Earlier this month, Leana posted about RV Rentals with Cruise America. In the comments, a few readers asked specifically about renting an RV a Disney’s Fort Wilderness campground with onsite delivery.
As it turns out, I had looked into this exact thing a few years ago for my family. I dreamed about renting an RV to camp at Fort Wilderness during my oldest son’s last year of elementary school.
Why on earth would I want to do this?
First of all, I love the atmosphere at campgrounds. My family has vacationed in a few campgrounds in Texas, although we stayed in cabins instead of a tent or camper. I love the campfires, family activities, and the overall relaxed vibe at campgrounds.
And, I could never drive an RV myself—way too big! But if it was already in place at the campground and we could just show up and enjoy it, I could totally handle that.
For our trip to Disney’s Fort Wilderness, I envisioned pulling the kids out of school for 4 days in October (attached to a school holiday). We could camp for an entire week while the weather is a little cooler and not deal with the heat at the parks. I was so excited to experience “glamping” as Disney World!
My husband, however, was not as enthusiastic about this idea. Eventually, we decided to scrap our Disney World vacation in favor of a Disney Cruise.
However, camping at Disney World is dream that I have not entirely forgotten. If this idea intrigues you, read on.
Logistics of Renting an RV at Disney’s Fort Wilderness
There are a handful of companies that rent and deliver RVs to Disney’s Fort Wilderness. I found Fort Wilderness RV Rentals (Florida Camper Rental), Greenburg RV and Meacham’s RV with a simple Google search.
If you rent an RV to stay at Disney’s Fort Wilderness, I recommend that you first contact the RV Rental company to see if your desired RV model is available for your vacation week. You then need to contact Disney to reserve a campsite at Fort Wilderness. Be aware that the larger RVs require a premium campsite, which costs more than a standard site.
Some of the RV rental companies are also Disney travel agents, so they can make the campsite reservation for you with Disney. Easy!
I reached out to Florida Camper Rental to find out more about the process and what is included with an RV Rental. On the day of your arrival, you can contact Disney early in the day to find out your campsite number. Pass along your number to the RV Rental company, and hop on Disney’s Magical Express bus from the airport. When you arrive, an employee from the rental company will give you instructions on your new home for the week.
Piece of cake!
What You Get
The RV Rental includes linens, towels, kitchen utensils and some paper supplies. You just need to bring food and clothes! And actually, you don’t have to bring any food if you just want to eat at the restaurants at Disney’s Fort Wilderness. You can also have groceries delivered from Garden Grocer.
The larger RVs have two separate bedrooms and can sleep up to 10 people. The RVs have air conditioning, heat, a kitchen and multiple TVs and bathrooms. Check out this Eldridge RV from Florida Camper Rental:
You also get outdoor living space with an awning, fan, table and chairs. Perfect for outdoor family time or socializing with your campground neighbors.
The beauty of camping at Disney’s Fort Wilderness is that you get all the benefits of staying at an onsite Disney resort: Magical Express airport transportation, earlier Fast Pass + booking, Extra Magic Hours, Magic Bands, free parking, resort transportation and the ability to book the Disney Dining Plan.
In addition, you can also enjoy all of the amenities of Disney’s Fort Wilderness. The resort has a nice heated pool with slide, sprinkler area for little kids, campfire sing-a-long with Chip and Dale and clean indoor restrooms.
Leana’s son enjoying the water play area few years ago
My family has attended Mickey’s Backyard BBQ show twice, and we loved it! The Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue is also at Fort Wilderness.
Cost of Renting an RV at Disney’s Fort Wilderness
For this analysis, I looked at renting a large RV that sleeps up to 10 people. A 38-foot Elkridge from Florida Camper Rental costs $1014 for 6 nights/7 days. If I add 7% tax plus 3% credit card fee on top of that, it comes to $1115.40. There are a few RVs that cost slightly more and some that cost slightly less, but that price is about average. See the end of this post to find out how you can get a discount from Florida Camper Rental.
But, you have to add on the price of a campsite at Fort Wilderness. Since this is a larger RV, a premium campsite is necessary. For six nights at the end of June, a premium campsite is $842.63.
So, the grand total for the RV rental plus the campsite rental is $1958.03 for six nights, or $326.34 per night.
Comparison to Other Onsite Lodging
Fort Wilderness also has cabins that sleep six people. For the same six nights in June, the price is $1961.11. That’s almost identical to the price of an RV rental!
The cabins have a bedroom with a queen bed and bunk bed, plus a living room with a full size sofa sleeper. However, for my family, I prefer the layout of the RV. I don’t want to share a bedroom with my kids if I don’t have to.
For the same week in June, other options for onsite lodging for four people include:
Pop Century (Value resort): $800.16
Port Orleans French Quarter (Moderate resort): $1512.00
Wilderness Lodge (Deluxe): $2461.68
As you can see, an RV rental is higher than a moderate resort but lower than a deluxe resort. But, if you have a large family, the cost savings of an RV adds up since you would have to book multiple hotel rooms.
Of course, there are many off-site lodging options that are less expensive and available on points.
Is Renting an RV at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Right For Your Family?
It really comes down to the size of your family and your travel preferences. If you have a large family and you want the benefits of staying at an onsite Disney resort, an RV rental is an economical way to accomplish that goal.
However, no matter the size of your family, there is just something special about the camping experience. If you enjoy camping, you know exactly what I mean. It’s a feeling and atmosphere that’s hard to describe.
After I’ve looked into this again, I’m now itching to camp at Disney’s Fort Wilderness! My kids would love it! (Still working on my husband)
RV Rental Discount for Miles For Family Readers
The folks at Fort Wilderness RV Rentals (Florida Camper Rental) were kind enough to answer my questions and offer our readers a 5% discount on RV rentals! If you are interested in using this discount, please call them directly at 863-605-3995 or contact them online and mention Miles For Family. Thank you, Florida Camper Rental!
Readers, weigh in! Would you consider camping at Disney’s Fort Wilderness? Have you rented an RV before?
Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.