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Magical Christmas Memories Week: Hotels

For the next week at Dad’s Blog, we are celebrating the holidays with Magical Christmas Memories Week!  Each day we’ll feature a personal story from our team of their magical holiday memories at Walt Disney World!  We hope you’ll share yours with us too, in the comments below or over on our Facebook page!

Of the many times I’ve visited The Walt Disney World Resort for the Christmas holidays, one visit stands out from the rest.

In 1999, we were booked for a whole week at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort in a cabin during the first week in December.  This was my first stay in a cabin at Fort Wilderness and I knew having a golf cart to get around this large resort would surely come in handy making our way from the front of the resort to the back, since we were staying in a cabin loop.

Campsite decorations at Fort Wilderness!  Photo by WDW Shutterbug.

Campsite decorations at Fort Wilderness! Photo by WDW Shutterbug.

I immediately felt at home in the cozy atmosphere that is Fort Wilderness. So many of the camp sites were decorated for the holidays, even some of the cabins got in to the Christmas spirit with lights in their windows.

Every day we drove our cart to either the Outpost Depot or the Settlement area to park the cart and head out for the day’s adventure.  When we came back each evening, of course it would be dark outside.  There were 5 of us on this particular trip and we all piled on to the golf cart to head back to the cabin.

Let me tell you, we had more fun on this golf cart than we did on some of the Disney attractions!  We rode down the Fort roads singing Christmas carols….Jingle Bells, Holly Jolly Christmas…and telling everyone we saw MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Spreading the Christmas Cheer with decorations at Fort Wilderness!  Photo by WDW Shutterbug.

Spreading the Christmas Cheer with decorations at Fort Wilderness! Photo by WDW Shutterbug.

One thing about the people that stay at the Fort, they are some of the friendliest people you will ever meet; campers, by nature (no pun intended), are just friendly folk!  Everyone returned the greeting and said they enjoyed our songs.

I can still hear my little 4 year old son yelling “Merwy Chwrismas evwryone”!  We had so much fun doing this that we decided to make it a nightly tradition during our stay. We made our rounds through the various loops enjoying the light displays and singing our Christmas carols. We even wore Santa hats and lighted necklaces!  I only wish we could have decorated our cart like some we had seen.

To this day, my son who is now 19, remembers that trip and how we brought our Christmas spirit to the Fort and spread it all around. I hope that some day we will be able to revive that tradition with our family….maybe even with grandchildren!


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