Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort Refurbished Cabin Review

We’ll take some time to peruse a refurbished Cabin at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.

Before moving forward, I do ask for your forgiveness as it appears that the new intern in the website’s “Arrows Department” grossly mislabeled this diagram in the recent Trail’s End brunch review. While the website went Full Kylo Ren and this particular employee “no longer enjoys the faculties necessary to label any future diagrams,” his or her life was spared because, “Hey there is probably still a boat somewhere in that direction right.” A fair argument, padawan. Also, after running additional timing runs, it appears that the Purple route to Settlement Depot is not the slam dunk that was implied in the post, with transportation times in the neighborhood of either Orange or Yellow. In my experience, you might select your bus route based on following whichever family looks like they’re least likely to change into their swimsuits on the bus. All of your subscriptions will be extended one month due to this unfortunate oversight. If you cannot forgive, hopefully in time you will forget.




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While Fort Wilderness is officially recognized as a “Moderate Resort,” the Cabin rates are significantly higher than Standard Rooms at the other Mods.

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During a weekday during Value Season, a Cabin would run you $134 more per night, a difference of 76.6%, compared to a Standard Room/View at Port Orleans. During Holiday Season, the price difference is $239 or an 89.8% increase.

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To confuse things further, it might be easiest to compare Cabin prices and amenities to a Family Suite at the Art of Animation Resort, which is a Value Resort with prices that occasionally eclipse Wilderness Lodge, which is in turn a Deluxe Resort.

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For example, a Wilderness Lodge Standard View room is cheaper than any Art of Animation Family Suite during a weekend in Value Season.

On the other hand, the picture is a little different if you compare room cost to room size. The following chart shows the cost per square foot for the least expensive room type during the least expensive pricing season at each resort:

The Cabins come in at a bit of a premium over the other Moderates and also the Family Suites at Art of Animation. But there is perhaps more to life than cost per square foot in cents, otherwise we would all be sipping our Taittinger Comtes Rose Brut, pinkies up, out of paper cups from the comfort of the double bed inside our room at the All-Star Sports.

Back to the Cabins, which are somewhat unique in that each is its own separate unit. There are no upstairs or downstairs neighbors and a reasonable distance separates each Cabin. So the constant flushing sounds that plague the majority of Disney’s rooms, and me cursing about being out of Andre Brut, should be much less of an issue. Those driving also benefit from being able to drive right up to their unit and park just a couple of feet outside, which is a lot more convenient than the majority of resort parking lots where you could be a thousand or more feet away from your room at the end of a long hallway at the BoardWalk Villas or something.

Outside, you’ll find a deck with a picnic table and two doors, one of which opens up to the main kitchen area and the other into the bedroom.

Each unit also has one of those really dirty grills that you might find at your local or state park and I’m never really sure of the logistics of using. Out of frame and out of mind.

Dave from yourfirstvisit.net and the co-author of our award-winning and occasionally best-selling guidebook, was nice enough to invite me over for a strategy session that probably rivals what goes on at Bilderberg. I will defer to his more robust review here and largely parrot what he has to say for the sake of this review.

Fort Wilderness Cabins come in at 504 square feet, which puts them larger than any standard room or studio on property. Standard Value rooms are 260 square feet; Moderates are 314 square feet; and Deluxe rooms run from 344 square feet at Animal Kingdom/Wilderness Lodges up to 440 square feet at the Grand Floridian Resort. That’s also 61 square feet smaller than Art of Animation Suites, which is why the cost-per-square-foot was lower in the comparison above, even given similar per-night-pricing.

So we are talking about a large living space with a separate bedroom area on the far end, in addition to a mostly-full kitchen. 1-Bedroom Villas start at 710 square feet at Animal Kingdom Lodge and go up to 942-square feet at Old Key West. As we’ll see shortly, most of that added space is in the bedroom.

The dining room table off to the right would seat five or six comfortably in chairs and on the bench.

Those same chairs would also provide more seating in front of the large television.

The sofa to the left pulls out into a queen bed, replacing the old pulldown-style murphy.

That potentially makes things a lot more comfortable for a taller person to sleep in the main living area.

In addition to adding ample, and much-needed, drawer space.

One more look from the easydubz chopper. The theming here is obviously rustic with a heavy emphasis on wood and the American frontier.

The kitchen is largely functional, though the refurbishment drops the number of burners from four to two and eliminates the dedicated oven.

