May 2020 myself and my family went on a short vacation to Memphis, TN to visit Graceland. It was certainly a bucket list for myself since I am a huge Elvis Presley fan! It is so funny to me to think that I was not even born in the prime time of Elvis Presley’s career and I was only 6 years old when he died, however his music and his movies I hold dear to my heart. I find him so mesmerizing and the amount of success he had through his short life just is so unbelievable!
While visiting Memphis, we stayed at the Guest House at Graceland, took the VIP tour of the Mansion which included our visit to the Elvis Presley Memphis Entertainment Complex. The Complex is over 200,000 square feet. While visiting the Complex We were also able to take a self guided tour of his Lisa Marie and Jet star planes. The Lisa Marie, a Convair 880 jet was actually an aircraft own by Delta prior to Elvis’s 1975 purchase of the plane. Elvis gutted and renovated the jet to his liking. He also purchased a Lockheed Jet Star named Hound Dog II to use while Lisa Marie was being renovated. Both Aircraft may be toured on site at Graceland’s Complex.
The Entertainment Complex provides Elvis’s fan’s with Exhibits of his entire life including his career, automobiles, army, cycles, stage wear and so much more. You will also find gift shops and restaurants which includes Vernon’s Smoke House, Minnie Mae’s Sweets, Gladys Diner, and Rock n Go! We used our meal voucher that came with our VIP tour at Vernon’s Smokehouse. The food was delicious and we got a large variety of food. The money we spent on this experience was well worth it to us! We had a great time!
Please visit my Youtube Channel to watch my pictorial of my visit to the Complex. You may also check out my Graceland Playlist for my Mansion and visit to the Guest House at Graceland. The direct link to my Youtube Channel is: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChSAlasPcls4gL15dV-kUIg
I visited the Elvis Presley Graceland Mansion in May of 2020 along with my family. We had a lovely time at the mansion. We had a VIP Tour which included our guided tour with our lovely tour guide, visit to the mansion, lunch at Vernon’s smokehouse which is located at the E. P. Memphis Entertainment complex across the street, our entrance into the Complex for the day, a professional photograph, a visit to the Archives building which is located at the mansion property and a visit to the airplanes exhibit. In my Youtube video provided below you can view my pictorial visit to the mansion. Please subscribe to my Youtube channel if you have not already and leave me a comment if you have visited Graceland before! For more information on tickets to see Graceland or information to stay at the Guesthouse at Graceland please visit the website! https://www.graceland.com
As a child, I always was fascinated by my mother’s Elvis Presley albums in our large 70’s stereo furniture console! I can remember her getting on to me as I would put on the record to listen. She certainly did not want her albums getting scratched by her determined 7 year old. Those were the days for sure! Those same albums, including those scratched now sit in the vinyl box of my middle daughter who loves to keep her grandma’s vintage records! Now days, I can leisurely enjoy Elvis on my SiriusXM in my car by listening to Elvis radio stationed at the Entertainment Complex right in Memphis! If my mom could only be here now she would be amazed!
Visiting Graceland was always something that came to my mind as I got older, in fact, my mother and I always pondered on the fact we should go at some point. Time seems to get in the way and the years suddenly pass, she was sick most time and those visions had faded at some point, although every now and then it would come to mind and we would talk about going but never did. You always think to yourself, ok, maybe next year and so on. I can say that to visit Graceland was certainly on my bucket list. I wanted to go and experience it for sure before my life is over. My mother passed away a few years ago so unfortunately our trip to Graceland together never happened. When she died, my idea to go to Graceland opened again as I searched to hear those tunes that I so remembered us listening to as a child. I searched to hear Elvis sing ” How great thou art”, one of my favorite gospel tunes by him. Listening to it made me feel close to my mother again, it helped heal a void that will perhaps be with me all my life, but somehow it made me feel more at peace with her passing. I suddenly found the urge again that I wanted to visit Graceland, now was the time! I learned after my mother passed away suddenly that life is so very short and while we are here on this earth we need to enjoy it and see what is out there while we can! Now, because later may never come!
