Plane tickets for six plus rental car, plus hotel, plus baggage, plus dog boarding, plus all the things I'm not listing, too expensive! So, here is the way we choose to roll these days. Meet the 2014 Thor Motor Coach Ace 30.2
After what seemed like an eternity of packing (it's hard to decide what shoes you are going to hide from your husband--packing tip #1 below in gallery!), it was finally time to begin our destination to the happiest place on Earth, Disney World! In addition to going to Disney World, we were so excited about our stay at The Campsites at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and when it comes to campgrounds that place is amazing!
First up, a twelve hour drive to beautiful Kerrville, Texas, the heart of Texas Hill Country, where we set up camp for the night at Buckhorn Lake Resort. When I say "set up camp", I mean Joseph connected our RV to the campsite hook-ups, leveled the RV, opened the slide out, etc., while I typically tidy up the RV and get the kids ready for bed (no black water dealings for me--divide and conquer, my friends!) We settled in for a good night's sleep and thankfully, no one fell off the top bunk...excellent netting idea (see pic below), Babe!
We always try to get some exercise in before we hit the road in the morning and that's also the time that we really get to check out the site/amenities that the resort has to offer. And in case you are wondering, the one piece of equipment that I would NEVER leave home without when it comes to exercise and children is the B.O.B Sport Utility Stroller...oh, the places it's been!
Buckhorn Lake Resort was the perfect stay for us--convenient location, beautiful grounds, excellent customer service, CLEAN comfort stations (I don't really like that term, though), and more! And guess where we stayed on the way back to Tucson? Yep, Buckhorn!
And now, Boo's View:
HI! I'm Mary Rillens (the one in the middle) and I am 11 years old. My family and closest friends sometimes call me, "Boo". I'm the oldest of four and typically Dad's co-pilot when Mom needs a break. Here is what I noticed about Buckhorn Lake Resort.
- It is cool how you can leave your trash out and the staff take it for you. Also, there are no stinky smells!
- The showers were great, clean, and by the pool.
- They have two pools, one for adults and one for families with kids. I think they are heated, too!
- The cabins look nice for a larger family and were away from the rest of the RV's and trailers, so it was quiet.
- The grounds were clean, open, and pretty!
- They also had a playground for the kids, plus you can go fishing right by the playground.
- They had a mini mart and gift shop with great prices and desserts. Guess what we had? (For a hint, see Rien Rose's shirt in the top picture.)
- The only bad thing was that the restaurant was not open when we were there, so be sure to bring lots of food!
Talk to you later! It's time to roll!
we have arrived!
An Experience in Itself...The Campsites at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort
What made our trip to Disney so memorable was having two totally different experiences in one! We stayed at a campsite at the beautiful Disney Fort Wilderness Resort. My husband had a conference to attend for a few days prior to us going to the Parks, so the kids and I were able to just explore and enjoy the beautiful grounds of this campground. Some of the outdoor activities include fishing, swimming, tennis, archery, horseback riding, arcade play, boat rentals, movies, sing-a-longs, and fireworks to name a few. It was just the relaxed, manageable, and beautiful setting that I desired for our family with the convenience of traveling to the Parks by bus or boat throughout the day. The Hubby and I were also able to get some training in which is always high on our priority list. We set the bikes up on trainers outside of the RV and also ran the gorgeous trails--a must!! Humidity was crazy in July, but you adjust. For a fee, you can pay to use the Health Club at Disney's Wilderness Lodge which is great, too!. We ate a few times at Trail's End Restaurant, but for the most part brought all the foods that we would need prior to arrival. One last thing, we chose a Preferred Campsite #929 and our loop location was very close to the Settlement Trading Post which I found to be very helpful for this fantastic "glamping' (glamorous camping) experience!
Happy Trails to you!
Magic Kingdom at Disney World
Aside from our time at The Wilderness Campgrounds, we visited the amazing Magic Kingdom where everything is a must see, Animal Kingdom--Festival of the Lion King is beyond fabulous, and then spent our last day at Typhoon Lagoon which was a blast! (Be sure to get there before the gates open, so that you can secure a shaded area around the awesome wave pool.) Our family's top favorites from this Park were The Surf Pool, Crush N' Gusher, and the Shark Reef. There were tons of activities for the baby to do, as well, and even some that we all could enjoy together. It was just a great way to wrap up our trip!
Had a fantastic Disney vacation and we can't wait to go, again...just when everyone passes the height requirements!