Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort

Disney has two offerings within Fort Wilderness - self catering cabins, or a campsite

Location

The only moderate-classed accommodation to be located in the Magic Kingdom area of Walt Disney World. You’re not able to walk to it, but you can catch a boat over to it.

Theme

Fort Wilderness is a huge resort, over a mile wide and deep. It has a rustic feel to it and offers two options for staying here; there are 409 air-conditioned cabins and 799 campsites for pitching a tent or RVs.

It is also the only resort which allows pets. The average Brit wont be taking their pooch to the States with them, but a warning if you don’t like/ are allergic to dogs as these are pretty common around the resort.

Rooms

There are two different booking options at Fort Wilderness:

Disney’s Cabins at Fort Wilderness

The Cabins offer a self-catering option, sleeping up to 6 people with a full kitchen. Disney class them in their moderate range as they are cheaper than their ‘Deluxe Villa’s’ but are really closer to these in terms of offerings as they are not a hotel.

  • These wooden cabins are approximately 12′ by 42′ foot and sleep up to 6, plus one child under three in a pack and play crib.
  • 1 main bedroom sleeps 4 in a double bed and a set of bunk beds. It also has a sink.
  • Bathroom with bath and shower
  • Living area sleeps a further 2 people on a pull down murphy bed.
  • Living area also has a 6 seater dining table and 2 seater kids table
  • Full kitchen with full-sized refrigerator, oven, microwave, coffee maker, kettle, toaster, plus all the bits you need to cook with and eat off.
  • They have a wooden deck with a picnic table and charcoal grill
  • Free wifi

The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness

There are numerous options for the pitch you select – varying in size for 2 tents / RV / large RV. There are various loops for each of these – some of which are also closer to the amenities than others. Included in each pitch is:

  • Picnic table
  • Charcoal grill
  • Television and electrical hook-ups
  • Cold water tapSafe-deposit box (upon request)Views of woods
  • Free wifi

These are not a common booking from the UK and so you can’t book these on the Walt Disney World site – if you want to camp, try ringing the Walt Disney Travel Company to find out more about how to book.

Dining

Counter Service and Snacks

Crockett’s Tavern – located near the main Pioneer Hall, this has a limited offering of nachos, pizza and wings.

Meadow Snack Bar – salads, sandwiches and hot dogs, with outdoor seating.

Chuck Wagon – food truck selling sandwiches, burgers and ‘smores.

P & J’s Southern Takeout – a grab and go option (although there are a few tables as well) open at breakfast and dinner.

Table Service Restaurants

Trail’s End – an all you can eat buffet.

Dinner Shows

There are two dinner shows: The Hoop De Due Musical Revue and Mickey’s Backyard Barbecue – the latter being a character meal featuring Disney characters. Both are all you can eat buffets. Note you can book to attend these shows even if you’re not a guest at the resort.

Store

As you’re paying for a full kitchen, there are two stores; The Settlement Trading Post and the Meadow Trading Post, both better stocked, selling better groceries than in most Disney Resorts. Supplies do tend to be more expensive than from a normal US supermarket. If you have a car, there is also Goodings Supermarket in the Crossroads area, and three Wal-Marts are close to the resort. You can also have an online delivery from a supermarket, such as Garden Grocer. 

Recreation

There is plenty to do at Fort Wilderness – the amount of offerings is one of the biggest draws:

  • 2 pools
  • Chip and Dale’s Campfire – every night a campfire is held where you can buy marshmallows (or bring your own) to toast and have a sing-along. Chip and Dale come along to sign autographs and have photos taken. Once the sing-along is finished, a Disney movie is played. The campfire is free and and any Walt Disney World Resort guest can attend.
  • A beach
  • A number of childrens’ playgrounds
  • The Pony Pond – Shetland ponies and miniature ponies to pet plus you can see the horses who work at Walt Disney World.
  • Pony rides
  • Water skiing
  • Parasailing
  • Paddleboat, canoes, kayak and pontoon boat rental
  • Bike and Surrey Bike rental
  • Nightly waggon rides
  • Private carriage rides
  • Tennis and Basketball, with equipment to borrow
  • Archery
  • Volleyball
  • Fishing
  • Arcade
  • Electrical water pageant – a series of lit floats that sail from Fort Wilderness – can also be seen at the Magic Kingdom, Polynesian and Grand Floridian Resorts

Transport

Fort Wilderness is absolutely huge so there are three internal bus routes running around the resort, which will take you to and from the Outpost Depot at the entrance. Buses to the parks go from the main Outpost Depot, or there is also a boat in the marina that shuttles to and from the Magic Kingdom.

As it is so big, this is the one resort that having a car is a definite advantage (for most of them, Disney transport is sufficient). You can lose a lot of time just navigating around the resort.