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Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground



Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground address:

4510 N. Fort Wilderness Trail
Lake Buena Vista, FL, 32830-1000
407-824-2900

Maximum persons per room: 6 (plus child in crib)
Total Number of Cabins:  409
Total Number of Campsites: 788
Total Cabins + Campsites: 1197
Campsites: From $65 - $81 per night
Cabins: From $265 per night
Room size:  504 sq. ft (Cabins)

Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground

Nestled away on a 750 acre cypress and pine forest between the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, sits the Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground. This resort offers the best of the outdoors and even offers one bedroom cabins for those who prefer the "great indoors". There are 788 campsites ranging in length from 25' to 65', for tents, tent trailers and recreational vehicles. New extensions are currently being made for larger campers.

For those who prefer the comforts of home, there are cozy freestanding Ft. Wilderness Cabins available that can accommodate up to 6 guests.

As you might expect "in the wild", there are rabbits, ducks, geese, deer, armadillos, and peacocks roaming the grounds. The Settlement Recreation Area is on Bay Lake and includes the marina, beach, Pioneer Hall and the Tri-Circle-D Ranch.

The Settlement Trading Post sells gifts, sundries, groceries, snacks and beverages. The Meadows Recreation Area is in the center of Fort Wilderness. This area includes the Bike Barn (for rentals) and the Fort Wilderness waterways and bicycle trails. Swimming, tennis, volleyball and shuffleboard are all available at the Meadows Recreation complex. The Meadows Trading Post is similar to the Settlement Trading Post, but includes a deli as well.

Fort Wilderness Cabins / Campsites

Fort Wilderness Cabins

These air conditioned free-standing dwellings are approximately 504 square feet, 12' wide by 42' long. Each cabin has a separate bedroom with a double bed, bunk beds and a pull down bed in the living area. The cabins will sleep 6 people. There is a full bathroom, with hair dryer, and a living/dining area. This area has a sofa and cable TV/DVD. The dining area has seating for 6. You'll also be provided with an iron/ironing board.

The kitchen has all major appliances: a microwave oven, dishwasher (with packets of soap), coffee maker, refrigerator with ice maker, stove/broiler and toaster. It is fully equipped for all of your cooking and dining needs (minus the food!): cutlery service for 6, paring knives, manual can opener, serving spoon, measuring cup, pitcher, casserole, dinnerware service for 6, platter, Dutch oven, saucepans, skillet, paper towels, dish towel, sponge, and a drainboard. Outside each cabin, there is a small deck with your own charcoal grill and picnic table. Daily maid service is provided. Check-in is 3 p.m. and check-out is 11 a.m. When checking into the Wilderness Cabins, guests must park at the Reception outpost and check in at the front desk there. There is parking for one car at your cabin. Please note that vehicular traffic is restricted at Ft. Wilderness. The cabins have free wireless internet access. 

TIP:  For a location close to the main pool, request a cabin in loops 600 or 800 - 1600.






Fort Wilderness Campsites


Privacy for the 784 campsites throughout the 20 loops, is provided by the lush wilderness.  The sites are approximately 25' wide and range from 25' to 65' in length. They are a combination of paved driveway and sandy pad.  All sites have running water, electricity, charcoal grills and picnic tables.  There are full hook-up sites that provide sanitary disposal. 

TIP:  Preferred hook-up sites are located near the Settlement Trading Post, Pioneer Hall and the marina, and offer cable TV hook-up.  These sites may cost a little more and are found in loops 11 through 500 and 700.  To be near the Meadow Trading Post, campfire program and main pool, request loops 600, or 800 through 1600.

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.  Check-in time is 1 p.m. and check-out is 11 a.m.  Guests checking in to the campgrounds may register at the drive-through windows at the Reception Outpost.

The "Cabin": There is one special cabin available.  It is 12x15 feet and has no inside sink or toilet.  There is a comfort station in the vicinity however. Sleeping accommodations consist of two sets of bunk beds, one being a twin over a full size, so the cabin can sleep 5. It is not air-conditioned and guests must bring their own linens.  No maid service is provided here.  It could be an inexpensive choice of accommodation for those who enjoy "roughing it" with a roof over their heads.

Fort Wilderness Dining

Trail's End Restaurant

The Trail's End Restaurant is a cafeteria found in Pioneer Hall.  It is a buffeteria that features all-you-can-eat breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers pizza as a late night snack from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. as well. Breakfast hours are from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and consists of breakfast "pizza", fresh fruit, cereals, pastries, eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, omelets, French Toast, grits, beef hash, oatmeal, Mickey waffles and bread pudding.  Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and includes salad bar, chili, soup, pasta dishes, hamburgers, hot dogs, fried chicken, a daily special, catch of the day, pizza and desserts.  Dinner is offered between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. and the buffet offers salad bar, soup, chili, pasta, pork ribs, chicken, potatoes, vegetables, peel and eat shrimp, roast beef, a daily special, pizza, the catch of the day and desserts.


Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue

One of the most popular dinner shows on property is the .  In addition to the corny, hilarious hoe-down-style entertainment, guests are treated to a family-style, all-you-can-eat dinner. 


Appetizers and dinner consists of chips and salsa, bread, salad, country fried chicken, barbecued ribs, corn, beans and strawberry shortcake.   Drinks, including beer and wine, are included, however cocktails are separate. This show is held daily at 5:00 p.m., 7:15 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.  Priority Seating is a must and can be made up to 2 years in advance.  Because of the "no vehicle" rule at Fort Wilderness, allow yourself lots of time to get there.  Internal shuttle buses run to Pioneer Hall.


