The Campsites at Fort Wilderness, and Hotel Hopping in Disney World.


– First, let’s replace
my rear stabilizer jack which, if you recall, I broke last winter getting out of the RTR in Quartz site in the Arizona desert. Today, taking the trip north. The one we’ve taken so
many times towards Orlando. But today, it is special. We’re going to be camping at Disney’s Fort Wilderness RV Resort and we can’t wait. Oh, getting out of South Florida is always a little bit of an adventure but we’re almost at the halfway point now on the dreaded turnpike, of course, which as you all know, it’s not my favorite highway. But time is of the essence. We wanna enjoy as much as possible, every minute in Disney World, so that’s why we’re taking this less interesting route. Cool Aorstream. Of course it wouldn’t be Florida if it didn’t rain at least once. Well sooner or later we were gonna get caught up with the rain. It was just a matter of time. By the way, did you notice my Magic Band? A couple of hours later, we arrive at the place where dreams come true. Disney World. (upbeat music) ♪ I’m riding ♪ ♪ Riding, riding ♪ ♪ Riding in my RV ♪ ♪ My RV ♪ ♪ Wherever I want to be ♪ ♪ Because I’m free ♪ ♪ In my RV yeah ♪ And here we are but this weekend we are not going to do any of the parks. We just want to experience Fort Wilderness and perhaps do some hotel hopping. We pre-registered and according to the instructions on the website, we just had to wave our magic bands. But no. – [Man] Are you checking in, sir? – [Woman] We already checked in. – [Man] Is this your
first time through the– – [Robert] Yeah. – [Man] Then you’re not checked in. – [Robert] Well the app said we were. There seems to be a disconnect between the promise and the reality. – [Woman] The app– – [Man] What’s the last name? – [Robert] Morales. – [Woman] Yeah, the app said
that we were checked in. That we could come in. – [Robert] Yeah we checked
in online, it should have– – Everybody does but you gotta, first name? – [Robert] Robert. – 1434 is your site. – [Woman] Yeah.
– [Robert] Yes, we know. – And away you go. – [Robert] All right, thank you. (upbeat music) Yeah, somehow that didn’t feel like
the Disney experience we were expecting but anyways let’s just go find our site. Nowhere did they mention the extra step with the cranky security guard. Supposedly, you would
just wave your magic band and magically, you would be in. Well, greetings from
Fort Wilderness RV Resort here in Orlando, in Disney. And this is our elite site. By the way, Disney-phytes, Disney-phytes. How do you pronounce it? Disney-o-phytes. Cover your ears because you’re not going to like
what I’m going to say. This is our $200 elite site here. And everybody in this
loop has to come here in front of our picnic table to
throw away the trash because the trash cans are right there. I don’t know, I really hope
that our weekend improves because so far it’s, even our grill here, it looks like it hasn’t been replaced
since the seventies. And as you can see, no privacy whatsoever, everybody just walking in front of our picnic table. I don’t know. We had to try it at least once, right? We had to come here to see it firsthand. We’re gonna walk around
the campground now, and then we’re gonna walk
around the rest of the Disney property and you know, I’m gonna take you with me and we’ll see how it goes. Other than that, beautiful day here in Central Florida. Blue skies, scattered clouds. I mean it rained a little bit on the way here but that was it. Well here we are this is the Meadows Recreation area. They have a swimming area, tennis courts. Oh, the campfire, I think it’s this way. No? Well this is what they
call a comfort station. Let’s check it out. Key access required from 2:00a.m. Okay, so. Did you see that? That was so cool. Yeah, technically I didn’t
need to use the magic band but that was cool. The bathrooms are pretty impeccable as expected. That is pretty nice. And here’s the laundry facility. Let’s check it out. There’s a station here where you pay for the laundry. Makes sense. And while you wait for your laundry, oh this is a, detergent machine. I thought it was gonna be like beer while you wait for your, oh someone forgot their, their clothes in the dryer. All right, let’s continue (laughs) exploring the campground. Paper towels, very important. Let’s continue towards the meadows and here they have this outdoor theater. Well this is the theater
where they do the campfire at night, I guess, and, and they play a Disney movie afterwards. Alligators and snakes in the area. Here you can rent canoes
and all that stuff but the beach is closed. And here’s the main swimming pool. You want mosquito prevention? Actually, Disney does a remarkable job with mosquito control. They pretty much have it down to a science and the results are short of a miracle because if you’ve been
down here in the summer, you know the mosquitoes are epic. This perhaps a little
too crowded for my taste, I was hoping to do the slide but maybe not. (jazzy music) There, that’s where you would rent bicycles and other equipment and this is one of two convenience stores where you can buy souvenirs, supplies and here’s the other one, here by this area closer to the lake called The Settlement and here’s the beach but there’s no swimming. They have two ferries, one going to Magic Kingdom and one going to the other
resorts around the lake and once you figure out the
transportation system, it actually works really well. Pioneer Hall, Crockett. The Trails Inn, everything is here. Yes, the website kind of implies that there are many dining options but it is really all sections
of the same building. One of them is a pick up window. Let’s go into Crockett’s Tavern and this is not it. This is the arcade, actually. Here we are. It is actually just a bar inside
the Trail’s End restaurant. And all of this is inside
the building called Pioneer Hall. Okay, that beer hit the right spot. Now, we’re gonna go to, to the boardwalk because it is Friday and it is almost 6:00 p.m.
so we have a live video to do. With a special guest, perhaps. Here we are at the bus stop trying to figure out which bus to take. And first we have to
go to the outpost depot where all the buses depart from. We’re never gonna make it to the, to the boardwalk by 6 but we’ll try. Here we’re gonna take the bus that goes to Disney Hollywood Studios. – [Woman] We get off here? – [Bus Driver] No, no, no, no,
