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.I've heard good things about Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake, but we've never stayed there! http://www.cityoforlando.net/parks/bill-frederick-park-turkey-lake/
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).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.
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.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.
Just wanted to say thanks for mentioning Moss Park! We made a last minute decision to go to WDW in mid February. Fort Wilderness was not in the budget this time, and our usual off property choice, Lake Louisa, was completely booked, but we had no problem getting a site at Moss Park for the 5 nights we needed. If you hadn't posted this, we would never have known it existed! We thought it was a great park, a little farther from WDW than we'd like, but totally doable. We'll use this option again, if we can't get into Lake Louisa. Thanks again!Moss Park is a county park past Orlando International Airport. Great park but no cocktails or pets allowed since it is a county park. Also has dirt roads throughout the park so the dust can be bothersome at times. Lake Louisa State Park in Clermont is a great option. Great location and a beautiful park to visit before heading to Fort Wilderness. Enjoy your trip!