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New Florida Law Means Certain Disney World Accommodations Can Be Booked Almost a Year in Advance

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Love him or hate him, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is still sitting his Tallahassee office signing the new Florida legislature which will go into effect January 1st of the new year. Two new bills that the governor has signed into law may impact guests to Walt Disney World who are driving, and even those staying at Fort Wilderness Resort.

Fort Wilderness Resort and Campgrounds

Firstly, Fort Wilderness Resort is the perfect destination for campers and nature enthusiasts in the heart of Disney World. With its picturesque landscapes, immersive wilderness setting, and world-class amenities, Fort Wilderness offers a unique camping experience like no other. Whether you’re a seasoned camper or new to the great outdoors, this guide will provide you with everything you need to know to make the most out of your camping adventure at Fort Wilderness Resort in Disney World.

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At Fort Wilderness Resort, you’ll find a serene and sprawling campground nestled amidst the beauty of nature. With its lush forests, scenic trails, and tranquil lakefront, this resort provides the perfect backdrop for a memorable camping trip. Take a stroll through the picturesque grounds, experience the enchanting ambiance, and discover the true magic of Fort Wilderness.

Whether you prefer the comfort of an RV or the simplicity of tent camping, Fort Wilderness Resort offers a range of campsite options to suit your needs. From standard tent sites to premium RV sites with full hook-ups, you’ll find the perfect spot to pitch your tent or park your camper. Choose from a variety of campsite categories, including preferred, partial hook-up, full hook-up, and premium options.

At Fort Wilderness Resort, there’s never a dull moment. From outdoor activities to themed entertainment, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Take a leisurely bike ride along the scenic trails, rent a canoe or kayak and explore Bay Lake, or join in on a game of volleyball at one of the designated courts. In the evening, gather around the campfire for classic Disney storytelling and sing-alongs, or catch the magical Electrical Water Pageant on the shores of Bay Lake.

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When it comes to dining, Fort Wilderness Resort has you covered. Head over to the Trails End Restaurant for a hearty buffet-style meal with a rustic touch, or visit the nearby Pioneer Hall for a fun-filled dinner show at the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue. If you’re in the mood for a quick bite or need to stock up on camping supplies, the Meadow Trading Post and the Settlement Trading Post offer a variety of snacks, groceries, and Disney merchandise.

One of the greatest advantages of camping at Fort Wilderness Resort is its proximity to the enchantment of Disney World. From the campground, guests can easily access the theme parks, including the iconic Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Transportation options such as buses, boats, and the iconic Monorail make it convenient to explore all that Disney World has to offer.

Camping at Fort Wilderness Resort in Disney World is a truly magical experience. From the tranquil natural surroundings to the endless recreational activities and the convenience of being close to the theme parks, this campground offers the perfect blend of relaxation and adventure. Whether you’re seeking a family camping trip or a romantic getaway, Fort Wilderness Resort is sure to exceed your expectations and create memories that will last a lifetime.

New Florida Law for State Parks

Florida’s state parks have long been cherished for their natural beauty and recreational opportunities. Recently, a new law has been enacted that aims to enhance the management and experience of these parks. In this article, we will explore the key provisions of the new Florida law and understand how it impacts state parks, including the popular Disney World campsites at Fort Wilderness.

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The new Florida law prioritizes conservation efforts within state parks. It introduces measures to safeguard the diverse range of flora and fauna found in these natural habitats. The law emphasizes sustainable practices and the protection of endangered species, ensuring the long-term preservation of the state’s ecological treasures.

One significant aspect of the new law is the focus on enhancing infrastructure and amenities within state parks. This includes the Disney World campsites at Fort Wilderness. The law allocates funds for renovation and maintenance projects, aiming to provide visitors with improved facilities such as upgraded campsites, picnic areas, trails, and restrooms. These improvements will undoubtedly elevate the overall visitor experience at the parks.

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With the passage of this law, Florida state parks, including Disney World campsites, are committed to promoting accessibility and inclusivity. The new regulations mandate the construction of accessible pathways, ramps, and facilities to accommodate individuals with disabilities. This ensures that all visitors can fully enjoy the natural beauty and recreational opportunities offered by the parks.

To streamline the reservation process and accommodate increased demand, the new law introduces an updated reservation system for Disney World campsites and other state park facilities. This digital platform aims to simplify the booking process, providing visitors with a user-friendly interface to secure their desired campsite or recreational activity well in advance. According to Inside the Magic:

“The next Senate House bill passed in Florida by Governor Ron DeSantis is the CS/SB 76: State Park Campsite Reservations. According to this new bill that will go into effect on the first day of the new year, Florida Residents seeking to stay at The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort will get the chance to book their stays at least 11 months in advance.”

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This means that Florida residents with a Florida ID can reserve campsites at Fort Wilderness 11 months in advance at Walt Disney World Resort, while others outside of the state of Florida can do the same at 10 months.

Other Bills Signed Into Law

Inside the Magic also noted that the first Senate House Bill, HB-425, was signed into law by DeSantis. Although this bill doesn’t immediately impact Walt Disney World or Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, it does have serious implications for those traveling to the “Most Magical Place on Earth.”

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Florida law HB-425 is a bill that was introduced in the Florida House of Representatives. It is not directly related to booking Disney World campsites or the topics provided, however, as it is now law effective January 1, 2024, motorists in the state of Florida, including those traveling to Walt Disney World, any port for a Disney Cruise in Florida, or just traveling through the state will want to take notice.

Also, according to Inside the Magic, this new law “deals with motorists traveling around Florida. It expands the “Move Over” law, requiring drivers to move into a different lane to make way for law enforcement, sanitation crews, emergency workers, tow trucks, construction cars, and utility vehicles. Beginning January 1, 2024, the new bill expands into cars that you see on the road that display hazard lights, flares, emergency signage, or a car stopped with someone present inside or outside the vehicle.”

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This means that if you aren’t aware, you’re trip to Animal Kingdom, Disney Springs, Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground, or anywhere else in Florida could cost you some extra cash or a day in court.

About Michael Arnold

Michael is a father, husband, and an Army Veteran. Michael spends his weekends at Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando checking out new merchandise and food. Michael is a graduate of the University of Alabama and has an education background in Public Health. You can find Michael riding Pirates of the Caribbean over and over again or binge watching new Marvel and Star Wars content. Han shot first. Thor is the strongest Avenger. Roll Tide and Wash Your Hands!

One comment

  1. Not true. Only applies to parks and campgrounds OWNED AND OPERATED BY the State of Florida – – not private or federal facilities.

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