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If you’re like me, camping might not be your idea of a fun weekend. However, I was pleasantly surprised by our recent experience at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort.
Borrowing the idea from a friend, we celebrated my children’s birthdays with a party at the campground this past weekend. Although Walt Disney World does not offer organized birthday parties at this location, there are so many things to do that it’s not difficult for parents staying at the resort to plan an event.
We chose to stay in one of the cabins — campsites and camper hook-ups also are available — and have the party at the pool. About a year and a half ago, the main pool area was renovated and a waterslide, splash pad for kids shorter than 48 inches and a hot tub were added, making it a really fun place. The pool is quite large and it is less than 4 feet deep everywhere, which is ideal for kids, and there is a wading pool for toddlers.
Adjacent to the pool are a playground, a sand volleyball court, tennis courts and a pavilion with picnic tables and outdoor grills. The use of the pavilion is free to those staying at the resort, and we were surprised at how quickly the eight tables were taken for parties this past Saturday. (The tables were occupied again early Sunday, but the pool was much less crowded that day.) Other poolside amenities include a snack bar, small video gameroom and bathrooms with changing areas.