Orlando, FL

We spent 6 days at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground and it is by far our favorite RV campground!  There are so many entertainment options (see the Campground Review tab for a run down) and the park is gorgeous, you would swear you really were wilderness camping with all the trees, wetlands, trails, wild animals scampering about and it’s pretty darn quiet.  We camped in the 500 loop and found it to be close to most the activities, but far enough that the only outside activity sounds we could hear were the faint whistle of the ferry boat and nightly fireworks around 9 pm.

Even with our extended time in Orlando, we dedicated only one day to a Disney theme park, the Magic Kingdom.  We were just here in May, but always enjoy the rides, food (especially the giant Mickey-shaped sugar cookies dipped in chocolate), and getting some exercise in with all the walking.  Disney is in full holiday mode and the park is decked out for Christmas with a giant tree, decor and gift shop goodies.  It still feels too early for me!!  The best part of the day was the Cinderella castle light show and fireworks- a definite “don’t miss!”

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While in Orlando, Joel really wanted to go to Gatorland.  To be honest, I wasn’t that enthused about it.  We had already seen alligators in Louisiana and Florida, I thought that we had our gator fill.  Apparently not.  I was ready for a ho hum afternoon, but it was way more fun than I expected. The “gator jumping” show was just starting when we arrived and it had more production value than I would have given it credit for and that pretty much sums up the rest of the day.  We even got to feed gators some turkey dogs (a food I am sure they enjoy in the wild), and the people who work there were very pleasant and informative.  Worth the $26 admission for an entertaining afternoon.

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