I have a special guest joining me this week as I discuss Fort Wilderness. It is a fantastic property with multiple accommodation options and incredible recreation and dining.
Disney’s Ft. Wilderness was opened as a campground in November 1971, just months after the Magic Kingdom. The property is 750 acres and was designed with a rustic theme. Tree-lined winding roads loop around to the various regions of the resort. Part of the resort is occupied by campsites where visitors with tents or RVs can stay. The remainder of the lodging area is occupied by cabins, designed to resemble log cabins. As you might expect “in the wild”, there are rabbits, ducks, geese, deer, armadillos, and peacocks roaming the grounds.
A tent or pop up campsite runs between $50- $75 a night. It features room for a pop-up camper or a camper van-type vehicle, and up to 2 tents on a concrete pad up to 10 feet by 25 feet
A full hook up campsite runs between $75 – 125 a night. It has room for an RV plus a tent on a concrete pad up to 10 feet by 50 feet.
Air conditioned comfort stations are found throughout the resort. They have restrooms, private showers, laundry facilities, an ice maker, and phones. All but the laundry facilities are open 24 hours a day. There is camping gear available to rent for those in need. Pets are allowed in designated areas or can be boarded in a kennel near the entrance to the resort.
If you do not have an RV but wish to rent one for your vacation talk to your Travel Agent about Disney’s preferred vendors. They are able to come on site and hook up your RV prior to your arrival.
Preferred and Premium sites run a little larger and are located in more desirable locations closer to transportation and amenities.
For those who prefer the comforts of home, there are cozy freestanding Ft. Wilderness Cabins available that can accommodate up to 6 guests. The cabins are approximately 504 square feet with a bedroom housing a double bed and bunkbeds, bathroom, a full kitchen and a living room with a pull out sofa bed.
All sites and cabins have grills. We recommend renting a golf cart as your site or cabin can be very far away from the main buildings and transportation.
The resort features playgrounds and two heated swimming pools. They offer catch and release fishing as well as fishing excursions. They also provide canoes, kayaks, bikes, and tennis rackets to rent at the bike barn. Guests can make reservations to be taught archery and go horseback riding. They offer trail rides, carriage rides and hay rides. They also have a petting zoo.
The resort offers an all you care to enjoy buffet, two quick service restaurants, two dinner shows, and nightly campfires. Trail’s End buffet offers cornbread, fried chicken, chili, ribs, roasted meats, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese and cobbler. They also feature a take out window with buffet items as well as sandwiches and burgers. The Meadow Snack Bar has poolside favorites.
Mickey’s Backyard BBQ is a music filled hoe-down with your favorite Disney characters. Great for children this all-you-care-to-enjoy BBQ features cowboy rope tricks and ta live country-western band. Disney friends lead guests in line dancing.
The Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue is a fun, rollicking, Western themed vaudeville dinner show in Pioneer Hall. Dinner is served family style and includes a Dinner Salad, buckets of Barbecue Spare Ribs and Fried Chicken, Corn, Baked Beans, and Strawberry Shortcake. It features song standards, skits and a whole lot of fun!