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Dave reviews the oven in full by cooking up cornbread, pizza, cinnamon rolls, and a 3-pound roast, among other things in this post: http://yourfirstvisit.net/2016/02/07/the-new-oven-in-the-cabins-at-fort-wilderness/. It is perhaps proof that at least some of us Disney bloggers do survive in the wild, however feebly in your author’s case.

The full size fridge/freezer. Disney pushes its own grocery delivery service a little harder than usual at this property, offering up this ordering form that can be completed and emailed/faxed: https://wdpromedia.disney.go.com/media/wdpro-assets/places-to-stay/cabins-at-fort-wilderness/cabins-at-fort-wilderness-resort-grocery-list-FW-02-03-16.pdf.

A picture inside some of the cupboards along with the coffee maker, sink, and toaster.

One more look.

Cabins officially sleep six guests, which is two more than the Values and one more than most standard Moderate and Deluxe rooms types.

But the bathroom situation may deter some larger, potentially “high maintenance” parties with its single toilet, single shower/tub combo, and single sink/mirror all in one space. And that’s okay as I speak from experience when I say it took me 17 tries to get just the right amount of aloofness in that microwave reflection a couple images back. You do get two toilet paper rolls on the wall though, which is a big positive.

But the one bath area may complicate mornings a bit with 4+ people. Even if each person takes a total of 15 minutes, you’re still looking about an hour and a half of time. You could potentially head to one of the many comfort stations located in the camping loops of the resort, but going for a drive first thing in the morning to take a shower and use the facilities isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when I think of “$400 hotel room.”

Dave has a further breakdown of the bathroom and some thoughts on the small size of the hot water heater here: http://yourfirstvisit.net/2016/02/14/photo-tour-of-a-refurbed-cabin-at-disneys-fort-wilderness-resort-bath-and-back-bedroom/. Those that have stayed in a cabin with 4+ people are more than welcome to chime in with their thoughts in the comments section below. You can’t really find a Disney blogger that likes or is liked by more than two other Disney bloggers so it is not like we all get together and try out the morning bathroom situation ourselves.

Though I would also take this opportunity to point out that several, largely Nikon shooters, would fit comfortably in these little bunk beds.

The bedroom is on the small side and sleeps up to four guests on the queen bed and dual bunks. As Dave points out, the bed is up against the wall so the person on the left side either has to climb over their companion or try to exit off the front of the bed. It also means no elbow room on the wall-side.

Dave measured the beds as being 66 inches long by 39 inches wide, but would sleep someone shorter than that with the railings and pillow. Still, this would be far more comfortable than the short pull-down beds that Disney has been installing to sleep a fifth person in most Moderate and Deluxe rooms.

A look in the opposite direction where you’ll find a closet, more storage, and a small swivel-television.

As pictured.

Overall, the Cabins at Fort Wilderness Resort are certainly a unique option that those favoring a bit of privacy may want to consider over a Family Suite at Art of Animation, two rooms at a Value or Moderate, or perhaps even a Deluxe room elsewhere. They would certainly be more convenient with a vehicle and perhaps like any other room, those with fewer members in their party may have an easier time with the bathroom and sleeping situations.

Comments

  1. Candice says

    Thanks so much for the photos. We are looking forward to our upcoming stay here in July. The kitchen update definitely appeals to me. We’re taking our 4 children here. Silver lining- I’m the only girl. My young boys don’t spend more than 1 minute in the bathroom. I’m hoping my testosterone heavy family will enjoy the cabins. This will be our first visit to this side of Fort Wilderness.

    • Amanda says

      LOL we are staying in December with our four kids- 2 boys and 2 girls- thinking we will have them shower at night to save time- curious to know if those bunk beds are on casters

      • Helen says

        We’ve stayed in the cabins a couple of times – yes, the bunk beds are on casters that can be locked down easily!

  2. dusty cheatham says

    the dumpling & I have thought about giving the cabins a try . just cant justify the cost visa vie port Orleans. seeing some of the pics help me realize we made the right decision .

  3. Anthony says

    I like the cabins. To me the biggest drawback is the 41 gallon hot water tank. Would be nice if they could switch out to an on demand system if they have large enough service for it.

  4. John says

    “Though I would also take this opportunity to point out that several, largely Nikon shooters, would fit comfortably in these little bunk beds.”

    Ha! I love it when you rib Bricker.