I got into the planning mode and shared with my brother and sister my wanting to go. I was not sure if they would be interested in going since I wasn’t sure if they liked Elvis at all. I am 7 years senior to my brother and 6 to my sister. It was a good thing I did not purchase those tickets just yet because to my surprise on my birthday in May, my brother and sister in law surprised me with airline tickets and a reservation to stay at the Guest House at Graceland! We were packing to leave in 2 weeks! It was now a reality! I was so excited! Covid-19 had closed up America for some time, our trip to Graceland was during the first week they had opened back up for tourists. I was not really sure what to expect and it was a little concerning to me that it was so soon after everything just opened, but we went with a strong mind of how we were going to stay safe and went off anyway! I am so glad we did! By far, this, for me, was the most memorable trip I had ever done in my life, I felt my mother’s spirit as I boarded the planes to get to Memphis. I knew she was with me!
Our flight was on board American Airlines out of Melbourne, FL. This was my first flight on American and all went very well! Masks were mandatory on board the flight at all times unless you were eating or drinking. We were in first class service but since Covid they did not provide a meal service, just offered drinks which was fine with us since our flight was short. I noticed that we were not the only ones with our wipes and sanitizer. I seen people had there wipes out, using them on the seats and trays, people were friendly and courteous unlike what I thought would be especially since being inside your house for months could make anyone a little cranky! The flights went well and soon we got to Memphis to enjoy this wonderful 3 night adventure! It was so exciting to be able to share this adventure with my siblings!
The Guest House at Graceland was very easy to get to from the airport. It is located just a few miles. The drive was very easy! We decided to rent a car while visiting, however, if you want they have a shuttle that is complimentary that will get you from the airport and return you to the airport. The shuttle also runs to the mansion and the entertainment complex. It is complimentary!
The property had wonderful security. The guard gate would check your ID when you first arrived then there after they would check to see your key card. You then had to enter and exit by using your key card. Reminded me a lot of Walt Disney World. Driving up the property, it was an addition of the mansion’s grand entrance and had beautiful lux greenery landscaping. When you walk up to the hotel, it feels like home, it’s elegance draws you in, it’s so inviting and smells wonderful when you walk in the front lobby. The decorated lobby of this AAA 4 star hotel is full of elegance and grace, just like Elvis would have liked. The first thing that stuck out to me was the chairs in shape of Elvis’s capes. The high back furniture, the feel of 70’s decor, the colors of whites and golds mixed with darker color furniture. The ceiling in the center is grand with its sparkling glass crafted to resemble Elvis’s capes. It has soft Elvis music in the back ground that is heard throughout the property. In a weird way, yes it is crazy to say, but you feel as though you are visiting Elvis, like he is there! It has a very peaceful vibe, one I can’t describe. It just has a certain touch about it! The hotel has area for meetings and large gatherings, along with restaurant’s “Delta’s Kitchen” which is named after Elvis’s Aunt Delta, EP’s Bar and Grill, Shake Rattle and Roll which is a coffee shop and there was a lobby bar that offered drinks and light snacks. During our stay due to just returning from Covid shut down, none of those were open except for Shake Rattle and Roll. The hotel also offers a full viewing theater that has a schedule of Elvis films and concerts. There was a gift shop that was opened that had a lot of great Elvis souvenirs or if you would like they had some great Elvis artwork that could be purchased to take home. The outdoor pool was very nice and inviting with modern pool side chairs and sofa’s for your leisure. There was plenty of areas of seating that offered up some cozy fire’s for your enjoyment. The property is absolutely beautiful. They have a Chapel in the Woods that we did not get to see, but I know they have the ability to schedule wedding’s in the Chapel. The hotel offers up many different accommodations with free shuttle to the mansion and Entertainment complex. The guest rooms are very large, clean and inviting! I will link my Youtube video below if you are interested in seeing the property and the rooms! Below I am posting photos I took of the property!
Our room was a very spacious room, very clean and crisp. I loved the soft color tones with the pops of Hot pink! The room had 2 queen beds, very large spacious bathroom with plentiful towel linens folded below the sink for easy access. A blow dryer, shampoo and other toiletries were available. The room also had desk with chair, end table with lamp that was in between the two beds, 2 sitting chairs and a small table that sat in front of a large window that viewed the courtyard and pool. It had a spacious closet (bright pink inside) that had hangers, a clothes iron and safe. There was a large tv on the console that held storage drawers for clothing or other items. Elvis music played on the tv as we walked in. The artwork on the walls added a touch of Elvis. In the room we had the famous 50’s gold suit and in the bathroom was a photo of one of Elvis’s many cars. We really enjoyed this room! Below are some photo’s I took!
