Fort Wilderness 2017 – Disney World Orlando

June 12, 2017

By: Danny Gilmore of the Navajo Tribe


Hello, my name is Danny Gilmore of the Navajo Tribe. NAVAJO! I joined the Y Princess Father/Daughter group back in the Spring of 2013. After 4 years of my personal experience in this group, I’ve learned that there are so many fathers who are dedicated to building a strong relationship with their children. There are many events in this program that allow you to do just that. But if time only allows you to be around like-minded fathers during the monthly get togethers, it would be a great experience for both the father and daughter. As your bond with your daughter grows stronger and the memories that you create come to pass, you will see how time will allow you to experience more. I always enjoy meeting fathers that have different perspectives on raising children and how they build their relationships with them. It’s so common to see a new father enter a group and are surprised that they already know a few members! LOL! And if you don’t know any of the fathers already, you and your daughter(s) will be welcomed to the program in a way that makes you feel like you’ve known everyone for years. We are truly fortunate to have such a program available to us. I’m very thankful. My daughter, Destini, and I hope to meet you soon! NAVAJO!!!

Fort Wilderness

Fathers!  Have you ever wondered what it would be like to spend quality time with your daughter in the great outdoors while enjoying some water activities………..………in Disney??? Apparently, that’s EXACTLY what happens at one of the Father/Daughter Y Princess events!

Singing tunes, joking around and sharing fun stories from your past are things that you’ll do while driving to the magical land that awaits you and your daughter’s arrival. Then the realization hits you! Sharing 3 hours together with your daughter without any interruptions is an amazing byproduct of these events and we haven’t even arrived yet!

The cheerful staff of Disney’s Fort Wilderness [Orlando Florida] greets you and points you in the right direction. As you park, your group welcomes you and helps unpack your car. After unloading, your most important helper looks up to you for guidance in how to set up the tent(this is another awesome bonding experience with your child). After setting up your tent, it’s time to change and jump in the pool! The clear and sunny skies are a perfect backdrop to starting your camping trip.

On the first night, help your daughter make smores with your tribe around the campfire, stop by the Navajo Campsite for their famous “Grilled Cheese Social” or throw some dinner on the grill! Burn off some calories and shoot some hoops on the basketball court located right in the middle of the campsites!

After a good night’s rest and a fresh start, it’s time to head out to the water parks!! You and your daughter’s choice of Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach! No explanation needed on how much fun you and your princess(es) are going to have here. You can bring your own lunch or buy it there! When arriving back to the campsite, you’ll find that the organization has already prepared an early dinner! Perfect, after a fun-filled, sun-filled day. Then there’s no telling what’s going to happen on Saturday night! Every year it’s different. All you have to do is be prepared… have more FUN!! Hope to see you there!!!


Danny Gilmore