  5. Dorothy says

    I love the looks of the new cabins, especially compared to the real old days, when they had the Fort Wilderness Trailer Homes. I think the new sofa bed is an especially big improvement over the murphy bed style.

  6. Chrystal says

    What’s the Disney Bus situation at the cabins? The idea of sleeping in a stand-alone unit without loud neighbors banging on walls and/or yelling during all hours of the night (as was our last experience at AKV) is appealing but we also hate driving on vacay and love using the bus system.

    • joel says

      There are buses that only service the campgrounds or the loop. Those buses take you to the main transfer bus stop. The buses to the theme parks and Disney Springs only pick up and drop off at the main bus stop. So basically it is 2 buses to and from the theme parks and your cabin. The main bus stop is right next to the parking lot just inside the gate to the campground area.

      • Melissa says

        I would never stay at the place again, but if you are inclined to, a golf cart rental almost completely eliminates bus stress. Just take your golf cart up to one of the two main bus stops or the boat, and you are good to go. I dislike it because of the quality- we kept getting locked out of our room and no one knew why, buses and boat service were hideously slow and overcrowded- kept having to wait because buses were full, and the management at the resort couldn’t care less. They didn’t know what to do with my Disney Visa Rewards card at the shop- wouldn’t let me buy anything one day because the cashier didn’t know what it was and there wasn’t any body to call.

        • Matthew says

          Good point on the golf carts. The buses are fine but if you’ve got a well-planned vaca with reservations, etc. the only way to guarantee you’re not thrown off by an unanticipated long bus wait is to rent a golf cart, which adds significantly to the cost of staying at Fort Wilderness. I think we paid around $350 for 5 days of our 6 day stay, because there were none available our first night. So that’s roughly $70 per day for the golf cart that you’ll likely use only two or so times per day. As nice as it is having the golf cart, it does add some logistical issues since you may leave by boat in the AM, but return by bus later in the day, leaving you at the other end of FW, and a good mile or more from your cart. The flip side of that of course is loading the whole fam into the golf cart as soon as you’re ready and driving straight past the crowded bus stops to the dock/settlement depot, depending on your destination. We saw many custom/decorated carts and I see that as part of what makes staying at FW special.

          • Lee Bick says

            For that price, and still having to (a) drive and (b) take a bus, I’d just rent a car!

  7. Carol O says

    I had previously thought it would be nice to stay in these, but now, seeing that bed layout, will scratch it off the list. Looks very uncomfortable and claustrophobic for the money.

  8. Joanna says

    We’ve stayed in the cabins five times in but weren’t thrilled with the refurb on our last trip. I know you can use the convection microwave to cook but it isn’t the same as having a proper, large oven. They took away the pantry, too, so less room for food storage. My 6’2″ husband actually said the Murphy bed was much more comfortable than the sofa bed. And unfortunately, the whole world seems to show up at the campfire so it gets painfully crowded at times. (I wish people would stop hyping it as a free activity for anyone who feels like showing up even if they’re not staying at the Fort.). The Fort will always hold a special place in my heart, but I look forward to staying somewhere like Saratoga Springs next c

    • Heather says

      There are alot of sites with this campfire on their “Free things to do at WDW” lists, directing on-site as well as off-site guests to go visit. I’m surprised WDW hasn’t put a plug in this, considering all the other staff cuts, changes & price increases the past year. Complimentary marshmallows might be the last truly free tangible thing WDW still offers.

      And there’s the whole “Throw-away Campsite Debate” regarding people who buy *one* cheap campsite night so their party of up to 10 off-site guests can enjoy all perks of on-site guests for up to 7 days, because a loop hole that hooks perks like parking fees, 60 day FPs & 180+ day ADRs to the days on their tickets, not length of resort stay. Unless WDW has changed this…?

  9. Laura says

    Okay, I’m chiming in with my thoughts on the bathroom, having stayed in a cabin before with five adults (and one child). We knew that getting ready in the morning might be a scheduling challenge, so some of us would shower the night before. And the hot water is certainly not unlimited. But we found the biggest problem we had was, since we weren’t all related (there were some in-laws in the mix), people wouldn’t want to use the toilet if someone else was in the shower, or using the sink, and vice versa. An extra half-bath would have gone a long way to solve this. And we were actually close enough to a loop with a comfort station that some of us could have walked over to shower or brush our teeth, but one of the reasons we picked a cabin over camping was that some of our party were squeamish about sharing bathroom facilities. Our solution since our first visit has been to get two cabins next to each other; we have plenty of room for local Florida relatives to visit for a night that way, too.