The pictures below are the back of the Guest House property where you will find the recreation areas and outdoor seating. It has a very peaceful, southern, elegant charm to it.
During our stay in Memphis we went to a special BBQ restaurant down the street that was recommended by the gal at the front desk. I forgot to also mention how friendly the staff was at the Guest House! The hospitality was so very nice! We went to a BBQ restaurant called Marlowe’s in Memphis. The restaurant opened in 1974, wow I was 3 years old! It has so much Elvis memorabilia to look at. The owner is a lovely older gentlemen who was more then happy to tell us some great Elvis stories of the past and we really enjoyed our chit chat with him! To our surprise we were seated in the very same booth that Elvis used to dine in while visiting the restaurant, it gave him a great view of the windows so he could see who was coming in and out of the restaurant. The booth sits in the back corner in the bar area of the building. Our waitress shared that information with us when we were seated then it was confirmed again when we were talking with the owner about Elvis and his times he would come in to dine.
We really enjoyed our dining here that we visited the restaurant twice. To be honest, trust me when I say, the BBQ is oh my goodness, really, really GOOD! If you would like they will pick you up in a pink limo to take you to the restaurant and then return you to your hotel. We opted to just drive ourselves since it was a very short drive. There is also a gift shop located in the store that has all kinds of Elvis goodies! If you are in the Memphis area, I highly suggest you take a peek at this fabulous, family owned restaurant! Your taste buds will thank you!
We had an amazing time staying at The Guest House and suggest that if you are planning a trip to Graceland, you must stay at the Guest House! It is really a nice hotel! I can almost feel how proud Elvis would be at what has become of Graceland today!
For your Graceland vacation getaway please visit the website to learn more about what Graceland has to offer. https://www.graceland.com
1-2 bags of precut Collard Greens washed OR you may use fresh batch that are cleaned and ready
Ham Steak, Smoked Pork Neck Bones or any other kind of meat you would like for seasoning
2 TBSP Sugar
3 TBS Apple Cider Vinegar
3-4 Hot Peppers with a little added juice
Sat and Pepper to taste
Fresh Water to cover
In a large Pot add greens, chopped Ham Steak or other meat, add all other ingredients to pot. Cover with Fresh water. Bring to boil on high heat, cover and reduce to simmer. Simmer at least 6 hrs or to your liking. Serve by itself or as a side dish. Delicious over rice! Add some favorite pepper sauce on top (optional)! Enjoy!
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Whole small smoked chicken, fridge over night and then debone next morning ( You may use any kind of chicken you want seasoned the way you like)
1/2 md red onion, Chopped
3 small hearts of celery stalks, Chopped
1/4 cup of dried cranberries
2 pinches of sea salt ( 1tsp)
2 pinches of black ground pepper (1tsp)
Dried of fresh parsley chopped, enough for inside salad and then some for garnish
Pinch of garlic powder (1/2 tsp to 1 tsp depending on how much you like)
1 tsp-2 tsp of olive oil
5 TBSP (more or less to your liking) of your choice mayonnaise
In a large bowl, place deboned chicken and throw together all ingredients in bowl, mix well, garnish with parsley, salt and pepper and place in fridge to get cold. If you need more moisture when you serve it, add either a little more olive oil or you can add a little more mayonnaise.
I have added my Youtube video of my making this salad. I did not have dried cranberries when I made the salad but it is certainly something that I add! It is delicious in this chicken salad. I serve this chicken salad either with fresh bread as a sandwich or just with your choice of cracker. You may also enjoy it just by itself with some carrot sticks or celery sticks! ~Michelle
In a large Bowl cream your sugar and Butter. Then add Eggs, beat gently. Add Banana’s and mix well. Then add salt, baking powder and baking soda. Mix well. Add Flour, mix well. Fold in Pecan’s if you are using them. Super easy guys!
Add mixture to a well greased tube or bundt pan. Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes or until lightly brown and it does not jiggle. That’s it. Slice and add butter on top while hot! Super good!
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7-8 Medium Potatoes, washed, peeled, diced, cooked and cooled
5 Hard Boiled Eggs peeled and chopped
Yellow Mustard to your liking
2 tsp. dill relish plus juice
1/2 small red onion chopped
2 small hearts of celery stalks chopped
4-5 heaping tbsp of Mayo
Salt and Pepper to taste
Garnish with Paprika, Parsley and dried Chives
This recipe I basically throw together and add to taste. You may omit what you do not like or leave a comment below to what other ingredients you would add. I am always up to trying new things! Refrigerate until use. If your salad is dry when you serve it just add more mayo!
