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09/2008
rating [ 8/10 ]
Enjoyed our stay at this quiet, truly oceanside, park. Short walk to beach and pet friendly atmosphere made this place very enjoyable. Fire rings were appreciated and picnic tables were in good condition. Wifi was good and rate seemed very fair for this location. 45 minute drive to the Oregon Dunes NP for dune buggy rental. The park filled up quickly on the weekend, so make a reservation if your stay includes one. Only one washer and 2 dryers did not seem to be enough. My husband used the showers which cost a quarter for hot water. That said, we really liked the place and would return if in the area.
09/2008
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is a beautiful and friendly campground but not really suitable for 40 foot motorhome unless you are very lucky. We had reservations and tried two different sites that were technically long enough, but because of the slopes and very tight roads and sites, we had to leave. Would not have had room for our toad. Moved to Oceanside RV, an older park on the beach about a mile away and were quite happy. Enjoyed the beach and hiking here though. Botanical Garden is lovely. Wish we could have stayed here.
09/2008
rating [ 5/10 ]
If you like rules and overpaying, you'll love this park. Signs every where tell you things anyone should know. Typed lists of rules are taped to the hard signs. Twenty rules just for your pets. A sign asking parents to tell their children to be "very, very quiet." Actually they should just come out and say "Adults only." Then they, and we, would have been much happier. In all our camping, we have never been treated less kindly. After messing up our reservation, they "let" us dry camp in a field for which they charged $33. They were unapologetic and a bit surly about it. The only person with manners in this facility was the fellow who guided us to our real site the next morning. The tennis court is locked, making it difficult to use. Equipment for games is kept in the office - Nice big sites, but be warned - don't actually expect to use it. When our motorhome was in service and the children and I were set up in the grass working on crafts, a maintenance worker came by to tell me they would be mowing THE NEXT DAY - the implication being "get your stuff off our lawn". We have never in all our camping felt more unwelcome. We have stayed in nicer places with more amenities and fewer rules, for significantly less money. There is no view, no lake or stream, no pool, no restaurant, nothing close by to walk to... Two toilets, two showers per gender. Bathroom is a little too stinky. Either not enough fans, or too stingy to turn them on. Nice laundry facility. Six of each machine. Decent Premium Lounge but only benefit is bagel and muffin breakfast on weekends. Not worth the Premium price. We would definitely not stay here again.
12/2007
rating [ 5/10 ]
We're back for our third trip to Ft Wilderness. I was looking forward to this trip as this was our favorite campground in six months of traveling across the country with our children. This time our experience has not been so good. We have gotten a dog since our last trip here. This means your selection of sites is very limited. If you have reserved preferred they will not let you downgrade to a non-preferred site even if it will accommodate your size better. The sites are extremely tight for a big motorhome unless you are in the 700 loop or just get lucky. We changed sites (which we simply parked in after not being able to get into the original site we were assigned). The trees and the concrete tree stump containing the electrical are so close that we ended up scraping the tail of our motorhome trying to get out (I'm sure adding several thousand dollars to the cost of our vacation.) Mea culpa, I made the mistake of letting the neighbors help direct my husband out of the old site while I parked the car on the new site. We struggled to get into the new site which had seemed large enough judging by the size of the pad. Again it was tight because of the narrow street, the trees and the large concrete utility post. We had to ask the neighbor to move his truck so we could get in. Hopefully no one will be in that site across the street when we get ready to leave or I guess we will be here forever. That or Disney will have to take down a tree. I think Disney is all about cramming people in and they don't really take much time to accommodate you to your site. They also trap you if you have a pet. One of the things I really enjoyed about this campground last time was taking long walks and bike rides. I was looking forward to this, but you cannot take your dog to walk outside the pet trails, which are not all that long. This means no walking on the long main roads. I could understand not going into the non-pet camping loops, but it seems kind of extreme to not be able to walk your dog on the sidewalks of the main streets. I really enjoy Disney and the accessibility of the campground to the parks. But I will probably not come back until they get more of the park up to modern standards - ie 50 amps, full cable, larger pads. I will definitely exaggerate the size of our motorhome when making the next reservation. I think they will squeeze you into the tiniest spot they can justify if you don't.
04/2007
rating [ 7/10 ]
We enjoyed the long concrete pad with additional paved car park and step down patio on the freshwater pond. We were in site 750 close to the beach walkover. However, this site is a long way from trash and pool and showers. We chose this place for its advertised pool, hot tub, fitness center, etc. After we checked in and were settled, we realized there is no fitness center and the clubhouse is not built yet. The pool has a one hour adult only swim which is fine, but it just happens to be at the time right before the dinner hour when we most want to take the kids to the pool after a busy day. Children are excluded from the hot tub, a rule which I have never understood when they must be accompanied by a parent. (We have just come from Indio, CA’s Motorcoach Country Club, so I admit to being spoiled by a beautiful park where all family members were welcomed!) The pool area is nice, but has a lot of highway noise. The developers missed a great opportunity when they sold their beachfront lots for houses. This would have made a perfect place for a beach club with pool and showers. There is no foot shower at the beach walkover. As was mentioned however, by another reviewer, our water went completely dry at 8 pm. Laundry was far away and small, but there is a great new “Laundramat” (actual spelling on their sign) in town that has a drop and fold service. All that said, if you have a good bathroom in your RV, this is the prettiest full hookup park available in the area. If you are coming for the beach, go to Florida as this beach is very trashy because of the wind and water currents which dump everything here. If you are coming for the weather and fishing, it is great. Good food at Fins and Trout Street Grill in Port Aransas (5 miles away) and over the ferry in Aransas Pass at Taqueria Guadalajara (about 10 miles away). Also, please note that reviews for this park appear under two names in RVparkreviews. Read both!