  10. Amanda B. says

    So the bunk beds aren’t actually twin sized bunk beds??? We have a cabin booked for August, but this might change our mind. We are a family of 4, with one 12yo girl and 14 yo boy. She’s 5’7″ and he’s 6′ so I’m not sure they could comfortably sleep there. We liked the idea of having no one sleeping in the living room! It doesn’t sound like that will work though :(

  11. Anne says

    6 ft definitely won’t fit in the bunk bed. I’m 5’4″ and slept comfortably but I don’t think you could be much taller and make it work.

    We had 3 adults and 2 kids (boys and low maintenance) so the shower situation was ok. Usually 1 or 2 adults showered at night and the other (s) in the am. But you do have to plan ahead or risk running out of hot water.

  12. Heather says

    Hmmm…. these rate charts are for Euros, US Dollar rates are around 10-15% more dinero. Can the FW Cabins sleep up to 6?

    • Lynsey says

      The cabin sleeps 6 total. 4 in the bed room (2 in the queen bed; 2 in the bunks) and 2 on the sleeper sofa.

      The rates aren’t in Euros… its European plan meaning just the room.

  13. Henry Francis says

    The have made the cabins worse in my opinion. The Murphy beds were so much better, and why stick a tv there? No kids watch that old fashioned box anymore it’s all viewed on iPads.

    And don’t bother staying unless you hire a golf cart as it is soooo much better with one.

  14. Joel says

    For what Disney charges for Golf Cart rental per day, It is cheaper to rent a car. I believe golf cart rental is around the 65.00-75.00 per day range. It is used to get around the campsite/cabins area, not to the theme parks.

    • bill says

      That golf cart rental is much more expensive than a luxury car rental, which if familiar with the companies/offerings you can get a huge SUV for the family at no more than $50/day. The golf cart may still be a value to families who like to imbibe, saving the costs of a DUI.

  15. Jennifer says

    We stayed as a party of 4 adults and 1 child (me, my husband, my parents, and our 8-year-old daughter) this past April. We loved the renovated cabin, although I will say this was our first stay in a cabin and have nothing to compare it to. My parents slept on the pull-out sofa and they said it was extremely comfortable. My husband and I and our daughter shared the bedroom. A few nights it was a little warm in the back bedroom so my husband slept on the lower bunk, and found it very comfortable. We never had any bathroom issues, although I shower at night anyway so that probably helped with the timing. It was so great to have a full size fridge, and ate light breakfasts most days before leaving for the parks. We had a couple of non-park days so we grilled steaks one night, and another morning we made a big breakfast with all the “fixin’s”. We’ve camped at Fort Wilderness many times in our camper and have never needed a golf cart, however we usually bring our bikes and that definitely helps with getting around. This time, since we weren’t bringing our bikes, we rented from an off-site golf cart rental place and it saved us about $15-20 per day on the Disney rental price. All-in-all it worked great for our group and would definitely do it again. If the choices are (as they were for us) to either stay 5 people in one room at a moderate (or deluxe) or 5 people in a cabin, the cabin wins hands down.

    • jenny682 says

      if you are getting around in a golf cart, is there the option to leave the golf cart close to the boat or bus pick up area while you are at the parks? or are they mainly used to get around the camp grounds? TIA

      • Jennifer says

        Yes, there is a parking area at the main bus stop and the boat docks for your cart. There is also parking at any of the trading posts, pool areas, and one for the restaurants.

  16. Trinity says

    We considered staying in one of these last summer since we had a car, but our teens often arrive/leave the parks at different times than us and it seems like the transportation here to/from the cabins would be time consuming. Anyone have experience with this?

    • Joel says

      With the bus transfer it is a pretty long ride all total, but it is a different setting and feel than the other resort areas. I guess that is a plus/minus of staying there. If you have interest, my advice would be making a reservation at Trail’s End. Take the theme park bus to the campsites and then make the bus transfer to the restaurant. That would give you an idea of traveling time. Remember too that parking to all theme parks is free if you stay on property. We rarely take the bus anymore. To us it is much more convenient than having to wait and/or get crammed like sardines in a packed bus. Overall though, I would gladly take the inconvenience just to be there.

  17. Zhaan says

    So when they renovated did they change the bed in the bedroom from a double(full) to a queen? I could have sworn before it was a double. That’s one thing I did not like about staying there.

