Podcast Episode 118: November Girls Trip Report

Join us as we talk about all the fun things we did during our recent girls trip to Walt Disney World!  We tried new food (hello, Food & Wine Festival!), new attractions, and new shows!

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The Cabins at Fort Wilderness – Resort Review

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There’s a well-kept secret of sorts on Disney property…a standalone cabin that will hold larger families (up to 6), with a fully-equipped kitchen, 2 full size beds, and a set of bunk beds, and a private parking pad.  Where can one find this fabulous gem?  At Disney’s Fort Wilderness, right close to the action in the Magic Kingdom area!  Just a short boat ride away from good ol’ MK, these little wonders are perfect for families who like some space to spread out, needs more beds for more little bodies, or just want the convenience of a kitchen to prepare meals every day.  We stayed in a cabin as a family of 5 and found the layout to be ideal for us.

Let’s start with the bedroom.  There’s a full size bed and twin bunk beds here, along with a small vanity area with electrical outlets, so one can get ready in the morning here instead of the bathroom.  There’s also a (very) small closet here.  You’ll also find a small chest of drawers, flat screen TV, and nightstand between the bed and bunks.  My husband took the full-sized bed, while my then 9- and 7-year-old sons took the bunks.

FTWMeanwhile, on the other side of the bedroom door (yes, a door! yay!), there’s a hallway with a bathroom (full size, long vanity, shower/tub combo), a housekeeping closet, and then your kitchen.  The kitchen is fully equipped, right down to paper towels, dishes, utensils, dish soap (but they will do the dishes for ya!), coffee, creamer, etc.  Truly everything you could need to put together a meal.  To the side of the kitchen, you have an eat-in dining area with a large table with seating for 6.

Moving into the living area, you have a full size Murphy bed, sofa, small table and chairs (child size), and another flat screen TV.  I co-slept with my then not-quite-2-year-old daughter in the Murphy bed and found it very comfy.

Once outside, you have a private deck with grill and a private parking pad.  The resort itself is vast.  They have an internal bus system that most find very confusing.  We decided to make it easy and rent a golf cart, which you can do up to 1 year in advance, but we got lucky and got one on-site.  The golf cart was great fun for the kids and a lifesaver for us.  We were able to park right by the marina and take the boat to Magic Kingdom every day without a long walk.  We thoroughly enjoyed tooling around on our cart but be aware that it does add about a good chunk of change to your total cost.  (Carts are currently $59 per day, pre-tax.)

I would absolutely, positively, 100% recommend a cabin to any family looking for a little more space and a little more bang for your buck!

Which Resort Is Right For Me? Adventurer Edition

As a travel agent, it’s very important to me that I find the resort that best fits my client’s needs and the needs of their family. That’s why I’m putting together a series of posts that help you decide which resort is right for you.

Is there someone in your life that thrives on adventure and seeking parts unknown?  If so, you might consider these resorts for your next Disney vacation:

Fort Wilderness – Deluxe

For this resort, you can choose from the posh lodge or the rustic cabins.  The Lodge is perfect for those outdoorsy people who prefer calling room service to hunting and gathering but still want to be surrounded by nature.  Rooms can sleep 5 and some even have bunk beds.

The cabins are set back in the woods for that real Davy Crockett feeling, yet still have all the comforts of home with soft beds, indoor plumbing and a fully stocked kitchen.  There’s even a pull out Murphy bed that’s sure to delight kids!

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort Pirate room – Moderate

If swashbuckling is more your speed, try these pirate themed rooms.  Two double beds are transformed into ships while a Jolly Roger curtain separates the main area from the bathroom.  Arrr!

Art of Animation Finding Nemo suite – Value

Maybe your crew would prefer to be 20,000 leagues under the sea.  These sea floor themed suites sleep up to 6 and have two full bathrooms, a master bedroom with a queen sizes bed, a sofa bed, a table that folds down Murphy-style into a bed, and a kitchenette. Just keep swimming!

If you have any questions or want to book your own magical Disney vacation, email us at dolewhipped@gmail.com!