no, no, no, no, no, no, no. Let me pull into the bus stop. – [Woman] All right. – [Robert] I guess it’s that way. The Disney boardwalk, where we’re going, is located between
Hollywood Studios and Epcot. Much closer to Epcot, actually and we’ve never actually been there. Check it out, there it is, Disney Hollywood Studios. We could have taken the boat but we’ve decided to walk instead. That’s a big raccoon. Oh, the Swan Hotel. How perfect. The boardwalk also happens
to be right next to the Swan and Dolphin hotels and across the lake from the yacht club and the beach club resorts. The boardwalk of course,
has its own resort as well. We’re going to Big River
Grill and Brewing Works which is the local brewery. Where Eric, DizTraveler on YouTube and actually my first patron is saving a table for us. Hello everybody and welcome to another live chat here today coming to you from the Disney boardwalk. Today before a live audience here. Let me show you where we are. This is the Disney World boardwalk. And it’s very nice. Not very crowded today, back there is the, I can’t really see it, it’s the Swan Hotel and today we have
DizTraveler here with us. So it’s really cool. Hello, Alex Cruz?
– [Woman] Oh there he is. – Do you see that guy? DizTraveler. Where’s your blue wrench, man? Oh! By the way, today’s IPA is, it’s called, where is it? It’s a, it’s a New England style IPA. It’s called Brazen Owl. And it’s kind of weird. It looks kind of like an orange juice but it tastes, it’s a, slight sweetness perfectly
balanced by the pineapple, grapefruit, and tangerine hop character without being overly bitter. An unfiltered IPA, that’s why it looks so cloudy. Pretty good, actually. For this review, he just arrived. Let me show you our surroundings here. This is the boardwalk here in Disney. And it doesn’t look so great here in this, and here’s Ili and DizTraveler our mighty moderator
there with the wrench, or a knife or, you never know what
he’s gonna come up with. Could be a wrench, could be a knife. Could be a bottle of mustard for all we know. (laughs) Easy tires, thank you so
much for that super chat. Are you going to Montana, yes, I’m going to Montana
probably in August. And now I’m gonna have my nacho. By the way if you happen to be on YouTube on a Friday at 6:00 p.m. eastern, I usually do these live chats and they’re a lot of fun. We talk about travel and beer and they’re usually a little more coherent than this one. All right everybody, it’s a, I’m not gonna be singing because I’m in a public
place and people are gonna look at me weird. But we’re gonna start winding this down, wrapping this up. Until next Friday, thank you so much for being here. I really enjoy these live chats and see you on the road. Okay, let me show you
guys inside real quick. Of course in true Disney fashion, it is all very well managed and immaculately clean and at least it does look
like a legit brewery. Yes, you can see it’s
a pretty legit brewery at the Disney boardwalk. Let’s, let’s walk around the boardwalk a little bit here. Before we go to the, where are we going afterwards? The Contemporary. (electronic dance music) As the sun slowly begins to set, we go for a leisurely
stroll along the boardwalk. (electronic dance music) All right, let’s take the bus to
our next destination. It is getting kind of late so needless to say, we decided to skip The Contemporary, leave it for tomorrow and return to Fort Wilderness. That’s the Magic Kingdom, by the way. And here we are. We’re gonna try and see the fireworks from the beach area. The Landing, I believe it is called. Oh they turn off the lights. This here is where they do
the Chip and Dale’s show and the campfire and the s’mores and then they show a Disney movie at night and they even have an
RV themed food truck. They even have a sticker map. It’s movie time. That’s the spirit. I think they’ve started without us. Well, at least, we are going to get to see some of the fireworks from here and it looks like someone
here to my left is live streaming the show. (chatter) By the way, Disney does one
of the best fireworks shows. Not the quantity, but the quality of what they can do. Of course, when you
witness them from the park, you have the music and the lasers and more context. So I imagine it’s even better. (uplifting music) After the fireworks, we get to see the
electrical water pageant. Which, let’s be honest. It feels somewhat dated at this point but not too bad actually
considering it is my age. One of Disney World’s oldest attractions. It was originally presented
for the dedication of the Polynesian luau back in 1971. Gotta love the synthesized music, like an old video game. Here we are. Our little piece of forest. Well good morning everybody once again, we’re gonna see if we can check out that other pool and walk around the
campground a little more. It’s a beautiful morning
here, not a cloud in the sky. (upbeat music) We’re going to the
Wilderness swimming pool which is by the cabins and it is supposed to be less crowded, more tranquil. Too quiet, perhaps? Well, this is the Wilderness pool. Which is, as you can see, the more quiet one or the quieter one. Just one thing though, it’s one of those pools that never, it’s never deep enough if you really want to enjoy it. Only four feet six inches
at the deepest point which is right in the middle and then it tapers off, you know, to three feet nine, zero point nine meters right at the wall. So it’s like a bowl kind of thing. Yeah, this is the deepest spot right here. This is not bad, but, I guess it’s meant, made for kids, right? We are at Disney, after all. It’s, it’s a, it’s heated. Not a lot of heat, but it’s heated. It’s comfortable on this 75 degree morning. So that’s it. It’s very nice. The Meadows pool is also
much emptier this morning. (jazzy music) Okay here’s the, the Walt Disney World RV. We’ve been to more states than they have. Do you think they’ll mind
if I stick my sticker? They probably will. (slow jazz music) Breakfast time. Robert, be positive. Don’t mention anything about the quality of the service. Let’s focus on the food and they do have a pretty good variety as far as breakfast or brunch buffets go. Mm bacon, sausage, that’s the kind of stuff that I like. Mickey shaped waffles? Gotta have those. That’s the frittata. Blackened shrimp. And pulled pork benedict. By the way, we are still
