The very first Disney resort my family vacationed at was Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground., and that visit set the stage for all of our Disney visits to come. Staying right on Disney property at a Disney staffed resort makes the whole experience that much better.
Going into this trip we were not exactly sure what to expect, but to say that we were pleasantly surprised would be a huge understatement. When we arrived, we found that we would be staying in our own private "campsite", complete with a large trailer and a picnic table right outside our door. The trailer was really more like a miniature house, which included a bedroom which could sleep four, a large bathroom, a decent kitchen, and a living room with yet another fold-away bed. This was a huge difference from the normal motel rooms that we were used to from our previous trips.
Outside the walls of our trailer, the entire resort was even more impressive. The choice of recreation activities ranged from sing-alongs around a campfire, to horse back riding, renting bikes, various outdoor games, swimming pools, boat rentals, and of course, the theme parks. We probably could have spent our entire visit inside the borders of Fort Wilderness, though, and we would have been completely happy.
Because the resort was spread over a large area, we chose to take advantage of the golf-cart rental, which allowed us to quickly travel around inside the resort. To connect with the rest of Disney World outside of our resort, we had the option to take one of the busses that ran throughout the day, or we could choose to take a boat which did the same.
Inside the resort we had a couple of different choices to eat our meals, but we found that we had more fun stocking up the refrigerator inside our trailer and eating there.
All in all, this stay completely changed our opinion of what a Walt Disney World vacation could be. From then on, we decided that if we were going to Disney World, we would only stay on Disney property.