  18. LAURA says

    Thank you for solidifying my decision to never, EVER stay here. Between the bus situation, the bedroom layout and that skeezy looking kitchen! Ew. I would gladly stay at the All Stars during Pop Warner.

    • Jennifer says

      Actually the kitchen is very nice. Corian counter tops, all new cupboards, stainless steel appliances and sink. The only thing some might miss is the lack of an oven. Nothing “skeezy” about it. Now the old ones BEFORE the refurb. may have been. If you’ve never been to Fort Wilderness you are definitely missing out on a very peaceful, relaxing, yet still very Disney-like, atmosphere. However, don’t let me talk you into it, it just means more availability for me when I want to go. :-)

      • jenny682 says

        peaceful and relaxing i a big draw for me. Our last two trips we stayed at River side and I could hear every time some one flushed the toilet drove me crazy especially late at night.

  19. Larry says

    Nice review, but for that kind of money, I’ll use my military discount on two rooms at Coronado Springs.

    • Laura says

      We always stay with my dad’s military discount – the 30% really helps with the price. And we do save some money by cooking for ourselves in the kitchen at least some of the meals.

  20. tanya says

    66 inches on the bunk bed? This one is not an option for us then. Kids are too tall already. Good to know, thanks for the info.

  21. Gary says

    Perhaps we’ve just been lucky but my wife and I have never had any problems at all with the bus system. Now we don’t go during the most crowded times of year which I’m sure makes a difference. But we like the transition of the bus ride to and from the parks and you get to meet some interesting people on the way. Also, we don’t have to worry about how much we might have had to drink that night. And contrary to what I see some sites claim, the system is not at all complicated. Seriously, if you can’t figure it out I really hope you don’t do your own taxes.

    Now if we’re looking to catch rope drop at any park except Magic Kingdom we usually do drive our car.

  22. Rachel says

    As a family who drives to Disney, I agree that the cabins are the most convenient if you have a car. We love driving right up to our “room.” We also bring a lot of food with us and having the kitchen and full refrigerator makes storing the food so much easier. It makes it possible for us to make 1-2 meals per day, saving a little money.
    While I understand the hesitation over long bus waits, an added bonus having your own car is that you can drive it to the bus depot, leave it there all day, and when you come back you just take your car back to your cabin. I know people do this with golf carts too but you can do it with your car. However, you can’t park your car at the boat. To get to magic kingdom you will have to take the resort bus.
    We are a family of 5 with 3 small kids who easily fit in the bunk beds and oldest sleeps in the queen bed. My husband and I like having a seperate room from the kids and found the new pull out sofas remarkably comfortable. All in all, we are always happy in the cabins and will continue to stay there.

    • Molly Vaupel says

      Did you get any meal plan while you were there?

      Did you come back to your cabin ever at mid day to regroup and get a bite, allowing you to stay at the park later? I so, did it take you long in travel time? Would you suggest just staying at the park all day and heading back to the cabin for dinner?

  23. Christina says

    Thanks for the review. We stayed there last November/December and absolutely loved it. As you said, it may not work for high- maintenence types, but it suited us just fine:)

  24. Traci B. says

    This is an interesting review but I would never consider staying at this resort. Packing groceries for the trip, cooking and cleaning up in a kitchen of questionable sanitary conditions is not a vacation for me. Plus, it is a waste of precious time in the parks. No, thank you.

    • Laura says

      Questionable sanitary conditions? I don’t think Josh (or Dave from yourfirstvisit) said anything like that in his review. Not sure where this view of the “skeezy” kitchens is coming from? Maybe the pictures have an arty, colored tinge to them that makes everything look dirty?

      But we’ve stayed there four times, both pre and post-refirb, and the kitchens were always very clean. I get what you’re saying about not wanting to cook on vacation; for us, we enjoy having a break from always having to eat out. Our “cooking” usually consists of having a place to keep the milk and cream cheese cold and a toaster to toast a bagel, or just an easy way to make a sandwich and quickly clean up. To us, a quick breakfast saves time in that parks that would have been spent waiting for food in a restaurant.

      • Traci B. says

        Looking clean and actually being clean are two different things. Maybe I have seen too many hotel cleanliness exposés on the news.

        As for a quick breakfast, I bring my healthy cereal mix in a Ziploc bag and keep milk in the small refrigerator so as to not waste morning hours at the parks.

