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TT Orlando was our first Florida campground experience and had been highly recommended by friends – it didn’t disappoint. TT Orlando consistently rates among the top 5 of all Thousand Trails and Encore properties and it’s one of the nicest TT parks we have stayed at so far. We stayed 3 weeks on our first visit and 2 weeks on our second visit.

Thousand Trails Orlando RV Resort & Campground

Address: 2110 US Highway 27 South, Clermont FL, 34714. Telephone: 352-394-7575
Reservations: Call TT Member Services on 800-388-7788 (Option 2) or book online

Dates of Stay & Site Numbers

December 1 – 17, 2015: G83 (50A at no additional charge)
January 24 – February 5, 2016: I24 (paid $3/night for 50A)

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Overview

This is an enormous campground with 840 sites! We had heard the rumors that all Florida campgrounds were cramped with RVs packed in like sardines but that is not the case here. Most sites seem roomy and both of our sites (G83 and I24) were very spacious, G83 especially, with no sites/neighbors on 3 sides of us. The majority of sites are presently 30 amp full hook-up, but there are still many 50 amp sites available. TT is in the process of upgrading more sites to 50 amp, so this ratio will likely switch to mostly 50 amp in the not too distant future.

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All roads are paved as are many of the sites. The park is so large that different sections of the park can have a completely different feel to them. Sections G & I are mostly open but other areas are among dense pine trees. Some areas are near what looks like a marsh and others are heavily wooded with large oak trees with Spanish moss hanging down. The campground is only 10 miles from Disney, 24 miles from Universal Studios and you can actually see the fireworks from the Magic Kingdom over the lake on the far east end of the campground. The TT Welcome Center is so nice that it almost feels like a hotel lobby. The Activity Center and grounds are well maintained and have great amenities, including boats you can borrow to take out on the lake. Just don’t swim out there with (or feed) the gators. Sandhill Cranes, squirrels and turtles are commonly sighted throughout the campground.

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Pros

  • Proximity to Disney World, Universal Studios and many other Orlando attractions
  • Great place for snowbirds in the winter
  • Active events calendar
  • Peaceful and quiet (no noise from traffic, train line or airport)
  • Feels like it is in a rural setting but it is actually just outside of a neighborhood
  • Close to shops and services, with a Publix grocery store less than a mile from the campground entrance
  • Well maintained and managed
  • Great amenities including 2 swimming pools, spa, tennis, pickleball, shuffleboard, volleyball, exercise room, mini golf, boats, croquet, bingo, ladderball, horseshoes, giant chess board, ping pong, kid’s playground etc.
  • A number of diverse settings, so folks can find a site that appeals to their preference
  • Great for casual bike rides and strolls since it is mostly paved and level
  • Social and friendly people who are regularly out and about due to the warm weather
  • Newly upgraded 50 amp in Section A, some with pull throughs
  • Some 50 amp sites are available no additional charge
  • Mini Farmer’s Stand twice a week near the Activity Center
  • RV Show on site during peak season (January – March)
  • Several clean laundry/bathhouses located around the park with a good number of washers/dryers
  • Nice, big areas for loading and unloading tow vehicles at both the Welcome Center and Activity Center (or even at some campsites)

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Cons

  • Some sites are not quite as level as you would expect being paved sites (we used all of our leveling blocks at G83 but none at I24)
  • 30 amp only sites may make it a challenge to keep a larger coach cool on hot days
  • Section A has a shared post style pull-through sites and seem much narrower than other sites in the park
  • Some 50 amp sites are charged at an extra $3 per night (eg. Section H and I, but for us it was worth it)

WIFI Signal

  • At both of our sites, our Verizon MIFI and iPhones got 2 bars 4G LTE unboosted, which went up to 3 bars for the device cradled in our Wilson Sleek 4G booster, but we noticed other areas of the campground had a slightly stronger signal.
  • We heard from multiple people that the campground WIFI is very good at this park but we did not use it (we never use campground WIFI as it’s simply not secure or consistently reliable for our needs. If you have questions about this, please contact the campground directly)

