Nearby campground suggestion??

Discussion in 'Camping at Disney World' started by karamac, Dec 22, 2018.

  1. karamac

    karamac Mouseketeer

    Apr 1, 2008
    I have a night maybe two before before my reservation, wondering if anyone could recommend a nearby campground to most likely just sleep before we can roll into the fort?
  2. PaHunter

    PaHunter Photographer in need of training...

    Oct 15, 2014
    Depends on the time of the year. Right now and until April is Snowbird season, so reservations are tough to come by. We stayed out in Titusville the one year, about an hour to the Fort.
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  4. 2goofycampers

    2goofycampers Sounds like something a camping trip could cure! Moderator

    Feb 10, 2008
    Lake Magic and Thousand Trails are pretty close.
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  5. bama_ed

    bama_ed It's kind of fun to do the impossible-Walt Disney

    Sep 23, 2004
    There is also a KOA in Kissimmee on Hwy 192 east of WDW.
  6. CDNCruiser

    CDNCruiser Recreation Professional

    Feb 9, 2009
  7. loves to dive

    loves to dive DIS Veteran

    Aug 21, 2011
    One of our favorite RV Utubers had this.
  8. bigdisneydaddy

    bigdisneydaddy <Font color=purple>wife, kids, camper, beer, ticke

    Mar 27, 2000
    As much as I like to save money, comparing lake magic to the Fort is apples and oranges. On some level you have to decide why youre even going to Disney ? I could just go to a local amusement park, its not the same as Disney but its cheaper.
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  9. bama_ed

    bama_ed It's kind of fun to do the impossible-Walt Disney

    Sep 23, 2004
    I stayed there one night at this time last year, Gary, on our way to the Florida Keys. It is not far off the Turnpike.

    It is cheap and better than adequate in terms of restrooms and facilities. The sites are not that long and not as level as what some are used to. It is close to Universal but not terribly convenient to WDW.


    Fuzzy picture because it was low light in the morning but you can see the small pad. To be fair, I was on a 30 amp no sewer site.


    The bath houses.


    Bama Ed
  10. Cmpg@theFT

    Cmpg@theFT Earning My Ears

    Jan 23, 2017
    Last year at Thanksgiving we decided to leave early for the Fort but couldn't add an extra day because they were booked. We stayed at Tropical Palms RV Resort in Kissimmee and loved it. Very nice place and it's only 10 miles from Fort Wilderness. Their rates were VERY affordable too.
  11. beagles7278

    beagles7278 Know Enough to be Dangerous

    Feb 28, 2007
    At Tropical Palms now. Whenever we are not doing Disney parks we always stay at Tropical Palms.
  12. MudQueen22

    MudQueen22 DIS Veteran

    Mar 14, 2014
    We booked one night at Lake Louisa State Park the night before we check in at the Fort. This way, we can get groceries, etc. the day before we check in, and it's a safe, less expensive place to stay the night before. I also hear that it's a neat park.
    I think it was about $30 per night with water & electric service (no sewer service).
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  13. michelb

    michelb Mouseketeer

    Jan 15, 2013
    I don't think anyone will disagree that there's a significant difference between Lake Magic and Fort Wilderness but there's also a huge difference in price. I think you can usually get a site for $40-$60 (or less) per night at Lake Magic (I believe they accept Passport America, Good Sams and AAA). If you are going for several days or make several trips per year, it might be worth looking into Thousand Trails membership (they have many different ones so do some research if you are contemplating this). For under $600, you can get a SouthEast Zone membership pass which will give you unlimited up to 14 days stay (followed by 7 days not at the resort) at Thousand Trails (e.g. we typically come to the area 3 times per year for 1 week so for us, it works out well and from my experience, it's easier to get a site if you are a member (e.g. if you call for "regular" availability, there might not be any but they have sites reserved for members available). (e.g. when we got our membership last spring, there was no availability for a "regular client" but by joining for around $560 (I think), we got a site for 13 nights and then we used the membership again this past XMas for 9 nights so so far, for $560, we've stayed 22 nights (equals roughly $25 per night).

    Back to the original question, some have already been mentioned but the following campgrounds are nearby and are modestly priced:

    Tropical Palms
    Sherwood Forest
    Outdoor Resorts Orlando
    Lake Magic
    Thousand Trails Orlando
    Lake Louisa State Park

    and others if you care to drive a bit more

    If you search the forum, this question often comes up and you can find more related discussions.

    Hope this helps
  14. SolNest

    SolNest Earning My Ears

    Jan 3, 2019
    Yes, for me, Fort Wilderness IS the main destination. With that said - for a short stay- my daughter recently visited the KOA on the other side of town (the one with the big lake), and said it was really very nice.

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