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Maiden Voyage April 1, 1998 refurbished in Oct 2018
Length: 855 ft
Capacity: 2,130 including crew
13 passenger used decks
I sailed the Carnival Elation ship on October 5, 2019 out of Port Canaveral located in the sunny state of Florida! I love Port Canaveral cruise port! Our sailing was a 5 night Caribbean sailing that went to the ports of Amber Cove in The Dominican Republic and Grand Turk in the Caicos Islands. We had a junior suite stateroom which entitled us to priority boarding and tendering along with luxury linens and amenities. Boarding was painless at Port Canaveral Cruise Port.
Once on board, the usual crowded hallways and elevators was present. Boarding day always has the hustle and bustle of people coming and going, crowding on the elevators etc. No matter what ship you sail, boarding day is busy! We noticed the two sets of elevators with another set across that just went up to Deck 10. The double elevators only had one working so the line was really long and being that our stateroom was on Deck 14 we could not take the other elevator since it only went to Deck 10. We ended up walking up the stairs 10 flights with our luggage! What a workout that was! Once we arrived to our stateroom we were pleasantly surprised by how cozy it was! After boarding day the elevators were very easy to get on and off and we had a very relaxing cruise!
Our Stateroom G29
We had a Junior Suite Balcony on board the Carnival Elation Ship. Our stateroom number was G29. This stateroom was conveniently close to the elevator yet snugged in a corner. You could also get to the outside deck easily from this stateroom with just a short walk. Once outside on the deck you would run into the Miniature Golf and excellent photo opportunity with the beautiful high view we had. It made for an excellent sunrise and sunset view! We absolutely loved it! The newly refurbished stateroom was very spacious and offered a pretty good sized bathroom with all the amenities we needed. The two twin beds could provide a King is you preferred, the sofa bed was a nice sitting area during the day and could be turned into a sleeper at night. A large flat screen tv sits on the wall to save space. A refrigerator, large closets, a desk with stool and plenty of shelves and storage drawers. The balcony was a very good size with 2 chairs and a small table. I want to add that this stateroom also had 6 USB ports, American outlets and a European outlet. We really enjoyed this stateroom.
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Dining on Board the Carnival Elation
The Carnival Elation had a lot of options when it came to eating. Tiffany’s Lido Buffet offers a variety of options to choose from. It is open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. You can also find Carnival Deli to serve up panini’s, wraps, grilled sandwiches and deli sandwiches, french fries and cookies. Guys Burgers has hot fresh hamburgers with french fries along with a topping bar with hot and cold toppings. Condiments are also on the bar. Pizza Pirate offers up 24 hr Pizza. Take advantage of the pizza delivery anywhere on the ship for $5.00. The BlueIguana Cantina offered up some great burrito’s and tacos for breakfast and lunch. There is a toppings bar included too. The Carnival Elation only offers The Chef’s Table for specialty dining and has an up charge. The Main dining rooms are the Imagination Restaurant and Inspiration Restaurant. The Imagination Restaurant offers Your Time dining from 5:45-9:30 pm. Your time dining is an option to dine when you want. For traditional dining time of early and late dining, that will be offered in the Inspiration Dining Room. The Main Dining room will have morning breakfast times and Sea Day brunch! Room Service is available 24 hrs a day. Sushi at Sea is available with a limited menu for take out sushi. There is an up charge for sushi. Below I have posted a Youtube vlog that shows our lunch at the Lido Buffet on boarding day!
Entertainment Bars and Fitness
On board you will also find a variety of Bars and lounges. The Atrium Bar is a winner when it comes to grabbing a drink and listening to some live music! There is Duke’s Piano Bar with a New York City inspired look and feel. The late night live interactive entertainment is a nightly favorite. Cole Porter Club is a lounge area that has adult entertainment such as the Punch liner Comedy and movies, adult game shows and karaoke when no comedy is being done. Jekyll and Hyde Nightclub is a way to dance your night away with a cocktail. It has a late night opening. Romeo and Juliet Lounge is hosts band and karaoke. Gatsby’s Great Bar is a nice place to enjoy a pre dinner cocktail with it’s short distance top to the Inspiration Main Dining Room. Blue Iguana Tequila Bar is located on the lido area of the ship and offers up your best Mexican inspired drinks. RedFrog Rum Bar is located on the lido area also on the opposite side of the Blue Iguana. It has a nice island feel and offers up some great rum inspired drinks. Do you like people watching? Well head to the and grab a seat and a drink! Tiffany’s Lido Bar is in the aft of the lido restaurant. Grab a drink and head outside to have a seat while viewing the great wake views!!