waiting for our server. Second plate, and I found the chili. Out here, they have pony rides, but that’s not what I’m looking for. I’m looking for the ruins of the abandoned River Country water park. And I suspect it is somewhere back here. Rumor has it that they are building a brand new resort where River Country used to be. Oh that’s it back there. Can’t really see anything. Looks like they’re constructing something. Moving along. The plan today is to go hotel hopping. Let’s see how many we can visit. They have fishing too. And here’s the pier. We were gonna rent one
of these little boats but we changed our mind. All right, let’s get on the boat and go to the next resort. You have to admit, these little Disney transit boats are very cute. And I know I’m probably going to regret not renting one of these
little two person boats because it is kind of
unlikely we will return here but who knows? (light music) All right, that was a
fun little boat ride. Let’s check out the Wilderness Lodge. Yes, our first stop is
the Wilderness Lodge. Its design is inspired by
the National Park Lodges of the American west. Particularly Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone National Park. Here’s the pool and the eighth floor’s made from lodge pole pine imported from Oregon. This is the lobby. The lobby here, quite impressive with this tall atrium. It’s very grand. (upbeat music) It is all so perfectly landscaped. The type of experience you expect and love from a Disney property. Love the architecture too. Okay, let’s continue
towards the next hotel which is going to be the
iconic Contemporary resort. How cool is that when
you get the life vest instructions from Mickey himself. And there goes the Magic Kingdom ferry. All right, we’re at the contemporary. Here they have lockers. Let’s check out the pool. From here, you know, we don’t want to intrude. (upbeat music) And here they have this topiary sculpture of Mickey himself and a nice metallic version that I’m going to take a picture with. (camera noise) Open sesame. It appears to be an Easter egg art collection, perhaps? Easter was like two weeks ago as of this filming so they’re a little behind. Double espresso here is called, Contemporary grounds coffee. You know the bathroom paper
towels are a good sign of the quality of a hotel and this one has excellent paper
towels in the bathroom. And here’s this Wave place. The lobby and now we’re gonna go up toward the, the monorail station is located. (upbeat music) This here seems to be
more like a shopping level with several stores and there’s Chef Mickey’s where you get to dine with your favorite
Disney character sort of. I think they just show up and say hello from time to time, still very cool. I’m sure the little ones will love it. Let’s step outside and here they have this area which I imagine is set up for fireworks watching at night because guess what? The Magic Kingdom is right there. And that my friends, is the Magic Kingdom. And that’s the Disney monorail passing in front of the Magic Kingdom. This must have looked so futuristic back in the 1970’s. So much that it still kind of does in a retro sort of way. Oh the little rockets. I forgot what they’re called but good memories, good times. One of these days, we’ll
revisit, I promise. It’s been so long since we visited the Magic Kingdom. There’s the Grand Floridian, the newer tower at the Contemporary and I love how the monorail just rolls into the building. (slow jazz music) There, I told you, you can dine with your
favorite Disney characters. All right, let’s get on the monorail. – [Man] Please stand clear of the door. – [Robert] Our next stop is
going to be the Polynesian. Here’s the beautifully decorated lobby. And I guess I never noticed it before but apparently all Disney resorts seem to have this grand
multi-story atriums at the lobby. Although, now that I think of it, I’ve never really stayed at
a Disney resort before so, I mean we’ve visited
here at the Polynesian in the early nineties but somehow I don’t remember this. For good reason, the whole thing was recently renovated replacing a waterfall garden that used to be here with this. We’ve been told that
the thing to have here is something call the dole whip with coconut rum. Well this is the famous dole whip with coconut rum. The whole pool area
has also been renovated and we have a view of the Magic Kingdom. Next, we’re going to walk
to the Grand Floridian. It is relatively close. These resorts are so big, sometimes you need a map. It’s a wedding chapel. The Grand Floridian
here was inspired by the Victorian era east coast Florida resorts. Although the exterior is modeled after the Coronado in California and the Mount Washington
Hotel in New Hampshire. I have a thing for these types of water contraptions especially
when they empty the bucket which is about to happen. Let’s go inside. This is quite luxurious. (slow jazz music) Yes, the lobby is truly magnificent. It conveys opulence, lavishness, luxury. Oh what is that in the Grand Floridian? Can’t be. Maybe I’ll refer them
to my pest control guy. He’s great. And they also have the eggs. Must be a seasonal thing. There’s even a BB-8. There’s a scary wabbit. Joking aside, I mean these things are truly works of art. (slow jazz music) You almost forget where you are and imagine it is some kind of historic building. Some more props here by the entrance to keep the Victorian illusion going. Very nice. All right, let’s take the
bus to Disney Springs. (light jazz music) Well as you may have noticed, we didn’t go to Disney Springs. We just changed buses and we are now at the Port Orleans resort. So let’s check it out. We weren’t kidding when we said we were gonna do some hotel hopping today. And we’re not done yet but this is really cool. This may actually be
the coolest resort yet. I didn’t film it, but there was a guy at the entrance in costume greeting visitors and that really put us
in the festive mood. Sometimes it is the little things, those little details
that make the experience far superior, far more pleasant. Most of which were missing from Fort Wilderness by the way. Let’s face it, Disney is
all about the experience and in my opinion, here at Port Orleans, they nailed it. How about an adult beverage? It is PM after all. It’s a sunshine margarita. Port Orleans here is
really two resorts in one. French Quarter and Riverside and we’ve been on the French Quarter side with its cobblestone streets, gas lamps, iron balconies and fragrant magnolia blossoms and a festive Mardi Gras atmosphere. Now we’re going to the Riverside. Which recreates the down home appeal of the Louisiana bayou. With antebellum mansions, back wood cottages and, yeah it is very charming. (big band jazz music) All right, let’s check out the lobby. Not as impressive as the Grand Floridian but I like it. I think that’s the boat we gotta take. (light jazz music) We’re gonna start walking back
