Weather – The weather in the Spring can vary wildly early on, then will stabilize to what you would expect from a Florida vacation the closer you get to June. It’s not uncommon for cold fronts to push through in late March that would drop the highs down into the 50s or below. It is likewise not uncommon for highs to push into the 90s in the same time frame. Plan accordingly. Look ahead at the weather forecast to get an idea. On average, the highs for late March, early April tend to be in the upper 70s, low 80s, however.
Early in the Spring rain may not be as prevalent or likely, however, when the calendar reads June it is pretty much a guarantee that there will be some kind of rain storm that pushes through for at least a brief time. Even if the temperature climbs into the upper 80s or low 90s, after a heavy rain storm things can cool off significantly. We were at the Fort during July 4th weekend last year and had steamy temperatures in the 90s all day. In the early evening we had a deluge for maybe an hour and when the skies cleared temperatures had dropped to the upper 60s, where they remained for most of the evening. Be prepared for a little bit of everything in the spring.
Crowds – I originally wrote that Spring is one of the busiest times of year to camp at the Fort, but realized that busy seems to be the new normal for the Fort, as well as the rest of Walt Disney World, thus it really isn’t much different from the other seasons in that regard. The month of March, of course, will be steadily busy due to Spring Break. Depending on when Easter falls, this could spill over into early April. There is usually a lull in mid-April and early May, then, of course, things pick up again nearing the Memorial Day holiday and continue to hold steady into June with Florida schools beginning to let out for the summer. My suggestion, which really isn’t unique to the Spring, would be to book a reservation as early in advance as you can to ensure availability anytime in the Spring. The Winter and Spring happen to be prime camping season in Florida, and even the Florida State Parks are difficult to reserve without significant advanced notice during this time.
Activities – Spring is a great time to partake in the activities offered at Fort Wilderness. The temperature is usually not overwhelming, and rain filled days can be few and far between, so taking an archery lesson, fishing, canoeing, or taking in the Chip n’ Dale Campfire Sing-a-long is much more appealing during this time. Easter Sunday also offers its own unique activities, such as a Candy Scramble, an egg hunt, special Easter arts and crafts, relay races, the game ‘What’s in Your Easter Basket, and a special pool party. There is also a brief character meet and greet, typically in the morning hours. The characters may vary, but in past years Minnie Mouse, dressed in her Sunday best, and Pioneer Mickey (a rare treat!) have made annual appearances.
There is a bit of what can be expected from a Spring time visit to Fort Wilderness. If there was ever a time to plan a Fort Wilderness only, no theme park trip, Spring is the time to do it. With the cooler, clearer weather, it is the perfect time to enjoy all that the Fort has to offer.