Camping is quickly becoming one of my favorite ways to take a mini vacation. I grew up with a single mom who never camped a day in her life ( No offense, Mommy!), so my experience was limited until I met my husband who is a survival extraordinaire. He’s taught me so much about living outdoors— pitching a tent, starting a fire, and roasting the perfect marshmallow just to name a few— so I felt pretty confident I could hold my own on a mini camping adventure with my bestie, Jennifer and her three adorable children. We were celebrating my Godson Walker’s 5th birthday, and what better way is there to mark such a special occasion than with adventure and his first visit to Magic Kingdom? I’m still in complete denial to the fact he is growing up so quickly, I remember the day he was born and bottle feeding him like it was yesterday. Nowadays he’s the smartest little human with the biggest and brightest personality, all thanks to his incredible Mommy.
Glamping with little ones:
Albeit, not appealing to hardcore city slickers due to the intimidating demeanor of nature, I think everyone should try it at least once. Fort Wilderness Resort & Campgrounds is the perfect choice for families and those who prefer to get their feet wet with the concept of outdoor livin’ before diving in headfirst. I’d never camped here before, so compared to what I’m used to ( The Everglades and Boca Chita ) this seemed like an outdoor hotel, more of a glamping trip. Disney provided us with squeaky clean restroom facilities, and an electrical pole equipped with power outlets. When traveling with young kiddos it’s necessary to be in an environment which provides a level of safety and forethought, sort of like camping in your own backyard. For those who want hotel-like luxuries this is an ideal campsite, there’s even a trading post with old-timey charm stocked with camping supplies, groceries, spirits, and a full service restaurant on the property. Usually you need to be willing to live simply and only bring the essentials for survival with sprinkles of comfort, but with an infant on board you can’t expect to rough it in the wilderness.
Disney camping offers some fabulous amenities that surpass the campsite perks— activities to enjoy as a family. For instance, pony rides, swimming pools, boat rentals, fishing, and a nightly movie viewing where campers can make s’mores and enjoy a Disney film under the stars is just scratching the surface of possibilities. Needless to say, my Godson was in paradise, and the look of excitement on his face inspired a contagious giddiness. One of the highpoints of the trip was girl time, and soaking up sunshine at the pool where we could keep a close eye on the littles as they frolicked in the baby water park. The look of joy on their faces made this trip one of my favorites to date.
Magic Kingdom was as Walker put it, “Unbelievable.” Enamored with the spectacle of cartoon characters come to life, he could barely manage to take time to hydrate as per Mommy’s orders, but who could blame the little rascal?! Watching him take it all in for the first time reminded me of the importance of keeping your sense of wonder, everyday offers something to behold with childish candor.
I hope this trip will linger in his memory forever, but even if he forgets I’ll always be there to remind him...
“All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.”
—J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan