Disney World Fort Wilderness Cabins and Campground offers guests a unique place to stay right in the heart of the theme parks. Offering 748 camp sites, RV hook ups and 409 cozy wood cabins Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort is spread over 740 acres of mainly pine forest, within easy reach of all the magic of Disney World. You will feel as though you are living in the wilderness but you are never far from any of the Disney parks.
Disney World Fort Wilderness is a car free zone. When you arrive you will leave your car in the parking lot and go to the Reception Outpost to check in if you are in a cabin, or pull your car up in front of a drive through check in if staying on one of the campsites. The resort is laid out in loops with 3 access roads. There are 28 loops where you will find the campsites and log cabins.
Disney World Fort Wilderness Cabins
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There are 407 spacious and comfortable air conditioned wood cabins available at Fort Wilderness each sleeping up to 6 people in 504 square feet of space. They are an ideal choice for larger parties and of course those who want to do some of their own cooking as the provide a kitchen with stove, microwave and refrigerator. There is a separate bedroom with a double bed and bunk bed. There is a living area with television, a dining area which seats 6. A nice touch is a kid sized table. Additional sleeping space is on the pull down Murphy bed. There is a full kitchen,bathroom, and an outdoor grill on the deck.
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The cabins are located near the front of Fort Wilderness Resort. Each has a daily housekeeping service. There are some accessible cabins available which should be requested at the time of booking.
Prices vary by season but range from $279 to $435 for a cabin which will sleep up to 6 people.
Camping at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
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There are 788 campsites at Fort Wilderness each of which fit into one of a combination of 4 categories:Premium, Preferred, Full Hook Up and Partial Hook Up.
If you have a large RV over 45 feet then you will need a Premium Site. These sites are the largest on the resort and in the best locations. They have every amenity available including electricity,water and sewer and cable. They also have access to the internet which is available at an additional fee.
A preferred site has the upgraded amenities and electricity,water,sewer, cable and internet access. They are called preferred because of their location closer to either The Trading Post,the marina and Pioneer Hall.
Partial hook up sites have water and electricity. You can have a partial hook up in either a preferred or non preferred location.
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There are comfort stations located close to all the sites. Here you will find clean, well maintained bathrooms, showers, laundry facilities,phones and ice machines. If you don’t want to do your own laundry then housekeeping provides a laundry service for everyone on the resort including those on the camp sites.
Prices of course depend on location and category. The range is between $44 and $74 a night in value season for a site sleeping up to 10 guests. For Holiday Season the range is between $89 to $121 per night.
Fort Wilderness is Disney World’s only pet friendly resort. There is a $5 daily charge and you have to request a pet friendly site. There is also a pet boarding facility at the entrance to Fort Wilderness. Dogs, cats and small animals are welcome, and you can book overnight or day care.
Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort Transportation
Fort Wilderness is a large resort at over 700 acres. There are 3 resort buses – Orange, Purple and Yellow which run around the resort and between the Outpost Depot at the front of the resort near the Disney bus transportation, and the Settlement Depot which is near the marina which has boat access to Magic Kingdom.
You can also walk or bike around the resort. A popular option, but pricey at $59 a day,is to rent a golf cart. These can be reserved up to one year in advance at The Outpost by calling 407 824 2742.
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The transportation to the Disney parks and resorts from Fort Wilderness has the reputation of being the worst of all the places you can stay in Disney World. Really the best advice if you are staying at Fort Wilderness is to bring a car! Whilst transport to Magic Kingdom is good because you can catch a resort boat at the marina, the rest of the transport system is far from convenient. Transport around the resort can be slow with 10 to 15 minute waits. Then you have to catch a bus to all the other parks and resorts which again can involve a long wait. Guests love Fort Wilderness Resort but do consistently say that the transport provision is the only let down!
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The recreation facilities at Disney’s Fort Wilderness are arguably the very best of any Disney resort. Not only do you have the great outdoors on your door step but you have plenty of recreational activities to choose from.
There are 2 heated swimming pools. The meadow Swimmin’ Pool is the most popular. Located near the center of the resort it has a children’s play area, a slide and a hot tub.
Bay Lake is a center of activity for Fort Wilderness with lots of opportunities to have some fun! The sandy beach at the side of Bay Lake near the marina is also a popular spot (although you are not permitted to swim in the lake). If you enjoy fishing you can fish for free or take an excursion. If you are looking for something a little adventurous then parasailing, wake boarding and water skiing are available.
You can rent a range of water craft from Fort Wilderness Marina.
There are tennis courts, basketball and volleyball courts. You will also find shuffleboard and horseshoes to play around the resort.
A unique feature of Fort Wilderness is the free to visit petting zoo. It is a pleasant way to spend some family time with the kids.
Tri-Circle-D Ranch and Stables is a popular place which offers pony rides every day. It also houses Cinderella’s ponies and the Main Street horses. 45 minute trail rides cost $42 and can be booked up to 30 days in advance by calling 407 WDW PLAY. You pick up the tickets at The Kennel at Fort Wilderness. Same day rides are often available but it is always best to call in advance if you are traveling from outside the resort.
You can also take a Wagon Ride around the resort. The 45 minute Wagon ride cannot be booked in advance and is on a first come first served basis. The rides are at 7.30 and 9.30. There is also a 9.00 ride for the Magic Kingdom fireworks. If you want a more exclusive experience Carriage Rides are also available. Each carriage holds up to 4 guests and leaves Crockett’s Tavern at Pioneer Hall each night between 6pm and 9.3pm. The 25 minute ride costs $35. You can get a ticket from the driver or book in advance at 407 WDW PLAY.
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Want a very special experience for the Holidays? Book a Sleigh Ride at Fort Wilderness! Starting at the end of November and going to December 30th each year you can ride around the resort on a special sleigh. Each sleigh will fit 4 adults or 2 adults and 3 children – the cost is $60 for each party and the sliegh ride lasts around 25 minutes. Book in advance by calling 407 WDW PLAY.
Always wanted to try a segway? Well you can on the Wilderness Back Trail Adventure. The cost is $85 per person and each tour takes a party of up to 10 guests. They are available at either 8.30 or 10.30 each moring except Sunday or Monday. Call 407 WDW TOUR to book. No experience is necessary as you will be fully briefed as to how to ride a segway. You must be over 18 or if 16 and over accompanied by an adult.
If you aren’t quite ready for a segway then you can always rent a bike! Bicycles of all sizes are available. If you want to ride with all the family then Surrey bikes are a lot of fun too!
Are you ready for a new experience? Then why not try archery? A 90 minute experience including equipment and instruction costs $25 and is open to ages 6 and up.
So one thing you will never be at Disney’s Fort Wilderness is bored! There is something to do for every age.
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There are some great choices for dining at Fort Wilderness with two restaurants, two dinner shows and a snack bar. Or of course you could eat in your cabin or camp site.
Crockett’s Tavern and Trails End Restaurant are both in Pioneer Hall. Crockett’s Tavern serves pizza, chicken wings and nachos. It also serves beer and wine. Trails End Restaurant serves a buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
If you want entertaining whilst you eat then try Mickey’s Backyard BBQ Dinner Show. This all you care to eat buffet is held on Thursdays and Saturday from 6.30pm to 8pm at the Outdoor Pavillion. Enjoy a wild west themed event with country music,line dancing and Disney characters. The price is $50.99 for adults and $20.99 for children aged 3 to 9. Selections include hot dogs, hamburgers, corn on the cob and cole slaw.
One of the most popular dinner shows in Disney World The Hoop De Du Musical Revue is held at Pioneer Hall at Fort Wilderness. It is held every night with 3 shows at 5pm, 7.30pm and 9pm. The Hoop De Du Musical Review is very popular so Advance Dining Reservations are essential. It is a family style buffet brought to your table which you eat whilst being entertained by singers, dancers and comedians. Guest satisfaction is usually very high at this high energy revue. The food is western style fare includes fried chicken,pork ribs, mashed potatoes and western style baked beans with strawberry shortcake for dessert.
As the Hoop De Du Musical Revue is a seated dinner show the prices are in one of 3 categories which range from $52.99 to $61.99 for adults and $26.99 to $31.99 for children aged 3 to 9. There is no charge for the under 3s. Category 1 is the closest to the stage. It is part of the Disney Dining Plan but you will need 2 full dining credits.
Disney World Fort Wilderness Cabins and Camp Sites really do offer something different to a guest looking for a resort on Disney property. It is one of the least known places to stay and it is often overlooked.
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