02/2007
rating [ 7/10 ]
Our rate is with TX Pass. Park is about 2 miles off I 20. Sand dunes are a wonder of nature. Plant life is varied and beautiful. The most helpful park employees we have had anywhere. They were very helpful and even spent time talking with us about the animals and plants in the area. RV sites are among the dunes near the main picnic area where most of the sand sledding takes place. This is wonderful fun and the kids and I have loved playing here. Disks and boards are available to rent at office, but can't be rented after 4 and must be returned by 4:30. There are several pull throughs available which can accommodate big rigs. We had pull through site 1 - close to the showers and the picnic area. We would have been a little too snug if someone had been in site 2 - also a pull through. There are more private spots toward the back of the loop. Sites have covered picnic areas, grills and fire rings. All of that was covered in bird mess, however. My husband had to scrub the picnic table and benches with Clorox and a brush before we could use them. I use my own grill The showers are clean with plenty of hot water and pressure. There is a little day house you can rent for groups with a kitchen and bath. I would recommend seeing this place and camping here.
02/2007
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is a very nice new park for visiting Biloxi, Gulf Port, etc. Sites are close together, but clean and paved. There are lights in hook up post which is nice if you arrive late. Great laundry facility. Clean showers. Small pool was open, but it was too cold to swim when we were here. Staff was very accommodating when I kept calling to delay our arrival date. We would camp here again if in the area.
02/2007
rating [ 5/10 ]
It's a KOA - not much grass and lots of pot holes. They were building a little putt putt course while we were there. The campground did have a very park behind it where you could walk. Kids enjoyed riding their bikes, but pool was closed. Laundry was good, but there were not enough dryers. I got there at 8 am when the facility supposedly opened and someone who I think was a park employee had both dryers already full, so I had to wait. We were touring Baton Rouge and New Oleans so this was a good place to park. We left the motorhome there when we went into NOLA overnight. We were not there much so it was adequate. Would stay here again if visiting Baton Rouge, but if going to New Orleans would try Fountainbleau or one of the other state parks.
02/2007
rating [ 8/10 ]
Beach access from Boardwalk. Nicely wooded areas around campsites. We really enjoyed the privacy, fire rings and picnic table. Campground hosts were very helpful. Only 30 amps in sites that will accommodate big rigs. Not many tall trees because of hurricane Ivan (9-04). Shower houses are not all heated. The first one is the best one, so you might get a site close to it. No shower curtains, so clothes in dressing area may get wet. No laundry but there is a great drop off service behind the Sherwin-Williams store: ask a host about it. I don't give this higher than an 8 because I like sewer service. But the dump station was easy to get to. We liked it so much we stayed here 5 nights after planning on only 2. Eat at the Shrimp Basket and visit the Naval Museum. We would stay here again.
01/2007
rating [ 7/10 ]
Family friendly hiking trails, antebellum mansion to tour. Very quiet. Roasted marshmallows in the campfire ring. Bought wood on honor system for $3 a bundle. Sixteen is a beautiful view site next to open area with lookout deck. Able to get satellite by parking close to the road. A few sites on this row would be too tight for a big rig. We would camp here again.
01/2007
rating [ 10/10 ]
Great campground - pool, trails, play equipment, restaurant, two trading posts. Great transportion to Disney. Resort card allows access to extra Magic Hours at amusement parks. We used bikes and found no need for electric cart. We were here in December and again in January. Our sites were both back-in. 1400 loop was tight in terms of trees and length but very convenient to campfire and movie location. Our site in 500 loop was very nice, close to clean laundry facilities. (They have the best laundry I have seen.) We could not get satellite either place. At registration, because of the large size of the campground, they really do not want to give you much input into your site selection. But by getting in early, and during the week, we were able to have some choice.
01/2007
rating [ 8/10 ]
Long paved pullthrough sites with some nice tall trees between. By maneuvering up and back a bit, we were able to receive satellite. We could not get their cable to work. It was convenient to beach, lighthouse, town. $75 night seemed high as we had very close neighbors. We had nice site on lake - There are a few bad sites in front next to building - The laundry machines were adequate and there were plenty of them. The showers were nice with good water pressure and clean. We would probably stay in a state park rather than here, but none was available as it was a holiday weekend when we were in the area.
01/2007
rating [ 8/10 ]
Long pull through, privacy, trees, trails, playground equipment in middle of large circle. We enjoyed hiking with our children on nice trails. This is a beautiful and quiet park. Caution: directional signs take you to low underpass too low for our 12'10'' rig. We had to back up and a kind local saw us and lead us around in his car. $17 nt.
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