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Hello All,

Are there any campgrounds / RV resorts other than Ft. Wilderness that offer transportation to parks? Thanks

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The outside parks do not have scheduled transportation. Some have stops from the public transit to ride to Disney but nothing more. An Uber or Lyft will cost about $20-25 to take you.


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I'm not aware of any but even if they "did" have it you'd want to see if its still being offered. The largest bus company Mears has really cut back their operations due to COVID and the lower numbers at the parks.


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Plus if staying at disney you get to book your park ahead of time. Before covid you got to do your fastpasses early, and they offered extra hours for disney guests. Tbh, the fort is expensive and fills up fast, but for campers its a real nice campground. Book early if going. You need reservations over a year in advance ( 480 days?)?


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I have wintered in Florida for the past 5 years and now live just outside of Disney (less than a mile as the crow flies).

The only park that has any kind of public transit into the parks is Sherwood Forest and that's a public bus. It'll take you to the Ticket and Transportation Center. From there, you'll take Disney's transportation to your actual destination (boat or monorail to Magic Kingdom, bus to all other parks).

And frankly, Sherwood Forest is kind of dumpy (with theft being a regular issue). Of the parks in the Orlando area, it's my least favorite.

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kfp673 wrote:

Hello All,

Are there any campgrounds / RV resorts other than Ft. Wilderness that offer transportation to parks? Thanks


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Thanks all. I understand the appeal ofFt Wilderness. We have been there and loved it. But we are planning a week where the Ft costs $200+ per night and we could get any of the Sun RV properties or a few others that are actually just as close to some parks for <$100. Trying to decide if $5-600 is worth it. I thought maybe a bus ran right to the parks the way it does to some of the 3rd party hotels but it does not sound that way.

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kfp673 wrote:

Thanks all. I understand the appeal ofFt Wilderness. We have been there and loved it. But we are planning a week where the Ft costs $200+ per night and we could get any of the Sun RV properties or a few others that are actually just as close to some parks for <$100. Trying to decide if $5-600 is worth it. I thought maybe a bus ran right to the parks the way it does to some of the 3rd party hotels but it does not sound that way.

Thanks all!

I don't want to come off as condescending . I know we all have our own budgets. But the savings will not be worth it. There is no substitute for FT. Wilderness. The experience elsewhere will be disappointing compared to the Fort!
One of the best things about the Fort is you have access to all the other Disney properties and the Disney transportation system.
I agree its expensive but it's worth it.
It's one of those scenarios where you will have to make the sacrifice or find the savings a different way, but spend what it takes to stay at the Fort!


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kfp673 wrote:

Thanks all. I understand the appeal ofFt Wilderness. We have been there and loved it. But we are planning a week where the Ft costs $200+ per night and we could get any of the Sun RV properties or a few others that are actually just as close to some parks for <$100. Trying to decide if $5-600 is worth it. I thought maybe a bus ran right to the parks the way it does to some of the 3rd party hotels but it does not sound that way.

Thanks all!


Fort Wilderness is probably the nicest park in the area. It's the most wooded with some privacy between spots.

Thousand Trails Orlando has a wooded section ( D ) but it's usually in various states of kept. Sometimes the grass back there can get pretty long. And you likely won't get a 50amp spot back there, if that's important to you. Not a paved pad to be found back there, either.

The rest are more RV parks than campgrounds. Open spaces racked and stacked:
  • TT Orlando has a new section of fully paved spots, though they're a bit snug for my liking.
  • Lake Magic has a mix of paved spots and un-paved spots, both pull-throughs and back-ins.
  • Tropical Palms has a mixture of paved pull-thru spots that are pretty tight through to grassy back-in spots that are decent.
  • As I mentioned before, Sherwood Forest is mostly grassy pull-thrus and not the nicest.
  • The KOA is decent but a little snug.
  • Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake is a beautiful little campground in Orlando but it can be an ugly drive down I-4 to get to Disney. But if you're after Universal Studios, it's perfect. Good for Seaworld, too.
  • Lake Louisa State Park is supposed to be nice; never been and it's a little ways up Rt 27 to get to Disney.
  • I'm trying to think what else is nearby... there's Bee's and Clerbrook both up in Clermont. They're getting to be 45-60 minutes from Disney, though.


As you factor costs, if you aren't annual passholders, you'll have to pay for parking at the parks if you drive-in. That's a good $20-25 or more per day.

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I think parking was 30$ last year.

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