I really don't have one complaint about the trip. Maybe I always see things with rose colored glasses, but is that really a bad thing??! I just believe you make positives out of negatives and you just can't go wrong with that kind of attitude. Yes, the drive is long...but we have fun on the way. Yes, it was hot and sticky...so we swam as much as possible. Yes, there are alot of people at Disney...so we take breaks and go back to hang out at the RV. See what I'm saying??! Be positive! There are many changes going on throughout Walt Disney World, so if you don't like change, be prepared. The majority of the changes are occuring at Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom as there are significant overhauls going on at each park while they try to redefine their vision and themes. We've only heard some truths, and some rumors, about each. Hollywood Studios is of course heading in a more Sci-fi direction with a strong Star Wars theme that will emerge over the next few years. Over at Animal Kingdom, they are adding an Avitar theme, as well as a nightime experience, to the park. The only issue we felt with all the changes were that several rides are closing, or were already closed, leaving some serious gaps in activities. Honestly, we could easily do each park in one day and no more- just not enough to do. Downtown Disney is also going through some major changes which started last year as they are enhancing/adding "Disney Springs". We really love the direction they seeem to be going to this area. The traffic flow has been improved, there are already some great new restaurants, and there is now even more shopping with much more still to come. The shocker announcement that we heard while we were there was that they would be closing Disney Quest in 2016 to make way for a new "NBA Experience". Although Disney Quest is a tad tired and needs updating, it's still a more interesting and fun experience, to our family, then an NBA themed attraction.
Dining out at Disney is always a great experience. To save money we do make some meals at the RV, but we save our Chase Disney Dollars to eat out at the great restaurants on property. This trip we ate at Kona Cafe (always a family favorite- never disappoints), Artist Point at Wilderness Lodge, Ragland Road at Downtown Disney, Sanaa at Animal Kingdom Lodge, Mama Melrose and the Brown Derby at Hollywood Studios, Tutto Italia and Restaurant Marrakesh at Epcot, but the highlight of all of our dining was the California Grill at The Contemporary Resort. The meal was incredible, best sushi I've ever had, and the service was terrific with Becky! The best part of the meal was if you eat at the restaurant and hold on to your receipt, they allow you to come back at 9:30 pm to watch the fireworks at Magic Kingdom from their rooftop. Now there's an incredible memory!! I had tears in my eyes watching my family standing there having this great experience! We will now make this an annual occurance as it was so special.
Our stay at the Fort Wilderness Resort, as usual, was amazing. We find it to be one of the nicest RV resorts we've been to thus far. We prefer a premium site as they are easier for us to back into and have enough room for our son's tent. It's a peaceful resort, with two pools, an arcade, horseback riding, canoeing, boat and bike rental, and so much more to enhance your Disney experience. It really is a nice park to hang out in to get away from the crowds. One of our favorite past times is golf cart riding- our dog especially loves this part of the trip. It's really so fun to just drive around and check out how other's are "glamping" at Disney. Over any holiday (we are there during July 4th), many campers decorate up their sites for whatever the celebration! We find it interesting to see how people individualize their area with their different themes- some campers get so creative! What's even more fun about this...it's free to do! We did not notice much new at the resort other than they have added more cabins. We are always impressed how clean the campground is and how family friendly it is as well- another terrific experience.
The drive down and back to Disney is always a great part of the whole adventure. As usual, we stopped on the way down to sleep at a Cracker Barrel in Georgia. They are always open to RV overnighters which is great as it is free! Keep in mind this priviledge is for overnights only and there are no hook ups. We really enjoy this stop at Cracker Barrel for a good night sleep, a nice breakfast in the morning, followed by browsing through their store (I always find cute things for our RV glamping there), and continuing on the road. We try to find a Cracker Barrel on the way home, but this time we were only able to find a truck stop to get some shut eye as we drove quite late into the night. However, we made it to Florida and home safely, without incident (always a success in my book!), and tons of memories were made! As this was our "big trip" of the year, we were of course a little sad when it was all over...ok, a lot sad. What I do when I feel this way is simply start planning our next adventure!
Keep on Glamping!!!