The ship has Bocce ball, Miniature golf, Shuffleboard, Ping Pong,Swimming Pools, Hot Tubs, Children’s water areas, slides. Camp Carnival has activities planned always for different age children. The Serenity area for adults is also available in the back of the ship. This area is 18 years old and older. You will find hot tubs and plenty of loungers for relaxation while watching the wake. Towels are available in this area that are to be returned here when finished. Bar service is available if you want a drink!
The Casablanca Casino was one of our favorite spots! There are a variety of slots and tables, scratch off tickets and tournaments are also offered!
The ship does not have a Basketball Court. The Ship offers Spa Carnival which offers a variety of relaxation services to meet your needs. Massage, facials, nails pedicures, teeth whitening , hair services are just some of the options you can find. Be sure to book your services ahead of time of your online reservations area to be sure of availability and to receive some money savings. The Fitness Center has a variety of free weights and machines along with cardio machines, classes and .
We had a great time on board the Carnival Elation! The ship is a small ship but she had just enough on board to allow our time to pass by. The ship offered us relaxation areas that gave us great views! We had an amazing time on our ports we visited. I will have a section available for these two ports as soon as I get them available. I invite you to visit my Youtube channel to see all of my travel video’s. Please consider subscribing to the channel and hitting the notification bell so you do not miss any of my uploads~!! Below is a link to my channel! I appreciate your support!
I hope that you and your family enjoy cruising as much as I do! I hope that my experiences that I share with you help you and yours! Happy Cruising!! ~Michelle
I sailed Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas on September 9, 2019 on a 4 night sailing. Our boarding the ship we learned that our sailing was going to be a Hurricane relief sailing which would change our itinerary Sea Day to a stop in Freeport for relief!
We ported out of our home port of Port Canaveral, FL and ventured off on a sailing that we would never forget. Being a Floridian, I could understand the destruction that hurricane’s cause. A Cat 5 storm is not one in my life time that I have experienced and one that I hope to never have to experience. I have been through Cat 1, 2 and 3 storms. Let me tell you something, it can be brutal! We had Cat 2 Hurricane Frances hit us back in 2004 that stalled on us for 2 days. The destruction was bad enough but I will not forget the lack of resources and food. Our power was out for weeks and businesses were not open. I can not imagine what the people of The Abaco Islands went through. It was a complete honor to be on a sailing that provided relief to some that were lucky to receive. I felt it was an amazing thing that the cruise line industry did during this time of need! Cruise Lines were stopping in to Freeport to offer up supplies, rides to Nassau, food and some of the local lines here in FL rescued animals too. It is nice to see people come together in time of need. Our first stop of our cruise was Freeport Bahama’s. We stayed for a few hours to drop off supplies and pick up passengers that needed to get to Nassau. We were then off to Nassau to have an overnight stay at the port. The port was not open all night for us, it was closed overnight. You could get off and walk around but could not go past the gate.
Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas achieved her maiden voyage on November 16, 2003. She was Refurbished in 2018 with a $120 million dollar dry dock that took 6 weeks to complete. She is 138,279 GT and is 1,020.7 feet long. She has 15 decks and has a capacity of 3,114 passengers and 1,185 crew.
Whats on Board?
Mariner has enough to do on board to suit the entire family no matter what your likes are while on a cruise. You can find several adult areas, children’s areas, restaurants, casino, recreation etc. You can even find a lounge chair if you would rather have a nice book and sit and listen to the ocean.
Mariner of the Seas has many options for dining on board. I can certainly tell you that the Main Dining Room on this ship is one of the most beautiful dining rooms I have ever seen on a ship! Actually out of my 16 sailings I have done so far, she is the most beautiful dining room! Her elegance is captured as soon as you walk in the room. She is a 3 level spacious dining room with a grand staircase, elegant lighting, columns and trims of black and gold with white linens and white and black chairs. She is truly beautiful and brings a charm to your fine dining experience. You will have breakfast, lunch and dinner served in the Main Dining every day with multiple choices on the menus!