        • Drew says

          Nothing Clorox wipes wouldn’t fix. Plus there is a dish washer. We stayed pre rehab and found it to be great. very quiet and the kitchen worked out great. We weren’t cooking thanksgiving dinner. but it was perfect for a family of 6.

          • Erin says

            I always bring bleach wipes and/or Clorox wipes no matter where I’m staying(Disney property or not)and take 20 minutes to wipe everything down upon check in. Corian counter tops are definitely more sanitary, even for cold breakfast prep, than a hotel room dresser made of a more porous material or a bathroom counter top. They are much less likely to be covered in invisible bodily fluids.

  25. NIcole T says

    Our first big trip to Disney with our kids who were 3 and 5 included a stay in the cabins. We loved staying there. It was sooooo quiet. And the extra privacy for mom and dad was nice. Also, just being able to be awake after the kids went to bed was a bonus. We had the dining plan so we stocked up on breakfast foods from a non-Disney grocery delivery service and also got snacks, water, a few easy to make dinners and wine and beer. We requested a loop close to a bus stop and easily hopped the bus to go to the ferry to MK. Never waited more than 5 minutes. Plus we had a car so we drove to all of the other parks which was a nice convenience. And you can’t beat the parking right next to your door! We went to MK a lot so we loved taking the ferry. Very easy to have dinner at the Contemporary or Wilderness Lodge too. We are sad to see the Murphy beds go, however! We thought they were quite comfy! And who cleaned the kitchen? Not me! Mousekeeping cleaned everything. With little kids, the bathroom situation was not an issue. We would recommend the cabins to anyone wanting peace and quiet and a unique place to stay. After we stayed at All Star Sports the next time, we realized how spoiled we were at the Cabins.

  26. Megan says

    Thanks for the review Josh and others who’ve stayed in a cabin. We’re here in October and can’t wait!

  27. Lisa Kelly says

    We have stayed at the cabins before the refurb. We have 3 kids and the girls would sleep on the murphy and our son on the bunk. It think I will miss the murphy bed and big oven the most. But, we only used those things a few times during our stay. Love the peace and quiet, the convenience of parking outside your cabin is a big plus. Big frig is convenient especially to stock your own cold beer and cold items, and ice from the freezer and can freeze water bottles to take to the parks. We have stayed with and without the cart. The bus stop not so bad, but after renting the golf cart will definitely do again. Having a cart was fun to roam around the Fort and experience Disney and see all the creativity of other guests.

  28. Navy Dad says

    Hahahahaha – some of the comments on here crack me up. We have stayed at the Cabins 3 times and they are awesome. Even better since the refurbishment. No idea why anyone thinks they are dingy or claustrophobic looking. LOL. This is our favorite place to stay by far but I’m glad some people don’t seem too thrilled about it because that means there is more room for us.

    The absolute best part (if you have a car) is parking 10 feet from your front door. The atmosphere is just so nice and quiet which is amazing to find in the middle of the most visited tourist resort destination in the world. We do drive to most parks but when we travel to MK or just go to the trading post area for some reason we use the buses and have no problems. The system is incredibly easy to use and we have never waited more than 5-10 minutes. We never found them to be busy other than late at night after Hoop Dee Doo. The boat ride over to MK is just awesome and from what I remember drops you off closer than the busses. I think having a cart would be fun but not really a needed item IMO.

    It’s really nice having two separate sleeping areas. My wife and I usually let the 3 teens crash in the bunk room. DD’s are both around 5’5″ and LOVE the bunk beds (probably because they never had them at home and our 6’1″ teenage son loves having the big bed (now a queen bed) to himself. My wife and I like the pull out sofa just fine and I like having the big TV. We really love having the big full sized kitchen. We don’t really cook meals but we either use garden grocer or drive to Walmart and stock up with bottled drinks, milk, OJ, cereal, bagels and muffins, ice cream sandwiches and popsicles, bread, lunch meat and cheese and a whole bunch of fresh fruit. We always calculate our food costs and compare to using dining plan. Based on our calculations we usually save between $500-$1000 over either the DP or even OOP dining just by having the kitchen. We still make maybe 3-4 ADR’s at our favorite places and hit up a few quick service places. Every day we eat breakfast before heading out and then come back early afternoon for a big lunch and nap time. It just works out great!

    Anyway – we have stayed at values (Pop and AoA suite), other moderates (POR) and Deluxe (BC & GF) on multiple different trips but for our family the Cabins is the best way to go.

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