After taking care of things in Alabama after we got back from Washington, we headed out on Sunday, January 3rd and traveled down to Mexico Beach. Malcolm worked all week and we visited with David. We had originally planned on staying until Sunday the 10th, but decided to leave a day early since we were traveling to Disney World and a single day’s drive would have been long.
We left on Saturday, the 9th and stopped overnight at Casey Jones Campground in Lake City, Florida. It makes for a nice “on the way” overnight stop when heading on down into Florida.
We arrived around 1:00 PM on Sunday, January 10th at Fort Wilderness campground. We checked in and headed to the front desk to get park hopper passes added to our tickets. Then it was off to enjoy the parks.
We spent all day Monday and Tuesday roaming around the various parks. On Wednesday, we drove down to Tampa to volunteer as Heartland Owners Club members at the RV show. We wandered around and talked to various factory representatives and potential RV owners. We left around 5:00 and headed back to Orlando, stopping at the Florida Mall for some dinner and shopping.
On Thursday, we took it easy and stayed around the trailer for a while. We headed down to the stables for a horseback ride at 11:00. Afterwards, we ate lunch while we waited on Val’s sister Anne to fly into Orlando. We picked her up at the airport and headed to Epcot to eat dinner and wander around a bit before watching the fireworks display there.
Friday morning we headed out in the rain to Animal Kingdom. We left the park just a big storm front moved through. We were fortunate to be on a bus, warm and dry, when it hit. The rest of the day turned out to be warm and sunny. Saturday was even nicer. We spent the whole day wandering around the parks, riding rides and generally having a great time.
On Sunday, we packed up the trailer and headed out to our next destination. We dropped the trailer, took Anne to lunch, then headed up to the airport to drop her off so she could fly back home to Kentucky.
Good to hear from you. How convenient was RV park at Disney? We are planning a trip this year with Kids and Grand Kids. Any pointer would be of helpful.
Fort Wilderness is super-convenient. Though everyone claims it is more expensive than off-site campgrounds, the basic full-hookup site (which we used a couple years ago and fit just fine with our 40′ fifth wheel and truck) is comparable in cost to the Kissimmee KOA (approx. $60 a night). There are lots of things to do for the kids just in the campground. Disney’s transportation is a definite plus. Ride a bus to the front of the campground to pick up buses to any park except the Magic Kingdom. For that, you take a bus to the back of the campground and pick up a boat. We usually park the rig and never touch the truck the entire week we stay each January. If you haven’t already, I’d recommend you start checking on campsite availability as soon as possible. I usually have to book our January trip (which is relatively slow) in September. For busy periods like summer or around holidays, you’ll need to look several months ahead.
I felt warm, just reading about your adventures. Little cold in Russell!