Mail

  • We received multiple packages and Priority Mail without any issue, which we collected from the Activity Center, but they don’t accept regular (First Class) mail unless you have a mailbox
  • Mailboxes are available for annual and seasonal guests
  • We always recommend checking with the campground first regarding their latest mail and package policy before having items sent, as the rules can change at any time (as determined by management or head office)

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Other Comments

Most TT parks have garbage and recycling bins spread out around the park.  This is the largest park we have been too, and yet the only one with a single, centralized garbage and recycling area. Some might see this as an inconvenience, but we saw the positive side of this is that it encourages you to go for a nice walk or bike ride to throw out the trash and you won’t have the noise of garbage trucks driving around and waking you early in mornings.

Note that the laundries here use a “token” system instead of coins (quarters) like most campgrounds, so be sure to purchase only the amount of tokens you need for your laundry loads so you don’t have leftover tokens that you’re unable to use anywhere else, otherwise your laundry may end up costing you more than it should! You can buy tokens at the vending machines located in the laundry room using $1, $5 and $10 bills and we recommend having $1 bills on hand so you can buy exactly the number you need. $1 gets you one (1) token and you will need 2 tokens ($2) for each load, whether it’s a washer or dryer.

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During our first staying here in December 2015, we lost water lost pressure a few times, mostly because of the upgrades taking place in section A, which meant the water was on a boil recommendation before drinking for several days. Even if the park is not on a boil restriction when you arrive, we recommend putting at least a half tank of fresh water on board when you arrive so that you don’t find yourself without water. The ranger mentioned that it was not unusual to have the water shut off in Orlando area, but especially at this park. We also lost power once during our stay in December 2015 so we had to run our generator for a few hours until power was restored, but we presume that was again due to the construction. So far, it hasn’t happened during our stay in January 2016 – and the construction in Section A (50A upgrades) are now complete.

We had to cancel our TT Peace River reservation unexpectedly in mid January after it got flooded the previous week and initially when we tried to get into TT Orlando it was completely full. However, with some persistence (by calling TT a few times a day over several days) we managed to secure 13 consecutive nights, despite it being short notice and January/February being their peak months and with an influx of campers coming in from the flooded Peace River campground. When we returned to TT Orlando in the third week of January it felt like ‘coming home’ and friends of ours shared a similar sentiment – it’s easy to feel really comfortable here.

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Summary

We consider this to be a really great campground and one of the better ones in the TT network. It’s one that we are happy to recommend to others and look forward to visiting again. Some may debate our 4/5 rating compared with more expensive or exclusive campgrounds, but we have found this campground to actually be nicer than some campgrounds we have paid $60+ a night for and therefore excellent value. We stayed here at TT Orlando ‘for free’ with our TT Elite membership which makes us very happy campers! We also enjoy the social, friendly atmosphere of the park – we’ve have made some great new friends here and also reconnected with others we’ve met on the road through the TT parks. Plus, the weather in Florida in the winter especially is pretty hard to beat, especially when the rest of the country is experiencing crazy storms, snow and subzero temps. The campground is open year round with October – April being the most popular months and January-March the most crowded due to the influx of snowbirds like us.

Campground Rating: 4/5.

Video from our December 2015 stay at TT Orlando

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Disclaimer

These reviews are based on our own personal opinion and experience at the time of our visit. Please be aware that campground service, sites, facilities and amenities can change at any time. As full-time working RVers, our main focus is on staying in pleasant and affordable RV parks in areas that give us a solid WIFI signal, using our own Verizon devices. We do not use (or try to use) campground WIFI as these are generally not sufficient for our needs, therefore we do not review campground WIFI. As we live in a self contained Class A motorhome, we generally do not use bath houses but we do try to take a peek if we can. Aside from being members like everyone else who stays at the parks, we have no affiliation with Thousand Trails or Equity Lifestyle Properties.

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