to the French Quarter side and take the ferry to Disney Springs. By the way, I really like
the architecture here but I probably prefer the
more festive atmosphere of the French Quarter. I don’t know, I’m kind of torn, I like both. We might stay here one of these days. (light music) And here we are, back at the French Quarter. Definitely my favorite side, perhaps because I like New Orleans so much and check out those magnolias. Here comes our boat. (light jazz music) And off we go towards Disney Springs where we can take a bus
to our next destination. I think one of the main benefits of staying at a Disney resort and having the magic band, is that you have access to the
Disney transportation system. Although I don’t think
anybody is checking whether you are really staying at a Disney resort and if they are, they are
very inconspicuous about it. (slow jazz music) There it is, Disney Springs. Cool to see it from the water. And that’s that really cool
amphibian car that they have. I wanna take it one of these days. Whoa, the volcano is erupting. That is, of course, the Rainforest cafe, where you get to eat inside a fake jungle. Fake alligators and all. We would love to linger,
get something to eat but the sun is coming down quickly and we want to see one more resort here before we go. We’re kind of saving the best for last. To infinity and beyond. Have I ever told you how much I used to love legos as a kid? Although, what I really had was an east German knock
off called Pebe because that’s what we had. We definitely have to come back later. Disney HD, no. (upbeat music) It is actually a pretty long drive to where we’re going which is none other than
the Animal Kingdom Lodge which is a safari themed resort. Wait ’till you see it. Welcome home. There are two sections, the lodge, and the villas. We’ll do the lodge first. The lobby is magnificent. They have a guy here carving wood and there are exquisite
details everywhere. I think my dad, who was an architect, would have loved to see this. They have many authentic African pieces of art spread around the building. Like this Nigerian Ajele mask, meant to be carried on someone’s head. Another example is this ladder from Burkina Faso. I think it is fascinating
and a fitting end to our day because this is the last resort we are going to visit today. I’m tired. I am officially impressed and we ain’t seen nothing yet. Here’s the piece de resistance. Fly, no, you’re a pelican? No, you’re not a pelican. And look at that guy over there. Fly, pelican. African pelican. Can you imagine staying at one of these rooms? It’s like a hotel inside a zoo. Oo it’s a real giraffe. Can you imagine getting up in the morning and you will see giraffe? I’m not even gonna ask how much those savanna view rooms cost but if you can afford it, it will be a unique experience for sure. The giraffe does look kind of sad though. Or maybe that’s just how their face looks? Maybe they like it here. I just can’t get over how cool this is. Oh and they have zebras too. The real thing, not those
Mexican painted burros. Have you seen those? Like in Tijuana. Hello giraffe. Get closer. Can you imagine waking up in the morning and seeing a giraffe? Next, we’re going to the Cadani village. The other side of the resort because we want to eat
a particular restaurant. It is aesthetically different but still very unique. The place where we want to eat, or at least have an appetizer and a beer, is call Saana and if you get a window table, you can see zebras and giraffes and other animals outside. Here, they also have all
kinds of African art. Beautiful lamps that almost looks like chihuly glass. Here they also have a savanna where you can sit down and relax and look at the animals. And here’s the giraffe. Sanaa, African cooking with Indian flavor. Sounds like a delicious combination. We don’t have reservations so we’re just gonna go to the lounge. Here we go. Meanwhile, in the dining room, it must be someone’s birthday. And there’s a giraffe casually walking by. We get IPAs of course and we also get a traditional Indian style bread service. Five different breads and nine accompaniments. As day turns into night, it is time to go. But I decided to do one last walk around the dining room. That was really good. All right, it’s time to, to go back to Disney Springs. (upbeat calypso music) Tell you what, it is late. We’re kind of tired and it is Saturday night so it is pretty crowded so we’re gonna call it a night. Catch our bus back to Fort Wilderness. Well this is it, check out time is upon us and we’re leaving this magical place although if you’ve been led to believe that Fort Wilderness is the same Disney experience
as everywhere else, I’m sorry to tell you it’s not and that’s the only negative thing I’m gonna say about this place but the cast members, they look like they were the ones that barely passed the test and they just put them here because they couldn’t put them anywhere else. And half of them are very, very nice but half of them are outright rude and that’s kind of unacceptable for Disney and our campsite, well you saw it. We’ve been on better thousand trails but besides that, the rest of the day
yesterday was outstanding and we had a great time and for the most part it is still the Disney experience, so. Will we return to Fort Wilderness? Probably not but we will
return to Walt Disney World at some point. Until next time, thank you so much for watching and see you on the road. Do you think I’m being too harsh? Please comments below, but it’s really out of love, really, if this was anywhere else, it would probably be fine, I guess. But I’m sorry, I just hold Disney to a higher standard and I was really disappointed
that the experience was less than perfect. It almost feels like Disney doesn’t care about this place like it is a legacy property
they have to keep open because it’s there but I wouldn’t be surprised if one of these days it ceases to exist. As for the rest of Disney, perfect as expected. Maybe next time, I’ll
just stay at Port Orleans where for a few dollars more, they give you clean towels and make your bed every day and they are much nicer to you. (easy listening music)