Boardwalk Dog House is also on board at Lido Pool deck for complimentary dogs with all the toppings! Cafe Promenade has Pizza and other complimentary items and drinks on Deck 5. You will also find specialty restaurants on board including Izumi Hibachi and Sushi, Full service Starbucks, Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream, Johnny Rockets, Jamie’s Italian Kitchen, Chops Grille! Specialty dining has an extra charge and can be reserved prior to your cruise in your planning section of your online reservation! There is a discount for all dining booked prior to sailing so do not miss out and get those booked prior to sailing to get a table and savings! Johnny Rockets does not take reservations they are an uncharge first come first serve restaurant with limited seating!
“The Dining Room is one of the most beautiful dining rooms I have seen on a cruise ship” ~ Michelle
The Windjammer buffet area is a great option if you want quick, tasty and casual!
Recreation and Entertainment:
Studio B Ice skating rink is on board and has some of the best shows! You must see one! Be sure to arrive early to the show at least 15 minutes early to get a seat, they book up fast and are first come first serve! Casino Royale offers up slots, tables, scratch off games and drawings. The Royal Theater is a two deck theater that has live broadway shows. You will find the Royal Theater on Deck 3 and 4 Fwd. You will find 2 main pools on Deck 11 along with 2 hot tubs and large Movie screen for movies under the stars. The adult Solarium area is also on Deck 11 and offers up the Solarium Pool and hot tubs with a full service bar. There is a video arcade on board, running track, full service fitness gym, Vitality Spa at Sea for all your spa needs. Tip: Be sure to book spa in advance online to save money on services. The ship also has Rock Climbing, Basketball, miniature golf, Ping Pong,Water slides, one Flow Rider surfing simulator, Sky Pad, Laser Tag. A children’s water area is available. Below I have included some photos of different recreational areas on board the ship.
Lounges, Shops and promenade view
The ship has a variety of lounges and shops on board. Nightly entertainment can be found in the lounges and on the promenade.
There is also a Full service Starbucks!!
I loved that this ship had a full service Starbucks. It also allowed me to use my Starbucks rewards and gift cards. The seating behind the starbucks is really nice to sit and enjoy your coffee while enjoying some beautiful views through the large port hole windows. ~ Michelle
Our Balcony Stateroom Room 8570
Our stateroom on board the Mariner of the Seas was a nice, spacious balcony stateroom that slept up to 3 guests. It had two twin beds that would convert to a King if you choose, a sofa for seating only, it was not a sleeper. There was an upper birth sleeper that was over the beds. Your stateroom host or hostess will unlock it out of the ceiling at night for turn down service if you need the upper birth. There was a bathroom and a large closet, night stands, a desk with vanity chair and mirror, lots of drawers and space. A fridge is available too. The balcony has a table and two chairs with adequate room for moving around. Our stateroom host was really attentive and was sure to have what we needed available when we were in need.
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We had a great time on board the Mariner of the Seas! I highly suggest you book her! I hope that you have just as much fun and a pleasurable sailing as we did! For more information on a future Royal Caribbean cruise vacation visit the website at : https://www.royalcaribbean.com
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Arriving to Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground and Resort is a nice little drive in with the lush landscaping and beautiful flowers that are added to this little country paradise nestled in Central Florida. Fort Wilderness is a campground that has been a part of Walt Disney for many years and has been a yearly tradition for our family. We have visited several times per year for over 15 years now. It never gets old, every time we visit, it is another great memory! As you come in to the property you will be greeted by a security personnel that will check your drivers license and verify your reservation. You will be directed either to the right and circle around to walk in the guest services building or you will go to the left and do the drive up check in. No matter which way you go, you will have a Disney Cast member eager to help you get started on your magical vacation! When you check in you will be given some paperwork which includes a map of the campground and a direction of where to find your place you have reserved whether that be a cabin or campsite. You will also be given a form to take to the Golf Cart attendant if you are renting a golf cart during your stay. You will also be given a magic band which is your ticket to the world: it is your key to open your door, an easy swipe when you shop since your credit card on file is attached to it, and it is your tickets to the park, also you can use it to open the gates when coming in and out of the resort. It is light and comfortable on your wrist. Your magic band can get wet and it can also be kept for souvenir.
Tip: If you go to your reservation online prior to your trip you can design your band to the color you prefer, otherwise you will have what is available at check in.