Mickey's Backyard BBQ

Offered at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort, the Mickey's Backyard BBQ is the perennial favorite of many guests.  This all you can eat buffet features everything you would expect at a Barbecue and much more.  There is also a variety of live entertainment (including character appearances)

As the name suggests, it includes everything you'd find at a barbecue/picnic, with carnival type games, food, music, dancing, storytelling and best of all, visits from Disney characters. The all-you-can-eat food includes BBQ pork ribs, baked chicken, hot dogs with all the fixin's, corn-on-the-cob, baked beans, macaroni and cheese, potato salad, corn bread, watermelon, marble cake. Unlimited draft beer, wine, lemonade, and iced tea.


SERVICES/AMENITIES:

  • Babysitting/Childcare Services
  • Valet Service Cleaning
  • Coin Laundry facilities
  • Express Check-out
  • Refillable Mugs
  • Complimentary newspapers (to the Homes/Cabins)
  • Voice Mail
  • Lockers
  • Shops: Settlement Trading Post (gifts, sundries, limited groceries) Meadow Trading Post (gifts, sundries, limited groceries, deli)
  • Free Wireless Internet available at cabins (free wired internet available at campsites)

 

Fort Wilderness Fun Facts:

 

Disney's Ft. Wilderness Resort and Campground opened on November 19, 1971. At the time there were two "comfort stations" and 232 campsites.

In 1973, Fort Wilderness expanded by adding more campsites and 10 Airstream trailers. The now defunct Wilderness Line Steam Railroad was introduced. The four Forney Type 2-4-2T engines pulled up to five cars and could transport 90 guests. This predecessor to the Internal bus system was not only enjoyed by Fort guests, for $1 anyone could ride it all day long. Here's a tidbit for Disney trivia buffs. These engines became ticket booths for Pleasure Island before being sold to collectors.

Today there are 1788 campsites and 409 Wilderness Cabins. Not only are the Cabins (as well as the Reception Outpost, Meadow Trading Post, and Crockett's Tavern) equipped with free wireless internet access, but the campsites have free wired internet access.  Just stop by the Reception Outpost and pick up a modem kit.  There will be a $125 credit card deposit to use the modem kit; deposit will be released when the kit is returned.


The petting zoo at the Tri-Circle-D ranch remains just as popular as it did 35 years ago. While 'Phantom of the Opera' may claim longest running Broadway musical status, the 'Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue' is the longest running musical in America.

 

Fort Wilderness Pools/Recreation
The larger main pool and kiddie pools are located near the Meadow Trading Post.  One of the many benefits of this resort, is the large number of recreational activities available here.  

Keeping with the wilderness theme, guests can go horseback riding, have pony rides, visit the petting farm, and go on nightly hay rides or on fishing excursions along the campground's canals or on Bay Lake.  Equipment is available to buy or rent.  Those wishing for a little more exercise can rent bicycles, jog on the 2.3 mile jogging trail, do the Fitness Trail, play beach volleyball, basketball, shuffleboard, horseshoes or tetherball, or go on a nature walk along the Swamp Trail.  

At the marina, guests can rent canoes, kayaks, sailboats, pedal boats, pontoon boats, water mice or go water-skiing.  There are 2 arcades and playground areas for children as well.  Two lighted tennis courts are available for tennis buffs.  Forget your racquet?  No problem, equipment can be rented.  Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground is also home to the award winning Tri-Circle-D Ranch where the draught horses used to pull the trolleys down Main Street are housed. 

A visit to the "lawnmower tree" is fun to see.  This is where a tree somehow grew around a lawn mower and can be found just off the sidewalk on the way to the marina. 

Chip & Dale's Campfire Sing-A-Long is held nightly at the Meadow Trading Post and begins with a 7:30 fire lighting (weather permitting).  It features a sing-along, Disney movies and cartoons. Marshmallows can be toasted over the campfires.  You can bring your own or buy them there.  The Chuckwagon is located there and sells pizza, hot dogs, popcorn, nachos, candy and beverages for those who want something a little more substantial. 

This entertainment is free to all Walt Disney World resort guests.  Also nightly, weather permitting, Bay Lake is the backdrop for the Electrical Water Pageant.  Dancing lights on a 1000 foot string of floating barges shimmer over Bay Lake.  This seven minute show can be seen from the Fort Wilderness beach and marina around 9:45 p.m. (Check the schedule with guest services.)

Fort Wilderness Transportation

In keeping with the wilderness theme, motorized vehicle transportation within the grounds is prohibited unless entering or leaving the resort.  Alternatives are bicycles, golf carts, the internal bus system or walking.   Supply is limited, but golf carts can be reserved up to one year in advance by calling the Bike Barn at 407-824-2742. The two internal buses are called Chip and Dale. The external bus routes are the Crockett and Boone.

To get to:

Magic Kingdom - take an internal bus to the marina and take the Magic Kingdom boat

Epcot - take an external bus to the TTC and take the Epcot monorail

Disney Hollywood Studios - take an external bus to the TTC and take the Disney Hollywood Studios bus

Disney's Animal Kingdom/Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park - take an internal bus to the Settlement Depot and take the Disney's Animal Kingdom/Disney's Blizzard Beach bus

Downtown Disney Marketplace, Downtown Disney West Side, or Disney's Typhoon Lagoon - take an external bus to the TTC and take a bus from there.

 

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