100 thoughts on “The Campsites at Fort Wilderness, and Hotel Hopping in Disney World.

  1. I would watch your videos more often but you are damn near impossible to understand, you need to work on your word pronunciation 😛

  2. In 1981 I visited Disney World in an RV. Then, a dream had come true. It was a magic place, despite the economic background. Honestly, I would not want to go there now at all. Thanks for your video. Greetings from Bavaria, Germany.

  3. Thanks Robert. We have been contemplating staying there but now will not . We feel that it is way overpriced for the experience. We will probably stay at a closer rv park for better price and then just drive in

  4. Must be more demand than supply by rvers to get into Fort Wilderness. The price is high but people pay it. $200 is way overpriced I think.

  5. Robert, the security guard did come off as being rude. He could have given you the same info but been more pleasant about it and the experience would have been much better. Maybe he was just having a bad day.

  6. The original Big River brewery is in Chattanooga. Same company that owns Rock Bottom and Gordon Biersch.

  7. Really enjoyed the vid brought back memories of when we visited Disney at Anaheim from the UK and were very impressed by the service apart from one person at an entry gate, perhaps this is were they put the grumpy ones. Still waiting for you to do a 'fly pelican 't shirt 😁

  8. Robert, thank you for your honest opinion. So many other vlogs I've seen say how great it is at the Fort. It's nice to hear different opinions. Keep up the great work.

  9. You just now figgering out that the Disney Corp sucks Rob?…rip off at every turn. How much was the beer? $10.00?

  10. Enjoyed the video but that guard. Lodge a complaint it's supposed to be the happiest place you should get your fees back or a pass to some place else

  11. Because the magic wand did not work…you shouldn't be rude to those who are just doing their job…the rudeness should have been directed to those who can get the facts straight!! that was so uncalled for Robert! your a better person than that…im sure you made some mistakes too.

  12. I’ve stayed at FT Wilderness a ton and I think part of the issue Robert had was due to different expectations. The sites at the FT are more expensive the closer you get to Pioneer Hall which is where all the transportation to the theme parks is at, you are paying the higher price for location more than amenities unfortunately. I usually don’t stay in the premium sites and I typically don’t pay more than $100 per night. That said he definitely got a bad site, you can always call the front desk and ask for a different one and I have done that a few times without an issue. They also weren’t there to visit the theme parks which is the main appeal of that place in my opinion. You get the same proximity to the magic kingdom as the premium hotels that cost $400+ per night and a more peaceful/comfortable place to stay for the night aka your RV.

