp site you will be able to look at a map showing the lay-out and location of each loop of camp sites. Since we were 10 women in a camper, I knew we needed to be close to a comfort station and Disney easily accommodated that request. The comfort stations are very nice and Disney clean and offer toilet stalls, showers and dressing area for each shower.

Photo Credit: Kuleen Lashley/My Small World

Photo Credit: Kuleen Lashley/My Small World

There is so much to do at Fort Wilderness, there are times you may not venture to one of the parks. You can read all about the  

  • Pools (2)
  • Wagon Rides
  • Chip ‘N’ Dale’s Campfire Sing-A-Long
  • Movies Under the Stars
  • Fishing
  • Motorized Boat Rentals
  • Bike Rentals
  • Playgrounds
  • Davy Crockett’s Wilderness Arcade
  • Daniel Boone’s Wilderness Arcade
  • Archery
  • Tri Circle D Ranch
  • Pony Rides
  • Horseback riding
  • Canoe and Kayak Rentals
  • Basketball and Volleyball Courts
  • Hiking and Walking Trails
  • Dog Friendly

I was provided with free and/or discounted items, stays and meals as part of the Glamping Blogger Retreat 2017. All opinions are my own.

Camping at Disney’s Fort Wilderness? Be sure to have Dinner at Trail’s End Restaurant at Disney’s Fort Wilderness!