We were not as impressed with this park as previous reviewers. Worst issue was the internet. The internet connectivity was among the worst I have found. It simply didn't work except at odd hours when few were on. While the park's internal WiFi signal per se was fine, the service used by the park clearly has nowhere near sufficient capacity. If connectivity is important to you, go elsewhere. Other than that, we had trouble finding a level site, and the park layout is very disorganized. Also, if you have AT&T phones, there is no cell signal and you have to drive into town to get a signal.
I generally concur with the previous posters. This is a good park. However, the WiFi is extremely spotty. It may work well near the main building (I don't know), but it certainly does not further away. To be told at reception that, "If it doesn't work so well you can come up to the laundry and get good reception" shows they know it is bad in places, and this is frankly unacceptable. RV parks, especially those who deign to be "resorts," need to grasp that this is 2010. Decent in-coach WiFi everywhere in the CG is no longer a luxury but a necessity for more and more of their customers, and they need to do what is necessary to provide it.
Very nice tiny park, directly alongside the road. Very friendly and helpful owners, who are doing a good job restoring the place. No paving so I can't give it a 10, but a very pleasant place to stay. Beautiful sunsets. A short drive into town, which is very old Florida and generally laid-back and casual. If your unit (trailer) is big you will have to back it in directly from the road, and they block traffic on the road as you do so, but it would be best if you're comfortable with your ability to maneuver your rig.
This is an excellent campground that I can recommend. It is new, well-designed, fully paved even including concrete curbs throughout, all-new buildings including pool, bathrooms, etc., and is well landscaped and cared for. Great for a long stay or a stopover on the way to Florida on I-95. It is reasonably close to Jekyll and St. Simons Islands. I only did not give it a 10 due to a few small issues. It is close to I-95 and there is road noise which may bother some. The sites are a bit close together for a high-end park, probably the inevitable result of today's economics of creating a new park from scratch. The lake is OK, but not clear water--rather, it is full of vegetation as is typical of the area. Insects are also typical of the area--they do spray to keep them down. The cable has a limited choice of channels, though probably adequate for most. The free Wi-Fi is odd--we finally got it to work by moving the location of the computer inside the unit. But in the end these are not deal breakers, and overall this park is a good choice.
With all due respect to the previous reviewers, this is a nice little campground but it is not a 9 or 10. Yes, the manager is very friendly and helpful and goes out of his way to be nice. But the CG itself has some drawbacks. The sites are pull-throughs, but they are gravel and not much of it, and are just plopped down in a field. There is no effort at landscaping of any kind. The grass is mowed but clippings are not picked up, so it is impossible not to track dirt into the unit. The buildings are adequate but have a certain run-down, or perhaps never run up, look. It is nice to drive around the golf course in one of the carts. For a golfer this would be a good place for a few days. On the whole, not bad and a good stopover while traveling I-75, but don't expect a 10-level RV resort.
Background info--Pirateland is one of three "sister" campgrounds adjacent to each other--the others are Lakewood and Ocean Lakes. All are similar in size (huge), age, and set-up. All have large colonies of permanents near the highway and look like small towns. All have tons of golf carts. Pirateland's sites are mostly gravel with roofed huts and a picnic table; some sites are concrete but don't have the huts. Wi-Fi is ridiculously expensive ($10/day), but we were located near the edge and were able to piggyback on other Wi-Fi's. My wife went to the lazy river one day and it was full of scum. In general maintenance doesn't appear to be their strong suit. There are no real ocean views due to the large berm along the beach, but the beach is fine, and you can walk your dog there at off hours. Overall, OK but not great; recommended only if being right at the beach is a high priority.
The park is fine. Shady. Friendly group of campers that seem to party a lot. Dog friendly, and there is an actual dog beach nearby. We don't use bathhouses so can't comment. Biggest problem, as noted by others, is the WiFi. They claimed they had just put in a revamped system, but if so they need to try again. Very weak, really not usable except up near the office where there is little comfortable place to sit anyway. If this is important to you, ask hard questions before booking/selecting site.
Previous reviews give a pretty good picture of the place. The campground is very big, but individual spaces are tightly packed. Lots of permanent residents. They are well organized with lots of handouts when you arrive. For us the strongest point was the pet friendliness, including one enclosed run large enough to play serious catch with your dog. A weak point is their WiFi setup, which is not robust. They have lots of coverage, but weak and variable signal strength-- it needs work, and they know it as is shown in their WiFi handout Q&A, in which they basically blame you. They even suggest in the handout that you think about getting a Comcast or Verizon account if you need full-time service!
This is an excellent small park. The only reason I didn't score it a "10" is because the road and sites are gravel not paved, and I personally reserve 10's for paved parks. It is nearly new and very well kept. It is located in a small "hollow", with a stream to one side and a road going up--most of the sites are between the road and the stream, one behind the other. The host is very affable, and the Saturday night sing song was very enjoyable. The area is remote, and the roads to get to it are winding and narrow, so be advised.
This campground may be OK in a pinch, but it's a long loooong way from a 10, or even an 8, in my opinion. I wonder if the previous raters have ever stayed in a really nice park. A rating of 6 is generous. On the plus side, yes the spaces are wide. And if you like all grass the campground is all grass. On the other side, we didn't find the host very friendly; you could barely get him to talk--he just ignored us--I would say the man is customer-relations impaired, and views his customers as a burden he must put up with. Speed bumps are frequent and badly made, and will jar your teeth out even at the 5 mph speed limit. The grass is mowed without collecting clippings, and the clippings were impossible to keep out of the RV--they got everywhere and we had to sweep up constantly. We looked at the bathhouses/latrines and they appeared very dilapidated. Most of the trailers are seasonals. On the whole, not a great park; I suggest one should seek other options in the area.
Whether you will like Ft. Wilderness depends a lot on you. If you are a Disney-head and/or are in Orlando primarily to visit the Disney parks, especially with kids, it is clearly very convenient. However, there are some downsides, among which are: The place is overrun with little kids riding around on bikes and golf carts, sometimes without much concern for others. The spaces are very tight--it was designed for an earlier era, not today's big motorhomes and fivers; It is very sandy and lacking in turf, so you invariably track sand and dirt into your rv; The cable TV lineup consists mostly of every Disney channel known to man (including of course ABC and ESPN) and not a whole lot else; WiFi is $10/day (nuf said); It is only moderately pet-friendly, confining pets to only a few loops and not allowing them outside the immediate loop; This one is highly subjective, but it seemed to me that their attitude is do it the Disney way or hit the road. In short, if you're there for Disney this is the place for you, but if you're just looking for a good place to camp you might want to reconsider. Outside of the Disney connection it is not all that special, certainly when compared to the top tier of today's parks.
This is the park against which, so far, we judge all other parks we stay at. It deserves all the positive comments it has previously received. It is immaculate and beautiful; everything is paved and fully landscaped, including ponds with fountains. The staff are very helpful and the environment is very friendly. You won't go wrong staying here.