  13. We'll be staying there in October 2020 – I hope we aren't next to a garbage receptacle 🙂 Great tour of the resorts!

  14. Now I’m unsure if I want to go to fort wilderness. I really want to get a Disney pass and spend time at Disney. Anyone know the best time to stay or go to Disney less crowded or if it’s worth it to try fort wilderness

  15. Did you complain about the guard? Did you ask for another site? Disney is pretty accommodating. If not its partly on you, you didn't give them a chance to fix the situation.

  16. I recently stayed at Fort Wilderness and for the money they charge for a premium camp site and the bad service they provided left a bad taste in my mouth making my first encounter for this visit a very negative one not to mentioned the pre register and difficult booking to get a camp site was not an easy task as it was always showed no camp site available… it took me several months to book a campsite. The Palms campground near old town was for my family a much better experience. Sorry…Not planning to go back anytime soon.

  17. You are right Robert the price to stay was extremely high and for what nothing special and for your first impressions of Disney is suppose to be a great memorable one even if your staying in their RV. park , the same standers as Disney world.

  18. Love your videos..tried to watch other people with similar ones but no just don't hit the mark.i ain't no ass kisser but yours are truly the best out there..maybe a few more different music tracks to go with them though…sorry but no pleasing some people.. hehehe .you have inspired me to visit America though..next year in fact.. Zion national Park..and yes Angels landing..well done truly an ambassador for tourism..keep up the amazing travels you do

  19. Not gonna post an extremely long review of our 2010 stay at fort wilderness but we were very disappointed… all that money for NOTHING… Disney is such an overpriced ripoff it isn’t even funny

  20. Looks like the 1400 loop? We've camped there the past 10 years and the prices have about tripled while my paycheck has not. The premium sites are no larger but do have more pavement and are closer to the center of the campground. We shoot for the standard campsites as they are cheaper and are in a quieter location. Many of the "Fort" employees have no RV/campground knowledge and that can be frustrating when an issue arises. While it's Disney, it's not worth $200 a night. Our trips to the magic have tapered off, but will be there next month when the prices are double-digit. — And to answer your question, your site wasn't worth the price. Now if you had asked and another site was available, they would let you move. My first time there with our 5th wheel, they gave us a site that was impossible to get into. They gave me 2 other sites nearby to check and take the one that would work. The second one was good so I called them back and they told me it was already given out and there was nothing else available in the whole place. Really? 5 minutes later? We did end up keeping that site. They claim any camper in any site, but the egress for each one is different so it's always a crap shoot. We just spent $180 a night a Bluewater and now feel good about that price.

  21. Did you voice your bad experience with Disney? They are usually very good about trying to make their guests happy. I checked into Wilderness Lodge last year and paid for a courtyard view. When I got in the room there was a tree right in front of us obstructing the view. The man bringing up the luggage saw my disappointment and reported it, I got a call that I could switch rooms the next night. The new view was spectacular. I'm sure Disney would be interested to see footage of their cranky guard also.

  22. Hi Robert. I agree with u some staff are nice and some are rude. Disney is a running bussiness and the employees should be friendly with the customers. In the beginning of the video that guard was rude to u and u took it good and patient then u solve the problem. That guard needs some training to treat the customers right. I love the tour around Disney. The building was beautiful and fire works were amazing. I like how u put the music in every scene of the video. Good job. It is a fun place to go. Robert u had a great time there. Keep it up. This was the best video ever. FLY MICKEY FLY.😎

  23. Pero pudistes estacionarte entrandro el pick up primero para que la basura quedara detras de el camper. Si, aveces uno se encuentra con unas sorpresitas!

  24. That security guy was kinda rude. Like you said, not the expected Disney experience. Bummer about that spot too.

  25. Thx Rpbert!-K.Almighty WKBW #BruceAlmighty! RT down the road from #FloridasAList ALL-TIME #TussaudsOrlando #ICONPark #UniversalOrlando, etc. Kurt Weinberg Fb #Oscars! Welcome fellow TIME100 honoree's! Kurts Day 4/23-5 '2' present! #NASAOrion S.442 1K+year History! Robert YOU WOULD GET BETTER TREATMENT FROM UNIVERSAL ORLANDO!———-K.Almighty WKBW #BruceAlmighty—— UNIVERSAL

  26. Thx Robert!–K.Almighty WKBW #BruceAlmighty RT down the road from #FloridasAList ALL-TIME! #TussaudsOrlando #ICONPark #UniversalOrlando! etc. Kurt Weinberg Fb #Oscars! Welcome fellow #TIME100 honoree's Kurts day 4/23-5/94 '2' present! #NASAOrion S.442 1K+year History! ROBERT –YOU WOULD GET BETTER TREATMENT FROM UNIVERSAL–K.Almighty WKBW #BruceAlmighty–UNIVERSAL!