Golf carts are available for rental at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground. Golf cart rules are the same as driving a vehicle and is enforced by Orange County Sheriffs Office. You will see local sheriffs riding through at times along with Walt Disney security. Drivers must be at least 16 years of age to operate the golf carts and hold a valid drivers license. Rules of the road apply and they appreciate the same courtesy for buses too. Do not pass a bus, when you see a car or bus behind you find a safe place to gently pull over so the vehicle can pass by and then move back along. The rules are placed on top of the steering wheel. Always remember to charge them when not driving them. You will have electrical outlets at the Trails End parking, cabins and campsites to charge them. During our trip this last time we entered into the Golf Cart Parade for the 4th of July!! What fun! The cart as of July 2019 was $68 per day to rent, that can change without notice. It is very much advised to place your reservation for your cart with the Bike Barn when you book your reservation for the resort to be sure you are guaranteed a cart. The Bike Barn’s phone number is (407) 824-2742.
Campsites come in different options. There is a Tent or pop up campsite that will allow for two tents and a pop up camper or vehicle camper. Up to 10 Adults are allowed.
There is a Full Hook Up Campsite the accommodates a RV plus tent. Sewage hookup is available. Allows up to 10 Adults.
A preferred Campsite that allows for a RV and one small tent. Sewage hookup available and is Close to the Marina and allows up to 10 Adults.
A premium campsite is for a larger RV with a concrete pad of 18 ft by 60 ft. Allows up to 10 adults. Sewage is available and allows up to 10 Adults.
A premium meadow campsite is for a larger style RV with a concrete pad of 18 ft by 60 ft, sewage hookup available, up to 10 adults and is located by Meadow Trading Post, Meadow Recreation, Bike Barn and Campfire area.
Each campsite loop will offer a full service restroom facility that has showers and changing areas. A launderette will be available and ice machines. Bus stops are nearby too!
Tip: You will need your magic band if you use the restrooms after certain hours to unlock the doors and the door to the laundry! Don’t forget the band!
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The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness are really a nice retreat for a single person all the way to 6 adults. Each Cabin offers a driveway for one vehicle, parking rates apply per night. An outside power outlet, patio deck, BBQ Grill, Water Hose, Picnic Table. Inside you will find a full kitchen with sink, stove NO oven, Microwave with Oven, Full Dishwasher, trash can, recycle can, pots and pans, utensils, dishes to serve 8, coffee cups, drinking glasses, a pitcher, silverware, BBQ grill utensils, can opener, mixing bowl, measuring cup, Full refrigerator with ice maker, paper towels, dish soap, dishwasher soap, garbage bags, lots of cabinet space to store goods in. There is also a booth table with chairs for dining. Anything you need that is not in the cabin, call guest services and usually they can find it for you. Items will vary with stay and what is available. The cabin has a full bathtub with shower, installed complimentary shampoo conditioner and body wash in shower, towels, toilet paper, blow dryer, garbage can, drawers to store things, hooks to hang up clothing. In the living room area you will find a couch that pulls out to a bed, your linens for the bed was in the cabinet that is next to the couch. If you need extra linens contact the housekeeping department and they will bring you what you need. There is a coffee table and a sitting chair, full screen tv and drawers for clothes along with 2 separate cabinets that sits between the large tv. In the back bedroom, you will find a Queen size bed and a bunk bed, tv with drawer area, closet with room safe and area for storage, you can also slide suitcases under the bed. There is an alarm clock, plenty of lighting and a separate door that goes outside. The cabin sleeps up to 6 people comfortably. **The video above this paragraph is a full cabin tour for you to view**
Pools: There are two pools at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground resort. Meadow swimming Pool is the Main pool and is located in the center of the resort, it has a water slide, plenty of lounger chairs, table with umbrella and chairs and picnic tables under the pavilion for eating. There is a snack bar and is nearby to the tennis courts and volley ball net. This pool area does have lifeguards available along with a kids splash area and hot tub. Large restrooms are available.
Wilderness swimming pool is in the cabin vicinity and is near a basketball court. It is a quiet larger pool with plenty of lounger chairs, a few tables with umbrellas and chairs are available. There is a hot tub and NO life guard is present at this pool. There is a handicap assist chair if you need that to lower you in the pool. There is a vending snack machine, restrooms and launderette is in the same building.
