10 TIPS FOR HAVING A MAGICAL RV VACATION AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

When I was a little boy, my mom and dad never had money for family vacations.  Thankfully, my grandparents did.  They had seven kids and eight grandkids, but they still managed to take all of us to Disney World for four different family reunions.

 

We stayed in a hotel for most of those trips, but the one I remember most vividly involved a Winnebago RV rental, an epic road trip, and a campsite at Fort Wilderness. My grandfather always recalled that trip as his favorite too. He loved renting the RV and getting out on the open road–and he LOVED the wild west theme at Fort Wilderness.  That trip with my grandfather happened over thirty years ago, and I have been dreaming of replicating it with my own children for many years.

 

This past winter we finally had the chance to take our three boys to Disney in a Winnebago rental of our own–and it was epic. We brought the boys on classic rides like Space Mountain, and Pirates of the Caribbean at the Magic Kingdom, and we ate wiener schnitzel and yodeled in Germany at Epcot.  But more than anything else, we all loved our time relaxing together at Fort Wilderness, which is truly one of the world’s greatest campgrounds. Our boys have not stopped talking about this trip to Disney World, and they probably never will.

 

Is your family considering an epic RV adventure to Walt Disney World? If so, here are 10 tips to make your trip magical and memorable–and worth talking about for years to come.

 

  1.  Camp at Fort Wilderness:

 

There are other campgrounds nearby, but if you can, book a site at the Fort. It may cost a little more, and you do need to book months in advance, but it is worth the extra effort and money. The Fort is often called America’s favorite campground–and for good reason. It is packed with Disney magic around every corner, and it makes visiting the theme parks incredibly easy. Plus, you get all the perks of staying at a Disney Resort like early dining reservations and extra Magic Hours.

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LOOK BACK ON THE JOURNEY

As we have started a new year, I find myself hopeful and expectant. Word on the street is 2016 was a rough year for many of us. I have found myself almost wanting to dismiss the year in its entirety, but I know better. Even in the hardest of seasons, there are still beautiful moments. I have been spending time going back and seeing all those moments that I have to be grateful for.

 

One of my favorite things about 2016 is the RV trip I got take with my family. It’s no secret that my family loves to explore which is why we get out often and enjoy taking long road trips. Being that my husband and I are both from Alaska, nature is something we love and cherish. It’s a love we always knew we wanted to pass on to our children and we are blessed to be able to live in such a beautiful part of the country.

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GO RVING WITH A BABY

Our plan was to leave Orange County, California where we lived for 8 years and move near family on the East Coast. We wanted to settle down in a brick & mortar house and have babies. I convinced Danielle we should have one last hurrah by buying an RV and traveling for 6 months on our way out east.

We quickly realized that living in an RV can be just as “normal” as living in a brick & mortar house, except you get to enjoy scenery and experiences that would never happen living in a traditional house. About a year into our full-time RV travels we found ourselves pregnant while in Texas. It was exciting, but we had to make a big decision…do we settle down, or do we continue the incredible life to which we’ve become accustomed?

For me it was a no-brainer, CONTINUE RVing! Danielle had a few things she wanted to get cleared up before committing:

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HIKE IT: TEN TIPS FOR HIKING WITH KIDS

There’s no doubt that one of the best things about RVing is exploring the great outdoors and what better to way to experience the beauty of nature than by foot. It’s relaxing, excellent exercise, and you can see places that are only accessible by trail. From gentle paved trails with handicap access to steep rocky backcountry hiking, no matter your condition or experience, there is something for everyone, even the youngest among us.

 

From babies to toddlers to teens, we’ve covered the gamut when it comes to RVing and hiking with kids. Along the way we’ve learned a few things and hopefully these tips will make your next family hike one to remember!

 

Ten Tips for Hiking with Kids

Snacks and Water – If you want to keep the meltdowns away, keep hunger at bay. Pack your child’s favorite snacks – and yours too. We like to pack things like fresh fruit, protein bars, and trail mix. This goes without saying, but don’t forget to bring along some H20 even for those short hikes. A water bottle will do, or if you’re a frequent hiker and your child is out of the sippy cup stage, consider investing in hydration packs, a backpack with water bladders and drinking tube. It makes staying hydrated a breeze and allows everyone to carry a few of their favorite things.

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HITTING THE ROAD WITH DARLEY NEWMAN OF BUDGETTRAVEL.COM

Author Darley Newman (center) enjoys roasting s'mores on a recent multigenerational camping trip. Watch Darley's brand-new videos to get inspired for your own RV escape. (Chip Ward)

 

Why would you choose to go RVing? We may be biased, but we think there’s a lot of great reasons. But we get it – sometimes you need to hear it from someone else in order to really believe it! That’s why we partnered with BudgetTravel.com and Travels with Darley to show you what a real-life family experiences while traveling together in an RV and what they learned in the process! We hope you enjoy.