  27. Ah man, sorry about your poor experience at Fort W. You got to stay on circles 800 or 900. These are older sights with better privacy and closer to the lake, etc. We try to reserve these if we can but we generally play it up at check in and get in those circles. I think once we were in 700 series. The site you were in are newer section and not as nice unfortunately. We used to go there two times a year when we lived in Florida and at least once a year now that we broke out. I do agree the the FW staff is not always as exuberant all the time but I can only think of a couple of times I was put off by a staffer. Great video though and sorry you got the terrible treatment! Do try it again…just go on those other circles!

  28. Came by to visit you guys a couple times while at the Fort , but y'all were out … you could have ask to be moved, they would have no problem doing that … also the smarta** at the gate gave us a hard time also !!

  29. I live here very close to Disney and have on several occasions went hotel hopping. It is a great experience and I have stayed a few of the hotels plus the campgrounds. So much to do and see, I am glad to see it through your eyes as well, I smiled the entire time watching your video.

  30. Do people who go there, know what Disney is associated with? Glad I went to Epcot before I learned of what I know now. I will never patronize Disney again. Thanks for the video.

  31. Robert I have been back and forth with watching your videos. Every time I think I might like one you are SOOO negative. What gives? Why not just advertise yourself as a debunker so we know what to expect?

  32. you said quartzsite. did you check intiglio's, because they are huge, only seen from way up in the sky. made in ancient times.

  33. Doing all those thing you said "one of these days" probably ain't gonna happen.
    Do it NOW…while you still can.
    — BR

  34. Since you been there before you should have had a better idea of how it works. You pay a high price and you don't see trash all over the place, you actually have to go out your way to hsve c a bad time.

  35. Nice tour and lovely voice overs! I got married on the Disney Boardwalk. Disney World holds a special place in my heart. Our hotel experience was so much different and of the high caliber we've come to expect of Disney. I am sorry to hear Fort Wilderness did not treat yall the same. Thanks for sharing your honest experience!!

  36. Robert, I don’t think you were harsh at all. I agree with everything you just said. Even for the price for the stay is pretty outrageous. It should be half the price because of no “hotel” service at the campsite that should be fair and reasonable.😜 . Other than that, I enjoyed your experience through the Disney hotels hopping. Beautiful hotels and outdoor space. I would definitely check it out. Thanks for sharing your experience! See you on the road next time. Can’t wait to see your next video in a few hours. 😊🤟🏻Safe travels.

  37. I camped there with my family in 1973. We drove from NY in our Plymouth station wagon down to Virginia and hopped on Auto train. I believe it brought us to Orlando and off to Fort Wilderness we went. It was a lot more secluded and private back then but I do remember the bathrooms being impeccable. They also had a fully functional scaled down Steam locomotive that ran through the campground.

  38. We love to hotel hop from Fort Wilderness. Where else can you RV camp and see so many things without ever having to get in your car and drive?

  39. You were right about the campsite. I think we must have had the same spot because I felt we were sitting right out in the open and we had the dumpster right there. Disappointing for the price we paid.premium it was not.

  40. So sorry Disney gave you the opposite of magic moments. To those who said the guard only makes 10 bucks an hour that's a lame excuse. My child worked there for the college program. Do they get paid alot , no. But she loved it. Loved her job and loved providing great service and magic moments to the guests. If that is not in his nature he needs to be placed elsewhere in the park. Yes, speak up when something is wrong at disney. Last time I went to visit my daughter the room was not what I asked for. So I called the front desk from the room, walked backed over and they apologized and gave me another room. Better view, double beds like I asked for and ground floor. Bonus it was super close to the restaurant (being remodeled) and the swimming pool. Doesn't matter what you paid, 50 bucks or 200. You should get what was promised and Disney promises magical. Rudeness and garbage smells are anything but magical. I would definitely send them a letter to let them know what happened. I hope they aren't going down the tubes. I use to joke and say when I retire I want to live in a van and work at Disney one day a week sweeping trash. Smiling at the kids and pointing to the bathrooms. Then I could spend the other days at the park having fun ! (For free)
    Dear @Disney , please make this right for Robert and his wife!

  41. Those lights at the polynesian represent the glass floats that you find floating in the pacific and washed up on shore.

  42. Since the other resorts have a theme resembling another majestic place, Disney should have Fort Wilderness resemble the top national parks in the USA. I agree, Disney has a great culture and every single cast member should uphold it.

  43. You had a nice attitude even though that expensive campsite and "welcome" you received at the gate was way below par. Hopefully someone at Disney gets to view your posting so they can correct the wrongs – and compensate you for the disappointing experience. They should be thankful that you provided this honest feedback so they can improve. Keep up the great work, and thank you for your honesty in showing us what Disney camping has to offer – I'm not interested in going there at this point and I appreciate you taking the time to film this in order to prevent the rest of us from making the same mistake. Thank you for posting.

  44. So sorry that Fort Wilderness didn't live up to your expectations. I've always heard it's the place to be in December, with families and groups coming back year after year.

    And you're right, the French Quarter is a nice hotel. It's one of the smaller Moderates, so they can get away with being just a little more relaxed.

    The Alligator Bayou rooms at the Riverside are also nice, especially at night.