Archery: Archery is available and is for ages 7 yrs old and up. 90 minute sessions and may be booked by calling 407-939-7529. (407) WDW-PLAY.
Carriage Rides, Holiday Carriage Rides and Wagon Rides are available by calling (407) WDW-PLAY.
Pony Rides: Pony Rides are given to guests that are no taller then 48 inches and under 80 pounds. The child must be at least 2 years old to ride. For more information contact: (407) 824-2832.
Bike Rental: You may rent bikes by contacting the Bike Barn when you arrive at Fort Wilderness, they are first come first serve. There are bike trails and jogging trails. For more information contact the Bike Barn at (407) 824-2742.
Chip N Dale Campfire Sing a Long: Every evening by the Meadow Pool there is a outdoor campfire sing a long (weather permitting). You will find a snack bar selling all kinds of goodies like popcorn, drinks, Smore kits and sticks etc. There is also a food truck that is usually there that will sell different menu items. A chip n dale meet and greet, a sing along entertainer, and there are two fire pits to roast marshmallows on. There is also a MOVIE on the big screen that starts after the sing a long. The Bike Barn will have a schedule of the movies or it will be in your information packet they give you when you check in.
Other recreation found through the Bike Barn is Volleyball, Basketball, shuffle board,Kayak rentals, canoe rentals, fishing poles. ( Catch and release only) More information is available by calling the Bike Barn at (407) 824-2742.
There are 2 arcades that are located at the resort. One is at the Meadow Swimming Pool and the other is located in the Trails End building.
Food and Drink
There are 2 retail stores at the resort. Each store offers up a variety of snacks, food items, ice, alcohol and beer, souvenirs, home items, clothing, ice cream and other items for sale.
Meadow’s Pool Snack Bar: Offers light snacks, sandwiches, drinks and other refreshments. It is located at the Meadow’s Swimming Pool.
Crockett’s Tavern: Offers Bar Service with Draft and Bottle Beer and wine along with liquor spirits and snacks.
Trails End Restaurant: This full service restaurant has a full Buffet meal offered for Breakfast Brunch and Dinner. Meal price includes drink. Reservations are recommended. There is plenty of seating and accompanies P&J’s Southern Take Out which offers Breakfast Lunch and Dinner items to either dine outside in the picnic tables or take back to your campsite or cabin.
Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue: This is a 2 hour dinner show that is sure to get you some good laughs from what I am told. I do plan to attend this dinner show one day. If you have done it before let me know in the comments how you liked it! To book a seat for this dinner show please call (407) WDW-DINE to make your reservation. Prices vary with seating section. This is a prepaid show and 2 seating times should be available.
Fireworks and Electrical Parade
Every evening you can go to the Marina and watch the fireworks that are shot from The Magic Kingdom. The electrical parade will also be every night. Be sure to take your bug spray so you do not get eaten by mosquitos. If you take the later Wagon ride with a group it will stop at the Lake for an up close view of the fireworks. The Magic Kingdom always has great fireworks!!! Do not miss them!
At the Marina you will find a variety of different watercraft for rental. They offer jet ski’s, mini speed boats, up to 6 person Montauk Boats and up to 10 person Pontoon Boats. You may get information on pricing and availability by visiting the Marina. They also offered charter catch and release fishing too.
Transportation at the Fort
You can choose from a variety of transportation at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground. Golf Carts are available for rental to provide you transportation within the resorts. (Golf Carts are not allowed off premises)
Bus Transportation is available throughout the resort with stops located in walking distance. Bus runs in 20 min intervals. Buses run between theme parks, resorts and Disney Springs.
Water Transportation: At the Marina you can go to the Boat Launch and find two areas of water transportation. One side will take you to the Magic Kingdom resort and the other side will take you to the Resorts available from Fort Wilderness which are The Contemporary Resort and The Wilderness Lodge Resort.
If you wish to take the Monorail to another resort or to the Magic Kingdom Park, you will need to water taxi to The Contemporary then catch the Monorail on Level 4 at The Contemporary resort. The Monorail will then go to The Transportation Area, The Polynesian Resort, The Grand Floridian Resort and The Magic Kingdom then back to The Contemporary Resort.
We have always had a Magical time at Fort Wilderness, it has been a yearly tradition for our family with so many memories! If you and your family have a chance to visit I highly suggest it. Any information you may need for reservations or just information you may find it on the website at: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com