    And If you do decide to return, shoot for a 2-3 weeknight stay in early December. Lots of great holiday displays in all the resorts, and it's always fun doing a mini pub crawl in Disney Springs!

    And if you're feeling up to it, maybe even take a boat back to Fort Wilderness to check out all the holiday decorated sites and golf cart parades!

  45. Robert at $200 a night, was there any other fees, such as access to everything you filmed or was that included in the price please?

  46. That Fort Wilderness checkin was disappointing. My husband was cast and we were both shocked to see that it didn't live up to the promise.

  47. Disney has and is losing it's edge. Today there is much more competition. In the 70's Disney was the only game in town. I honestly would rather go to a local koa than stay at Fort rudeness. When I am paying 5 times the amount of a Koa. I expect a lot.

  48. I liked your video but it certainly was passive aggressive…it's as though you're sending a subtle message that perhaps Disney is becoming overrated and over priced lol …it's certainly expensive

  49. I watched the video again to make sure my initial thoughts were true to what I felt. I think you were harsh and somewhat unfair. Did not like your description of the employees at the end either. You are usually positive even when faced with challenges. Your wording is not usually as harsh. It seems you were bent on dogging Disney and this video was, for me, out of your norm. . Thank you for your work and the opportunity to give feedback.

  50. The first time we stayed at FW, I remember reading in my online research that you must go through the main check-in area the first time. I wish they would tell you that upfront. We always stay in the preferred sites. They are much cheaper than the premium and closer to the boats and restaurants.

  51. Nice video , Growing up in Florida your missing the gems in the state . Hwy 40 Ocala National forest . the fountain of youth is there !

  52. Great review did not look up to the Disney standard. I would be willing to pay if it had the Disney I expect from our other Disney stays. That's what they need to hear. I was going to stay there is winter. but maybe not. Thanks

  53. Holy cow! Try starting with something positive then maybe some things the area could improve upon. I thought I was watching my grumpy grandpa! And you’re wrong about the Fort , it’s a hidden gem. Sorry you had a rough experience.

  54. we need to contact DISNEY.. because that type of rudeness at 200.00 per night is UNACCEPTABLE…. YOU HAVE TO MANY followers on you tube. and when you tell us and show us rudeness.. well it makes us NOT WANNA GO … #CANCELDISNEYFORTWILDERNESS

  55. For a camping spot that is 200.00 per night, you would not expect the trash to be right there…. Also, you would expect people to be nicer! Glad you can get mad. I was starting to wonder!

  56. Just to play devil’s advocate, the guard may have been doing his job as assigned, with priority on security, and the fault may have been in the incorrect or misleading check-in instructions online. … I am a native Floridian but I’ve never been entirely happy with what Disney did here and the large crowds they brought. …interesting look at the “improved wilderness” park though. 👍🏻

  57. I love my RV but I paid substantially less than that to stay at POP Century and didn't have that grumpy guard. I mean, maybe he had a bad day but STILL. That's not very Disney! Next time tell him to have a Magical Day when you leave!

  58. We stayed in Port Orleans French Quarter on the recommendation from my cousin. It was a great place to stay. He said the buses pick up from FQ 1st then onto Riverside. During high volume times, the Riverside guests might have to wait for a couple buses to get a seat. This 1 week vacation was the most exhausting vacation we've ever had! We were constantly on the go.

  59. Robert: Your initial interaction at Disney's Fort Wilderness (FW) was inexcusable and horrifying. My family has been frequenting the FW cabins since 1979. Once we took up camping (RVing), FW has been our "go-to" spot. Little beats their amenities and entertainment options for children and families. In our more than 19 trips to FW in the last 5 years, Disney has sometimes missed the mark on their legendary service and customer experience. In those times, we have found that the staff (cast members) are more than willing to correct, and improve, the situation. It's unfortunate that the issues arise in the first place, but once they are made aware, they do accommodate (including moving campsites, fixing under-performing golf carts, or just adjusting the attitude of a misplaced security guard).

    I hope that you give FW another chance, and perhaps even explore other opportunities that the facility has to offer. Even with the amount of time we've spent there, we always find something new.

  60. We stay there 3 times a year robert. Absolute best park. Have to get a golf cart though. Ps. Xmas time is best time to be there ssshhhh

  61. Wow that guard had a nasty attitude. In future always double check for things like that. These parks are tricky Universal studios the same way.

  62. I really liked this video, having never been to Disney, so I loved the "Cliff Notes" version this video brings! I have watched just about all of your Florida videos and love them all…you could seriously have a show on TV doing the same thing…your videography is excellent, and I love that you keep your videos rated G, so they are family friendly. And no, you were not rude about the RV park attendent…I thought you were very gracious! Thanks Robert for continuing to make quality videos!

  63. I saw your wife before and she is beautiful, but we don't see her at all anymore.
    That's OK though.
    We'll have to savor our previous good fortune.

  64. Its no always like that, actually I've never gotten a bad spot like that or had a rude guard like that either. You could have asked to be moved and they would have moved you especially if you mentioned that rude guard.

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